Over 27,000 cyclists will be cycling the London to Brighton bike ride this Sunday. Last weekend a few Going Going Bikers got together to check out the route. These are our findings.
A great route (once out of London)
London to Brighton is a really good cycling route. Once the first 15km are done you are out of London and passing along lovely, peaceful country lanes. There are very few sections of ‘A’ roads and long stretches where you can put yourself on auto-pilot and enjoy the ride.
There are also some great views to enjoy. The reward for getting up Ditchling Beacon is the best view of the day. Can you see London to the North?
The quality of the roads is generally good. Local councils seem to have been busy repairing pot-holes on the side of the roads as there is evidence of new road surfacing. That is good to see and will make the day more comfortable for the thousands taking part.
However, a couple of the descents were a bit shaky, with gravel and cut up surfaces to manoeuvre around. Be careful on these descents and (if you can) keep your distance from other riders.
Be prepared to climb
London to Brighton is not a flat ride. We did over 2000ft of climbing on the day and some of those climbs are sharp. Ditchling Beacon and Turners Hill require good gearing and a patient approach. No prizes are on offer for the first to the top on this ride!
We took a well earned lunch at the Crown pub at Turner’s Hill to recover from the punchy little climb. However, most of the riders the riders this weekend will remain focused and press on to Ardingly, which is the next notable town on the ride.
GGB Tips for the day
1 – Enjoy the day
2 – Don’t push yourself too hard
3 – Eat and drink as required
4 – Take puncture repair kit and know how to use it
5 – Cycle safe