SW London/Surrey Training Group

Bike Rides, Cakes etc

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05/09/2006 at 08:43
Some of those of us who did the Southwater tri-relays at the weekend figured it would be good to train together and do some long bike rides (coffee and cake stops included), and possibly some swimming and stuff.

Hollywood has a basic route he uses from his home out towards Box Hill, and I know some routes from there, although the more routes the better as far as I'm concerned. We might have to meet up on the route as we'll be a bit spread out, but I really fancy riding as part of a group for those several hour long rides.

I'm tracing out some possible route on Gmap, but for now, here's Hollywood's route.

Those interested:
Bear
Hollywood
Shiraz
Flipper
Green Eyes
Happychap

(add name - obviously!)
Flipper    pirate
05/09/2006 at 08:49
That route could work out well as I could drop Mr Flipper off for a round of golf whilst I go for a cycle :o)
05/09/2006 at 09:02
That's good Flips :o)

I'm putting together some rides that'll add onto it as a starting point - will post them here.

Nervous about the Box Hill climb, going to go and give it a try tomorrow
Flipper    pirate
05/09/2006 at 09:15
Ooohhh...good luck with that! I'm far too scared to go near that place!

Thanks for getting this organised.
05/09/2006 at 09:22
05/09/2006 at 09:35
Well done on starting the fred, Bear - I think your loop might be the basis for the Ballbuster - http://www.humanrace.co.uk/buster/buster.gif

What time you thinking of heading out tomorrow?

Zilla and Ergo gave me the route down to Box Hill originally - so it is all Zilla's fault really!
05/09/2006 at 09:39
oh yeah - I have seen that map before when Lindi was trying to pressgang me into doing it!

Not sure what time at the mo - legs are a bit sore and I'm running tonight - hopefully about 10am as I'm off work but might leave it until the evening

Was thinking for the rides that HappyChap and Greenie could meet up with me as I head out through Leatherhead on the A24
05/09/2006 at 11:11
Here's another one

could do with something a bit inbetween though.

How Lane on that route is an evil bu99er of a hill!
05/09/2006 at 14:16
Hi Bear

Zig zag could be the Surrey equivalent of Ditchling. Let me know how you do tomorrow. I've been down it but not up <gulp>

I'm working all day tomorrow so won't be able to make it however, may be able to skive Friday early afternoon if you fancy another crack at it then?
Pink    pirate
05/09/2006 at 14:20
I could possibly drive up and meet you for some of these - most probably weekend ones though cos of work

Having said that I've just put buying my road bike back a couple of months by having a rather expensive bone scan to sort my shin splints - mtb it is!

Those interested:
Bear
Hollywood
Shiraz
Flipper
Green Eyes
Happychap
Pink


05/09/2006 at 14:25
That sounds good Pinkie - I think we'll be heading down towards the South coast further on some rides (see what everyone thinks) but the L2B route is off the main roads so seems quite a good basis for a longer route..

Any news on Southwater and the times for swimming, Pinklet?
05/09/2006 at 14:26
ZigZag is easy. It's not steep, just long (and it's not really that long...)

Bear - I'm still trying to find out about work tomorrow... will let you know later.

And should we pick a first weekend date ride too?
05/09/2006 at 14:28
oops - yes - I'd be up for a ride on friday - assuming my legs have recovered from tomorrow!

The Zig Zag doesn't get one of those greater than signs on the map (meaning very steep), whereas there is a road the other side of the A24 that does - might investigate that sometime :os
Pink    pirate
05/09/2006 at 14:28
Nothing re swimming yet, Bear. Will let you know. If I don't hear anything I'll try phoning.

L2B route could be a goer, would be nice to do it with slightly fewer bikes around!
05/09/2006 at 14:29
I'm away this weekend (not that that needs to stop everyone else), and possibly the following weekend, although that's looking iffy now

I do think it would be good to have a date to go for though, and then see what the interest is.
05/09/2006 at 14:35
Cool - should be back in Ashtead by 2pm at latest on Fri so you could pick me up on A24 as your pootling through.

05/09/2006 at 14:43
Hey guys,

I'm interested in this but could you let me know what type of riding it is and how quick you go and just whats generaly involved?!?!

I have an MTB and live in Reigate. Box hill is about 7 miles from me.

Ta
-Alex


05/09/2006 at 14:47
Bear - this is my longest route ever to date - 122km - I think it goes up that arrowed hill you are talking about - it's much steeper starting in Westhumble and ending somewhere near the back of Denbies vineyard - http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=414364 - I don't really recommend this route...
jrs
05/09/2006 at 15:40
I would be interested in tagging along. The Epsom Downs / Box Hill area is my usual training ground (not that I've done much recently) and I'm sure a bit of company would help encourage me to get out get out and do some longer rides over the winter months.
05/09/2006 at 16:42
Be nice to meet up with some others on this forum I'm hoping to do the Ball Buster, is it hard ???
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