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Realised there wasn't an event for this yet.
Southwark Cyclists early bird coach tickets sold out already, ~120 normal price tickets left.
Looking forward to being able to do it this year, something always seems to come up on the weekend it's on.
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Hoping to make it again this year. Just need to sort out a way to get back to London. Don't fancy the couch - has anyone tried getting the train back from Ipswich?
Me and a friend got a lift back with his family last year which was very welcome. We lured them up to Dunwich with the promise of a day out at the sea but after perfect riding conditions the weather turned foul on Sunday morning so they basically ended up doing a 3 hour round trip for a fish and chip lunch.
is anyone running forum transport for this?
Yep I got the train back... I got to Ipswich a bit earlier than expected and the guards allowed quite a few of us to board a different train to the one booked...it's was all quite organised and well rehersed.
Knocked out on the train and the bike and i arrived safely back at Liverpool st.
Riding to Ispwich to catch a train after all those lovely winding lanes is really depressing, just FYI
cheers @wildwest @honk for the tips.
Good to know it's straight forward, if that proves to be the best option. I must admit that I'm not overly keen on adding another 30 miles - even after a breakfast pint. But it might be that needs must.
Just do it. Then go to Ipswich and let the lovely station staff take care of you. They're all geared up to get you home. Be prepared to wait a while. Chill. Have a beer n burger across the road.
My top tip is make friends with @seager and let him drag you round and get you there for sunrise.
How very dare you, the only dragging I did was all the gear I overpacked.
Then again, I was very very grateful for the sleeping bag at the beach. Looking forward to this year where I most definitely will be bringing more choice gear.
Haha it was meant as a compliment!?
More gear Or more suitable??
Poor sarcasm was poor - you 2 definitely made the right bike choice and absolutely got me to the beach (probably far too quickly).
We wanted to be sure you got to use that sleeping bag!
I got a train from Colchester to Ipswich the other day, the guard checked for a bike reservation, which I didn't have. He let me on anyway.
This was on an inter city train, I'm not sure how many bikes they would be prepared to take. Get a reservation if you can. I've got a decent route from marks tey to Epping if you are planning a part train / part ride home
I have to agree here... as dunwich is the finish it's really hard to muster the energy and effort.... might be worth organising some sort of man with van and a minibus or 2..if there is enough of us.
Coach is actually fine too... bit cramped and hot but just bring an eyemask and crash out for a couple of hours.
put me down for two spaces in a man and van/bus
One 9 seater minibus will make it viable..well have to see on cost once numbers are confirmed
I'd provisionally be up for 2 seats on the vengabus also. (Depending on cost & double checking I'm free that weekend)
I'd also chip in for a minibus
6 down, 3 to go!
It’s really not that bad. I’d say it’s probably only the last few miles that are on proper town/city roads, especially after you’ve had a rest on the beach. Depends if/how much you’re struggling by dunwich I guess. The route back to Ipswich is actually mostly pretty nice until you hit martlesham/kesgrave (about 4 miles into town and I’m pretty sure it’s a ‘net’ downhill), but then it’s Sunday morning so it’s mega quiet. Especially if you’re in a group it’s pretty leisurely unless the conditions are properly against you.
I’ve got a coach ticket. Probably riding the GT Edge LOLWTFBBQ which means it’s the first time I’m doing it on gears... but, meh, I’m old and my knees are crumbly.
id be up to pitch in for one or maybe two seats on a bus, pending price and confirming availability :)
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