The Dunwich Dynamo is a through-the-night ride from London Fields park in Hackney, to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, approximately 120 miles in away.
The ride takes place through the night and is usually scheduled for the Saturday night closest to the full moon in July, partly for tradition but also as its easier to ride by moonlight.
This year the ride has been brought forward as to avoid a clash with the London Olympics. Here is a report from this years ride from one of our Bikefood riders:
“Ride went rather well Sat night. My girlfriend dropped out last minute, so did on my own, although around 20 miles in I met by complete chance a couple of guys I know and we rode the rest of the way together.
What’s to say about it ….? Attempt as follows to describe…..
Left London Fields ‘Pub in the Park’ at 8.30pm – the place and surrounding streets and park completely mobbed by cyclists. Got out of London incident free and darkness fell sometime after Epping.
Stopped for a swift pint (and Bikefood Gel) in Moreton’s White Hart pub around 21 miles out.
Met the guys soon after and we stopped again in Finchingfield’s Fox Inn just before midnight – they hadn’t had benefit of my earlier stop (I know any excuse!). Was fully dark of course by then and we were cycling along quiet country lanes, at quite a good pace, under a cloudless, starlight sky with a trail of twinkling red lights in front, leading us onwards into the distance – all very eerie but quite magical!
Official rest stop was at 54 miles in a local Village Hall (cant remember name) at around 1.30pm where volunteers ran a vegetarian soup kitchen (yes really) to feed over a thousand hungry and tired cyclists. At 81 miles (again I cant remember exactly where) some entrepreneurial local had set up a posh hot dog stall, just off the road, and those omnivores amongst us ate (a fair approximation of meat anyway) by the side of a lake, in the half light just before dawn.
I captured sunrise on the camera (check out the two Thunderbirds characters on a tandem!). There was one more stop about 15 miles or so from the end, 100 miles done – this time an entrepreneurial household had set up a barbecue in their back garden (I kid you not) and lured our lost souls in with the offer of free tea and coffee on a roadside sign (with bacon rolls for a very reasonable £1.50).
Got to Dunwich beach (116 miles) dead on 7am – I know that because my alarm went off on my phone, at the precise moment I entered the car park, telling me it was time to go to work.
No chance!! Instead I found crowds of exhausted cyclists of all types, shapes & sizes, age, gender – you name it – with road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, recumbent, tandems and everything else in between – with everyone either queuing up to eat fry ups in the cafe, just snoozing on the beach soaking up the sunshine, with some maniacs even enjoying a dip in the sea!
Left around midday, bound back for London on the organised coaches – around 850 catered for – with bikes put onto furniture vans, which I must say worked very well. Only regret….I slept through most of the Euro Final last night. Missed it, was completely knackered!!!”
The Dun Run was started in June 1993, when a group of bicycle messengers left London for a fun ride to the coast on fixed-wheel bikes. The event was supported by a cycle shop, Mosquito Bikes of Essex Road, who have previously been stockists of Bikefood products (and are well worth a visit to see some very special kit), the shop offering mechanical support and “controls” where riders had to check in to ensure no short-cuts.
Numbers increase year on year – get in early for 2013 and tell them Bikefood sent you.