Meet the riders

Have you ever wondered what kind of people ride with The Fridays?   Well, now's your chance to find out.  Each month we'll feature someone who rides with us and find out a little more about them, and what they like about The Fridays.

Meet The Rider August 2021 - Sonia Williams


Tell us a little about yourself:

I live in South London and have been cycling for 13 years. I ride to/from work, to shop, visit friends and go on group rides which has included touring around UK and Europe. I can't remember how long I've been riding with The Fridays, but whatever year it was when our water bottles froze, I think that's the year, but don't quote me on that!

Which is your favourite Fridays ride?

My favourite is London to Whitstable. Primarily for the Victoria sponge at the halfway stop and then for the breakfast location at the finish. There's something special about a Full English whilst looking out to sea.

How do you prepare for a night ride?

My preparation for a night ride usually involves trying to get more sleep in the days leading up to it, and a two hour nap before riding to the start, if at all possible.  

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What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you on a bicycle?

The most memorable thing to have happened since taking up cycling? There is more than one, but I think the Whitstable ride when it rained most of the night and we were all soaked through, yet the majority decided to continue to the end, instead of calling it a night at the half way stop, is up there.   That's the Fridays' spirit!

What advice would you give to someone doing their first night ride?

Get extra sleep during the week and a nap on the day, if at all possible. Good lights, also.

Meet the Riders Archive

Meet The rider July 2021 -  Peter Haslam.   


Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m 67 years old, born and bred in Bolton, married with three daughters. The eldest is 41 and the twins are 38.  I only started riding when I was 62.  I am a bit of a petrol head and a member of the Lotus 7 Club. A good friend in the club lost his driving licence due to diabetes affected vision and bought an electric bike.  To keep him company I and four other members formed the Lotus 7 Club Cycling Club.  We meet up when we can for rides of around 50 - 60kms and of course enjoy café stops. We've been to Mallorca and Tuscany and completed four tours in the UK, including two different Coast to Coast rides.


I looked online for a Cycling Forum, found Cycle Chat and Andrew Brennan (one of The Fridays ride leaders) who led a local ride which came through Bury.  I met up with him and he told me about his night ride to Blackpool.  


I used to be a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association and always enjoyed night walks so I was really up for it.

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Which is your favourite Fridays ride?

So far I have managed, two Manchester to Blackpool rides, two York to Hull rides, one Bristol to Barry Island, one London to Shoreham and one London to Whitstable.  It's difficult to choose a favourite but the only one to be stress free would be the 2nd York to Hull ride.  All the others seem to be dogged by train problems and or domestic hiccoughs.


How do you prepare for a night ride?

My preparations are very much dependant on looking at the weather forecasts every few minutes for about five days then checking my tyres as suggested in Martin’s excellent video.  I just wish every member did the same.  I invested in a hub dynamo after my first two rides and would certainly recommend it, no faffing around with failing batteries.


What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you on a bicycle?

I think my most memorable bike ride was my first and, up to now, only 100 mile ride.   This was from Manchester to Llandudno organised by someone on the CycleChat forum.