Cyclists in Southwark: Midsummer Madness 2018

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Cyclists in Southwark: Midsummer Madness 2018


Midsummer Madness ride to Primrose Hill to watch the summer solstice sunrise. This is the 2013 ride report.

Rides and Activities 
Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:45

Cyclists in Southwark celebrate the Summer Solstice in their own special way, meeting at Bar Italia at 3.45 am to cycle through the night to Camden. We're following a tradition established by the late Barry Mason and carried forward, after his death in 2011, by Francis Sedgemore. We will follow a route that has been used in previous years 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 04.44.

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 ).

To book, ands see the route, go to

A wake-up call for those who have never cycled to Hampstead Heath before
Start details 

Bar Italia, 22 Frith Street, London W1D 4RF.

Road ride
Bar Italia, 22 Frith St, London W1D 4RF.