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    A Beginner's Guide To The Spring Classics

    A Beginner's Guide To The Spring Classics

    Can you feel it in the air? The snow has melted, the wind slightly less biting. The sun is rising before 8am. It's definitely getting warmer, and that can mean only one thing - the coming of the Classics season. 

    Venerated above (almost) all other bike races, especially in Northern Europe, the Classics are a couple of months of pure pleasure for bike fans. It really is the best time of the year!

    From the opening race of Omloop Het Niewsblad (this weekend FYI), through the first Monument (see below) to the crescendo of 'Holy Week', the cycling world goes gaga for mud, dust, dirt, cobbles, impossibly steep climbs and more impossibly strong beer.

    But why? What are 'The Classics' exactly, and why are they such a big deal? Read on for our beginner's guide to the Classics, and bask in the next 2 months of cycling bliss, dropping Classics wisdom on your next group ride.

     

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    Ride London 2022 Route Preview

    Ride London 2022 Route Preview

    Gone is the Olympic Park start; no more Newlands Corner. Bye bye Box Hill, the Ride London masses will not only return to the capital from an entirely different direction in 2022, but they'll finish in front of a different landmark too.

    The 2022 Ride London 100 route is out, and it is about as different from the 'old' Surrey version of 2013-19 fame as it can get (whilst still being in/near London).

    The new route starts at the River and heads out east through the Docklands and Stratford (the only bit that's included from the old route), before catching the Epping New Road express way into Essex.

    Returning via the same way, for a big photo finish in front of Tower Bridge. Loads to pick over, but let's break the route down into segments and see what's coming up.

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    How To Prepare For Ride London 2022: Training Tips & Tricks

    How To Prepare For Ride London 2022: Training Tips & Tricks

    So, you've just found out that you've got a place in the 2022 Ride London via the ballot, and you're probably panicking about the thought of riding 100 miles at the end of May?

    Or maybe you managed to get a place in the pre ballot sale, and, you know, actually wanted to take part in the event! Either way have no fear, whilst you don't have 'nothing to worry about' (100 miles is 100 miles), we can certainly help you to prepare and train for the event.

    How, I hear you ask? How, can you possibly know what I can do? You've never met me, and you can't possibly know how slow/unfit/underprepared I am!

    Well, actually I do feel very confident in telling you that not only will you be able to complete the ride, you'll do it much more quickly than you think and *whisper it* you'll actually really enjoy it.

    I know this because we've been helping hundreds (maybe even thousands) of cyclists to train for Ride London over the last 6 years, and almost everyone has had the same concerns and worries before the ride. 

    And guess what? They all smashed it, completing the ride way faster than they had predicted, and (mostly) they loved every second of it. I say mostly, no one actually 'likes' Leith Hill, but you know what I mean!

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    A Beginner Cyclist's Ride London Training Tips

    A Beginner Cyclist's Ride London Training Tips

    Mel Joined Dirty Wknd for her first ride back in Feb 2017 after signing up for Ride London. Hopefully she won't mind us saying that she was 'as beginner a cyclist as you can be' when she joined, but as you'll read below, through hard work, determination and a willingness to learn, she went onto smash the 100 mile sportive a few short month's later! So impressed were we by her progress, and that fact that she always had a massive smile on her face, we made Mel our 'Ride Over The Year' 2017 (it's a very big deal!) Complete beginner to Rider of the Year in a few short month's. This is her incredible story!

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    Hell Of The Ashdown Route Breakdown

    Hell Of The Ashdown Route Breakdown

    The Hell Of The Ashdown is the best early season sportive in the South East of England and it's back for 2022!

    Taking on 10 tough Kent climbs, with a new start and end point at Westerham Brewery, Sunday the 27th Feb is  set to be a great day!

    The event is currently sold out, but should 100% be on your list for next year if you missed out. If you're riding then check out our route breakdown below.

    I have ridden the HOTA route many times, so the below musings are made up of my memories and some general Strava segment searching. You can scroll to the bottom to see my ride data from the 2019 HOTA challenge, for reference. 

    And if you need some help to train for the event then we have some HOTA training rides, hill rep sessions and other events on our members app. Join the community (28 days free in Feb) and get stuck in!

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    Dirty Wknd Membership Partner - 20% Off Attacus

    Dirty Wknd Membership Partner - 20% Off Attacus

    Our club kit partner Attacus make some of the finest cycling garms around, and we're proud to call them friends and allies!

    As such, they're giving our members a great 20% off their kit site wide!

    This 20% cycling kit discount is for members only and a great way to get yourself some much coveted Attacus kit.

    Members can log into the 'Members App' to access the discount code. 

     

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