King of the Downs Sportive: A RideLondon Training Opportunity

As you prepare for the 100 miles of RideLondon, you might be looking for other (shorter) sportives to help you on your way.

Long time reader of this blog, Giles Roadnight has just emailed me to point out that The King of the Downs Sportive takes place this Sunday (2nd June).

The sportive, organised by Evans, features two routes: the full one is 115 miles; the shorter option is 54 miles.

I can’t find an official route map, but the longer route sounds pretty tough. If you’re thinking of doing this one, I doubt you have any concerns about RideLondon’s flatter, shorter course.

It’s the shorter route that Giles points out is useful for RideLondon newbies, as a stepping stone to the longer event. Last year’s event took in both Box Hill and Leith Hill, and featured total ascent of around 3,450 feet (~900 feet less than RL).

If you want to enter, you’ll need to get your skates on. Online entry closes later today (Wednesday); if you miss that, you can print out a form to enter on the day.

Good luck to all those that decide to participate (or who have already entered), and thank you to Giles for giving me the heads up.

Training for RideLondon 100: March – mid-May update

Peak District Snow Cycle
Route blocked by snow… in April!

This is the second instalment in a series of posts recording the progress of my training towards RideLondon 100, the 100-mile cyclosportive taking place in and around London on 4 August.

My first training update can be found here.

As readers of this blog will know, my cycling prowess is very much at the lower end of the athletic range. As well as providing on-going motivation and accountability with regard to my own training ‘regime’, these updates aim to provide encouragement to other non-athletic types and those that struggle to balance training with everything else they have going on.

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RideLondon 100 Route Analysis Redux: The Five Things You Need To Know

This post is a little different from my usual offerings.

It’s a slide presentation (woo-ooh!) that looks once again at the RideLondon 100 route and offers up some interesting titbits for participants (and anyone else with a passing interest).

I shoved the presentation (or ‘deck’, if you hail from corporate America) onto Slideshare in an inglorious attempt to increase the number of people that get to see it.

If you find the slides useful and think that others would too, then please share it via Twitter and Facebook.

So, without further ado…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You… The Presentation!

Want to know more about the RideLondon 100 route?

Of course you do.

In that case, why not take a look at my extended RideLondon 100 route analysis and the post where I try out the Leith Hill and Box Hill climbs.

RideLondon Reconnaissance Ride (And How I Accidentally Rode my First Metric Century)

How steep is Leith Hill
Leith Hill – the RideLondon route comes down this side (I think…)

Grimpeur is in pain. My knee is killing me. I’ll explain why in a bit.

The purpose of this post is to provide a bit more intelligence on the RideLondon route, specifically the two main climbs up Leith Hill and Box Hill.

You may have seen that I already wrote a post on the RideLondon route (if you didn’t, then you can read it here).

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RideLondon: feel the fear and do it anyway

RideLondon fears concerns
Source: freeimages.co.uk

As I contemplate the RideLondon 100, I have some concerns. Some of these concerns verge on being full-blown fears.

Maybe you’re in the same boat, as you look forward to RideLondon or another long distance sportive ride (if you haven’t done so, read my analysis of the RideLondon 100 route).

In this post, I will try to turn this general sense of disquiet into a specific set of concerns, each of which I can confront and prepare for. In doing so, not only will I allay my fears, but I will also identify those factors that will contribute to a strong performance (and maximum enjoyment) on the day.

An aggregation of marginal gains you say? If it’s good enough for Sir Dave of Brailsford….

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RideLondon 100 Route: Detailed Guide For Riders

RideLondon Guide button

*** UPDATE: You can read “The Ultimate Guide To RideLondon”, a collection of pretty much all the information I’ve written on the blog to help YOU make the most of your RideLondon experience – click here to read the post or finish reading this one and follow the link at the bottom ***

In this post we’ll take a detailed look at the route of the RideLondon-Surrey 100, which takes place each year at the end of July or the start of August. From my previous posts (such as this one and this one), you’ll know that I’ll be participating.

I’ve plotted the course using bikehike.co.uk. I’ve included some screen grabs, including various sections of the course as well as elevation and gradient charts.

RideLondon-Surrey 100 route
The full RideLondon-Surrey 100 route

If people are interested (let me know in the comments box below), I will attempt to upload the TCX file to the site, which you should then be able to download and manipulate as you see fit.

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RideLondon 100 and a thought on training motivation

So you will no doubt see plenty on this blog about my preparation for RideLondon (or RideLondon-Surrey 100 to give its full, rather catchy title).

After initially failing to secure a place in the ballot, I’ve been offered a place by Macmillan, the cancer support charity, to ride (and raise money) for them. I have a very strong personal reason for supporting this charity, which I’ll share in due course.

In the meantime, the purpose of this post was to ask a question (which may turn out to be rhetorical if no one responds). Please bear with me during the ‘set up’.

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