Wednesday 17th July. A largely bright Evening, with just 1 or 2 spots of moisture, before the start, saw 15 Cyclists leave via, Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Cannon Hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, to Wimbledon, for refreshments at the’Wibbas Down Inn’, (with 1 dissenting voice using an alternate venue), then Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, to join the brand new Raynes Park to New Malden link,- C31, the latest Cycle route No. from the London Mayor,- Mount pleasant, Norbiton, Bonner Hill to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Jon W for Back marking.
The Train assisted ride this Sunday has been changed due to Network Rail, throwing a Spanner….., a Monkey Wrench & a couple of Screwdrivers in the works, please look at the Rides page for the latest news, but if you can’t wait, we plan to meet at 09.50, Twickenham Station, for the 10.03 Train to Wokingham.
This Years Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event is fast approaching. It doesn’t get the same amount of publicity as the RideLondon London-Surrey Classic (the one for all the sporty types doing up to 100 miles as fast as they can), but the FreeCycle event on Saturday 3rd August has the most number of participants. You don’t have to register to take part and as the name suggests, it’s free to take part. 🙂
FreeCycle, if you have never seen it, is a mass bike ride on closed roads around central London including many famous London sights including the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, the City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Waterloo Bridge. Around 70,000 people take part each year, just pedalling round at their leisure, appreciating the views in a safe traffic-free environment and investigating the attractions and displays dotted around the route.
Each year volunteers from the Kingston Cycling Campaign take a group of around 100 people up to Buckingham Palace for the closed road circuit. Will you be coming with us this year? Meet us in the northern end of Kingston Market Place near Ultimate Outdoors ready to leave at 9:30. Remember it’s free and no booking is needed.
Additional practical information:
Departure from Kingston: Please be ready to leave the Market Place at 9:30
Return Journey: Our ride leader Roger will advise you where to met up and at what time. The time is likely to be about 3pm. Our group is likely to arrive back in Kingston around 5pm.
The route is about 14 miles up to London, the FreeCycle route itself is about 8 miles and of course the ride home is about 14 miles too. That makes a total of 36 miles. Our pace is very moderate so we think most people who are confident riding will be able to manage this. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for your own safety and must adhere to the Highway Code.
What to bring: We’re expecting it to be hot so bring a full water bottle or two, sun protection and a well maintained bike. Bring a lock if you intend to park your bike in London. You are not required to wear a cycling helmet or a hi-visibility jacket; the choice is yours. We have a marshal who will assist you in the event of a problem with your bike, but please bring a spare tube to fit your Bike.
Train travel: We’d love you to join us for the ride up but if you don’t think you can’t manage it you could consider taking your bike up to London on the train and join the FreeCycle event at Waterloo Bridge. If you want to cycle up with us and take the train home, that’s fine too.
Hire bikes: You could travel up to London and do the FreeCycle ride on a TfL Santander Cycle Hire bike
Wednesday 10th July. A largely Cloudy day saw 10 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Giggshill green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands community Park, West Byfleet to Row town for lunch at ‘the Cricketers’, a short climb to Liberty Rise, only to find the Footbridge closed, so retrace our pedal strokes, then Addlestone, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, (Photo), Littleton, Shepperton, Halliford, to Sunbury for Tea & refreshments at the Walled Garden, then Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Chris & John E for sharing the Back marking duties and marking Corners.
Weekend 27th to 29th June. Day 1, for the real diehards, a small group of three, with 1 added lightweight, only going to lunch, gathered at Westcroft leisure centre, Carshalton, set off via Carshalton Park, Carshalton Beeches, Woodmansterne, to Coulsdon to find the planned Coffee stop closed, so back tracking to the Town centre Cafe, then Farthing down, Chaldon, Bletchingley, Outwood, Smallfield, -with a freshly ‘gravelled surface’, proving uncomfortable, so a short detour,- to Turners Hill for lunch, whilst I returned home, the main party continuing via Ardingly, Lindfield, Wivelsfield, Plumpton, Lewis to Newhaven, for an overnight stay.
Day 2, an uneventful ferry crossing, to Dieppe, France, followed by the usual wecome & greetings.
Day 3, the main event, saw a Warm Sunny day, it was good to see the organisers had found a better measuring stick compared to last Years shorter than expected route, followed by the presentations, with the Neville Chanin Trophy for the largest group going to ‘the Bedwell Wheelers’, (comprising of a large group of KCC Cyclists, together with an even bigger group from ‘the Stragglers’), it seems the ‘Souwesters’ (South west London, CTC), where a little shell shocked at being knocked from there perch, ;-).
Sunday 7th July, A mostly Cloudy morning, with very light Drizzle, followed by a Sunny afternoon, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Kings Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, Ham cross, White lodge, Sheen gate, Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick Bridge, Strand on the green, Brentford, South Ealing, West Ealing, Hanwell, Greenford, Grand union Canal towpath, -with a Duck unwilling to give way, or take flight, slowing progress a little 🙂,- to Northolt for lunch at ‘the Crown’, then Northala fields, (Photo), Greenford, Southall, Norwood Green, Osterley Park, Isleworth, St Margerets, to Marble Hill Park for Tea & BP, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, Thanks to Steve D for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.
Sunday 23rd June, Part 1. A bright morning, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, Nonsuch Park, (Photo), Stoneleigh, Hogsmill path, West Ewell to Chessington for lunch at ‘the William Bourne’, the Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub-total 17 Miles, thanks to Ellie for Back marking & others for marking corners.
Part 2. With increasing Clouds, we said farewell to 9, & welcomed 2 fresh faces, so 8 Cyclists left via Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill green, Weston Green, -with 1 person having an ‘unplanned dismount’, soon remounted-, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath, to Molesey, (Photo), to Molesey Cricket club for Tea & Bread Pudding, Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge. Sub-total 14 Miles, Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Chris for Back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.
Tuesday 18th June, a Cloudy morning, followed by Drizzley Showers, before steady Rain set in after lunch, saw 6 Cyclists, leave via Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham, -where 2 more joined us, (due to the SW Rail strike making Trains unreliable), -Burwood park, Weybridge, Brooklands community Park, (Photo), Byfleet, Wey navigation Towpath, Pyrford, (with a Bridleway, having too many Nettles for comfort), Old Woking, to Send for lunch at ‘the New Inn’, then Send Marsh, Grove heath, Ockham, Hatchford, Cobham, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake for Tea & refreshments at the NT Cafe,- although 1 person misread the Signal, & carried on, perhaps to avoid getting too damp,- Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Mike for back marking, & others for marking corners.
Wednesday 12th June. A rather damp Drizzly Evening saw 8 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Hampton Wick, Teddington, with the Leader suffering a visit from the ‘P fairy’, the first attempt with a ‘Sealant’, didn’t work, Plan B, the spare tube turned out to have the wrong Valve, but a very kind soul, (Thanks Jon), did have the correct tube, so after a relatively swift repair, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, St Margerets, Richmond Bridge, Richmond Hill to the Roebuck for Refreshments, with a few other hardy Cyclists, mainly from Merton & Ealing, return via Richmond Park, to Kingston gate, to Kingston. Total 10 Miles, 2 new faces, thanks to Ralph for back marking. 1 visit from the P fairy.