C’était le Tour de Dalston

Before the run, Tour de Dalstoners decorate their bikes and themselves at Toynbee Hall
Never mind the Tour de France — all those pesky mountains and searing heat – NE London has its own cycling event.
The Tour de Dalston takes off from Aldgate in the late afternoon of Sunday 12 June 2011, covers 2.5 miles and expects to end in Dalston Lane a drug-unenhanced 45 minutes later.
If you are as exhausted as a Pyrénées-conquering cyclist, you can go to Dalston Junction overground station opposite and put your bike on the Ell.


Tour de Dalston posterTour de D entry is free and you are encouraged to dress up your bicycle and yourself: artists will be on hand to help with decoration (of bikes, that is; bring your own slap). The idea is to celebrate cycling, camaraderie and connect neighbourhoods (no squabbling, you Ditchies and Dalstoners!).
Juliet Chard, Tour de Dalston organiser, says: “The ride is on quiet roads and will be led by experienced cyclists who know the route. We will be crossing any fast roads by foot. Safety will be paramount.”
Climate Rush, an environmental campaign group, will lead the ride for the Two Degrees Festival, which it describes as an event “about climate, activism and the cuts”.
* Tour de Dalston community ride, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB, Sun 12 June 2011, about 5pm. Free entry.

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