2016: September 23 - Reading Curry Ride

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

The next Friday Night Ride to the Coast is taking place on the 23rd September 2016 and registration is now open. Please register your interest by clicking HERE.

I would like to invite you to an unusual ride for The Fridays as we don’t depart from London or arrive on the Coast for breakfast instead for those who undertake this adventure will be completing a circular route of about 65 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire has to offer, including some of the gorgeous 'ups and downs' of the Chilterns. This will not be a flat ride but there is nothing that should concern you if you have a reasonable range of gears.

Like all Fridays rides, no one will be left behind as we will deploy the well-tested system of Waymarkers and Tail End Charlies.

For those who need water for their night riding pleasure, please don’t worry: the magnificent River Thames will not be far away; indeed we will cross it on a number occasions as we navigate our way around the route -- including a weir.

We will be departing at Midnight from the north side of Reading Railway Station (back entrance adjacent to platform 15). Please would all participants arrive by 11.30pm to sign in and receive the safety briefing ready for a prompt departure at midnight.

Unlike the rides that start at Hyde Park Corner, we will leave urban traffic behind within minutes of departing and find ourselves travelling down quiet country lanes.

The halfway stop will be at Velolife, a dedicated cycle café in Warren Row, which has kindly offered to open their doors in the early hours to nourish us with delicious coffee, rolls and cake.

Hopefully we will be joined by some members from Reading CTC.


Reading is served by various frequent trains services. You can either travel from London Paddington on the very regular High Speed Service, which takes about 25mins. However, bikes reservations need to be made in advance with a maximum of 6 bikes per train. There is also a regular stopping service which takes about an hour and has no bike reservation issues.

Those of you travelling from South or South West London might prefer to use the twice hourly South West train service from Waterloo, which stops at Clapham Junction and Richmond. This service takes about an hour to reach Reading. Bike reservations are not required. 

So why the "Reading Curry Ride"?

For those who are interested, we will be visiting the Standard Tandoori in Reading for a pre-ride meal. If interested in joining us, please email fridaynightridetothecoast@gmail.com, putting 'Curry' in the title. Please arrive by 9.30pm so we can depart Reading station promptly and cycle the five minutes to the restaurant. The Standard Tandoori are very bike friendly and have a secure rear yard which we can store our bikes in.

Looking forward to seeing many returning and new faces soon on this not-to-be-missed ride.


Ride Leader

(c) Andrew Forsyth 2016