This isn't new news but it's new to the site so we're putting it at the top. It's an article called, "Night Shifters," which appeared in Simpson magazine by Martin Thomas. It's an affectionate review of the Fridays and night cycling in general. If you weren't sure whether the Fridays were quite your thing, this should sort it out. Click here to read more articles from the Simpson magazine.
Sam Breton is the winner of our #FridaysChristmas photo competition. Sam's photo, taken in Canary Wharf, was chosen by Fridays members from five shortlisted entries, and he wins a new Fridays cycling shirt. Well done Sam!
The Friday Night Ride to the Coast is changing its name in recognition of an ever expanding list of destinations, not all of which are on the coast. In future the club will mostly operate under the banner of The Fridays - the cycling club which organises a series of cycle rides called The Friday Night Ride. New club collateral and kit will become available shortly.
Friday Night Ride makes the news! On the back of our epic London to Eastbourne nocturnal adventure, The Guardian newspaper considered why people undertake such adventures. "Read All About It!"
Titus Halliwell, one of our night ride leaders, is raising money for Sue Ryder and is organising two Audax events on Saturday 9th March near Reading. An audax ride is a long distance cycling event. Titus says:
“I’ve enjoyed riding my bike on many night rides, but I also love riding longer distance events. So I’m delighted to be involved in running two popular audaxes with profits going to a very worthy cause. These audaxes are likely to attract several hundred participants, which makes for a very busy day. But an equally rewarding one."
If anyone would like to volunteer to help Titus, you can contact him via the club. Or if anyone is interested in riding the events, details can be found on the Audax UK website. The events are the Kennet Valley 100 and Kennet Valley Run.
The 2019 ride calendar has been announced and includes some exciting new destinations. For 2019, we're adding London to Cambridge, London to Eastbourne and Cambridge to King's Lynn. We'll also be re-running London to Maldon following the success of the 2018 ride. But don't worry, many of your favourites are still there, including the iconic London to Brighton, and the dream-like London to Whitstable. The dates are subject to final confirmation early in 2019, but we hope there will be little change.
Through his work, one of our most experienced ride leaders (and one of the original Fridays members), Adam Bell, entered and won a Prudential competition for a free entry on the RideLondon Surrey 100 sportive, and this included a training day with Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. The day’s activities were based at Geraint’s venue near Newport, Wales, which he uses for events such as weddings.
Adam says, "There were about 35 riders and it was a fairly testing hot and sunny 43 miles in the hills. We were all under very strict orders not to crash into Geraint!"
“I think I was one of the oldest so a lot of the youngsters were very surprised I finished third”.
The Fridays’ favourite charity - Step and Learn - which host us for our half way stop on the London to Whitstable ride has been awarded £50,000 in the finals of the People’s Projects (ITV Meridian East Region).
Step and Learn is a charity dedicated to assisting the physical and educational needs of children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. Their aim is to view the child holistically, educating and motivating the child through play, to become active participants in their lives throughout their day.
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