Gerard led eight riders and one rollerblader on the most imaginative and well-researched winter ride along the Thames, exploiting cycletracks, parkland and obscure alleys to the full to avoid traffic. Starting at Southwark Bridge , we headed east through Rotherhithe and Deptford to Greenwich where after a welcome coffee to fight off the cold, we pushed our bikes under the river along the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. We continued to Limehouse then turned onto the Grand Union Canal to pass the Olympic site and stop at Fatboys' Diner for a hearty burger lunch. We recrossed the Thames by cable-car, to our surprise being allowed to take our bikes aboard for free.
We then followed a route none of us knew from the O2 back to Greenwich, at one point crossing a quarry! We passed back through the Foot Tunnel and this time headed east through Wapping to reach Canary Wharf as dusk fell and the high-rises lit up gorgeously against the darkening sky. We ended with tea at London Bridge, now resplendent with its new illuminations. A fine bracing day was had by all and our 25 mile ride passed off without accident or mishap.