Dulwich Clock Cafe to Bushy Park & Hampton Court - Ride Report 22nd Jun 2019

There were six of us who met up at Dulwich Clock Cafe on Saturday morning on a sunny day to do this ride to Richmond Park, Busy Park and Hampton Court. Starting the ride at Dulwich Park, rather then at Cutty Sark or Ladywell, makes it much easier for us to venture further west than Richmond Park.

In keeping with the "In Southwark" branding that we use for our rides, we had no one from Southwark on the ride, but we did have representatives from Croydon, Camden, Lambeth, Bromley and Tower Hamlets. It appears that only by getting all the non-Southwark boroughs to join forces to form a single cycling group that we can have any chance of forming a group that can rival, or take political control of, Southwark Cyclists. It appears that those who have seized control of Southwark Cyclists want to rewrite history and deny the existence of many Southwark Cyclists' rides that were instituted by its coordinator Barry Mason - in particular, the Dunwich Dynamo, the Midsummer Madness ride and the Christmas Day ride.

When we got to Richmond Park, we could see just how many cyclists go out on Saturday mornings to do rides. It is inconceivable that many of these riders don't come from Southwark or Greenwich.

We stopped off at the Pen Posds cafe for coffee and the proceeded to Ham House, where we didn't get lost this time. We had to abandon cycling along the Richmond river front, as it was so busy, and went up to therein road, which took us to Richmond Bridge, Marble Hill House and Strawberry Hill House.. We went to see the water gardens at Bushy Park and had lunch a Hampton Court Palace.

On our return journey was want along the Barge Path to Kingston Bridge and found the cycle route that goes behind the John Lewis shop which leads back to Richmond.

There aw a very busy junction that we had to navigate through at Putney, but we were rewards by river views and views of helicopters taking off, when we had got though it.

We then went through Barresea Park and climbed up to Clapham Common on our way back to Dulwcih Clock Cafe, where the ride finished.

Midsummer Madness - Ride Report, 21st June 2019

Whatever happened to the hundreds of riders foregoing their beauty sleep, giddy with excitement at the prospect of witnessing the summer solstice dawn? But as one of the five riders (including one skater) who joined this year's Midsummer Madness ride said: "Build it and they will come!".

However, this is proving to be difficult. Evidence is coming to light that charities involved with cycling have formed a cartel and are ganging up on small independent operators like Greenwich/Southwark Cyclists and are trying to send us to the wall to stamp out competition. The cartel is pressurising cyclists who want to do challenging rides to raise large sums of money for charity. This means that the more athletic cyclists no longer have the energy, money or inclination to help revitalise small local cycling clubs and stop them from falling into the hands of those who want to engage in extreme sport.

As is customary on our rides, we had no one at all from Southwark. However, we did have representatives from Sutton, Lewisham, Lambeth and Camden.

I think we were all surprised to find that the skater had no difficulty at all in keeping up with the cyclists, even when we went uphill.

Two of the riders decided to stop off a Primrose Hill and watch the sunrise from there, whist the remaining three went on to Parliament Hill.

There were another half dozen cyclists who joined us as we waited for the sunrise accompanied by a bagpipe player. There were about 30 people in all there.

We could see both the moon and the sun and although the weather was clear, there was some distant cloud which formed a backdrop for the sunrise.

Enfield Lock to Hatfield Forest - Reconnaissance Ride Report, 15th Jun 2019

With so many London Cycling Campaign supporters engaging in a sustained two-year-long campaign of boycotting our rides, a rebellion is afoot. People are starting to ask why doesn't Cyclists in Southwark simply do its own thing and organise a programme of challenging rides that have nothing to do with Southwark? There is no law requiring a Southwark-branded cycling group to do rides in Southwark - we could even meet up in Putney or at Richmond Park. Or at the Pub on the Park, Hackney.

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