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  • box hill and the surrounding hills are not that difficult riding fixed. i'm trying the new route above and the only thing that will make me swap between gears and fixed is whatever other people are riding. and if it's 50miles or less. longer distances i prefer geared. (i'm on 72gi)
    went round limpsfield/cudham/downe area yesterday on gears, having ridden out to the hillclimb there on fixed i think i would choose gears. the hills seem steeper if not that long.

  • I'm on freewheel at 70 gear inches. Like MrSmith said, Box Hill isn't that demanding - although from the manly banter at the cafe at the top, you'd think it was some kind of Himalayan peak :-) I really went for a good stretch in the country away from the traffic dodging. Views from the top are great. Makes a nice change from RP.

  • I don't even ride Richmond Park. I live in East London and, as you're probably aware, it's well flat. There are no hills on my commute to work either so these routes will probably kill me. I'll give Box Hill a go next weekend. The Monday after could be achy.

  • this is a good summer route:


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  • this is a good summer route:

    Bit of a wonky line that would probably get you thrown off the track. ;) Be careful, the kids are very impressionable.

  • Oh, and is the track closed all winter? I thought previously they only closed it when it had actually been wet?

  • I don't know how to use a computer very well so making routes and putting them up on here is pretty difficult. Hills in south east I (don't) like to ride up:

    Jerningham road, New Cross
    Vesta road, Brockley
    Canonbie rise, Forest hill
    Vicars hill, Ladywell
    Shooters hill, up near Welling/Woolwich/Eltham
    That hill (actually, there are quite a few hills round there!?) that leads up to The Point in Blackheath
    The hill that goes up towards Denmark hill from Dulwich (Dog kennel hill?)
    Riding from Forest hill BR up to Crystal Palace turning left at Hornimans Museum... (also great fun going down)
    If I could get some help from one of my computer savvy mates I could put together a route to make your legs hate you....

  • Thank you for keeping me busy in the holidays!

  • Looking forward to running eeehhh's route.

  • nice idea. i am looking for a safe/picturesque route from east london to oxford. hint hint.

  • Bit of a wonky line that would probably get you thrown off the track. ;) Be careful, the kids are very impressionable.

    Looks to me like RPM is using the banking off the last corner to benefit his sprint for the line. Good tactic, if he has the legs. ;p

  • Not really a ride, but my business partner is thinking of riding to work, and needs to find a route from Putney Bridge to Covent Garden, ideally he would like to keep away from busy roads, he did a google and it sends him up New Kings Rd, Kings Road etc, is that best, or does someone have a route he can follow? All thoughts much appreciated.

  • Hi, I posted this answer up on another thread not so long ago. Here you go Take the nice back streets to Putney Bridge, via where Mark Bolan was killed in his mini. Cross the bridge and at the bottom take a right before Kings Road. Go towards the Hurlingham Club where you will need to take a left and go round it as the riff-raf are not allowed through the Park there. This brings you out at the bottom of Wandswarth Bridge, head straight onto Chelsea Harbour where all the rich chavs live. This eventually takes you to Lotts Road where you turn right. . eventually you will conme out on Chelsea Embankment. Carry on along the embankment and then you have a choice of whether to go via westminster or down the Vicrtoria Embankemt, round the strand and to your destination. Havent made a map but you get the idea. This is the low traffic route ( up to the embankment anyhow)

  • I'm pretty new to London (about 5months) and even newer to riding fixed. I'd never been on a road bike until summer! As most people, I instantly became hooked! I commute 4-5miles each way accross London everyday but I'd like to do some like training to up my game a bit. I've found a few 10-15mile routes with hills, but I think I could with some more circular routes that are a little longer with fewer hills to begin with. I live in Camden, so hills are almost unavoidable to some degree, but I don't know the whole area. Anyone got any suggestions?

  • Mikec has a North London hills route, you could try that.

  • I'm pretty new to London (about 5months) and even newer to riding fixed. I'd never been on a road bike until summer! As most people, I instantly became hooked! I commute 4-5miles each way accross London everyday but I'd like to do some like training to up my game a bit. I've found a few 10-15mile routes with hills, but I think I could with some more circular routes that are a little longer with fewer hills to begin with. I live in Camden, so hills are almost unavoidable to some degree, but I don't know the whole area. Anyone got any suggestions?

    Mikec has a North London hills route, you could try that.

    I'm after something with *less *hills to start with please!

  • lol.

    You could try Richmond Park training on Saturday mornings. Meet at 10.30 by the Roehampton gate cafe.

    I am going out at least one night a week to tackle the steeper hills near where I live. So if anyone is interested let me know

  • lol.

    You could try Richmond Park training on Saturday mornings. Meet at 10.30 by the Roehampton gate cafe.

    I am going out at least one night a week to tackle the steeper hills near where I live. So if anyone is interested let me know

    What kind of distance do they do at Richmond, or do you just go for as long as you can?!

    When I feel up to the hills I'll come join you. Which area will you be riding?

  • a lap is almost 7 miles. i think the trackies do a lap as a warm-up then shorter inner loops with less hills with sprint work.
    personally i tend to do 3-4 laps with laps 2-3 as fast as i can go without feeling too ill it's the same distance home as a lap so 35-40 miles, any more time and i would rather go on a proper road ride than do 5+ laps
    the hills are not long or steep so riding them fixed is not difficult.

  • Lurker

    To avoid hills stick to the river. East/west rides are necessarily flat.

    Mr Smith and mikec are correct though. Richmond Park only has a couple a gentle bumps which can be easily done fixed. The ride there and back is flat. Head down to the Embankment and then stick to the river as you go west and then go over Putney Bridge.

    You might want to start exploring with longer river runs. Windsor, Henley, Oxford perhaps or Dagenham and Southend to the east.

  • Cheers guys, there are a lot of good suggestions there. I'll have a scout around and try a few new routes. Then I can let everyone else know!

  • Lurker103, when you do find some routes, please post them up, got to keep the database a rollin'.

  • Lurker103. Come up to North Drinks. We useualy meet at the Lamb on Lambs Conduit and ride up to North Drinks (at the flask in Highgate) togeather. I will post a route tomorrow. THey are normaly about 10miles and avoid the worst hills (unless I am feeling like a bastard and then its Swains Lane). Come and join us.

  • @Pink: What night do you meet for North Drinks? I drove up Swains Lane this morning and now I know what the hype is all about! I've ridden up Dartmouth Park Hill (next to the Whittington Hospital) a couple of times and that's pretty tough, but Swains Lane looks like an absolute killer on fixed.

  • It is great fun fixed. Dont get me wrong your legs and lungs will be in agony but it is short and quite a feeling to get to the top.

    North Drinks is on Tuseday nights. Drinks at the flask then down to Archway road for £3 pizza (good pizza).

    Dartmorth Park is tough as you need to slow for the traffic at the top and that upsets the rythem.

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