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Old 22nd August 2013   #1
Earthloopdonor
2013-10-19 - London Borough Spiral Ride



A ride through all 32 London boroughs (and the City of London) ending at the statue of King Charles I in Trafalgar Square, the point at which you are 0 miles from London. We'll be departing from Sidcup Place at 0730 sharp. We hope to finish before dark, but we might not so it would be a good idea to bring lights. The weather looks a bit damp, mudguards are advisable.

It's about 180km, mostly flat.

Sidcup Place pub at the start has agreed to open at 7.15am to prepare food for us for our 7.30am depart. They're offering hot baps filled with either fried egg, sausage or bacon @ 1.99 each. Costa tea @ 1.79 each. Costa coffee @ 2.50 each. If you want any of that, you must book in advance by 3pm on Friday 18th, by adding yourself to the list near the end of this thread.

There will be regular brief stops for food, drink and toilet:
  • 28km: Tesco, Oldfields Rd Sutton, SM1 2NB
  • 58km: San Remo Cafe, Northolt, UB5 6UR
  • 81km: Tesco, Coppetts Center, N12 0SH
  • 122km: McDonalds/KFC, Claps Gate Lane, E6 6LG
  • 155km: Tesco, Shepherds Bush Rd, W6 7NL
I will be running a GPS tracker on my phone ( http://www.greenalp.com/RealTimeTracker/ ) so if you have an android phone and you want to be able to find the group, install this app and add earthloop as a friend.

The route:


(that's http:// ridewithgps.com/routes/3530209 if you can't see the embedded route)

A google maps view of the route against the borough boundaries: http://goo.gl/maps/nqRpX



Previous discussion: http://www.lfgss.com/thread111264.html

Summary of previous discussion:
"Let's do all 32 London Boroughs in a day" - robertyoghurt
"in a spiral" - Indra
"you can't hit a borough more than once" - yarklad
"So a 130km of hellish Outer London urban sprawl, then another 50 of busy as fuck zone 1?" - lemonade

Last edited by Earthloop; 18th October 2013 at 17:19. Reason: non-embedded route link
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Old 22nd August 2013   #2
IndraRipperdonor
 
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1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
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Old 22nd August 2013   #3
IndraRipperdonor
 
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This will be a serious challenge, I don't mind trying to lead for a few miles now that I've figure my garmin out.

I pretty much know the inner NW stretch.
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Old 22nd August 2013   #4
mespilus
1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
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Old 22nd August 2013   #5
LHL
1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
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Old 22nd August 2013   #6
Idiot
 
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Totally bonkers ride. In.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. Idiot
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Old 22nd August 2013   #7
IndraRipperdonor
 
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Broke the list already...
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Old 22nd August 2013   #8
IndraRipperdonor
 
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1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
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Old 23rd August 2013   #9
HORRO
1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
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Old 23rd August 2013   #10
blue fleet
looks hideous but still can't resist.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
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Old 26th August 2013   #11
hairnetnicdonor
 
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I reckon on 15 hours+ to complete this. Totally mental. I'm in.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
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Old 26th August 2013   #12
paramounteddonor
 
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1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
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Old 26th August 2013   #13
Earthloopdonor
Editing route
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Old 26th August 2013   #14
Earthloopdonor
Done, knocked a few km and a lot of traffic lights off around the final bit.


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Old 26th August 2013   #15
Eamesy
This is fucking crazy. In.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
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Old 26th August 2013   #16
B0N0R
 
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loony, in


1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
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Old 26th August 2013   #17
shinkuu kiss
 
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worst ride idea ever

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
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Old 26th August 2013   #18
IndraRipperdonor
 
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Such a mammoth ride surely needs it's own T shirt design...
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Old 26th August 2013   #19
alasdairdonor
 
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Great effort Earthloop, totally in


1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
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Old 27th August 2013   #20
AirTime
1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair16. AirTime
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Old 27th August 2013   #21
lanerdonor
 
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This looks stupid, probably in.
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Old 27th August 2013   #22
fasih
It is a great idea for a ride, have been looking to do something like this before. Only problem is that I am away that week :-(
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Old 27th August 2013   #23
youramericanloverdonor
 
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Ridiculous. I love it.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
16. AirTime
17. YAL
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Old 28th August 2013   #24
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This reminds me a bit of the M25 ride Corlis organised:
http://www.lfgss.com/thread70039.html

That was more fun that it sounds.
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Old 28th August 2013   #25
SamJTdonor
such a good idea, if it goes well i'd definitely be up for a repeat when I'm back from uni
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Old 28th August 2013   #26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox View Post
This reminds me a bit of the M25 ride Corlis organised:
http://www.lfgss.com/thread70039.html

That was more fun that it sounds.
Somebody *cough* needs to redo this one. Sound like (marginally) unfinished business to me.. ?
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Old 28th August 2013   #27
hairnetnicdonor
 
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Quote:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox
This reminds me a bit of the M25 ride Corlis organised:
http://www.lfgss.com/thread70039.html

That was more fun that it sounds.


Somebody *cough* needs to redo this one. Sound like unfinished business to me.. ?
Yup, this one was kind of a legend when I joined the forum last year. Would love to give it a go.
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Old 28th August 2013   #28
hairnetnicdonor
 
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editing route
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Old 28th August 2013   #29
Earthloopdonor
Let's make the next spiral ride a night ride, then anyone who finds that alone insufficiently mad can warm up with a quick lap of the M25 during the preceding day.
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Old 28th August 2013   #30
Earthloopdonor
See what I did there ? This ride doesn't seem so crazy now, does it ?
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Old 28th August 2013   #31
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I may have fucked this up...
But tweaked it to avoid swiss cottage gyratory which is no fun at the start of a ride and fuck all fun after 100 miles.


