Midsummer Madness 2014

  • From: 02:00am 21 Jun 2014
  • To: 07:00am 21 Jun 2014
  • Event type: Ride
  • Contact: Francis Sedgemore (www.sedgemore.com)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Off road: No
Midsummer Madness 2014

With only a few weeks until the summer solstice, it is time to start planning for this year's Midsummer Madness nighttime ride from Greenwich via Southwark to Primrose Hill, there to greet the dawn on the longest day of the year. For the past few years, the Dog & Bell Crew have led this ride in memory of the late great Barry Mason Esq., whose original idea it was.

This year the solstice falls on a Friday night/Saturday morning, and that means changes are required to the usual route, owing to the vastly increased numbers of bipeds milling around Soho at the weekend. Stopping for coffee at Bar Italia on Frith Street is simply not feasible in the circumstances, so I will look at alternatives, the aim being to keep as close as possible to a route which takes us on the post-coffee leg of the ride through the West End.

Watch this space for details, and if you are able and willing to help marshal the ride, please contact me ASAP...


Francis Sedgemore


The ride details have now been published...


Again, if you are able and willing to help marshal the ride, please contact me ASAP.



The coffee stop this year will be Polo Bar on Bishopsgate, with the change from the usual Bar Italia being to avoid the ultra-congested Soho on a Saturday morning.

Following the coffee stop, the ride will head back south along Bishopsgate, turn southwest along Threadneedle Street, and then west along Cheapside and Holborn toward Oxford Street. From Oxford Street we join the usual route at the junction with Wardour Street, turning north up Portland Street.

As for the post-ride breakfast, I'm still working on this. No response from Lock 7, but there are other possibilities on the Regent's Canal, and one that seems keen to have us, if the guvnor can persuade chef to open earlier than usual at 06:00, is The Proud Archivist. If that fails I will default to The Island Café in Southwark, where we went last year.

I shall do a final recce of the route within the next few days.

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