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 ! 

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 usually start and end at the same location, which is generally 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 almost 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 2017 rides

April                 8th   Wolverton, near Milton Keynes

Meet in Blue Mountain Yard  Cafe, 1 Harnett Drive, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RT, anytime after 10:00am for 11:00am departure.

By Rail:

Wolverton is served by ‘London Midland Railway’ , Link to Timetable.  Their official cycle policy .

With Wolverton Railway station building behind you, turn right onto Stratford Road, follow road up and round to the right, cross road bridge over the railway line and Grand Union Canal, past Tesco’s on your right and continue straight through Wolverton town centre along Stratford Road, turning left after 1.5 miles on to Harnett Drive, only 100 yards further to Blue Mountain Yard.

Another option is to take a train to ‘Milton Keynes Central’ Railway station, served by ‘Virgin Trains’, ‘Southern Trains’ and ‘London Midland’ and cycle the 4 miles to the ‘Blue Mountain Yard’, ride start point.

By Road:

There will be free parking in the car park on the right, off Harnett Drive.

The Ride:

Ride Length approx 20 miles. From Blue Mountain Yard short ride to Grand union Canal towpath (the path maintains a good distance from the canal water) then via ‘Cosgrove Aqueduct’ to Cosgrove, then via relatively quiet country roads to Castlethorpe, past Hanslope Park, on to lunch stop, ‘The Lamb’ at Stoke Goldington. After lunch we return via  Newport Pagnell, Tickford Bridge, and finally back to Wolverton along the route of the old Newport Pagnell to Wolverton railway line .

May                13th   Leicester

June               10th   Stafford

July                  8th   Princes Risborough

August           12th   Didcot

September     16th   Swindon

October          14th   Blyth Bridge

November       11th   Malvern

December         9th   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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