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Old 28th August 2013   #32
Earthloopdonor
It seems to be doubling back on itself along Palermo Road near the start of your edit.
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Old 28th August 2013   #33
hairnetnicdonor
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Earthloop View Post
It seems to be doubling back on itself along Palermo Road near the start of your edit.
I only took it from Belsize to Eversholt.
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Old 28th August 2013   #34
Melsbikes
Melsbikes

In - cos it doesnt make sense...so in.
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Old 28th August 2013   #35
Melsbikes
. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
16. AirTime
17. YAL
18. Melsbikes
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Old 28th August 2013   #36
Earthloopdonor
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Originally Posted by hairnetnic View Post
I only took it from Belsize to Eversholt.
Ah, it must be a stray control point from my previous edit then.

Editing...
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Old 28th August 2013   #37
Earthloopdonor
Done: fixed borough boundary violation, we can't quite go as far south as regents park on that leg


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Old 28th August 2013   #38
Earthloopdonor
map with borough boundaries: http://goo.gl/maps/AeUM9
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Old 28th August 2013   #39
hairnetnicdonor
 
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Originally Posted by Earthloop View Post
Done: fixed borough boundary violation, we can't quite go as far south as regents park on that leg
I thought I might cock something up! So it's in each borough once and once only? I would still suggest avoiding Swiss Cottage, hitting Finchley road to the north and taking the North approch would be much better...

And that Google maps route goes exactly outside my house!

I can modify my commute tomorrow to find a decent route across the North of SC.
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Old 28th August 2013   #40
Earthloopdonor
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Originally Posted by hairnetnic View Post
I thought I might cock something up! So it's in each borough once and once only?
Yup. Blame yarklad for that.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hairnetnic View Post
I would still suggest avoiding Swiss Cottage, hitting Finchley road to the north and taking the North approch would be much better...
So it's that little one way triangle just south of Swiss Cottage tube that's nasty ?

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I can modify my commute tomorrow to find a decent route across the North of SC.
OK, good
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Old 28th August 2013   #41
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Yeah, its 2 lanes into 5 into 2, and the eastbound traffic gets a green with the westbound. With the lights being at the top of a steep ramp so you can't take any speed in. Have a look on streetview, its grim!
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Old 29th August 2013   #42
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I'm doing an overnight shift at work that night, this seems like an excellent way to prepare for it.

. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
16. AirTime
17. YAL
18. Melsbikes
19. hats
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Old 29th August 2013   #43
ffmdonor
You're a bunch of fucking nutjobs.

And I'm seriously loving this idea!

*hat*
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Old 29th August 2013   #44
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I've been watching this thread with growing interest and trepidation.

Fuck it. I'm in.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
16. AirTime
17. YAL
18. Melsbikes
19. hats
20. T4
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Old 29th August 2013   #45
Earthloopdonor
Food/Drink/Toilet stops

Off the top of my head, I think we want a brief stop about every 25 to 40 km. Does that sound ok ?

Stopping points should have plenty of room for bikes, a toilet (I can't be having with weeing behind bins at my time of life) and somewhere to get food and drink.

Candidates so far:
  • 0km - The pub at Sidcup Place. Opens at 8am on a Saturday, so maybe we shouldn't start the ride until a few minutes after 8.
  • 56km - San Remo Cafe in Northolt
  • 154km - Shepherds Bush Road Tesco, has customer toilet.
  • 160km - Chez Hairnetnic
  • 173km - LMNH, unless it will be too crowded on a Saturday evening, dunno.

Last edited by Earthloop; 29th August 2013 at 12:23.
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Old 29th August 2013   #46
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At 160k you literally go past my house, I'd be happy to offer tea/coffee/toilet facilities. It's a residential street off the main roads so plenty of room for bikes etc...

And I think I have a much nicer route through Swiss Cottage. I have at least a better one but I won't edit just yet until I know of a good route through to Primrose hill.
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Old 29th August 2013   #47
ffmdonor
The current route goes through Brent twice. It looks like you need to stay a bit further North on the outer loop near Queensbury and Burnt Oak.

Edit: Alternatively, keep the outer loop and cross the Thames at Wandsworth Bridge and push the inner loop further South so you can go straight up the Fulham Rd to collect Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster then a really tight loop through the Southernmost part of Camden, Islington and Hackney, quickly into Tower Hamlets and finish anywhere in the City.

Last edited by ffm; 29th August 2013 at 13:04.
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Old 29th August 2013   #48
Itisaboutthebike
A stop, start traffic light hell. In.

1. Robertyogurt
2. Earthloop
3. Indra
4. Mespilus * Provisional offer to lead km 48 to 72
5. Mespilus minor
6. LHL
7. Idiot
8. HORRO
9. blue fleet
10. Hairnet
11. Paramounted
12. Eamesy
ƐƖ. Boner
14. shinkuu kiss
15. alasdair
16. AirTime
17. YAL
18. Melsbikes
19. hats
20. T4
21. Itisaboutthebike
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Old 29th August 2013   #49
Earthloopdonor
^^ Drat, so it does.

Editing route.
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Old 29th August 2013   #50
Earthloopdonor
done editing



http://goo.gl/maps/6EOfV

Last edited by Earthloop; 29th August 2013 at 13:18. Reason: add google maps link
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