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Yet again I didn't make it through the ballot, I think I'll avoid disappointment next year and not bother.  

All the more frustrating when the TV coverage featured people who admitted not being regualar cyclists and had done virtually zero preparation.

Yes, I can make a big charity commitment and get a place but after orgainising a fundraiser last yeat I can't go asking friends and family to donate yet again, especially when they know I'm a regular cyclist anyhow.

What other 100 miler would people recommend in the South/South East?

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FoolsErrand [3 posts] 1 week ago
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Just go and ride it anyway. It’s a small barrier that you hop over with your bike and start peddling. Just find somewhere quiet in central London. 

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alansmurphy [1661 posts] 1 week ago
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Seconded.

 

I've noticed almost every sportive sneaking North of the £30 mark, there seems to be more people year on year and less 'bang fo buck'.

 

Won't neccessarily ride it the same day but certainly worth a GPX steal...

 

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macrophotofly [300 posts] 1 week ago
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How and when did you find out? I don't appear to have recieved an e-mail yet from RideLondon telling me either way (despite having plenty from them initially and plenty from the charities).

As an alternative, what about the Tour of Cambridgeshire...

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Joe Totale [13 posts] 1 week ago
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Dunwich Dynamo is the same weekend as Ride London this year and IMO is much more fun. Whilst the closed roads of Ride London is great the course itself is pretty dull and the bottlenecks that form around the climbs can be annoying. 

If you really want closed roads then there's the Tour of Cambridgeshire but entry does cost an awful lot. 

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Joe Totale [13 posts] 1 week ago
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macrophotofly wrote:

How and when did you find out? I don't appear to have recieved an e-mail yet from RideLondon telling me either way (despite having plenty from them initially and plenty from the charities).

As an alternative, what about the Tour of Cambridgeshire...

I received my information pack in the post today telling me I didn't get a place.

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CXR94Di2 [1959 posts] 1 week ago
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If you're London based it's easy to join the route, I've been told

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Chris Hayes [202 posts] 1 week ago
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It's very easy to join.  I usally do so as I live in Central London and the route effectively seals me in for the day.  My advice is to turn up early (6-7ish) and join the faster riders (and then gravitate to your own pace) as some of the riding standards are pretty low: especially when cornering at speed and descending.  I set off later last year and saw a spectacular crash a couple of years ago on one of the Surrey descents .... way too crowded. 

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peted76 [893 posts] 1 week ago
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Didn't enter the ballot this year for the first time in about five years.. fed up of being refused and still being sent a stupid magazine.

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gonedownhill [181 posts] 1 week ago
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Chris Hayes wrote:

It's very easy to join.  I usally do so as I live in Central London and the route effectively seals me in for the day.  My advice is to turn up early (6-7ish) and join the faster riders (and then gravitate to your own pace) as some of the riding standards are pretty low: especially when cornering at speed and descending.  I set off later last year and saw a spectacular crash a couple of years ago on one of the Surrey descents .... way too crowded

 

Bound to be if there are a load of people gatecrashing it!

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Chris Hayes [202 posts] 1 week ago
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Bound to be if there are a load of people gatecrashing it!

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Fair point.

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BrokenBootneck [246 posts] 1 week ago
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Applied every time still not made the cut. 

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quasijones [6 posts] 1 week ago
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Having read all the replies maybe I'm not so sad now.  

 

I took the 'donate entry to charity' option so received a rain jacket along with my rejection in the post today.  It doesn't say who it was made by but looks fairly good quality with taped seams etc.  Remains to be see if I boil in in...  

 

As for the ride - if the weather is good maybe I'll pedal down to the coast on my own for a 99 flake and count my blessings - it's 51 miles each way.

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Beecho [261 posts] 1 week ago
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quasijones wrote:

maybe I'll pedal down to the coast on my own for a 99 flake and count my blessings - it's 51 miles each way.

Much better idea.

