Origami Phoenix Monthly Cycle Ride


About the Origami Phoenix Ride
Planned meetings
How to get to Meriden
Reports on past rides

About the Origami Phoenix Ride

The 'Origami Phoenix Ride' is a cycle ride usually held in the English Midlands, normally on the second Saturday of every month. The location varies from month to month. The ride was originally held particularly for the owners of folding (hence the 'Origami' of the ride name) and separable cycles, but anyone riding any kind of cycle is welcome - indeed, you are welcome to join us at the start for breakfast and a chat even if you don't have a cycle or don't feel like riding! Many of those who attend are either members of The Moulton Bicycle Club, the VCC (Veteran-Cycle Club) or The Folding Society, but anyone, and any kind of cycle, is welcome.

Tea RoomsThe usual arrangement is to meet from about 10:30, with a ride starting at about 11:00. The distance covered is typically 15 to 25 miles. This is a social ride, and we ride at the pace of the slowest, with plenty of stops along the way to regroup if necessary. Rides start and end at the same location, which is usually near a railway station, so that those who do not choose to travel by car can easily get to and from the event. 

{Start}The Origami ride attracts a wide variety of cycles and riders. You do not even have to come on a folder, as the Marin mountain bike seen here shows!

The first Origami Ride was held in August 1994, but was a one off, and it was not until April 1997 that the ride was revived on a monthly basis (hence the 'Phoenix' of the ride name). The ride was originated and organised until his death in February 2002 by John Pinkerton. Although we no longer have a formal organiser for the rides, they still take place every month, unless the date (second Saturday of the month) coincides with a Bank Holiday, Moulton Bicycle Club BoA Weekend, or another major cycling event.

Planned future meetings 

For all rides, we meet from about 10:30am, with the ride starting at 11:00am, unless stated otherwise. The planned finishing time will depend on a number of factors, for instance ride length and time of year, but will always be before dusk. Riders who need to return for a specific time should consult the ride leader, but be prepared to return under their own navigation.

Note that as the location of these rides varies from month to month, it is important to check the location before travelling to an event - the planned rides are listed on this page (see below). You can also check by contacting the Origami team via email here to see what is planned.

Further details will be added for the rides as they are available.

Planned 2016 rides

February   13th     Nottingham

Start point is the Refreshment Area by the Booking Office at Nottingham Railway Station, Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG2 3AQ. There is a Costa, Gourmet and Upper Crust. Meet from 10:30am, with the ride leaving at 11am prompt.

Getting there:

By road: Check the map!

* From the South & West: From the M1 junction 24, follow the A453 and signs towards Nottingham for about 12 miles before taking the A52 (Ring Road). Keep in the left hand lane and after crossing the river, follow City Centre signs and keeping the river to your right for about a mile before taking the right turn signed The Meadows area (just before Wickes).

* From the North: From M1 junction 25 follow signs to Nottingham and turn right at the roundabout on the A52 by the University / University Hospital. Follow the A52 (ring road) and turn left onto Riverside Way, just after Wickes.

** All: Keep following Riverside Way, again keeping the river to your right going through the gates onto the embankment where you can park for free. From Wilford Toll Bridge (don’t cross)/ Carroll Gardens, follow the tram route towards the city where you will see the train station ahead. There is a cycle path parallel to the tram line.

Free On Street parking is on Victoria Embankment - sat nav: NG2 2JY

The Ride:

The ride is around 21 miles long. We will start by cycling along the River Trent and then for much of the time follow NCN6 to Bulwell before riding to Hucknall for lunch. We will then pick up the Linby Trail and cycle for a brief look at Newstead Abbey before cycling back to Hucknall via Newstead Village.
Newstead Abbey is the ancestral home of the mad, bad and dangerous to know poet Lord Byron. He is buried in Hucknall church alongside his daughter Ada Lovelace who is said to have written what can be described as the first computer program having recognised the potential of Babbage’s analytical engine.
The ride includes some quiet roads and off road paths, some of which are unmade. Much of the ride is fairly flat, but there are a couple of gentle, uphill stretches. Our lunch stop is at the Pilgrim Oak, a Weatherspoons pub

Depending on the weather, the exact route may have to be changed slightly.

We will return to Nottingham by train on the Robin Hood Line but anyone who has a folder which can be bagged could use the tram. The train runs half hourly, takes 17 minutes and costs £2.40. There will be an alternative return cycle route, but participants will need good lights.

March 12th            Derby
April 9th                Heyford, Oxfordshire

May 14th                Loughborough

June 11th               Droitwich, Worcestershire

July 9th                  TBA

August 13th           Didcot

September 17th      Swindon combined with Swindon Smallwheels : this is the third Saturday in September

October 8th             Watford /Pinner

November 12th       National Memorial Arboretum / Burton on Trent

December 10th       Christmas Origami (West Midlands)

Origami mailing list

We have a mailing list, who are usually sent details of each ride about 1 - 2 weeks before the event. Normally there will only be one email per month (possibly 2 if there is a real need), and the list is normally only used to give information specifically about the Origami Rides. If you would like to be included on the list, please send an email indicating this to origami@foldsoc.co.uk. No personal details are held apart from simply the email address.

Travelling by train to Origami rides

While folding bikes are usually carried as 'luggage' without restrictions carriage of non-folding bicycles by rail in the UK can be complicated. The excellent a to b website has useful information on carriage of bicycles by train here.

Reports on past rides

Since we changed to using a more convenient 'blog' system for posting Folding Society news, we will usually report on Origami Rides there rather than below. The news blog is available by accessing The Folding Society web site.

Photographs of more recent rides can be viewed on a FlickR group (UK Origami-Phoenix) that has been set up for this purpose. Anyone joining an Origami ride is encouraged to join the group and upload their photos of the ride.

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