Steve Watkins Tribute Ride – Update

The Viking Longboat


OK so here are the details you will need to join the ride.

The ride has now been taken over by Bromley Cyclists – it is therefore an official LCC ride!


Place: Birchington-on-Sea Railway Station
Time: 10.30 am sharp
Distance: 32 miles
Ride speed: the speed of our slowest rider (Av: 9.5 max)
Terrain: Some hills
Weather: English (bring a brolly)
To register: email to

We have been asked remove our rather fancy Ride Registration form from the site which is apparently not GDPR compliant; so pleased let us know you are planning to come by sending an email to the above address.

The camping element to the ride is not being organised by us but there is nothing to stop you making your own camping arrangements should you choose to do so.

If you plan to arrive by train then there are numerous services from South East London which will get you there on time. Please be aware that we expect this to be a popular ride so please consider that some trains may become over-crowded with cyclists and the train companies can refuse to carry bicycles.

You don’t need to have been a friend of Steve’s to join the ride, but please do consider making a donation on the Just Giving page.

Please bring

  • Bike (obviously)
  • Spare inner tubes x 2 or more
  • Tools to fix simple mechanical faults
  • Pump
  • Waterproofs
  • Extra jumper
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Money
  • Sense of adventure
  • Sense of humour

Steve’s favourite colour was yellow so it would nice for riders to wear something yellow (or perhaps bring your yellow bike), even if it only yellow high viz (which Steve was not very keen on). 

Update ends

The Viking Longboat

Many of you will have known Steve; some via work, some as the guy to call when your bike fell to bits, some for his infectious sense of adventure and optimism and some because he was a genuinely ‘just a really nice bloke to  know’.

However, many of us remember his legendary Ride Leader Skills for Bromley Cyclists – leading on numerous memorable rides such as Whitstable, the Viking Trail, the Hoo Peninsular and many more wonderful, funny, exciting, never boring, adventures we shared and enjoyed with him.

So, a group of his friends have decided it would be a fitting tribute to do a ride in his memory, whilst at the same time hoping to raise some money for St. Christopher’s Hospice, who were a great support to Steve and his family.

Therefore, as it was one of Steve’s favourite rides, we have decided to do the Viking Trail.   The plan so far is to meet on Saturday 21st April 2018 at either Birchington or Minster railway station at approximately 10.30 to commence this 32 mile ride.  It will be quite a slow ride with numerous stops for tea and cake, and then lunch, and then probably more tea and cake (two of Steve’s favourite things: riding his bike and eating cake)!  Further details will be posted nearer the time as at this stage we cannot guarantee train times. There is no registration form and no need for anyone to book a place on the ride. All we ask is, if you wish to join us you make a contribution to this very worthwhile charity.

A few friends are planning to stay Saturday night after the ride at a local campsite for an evening of nostalgia, reminiscing and doing what Steve would have enjoyed most of all sharing time, laughing and raising a glass or two with friends.

This is not a Bromley Cyclists event but we are posting it as we know many of our members and supporters knew Steve and as such you would be more than welcome to join us on this ride.

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