- Ride London
I’m doing it too, although my start isn’t until 8am so I can have a relative lie-in!!
I’m really looking forward to it. Over the last few days in and around London, thousands of road (pavement) barriers have been put in place across huge stretches of central London and out through Richmond Park – really makes you realise the scale of it!
Should be a fun day out…
NickPosted 4 years ago
Going to be a looooong day for me, staying with a friend in Hazlemere (I’m from the NW) so we’ve booked a minibus to get us as close as possible then we’re riding in.
Christ knows what distance we’ll have ridden by the time we get out of there in the afternoon but I suspect it might be closer to 200!!Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
The mighty Twickenham Cycle Club train will be out with six teams of four and another few soloists. The fast team leave at 6 and will be aiming for about 4hrs. I’m in the medium team and will be looking at about 5:30. Look for my Giant Defy Advanced SL or more likely, listen for the quacking hubs on the downhill sections.Posted 4 years ago
Shibboleth – Surely the easiest way in from haslemere is to jump on the train to waterloo and cycle to the start from there?
We’ll have to leave earlier than the first train. My friend has just booked us a hotel near the start so we’ll just have to take rucksacks…
What’s the deal with having bags transported to the finish?Posted 4 years ago
Yep, a team of 6 of us doing it for Help the Hospice. Really looking forward to it. Staying in westham Hotel for ease of getting there, only a couple of miles from the Olympic Park.
I’ve never been to the park so I’m looking forward to that, also looking forward to riding in a big group on closed roads and taking it all in. I’ve stayed away from Sportives etc on open roads, it doesn’t sit right with me.. Should be a really fun day!
By the looks of it, you leave your stuff in a numbered Prudential specific bag at the park, it then gets taken to the finish for you where you can collect it.Posted 4 years ago
the ride will be whizzing right past my house in the surrey hills, ill be with my son cheering everyone on as they pass the green in Westcott – say hi if you see us!
I think ill bomb down to Leith Hill on my bike right after the amateur event to watch the pro’s go round 3 times. Anyone know the best vantage point on Leith Hill?Posted 4 years agoscudMember
I only got a charity place a few weeks ago, too late for hotel or proper car park space, so going to be driving down to london on the saturday to register and then finding somewhere near to start as i can to sleep in my van!!!
Anyone know what time the registation is open til at Excel??Posted 4 years ago
Just been and registered. Fairly small expo, largest part is funnily enough the Ride London souvenir stand.
Found a certain Laura Trott who was being interviewed on stage more interesting than the expo.
Was pretty empty but I guess to be expected on the Friday morning.Posted 4 years ago
Hey Slimjim, a Fellow Westcott resident here. It’s going to be ace riding through the village with friends and family there!
I have a feeling the support is going to be huge for most of the route, just the scale of the barrier and signage erection ive already witnessed demonstrates this.
Get in touch after youve recovered, I could use a guide for local trails!Posted 4 years ago
yes, new to the area – havent ridden regualarly for nearly a year so being introduced to Leith/Pitch etc has given me a rude awekening in terms of fitness!
I saw the Weds riders on the green last week, ill try to come say hi next weds – im sure itll be a few weeks yet before I can keep pace on the climbs!Posted 4 years agoellipticMember
I’ll be registering tomorrow around lunchtime, whenever I get over there.
6:31am start on Sunday. Got a couple of Somerset local riding mates doing it but on different start times so it’s highly unlikely we’ll actually see each other before the finish.
On the upside… perfect forecast and 20,000 riders on a mostly flat course. It’s gonna be quick 8)Posted 4 years agoboondockSubscriber
Is there anyway to register on the day? I entered the ballot but didn’t get a place, OH did so off up to London anyway to act as the bagman.
I kind of figure that of the 20,000 allocated places, there are going to be quite a few no shows due to illness, lack of training, not being arsed etc. So, if I turn up with £50 and ask nicely at the end of Saturdays registration period what’s the chance of them letting me do it? Slim probably…but it’s a shame to let the empty places go to waste.
Alternative is to lift bike over the barriers 1 mile down the road from the start and just ride with everyone…(not really going to do this, it’s not right!)Posted 4 years agoMrSmithMember
On the upside… perfect forecast and 20,000 riders on a mostly flat course. It’s gonna be quick
It’s going to be carnage. 20’000 nodders with poor spatial awareness thinking they are in a race. I wonder how the ambulance service is going to cope? It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a death, some unfit tubby strava monkey going for a PB up the box hill alp.Posted 4 years ago
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