This afternoon - Saturday 17 September - all six Eales Riders pedalled into Amsterdam, completing a magnificent 4-day journey from London. So far the team have raised over £2,500 for London Cycling Campaign. Geraldine O'Grady, who only decided to take part two weeks before the ride, has raised over £300 for SJS Awareness UK, the charity for Stevens Johnson Syndrome, the disease that David died from. Congratulations to all the riders, and a big thank you from Ealing Cycling Campaign.
You can still donate via the team's charity site.
You can view tweets from the riders at #ealesride
At seven o'clock this morning (Tues 13 Sep) five riders set off from Parliament Square in central London to cycle to Amsterdam to raise money for LCC. Jon Chambers, Nick Moffitt, Brian Smith, Gareth Redmond-King and James Gower, seen above wearing David Eales Memorial Ride / London Bike Hub T-shirts, will be joined by Geraldine O'Grady in Dover. The ride headed along the new Cycle Superhighway along the Southbank and then took the new Quietway 1 towards Greenwich.
You can sponsor the riders here:
You can donate to SJS Awareness, the charity for the rare disease that David died from, via Joanne Eales' Just Giving page.
On Tuesday 13 September 2016, Ealing
Cycling Campaign members Nick Moffit and Jon Chambers will set off for
Amsterdam to raise money for London Cycling Campaign. Another ECC member, Geraldine O'Grady is joining the ride in Dunkirk. They are dedicating the
ride to the memory of David Eales. It won’t be an easy trip. They will be cycling on
heavy Dutch bikes, and the ride, which runs through Kent and then up the North
Sea coast through France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, is 325 miles long. “We
won’t be setting any speed records for this journey”, said Nick, “the
Kentish hills will be no picnic! Neither the Azor nor the Gazelle were built for steep grades. We’ll no doubt be dreaming of the flat Dutch cycle tracks
The riders are paying their own costs, so
any sponsorship money goes direct to the LCC charity.
Nick is riding to help make London a city
where both his daughter and his mother can cycle without fear. You can sponsor him on justgiving.com/SpacePootler
Jon is riding because cycling improves the
entire transport system for motorists, public transport riders, pedestrians and
cyclists alike. You can sponsor him at: justgiving.com/JonChambersDutchBike Geraldine heard about the ride at David's wake. "It seemed a fitting tribute to David", she said, and somehow I agreed to join." She will also be riding a heavy Dutch bicycle. You can sponsor her at Geraldine's Just Giving page. Brian Smith of Hounslow Cycling Campaign has decided to accompany them to help raise money for LCC.Two other riders, James Gower and Gareth Redmond-King, will make up the group of six.
It is with great sadness that we report that David Eales died on Tuesday 23rd August after a short illness. David was the heart and soul of the cycling community in West London. Since he joined Ealing Cycling Campaign in 2004 he threw his energy and enthusiasm into every aspect of cycling: He led social rides, campaigned, wrote newsletters, fixed bikes, and was present at nearly every stall or event we organised. In 2010 he took the bold step of starting the Ealing Bike Hub, which shortly became the London Bike Hub. With this, he began a full-time job promoting cycling. He obtained the use of a space in Greenford and started running regular bike maintenance classes. Soon he was recycling unwanted bicycles and teaching children and adults to cycle on the roads with Bikeability training. Through the Hub, David initiated work with charities - offering All-Ability Cycling with Ealing Mencap, maintenance classes to deprived communities, and working with young offenders and ex-service personnel to give them the skills for employment. He built up an impressive knowledge of every aspect of cycling - developing the expertise not just to train people to cycle, but to train new trainers. And he knew every part of a bike, what was wrong with it, and somewhere in a drawer he would find the specialist tool to fix it. He was an inspiration to the dozens of volunteers and paid enthusiasts who made the London Bike Hub possible. And, ever on the look-out for new trends in cycling, in the months before he died he was promoting the use of cargo bikes for local deliveries. David was not only a tremendous ambassador for cycling but also a lovely guy with a warm heart and a wry sense of humour. We will miss him terribly, but his influence will live on in all the people he inspired. His wife Shirley and daughters Joanne and Laura can be very proud of what he achieved.
Other tributes to David: Local MP Rupa Huq wrote in atweetthat his death is "a great loss". Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell said, "If ever someone was irreplaceable it is David. He gave so much to the community and his commitment to cycling was unmatched.", and Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: "He was a superb advocate for cycling, a great mind with an entrepreneurial flair matched by his social drive to improve peoples’ lives." In 2011 David was voted Ealing's Local Hero on Ealing Today, which has published this touchingtribute to David.And the voice of London's cycling community, the London Cycling Campaign paid thistribute. I can't go without giving David the last word. Here's a joke from one of his first email newsletters back in 2005: 'Two black bits of tarmac are drinking in a bar, a
green piece of tarmac comes in and both black bits run to the toilet to hide.
Later they both emerge sheepishly and return to the bar when they are sure the
green piece has gone. The barman asks what the problem was – one black piece
says “you don’t want to mess with him, he’s a right cycle-path.”'
Another great turnout for our annual ride to the Prudential Freecycle event. One hundred and fifty people joined us for the ride into town, and just over 100 for the journey back. Well done to everyone. We are always impressed by the youngsters - some as young as seven - who complete the journey. Including the ride around the central London loop it's about 50 kilometres, or a shade over 30 miles. A big "chapeau!" too to the cargo bike riders. And thank you to the marshals for making it all flow so smoothly.
We run social rides throughout the year. If you are interested in marshalling or leading rides, we can offer training. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org