The 2014 route is designed to celebrate the best cycling and iconic landmarks London has to offer. It is suitable for those signing up for their first ‘sportive’ as well those training for Alpine challenges and further endurance challenges like Deloitte Ride Across Britain.
Areas of outstanding natural beauty, historic Olympic venues and the chance to visit to some of London’s most famous sights all in one weekend. We will be giving full route maps and gpx files out to all signed up riders before the ride, but in the meantime you can find out about some of the things you will pass on each of the two days of the ride.
Day 1: Waterways & Woods to Ascot
- Roughly 940m of climbing
- 8.5 hrs at 12mph
The first day takes the fired up and fresh riders North away from the hectic-ness of the city on a journey through some of the best back roads and most beautiful scenery you can find around London. The route heads for the countryside of North of London and Narthaw Wood, passing through the Broxbourne District and pretty Hertfordshire villages on the way to Old Knebworth. The route then meanders through quaint little villages such as Codicote before heading South West towards Berkhamstead, which leads towards the rolling Chiltern Hills. Going along the Northern Edge of the Chilterns the ride passes South of Tring, Wendover Woods and Princes Risborough before climbing back up onto Bledlow Ridge and dropping down into the beautiful town of Marlow alongside the River Thames. The route then skirts around to the Eastern edge of Maidenhead before passing close to Dorney Lakes, where the cheers of Team GB winning their first gold medal of London 2012 still echo. The final stretch of day 1 goes towards the stunning Windsor Great Park, before the welcome sight of Ascot Racecourse brings you home. For those staying the night it is time to shower, change and relax in preparation for an evening of feasting and entertainment.
Day 2: History, Heritage & Sporting Heroics
- Roughly 1060m of climbing
- 7 hrs at 12mph
Heading back through Windsor Great Park, the Ride follows parts of the legendary route used for the 1948 Olympic Road Race. It then travels South, weaving through the forests towards the pretty River Wey and the remains of Newark Priory. The route then climbs up onto Ranmore Common before dropping down into West Humble. Here’s where the iconic climb of Box Hill begins, which follows in the footsteps of even more 2012 Olympians. The fast descent takes you on to the quiet lanes of the stunning North Downs. Tilburstow Hill is the next climb which drop down towards Church Town. This brings you to the steepest and longest climb of the day up Tandridge Hill - the views are worth it, we promise. The route then heads back towards the Capital, down the very picturesque Beddlestead Lane before entering Suburbia via Anerley, Crystal Palace sports Centre and Dulwich itself. The route then continues towards the iconic Tower Bridge and crossing towards Whitechapel. The final part of the ride runs parallel to the River Lee navigation through Stoke Newington and Edmonton before returning to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre where you’ll see the much anticipated finish line.
*In common with all mass participation cycling events, the route, timings and itinerary may be subject to change.