Gorgeous video shows last weekend's Dunwich Dynamo - from the air

Drone footage of overnight ride from London to the Suffolk coast is absolutely mesmerising

We watch a lot of bike-related videos here at as you may imagine, and try to share the best with you - and this one, shot from a drone above last weekend's Dunwich Dynamo, is one of the best we've seen.

Now a firmly established and much-loved part of the UK's cycling year, the event celebrated its 25th edition this year.

Urban myth has it that it the  Dunwich Dynamo was founded by bike couriers who decided on a whim to ride east, towards the moon, after an evening down the pub.

But as cycling writer Jack Thurston pointed out to us, the founding fathers of the overnight midsummer ride from east London to the Suffolk coast were Patrick Field and Jez Hastings.

Numbers have steadily grown year on year and now run well into four figures.  

Nowadays it leaves London Fields on the Saturday evening closest to full moon in July - meaning not only is it a short and (assuming a clear sky) relatively well-lit night, but one that sees particpants heading towards the rising sun, too. 

This article by James Walsh on The Guardian Bike Blog gives a real flavour of what it's like to ride the 'Dun Run' and the sense of togetherness it brings to the cyclists who take part, and some of the communities they ride through.

Once you're past Woodford and Epping, that is ...

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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