Some good footage of the bike lift in Piccadilly Circus
I arrived late for the October Mass and could not work out which way the Massers had gone. I cycled up through the regular route of Westminster Square and towards the Mall but no sight of flashing red bike lights. I headed towards Trafalgar Square and was on the verge of calling it a day and going home when I spoke to another cyclist who pointed and exclaimed “They went thataway!”.
I joined the Mass heading east along Shaftesbury Avenue. As we approached Smithfield, the rain started. Just a light shower which finished quickly gave us all a false sense of security that that would be it for the rain. Regrettably, not the case.
As we continued to head East along Beech Street tunnel enjoying the dry artificial environment, we emerged into heavy rain in Chiswell Street. Oh Christ, I thought! Out of the 5 or 6 masses I have been on, this was the first with any significant rain. I consoled myself with the thought that however wet I would get, I would be heading home in a couple of hours in any case so if I was going to get wet, so be it.
The mass meandered towards Bishopsgate and then south to Liverpool Street and Bank. We encountered an angry taxi driver outside the old Lloyds Bank HQ and a beer can flew threw the air – presumably from a masser?
There was the usual interest from drinkers outside pubs and the inevitable question “what’s this all about?”. “We’re going on a bike ride” I replied.
We left the city and headed back on our route to Piccadilly Circus. There was a spontaneous bike lift in the Circus and much interest from tourists and passers-by.
A girl fell off in Haymarket but she seemed to be ok. Another girl fell off in the Mall and hit the road hard. The police provided assistance and many thanks to them for their help. A taxi driver was questioned by them as he had been driving very aggressively before the incident. The mass finished at Buck House.
I encountered some massers in the Strand on the way home and joined them for a few beers in The Wellington by Aldwych.
To conclude, an unusual route, some heavy rain and two massers took a nasty fall. But still all good fun! Be careful riding on wet tarmac. Some bike tyres seem to slip very easily in the wet.