This Halloween we decided to organise a ride but we wanted it to be something special. The idea was to organise a spooky social ride in Halloween costumes around North London ending at a pub, with prizes to be won along the way. We shouted out to a few other local groups and teamed up with the guys from SPFG and East London Fixed. The Evil Shred was born!  We arranged for everyone to meet up on the front steps of St Pauls Cathedral, the usual spot for SPFG rides. We had face painting to get the riders in the spirit of things.

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Owen from ELF judged his spooky baking contest whilst the riders continued to assemble in great numbers, shout out to Team Full Denim Jacket who spoilt us all during their explosive arrival complete with on board pyrotechnics.

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Once John Mack arrived, our fearless leader for the night, we distributed the spoke cards and gave a briefing of what to expect we were on our way. 

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The ride weaved through central London, through Bloomsbury and in to Regent’s park where we had the first stop. Here we picked up Thundercat Dimi, no man left behind!

From Regent’s Park the ride headed further North via Primrose Hill and on to Hampstead Heath. The Heath was particularly creepy with a low mist, wet leafy trails which caused a few spills and then a sprint up Parliament hill, where our sounds systems added excitement to a tour group we gate-crashed during a ghost talk at the top of the hill.

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Photo: Ben Broomfield

The route remained hilly including a smash up a private road to Highgate that proved to be quite a leg-stretcher for some! The ride continued North and the dedicated riders traversed Highgate woods on a path better suited to xc bikes than double- disc track bikes, a splitters crew who didn’t fancy their chances on the trails bypassed the woods and headed straight up Muswell Hill to meet the rest of the ride at the top of the route at Alexandra Palace.

Alexandra Palace proved to be very popular with the local kids looking for Halloween hijinks but we managed to avoid being hit by any rouge fireworks and instead got to hang out and refuel with beers and candy corn.

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Photo:John Mack

With time pressing on and an urge to get back to the Chesham Arms before last orders the ride picked up the pace and flew back to Homerton and our final stop of the night. John Mack and Kris expertly guided the 100 strong group of riders through the 30km route, John Mack’s rides are legendary for a reason.

Once back at the Chesham Arms (an awesome pub run by a fellow bike fanatic JC) the beers were flowing and it was time to order pizza. Yard Sale sorted us out with 54” of their finest pizzas which were snapped up in seconds upon their arrival, thanks guys!

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Photo:North London Thundercats

We ran a track stand competition with a difference outside the pub, whilst the competitors did their best to concentrate on their balancing skills we did our best to put them off by making them eat as many marshmallows as possible. Kamal from Team Full Denim Jacket took the win in the track stand competition with his team mate Levi in a close second, Harvey from Cycle PS in Camberwell came third. 

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Our prize giving ceremony was sponsored by the very generous guys at Beavertown, Knog and East London Fixed. The prizes for best costumes went to Big H as a parrot and Thomas who looked awesome as a coffin.

The spoke card raffle was won by Lina who picked up a cool zine and patch generously donated by Sam Dunn. Finally, Marina won the spooky baking contest judged by Owen from East London Fixed with her creepy pumpkin cheesecake.

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We had a blast running the event with the help from our friends in the London bike community, for more photos of the event check out Caz’s Flickr here.

NLTCBMBC can’t wait until our next event, watch this space!