Friday, 31 July 2015

Whitstable Ride Report: Leader's Perspective

I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with this ride, the TEC team, everyone who so willingly did waymarking, then sprinted back to the front to do it all again and particularly to Ross, who helped lead the ride and made sure we didn't have any strange diversions (A normal feature of rides I organise). The conditions couldn't have been better, with dry roads, warm temperatures and a following wind meant this was a very enjoyable ride. 

We stuck to the route originally devised by Simon with just a couple of minor changes. I hope you enjoyed the route through Woolwich Arsenal. Those statues we saw are by Peter Burke, not Gormley as I originally thought. We also went through Crossways near the Dartford Crossing, which meant we were able to avoid the enormous roundabout, with traffic lights that don't seem to work for cycles.

We were a little bit slower than normal getting to Strood and then a lot quicker than expected on the leg to Whitstable arriving a little bit earlier than expected. With the benefit of hindsight, we could have had an extra 20 minutes at Strood and this would have resulted in more cakes being sold. Instead I have selflessly being eating the remaining extra cakes at every opportunity. You will be pleased to know that we raised over £200 for Step and Learn.

I gave out the normal warnings about group riding and making sure to shout out if you were stopping or slowing. This seemed to work most of the way until we were greeted by the most glorious sunrise, which stopped us in our tracks and nearly caused a pile up. 

I am sure that we will be back next year for a couple of night rides to Whitstable and I am looking forward to them already. I will leave you with a picture of that sunrise.

- Tim

Friday, 10 July 2015

To Whitstable! And Beyond!

Good morning, Fridayspeeps!

I’ve stopped running the night rides, but a small committee of Fridays members has taken over the baton and is preparing a list of rides for the latter part of this year and throughout 2016.
The next of these jaunts is from London to Whitstable on Friday 17th July. The ride will be led by Tim, whose family and friends host the halfway stop in Strood.

Whitstable is the finest of our four traditional rides, running through some of Kent’s quieter lanes and across the lovely Graveny Marshes. Breakfast is on a terrace overlooking the beach. E-mail Tim at for details.

I’ll be at the back, mending punctures, so talc those tubes!


Monday, 6 July 2015

Welcome to the Friday Night Ride to the Coast

The magical cycling adventure known as the Friday Night Ride to the Coast (or, FNRttC for short) all began in 2005.

Since then, we've done over 125 night rides...

from London to Brighton, Whitstable, Felpham, Southend-on-Sea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Southsea, Emsworth and Newhaven
... and explored further afield from York to Hull... Cardiff to Swansea...  Manchester to Morecombe

We’ve extended our run to Newhaven for some riders to carry on to Paris.

We've even gone on tour (in daylight!) from London to John O’Groats. We've explored Normandy, ridden from Caen to Bordeaux, and this year from Cherbourg to Dieppe.

The Friday Night Ride to the Coast sets off at midnight and rides through the night at a conversational pace, arriving at the coast in time for breakfast. This is a group ride - we may spread out a little, but every few miles the front of the ride stops and waits for the tail to catch up.

We stop for coffee and a bite to eat about midway.

Our magnificent Tail End Charlies look after the slower riders and help with mechanicals and punctures. The Wayfinders stand at turns and junctions and point out the road ahead.

The FNRttC is run by The Fridays, a cycling club affiliated to the CTC.

Registration for rides is essential and third party insurance is required.