Alternative Easter Mass


The last Friday in the month means that it is Critical Mass time again but tomorrow’s ride will also celebrate the 11th year of monthly bike rides.  Last year’s anniversary ride saw over 800 cyclists on the streets with a bike samba band, a guitar player in a rickshaw, various sound systems and some amazing bike creations.  For those who haven’t experienced the fun and friendliness of a Mass, I can thoroughly recommend it for a good night out.  Folks gravitate towards the Southbank at Waterloo, specifically outside the NFT Cafe under Waterloo Bridge from 6pm with the ride setting off about 6.30pm.  This mass of riders then moves around London (no specific route) together with safety in number all but removing the danger of cars and lorries for a few fun hours.  It’s a bank holiday for most tomorrow, so there is no excuse for not attending especially if the weather is brighter as in recent days.  For a glimpse of what went on last year, have a look at these pictures.


Halloween Mass 2004

Additionally, with there being a full moon and hopefully clear skies, CM rider Roger Geffen is planning another of his all-night bike rides from London to Hastings in time to watch the sunrise.  Roger plans to set off at 9pm from the Southwark Needle, the sculpture at the southern end of London Bridge outside Evans bike shop.  “The sky will begin to lighten up the wonderful countryside on the Kent/Sussex border approaching the South Downs, allowing us to enjoy sunrise itself (which is at 5.52am) on the final descent into Hastings about 70 miles later.  Much of the terrain is gently rolling, but it is pretty hilly where we cross the North Downs (just before reaching the M25) and again as we cross the South Downs just before reaching the coast.”  Roger further advises anyone who fancies joining will need to “bring lights, some energy-rich food and drink to keep you going, enough money for breakfast in Hastings (there is a cafe near the marina which opens early) and for the train fare home (£14.90, or £9.85 with a rail card), and clothing options to deal with the possibilities of cold or wet conditions.  No doubt those of you who are really optimistic about the weather will want to bring some bathing stuff too!”

I’m off to pump tyres, check lights and make sure the camera has batteries.

also blogged to Metroblogging London

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