21 Reasons Why You Should Ride The Dunwich Dynamo

A 120 mile cycle through the night from Hackney in London to the disappearing beach at Dunwich in Suffolk. This year’s ride will take place on the night of Saturday 12 July. Chapeau!

1. Everyone gathers at Pub On The Park in London Fields, Hackney.

2. The 120 mile (200 kilometre) ride takes in the Essex and Suffolk countryside. Not that you will see much of it.

The event is a free ‘turn-up-and-ride’ event - on the Saturday night nearest a full moon in July.

3. Everyone has their own idea of what to pack and how to prepare.

4. A handy foldable route map, distributed at the start, will help you find your way.

5. You can literally ride whatever you want.

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Over the years there have been tandems, penny farthings, and in 2011 even a Boris Bike.

6. Similarly it’s not all team jerseys, cycle shorts and lycra.

7. Bemused Londoners think the Tour de France is passing their road.

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8. You pass through some beautiful parts of the countryside as it quickly becomes night.

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Places like Moreton, Dunmow, and Finchingfield. Many of the pubs stay open to cheer on the riders.

9. There are no support vehicles, but everyone will lend you a hand.

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10. When you reach the feeding station, you know you’re almost half way there.

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Only 65 miles to go…

11. Volunteers put out candle jars to show the way, especially at certain junctions where riders are likely to take a wrong turn.

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12. If you’re lucky, you might get to see some bats as well as other nocturnal animals.

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13. The sunrise over the Suffolk countryside is particularly epic at that time of the morning.

14. Lovely people along the way transform their gardens into bacon butty and tea stops.

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15. There will be times when you wish you were tucked up in bed, asleep.

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16. Encouraging signs keep you going. YOU ARE ALMOST THERE.

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17. STOP! Salt water ahead.

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120 miles (200 kilometres) later you have made it. Have a swim.

18. The pebbly beach at Dunwich is literally the most comfortable mattress you have ever known.

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19. A breakfast of champions awaits. Awarded to those who cycle 120 miles through the night.

20. Some turn around and cycle back, everyone else takes the coach.

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21. And if that’s not for you, then there’s always the Dalston Dynamo.

9pm Depart London Fields.

9.05pm Rest stop. Spurstowe Arms.

9.30pm. Fully rested, we press on to our destination.

9.35pm Arrive at Dalston, Land of Kings

Congratulations. You have completed the first annual Dalston Dynamo.

Hardened cyclists may wish to ride back, following the same route, for celebratory Kronenbourg in the Park, followed by watching the sunrise from inside the Dolphin.

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