The first hour of Ride London from Stratford to Kingston Bridge is just sensational. Hammering through east, central and west London at dawn with not a car in sight and running every red light. It’s surreal. For me the best part of the ride.
I was expecting to read 5 pages of comments about people motoring through in 4 hours and others being stuck in a queue at Leith Hill, the usual... so what happened?
Dorset Boy wrote:
Did they actually manage to get the whole field around the 98.5 miles for the first time this year?
What do they do when they close off parts of the route for accidents etc?
Do they just send everyone down roads that are open to cars? I guess nobody is really driving inside the loop anyway because they can't get anywhere.
I rode it too. Was it you elbowh who said you would be in a Combat stress jersey? pretty much the first person in front of me as i arrived at Olympic park was wearing one of those and I said hello; it wasn't you
I had invited myself to stay over at a mates place in Stepney the night before so had a short hop to Olympic park and was in my pen at 05:22. Unfortunately the start time was 06:24 so there was lots of hanging around.
Finally got off bang on time. I was riding with two other work colleagues in a corporate team but they were too fast for me and had dropped me by the time we got to Canary Wharf i.e. within the first five miles so i settled in to meet my target of just getting around safely.
there was some bad riding, a lot of undertaking where there really wasn't room and some riders in charity tops shouting abuse at others (yes Alzheimers jersey boy, I'm talking about you) for some perceived wrong but on the whole and given the number of people it was generally okay.
Saw people walking up Newlands corner. I mean really, come on, it's not a tough climb and it's been pan-flat all the way to that point.
I didn't see my first person on the deck until I think the Leith Hill/Coldharbour descent; no idea what happened and I couldn't even see his bike.
However some of the bike skills on show were appalling, people cornering with their inside foot down and wondering why they were wobbling and drifting to the outside of the bend.
A few big trains steaming through were generally okay although could give other riders a bit more room.
All in all i was happy with my 05:33 time which included a brief stop to say hello to my son and his GF in Dorking High Street.
Would I do it again? No. I've not bothered even applying before and only rode it this time as i was gifted a place by my employers Cycle Club. There are far easier in terms of planning required and more enjoyable ways of riding 100 miles in my eyes.
‘Chopper’ the word used by [email protected] to describe other cyclists who are not up to said [email protected]’s elite level of cycling.
Leith and Box can be cut out very easily (there are signs that point the way to avoid the hills). Otherwise, I'm not sure.
Front group until Ripley, when gears went tits up. Got them working again, but couldn't get back on, so grovelled up Leith with a mini grupetto and waited for the second group. Then got cramp halfway up Box and ride the last thirty miles in one leg, on and off. Was aiming for 4:05, did 4:18 - c'est la vie
Wasn't as out and out choppy as last time I did it three years ago, but what chop there was, was brutal due to the pace of the front group. Some seriously shoot riding, considering most of the riders in that front group were racers
I took a train up north and went riding 'round the hills to the northwest of Barnsley. Bliss.
Glad most people here had a good experience though - Tashman, three flats! Ouch, mate!