By Liz & Ken

*****Ride and report by Liz & Ken Our January ride for 2016 was a bit different from our usual 35 – 40 miles in the countryside as we had planned a short ride in London. 16 of us, a good turn out for January, met up in Charlton Library car park and after a brief stop for what must be one of the closest to the start punctures (approx 100m), we rode the short hop to Greenwich Park for coffee and a look at the view out over the river and the Isle of Dogs. After this break we partly followed the Thames Path to the Design Museum in Shad Thames close to Tower Bridge. We had a long stop here to see the Cycle Revolution exhibition – lots of bikes to ogle at including the interesting progression of hour record bikes from that ridden by Merckx through Moser to Wiggins. After lunch in the museum café we set off for the return journey north of the river. Unfortunately we managed to lose Russell and Rachel (sorry!) over Tower Bridge, but luckily they had the route so met up with us later. We mostly followed the fairly new cycle superhighway 3 through Poplar and on to North Woolwich. As we arrived at the ferry the lights were on red and all the cars had stopped boarding but we were very lucky and the crew waited for all of our group to board – so we really didn’t have to wait at all. From the southern ferry terminal it was a short but mostly uphill ride back to the start in Charlton. About 18 miles ridden, in remarkably good weather.

Thames Path - with a good view of Tower Bridge

Wake up Liz

Ken and Liz

Cycle Exhibition

Cyclists

Lunch

Liz & Mark

Tower Bridge

Crossing Tower Bridge

First mechanical of the day

admiring the City view

perhaps it should have had some work before it went on display

we've reached the Museum

The Cycle Revolution exhibition had a collection of unusual bikes

these frames hadn't made it into the actual exhibition

Anne had a rest while we waited for Rachel and Russell

Anne enjoying the break

Oliver took the opportunity to do some more cycling

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