Is registration essential?
Yes. Take a look at the Registration page.
Where's the start?
The London rides leave the South Bank at the stroke of midnight. We meet by the National Theatre Cafe on the access road between the National Theatre and British Film Institute. Access is via Belvedere Road or Upper Ground. The address is 76 Waterloo Bridge, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX.
The York-to-Hull ride leaves York Minster, also at midnight.
The Cardiff-to-Swansea ride leaves the Wales Millennium Centre on Cardiff Bay, also at midnight.
The Manchester-to-Morecambe ride leaves from Albert Square in front of Manchester Town Hall, also at midnight.
Please arrive by 11.30 to sign in, take part in the safety talk and exchange nervous smiles with new riders.
Am I fit enough?
Probably. We've members of all ages up into their seventies, all shapes and sizes and all abilities and none. Some of our rides are tougher than others -- have a read through our Rides Guide to get a feel for which ones might suit you. If you're in any doubt e-mail fridaynightridetothecoast@gmail and ask -- one of the ride leaders will get in touch.
Will I be left behind?
No. The FNRttC is a broad church with cyclists of varying speeds and abilities. Our wonderful Tail End Charlies will accompany the slowest riders and help with mechanicals and punctures. The front of the ride waits for the tail to catch up every few miles.
Will I get lost?
No. Our Wayfinders wait at junctions pointing to the road ahead.
What kind of bike do I need?
Any kind, but it has to be serviceable. We've seen road bikes, tourers, hybrids, tandems, trikes, recumbents, MTBs, many Bromptons and a penny farthing.
How will I get back home?
A few lost souls ride home, but most FNRttCers take the train. We've never had any trouble getting people on to trains. No one should ever attempt driving after a night ride.
How much does it cost?
You'll need some money for refreshments at the halfway point, and money for breakfast. You'll need your train fare home, but most of our destinations will let you purchase Groupsave tickets. You have to have third party insurance, which can cost as little as £24 for twelve months from Cycling UK, and you have to be a member of The Fridays, which costs £2 for a calendar year. Read our Registration page, then click on the link to go straight to the Join Cycling UK page.