Season opening ride: Saturday 24 September

As promised, there’ll be a friends of The Bike Show ride this coming Saturday 24th September, on the eve of the show’s return to the airwaves on Monday.

The ride will start at Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street around 9.30am and finish at the Resonance FM studios in Borough High Street around 4pm, possibly earlier.

There are currently two options and which one we choose will depend on what those taking part want to do. The poll was very close, with just a single vote putting the Eastern Excursion ahead of the North Downs Hills.

1: A leisurely city ride east along canals, the Greenway, the Woolwich Ferry and back along the south bank of the river (pub lunch at the Hope and Anchor, Charlton?). Around 35km

2: A more speedy ride through Camberwell, Dulwich, West Wickham to the North Downs, over the M25, a few hills and back. Around 75km. Possible pub lunch stop at the Blacksmiths Arms in Cudham.

This looks like a fair result as the more accessible ride has won out and those who crave speed and hills can always form a Bike Show peloton in the Ride of the Falling Leaves the following weekend.

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