June is traditionally our busiest cycling month, with Bike Week events in and outside the borough, long, long days – and this year the E17 Art Trail to boot.
Sunday 1 June
The E17 Art Trail Ride – 11am
The E17 Art Trail is back in its 10th edition. WF Cyclists have been putting on rides around the Art Trail venues for quite a few years, too, and this is the first of them.
Meet by 11am at Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market – themselves Art Trail venues so come early, for a c. 11.10 departure. We aim to finish at a pub full of art’n’ale after 4pm.
Sunday 1 June
The E11 Ride
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.
The Sunday Cycle
There is no Sunday Cycle at the Mill this month as Katja is busy with her art installation for the Art Trail: Art Grows on Trees.
Sunday 8 June
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.
This month’s Family Bike Ride will also offer the choice to follow a family friendly E17 Art Trail ride, starting with the ever-popular We Love Lego exhibition.
Friday 13 June
This local Bike Week institution will take place, as usual, in Coppermill Lane, opposite the Water Works at commuter home-coming time. We will greet cyclists with tea and cakes – tea-making cake-baking volunteers get in touch – otherwise, make sure you visit! Details to follow.
Saturday 14 June
World Naked Bike Ride
WF Cyclist Nic will be leading a (clothed) feeder ride from Walthamstow to this year’s World Naked Bike Ride – a protest event in London, and throughout the world, raising awareness of safety of cyclists, reducing oil dependence, and similar serious issues – in a fun way. Meet outside Walthamstow Library at 12.30 for the feeder ride to Hyde Park, where you can disrobe fully, partly, or not at all – or alternatively come to any of the 6 meeting points in Central London for 2.30pm.
Sunday 15 June
The E17 Art Trail Ride – 1pm
Come to the final E17 Art Trail ride around the Art Trail venues, starting at 1pm outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market, and finishing at the secret closing party around 6pm!
Wednesday 18 June
WFCycling Summer Evening ride
Bridget’s summer special, meeting at 6.30pm outside Walthamstow Library for a slow roll around, possibly visiting the Olympic Park and gently winding down at a pub to ale your cogs.
Sunday 22 June
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. We are usually back by 3-4pm.
Sunday 29 June
Tour de Waltham Forest rides
The borough’s Ralph Robinson’s classic Gold, Silver, and Bronze rides got a make-over with the help of WF Cyclists Bridget Wilkinson and Nic Fripp. The Gold, spanning almost 30 miles of riding around Waltham Forest (and occasionally peeping out) starts at 11am; the Silver (c. 18 miles) starts at 1pm; and there are two Bronze 6-milers: at 12pm and 2pm. Come early to complete the Council registration form.
North Star Velo Road Ride
For those with a penchant / stamina / bike for faster longer rides, the North Star 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, but they have recently ridden to Maidstone, the Peak District, and Boulogne (not at once).
Lea Valley Cycling Club Runs
Another one for bar-raising bar-droppers, the well-established 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. You can also join them at High Beech for 10am – for example from Chingford or Loughton stations
For those of you who extend the love of cycling to spectator sports, some info on the UK bit of this year’s Tour de France and other events.
The Tour is looking for volunteers (known as Tour Makers) to help on Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the event from 5 – 7 July. The Tour de France riders will leave the city of Leeds on the 5th and race through Yorkshire, culminating in London on the 7th , finishing on the Mall. If you’d like to help out, follow this link.
Sunday 20 July – pencil in a sponsored ride in support of a local charity, Thuso, that supports children and education in South Africa. You can find out more at www.thuso.org. More details to follow.
Saturday 9 August 2014 – FreeCycle. Enjoy traffic-free central London for a day! Well, crummy bits of it… It’s ridiculously inadequate, but still a thrilling experience. We’ll be riding from Walthamstow (and possibly other locations in Waltham Forest) so join us to get to the car-free circuit safely.