Boxing Day Ride

Like millions of Britons, I went out this morning for a bike ride to burn off a few Christmas calories.

I was joined by my sister, Claire, who was sporting a brand new Marin she’s planning to ride to work in 2013, and my old friend Dave McKinnon. Dave is visiting from Australia and has that classic Aussie mindset of being get-up-and-go but laid back at the same time – perfect for cycling!

It was great to see so many Londoners out and about, taking a walk in their shiny new Christmas clothes. We saw a fair few cyclists too – most no doubt enjoying the opportunity to cruise around in lighter than usual traffic.

We headed through the back streets of Highams Park and Walthamstow, down to Coppermill Lane – the subject of ‘My favourite Cycling Street’ in Cycle Lifestyle issue 8 - before stopping and turning round at the River Lea.

Claire, who works in regeneration, told me about Waltham Forest Council’s plans to improve access to the wetlands and the reservoirs beside Coppermill Lane, and to turn the whole area into a nature reserve. I’m really excited about these proposals, which promise to make one of London's best kept cycling secrets even more special.

Anyway, lunch is on the table, so it’s time to eat drink and be merry. And then ride it all off again tomorrow.


Me, Claire and Dave in front of the Walthamstow Reservoirs

Dave, Claire and me beside the River Lea

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