In 2022 WNBR London has 8 starts plus an accessible option.
There will be no Hyde Park start for WNBR London in 2022 as the areas we use will be fenced off and closed to the public! Instead, we have been able to confirm an alternative start near Hyde Park Corner, in the area surrounding Wellington Arch.
So, what considerations might you have?
- Convenient location
- Transport links (train/tube/bus)
- Bike hire locations
- Length of ride
- Scenic / sightseeing opportunities
- Where your friends are starting from
- Opportunity for social time before ride
- Crowds vs Small Group
- Public vs Private
- Minimising spectators and photographers
Here are some comments to help you choose your start. You can find details about the starts from the Activities page.
Croydon is the longest of the routes at 20⅓ miles (32½ Km). It has a gentle pace of about 9mph (when moving, overall average will be closer to 6mph). Following a tour of a few town centres it will be joining the other groups in Central London. The venue is in a gated, private property with no onlookers. You are welcome to arrive early, relax, eat your sandwiches, socialise and get painted. There will also be a return ride and you will be welcome to stay for a clothing optional barbecue.
Kew Bridge is second longest at 17¾ miles (28½ Km). The ride crosses the meandering Thames several times before joining in with the Clapham Junction start. The ride starts from the southbound roadside at the north end of the bridge. As it is a roadside start, you should not arrive early.
Clapham Junction is very convenient for the train connections, after all, it is the biggest junction and has the most trains passing through – over 2,000 on weekdays. It is optionally a circular route, with riders returning to the start point after completing the ride. Our start point is alongside the station (Platform 1 side) in a fairly small public square, so you should not arrive early. The route is 9 miles (14½ Km) without the optional return leg.
Deptford at 10⅓ miles (16⅔ Km) is another fairly long ride. It will meet other groups at Tower Hill and continue as part of a merged group. The start is at Matchstick Piehouse, a theatre, café and bar. You can arrive early, eat pies and socialise. It is a private location so there should be no onlookers. You might also get yourself bodypainted.
Victoria Park is around 11½ miles long (18½ Km). The group is led by one of our disabled cyclists and will take a comfortable route before becoming part of the overall peloton. It is in a reasonably secluded area as the group likes to socialise before the ride. It is convenient for bodypainting.
The other rides are relatively easy rides into the centre.
Tower Hill is arguably the most scenic ride, starting alongside the Tower of London, crossing four bridges, riding alongside the river, passing by Big Ben. It’s handy for London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Fenchurch St and Liverpool St stations. We use a public park, so there will be onlookers and photographers. The ride from here is about 7¾ miles (12½ Km).
Regents Park is an easy ride down through the centre of town, and particularly good if you are bringing your bike in via Euston or Kings Cross stations. The Royal Parks do not give us permission to start from the Park, so we start roadside instead. There has not been a problem with people visiting the park before the start, but they should not get naked, do bodypainting or look like they are lining up for the start! This is the shortest route at just under 7½ miles (12 Km).
Wellington Arch is a replacement for our usual popular starting point in Hyde Park. It is a short, easy route – except for the challenge of exiting towards Piccadilly as the location is in the middle of the large Hyde Park Corner roundabout!
All the routes merge for the core part of the route, from Westminster Bridge onwards, to form the 1,000+ rider peloton (which always moves at a safe, comfortable pace and gets stuck a bit).
There are usually several participants with restricted ability to ride a bike. WNBR London has included an accessible option. It is a relatively short and easy route, running between two rest points.
WNBR London takes place on the public streets of London. Nobody can control the actions or behaviours of the public. Participants should endeavour to avoid crowds and interactions with strangers. Remember – we are well behaved!