Single Cyclists Rejoice!
We catch up with organiser of Cycle Speed Dating, making it’s debut at Spin LDN this year to find out what it’s all about.
Who are you & what’s your ride of choice?
I am Margriet, founder and organiser of Cycle Speed Dating in London. I ride a Surly LHT.
Why speed dating? Why for cyclists?
Speed dating is a great way to meet new people, offline. The short dates are a good opportunity to find out if you would like to see someone again. We do the matchmaking and email everyone their matches so you don’t have to worry about taking the first step or telling someone you like them.
After a break-up I was looking to meet other cyclists in London as it’s just the best way to explore the city and can be quite romantic too! As I couldn’t really find any events I decided to start Cycle Speed Dating and we’ve been running events at Look Mum No Hands! for just over a year now. I don’t have to tell you cyclists are a lovely bunch so we usually have a room full of like-minded people.
What’s the best thing that’s happened at one of your events?
We often have people coming up or emailing after the event to thank us for putting it on, telling us how relaxed and fun it was. Sometimes we find that people don’t want to move after the three minutes we give them together, they have too much fun! We’ve also heard of people going on a bike ride together as a follow-up date, which is pretty sweet. We’ve had a few celebrities joining us, including Super Cycling Man, who is going to be the first person cycling seven continents in a super hero costume.
How long have you been cycling in London?
As a Dutchie I have been cycling for most of my life but during my first three years in London I would only go for bike rides around my neighbourhood. Let’s say I was a little intimidated by the busy roads, huge busses and cycling on the left.
It all changed when I became a bicycle tour guide during the Olympic Games and kind of re-discovered cycling. It’s been my favourite way to get around ever since.
What makes London an interesting place to live and ride a bike?
To me London is a place where everything is possible. As a person who loves learning, exploring and starting things up, I feel it’s the best place to be at this time of my life.
There are many back-roads, wonderful canals and parks to cycle in. On a day off I like to just ride north, east, south or west – without using maps – and stop at a nice pub or café to refuel.
My favourite routes include Lime house to Hackney Wick along the canal and cycling from Central London to my home in the East, taking in Tower Bridge and a bit of the Roman wall which is hiding in an alleyway next to a hotel but just wide enough for me and my bike.
What should participants expect at Spin, what are the rules?
When you join us for Cycle Speed Dating you will go on several three-minute dates with fellow cyclists. Our team will make sure everything runs smoothly and we will ring a bicycle bell when it’s time to meet the next person. There is no dress code just come as your are. At the end you put your choices on the form and we will email your matches a few days later. A ticket for Cycle Speed Dating will include entry to Spin LDN – The Urban Cycle Show, those interested get them for Friday May 8th here & Saturday May 9th here.