Freeday - Athens Bicycle Ride Reviews
Huge cyclists gathering for a 4-5 hour ride in Athens Dec 08, 2010
Well..If you like cycling, and you would like to ride along with a huge crowd (in the number of thousands!) there is an event that takes place every Friday night in Athens.
It's called "Freeday".
It started as a facebook small group for cycling enthusiast. It now accounts more than 11.000 members.
You can search it an Facebook Groups where you can find tons of pics and videos so you get a good idea of what this event really is.
Its written in Greek though so.. Good luck :). The name of the Group is "FREEDAY-ΠΟΔΗΛΑΤΕΣ" which means cyclists.
Its a kind of movement that want to reclaim part of Athens streets for cyclist.
The ride is announced in the site a day before, most probably late Thursday night and will give information of where the ride will start, where the ride will head to and where it will finish.
Normally it starts form THISSIO - MONASTIRAKI(the most central part in Athens) at 21:50 and end at around 03:00 in the morning at the same place. Yes, its a night ride!! It lasts around 4-5 hours (30km to 50km) and there is a different route every week.
All kinds of ages attend this ride.
Kids and older people would need to be a bit fit,as the ride is made in a very comfortable pace but it lasts 4-5 hours.
There is also the aid of police that clears the traffic for the cyclist to pass through everywhere. So you don't have to worry for crazy Greek car drivers at all.
This is not a tourist attraction as, lets say, go to a museum, to a famous place or a guided tour but it is a great opportunity to mix with real local crowd that loves cycling. Of course, in my opinion, you get a real feel of Athens and you can glimpse Athens life on a bike in a very unique way. The energy and the vibe of so many people cycling together creates a great feeling.
If you like cycling this is certainly something different to see. There isn't any special organization that makes this ride, so you have to bring everything you might need. Bikes you can rent from somewhere. See it as if you were going for a cycling ride with friends.
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