London to Brighton

Flasheart
Flasheart Posts: 1,278
edited June 2010 in Road beginners
Okay the weekend of the London to Brighton has arrived.
As it's only 54 miles my cycling buddy Pete and I are doing it twice. This morning we are loading both bikes into hiss BMW (better than being run over by one methinks) and off to Brighton we go.
We will then ride to London to the Travelodge at Battersea where the rest of our 20+ group of middle aged riders are staying.
Spend the night in drunken debauchery (well I plan to anyways :twisted: ) then ride back to Brighton Sunday

My girlfriend is going up by train and has volunteered to act as luggage hauler for our evening clothes/ supplies etc. and meet us this afternoon at the hotel (we'll be the ones drinking in the bar :D )
Pete and I won't wear backpacks while riding our road bikes being the lycra clad posers we are so we've bought "disposable" clothing from QS to abandon at the hotel.
A pair of jeans and polo shirt cost £9.00. Hey I'm probably keeping some poor kid in a developing country in a job. Better than being on the street and prey to pervs like Gary Glitter and co. (this is a joke (I hope) so no political comments please)

My number is 8255 if any of you guys n gals see me, say g'day

Anyone else riding it........ have a good un' :wink:
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Comments

  • Airwave
    Airwave Posts: 483
    Good luck.....Esp on sunday morning by the sound of it :lol:
  • Strickland
    Strickland Posts: 32
    Rather you than me, on a hangover.
  • mattward1979
    mattward1979 Posts: 692
    Ill be there but sod doing it twice! Once kills me hehe =D
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  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    I've ridden it many times, but this time I'm going climbing nearby – so I'll be an angry driver leaning on the car horn, trying to cross the route, instead..! Have a great ride (x2). And watch the Beacon going down today – it's a tricksy descent if you give it some.
  • sods_law
    sods_law Posts: 161
    What time you starting?
  • Flasheart
    Flasheart Posts: 1,278
    edited June 2010
    We started at 6:30 Sods Law.

    Crossed the line at 10:28 am. We did take a 30 min or so break as my buddy had a dodgy tummy. Carb gels etc don't always agree with him :(

    Had a really good ride. As you probably guess then next comment will be about the nodders and non-cyclists weaving all over the damn road. They REALLY kept the average speeds down. Even Ditchling into Brighton was blighted them coasting all over the sodding road road. I did hope for more, but I did manage 49.2mph down the big hill at one point. I do have a triple but I managed without the "granny ring" I was actually amazed by how many "roadies" were pushing their bikes up it :?

    Riding Brighton to London on Saturday was interesting to say the least.. The A23 is like a bl00dy motorway in places. :shock:
    The headwind was nasty. I did most of the front work as I'm a stronger rider than my mate, (no I didn't mind, he's my mate so....)

    All in all a nice experience (and a fun evening) and I intend to do it next year and faster :wink:

    PS. as I type this, my girlfriend is STILL riding the L2B with her son. I'm VERY VERY proud of her as she's come on so well. 8)
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  • mattward1979
    mattward1979 Posts: 692
    Good work Flash!

    I started at 6:46 and arrived at the finish line at 10:47 which im very proud of bearing in mind there was a lot of delay in getting out of London, and two unfortunate souls had what appeared to be pretty nasty crashes on the narrow descents (get well soon!) which also slowed us to a crawl.

    My main goal this ride was to beat the beacon as I walked it last year, and despite the sweat and snot running freely all over the place, I managed it in quite a respectable time, overtaking people half my weight on bikes WAY better than mine! I bet I looked a right state at the top lol! But didnt stop, and my descent into brighton was clear and VERY fast. Shame I didnt have a cycle computer.

    Already looking forward to next year
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  • hambones
    hambones Posts: 407
    Would have loved to have given it a go today but was red-carded on a pass due to Father's Day!!

    My regular riding buddy rolled up for it though and managed to tag onto a fast group but was dropped after 10 miles, eventually finishing in 2 hrs 39mins!!! :shock:
    Still breathing.....
  • sods_law
    sods_law Posts: 161
    Good work :)

    I did it in 3 hrs, then had a 27 mile cycle home uphill into a headwind. Wasn't too pleased with that scenario, but made it home :) 81 miles in a bit under 5 hrs :)
  • Flasheart
    Flasheart Posts: 1,278
    Excellent job guys

    Just got a text. GF finished at 2:00pm. Her son got a flat 10 mins out from Brighton, I'm really chuffed to bits with them. I'm going to treat them to a few drinks this evening.

    mattward1979 I saw one poor guy on his back with the ambulance guys all over him on one of those descents. Probably the same one I saw.
    It was a black guy and he was stretched out on the LH side?..looked nasty poor guy. :(

    I was really going for it on the descents. I used to be a pretty carefull guy but of late I've been throwing caution to the wind & I was REALLY enjoying riding flat out and to the edge of my abilities on those descents. I yelled "COMING THROUGH" quite a lot today :D
    I wish I had some hills like that around here tbh. I'd either be so very good by now (or so very dead I suppose :lol: )
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  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,873
    are you the antipodean chap that i was talking to for a bit around regent's park saturday morning?

    i'm the bloke in the orange tdu jersey on the red genesis, recovering from the theft of my lovely marin

    glad to hear you made it there and back ok!
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Anyone know the story behind the 'Lorraine I'm sorry' etc etc banners all the way up Ditchling Beacon?
  • sods_law
    sods_law Posts: 161
    Anyone know the story behind the 'Lorraine I'm sorry' etc etc banners all the way up Ditchling Beacon?

