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
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.