As those who were at the AGM already know, I am organising a club trip to ride the Dunwich Dynamo in 2024. We will join several thousand riding from Hackney, London to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast on 20th-21st July 2024. It will be the 32nd edition of the ride.
If you haven’t heard of it, the Dunwich Dynamo is a special ride that deserves a place amongst your thoughts. It’s 115 miles on roads from Hackney, London to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. Through the night on quiet country roads (once we get out of London). There is no recognisable organisation, no entries, it’s free and you have all night. You just turn up and do the ride, ensuring you are self-sufficient. There are pubs, cafes, village halls and other refreshment stops along the way that open specially for the event. The spirit is great, which includes support from those who live along the route. Several businesses in Dunwich open extra early to reward finishers with breakfast as the sun rises over the beach. Plenty of websites will tell you more about it.
The trickiest aspect of taking part involves getting to the start in central London and then getting home from the remote finish on a Sunday morning. Transport options are very limited, so a club trip using a private coach is ideal. The only cost to take part covers the cost of the coach hire for two days, estimated to be around £90 per person.
• Saturday 20th July 2024: coach departs from Cheltenham around 15.00 (time TBC). Arrives in London Fields Park, Hackney around 19.00 (allowing for a stop en route). The ride starts whenever you like. Most depart the park from 20.00 onwards.
• Sunday 21st July: coach departs from Dunwich once everyone has completed the ride and grabbed a well-earned breakfast from the café on the beach, pub or local tea-rooms. The likely departure time is between 07.00 and 09.00. The coach then returns us to Cheltenham.
The same coach will transport us and our bikes. Bikes will go in the hold underneath the coach. So that bikes are suitably protected, they will be loaded by us with the front wheel and both pedals removed. Each bike will have a packing blanket to protect it.
Interest at the AGM was really good, possibly accounting for almost half of the 20 available places already. If you are interested or have already decided you want to come, please email me asap at CyclingEvent@outlook.com. I need enough bookings early to have the confidence to pay for the coach.