London to Maldon - 21 May (night ride)
Leader: Nick ‘Saddlesore’
Starting at midnight from under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank in front of the British Film Institute, we'll head up north through London along the path of the New River, then out into the 'burbs along the Lea Valley, with a brief comfort stop at Broxbourne (35km). You'll smell the country air as we cross the Rye Lane treatment plant, then a sharp right for Essex. Our halfway stop will be at the delightful Bishops Stortford Services (60km), followed by a bit of bridleway. Onward, we follow Route 50 down to Maldon for a quayside breakfast at the Jolly Sailor.
Overall distance is 113km, just 600m of climbing and no hills more than 4% - eminently doable on fixed gear. Not super-speedy, but relaxed and sociable. And absolutely no off-road.
Some may spot that Maldon lacks a station. Routes will be provided to the nearest (10km) and also to the useful but not so near.
NOTE: All 30 places on this ride have now been taken. And the waiting list is full. If places become available, the registration form will be-reopened and available from this page.