2011-08-13 - 1948 London Olympic Ride

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  • To mark the 63rd anniversary of the 1948 London Olympics, please join me on a ride that links to the two venues that were used for the cycling events, Herne Hill velodrome and Windsor Great Park, and uses parts of the 2012 Olympic cycling routes to link the two.

    Edit: I've added a pdf showing the 1948 course around Windsor Great Park.

    A draft route is available here, but I may refine it when I get a chance to ride it properly;

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/511­737


    We'll conclude the ride with a couple of laps of the road race course that looped around Windsor Great Park (even back in 1948 the idea of closing roads for cycling events was frowned upon) and was won by the French rider José Beyaert, who's life story is told in Matt Rendell's excellent book: Olympic Gangster

    The ride will leave HH at 9 a.m. to avoid the worst of the Saturday morning traffic, and will cover a distance of approx 50 miles over predominantly flat roads.

    Return options are varied, we can ride back, get various trains etc., so that's up to people to decide what they want to do.


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  • Will this be at Olympic pace? Tentatively in...

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    class idea andy.

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  • Will this be at Olympic pace? Tentatively in...

    It'll be a pleasant roll until we get to Windsor. Should anyone then decide to do a lap or two of the Olympic course at race pace then they are very welcome. Just mind the polo ponies.

  • A LFGSS ride that goes through my hood! (Addlestone) hell yeah!

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  • in - if I don't do Exmouth Exodus/have a holiday booked for then

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  • It's a bit far off so I might bed wet closer to the day but provisionally in.

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  • It's a bit far off so I might also wet the bed closer to the day but provisionally in.

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  • It's a bit far off so I might also too wet the bed closer to the day but provisionally in.

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    I like gangster's things.

  • BTW, 10AM start would be more gangster.

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  • just been looking up a route back (to where I live) It's a quite doable 27 miles and it doesn't include the N.Circular Rd.
    Where do trains back into town go to?

  • It depends where you catch the train, but services into both Waterloo and Paddington are a short ride away from Windsor Great Park.

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  • Ah perfect, this looks great and falls on a day I had earmarked for an easy going club run.

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2011-08-13 - 1948 London Olympic Ride

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