Unofficial RideLondon 100

by qwerky   March 4, 2013  

Does anyone like the idea of an meet up and ride of the RideLondon 100 route? I'm a bit gutted about not getting a place and I thought maybe there were a few other people who missed out too. There's no reason however why a group couldn't ride the route the week before.

If you're interested please note your interest here. The basics would be;

  • The exact (or as near as possible) route of the official RideLondon 100
  • Friendly, leisurely, non competitive attitude
  • A steady speed, rather than an all-out race
  • Cafe/tea stop about half way
  • Warm feelings of achievement cycling down The Mall

We'd need;

  • Detailed information on the route
  • Some way of navigating whilst riding without having to check maps at every junction
  • Suggestions for a cafe/tea stop from someone who knows the area
  • A bit of organisation

We could call it RoadLondon 100.

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qwerky, drmatthewhardy, Raleigh, Liam Barr, rbx, djgorey + 1, hairybiker

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Quite like this idea.

posted by drmatthewhardy [303 posts]
4th March 2013 - 14:32

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Be careful how big the group gets - our club runs tend to be fine with 10-12 people, but 20 and upwards is too unwieldy and causes problems for traffic trying to pass.

Have fun though! Why don't you get in touch with something like Look Mum No Hands and see if they'll do a deal at the end of the route. Discount cakes or something for your group...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3083 posts]
4th March 2013 - 14:40

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I don't envision huge numbers! If enough people are interested we could split into two or more groups (eg faster group and slower group).

posted by qwerky [134 posts]
4th March 2013 - 14:51

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Definitely up 4.

What would be fantastic.

And I mean... FANTASTIC.

Would be if someone could ride/drive the route.

And make it into a gpx. for garmin.

I mean like... wow.

Shall we contact Rapha, LMNH, Vulpine, MoreVelo and such like?

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
4th March 2013 - 16:13

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I like the idea Smile. I've been trying to study the map in my excitement for it but I just can't work out some of the roads that'll be used so I think good plan and there wouldn't be anything wrong with two groups so if some start to struggle they can drop back a vice versa.

posted by Liam Barr [18 posts]
4th March 2013 - 17:47

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How about doing it the week after? In that case the exact route will be known, including the exact GPX files freely available.

And yes, I'd be interested in doing this as well... I'll be in the slowest group.

~rbx

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posted by rbx [243 posts]
4th March 2013 - 17:53

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I'm up for this and a mate of mine might be too.

We missed out on the Ride London so this would be good.

I might be able to help with accommodation if enough people need it the night before

posted by djgorey [37 posts]
4th March 2013 - 20:09

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I see it more as a turn up at 8:30 from wherever it starts, everyone turns their Garmins on, one group bombs round, the other plods...

Less of a massive organised thing, too much effort.

Now... if only someone could drive the course this weekend Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
4th March 2013 - 22:27

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I'm up for it. Could always just join in on the day, no worries about route-finding then Wink Get some fake numbers printed, who's to know Thinking

posted by hairybiker [13 posts]
5th March 2013 - 8:48

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I'd prefer to do it before (one or two weeks) so that when watching it on the telly I'll be able to recognise and remember back.

posted by qwerky [134 posts]
5th March 2013 - 11:11

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Yeah, this sounds like a good idea. May well be up for it.

posted by MattT53 [126 posts]
5th March 2013 - 11:19

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Oh, weirdly enough I made map from the PDF on the official site just yesterday. Because of the numbers, it's mostly A and B roads, so there's no way I'd want to ride the official route apart from on the day of closed roads.

It does look like a pretty easy ride, apart from the distance. Only about 800m of climbing, and that's in one 20km block.

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/178177790

posted by bashthebox [638 posts]
5th March 2013 - 21:14

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This is a good idea so count me in - You (Sleepy could still do the charity thing I think - major A roads will be a risk but no more than normal riding unless as mentioned earlier the group is larger than 10-15 (all stick to single file for them routes, keep em happy) and I think I will be the slowest. But it is not a race is it.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
I thought of that while riding my bicycle.
~ Einstein, in reference to the Theory of Relativity

posted by stealfwayne [59 posts]
6th March 2013 - 9:07

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I think the route will not be good if the roads are open.

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posted by mckechan [184 posts]
6th March 2013 - 10:46

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