Why should I come on the Blazing Saddles Performance Ride?
It’s a great opportunity to get out on your bike & enjoy a unique performance.
Is bike hire available?
Audience members can join the Ride using their own bikes. We are currently researching bike hire in Balham & will add information asap. Please note, riders are required to wear a helmet for the Performance Ride.
How fit & fast do I need to be?
You need to have a good level of cycling competency sufficient to be able to ride on the road. The route is broken into short, manageable sections. The route is mostly flat, more details soon.
If you have not ridden for a very long time, we would recommend you meet & watch the performance at one or two of the locations. For example, start at Hildreth Street, then Bedford Hill Place, then two close stops along Bedford Hill (details soon), & back to Bedford Hill Place for the finale.
Will I lose the group if I’m too slow?
No, the pace of the ride will be very relaxed. The group may split on junctions but the ride or ride leaders will wait & regroup at each stop.
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
We do recommend that you are familiar with, or have experience of cycling on the roads. This is a sociable ride, a perfect opportunity if you are not a regular cyclist.
Would I be welcome if I’m not experienced riding in a group?
Yes, this is a sociable ride & will be a great experience
Do I need to do anything special with my bike?
The most important thing is that your bike is well maintained & roadworthy.
Additional Access Information, click HERE
What else should I bring?
We recommend you bring a spare inner tube & a pump. There are two bicycle repair shops on Balham High Road just north of the station.
Please bring food &/or drink to join in with the picnic on Tooting Bec Common Cafe, or money to buy something from one of the cafe.
Where are there toilets on the route?
Public toilets are available as follows:
Balham Library, 16 Ramsden Rd (next to Waitrose)
Balham Station, (& accessible, national key toilet on platform 1)
Bedford Hill Place – Sainsburys, 147-151 Balham High Rd (accessible)
Bedford Hill – numerous cafes & bars around the area. Note that a purchase may be required.
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill. Note that a purchase may be required.
Tooting Bec Common Cafe. Note that a purchase may be required.