This event has taken place every year since 2001 when it was inaugurated by Barry Mason, coordinator of Southwark Cyclists, founder of Greenwich Cyclists and organiser of the 2000 strong 120 mile overnight Dunwich Dynamo ride.
We cycle from Cutty Sark Gardens along National Cycle Route 4 past Russia Dock and Rotherhithe to meet up with more cyclists at the Southwark Needle. We then ride around London looking at some of its fascinating and lesser-known features on a route that takes us up to Edgware Road. Many people just come for a couple of hours, but if you can stay longer we can have lunch at the Beirut Cafe, where we have eaten for the last two years. This restaurant is a Lebanese restaurant which opens as usual on Christmas Day.
Previous years have seen upwards of 100 cyclists of all ages, genders, ethnicities and body-mass indices take part, and we usually get a few skiving Santas thrown in.
Those wishing to come on the ride are asked to bring warm clothing, water, snacks, lights, basic tools and a spare inner tube in case you have a puncture (particularly important for this ride as there will no public transport on Christmas Day). Active parents are most welcome on the ride, provided that they are accompanied by at least one responsible child, and behave themselves. All should have at least basic road cycling experience.
Distance of the ride: 16 miles (one way).
The ride is brought to you by the South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew) under the auspices of Southwark Cyclists.
Ride Organiser: Nigel Bee (tel 07415 315 690, email firstname.lastname@example.org