On a dry Saturday morning 11 set off from Surrey Quays for the start of the ride to Tilbury Fort, for half the group it was their first London Clarion Cycle Club ride, Alex led as normal and we made good progress sticking together nicely as a group. It soon became clear however that the weather forecast was not to be believed as it suddenly started to pour down with rain. not a shower but a torrential downpour. Sadly the rain persisted for an hour and half the group decided to head home at Dartford. The rest of us continued riding and as is typical with British weather it brightened up. After a coffee stop in Dartford at a very friendly cafe we headed back on our way towards Gravesend to catch the ferry.
At Gravesend we headed straight for the ferry, when someones tire exploded thankfully nobody was hurt and we were fortunate to find Tri the Bike Shop in Gravesend High Street who replaced the tire in record time. Back on our way a few minutes later, at the ferry it was obvious we weren't the only cyclists as the boat was already half full of bikes due to a 400km audax happening at the same time. No need to worry though as all the bikes were safetly stored away and we made the short crossing to Tilbury. At Tilbury we were met by two fellow London Clarion Cyclists one who had just joined a few days ago. We continued our cycle riding past Tilbury fort and then on to Colehouse Fort and park where we stopped at the Engine room cafe for a delicious and reasonably priced lunch. After Colehouse Fort we started our ride back to London with a short stop at the RSPB cafe at Rainha Marshes for coffee and cake. The ride back to Tower Bridge took in a long section of the Cycle superhighway and allowed a quick stop to admire the Cable Street Mural.
This Saturday London Clarion Cycle Club members along with other fellow Clarion Cyclists will be visiting the site of the Yorkshire Clarion Club House which is now a campsite. Our ride starts in Bradford at 10am and will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Saltaire Mills before heading for the Yorkshire Clarion Camp Site.
In the 1913 York Easter Meet National Clarion Cycling Club programme and Year Book it describes the Yorkshire Clarion Club House as follows.
"The Switzerland of England" The Camp was started at Hawksworth in 1901 by the Bradford Clarion CC and later on taken over by the Yorkshire Union of Clarion CC. ... The Camp is situated at the Menston End of Otley Chevin, the locality where Turner obtained sketches for some of his finest pictures whilst he visited Farnley Hall, near Otley.
At Easter 2020 London Clarion Cycle Club will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary it will also be the 125th Clarion Cycling Club Easter meet.
What better way to celebrate both these milestones than with a relaxed weekend of cycling and socialising with fellow National Clarion Cyclists in Ashbourne, Derbyshire where Clarion Cyclists first met for Easter back in 1895. For the latest details of our special Easter meet celebrations see the events page.
As described in the National Clarion Cycling Club Annual Meet York, 1913, Programme and Year book.... 'The Clarion' was founded on December 12th, 1891, by Robert Blatchford, E.F. Fay, and A.M. Thompson. It is the unofficial journal of the Clarion Cycling Club, and is the best paper yet issued. Is published every Friday from 44, Worship Street, London, E.C and sold by all respectable newsagents.
Sunday 14th April saw over 400 cyclists meet at Brixton Cycles many at 8am including a handful of hardy London Clarion members. Cobble Monster 2019 was billed as probably the last Cobble Monster (something we very much hope isn't the case). One review of a previous Cobble Monster recommended starting as early as possible and this is something we agree is worthwhile trying to do. Brixton Cycles was buzzing by 8am with people queuing in an orderly fashion to get their very reasonably priced caffeine fix, to buy a raffle ticket and to sign on for the ride. By 8:15 most people were on their way.
The ride is great fun, everyone was very friendly and people rode in a wide variety of different bikes and at different speeds. The weather was a bit cold but otherwise kind. The ride itself is very much a mixture of cobbles and hills. A thoroughly enjoyable day, a big thanks to everyone at the Brixton Cycles Workers Cooperative and anyone else who helped organise Cobble Monster 2019. Looking forward to Cobble Monster 2020 already!
The first ever mention of a London Clarion Cycle Club was on the 25th May 1895 in the socialist Clarion newspaper. You can read more about the early days of the Clarion Cycling movement on the About Us page. here to edit. This makes London Clarion one of the first Clarion Cycling Clubs to be formed.
One year ago today was the annual awards dinner of the National Clarion Cycling Club in Southend on Sea. The Easter weekend was organised by London Clarion members. The guest speaker was Maurice Burton of De Ver Cycles in Streatham. Maurice Burton rode 56 professional Six day events and was the first black British Champion in cycling. Maurice Burton was a superb guest of honour.
The latest edition of Boots & Spurs the magazine of the National Clarion Cycling Club has just been published. All London Clarion Cycle Club members who affiliate to the National Clarion Cycling Club should have received their copy in the post. This edition can also be viewed on our Issuu archive along with 100 other Clarion Magazines.
On Saturday 16th March London Clarion members met in Putney before riding to the Kempton Steam Museum who were having an open day. The ride was a rare opportunity to visit the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine as well as ride on the waterworks’ miniature railway.
Cycling Weekly magazine have added London Clarion Cycle club to their list of Recommended Cycling Clubs in the London area.