Dulwich Clock Cafe to Godstone Vineyards - Ride Report Sep 7th 2019

There were only three of us (all from North London) on this ride and unfortunately it had clashed with a London Bike & Beer group ride to Rye (https://www.facebook.com/events/918624888507803/). The low turnout emphasised the need for us to consider ourselves to be a "branch" of Southwark Cyclists rather than a standalone "Southwark" cycling group. In wonderful LCC parlance, we can be a branch where they are the tree!

Cutty Sark to the London Stone - Ride Report Aug 31st 2019

It is only fierce rivalry between factions that is going to stop cycling groups like ours from becoming defunct ones like the London Cycling Club, the Cranky Cyclists Club and the Orpington Pedal Pushers. So we are not too disheartened by the fact that only 6 people came on this ride, when we used to get 20 a couple of years ago, before Spokes - London Cycling broke away to form a separate group.

The 6 who met up at Cutty Sark Gardens do this 50 mile Barry Mason ride to the London Stone at Yantlet Creek included two who had done this year's Dunwich Dynamo. Our ride was one that that we had read about on the internet at https://thebikeshow.net/london-stone/. After having to abandon a previous attempt to do this ride because of bad weather and having to curtail some other rides for the same reason, it was great to find that the weather was ideal for cycling on this occasion.

Cutty Sark to the Big Hill Airshow - Ride Report, 17th Aug 2019

With only four people attending the Big Hill Airshow ride this year, when, in previous years, about a dozen people attended, it is clear that Cyclists in Southwark is an opposition party rather than one that is in power. However, bike politics is just like real politics - an opposition party can still be influential and can hope regain power if the political climate changes. With 2,000 riders doing the Dunwich Dynamo, 50 doing the Christmas Day ride and a dozen or so doing Healthy Rides each week, it is clear that Southwark Cyclists is going to need some long term governance arrangements. Factions such as Cyclists in Southwark, Spokes - London Cycling and Lewisham Cyclists are going to be an important part of the mix needed to establish a quorum for the future management of the group.

There were only two of us at the Cutty Sark meeting point, but we met up with another two at Beckenham Place Park gates. Quite a few tree branches along the Waterlink Way had fallen because of the storm a week earlier. We tried out some new route sections to get to West Wickham. A Gates Green Road we met a group from Team Sidcup Cycles, who showed us the way and warned us about the steep climb up to Biggin Hill. The memorial museum at Biggin Hill was closed, so we continued on to Biggin Hill village, which sits in a very steep valley. There were some surprising steep hills near Tatsfield, but once we reached Clarks lane, things got a lot easier. We stopped off a Botley Hill Farmhouse for lunch and then went to Skid Hill Road to watch the planes for an hour or so. We then retuned to Cutty Sark via Penge, Cator Park and the Waterlink Way.

Dog & Bell Rides Meeting: Wed 27th Feb 2008

The Wayback Machine has put on record the fact that, when Barry Mason was in charge, governance for the three groups Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark Cyclists was provided by Dog & Bell Crew Rides Planning Meetings. Barry Mason was coordinator of Southwark Cyclists, founder of Greenwich Cyclists and organiser of the Dunwich Dynamo. See meeting on Wed 27th Feb 2008:

https://web.archive.org/web/20080607022303/http://www.southwarkcyclists....

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