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Rolling to the Stones 2008 - 20th June 8.30pm
7.05.08 by Buffalo Bill

Rolling to the Stones is now a London bicycle messenger tradition. Leaving from Marble Arch before sunset, a few brave couriers and their friends race the sun to Stonehenge, which is a Megalithic monument on Salisbury plain. More about the history of Stonehenge, and its significance here. This year the ride will again be led by Dazzler. Bring gears, warm clothes, food and a small donation to the London Courier Emergency Fund.

A brief report of last year’s edition is on Hippy’s blog.

  1. Stonehenge!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3PTVQ6UJ8U


    Jack    13 May 2008, 17:50    #
  2. Or should that be…

    Stonehenge!!!


    jack    13 May 2008, 18:05    #
  3. Solstice, evening ride, good country air,
    just add the scrumpy!


    — willimena    13 May 2008, 22:02    #
  4. Did someone mention ZOy-DeR??


    — Dazzling    14 May 2008, 00:05    #
  5. ow, I’ll be in London 20th July and definitely I’ll join you :) please send me news about it


    — claudia    15 May 2008, 15:17    #
  6. Oh, I was so excited that I read “July” instead of “June”… Is possible to do it again in 20th July?


    — claudia    15 May 2008, 15:29    #
  7. No probs, we’ll just alter the universe clock for ya..


    — Dazzling    16 May 2008, 17:35    #
  8. Is it ok for non messengers to ride with you to the stones?


    — mj    25 May 2008, 21:49    #
  9. Yep, this ride is open to anyone who’s up for keeping an eye on the clock so that we get to the church on time.

    The route we follow is..

    Speakers Corner, Hammersmith, A315 to Chiswick, Kew, Bedfont, then A30 for the most part through Staines, Camberley, Basingstoke, Andover, Amesbury/Durrington and a last dash for a couple of miles on the A303 to the stones for approx 4:45am and the sunrise. The A30 is a good road and once we’re out of London it’s beautifully quiet, undulating* and smooth. (*for undulating read – has hills).

    We factor in regular short breaks and try to take everything we need with us from the start so bring plenty of liquids, carbs, sweeties, waterproofs and warm clothes to stick on for when we get there.

    Half the riders rode back to London last year but there are plenty of options to jump on a train from 2 or 3 stations within 10 miles or so from the henge.

    Expect druids, Hare Krishna’s, zOy-DeR drinking locals and shamanic drumming to help us welcome in the longest day… don’t forget your camera :-)


    — Dazzling    26 May 2008, 18:24    #
  10. how many riders onboard roughly…


    — Dickie Sin    16 June 2008, 15:16    #
  11. impossible to tell. maybe a larger group than last year but really won’t know till we turn up at Speakers Corner Friday evening..


    — dazzling    17 June 2008, 10:06    #
  12. Hear an interview with Darren about the ride on this week’s edition of The Bike Show


    Jack    17 June 2008, 20:35    #
  13. had hoped to do the ride this year, but 20mph average for that distance is just too fast for my current fitness level.

    shame.


    — nomoreknees    18 June 2008, 11:43    #
  14. See you on the 303 gonna have to leave london a bit earlier due to lack of fitness and gears.


    — willimena    19 June 2008, 20:57    #
  15. I think the softies party might be leaving from Waterloo Station later on – if you are interested.


    — Bill    19 June 2008, 21:14    #
  16. whatever gets you through the night, it’s alright


    — dazzling    20 June 2008, 00:37    #
  17. the solstice is today (Friday) isn’t it?


    Winston    20 June 2008, 07:31    #
  18. Solstice is at 23.59 20 June, but the longest day is 21 June – so Solstice sunrise is tomorrow – Stones open tomorrow.


    — Bill    20 June 2008, 08:07    #
  19. Good luck for the ride, it’ll be wet… But then you’ll get to hang around in a wet field failing to see the sun rise because it’ll be raining. Yay!


    — Claire    20 June 2008, 09:22    #
  20. Heh heh


    — overdrive    20 June 2008, 09:30    #
  21. BBC weather girl is wrong then, as is wiki answers…amazing how the solstice manages to remain on the same date even in a leap year like this one…..maybe English Heritage preferring the “event” to happen on a weekend has something to do with it?


    Winston    20 June 2008, 09:57    #
  22. Yeah, it’s an EH conspiracy to keep to confuse the hippies! :-)


    — Bill    21 June 2008, 12:43    #
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