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Goldfever4 [396 posts] 1 week ago
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It's a cool experience to whizz through central London in the early morn' in a peloton, and to fly along the Embankment and onto the Mall for the last sprint. The stuff in between is a blend of closed-roads enjoyment and rubbish-cycling intimidation.

 

Not to mention how much it bloody costs.

 

I am definitely more interested in trying the Dynamo for the first time!

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BehindTheBikesheds [1326 posts] 1 week ago
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quasijones wrote:

Having read all the replies maybe I'm not so sad now.  

 

I took the 'donate entry to charity' option so received a rain jacket along with my rejection in the post today.  It doesn't say who it was made by but looks fairly good quality with taped seams etc.  Remains to be see if I boil in in...  

 

As for the ride - if the weather is good maybe I'll pedal down to the coast on my own for a 99 flake and count my blessings - it's 51 miles each way.

Deffo do this, more chilled and a 99 halfway round, what more could you want :o)

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scooterjinx [23 posts] 1 week ago
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I’ve failed to get in every year, no way could I raise the amounts charity’s ask for.

the chiltern100 is a top sportive done it last year and again this year, great alternative  

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Duncann [1212 posts] 1 week ago
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peted76 wrote:

Didn't enter the ballot this year for the first time in about five years.. fed up of being refused and still being sent a stupid magazine.

They're still sending the magazine to those refused six years in a row!

There's probably a market for events aimed at R100 rejects...

Might ride the Dynamo this year though - although I've said that before. I did Ride to the Sun in 2016 - that was OK, quite low key (would have been better in daylight!)

From Sarf London, a summer Sunday ride to the coast and back is a great day out. Loads of nice quiet routes.

If you want a bit more organisation, good atmosphere, better riding (?) and far better value... www.aukweb.net/events

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wellsprop [721 posts] 1 week ago
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I considered entering a local sportives (Mendips). But it charged over £30, instead I Just ride the route the day before.

Am I missing something about a sportive, you pay £30-£40 to ride a public road that you could ride anyway. There were a couple food stops for sportive riders, I Just took a couple bananas and gels in my jersey pockets.

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Duncann [1212 posts] 1 week ago
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wellsprop wrote:

I considered entering a local sportives (Mendips). But it charged over £30, instead I Just ride the route the day before. Am I missing something about a sportive, you pay £30-£40 to ride a public road that you could ride anyway. There were a couple food stops for sportive riders, I Just took a couple bananas and gels in my jersey pockets.

Ride London is certainly different - I'd love to ride right through the heart of the city on closed roads. Events not on closed roads are less appealing. And I generally like plotting my own routes - it's part of the fun. But each to their own.

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HLaB [200 posts] 1 week ago
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I've never got through the ballot but I've ridden it twice as part of a club.  Tbh its too busy and a mate of mine was wiped out by another cyclist in the race section the year before last and it was quite nasty  7  Whilst it was a different event I was tooken out by another cyclist on the closed roads Velo Birmingham (fortunately the damage was minor).   I think you are safer on open roads  7

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alansmurphy [1661 posts] 1 week ago
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wellsprop wrote:

I considered entering a local sportives (Mendips). But it charged over £30, instead I Just ride the route the day before.

Am I missing something about a sportive, you pay £30-£40 to ride a public road that you could ride anyway. There were a couple food stops for sportive riders, I Just took a couple bananas and gels in my jersey pockets.

They have their place, certain charity ones for example. Did Tour of the peaks last year for £20ish and Winnats Pass was closed, enjoyed that. As I mentioned though, reckon they've gone up around 50% in the last 3 years and are becoming less fun...

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scooterjinx [23 posts] 1 week ago
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Another reject mag, every friggin year lol

where did I leave that box of tacks no

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jollygoodvelo [1691 posts] 1 week ago
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Goldfever4 wrote:

It's a cool experience to whizz through central London in the early morn' in a peloton, and to fly along the Embankment and onto the Mall for the last sprint. The stuff in between is a blend of closed-roads enjoyment and rubbish-cycling intimidation.

