About us

British Cycling and HSBC, of all people, should know that all cycling clubs must have a bank account. Or is this just true everywhere except in the East End?

Having had all our rides on Eventbrite virtually blown up by some anarchist a few days before our 9/11 ride this year because we didn't have a bank account, we are now having to rebuild our group from scratch, using an Eventbrite competitor Billetto as our ticketing provider. We don't want this to happen again! However we now have a competitive advantage with Billetto, as bookings no longer need to be 'blind' and you can see who else is coming on rides.

We want to create a truly diverse group, covering not just the East End, but operating across the whole of London. We want everyone to be able to participate, contribute ideas and draw on the skills, knowledge and backgrounds of the club's members.

We've a proper Constitution and an Equal Opportunities Policy we believe in.

The East End Cycling Club membership subscription is £10 per year. This will give you priority access to the booking of places on rides.


River Quaggy Ride

Why is the River Quaggy like our cycling group?

Because you don't just find it in Lewisham - you can also find it in Greenwich and Bromley!

The 21 mile route can be downloaded from here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes...

Meet Oct 09 2021 09:30
at the Southwark Needle
1 Tooley St, London SE1 2PF

This ride traces the course of the River Quaggy from its confluence with the River Ravensbourne, near a tower block in central Lewisham, through Kidbrook and Eltham, out to Chinbrook Meadows, where it is fed from the upper reaches of the river in Bromley. On this occasion we won't be venturing into deepest Bromley, as this is reserved for when we do our Ride to Source of the River Quaggy.

On our way back we stop off at Well Hall Pleasaunce for coffee and then return through Kidbrook and Blackheath to Cutty Sark Gardens, where the ride finishes.

This is a ride that we used to do as a Letsride ride. We were intending to do it as an Eventbrite ride, but because we can't show any evidence that we have set up a bank account to collect our £10/year membership subscriptions, we will now be doing it as a Billetto ride.

Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (07415 315 690)



2021 Christmas Day Ride


Ride though the deserted streets of London on Christmas Day

Dec 25 2021 11:00 - 13:00

Meet at the Southwark Needle
1 Tooley St, SE1 2PF London

The 8 mile route for this ride can be downloaded from here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36588362

We normally like to show you a picture of the previous year's ride to show you just how popular Barry Mason's Christmas Day Ride still is, even many years after his death in 2011. However, on this occasion, due to government restrictions, all we can show you is two of us partaking in the 2020 Christmas Day post-ride takeaway at Edgware Road.

However, things are looking up for the doing of the more exotic Barry Mason rides in 2021. There were a five-fold increase in the number of people meeting at 03.45am to do the 2021 version of his Midsummer Madness Ride:

		2021 Christmas Day Ride image

We are hoping that attendance for the 2021 Christmas Day Ride will be back to normal.

This ride attracts people not just from Southwark but from as far afield as Manchester and Nottingham, so there will be a feeder ride from Wildwood Road, corner with Ingram Avenue (///dome.renew.stack), leaving at 9.00am. This starting point is easy to reach from the M1 and there is a plentiful supply of free parking there.

We will then cycle down Highgate Hill and Archway Road to Beigel Bake, 159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB, where you can join us for breakfast at 10am. This is where Tower Hamlets Wheelers meet to do their 10.30am-start feeder ride to the Christmas Day Ride.

The main meeting point will be at the Southwark Needle at 11am. One the ride we will be showing people all the new developments in the Nine Elms area and the highlight will be to taking a look at the amazing Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens.

We will then cross the Thames at Albert Bridge and make our way to the Beirut Cafe on Edgeware Road, where we can have lunch, as the Lebanese restaurants there will be open as normal on Christmas Day.

Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (tel: 07415 315 690)