January rides

We’ve had a lot of great rides in December, and January is looking even busier with 15 rides (and counting) – starting on the 1st! So banish the New Year blues and get riding.

With so many rides, here’s a handy colour index:

Social – 2   Family – 1   Women – 2   Road – 8   Off-road – 2


New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1 January
Bridget’s Breeze Ride for Women and Children

If you’d like to ride but would be more comfortable without boys on their toys, the Breeze ride is for you.
Starting at 10.30 at the bottom of Coppermill Lane. About 9 miles with a cafe break – under two hours. No roads, no hills, nobody gets left behind. Children of either sex welcome.


Every Saturday
North Star Vieux Velo Road
Ride

For those with a penchant / stamina / bike for faster longer rides, the North Star Vieux Velo club meet every Saturday at 9am close to the corner of Browning Road and Bushwood, off Bush Road in Leytonstone, and try to leave London asap – most Saturdays the only way is Essex. Named after their local pub, les Vieux are inclusive and anyone is welcome to ride – even youngsters.

 

Every Sunday
Lea Valley Cycling Club Runs

Another one for bar-raising bar-droppers, Lea Valley Cycling Club ride on Sundays from Walthamstow Town Hall in Forest Road E17 and often split at High Beech into faster / longer and slower / shorter rides to cater to all abilities.

 

Sunday 5 January and Sunday 19 January
Nic’s Off-Road Rides

We’ll be going up the Roding Valley, crossing to Knighton Woods (a testing climb!) and then a hairy descent via Tuttlebee Lane onto Whitehall Plain to Chingford, where we’ll find somewhere for lunch for those who don’t want to shed excess poundage by skipping it.

For the knackered,  the signposted quiet route offers a nice flat and reasonably traffic-light way back to Walthamstow,  whereas the hearties can use the rutted and muddy forest trail.  Sorry,  but this is one for the experienced off-roader and even hybrids will struggle, so bring your knobbliest tyres as THERE WILL BE MUD.

The rides will start from Hollow Pond at the car park shared by the Lakeside Diner and the Log Cabin at around 11am,  and aim to be in Chingford by about 1pm,  with a return to the start by dusk,  which will be about 4pm.

 
Saturday 11 January
Bridget’s Breeze Ride for Women and Children

If you’d like to ride but would be more comfortable without boys on their toys, the Breeze ride are for you.
Starting at 10.00 at the bottom of Coppermill Lane. About 9 miles with a cafe break – under two hours. No roads, no hills, nobody gets left behind. Children of either sex welcome.

 
Sunday 12 January
The BARA Ride

Destination Royal Docks; distance 7 miles or so each way.

Lunch at Yiban, the best Chinese food in London. http://www.yi-ban.com/home.cfm :- £10.00 will more than cover it.

We will be back by 2pm. Route not finalised but it will be safe quiet and mostly dedicated cycle paths etc.

This is one of the regular BARA first-Sunday-of-the-month rides: meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) to leave at 10am. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

 

Sunday 12 January
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride

Our aim is for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough (Waltham Forest). Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.

Our pace is easy, and the maximum distance we do is 15 miles there and back. We will do our best to tailor our route to the abilities of those who turn up, so the distance we cover might be considerably shorter.

We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water (in case our plans are thwarted); plus of course a bicycle, and any children you can round up.  In the winter months, please remember your lights.

Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

 

Sunday 26 January
WFCycling Monthly ride

Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market. The Market opens at 10am so there is just enough time for a hot cuppa or your weekly groceries. Route yet to be finalised (ideas / emerging ride leaders welcome!). We are usually back by 3-4pm but do bring your lights.

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