Posts Tagged ‘routes’

C2C route

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Tom, Andy, Max and I are riding an off-road coast-to-coast in late April. Check the route, a labour of logistical love by Tom Wood (aka ‘The Voice of Reason’).

We’re doing it Alpine-style, catching a train first thing on the morning of Friday 22 April, and returning late on Tuesday 26. We’ll be travelling light, and staying at a combination of hostels and BnBs (there was talk of staying in some leaky moorland barn but I got down on my knees and begged for warm bedding). According to the current plan the last day’s ride will be 65 miles – no mean achievement.

I’m going to get nostalgic about the other time I did the coast-to-coast in another post…

Stoke loop #4

A nice rolling 3hr, 50-mile loop from my house in Stoke.

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North Downs Century 1

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Here’s the route I rode Saturday with Jock and Millsy. I started out from Archway at 8am, stopped off at Regent’s Park to pick up Mills, then met Jock at 9.15 at the café on Richmond Park. I made it all the way round Crawley and back to Epsom for about 3.30, I guess with about 30 mins of breaks / map-checks along the way.

Unfortunately it was a day of injury niggles for my two comrades. Jock actually bowed out after riding 2 sides of Richmond Park – he has shin-splints and an Ironman to do in 3 months. Mills had a back-of-knee issue that saw him head back north from Rusper for a more sedate 80-miler.

The 100 mile route (which includes the 6 miles back from Waterloo to Hornsey Lane) takes a pretty decent line out via Richmond Park, Kingston, Esher and Cobham, where it finally gets properly rural. The big drag over to Ewhurst from Shere gets you going, then it’s mainly flat until the little spikes around Ardingly. The killer is the climb up Pebblemill Road from the station at Betchworth. I’d swapped my 13-29 cassette for my older Veloce 13-26 so it was a real grinder. Then I sat down for a break on an ants’ nest.

If this route sounds like your cup of lukewarm SIS maltodextrin, check out the route of the Granfondo Luciano sportive on 28 June, which I followed parts of.

Ride of the year

Today’s 4.5 hr circuit from Epsom was the ride of 2009. Sun, actual sun, clear blue skies and dry roads. Millsy and I rode a combination of this loop (from Epsom down to Rusper and up to Capel), the Pyreneen through to Ewhurst, joining this northerly loop into Shere, over to Ockham and then back up to Ranmore to finish on Box Hill. 

We bumped into Jock at the top of the zigzags and finished up with a brisk 20 min scramble back to Epsom. I still had more in the tank as well. Can’t wait for the Puncheur next Sunday…

Swain’s Lane


Last summer I used to train on Highgate West Hill, adding some reps of that after riding Regent’s Park. Now Swain’s Lane is my new favourite hill in north London. 

It starts gradually, and you can big-ring it all the way to the cemetery gates, but then rounds a slight corner and kicks up, and the final gradient is severe. Today I did 4 reps, alternating seated and out of the saddle. 

Thanks to greenpiano1 for the above shot of the corner where it gets steep.

Epsom 45-miler

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Rode this last Sunday with Joe, who was over for a Christmas visit. It came after 5 days of parties and not much sleep, and the temperature was sub-zero: the water in our bottles was slush after a couple of hours. We completed it in 3 hours.

I am now ill and missing out on this weekend’s training!

Stoke: Christmas routes #2

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A 40-miler that took 2hrs 40mins at 140 bpm max. Slow, but good long, steady distance I reckon.

Stoke: Christmas routes #1

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I’m at home at my parents’ place in Stoke, flushing my system of party toxins and doing some easy base training.

The above 18-miler took 75 mins setting a limit of 140 beats per minute on the HRM. On 26/12 I did it in 70 mins on the same upper limit, despite a sore throat.

Incidentally my current weight is 11st 12 – 5-6 pounds over my Southern Sportive form.

Tom’s Pyreneen route

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Tom Wood, my long-time off-road bike buddy, has been doing some more back-country riding in the Pyrenees this autumn. Above is the map of his latest trip and below are pics from the trip. Check out Tom’s Flickr.

Epsom 50-miler

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This is a really nice round route from Epsom. Not that long, but hilly. As well as going up and down Box Hill in both directions, it has all the best stuff around Shere, Peaslake and Coldharbour, but there’s loads of room to extend it – which I will be doing / posting in due course.