June 27, 2007
The 120 mile route traces a lot of Stage 1 of this year’s Tour de France but there are some differences.
It starts in Greenwich as I doubt 5,000 cyclists would be welcome in Central London, even if it is on a Sunday morning.
I imagine the Medway Tunnel, Maidstone and Ashford are also missed for the same reason.
Memory Map users can download a zip file of the Greenwich to Canterbury route from Everyday Cycling here.
It is also on Bikely here.
UPDATE [June 28] I’ve added the route’s elevation profile.
The five feed stations are at Higham (39km), Aylesford (56km), Tonbridge (79km), Tenterden (129km) and Aldington (155km).
The toughest section will probably be the 50km stretch between Tonbridge and Tenterden and that final climb up to Farthing Common looks like a decidedly nasty way to finish a perfectly good ride.
Metcheck is currently forecasting a gusty day with light rain so lets hope the Nalini PRO windcheater that arrived today delivers on both its wind and water proofing claims.
March 25, 2007
It was a bit of a hazy and breezy yesterday but I headed out into the Kent countryside to find some hills.
Doing circuits of Richmond Park is fine for working on technique but there are only 116 metres of climbing over the 11 kilometres. That’s not a bad climb rate (10.5m/km) but any more than four circuits gets a bit boring.
I’ve entered the White Horse Challenge at the end of April and it has 1,400 metres of climbing over the 150 kilometre course. The climb rate is less than Richmond Park but having to do nearly 14 circuits to get the distance would bore me to death.
The route I had planned for yesterday started at Longfield and the first ten kilometres to Cobham were good for getting warmed up before the climbing started.
The first real hill began with a motivating 25% sign at its base. Fortunately it was quite a short climb but there would be several longer and equally steep hills to come before getting back to Longfield.
The views out over the North Downs were a wonderful distraction and I passed through some beautiful villages.
The 74 kilometre route was an anti-clockwise circuit and there was hardly any traffic. It helped that I never went onto any A roads and the only busy sections were the B260 out of Longfield and getting through Kemsing during lunch time.
Total climbing was 1,175m
Longfield is an easy 40 minutes by train from London Victoria.
March 10, 2007
I’ve plotted the 87km route from Clapham Common to Brighton in preparation for the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride in June and uploaded it here.
On that page you will find the route card and route maps generated by TrackLogs plus the trl file if you need it.
I’m going to try and ride this on a Saturday morning in the next few weeks as it looks like a nice ride to the seaside.
It’s not the official route (as that hasn’t been released yet) but an amalgamation of everything I could glean from various online sources.
A lot of people in the online fora I searched said how frustrating they found the ride with the road often clogged with people walking their bikes up the hills.
Hopefully an early start time will help avoid the worst of the concertina effects of the hills plus I’ll approach it more as a fun ride and just relax and enjoy myself.