JOY RIDERS Winter 100,000 mile challenge

JoyRiders run rides to help women find the confidence to start or return to cycling. Almost 60% of the women who participated in their rides said that both their physical and mental health improved as a result. 45% said they felt less isolated, 50% started to use cycling as an important form of transport, and 25% said they gained more confidence in other areas of their life.

During 2021 to date they have run 259 rides with over 1,600 participants – across London, Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge. They trained 90 volunteer ride leaders and participated in numerous forums, events and outreach activities. In 2022, they want to run even more rides in even more places.

Although JoyRiders are volunteer-led, there are costs associated with getting all these things done. E.g. it costs £160 to train one ride leader.

The 100,000 Mile #WinterChallenge is JoyRiders big fundraiser each year.  Together, everyone who joins the challenge is trying to ride 100,000 miles between 1 December 2021 and 28 February 2022. They’re also trying to raise £20,000.

It costs £8 for an adult to join – and there are teen (£6) and kid (£4) categories too. Everyone who joins is able to set up their own fundraising page so they can ask family and friends to support their efforts – and support JoyRiders.  You can upload your miles via a Strava link, or manually.

It is also possible to create a team entry – from a workplace, family entry, or a group of friends (or an LCC local group!). If you’d like to get involved, please click below.

For details see here:

http://www.register.enthuse.com/ps/event/JoyRidersWinter100000Challenge

NEW YEAR RIDE: Sunday 23 January

YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE IN ADVANCE – SEE LINK BELOW

A round trip from Barnet into Hertfordshire. 25 miles (40km) at a steady pace (9/10 miles per hour average). This ride is suitable for riders who want to keep moving fairly steadily but is neither for beginners nor strong riders wanting to push themselves. Mainly on road with some hills, and a horse bridge!

There will be one stop for refreshments at the Welcome Break at South Mimms at just over half way round the route. Ride will return at 3pm. Do bring lights to get you home.

Details of meeting place on the booking form. Meet at 9.45 for briefing and bike check – ready to leave at 10am

Sorry, but we cannot accommodate children on this ride.

This is the link to the Eventbrite to book.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/245885148097

Sunday 16 Jan 1pm: Westminster Winter Wonder Ride

Westminster Cycling Campaign is organising a ride for women and their allies called ‘Winter Wonder Ride’ on Sunday 16 January, 1pm. Dress code: warm and fabulous! This will be a short family-friendly marshalled ride mainly using protected bike lanes and traffic-free roads. Please spread the word – it should be a lot of fun, while highlighting the need for more safe cycle infrastructure in Westminster. And everyone is welcome to join in and support this ride, regardless of gender.

All riders must be registered to join so if you’d like to register or learn more about the ride, please click below. 

If you can volunteer as a marshal (you don’t need to identify as a woman) please contact katy.rodda@lcc.org.uk

Sunday 6th AND 13th February:  Zeppelin Ride (Central London CTC)

THE RIDE SCHEDULED FOR 6TH FEB IS FULLY BOOKED. A SECOND RIDE WILL BE HELD ON 13TH FEB. DETAILS ON HOW TO BOOK AS BELOW. IF RESTRICTIONS EASE THE NUMBERS ON EACH RIDE MAY BE ABLE TO BE INCREASED NEARER THE TIME.

NB this is not an LCC ride – it is being run by Central London CTC. Places must be booked online in advance. See end of this note on how to book a place.

Meeting time: 10:30.  

Ride Leader: Charles Harvey 07961 194 771

Start point: Potters Bar Railway Station. [Some riders will arrive by train. If you are cycling to the start point or coming on an earlier train, have a coffee at the Café Nero opposite the station’s main entrance, which allows you to keep an eye on the cycle parking area].

Ride Description:  A ride that takes you to places connected with the downing of the German airships SL11 and L31 in 1916, at Cuffley and Potters Bar respectively. Lunch at The Plough at Cuffley. To give you a feel for the rigours of high altitude flight, this ride takes you over some of the highest points in eastern Hertfordshire, including Cuffley, Newgate Street and Essendon. You have been warned!

For further info, contact Charles Harvey charles.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

020 8455 5174 / 07961 194 771    

NB if this ride is over-subscribed it will be repeated on Sunday 13th February

To book a place: Go to the link below. 

https://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk/rides

Find the entry for the ride and click on BOOK

Sunday 6th February:  Zeppelin Ride (Central London CTC)

NB this is not an LCC ride – it is being run by Central London CTC. Places must be booked online in advance. See end of this note on how to book a place.

