Cyclists in Southwark: Midsummer Mania 2017

21 June 2017
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)

This ride belongs to Barry Mason and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. This is the 2013 ride report.

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A wake-up call for those who have never cycled to Hampstead Heath before
Date and time: 
21 June 2017 - 3:45am
Road ride
12 mi

Wednesday 21 June 2017 is the longest day of the year, and since time immemorial people of all faiths and none have marked the occasion of the summer solstice by rising to greet the dawn. London cyclists do this in their own special way, by riding through the night from Bar Italia in Westminster to watch the sunrise from a vantage point in Camden, following a tradition established by the late Barry Mason and continued by Francis Sedgemore.

This year the ride is going to be branded as a "Cyclists in Southwark" ride and will follow a familiar route up to Primrose Hill, but will then continue on to Parliament Hill, which has much better unobstructed views to the east for watching the sun rise at about 04.40.

Previous years have seen hundreds of London cyclists foregoing their beauty sleep, giddy with excitement at the prospect of experiencing the rise of the midsummer sun.

Overcast skies and rain are no deterrent, for the Summer Solstice ride is a community happening, fun whatever the weather. Following the sunrise, will cycle back to the 24 hour cafe Bar Polo, where we will have breakfast at 06.30am. This ride is brought to you by Cyclists in Southwark: an informal collective of paid-up members of Cycling UK who organise a rides programme in and around South East London.

Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (tel: 07415 315 690, email nigelbee@blueyonder.co.uk ).

This is our route:

Start details: 
Bar Italia, 22 Frith Street, London W1D 4RF.

Map and Address

Location address and information: 
Bar Italia, 22 Frith St, London W1D 4RF.


Contact name: 
Nigel Bee
Contact phone number: 
07415 315 690
Contact email address: 
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