2017: March 10 - London to Southend

After the quiet winter months, there is at last the chance to enjoy the wonders of nocturnal two-wheel adventures with friends and strangers.

The 2017 season is packed with rides to new and old destinations for your delight. The season opens in just under four weeks' time with the Southend Ride on Friday 10th March 2017.

The Southend Ride, like all London based rides this year, will be starting at the new "Fridays Central", which is now located under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank in front of the British Film Institute (MAP HERE). We will then cross Westminster Bridge before following Thames into the City and onwards and eastwards through East London and Essex.

The halfway stop once again will be the Services at Junction 31, which may not be great for food choice but offers space and warmth if the weather isn’t being kind. When we head back onto the road again, we will head north into the stunning Essex countryside before turning south towards Southend and breakfast. If the weather is against us, we will take a more direct route instead.

Breakfast once again will be at Beaches Cafe bases on the beach with south facing views overlooking the pier and Thames Estuary.

To make things easier this year, the following decisions have been made about participation and third party insurance.
  • Everyone needs to be a current member of The Fridays and paid their £2 subscription in advance even if this is your first or only ride with The Fridays this year.
  • The rules around third party insurance have been relaxed and as a club we are happy to accept third party insurance cover supplied through the membership of Cycling UK (formerly CTC), British Cycling and London Cycling Campaign. If you are not a member of any of the above, by being a member of The Fridays you can become an affiliated member of Cycling UK at reduced cost to full membership and enjoy the majority of the benefits of full membership. If this is your first ever ride with The Fridays, then things are even easier as our Ride Insurance will provide you with third party cover as ‘try before you buy‘ for your first ride with us. After that, we would expect you to become a member of one of the organisations above but would prefer you of course to join Cycling UK. More details on our website HERE.
If you fancy joining us for what should be an excellent nocturnal two-wheeled adventure, please click HERE to register your interest. 

Ride Leader: Titus