Bike From Boleyn

Bike from Boleyn rides are intended to maintain the link between Upton Park and the London Stadium . This ride celebrates the end of a successful season for West Ham.

It is a socially distanced, leisurely, mostly off road or quiet road tour of sites connected with West Ham with a cafe stop opposite the London Stadium. It will end shortly before kick off . We start and finish at the 1966 statue .  Approximately 10 miles.

Booking is essential:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-from-boleyn-tickets-154097123645

Call the Midwife Ride

A relaxed and socially distanced 17km/10 mile circular ride exploring the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets where the Call the Midwife stories originate from. We will stop for coffee at The Ledger Building/Museum of Docklands then continue to Pepper Street/Cross Harbour where we will have a lunch stop. Lunch can be bought from one of the cafes there, the Tesco Supermarket or Asda Isle of Dogs, there is also seating available for those who bring their own food.

The ride is mainly on quiet streets, cycle and pedestrian only paths and
cycle lanes. There is a small section along a major road which is a cycle
route and small sections of canal side cycling. There are also a number of speed reduction gates, some sharp turns, kerb steps and short sections where we need to dismount and walk.

Places are limited and booking is essential:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/call-the-midwife-ride-tickets-153542446591

Newham Parks Ride

This ride is being put on by Newham Cyclists which is part of the London Cycling Campaign in conjunction with GoParks London, a campaign to encourage Londoners to explore their parks and engage with community groups involved with parks.

https://www.goparks.london/boroughs/newham/

It is a series of connected rides (all easy) starting, at the View Tube, which give an option of distances and time spent approximately 3 miles, 13 miles or 23 miles. Option 1 is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park suitable for all ages. Option 2 takes in the parks of “urban Newham” and involves riding on some (mostly quiet) roads) and Option 3 also takes in the Parks of the Thames side/Royal Docks and Lea Valley.

Places must be pre-booked on:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newham-parks-ride-tickets-140630117467

Please e-mail newham@lcc.org.uk by close on 30 April to indicate which ride option you would like to take.

All rides have the facility for stops for information and refreshment.

Those wanting to end after options1 or 2 can return to the View Tube off road via the Newham Greenway.

Cake Mountain Ride

This has become a popular ride.  Well, cakes and bikes – what’s not to like?!

Arrive at St Thomas’ at approximately 1:30pm where there’s a nice spot for picnic or the Horseshoe pub next door for lunch. Cakes from 2.30pm
Mixture of off and on road riding with some steep hills. (Steve did the recce on his single speed and had to get off and push sometimes!)

Graded:  Hard

It’s a 40 mile round trip, mostly off road, with an option to take a train from Waltham Cross to Liverpool St, for those that would prefer not to ride back (or have eaten too much cake…)

River Ride Report 21-4-18

Despite having to pull the ride day forward as we were clashing with the marathon we had another good turn out at the View tube on Saturday -with riders from Newham, south London, Elm park and as far afield as Brentwood! 20 of us set off on a very sunny day down the river Lee calling at Three mills & Cody dock.

For a change, after Bow ecology park, we crossed the bridge to London city island and navigated through the new open areas. After a quick visit to East India Dock we followed river through isle of dogs to Greenwich via the foot tunnel -here we picked up another south London cyclist then navigated the extensive diversions to the Thames path stopping for lunch at the cafe under cable cars -here we lost half the group to a local pub, football or gardening! However the rest of us continued along Thames path to Woolwich ferry -some exploring an interesting local Tor viewpoint & the site of the wreck of the Princess Alice boat on the Thames -with the loss of many lives in 1878.

Across the River back in Newham we followed river round to Gallions reach past the new Decathlon shop -offering cyclists free servicing discounts

We then picked up greenway & followed it back entering Olympic park via new ramp leading to Channelsea passage – ending with a welcome beverage at the view tube cafe!

The decision continue to the Tor & shipwreck added a few miles to ride but worth it! (thanks to riders for showing us these!)

We welcomed no mechanical problems this time and that no-one fell in the river!

Many thanks to all who assisted -esp. Arnie & Steve for back marking & Robin as ever for great photos

 

Christmas Lights Ride report (by Steve)

On the evening of Monday 7th December, Newham Cyclists toured the extravagant lighting displays of London’s West End. We met by the steps at St Pauls Cathedral before following a route that took in all the major shopping streets and some iconic London venues such as Trafalgar Square and Somerset House.

Nigel & Lisa coffee7Christmas lights route

Bill joined us on Bond Street outside Burberry’s, had he been Christmas shopping? It was not clear, as he wasn’t saying. The route deviated from the plan and we took Regent Street instead of Piccadilly down to Piccadilly Circus. A minor route planning mistake by the ride leader caused a little confusion, but once regrouped we headed for the bright lights of Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square

St Pauls groupTrafalgar

The famous Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square looked as if it had been exposed to strong winds as it seemed to have a natural tilt, and the horse skeleton with the stock market data stream on the fourth plinth required some interpretation. Carnaby Street lights were impressively gaudy and Covent Garden had an excellent tree, as did Somerset House.

CarnabyC Garden group

There were some challenges as the roads were busy and there were lots of pedestrians, however the evening temperature was mild and and dry and there was no wind. We returned via Winterville in Victoria Park, but the bike parking was woefully inadequate so we did not go in and diverted to the People’s Pub on Victoria Park Road for deserved and festive refreshment.

More pictures, courtesy of Robin here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsstephenson/albums/72157662020002231