Mithrasmas Mass 2012 & Christmas in a Day

What: Mithrasmas Mass – a Christmas Day cycle ride in London
When: Tuesday 25 December 2012
Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW

Esteemed Velopedists,

The Southeast London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka Dog & Bell Crew) invites you to join many and various southeast London cyclists for the 11th Mithrasmas meander from maritime Greenwich to central London, there to partake of a meal at a Lebanese restaurant on the Edgware Road. The ride, organised under the auspices of the London Cycling Campaign, is a Christmas Day tradition begun by the late Barry Mason. The renaming is my heathen prerogative.

Starting at 10:00 from Cutty Sark Gardens by Greenwich Pier, we will follow the Thames Path clockwise, call at Southwark Needle by London Bridge to collect more riders, and head west as far as Putney, again following the river for the most part. Following a refreshment break at the Duke’s Head riverside watering hole we will cross the Thames via Putney Bridge, and head north-east through Hyde Park toward Edgware.

Stay for lunch if you want, or drop out at Putney to return home under your own steam to the bosom of the family and more traditional xmas fayre.

Last year we had around 80 participants, including families with small children, and it was jolly good fun. With such a large group it would be good to have experienced ride marshals to keep the group together. Volunteers? I have a few already, but could do with more.

This year we have been invited by Oscar-winning film director Kevin Macdonald and his colleagues to contribute to the crowd-sourced film Christmas in a Day, which follows the critically acclaimed Life in a Day and Britain in a Day.

We intend to capture the entire Mithrasmas Mass with a bike-mounted camera, and will put together video clips featuring ride participants speaking off the cuff to camera. Christmas in a Day will be a meditative collage of participants’ experiences on this most special of days.

Please ensure that you bring warm clothing, water, snacks, lights, basic repair tools and puncture repair materials, and preferably a spare inner tube or two. You should also acquaint yourselves with the route in case you need to drop out at any point owing to bike problems or other issues. Children are welcome provided they have road experience and are accompanied by a legal guardian.

RSVP, but it’s OK to turn up unannounced on the day.