Surrey to Solihull
I'm looking to do some longer day trip rides, maybe even spanning weekends towards the summer. I have three destinations in mind so far - Warminster in Wiltshire (I have a route for this already), Portsmouth (and back again) maybe in the same day and Solihull (I Have relatives there). Has anyone cycled Surrey to Solihull and if so has anyone done the ride without using the Grand Union Canal? As far as I can see the canal route is actually quite slow and may take up the two days with me having to get back all in a weekend. I would rather cycle up early on a Saturday (possible stay overnight) and then get the train back home. Any advice would also be appreciated in regards to carrying kit. Do I treat the ride like a sportive (gels food and spares) or do I take a bikepacking type saddlebag with spare clothing etc (essential if I do stay over or get the train back). Lastly I have a kinesis Racelight 4S and a 2019 Diverge. I was leaning towards using the Diverge for these rides with 32mm slick tyres (Roubaix Pro's) just for the comfort factor. what do you guys reckon?