We’re looking forward to a bumper double-bill this wekend with West London Cycling, a long overdue ride out to Dorney Reach (via Windsor Great Park) on Sunday and then the much anticipated and popular annual Brighton Beano on Monday.
Both rides have different options, and the details are below. You can get a train back from Brighton or ride …. the return version can be done as an Audax DIY of course!
You can choose your route on the day, and which group you ride in. We generally have several groups on the road, depending on how many people are riding, so it’s flexible and tailored to riders’ needs. The slowest group will generally wait for the slowest rider (or split into sub groups) but you should be able to manage 30kph on flat stretches with an average speed of around 22kph over the distance. Faster groups will be more speedy of course.
Just turn up at 9am (8am for the Brighton run) at the Polish War Memorial (A40 Ruislip / Northolt) with the route downloaded on your device. To get the route you need to sign up (free – see button above to subscribe) and then you’ll have access to our routes via the members’ zone tab above (choose routes and rides).
STARTING ON SUNDAY; 9am POLISH WAR MEMORIAL (A40 Ruislip/Northolt)
OPTION ONE: Reach Dorney Reach 78km
OPTION TWO: Reach Dorney Reach Further 83km
…AND THEN ON THE BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY (8th May) IT’s OUR ANNUAL BRIGHTON BEANO
This year, it is on the Coronation Bank Holiday set for Monday 8th May. We set off at 8am with 100km or 200km options. The 100km riders can gets trains back to London from Brighton. Trains back cost around £15 and we suggest getting the Thameslink trains and changing at Farringdon for the Metropolitan or Elizabeth lines back to West London. This is tried and tested, and whilst there other alternatives, this is definitely the favoured route back.
We will split into speed groups and there is at least one cafe stop en-route, although some riders stopped twice last time. Naturally, those riding the 200km option are likely to be in faster groups. The route is relatively unhilly, but there are noteworthy climbs in Surrey and at Steyning. Generally though, this is a very manageable route.
There is an unofficial stop for faster riders at The Queen Stage (A cycling cafe) at Effingham 42km
There is an official stop at Billy’s On The Road after Five Oaks just before Billinghurst at 71.6km
We will form groups of different paced riders for the ride, you can choose your group, but with the stops and the long stop on the beach, we have always seen regrouping such that slower groups tend to catch the faster ones at the stops, keeping it social.
Be at the Polish War Memorial at 8am Monday 8th May for the West London Cycling Brighton Beano.
…AND AFTER THOSE ON FRIDAY/SATURDAY 12th/13th MAY AT MIDNIGHT WE HEAD FOR THE SOUTH COAST ON A NIGHT RIDE AGAIN….