Will our WhatsApp group be a better way of organising the 2020 Christmas Day Ride than the Dog & Bell Crew? This ride 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 Dunwich Dynamo. Although in previous years it has been brought to you under the auspices of LCC and then Cycling UK and then as a British Cycling letsride.co.uk ride, it is now brought to you under its own auspices.
We meet at Cutty Sark Gardens at 10am and start by cycling along National Cycle Route 4 past the Dog & Bell pub, Russia Dock and Rotherhithe to the Southwark Needle, where we meet up with the large number of cyclists who wait for us there at 11am.
Our ride this year will be preceded with a short Christmas Day Ride AGM, where we will be electing our 'official' Route Planner.
Many people leave the ride after an hour or so, but there is usually a 'hard core' of about 20 of us who continue up to Edgware Road, where we stop off at about 1.30pm to have a meal at the Beirut Cafe, where we have eaten for the last few years.
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, 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: 24 miles (one way to Edgware Road).
To book, see the route and see who's coming, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/630919