When we created the Ride London training series to help people train for the Surrey 100 ride we had no idea that the popularity, enthusiasm and awesomeness would be this high! From the first ride, a short spin out to Esher for coffee at Giro to Sunday's Newland's Corner 60 miles, we've seen nothing but determination, huge smiles and a sense of achievement from everyone. At the half way stage, with rides seven to twelve still to come, we can't wait for more of the same!
We've had some memorable highlights so far, and some absolutely stand out performances, but we'll leave the full ride report (and gushy shout outs) until after Ride London has been smashed by each and every one of you! For now, please see details of rides seven to twelve below:
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Ride #7 - Weds 5th July: Wimbledon Hill Reps 7pm- 8:30pm
The 'Wimblebergs' are a fantastic training playground, including Wimbledon Hill, number 4 on the Ride London elevation profile. This ridge of hills provide a consistent gradient and length to replicate Wimbledon Hill, so an evening riding up and down all of them is great Ride London training. We'll do 2-3 reps of Wimbledon Hill to finish before 're-fuelling' at The Dynamo!
Ride #8 - Sat 8th July: 70 - 75 hilly miles in Surrey 8am - 4pm
This ride will be the biggest test you'll have faced in this series so far, as we up the distance and add in a lot of elevation. Just a couple of hundred metres shy of the elevation of the full route, this ride will nicely replicate the amount of climbing you'll do on the day. Also taking in the triple of Leith, Box and Wimbledon Hill, this will be a tough but rewarding day in the saddle.
Ride #9 - Weds 12th July: Box Hill Reps 7pm - 9:30pm
Using the same route as the Solstice ride, we'll head out to Box Hill for 2-3 reps of the famous hill (number 3 on the Ride London route). Practising Box Hill will make your ascent on the day much easier as you'll know what to expect. After a few reps, we'll roll down the hill to the pub and train back to Clapham/Waterloo (ride back option available).
Ride #10 - Sat 15th July: 100 miles in Surrey 8am - 6pm
If Ride London is the main event - ride number 10 is the queen stage! Just under 100 miles in Surrey; all of the hills (plus a few extra ones thrown in for good measure) and much of the actual route itself (missing out the really big roads), this is the perfect prep for the big day. Arguably a harder day out than the actual Ride London route, this will stand you in great stead for completing the ride on the 30th!
Ride #11 - Weds 19th: Wimbledon Hill Reps 7pm - 8:30pm
Returning to Wimbledon for more reps of The Wimblebergs for our last concentrated hill training - this session will be a good chance to see how much you've improved from previous weeks, giving you confidence going into your 'tapering' period. As always finishing up with pizza and beer at The Dynamo.
Ride #12: Sun 23rd July - Tapering/little ring spin 10am - 12:30pm
Tapering is important kids! The last ride of the series is little ring laps - a grouped social ride around Richmond Park to spin the legs out, followed by brunch at The Dynamo. If you want to do fast/hard laps then that's possible too, but we'd recommend tapering.
As ever if you can't make any of the rides above then please don't fret. You can download the routes from the links above and ride them in your own time. Our biggest tip is that you ride the hills before the event. Having prior knowledge of what's coming will give you a mental edge, and can be the difference between and wonderful and terrible afternoon!
If you haven't ridden any of the previous training rides we would ask you to get in touch with us before signing up for the 75 mile and 100 mile rides. These aren't suitable for beginners who haven't already been training with us in this series. If you're unsure either way then please Email Us.
All that is left to say is thank you to everyone that has come along and ridden with us on this series, and particularly all the awesome ride leaders. You've all been wonderful, with amazing can do attitudes and massive smiles on your faces! We can't wait to ride with you on the res to the series, and hopefully welcome lots more new faces to the group.
David & Emma