Cutty Sark to Beckenham Place Park & Chislehurst Caves - Ride Report Jul 27th 2019

With three people dropping out because of the heavy rain, it was amazing that we were able to go ahead with this ride. There were only two of us at the Cutty Sark start point, but we were able to establish a quorum by meeting up with a third rider at the Beckenham Place Park gates ("the quorum shall be three*). However, it was questionable as to whether the ride could be branded as being "Healthy" and there was certainly no chance of us being able to see any butterflies.

Southwark Healthy Ride to Cody Dock - Jul 20th 2019

You may be wondering why Cyclists in Southwark were going on a Southwark Healthy Ride rather than doing their own ride. The answer is that Cyclists in Southwark was brought to its knees a couple of years ago when the majority of its regular riders broke away from the group over a dispute about the excessive anonymity of group riding and whether we should bother about insurance and paperwork. They formed a separate group called Spokes - London Cycling. We thought they would return to the fold after a year, but this did not happen and the number of occasions when members of this breakaway group have attended our rides can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The only way to resolve this situation is to try to persuade some of the 2,000 riders who do the 120 mile Dunwich Dynamo to do shorter rides and to persuade those who do Southwark Healthy Rides to do longer rides. Although Spokes-London Cycling riders won't come on our rides, we have found that they are more amenable to the idea of meeting up with us when we both go on Southwark Healthy Rides.

There were about 15 Southwark Cyclists, 5 Cyclists in Southwark and 2 Spokes-London Cycling riders on this ride to the Greenway, QE Park and Cody Dock.

It was great to see that, after many years of waiting, the Greenway now extends all the way to the View Tube, in the QE Park.

Dunwich Dynamo 2019 - Ride Report

I had always wanted Southwark Cyclists to do some of the Dunwich Dynamo, but putting bikes on the train at Great Dunmow stopped being an option in 1952! And how could we safely cycle back to London against a stream of hundreds of oncoming cyclists and overtaking cars? The answer is to start the ride in the morning. Then, on the way out, you meet some groups and lone cyclists going to the Hackney start point and, on the way back, you just pass occasional cyclists who have started the ride early.

Dulwich Clock Cafe to Mayfield Lavender Farm - Ride Report, 6 Jul 2019

Five of us met up at Dulwich Clock Cafe for this ride, despite the fact that there were only two participants shown against the ride on Strava. This was a much better turnout than last year when there were only three of us and we decided to divert the ride to the Wimbledon Windmill.

This ride had been organised to follow up successful horticultural rides that we had organised in the past - Open Garden Squares Weekend rides, snowdrop rides to Benington Lordship and a number of bluebell rides. We have not managed to devise rides to see tulips or daffodils, as the places we would have to go to are even further away from Southwark than Dunwich! However, Lavender fields are much easier to find within cycling distance of Dulwich Park.

At the start point we met someone who had missed the previous week's Healthy Ride because he thought it started at 10am when it actually started as 9.30. This week the tables were turned, as our ride was supposed to start at 9.30 when the Healthy Ride started at 10am. We had been asked by British Cycling to avoid arranging rides that clash with Southwark Cyclists' ones, but we failed to do this, as two of our riders didn't turn up until 10am. We actually left 10 minutes later than the other group! However this wasn't a problem, as the only way we are going to be able to achieve a quorum for managing the group is if people from multiple ride streams agree to meet up at the same place and time for discussions.

For next year, we understand that there's a different Lavender Farm in Kent that we can visit. However, it's a lot more expensive, so we will have to Google it to work out what to do.

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