BLACK CYCLISTS NETWORK
We are delighted to announce the long overdue BCN Social Event. The end of year party and celebrations will take place at the Distillers in Hammersmith.
On the Night
* Private room
* Private bar
* Food Buffet
* Awards Presentation
* Pub Quiz
And more ….
Dress code: Smart Casual, BCN colours
If you have any questions, please WhatsApp message Jo or Mani, or email firstname.lastname@example.org – subject title ‘BCN Xmas’ – Warm regards
The BCN 100 was led by women – for women. Huge thanks to our events team Jo and Debs who spent a month planning the event and reconned the route to ensure it was safe. The rest of the BCN Ride Captains provided additional support on the road, whilst Oluchi and Mani provided first aid and refreshments in the BCN team car.
At 08:20 our meeting spot in the ZSL car park in Regent’s Park, was packed with women. Debs briefed the excited riders over a megaphone about what to expect. How to ride safely – citing the 10 BCN Golden rules. Mani conducted a quick bike check to make sure our equipment was fit for the road. We took a few laps of the inner circle of Regent’s Park to get used to riding as a group and then we were off to Windsor.
Our first stop came 11 miles into the ride at the beautiful Richmond Park to allow riders to take a nature break. Richmond Park was created by Charles 1 in the 17th century. It is commonly known as a deer park because of the deer that inhabit the park.
Our second stop arrived in Bushy Park, the second largest of London’s Royal Parks. We congregated around the Princes Dianna memorial fountain for a group photo in the glorious sunshine before making our way past Hampton Court Palace to begin the long ride through Kingston Upon Thames to Windsor.
We arrived at Windsor Castle 37 miles into the ride feeling slightly weary and longing for lunch. We quickly posed for a group picture in front of Windsor Castle, built in the 11th century. Known as the royal residence for her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. With our bellies crying out for food, we made the quick dash across the street to the Windsor Royal Shopping market to the cycling friendly Cinnamon Café, which is run by a friend of BCN. We were warmly received by Nick and his team and treated to their famous Cinnamon buns.
An hour later, we were ready to get back on the road now that we were fuelled and ready to burn another 1000 calories. Mani led the group in a quick dynamic stretch to get everyone loose and ready for the second part of the journey. We posed for a final picture and Nick surprised us by revealing his BCN jersey underneath is work attire.
We said goodbye to beautiful Windsor with our energy restored and the sun shining. We formed a fast-moving train along the roads of Windsor. Resplendent in Black, Red, Yellow and Green – making our way East of the river Thames in celebration. Soaking in the wonderful atmosphere which carried onto everyone around us – capturing the hearts of drivers and pedestrians who were in no doubt weighing up what they would rather be doing in that moment.
With a few more revolutions of our pedals, we were in Richmond Park dancing and popping “champaigns” in celebration. Wondering how on earth we still had energy to dance to old school Jungle and Afrobeat after the ride we just had. The adage “Time flies when you are having fun” certainly applied at that moment. After 40 minutes celebrating, we made our way back to Regent’s Park as the sun began to set.
This was more than a ride. It was statement to the world that Black women ride, and we are here to stay. Thank you to everyone who attended the ride and made the occasion possible. We have started something important, and we cannot wait to do this again next year.
On Sunday 14 November, we left behind the home comfort of Regent’s Park for a shorter than usual
escape up north to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Welwyn is known for being the second
garden city in England and was founded in 1920.
Three groups set off from Regent’s Park to take on the short but hilly 60-mile round trip through the
beautiful but narrow and technical Hertfordshire lanes. We set off in slight overcast weather,
navigating through the busy city traffic along Finchley Road. At around 9:30am, our groups convened
in High Barnet to pick up another group of North London based members before continuing our
journey to Potters Bar.
Upon reaching Potters Bar, we finally discovered the quiet and idyllic country lanes we set out for.
We enjoyed the 20-mile loop through the beautiful Hertfordshire villages, stopping off at the
popular cyclists’ friend Spokes CC café in Codicote for cheese and ham croissants, coffee, tea and
cakes. The owners looked after us. The inhouse mechanic tuned our bikes to get us ready for the
return to London. We were warmly received by other patrons and had a pleasant exchange with
members of Finsbury Park Cycling Club who are regulars to the local lanes and coffee stops.
At around 13:30 we set off from Spokes CC Café (the halfway point of our ride) and made our way
back south into London, taking in the views through Welwyn and Hatfield before converging back
along Potters Bar to Barnet and onto the busy Finchley Road which leads all the back to Regent’s
This marked another fun and adventurous ride into new territory. Our last ride up north took us
further out into the Chilterns. What will t he committee come up next?
October 20th marks 3 years since the first day riders for Black and Ethnic Minorities met as Black Cyclists Network. The ride was organised and led by Mani. When he tells the story he says about 15 riders met in Regent’s Park and he asked who has never riden in a group, hands went up, he then asked who has ever riden more than 50 miles even more hands went up.
In the past 3 years many have gained skills and improved their riding, in addition made friends and gained a BCN Family. Mani on day 1 wanted to create a space to encourage and interegrate riders of colour to have a club were we can ride our bikes and not feel uncomfortable or the anomalily. BCN is now a community and still going strong 3 years on.
BCN would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU, STILL WE RIDE, CHEERS AND HERE’S TO THE NEXT YEAR.
Look out for our announcment of our 3 year celebrations
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