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Each year on the Saturday night closest to a full moon in July, the Southwark Cyclists organize a night ride from Hackney to Dunwich, 112 miles away on the north Suffolk coast. Setting off from London Fields, a neon sea of a thousand-plus cyclists trundled out of London through Epping Forest. We dodged the downpours, and the lightning thankfully stayed just far enough away. We rolled up to the pebbly beach at Dunwich shortly before 4 a.m. The wonderful ladies and gentlemen of the charmingly tea-towel-bedecked Flora Tearooms cheerfully produced tea and a full and welcome English breakfast. An hour later the red sun rose and peeped out between the clouds. A few hardy souls stripped down and went for a dip.

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Photos: Courtesy of Patrick Grant

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