The first Vulpine Cyclogame will be held on the 8th December at Oval Space in Hackney. There’s going to be loads going on and it looks like a good fun
It’s free too, so there’s not really any excuse for not going. There will be loads of people doing stuff. I’d list it all but it will be easier to just go on their website.
For the Cycle Love stall, they’re running an online competition where you can upload a picture of your bike and vote for your favourite. The winners will be displayed on the stall for maximum smugness. You can check out the pictures here (and vote for the Makino)
See you there!
The Bicycle Film Festival is always awesome, and this year looks to be no exception. There’s loads of great films, including Moonrider (which I really want to see), Janapur, Ryokou and Soigneur. The Urban Bicycle Shorts is always a good watch too.
Find more info on what’s happening here.
As always, there’s parties too. The first of which is the opening party tonight, at The Russet, E8 2BT from 7pm. On Saturday is the LFGSS party at Iambic Bar on Pitfield Street, it’s exclusive to LFGSS and BFF people so won’t be full of dick heads like last year and will have real turntables too. Did I mention the free beer? Well there’s free beer too.
So get involved. Watch some films, get drunk, have fun and I will hopefully see you there.
Each July the Dunwich Dynamo is a ride from London Fields to Dunwich on the East Suffolk Coast. It starts at about 9pm and goes through the night with most people arriving around 7am. Speaking of people, literally thousands take part, which makes it a unique experience. No matter how fast or slow you go, how many people you pass or overtake you, there is always some flashing red lights ahead of you, showing you the way. Some people make new friends on the ride, some just ride with old friends, but everyone gains something from the experience. People do it on all kinds of bikes too, mountain bikes that have rarely made it outside zone 2, recumbents, full carbon race bikes, mud guarded and pannier racked touring bikes, the lot.
The total distance is about 112 miles, depends on how far wrong you go and the length of time is takes is as affected by how many stops you take just as much as the speed you’re travelling at. Being an overnight ride the sense of time gets warped and energy levels plummet in the early hours of the morning, only to rise again with the sun at around 4 am.
Since starting to cycle outside of commuting in 2010, I’ve ridden the Dunwich Dynamo twice and hope to make this the third year.
Southwark Cyclists are the organisers, and you can buy coach tickets for the way back from them. This year as an extra treat, they have designed jersey’s with Miltag. Miltag make really high quality kit for not too much money so you can’t go wrong.
And here’s a picture of my mate Leo having ridden a Barclays hire bike to Dunwich, cos he’s a nutter.
Hopefully see you guys there!
Tomorrow (Saturday) is this years Smithfield Market London Nocturne.
There’s a whole heap of racing going on, the schedule looking like this
Ian Stannard won the Men’s Elite Criterium last year by smashing it at the front and eventually lapping most people, now he rides for Sky, so there’s a lot at stake here. The Track Bike Criterium should be good watching, if only to shout abuse and tell people their saddle’s too high. Wiggle will be showing off their new woman’s road team in the Elite Women’s Criterium with some massive names like Laura Trott and Dani King. So yeah, come down, it’s free to go and there’s shops selling beer.
So today was a blast. The less than annual LFGSS track day was in full swing at Herne Hill Velodrome, albeit with fewer people than last time due to the bank holiday. The sun was out and so was the lycra. It was great to see so many friends and heckle them when they lost.
Here’s a load of photo’s. I’ll probably upload them to facebook to tag everyone as well.
So this weekend just gone was the London Classic. In it’s third year now, it happens once a year on the same day as the Paris-Roubaix and takes in lots of London’s famous cobbles and hills. The route is great, almost entirely back streets and being on a Sunday morning there was a distinct lack of cars on the road. Although it was the hottest day, the sun was shining and the wind was passive; I couldn’t have asked for more.
There is a few unofficial stops like Look Mum No Hands and any number of pubs along the river. The hills in the second half of the day were good fun, 6 in total, not enough to really tire you out but easily enough to wake your legs up. Saying that I was on my fantastic Oak road bike and I would probably have a very different opinion of the hills had I ridden it fixed. Massive props to all those that did ride it fixed, and to those who took their children on a tag-along up the hills too.
It is a free event with a suggested donation to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital Service so it all volunteer organised. Huge thanks to them for putting the day on, it’s definitely not to be missed. I will certainly be doing this again next year.
I recorded the ride with my Garmin but it decided to turn off for a few miles so skewed the data.
So this past weekend was the London Bike Show at the Excel Center, which is meant to have overtaken the Cycle Show at Earls Court as being the best bicycle show in the UK. However everyone I have spoken to who went has complained about the lack of decent stalls an the glut of ambulance chasers and other wholly uninteresting stalls.
The highlight was the IG Nocturne indoor criteriums. They had the usual Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s, Penny Farthing, Fixed Gear and Folding bike races, but they also included the Industry race, Media race and City challenge to appease their sponsors. They recreated the usual Nocturne track around the Smithfield market indoors and put red sandpapery stuff on the floor at the corners for grip. Still a lot of people went down.
In the track bike race Frenk from Iride Modena won and my mate Dimi came 4th.
The Madison Genesis team won the Elite Mens criterium on their flashy new 953 race bikes. The only pro team to be riding on steel apart from Rapha Condor JLT.
Here’s some photo’s coutesy of Apollo