As this ride took place when the World Cup and Wimbledon were taking place, I couldn't help noticing that organising letsride.co.uk rides has more to do with football than with cycling! Hoping that the opposition will be tired out and in disarray is not a guarantee of success in a game situation.
On this Saturday there was fierce competition for the very small pool of regular riders and there were five groups all organising rides:
This is surely a reflection of the fierce individualism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualism) exhibited by ride leaders - there is a persistent refusal of these people to work cooperatively with others as part of cycling group committees. I can understand why - committee-arranged rides can sometimes still not be attended by anyone!
We had had about five cancellations for the ride and, at one point, it looked as though no one would turn up. However, I have learned that brinkmanship is needed in such situations - cancelling the ride would have just played into the hands of the opposition! And there were two last minute bookings which saved the day for this ride.
We decided to go to Wimbledon rather than Carshalton to avoid having to ascend to Crystal Palace, and this meant we were able to take a look at both the Brixton Wimdmill and the one on Wimbledon Common - where we stopped for a refreshment break.
I had never in my life cycled from Wimbledon to the Wandle, but was amazed to find that it only took a few minutes - I've always thought of Morden as being miles away, as all the south bound Northern Line tube trains show this as a destination and it can only be reached after stopping at loads of stations.
We then made use of the off-road cycle path that takes you from Merton to Tooting. I was also surprised that we got back to Dulwich Park within the time frame of a Southwark Healthy Ride+.