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  • I'm heading to North Norfolk this weekend (Cley next the Sea).

    Does anyone have any decent gravel routes to share or failing that any road routes as I can take both bikes?

  • Does anyone have any experience riding around the southern Drome region in France? Heading there for a week soon, hiring a bike for 4 days. Ventoux is on the list, but some rides a bit more local to there would be good.

    Second request, has anyone got any shortish routes, 60k-ish, that include Ventoux? I'm in half decent nick at the moment but parenting for the past two years has meant my long ride stamina has disappeared so don't really want to attempt 100k involving a mountain that big and die on my arse and have to call in the cavalry to rescue me, as the cavalry will be my wife and kid in a hire car with no bike rack...

  • I did a week of riding round that way in September last year, last few days were in and around Malaucene . Although I only went up Ventoux on one of the days and it wasn't combined with anything else, I'll DM you a link to my Strava and if you look at the rides in the last few days of that week you'll be able to see a few that you can combine bits of. Other than Ventoux itself, the riding round there is as you probably know absolutely amazing, Gorge de la Nesque is a must.

  • Amazing, yes that would be great. I haven't done any research so far, but we're heading off in 10 days so need to get on the case!

  • Here's the Gorge de la Nesque which is a must do IMO. A beautiful ride along a beautiful gorge with tunnels carved out of the rock, it's a classic. Start & finish in Bedoin.

    Comfort Eagle video to whet your appetite

  • Here's a Luberon loop that was recommended to me by someone else but I never got a chance to ride due to the weather conditions but it is supposed to be beautiful scenery

  • and here's the single ascent of Ventoux using the classic Bedoin/TDF approach. All you need to do is cut out the part from Avignon and you are left with a nice loop that meets your distance criteria

  • Incredible, thanks very much for taking the time to dig those out

  • A couple of weeks ago I did a London to Brighton ride with a few colleagues from work.

    It was good but work is in Westminster and the ride out was a bit shit.

    We can probably get away in the afternoon on a Thursday, and put the bikes on a train for a nice 50 or so miles, either in a loop or to somewhere with chips.

    I've planned this route using part of a Southend route I've done before.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for similar which are:

    1. Nice
    2. Around 50 miles
    3. Easily reachable from a reasonable train ride from Central London
    4. Ending somewhere with chips and beer
  • MalaucĂ©ne route up Ventoux is definitely more beautiful. Really enjoyed riding around this bit of France the past few days.

  • Ride Westminster to City Thameslink (along Embankment), train to St Albans (40mins)... and I can help with a 50mile loop if you don't know the roads out that way.

  • Thank you - I will take you up on that in September.

    This time we're going to Hastings for a one way rather than a loop.

  • I did a good ride yesterday. And works as a day trip from London for the beer fans.

    Train to Didcot > Ride to DEYA in Cheltenham > train back.

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