The Ridgeway – current conditions advise please.
A winter e-2-e can be a slog, but generally it’s not a bad route, it holds up better than you expect. The flatter area for about 5-10 miles near Chinnor / the quarry gets the worst mix of drainage water and horse-churn so if that spot is ok, the rest will be passable.Posted 4 years agodobiejessmoMember
Last Sunday it was YUK all rideable just need a hose pipe at the end of the day.I was on the Old Ridgeway/Ridgeway to Avebury/Flyfield common/Rockley to Albourne.Very slick might be abit of a handfull on a cross bike.Hopefully you will get good views last week very foggy.Posted 4 years agopymwymisMember
There are very few truly unrideable bits, even at the clay end (chinnor) but it does get pretty horrible. There’re are stretches I wouldn’t even look at unless I was going end 2 end like you.
That said, Let’s face it, if you wanted to stay clean you wouldn’t ride off road anyway so just get to it and enjoy it for what it is.Posted 4 years agoRUSHER4Member
I lived in the area for 16 years and rode on the Ridgeway for much of that time. Much of it has been sanitised recently and with the 4X4s banned it is all rideable all year round. The lack of climbing will compensate for any mud.Posted 4 years ago
TBH the riding East of the Thames isn’t that interesting though.
If you can get hold of a recent copy of “Cycling Plus” two guys did the E2E on CX bikes in a day in the winter if that helps.
Whatever, have a great ride.druffMember
Was out around Ashridge, Pittstone and Ivinghoe today so at one of the Ridgeway’s extremities. The entire ride consisted of either fighting the bike to get it to comply and turn, or attempting to tame some cronic oversteer when in a turn. It was ace!
The majority of the Ridgeway itself is well surfaced from what I know of it. You should be fine*
*Unless of course it rains solidly for the next 4 / 5 weeks. Then it will be an absolute mudbath. That said it will still be fun, I’m sure.Posted 4 years ago
Awe thanks fellas.
My plan is to pick out the best bits you’ve mentioned above and ride those then substitute road for trail in the horrid bits.
This’ll be the first time I’ve ridden the Ridgeway and one of the rides I’ve been looking forward to do for some time.
Not bothered about getting filthy 😀Posted 4 years ago
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