Cycling around London in the wee small hours on a summer’s night? Why not? “The 2018 London Night Rider event in aid of British Heart Foundation (BHF) had to be done,” said Stuart Manchester from The Property Shop in Brighton. “I’m very familiar with London having been born there and worked there but I’ve never cycled around it.
“On 9th June I jumped on the train from Brighton and headed to the Lea Valley Velodrome in the former Olympic Park site to join 1000 – yes 1000 – others. Setting off at 11pm the route wound its way north west towards Hampstead, south to Kensington, a brief stop at the Imperial War Museum for coffee and cake before hitting the West End. Riding along the Mall, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly at 2am was amazing, with noisy support from numerous revellers. Back at the War Museum along to Greenwich – so familiar to me, on to the final stage – a surreal ride over Tower Bridge, the bumpy cobbled streets of Wapping before the eerie silence of Canary Wharf and back to Stratford – 66 miles of nocturnal sightseeing.
“Next was the famous London to Brighton Bike Ride on Father’s Day. Pleasantly cooler than the 30 degree heat last year with wet stuff falling from the sky, but it’s great fun. 16,000 riders from first-time novices to a gent who was taking part for the 29th time! Regardless of experience we do it to raise that vital money for British Heart Foundation. In mine and my riding buddy’s case it’s for the work and research they do that has ensured his nine year old son Harrison is still alive. To say it’s very ‘close to our hearts’ is an understatement.
Two rides down, two still to go. The South East Coast MTB ride, a 55 mile jaunt around beautiful countryside, I’m biased, I live here, followed by my third 75 mile London to Brighton Off Road challenge. A ride I truly truly love! Wish me luck and if you wish to support my fundraising for the BHF, get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org