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116 to Sea


Back in July Alistair took part in the Dunwich Dynamo, the fantastic annual 116 mile all-night bike ride from London to the Suffolk coast, starting at London Fields around 8pm, and ending on the beach at Dunwich in the early hours of the following morning.

Alistair has written up his experience of the trip for the third issue of gorgeous cycling magazine The Ride Journal, to accompany a beautiful series of images by photographer Joe McGorty.


Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"Almost imperceptibly though, the group began to stir. Helmets were tightened. Route sheets pocketed. Watches checked. Clusters of riders rose to pick up their bikes, transforming into a loose pack with a single fixed purpose: to ride right through the night.

As the pinks and reds of a setting sun gave way to the deeper hues of night, we gently paced our way out of the tight bright urban sprawl into the space and calm of the countryside. Up ahead, the column of cyclists formed a shifting string of blinking red lights, stretched out along the road, twisting lithely like a living organism next to the stationary lights of the queuing traffic. It was a fantastic sight."


To celebrate the launch of the third issue of the magazine, Joe and The Ride Journal, in collaboration with Exhibit X, are hosting 116 to Sea, an exhibition of the photographs at the Pebbledash Gallery in Stoke Newington, running from 7 - 13 November, with a private view on Friday 6 November.

(For more pics of the ride, check out Alistair's pics on his Dunwich Flickr set.)

posted: 29 September 2009
categories: Bikes | Events | Photography
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