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mattsawmattsaw Posts: 907
edited June 2016 in Road general
I'm planning on having a crack at this on Friday, weather permitting.

Outside of the London/Surrey borders and East Devon my knowledge of the roads and climbs is pretty poor.

I have used Google street view to check anything that looks as if it may be a bit risky, but would welcome any input on alternative routes or hills to avoid.

What's that climb out of Alton, is it as bad as it looks?
Bianchi C2C - Ritte Bosberg - Cervelo R3


  • prhymeateprhymeate Posts: 793
    I haven't ridden that route, but this seems to be the segment for the hill out of Alton, steepish for the very last bit but shouldn't be too bad overall.
  • mattsawmattsaw Posts: 907
    Thanks. You're right, I think the route profile distorts it and makes it look far worse than it is.

    Comparing the segment you posted it actually looks even easier than Box Hill
    Bianchi C2C - Ritte Bosberg - Cervelo R3
  • DizeeeDizeee Posts: 337
    That climbs not too bad
    Ramps up at the end a couple of times but perfectly do able. It's steeper and lumiere than box hill but not as long.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,569
    The Meon valley - south of Arlesford - is very nice. A well kept secret really. Starting from Fleet, I go there rather than the Surrey Hills. It might be an alternative to go that way and west via the New Forest
  • alan_shermanalan_sherman Posts: 1,157
    Go further south than Crewkerne - you wanted training right? :)

    More seriously that part of the route is well planned.
    The only bit of the whole route that looks unpleasant to me is the main road A354 around Salisbury. I think that might be quite busy.
    Are you stopping over-night on the way or is this a monster day ride? An overnight stop would allow you to enjoy the ride more, have a leisurely lunch and cake stop, and see prettier places rather than just make time. How can you not go up Gold Hill in Shaftesbury on the way past? And why avoid the New Forest?
  • alan_shermanalan_sherman Posts: 1,157
    There is a lovely bit of NCN route that drops into Winchester through some nice stately home or private school. Worth a look.
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