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:
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)