Easing of Lockdown Week 16, 10th July 2020

Quite early on in the pandemic, when we were deep in lockdown, a BBC news reporter door-stepped an elderly gent. His only human contact was with a charity delivering food for him. ‘It’s just so nice to see someone’ he said. My equivalent is the Amazon delivery guy. Though he’s not my only pal, I have got to know him quite well.

I am loving getting back into group riding, not only because it gives the opportunity to sit on a wheel now and then, but because the biggest withdrawal symptom I’ve had is for human interaction. We’re not quite there yet, fist-bumping rather than a full clench, but it’s better. It’s possibly churlish to complain when there is so much real anguish, but I do still miss the coffee, cake and chat at the end of a ride. It’s a bit like watching the footie without a crowd. Similar, but not quite the same.

A small group of us sat outside the Blue Belle, appropriately distanced and another group of us met in the Goldsmiths one evening. Felt good. Sadly, it’s going to be a while before our favourite coffee and cake emporium is back open again. But we can ride and we can dream.

Sunday rides

Same routine as last week, sign up on RiderHQ for the ride of your choice. It is open for booking at 6pm today.

Six to a group, no waiting lists – let Niki know if you want to lead a second group. More detailed instructions below.

RideLeaderDepart LocationDepart TimeDistanceSpeed
Long 4Gareth WallSE20 Cycles7:15am45-55mi16-17mph
Long 3James HanscombCrooked Billet7:30am45-55mi15-16mph
Long 2 (Late start)Andy HardingJunction of Kent House Road and Beckenham road9:30am45-55mi13-14mph
Long 2Simon WilkinsSE20 Cycles7:45am45-55mi13-14mph
Long 1TBCCrooked Billet8am50mi11-12mph
Short 4TBCSE20 Cycles8:15am30-35mi15-16mph
Short 3Nick BrunCrooked Billet8:30am30-35mi13-14mph
Short 2Liz BegleySE20 Cycles8:45am30-35mi12-13mph
Short 1Chris MartinCrooked Billet9am30-35mi11-12mph
SteadyBarry GrahamSE20 Cycles9:15am24-27mi10-11mph

Turbo trainers for sale

Paul Mill is selling off a batch of decent turbo trainers along with mats, blocks and towels. He also has some bluetooth heartrate monitors. In short, everything you need to do Turbobeat Live!

  • Super Magneto Pro trainer + block + mat + towel – £175
  • Bluetooth HRM + strap – £20

Message me or talk to Paul direct.

Niki’s Ride Rules

I think people have got the message now. Refer to this earlier newsletter if you need reminding – but let’s keep it safe please. This thing isn’t done just yet and I don’t think any of us wants to get banged up again.

If you can’t ride

If you need to remove yourself from a ride, please do so on RiderHQ – do not try and inform the leader via Facebook or any other method. If you can’t work out how to remove yourself on RiderHQ, please refer to that helpful post on Facebook. Alternatively, please let Niki know via email, Facebook Messenger or contact Niki via WhatsApp.

Closing Thoughts

Have a great weekend.