CANCELLED: London to Southend-on-Sea - 27th March 2020
Following updated guidance from the government and Cycling UK, The Fridays ride leaders have taken the difficult decision to cancel all rides with immediate effect, including the London to Southend ride on 27 March.
Ride leader: Nick
With the current uncertainty created by the Coronavirus we are expecting a low turn out for the London to Southend ride. This makes the planned half way stop financially unviable, and so we have decided to revert to the London to Southend route we have used for the past few years so we can use the Thurrock motorway services, or the nearby 24 hour Macdonalds for our half way stop. This gives us more flexibility with regards the number of riders on the road and prevents a situation where kind volunteers give up a night's sleep and hardly anyone turns up. Our final destination will be The Last Post (Wetherspoon) in central Southend.
The good news is that, at just 61 miles and only 1,700' climbing, it's still a route suited to people who want to experience their first night ride or are looking for a slightly easier start to the season.
Although we have no plans to cancel the ride completely, the situation is fluid and we will very much be guided by government advice on social distancing etc.
This ride, like all London based rides, will start at Fridays Central which is located under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank next to the British Film Institute.
After the usual briefing we will set off at midnight, crossing the Thames and following the river to the City with its amazing views. From here we'll brave the cobbles of Wapping (just imagine you are riding the Paris Roubaix pavé) before we head north east, catching a glimpse of the Olympic stadium along the way. Of necessity, we’ll have some urban sections to deal with until we cross the A12 on our journey into the wilds of Essex. We have a new approach to Southend which takes out the rolling section through Rayleigh, but still has us cycling along the splendid promenade.
There are trains back to London Fenchurch Street and London Liverpool Street. Both Southend stations are close to The Last Post.
We hope to run the planned London to Southend ride via Doddinghurst later in the year.