Dunwich Dynamo 2008 – Before.

stompy » 18 July 2008 » In Cycling »

Photo © 2007 andy black used with permission.

The 2008 Dunwich Dynamo rolls out this Saturday night. A 120 mile overnight bike ride from London to Dunwich on the East coast. By tradition this is run on the weekend closest to the July full moon, and this will be the 16th run. It is an unsupported ride. There is no need to book, there’s nothing to pay. You just turn up at the start and ride out with everyone else. There’s no broom wagon at the back so if anything goes wrong, well, you’re on your own. Southwark Cyclists organises coaches back to London, with the bikes following on in a fleet of removal vans. At around half way, some kind people get a village hall and serve hot food. Of course, as they don’t know how many riders will be, there may not be anything left for the slower riders.

Last year’s ride was my first time I rode it; on a fixed wheel with a 48/17 gear ratio. It rained hard until dawn. But by the time I reached the beach at the end the sun was out and it was a glorious morning. All kinds of bikes and riders were out. Roadies on carbon speed machines, recumbents, commuters on hybrids or mountain bikes. Quite a few fixed wheels and single speeds as well. Old and young riders.

Strangely, trolling the web for memories of the ride, I found this picture from a fellow rider who I don’t even know. He blogged his ride here. It’s about 24 miles in and the worst of the rain was yet to come.

What I remember about the ride most is the sense of achievement. I was cold, wet and miserable for a lot of the time. But with so many bikes on the route – 400 cyclists riding out of London on a Saturday evening in a long stream before getting stretched out is a wondrous sight – you can always join a group and lift your spirits. It took me about 12 hours, but that includes stops for food and breaks.

I’m riding fixed again this year. I’m a better cyclist than I was then, so I’m planning on riding the whole way instead of walking up some of the hills. In a way I think it will be harder this year. Last time I just concentrated on turning the pedals, this time I know how far I have to go. There is some chance of rain this weekend, but it can’t be worst than last time, but the forecast is for strong wind, which isn’t pleasant when you’re on your own on a bike.

So, I’m hoping for clear skies and moonlight. I’ll clean my bike tomorrow and ride off away from the sunset and into the highlight of my cycling year.

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4 Comments on "Dunwich Dynamo 2008 – Before."

  1. stompy
    08/07/2011 at 2:02 pm Permalink

    Its a nice post, describing your experience. I wish I would do that, sounds fun and adventures, I wish you the very best for this time. Cheers

  2. stompy
    20/09/2014 at 2:50 am Permalink

    Hi just to let you know, our dev’s managed to find the cause on relsove it. There was a small bug that was changing a value upon opening/closing which if the page didn’t reload would cause the opposite (open or close) to not work. But that will be fixed in the next update which we are planning on releasing start of next week.Thanks again for finding this issue and bringing it to our attention and for making the video (very helpful).If there’s anything else we can do, let us know.Plugin Dynamo Support

  3. stompy
    20/02/2015 at 4:02 am Permalink

    Hi Karim, we have been trying to relapcite this issue following the steps you outlined but have had no success.Can you add more details to the steps i.e how are you opening/closing tickets quick reply, close on reply through click reply, on the actual ticket. How are you replying quick reply or the actual ticket. If you can give us fully detailed step by step on how to relapcite it we can get in there and get a fix out.Thanks,Plugin Dynamo Support

  4. stompy
    23/03/2015 at 10:46 pm Permalink

    Hi Karim, thanks for coatictnng Plugin Dynamo Support. that error message is WordPress’s 404 page no found, not an error from the Plugin. But if it’s from a link that should be going somewhere, go to settings > permalinks > click on save this will refresh your permalinks and should let you access where you are trying to go. Let me know if it works, Thanks,Plugin Dynamo Support

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