Last Night saw an intrepid team of Bromley Cyclist (Spencer Harradine, Eve Evans, Stephen Hardy & Peter Nemestothy with a guest appearance from Toni Zolla) complete the epic Dunwich Dynamo.
The Dunwich Dynamo is a 200 km (120mile) night ride from London to the lost city of Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast
From 1993 to 1998 it ran as commercial pay-to-enter event. In 1999 it became free -just-turn-up-and-ride.
We all met at London Bridge and headed off to London Fields, Hackney for start of our overnight journey to the coast. At 8pm the maps were handed out and off we set. It was amazing riding out through London to Waltham Forest and Epping with 500 odd other cyclists from all walks of life.
We continued at a steady pace to our first “pit stop” and Great Dunmow where we were met by our support car and driver, Bruce Evans (Thanks Bruce) and after a brief refuel, adding of layers and filling up of water bottles we were off into the darkness of the Essex Country side. All that could be seen was a line of red blinking lights it was magical. Out mid point stop appox half way was reached at 2am, not bad going and and nice steady pace!
By the time we reached our last pit stop at Framlingham with 16 miles to go the end was in sight, after a few minutes refuelling and stretching out those legs (I overheard someone saying that we would have done in excess of 71,000 pedal revoloutions by the time we reached Dunwich) we set of for the final leg.
Having set off at 8.30 and arrived at the beach at 7.30 with about an hours worth of pit stops we completed the ride in approx 10 hours. It was a pleasure to ride with my companions through out the night supporting each other through the nice downhill leg resting sections and encouraginging each other up those “gentle” slopes!
Well done everyone!