England : Cambridgeshire Not a Christmas Friday Night ride - 11th December

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by Flying Dodo, 21 Oct 2015.

  1. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Yes folks, it's time for another unofficial night ride. Except this time it's not going to the coast although there is some water, and it's a bit before Christmas, and it ends in London. It is on a Friday night though and we do stop at an airport.

    In a change from the usual things I've done in the past, it's 70 miles of rolling roads from Cambridge to London.

    Departing Cambridge train station at midnight on Friday 11th December, and then weaving the light fantastic on the groovy cycle paths round the hospital before heading out into the dark and zooming through quaint little villages which seem vaguely familiar before hitting the bright lights of Stansted Airport for a halfway stop at McDonalds.

    Suitably refreshed, we'll then head south-west and drop down the Lea Valley before navigating the mean streets of London to end up at Liverpool Street Station for breakfast (and a traditional beer if applicable).

    Usual caveats apply: It's not a race and we'll stop for re-groups, and in the event of the appearance of anything like monsoon rain, heavy snow, ice or the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse then I'll cancel.

    There are numerous trains to Cambridge, and tickets from London are available from £6. Feel free to bling yourself & your bike in Christmas stuff.
  2. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    A distinct probability, diary permitting - I need to check.

    I may even try a debut night ride for my Brommie. Although I've never ridden it further than 12km at a stretch yet, so that may be foolhardy. And ending in London kind of removes the need for foldability getting home.
  3. robjh

    robjh Legendary Member

  4. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Ooh I'm a possible!
  5. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    I, sadly, am an impossible. As it's during Christmas pressure, no leave, and I simply can't get to Cambridge in time after work.
  6. wanda2010

    wanda2010 Veteran

    A great idea, but I'll be overseas.
  7. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    A thought has occurred- I could get the train from Liverpool Street and then meet up en route. Also, there's the Kings Cross train option- if I make the 2138 train up after work, I'd have 25 minutes to get to KX for the next Cambridge service (doable) which gets in at five past midnight.
    No longer impossible then :smile:
  8. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Sounds mighty tempting. The countryside round Stansted is really pretty.
  9. redfalo

    redfalo known as Olaf in real life

    Brexit Boomtown
    I'll be out of the country :sad:
  10. Elybazza61

    Elybazza61 Veteran

    Mmm;might be interested in this(depending on other 'stuff'),would be a good test for the cross/commuter XLS.
  11. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    At that time of the year it will be dark until 7.30am, you wont see much all night, and everyone will need good lights with plenty of back up batteries, as they will be on for the whole ride.
  12. OP
    Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    You don't do many night rides do you? There'll be lots to see!
    rb58, redfalo, derrick and 1 other person like this.
  13. frank9755

    frank9755 Cyclist

    West London
    Sounds good. The weather at that time last year was was very mild.
    I'll pencil it in.
  14. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Does that mean you will be getting back to London at about 4-30?
  15. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    It's a flattish ride back the roads will be clear it should not take to much longer. I do it quite often. :okay:
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