Meeting time: 10:30.  

Ride Leader: Charles Harvey 07961 194 771

Start point: Potters Bar Railway Station. [Some riders will arrive by train. If you are cycling to the start point or coming on an earlier train, have a coffee at the Café Nero opposite the station’s main entrance, which allows you to keep an eye on the cycle parking area].

Trains: N.Southgate 10.23, O.Park 10.26, N.Barnet 10.28 (arrives P.Bar 10.34

Ride Description:  A ride that takes you to places connected with the downing of the German airships SL11 and L31 in 1916, at Cuffley and Potters Bar respectively. Lunch at The Plough at Cuffley. To give you a feel for the rigours of high altitude flight, this ride takes you over some of the highest points in eastern Hertfordshire, including Cuffley, Newgate Street and Essendon. You have been warned!

For further info, contact Charles Harvey charles.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

020 8455 5174 / 07961 194 771    

NB if this ride is over-subscribed it will be repeated on Sunday 13th February

To book a place: Go to the link below. 

https://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk/rides

Find the entry for the ride and click on BOOK

CTC Ride: Sunday 21st November BLUE PLAQUES

Blue Plaques Ride (southern Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb, northern Hampstead)

This is reminder of the ride this coming Sunday – there are still places available – please book here:

https://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk/rides

NB this is not an LCC ride – it is being run by Central London CTC. Places must be booked online in advance (limited to 15). See end of this note on how to book a place.

Start time: 10:00.  

Ride Leader: Charles Harvey 07961 194 771

Start point: Tally Corner by the Tally Ho pub, North Finchley, junction of Ballards Lane (A598) and High Road (A1000). Post code N12 0BP. Nearest railway station: New Southgate. 

Ride Description:  A ride visiting the plaques commemorating famous people who have lived in Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb and Hampstead. 

Ride notes:  Hampstead is hilly! So, if you have a choice of bikes, bring the one with the lowest gears. Also, due to the stop/start nature of the ride, there is little opportunity to build up body heat. So, if the ride is on a cold day, bring warm extra layers. There will be loo and refreshment stops at Golders Hill Park and South End Green. You can buy food and drink at either. If it is warm enough, you are welcome to bring a picnic and sit on the grass to eat it. If you arrive early, teas and coffees are available from a McDonalds by the start point. 

To book a place: Go to the link below. 

https://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk/rides

Ride: Sunday 17 October – St Albans

There are a few places left on this ride – if you would like to come please book asap.

YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE IN ADVANCE – SEE LINK BELOW.

THE RIDE IS RESTRICTED TO 12 PEOPLE – SO BOOK EARLY TO SECURE A PLACE

A round trip from Barnet to St Albans, returning via the Alban Way and Potters Bar.

The ride is about 26 miles/42 km, paced around 9 / 10 miles an hour average. The starting time is 10 am at the Spires, but please get there a little earlier for a briefing. We’ll be back by 3.30pm. Two 45 minute stops for brunch and cake.

The ride will be mostly on road but the Alban Way section is pedestrian and cycling only. This ride is suitable for riders who want to keep moving fairly steadily but is neither for beginners or strong riders wanting to push themselves.

Sorry, but we cannot accommodate children on this ride.

This is the link to the Eventbrite to book.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/barnet-cyclists-sunday-ride-to-st-albans-tickets-170444564280

If the link does not take you directly to the website, copy and paste the link into your browser

BARNET CYCLISTS’ RIDES

If you would be interested in riding in small groups of 6 people or fewer – taking into account all the various Covid-19 guidelines – we are gathering a mailing list of names. Places on rides would need to be booked in advance. To be kept in touch about how rides will be organised, and how to take part, please email  alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Also see the longer post in the August newsletter for a fuller explanation.

London to Brighton: Sunday 13th September

A message from Nadia from Barnet Mencap:  “Love Cycling? Ready to take on an exciting challenge and raise money for a local charity at the same time? Barnet Mencap is a leading charity supporting both children and adults across the borough of Barnet. The London to Brighton Bike ride is set to be an incredible adventure and takes place on Sunday 13th September 2020. Lunch is included. Starts at Clapham Common. Coach travel back to London is available. Common questions and answers can be found here:

https://www.londonbrightoncycle.co.uk/faqs/

If you are interested in taking part, and importantly collecting sponsorship funds for Barnet Mencap, please contact Nadia at nadia.topper@barnetmencap.org.uk.