Today was the London Skyride. It involved 15km (why do they use KM in all the promotional material? I guess it sounds better than 9.32 miles) of roads closed off to cars, so that cyclists can enjoy cycling around London. There were also plenty of events being held such as bike repair stands and the cycle sprint challenge which allowed you to test your speed against your friends. For those less confident cyclists there were also lead rides to the event leaving from all around London. I was asked to marshal the ride from Swiss Cottage.
I met with a lot of cyclists and was surprised to hear the number of people with a fear for cycling in London. This kind of surprised me and I will make sure I put together more articles with safe cycling tips.
On the ride in it was quite surreal seeing all those cyclists taking up the whole road. Along the way there was a lot of bicycle bells ringing which was quite loud considering the size of the group, this helped raise plenty of attention from confused onlookers.
Upon arriving to the event it was clear it was a huge success. London’s cyclists had turned out in force. The crowds reminded me of cycling on the streets of Vietnam or China. There was no way you were going to pick up any speed along the way! The atmosphere was great and everyone seemed to be enjoying it.
Once the group had been led in I had a chance to have a quick look around and meet some of you including John and his friends. It is always good to meet fellow cyclists and its a shame I ran out of time to meet up with everyone who got in touch. Keep an eye out for future meetups.
I can highly recommend the Skyride event and will be attending the one next year. I’ll leave you with this great picture from realcycling:
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