The DD, the Dun Run, the Dynamo, or whatever you want to call it came and went over the night of the 16/17 July.
The Dunwich Dynamo is a 200 km night ride from London Fields in Hackney to the lost city of Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. What used to be a commercial pay-to-enter event is now a free ‘turn-up-and-ride’ event – on the Saturday night nearest a full moon in July. There is no registration, you just turn up and ride.
It’s not a race – although some will certainly be gunning it to be at the beach for sunrise.
The ride is unsupported so you need to carry tubes, tools, batteries for their lights, food & drink. There are plenty of unofficial feed stations along the way but some of these do get very busy, particularly at Sudbury Fire Station. But there are a number of pubs that stay open into the early hours and have hot food, tea and coffee, or beer to keep you going.
Although a route sheet only cost £1 you can just follow the array of lights from cyclists ahead of you! Just watch out for drunken locals along the route in the wee small hours.
This was the 5th event of my Macmillan Cancer Support – Ten to Tackle for 2016 but I think I will be back next year.
It really is a great event, so relaxed with some great camaraderie on the road amongst cyclists and those who turn out to support it before finishing on the beach, amongst a sea of lycra and bicycles.
Next up for me, Ride London – Surrey 100!