Hello again, it's tunnel time! Looking for a complete change from the last ride, we decided to go back to our roots and ride the river once again inspired by our good friends Tom and Harvey at Cycle PS and the ride they took us on that started it all.
As usual, beginning at the mighty Cycle PS Camberwell, we arrived early and banded together a motley crue of nine riders, all fixed and ready to trek across London town on another late evening mash.
Pumped and a small number, we blasted down the road towards Deptford dropping down into the back streets and up towards Creek road, then turning right, down towards Greenwich. Here we stopped for supplies and met our good friend Aaron. The evening was clear and fresh as we headed through the University of Greenwich and onto Crowley's Warf via a small cobbled path next to the Trafalgar Tavern. This path took us straight along the river towards an old well known stop The Cutty Sark. Onwards from here the path wound it's way past new builds and desolate piers that just begged to be populated and partied upon in the barmy summer months.
Our river side path, Olympian way, took us up through sand and perfect tarmac, past building sites and driving ranges with spectacular views of a river bright with the lights of a Manhattan-esque, skyline. The path continued up around the 02 and down past the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park and through the wasteland that is the London Concrete site. Just beyond this point we passed still to be investigated, Anchor and Hope pub and pushed on towards the Thames barrier and our turn away from the river taking us up onto the main road and down to the well hidden entrance to our half way point Woolwich tunnel.
Deep in the centre of the tunnel we jumped of our bikes, cracked open some drinks chucked on some tunes and memorialised our journey and the beautiful tunnel with some pictures and videos.
Refreshed and watered, we headed for the North side of the river. Once out of the tunnel we rode slowly, enjoying the quiet, many of us knowing the road we were approaching. It was the place where St Paul's Fixed held their infamous, Fight On Factory Road (see video below) in July 2015. With this in mind we picked up the pace, holding, holding, HOLDING, till the road became smooth then smashing it as hard as possible down the straight.
With Factory road done, we continued on along North Woolwich Road and past the failed London Pleasure Gardens and towards, up and over Lower Lea Crossing and down along Blackwall Way to connect with Manchester Rd and then back onto the river with The Thames Path. This took us quickly down stream to Greenwich Tunnel where we said goodbye to those that needed to head home. Then we headed back to the South side of the river, for a lovely portion of Fish and Chips, which we ate in the shelter of Greenwich Market.