Tour de Penge 2020 – now cancelled

Tour de Penge – Sunday 14th June 2020 – is now cancelled.
We’re now all very aware of Covid-19 and have heard a great deal in the media of the actions being taken to limit its spread. Whilst the advice changes day by day, it has become absolutely clear now that any activity involving groups of people is being strongly discouraged.
British Cycling have respectively chosen the end of June as the dates up to which all events are currently cancelled. Sadly, this means we’re going to cancel this years Tour de Penge.

The 2020 Tour de Penge – a free community bike ride from Penge to Greenwich and back – will take place on Sunday 14th June.

The Tour de Penge is a popular fixture in the local calendar and is part of the annual Penge Festival, taking up to 300 cyclists of all ages and abilities on a guided, safe and off-road route from Penge to the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich and back, a round trip of 16 flat miles.

You don’t have to be a member of Penge Cycle Club to join in. For first timers, the revelation that you can cycle along canal paths and through parks all the way to the Thames will come as a wonderful surprise. For regular Tour riders, it is a great chance to enjoy a family ride, take in an ice cream and (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine.

The itinerary for the day is as follows:

Please note the start point is still at Alexandra Junior School.

Sign on at Alexandra Junior School, Cator Road, London. SE26 5DS. Find it on Google maps. Meet from 08:30am with the ride starting at 9:30am. Gather at the school with your bikes ready for action. Get there early to meet old friends and make sure you are signed on for the ride. We’ll have some Tour de Penge T-Shirts and Penge CC merchandise available to buy.

Also we’ll have the London Borough of Bromley’s Dr Bike at the start to help sort any simple mechanical problems but do make sure to check your bikes over before the day.

We will divide up into groups of 20 or so, with a leader and a back-marker and set off at regular intervals towards Greenwich.

When we arrive at Greenwich, we can pause for the odd photo, drink and snack for about 20 minutes. In a break with our traditional routine, we will then make the return journey in the same groups that we set out with, pausing to let the young ones rest if they need to.

The Route

This is almost the same as in previous years, following National Cycle Network route 21 – The Waterlink way. A Garmin-ready route can be found on RidewithGPS using this link: Tour de Penge Route.

Finish party – Alexandra Junior School, Cator Road, Sydenham, SE26 5DS

The finish is at Alexandra School and it will be well worth it, because we are putting on a feast. We have soft drinks for the kids, a fantastic BBQ, raffle and some refreshments for the grown-ups.

Volunteers

We always need volunteers to help the day run smoothly. The key roles we need support with are:

  • Pre-ride publicity
  • Sourcing raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets
  • Leaders and back-markers to take the groups to Greenwich and back without getting lost
  • Taking turns with the BBQ

Calls go out for volunteers on email and Facebook to members as the date approaches.

Partners

We use the day to do some fundraising for our chosen club charity, Wheels for Wellbeing. We also have great support from the local London Cycling Campaign Group: Bromley Cyclists and Bromley Council’s Road Safety Unit, along with the support of many of our neighbouring cycle clubs, including regular partners, Bigfoot CC from Bromley.

The ride is free to enter.

Registration is done on the day and to save time please read the Terms & Conditions first – TdP T&Cs 2020

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes. We recommend you wear a helmet and be prepared for the weather. If it’s wet, bring a good waterproof; if it’s hot, don’t forget the sun-cream. Bring a drink and some ice-cream money. We accept card payments for drinks and food at the BBQ.

T-Shirts

T-Shirts are available using the same images you may have seen on the posters. They will be for sale from SE20 Cycles and we will also be selling them on the day at the start and finish – kids and adult sizes all for £10 each. There will also be other Penge CC branded kit available on the day too.

So, dust down your bike, get those tyres pumped up and the chain oiled and get ready for a great day out.

Also check out Facebook.

For any offers of help, as a marshal, support driver or general helper or for further information, contact: tourdepenge@pengecc.org.

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