London Revolution- entry opens for two day ride around the capital next May

180 mile ride for 2500 riders to take in iconic Olympic venues included timed ride up Box Hill

by Tony Farrelly   December 13, 2011  

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Fancy a ride round London next May? You're in luck, because you can literally ride around the capital next spring in the company of 2500 other riders (well, 2499) with the the launch of London Revolution a 180 mile two day organised  circuit of London town on the 19th and 20th of May 2012.

The event being organised by Threshold Sports the outfit behind the Deloitte Ride Across Britain that aims to offer a challenge to riders of all levels and offer more simply a ride around London - it will showcase what the countryside and quieter roads on the capitals doorstep have to offer and in Olympic year it links together many of the capitals iconic Olympic venues of the past and present..

The ride starts at the Excel centre in London's docklands on Saturday the 19th of May and then heads out via Epping on to the quieter backroads that surround the capital. Riders taking part get the choice of riding one or both day, and you can even go home to your own bed rather than camp if you're riding the whole thing. Along the way you'll get the benefit of ride chaperones - for those new to this sort of distance; and the chance to unleash your competitive instincts with a King of the Mountains timed section up Box Hill and the chance to blast it round Herne Hill Velodrome too.

Day 1 is a 100 miler that will see riders tackle the Chilterns and whizzing past the Olympic rowing venue, Eton Dorney a venue with a special significance for one of the event organisers, former Olympic rower James Cracknell before heading on to an overnight stop in Windsor. There an evening of music, bars, dinner and some other cycling related attractions are on offer… or you can leave the bike there and slip off home to your own bed and come back in the morning.

Day 2 is an 80 mile route that will see riders setting off through Windsor Great Park before tackling the North Downs and then swinging in through Crystal Palace to finish by crossing the Thames at Tower Bridge.

For what's being offered it looks reasonably priced too:
London Revolution full course inc overnight - £169
London Revolution full course excl overnight - £78
London Revolution single day - £39

To find out more visit the London Revolution website at www.london-revolution.com

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now with the correct url www.london-revolution.com

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
13th December 2011 - 10:51

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Think that might be James Cracknell. Or Steve Redgrave, but more likely the former...?

posted by step-hent [638 posts]
13th December 2011 - 11:19

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or is it James Redgrave? One of those Olympic rowing fellas anyway.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
13th December 2011 - 13:41

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Two reasons this event stinks:
1. Helmets are compulsary. Crackpot Cracknell can wear one if he wants, even if his protects-against-HGV claims are nuts, but forcing everyone sucks.
2. They want your exclusive image rights. You don't even get to share them.

posted by a.jumper [655 posts]
13th December 2011 - 16:35

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Helmets are compulsary

helmets are compulsory on all sportives. in nearly every case it's a condition of the insurers who underwrite the event.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7036 posts]
13th December 2011 - 16:39

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Apart from CTC's - but you'd expect that.

posted by Dan Joyce [37 posts]
13th December 2011 - 17:38

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The image rights thing isn't unusual either - they'll want to promote the event without getting your permission and also to sell you photos of yourself afterwards. They don't want a load of event photographers turning up and selling images without them getting their cut. Quite standard for a big event like this...

And let's not get in to the helmet debate again, eh? Wink

posted by step-hent [638 posts]
13th December 2011 - 18:13

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dave_atkinson wrote:
helmets are compulsory on all sportives. in nearly every case it's a condition of the insurers who underwrite the event.

Others have mentioned the CTC ones already, but the article above doesn't say "sportive" anywhere, nor does the London Revolution website front page. I thought it was a fun ride... until I read the terms.

The image rights are unusual in being exclusive. If I go on a good ride, I want to take my own pictures of it and share them. I think it might be an attempt to pre-empt criticism because later on it says that participants agree that the organisors can censor what you say about the event on social networks.

Another really amazing condition is that it looks like you wouldn't be allowed to stop and buy food during the ride - you may only eat your own food or things given to you by other riders.

And anyway, 7 pages of narny things like that takes all the fun out of it, doesn't it?

posted by a.jumper [655 posts]
13th December 2011 - 19:23

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My alarms bells ring when any organisation tries to restrict criticism. It wouldn't surprise me if people criticised the event to ensure they get a place next time!

Sounds like fun, but a restriction like that isn't. Fair enough they can and should take action if you start posting untruths but they could do that anyway.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [275 posts]
14th December 2011 - 21:06

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