It's for this reason that I think Ride London would be more successful if they really pushed the '46' more, as the 'Olympic legacy' event.  It's far, far more accessible to newish riders and contains the bits you actually want to do - through empty London, out to Hampton Court, back in and up the Mall.  You can still choose to blaze round it in two hours or womble around enjoying it at 10mph.

I'm not suggesting scrapping the 100, but halve the numbers and therefore the traffic, make it much more geared towards clubs, amateur racers, and experienced riders who understand the challenge.

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Rapha Nadal [744 posts] 1 week ago
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I'm in.

Still think the magazine is needless though - whatever happended to saving the trees!

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wellsprop [721 posts] 1 week ago
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alansmurphy wrote:
wellsprop wrote:

I considered entering a local sportives (Mendips). But it charged over £30, instead I Just ride the route the day before. Am I missing something about a sportive, you pay £30-£40 to ride a public road that you could ride anyway. There were a couple food stops for sportive riders, I Just took a couple bananas and gels in my jersey pockets.

They have their place, certain charity ones for example. Did Tour of the peaks last year for £20ish and Winnats Pass was closed, enjoyed that. As I mentioned though, reckon they've gone up around 50% in the last 3 years and are becoming less fun...

Duncann wrote:
wellsprop wrote:

I considered entering a local sportives (Mendips). But it charged over £30, instead I Just ride the route the day before. Am I missing something about a sportive, you pay £30-£40 to ride a public road that you could ride anyway. There were a couple food stops for sportive riders, I Just took a couple bananas and gels in my jersey pockets.

Ride London is certainly different - I'd love to ride right through the heart of the city on closed roads. Events not on closed roads are less appealing. And I generally like plotting my own routes - it's part of the fun. But each to their own.

Fair comment, I forgot to consider the closed roads aspect!

I've ended up cycling (part of) the routes of sportives when I've just happened to be out on cycles - kind of amused me, as none of the roads were closed, so I was riding the sportive free  10

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edvelo [50 posts] 1 week ago
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Head over and do one of the European ones, much better organised, much better cycling and a holiday at the same time.

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Daveyraveygravey [563 posts] 1 week ago
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There's a bunch of moaning miserable bastards on here.  I did it the first two years and loved it, it is a fantastic experience.  The closed roads and the public cheering you on alone are phenomenal things to be part of, but to be flying through London in the early hours WITH NO CARS AT ALL is superb.  The bit back in from Putney past all the landmarks is also stunning.

If you are going to pay for an event on public roads, this is one to have a go at.  As is the Fred, but that is a totally different animal...

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alansmurphy [1661 posts] 1 week ago
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Daveyraveygravey wrote:

There's a bunch of moaning miserable bastards on here.  

 

Hiyaaaaa!

 

Daveyraveygravey wrote:

I did it the first two years and loved it, it is a fantastic experience.  The closed roads and the public cheering you on alone are phenomenal things to be part of, but to be flying through London in the early hours WITH NO CARS AT ALL is superb. 

 

Probably why there's miserable peoples, you've done it twice others have had multiple rejections. Surely they could have next year's first dibs for those not making this year...

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Leviathan [2935 posts] 1 week ago
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I've entered the ballot 6 times and got in 3 times (not this year though.) Sorry conspiracy nuts, but it is totally random. They can't give 'first dibs' because that would cost money in admin. The ballot will remain a hard route as long as the event is popular and they keep giving out many charity slots. Just apply next year, you can't get a slot if you don't. I promise it is worth it. 

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Saint Mikie 41 [62 posts] 1 week ago
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Did the first two years and loved it. The wife did the next two years and said in her last time she would never ride it again. It's just one big charity ride now and not really worth it. Having said that riding the closed roads in the centre London was truly quite awesome. We do Dartmoor classic every year and it is far more enjoyable. This year we are doing Paris - Roubaix and I can't wait for the cobbles.

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