    I assume someone has been a naughty boy. They have been there a few weeks...
  • gwillis
    gwillis Posts: 998
    II did the L2B today with a 9am start but got stuck so many times. Did manage to pick my way up th beacon then upset 2 guys who were pushing by commenting it wasnt a real hill and that the big ones arew in Wales :lol: . Saw some nasty crashing too. Im sure alot of those were down to riders getting sucked into the moment and loosing attention.

    I wondered about the Lorraine thing too
  • chaffordred
    chaffordred Posts: 131
    Anyone know the story behind the 'Lorraine I'm sorry' etc etc banners all the way up Ditchling Beacon?


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l?ITO=1490
  • amnezia
    amnezia Posts: 590
    edited June 2010
    was lucky to get a 6:00am start, after 10 miles was rewarded with clear traffic free roads.

    2:42 into Brighton, and a leisurely 4:10 back to London. Some of those descents are awesome but the small winding country roads make it very dangerous for inexperienced cyclists.
  • Flasheart
    Flasheart Posts: 1,278
    sungod wrote:
    are you the antipodean chap that i was talking to for a bit around regent's park saturday morning?

    i'm the bloke in the orange tdu jersey on the red genesis, recovering from the theft of my lovely marin

    glad to hear you made it there and back ok!

    No not me matey. Don't even know where that famous park actually is.TBH We were lucky to have found our hotel on Saturday LOL
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  • Flasheart
    Flasheart Posts: 1,278
    I just heard on TV this morning that some poor guy, 48 collapsed on Ditchling Beacon and later died. :cry:

    My thoughts go out to his family and friends
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  • SlowingDown
    SlowingDown Posts: 129
    Yup (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/10362762.stm). Sad news.

    I enjoyed a cold 6am start but was 'towing' a mate who hasn't cycled for years and is probably about 10 stone heavier than when he last rode seriously so the near-on 5 hours it took was almost a miracle as I didn't think he'd make it at times.

    Anyway, the leisurely pace had it's benefits as I was able to sprint up the beacon fresh legged. Not that I admitted that to the few blokes that complimented me on my hill riding
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    You never know what you're going to find on these charity rides:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/10360613.stm
  • mattward1979
    mattward1979 Posts: 692
    Yup (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/10362762.stm). Sad news.

    I enjoyed a cold 6am start but was 'towing' a mate who hasn't cycled for years and is probably about 10 stone heavier than when he last rode seriously so the near-on 5 hours it took was almost a miracle as I didn't think he'd make it at times.

    Anyway, the leisurely pace had it's benefits as I was able to sprint up the beacon fresh legged. Not that I admitted that to the few blokes that complimented me on my hill riding

    Dont take this wrong, but were you on a yellow(I think) MTB? when I was climbing DB, about 3/4 of the way to the top, someone absolutely rocketed past me on a heavy looking MTB and in honesty, deserves at least 100 man points and a few beers.
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  • Flasheart
    Flasheart Posts: 1,278
    Confession time:
    I mocked people (roadies) pushing their bikes up Ditchbury with comments like "Oh the shame" and Oh how could you + Umm this isn't a hill, wait till you see the next one"
    I saw a woman just walking up Ditchbury and asked where her bike was..she just pointed ahead and said "he's got it" a couple of minutes later I saw a guy solo on a tandem. I came up alongside and said" hey mate, remember when it got realllly quiet about 5 miles back?? I think thats when she fell off!!" He laughed and said it's easier without her anyway :lol:
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  • gwillis
    gwillis Posts: 998
    When I got to DB there was a crash at the bottom of the hill managed to get round it and went for it. Plenty of shiney new Wilier owners pushing tut , tut.............
  • mtb-gav
    mtb-gav Posts: 83
    Hi guys

    did my first L2B yesterday, and loved it!!!!!(apart from all stopping at slopes that people where walking up) and i very pleased to say i made to the top of DB without stopping :D

    wasnt the fastest time 4 hours 10 (riding time) but at least i have a goal to beat in a months time on the southend run. :)
  • SlowingDown
    SlowingDown Posts: 129
    Dont take this wrong, but were you on a yellow(I think) MTB? when I was climbing DB, about 3/4 of the way to the top, someone absolutely rocketed past me on a heavy looking MTB and in honesty, deserves at least 100 man points and a few beers.

    Not me I'm afraid. Unlike Lance, for me it is all about the bike, as light as I can afford to make those sort of things easier! Any man points I got on the beacon were just clawing back those I lost while being overtaken by people who looked like my mum on creaky old shoppers while I was riding with my mate.
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