With some of the covid restrictions lifted, I had arranged in advance with Dr John for us to begin our very own season of night rides to the coast with the classic London to Brighton.
Along with setting this date up in advance, I already knew which of my bicycles I was going to take with me - my Titanium Orange Brompton. I didn't need to prep this bike at all other apply some oil to the chain and check the tyre pressures.
I decided to cycle to the start location near the London Eye which would involve almost 20 miles of cycling. I did take it easy and didn't push things but I am not sure that doing this before almost 60 miles during the night was the bets of ideas?
I arrived at at the start just after 23:00 and Dr John was already there. It was great to be finally embarking upon a nocturnal adventure to the coast and even better to see Dr John again. We set off almost straight away, once I had managed to load the route into my Wahoo. After so long I had almost forgotten how to do it. Thankfully, the chevron line to follow came up and we were off.
The traffic was thankfully pretty light and we made excellent progress. We reached the left turn on Cathless Road in record time having past the stations Oval, Stockwell, Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South. We passed through Tooting Common and this point always marks the slight change from busy to quieter roads.
Dr John was in good form and we chatted away about what we had been up to and general Brompton gossip. This made the entire ride seem to go by quickly and it was more about the simple pleasures of two friends catching up and cycling through the the night than Strava segments or times.
We reached Farthing Downs and the cattle grid at just after 01:00 a.m. and the urban was left behind. Once at the top we stopped for a snack and to take a few sips of water. After a few photos we pressed onwards.