RIDE LONDON SURREY 100 – 31/07/16
Nature provides us with some truly inspiring events. Epic migrations of thousands or even millions of individuals over land, sea and air.
Driven by instinct they move across vast distances facing untold perils, hazards and predators in order to find new habitat on which to roam and survive.
Take the mind boggling annual wildebeest migration. Over 2 million animals moving from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. ( For Fawlty Towers fans you will definitely not see that out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window ! )
These amazing journeys driven by primeval urges take place across all species be they insects, fish, birds or mammals.
But now a new species has evolved that also feels that urge to undertake an epic annual migration.
They are the MAMILs.
Once a year at the end of July or early August they come from all corners of the UK and indeed farther afield and they head by land sea and air to a the concrete jungle of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Along the way they shed their normal clothing, don garish brightly coloured lycra and climb aboard push bikes of all types, shapes and sizes ( although tri bars are definitely not allowed ! )
En masse they all then spontaneously cycle 100 miles.
This incredible spectacle of nature has now been given a name.
They call it Ride London.