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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

RideLondon Free Cycle 2017

This year was the fifth anniversary of one of the world’s leading cycling events. It is an event that has something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist, a first time rider on a Boris Bike or a youngster on a strider bike.

Some of the Batribike team went along to enjoy the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event. Eight miles of London Streets are closed to motorised traffic to allow cyclists to enjoy the iconic landmarks and festival feeling that goes with the event.

Batribike Omega at St Katherine Dock

Batribike Delta at St Katherine Dock
We parked near St Katherine Dock and met our other riders who had come by train. I love looking round the dock here. It has such a lovely quiet village feel yet is just a few yards from the Embankment and Tower Bridge.

After a few pre ride pictures of the bikes we set off. Under Tower Bridge and along the cobbles, past The Tower, and onto Lower Thames Street. The Cycle Superhighway runs along here and we crossed the dual carriageway to join it. What a great cycle lane this is, completely separated from the fast moving traffic.

We soon turned off and headed up to the Monument. The sun was shining and we were all excited to be in London. We joined the FreeCycle route here. The route is directional, when you have 70,000 riders on the road it is best to have them all going the same way!


We travelled along the Embankment to Westminster and up Birdcage Walk to Buckingham Palace. The crowds on the pavements were huge and there was a lovely festival atmosphere with riders ringing their bells and waving flags.


As always my favourite part was riding up the Mall to Trafalgar Square. We saw a cycling sofa – people pedalling recumbent style. It had a large speaker and the riders were beat boxing. Another high point was the ride round the new financial buildings – the Gerkin looks so much bigger up close.





After two circuits it was time to go. Another brilliant RideLondon! I thoroughly enjoyed my stress free ride on the Perdu. My injured knee coped very well with 16 miles of riding and most of the time I was on the lowest level of assistance. I have the date for next year’s event noted in my diary.

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