Friday 16 February 2024
John Forbes Consulting ride
Join "Flambo" Forbes on a special "almost Valentine's Day" loop from Bermondsey through Crystal Palace and out to Kent.
John Forbes leads a property ride once a month, starting from Bermondsey in South London and picking up more riders at Cafe Paradou in Crystal Palace (as the Cadence cycle shop has closed its cafe) before heading out to Kent. The routes tend to be organised to include at least one lung-busting climb, during which you can enjoy the merry sound of John's cackling laughter. The finish is back at Crystal Palace for lunchtime refreshments.
"We meet at Caffe Paradiso on Shad Thames from 8.30am for a coffee and a croissant. 9am prompt departure. We pick up in Crystal Palace at about 9.45 for those from that part of the world. The rides are 40 or so of hilly miles from Crystal Palace into the North Downs getting back to Crystal Palace for some lunch / chatting. Although some of the hills are challenging, we wait for everyone at the top (and bottom).
Of the previous ride, on 19 January, Forbes said: "An intrepid / foolhardy four were out today, braving weather that I believe is termed 'bracing'. We stuck to slightly more major roads, particularly early on, to avoid the ice.