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London to Brighton - any other lazy 9.15ers?

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by CopperBrompton, 30 May 2008.

  1. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    I'm doing the London to Brighton, and being allergic to mornings have opted for the lazy option of the 9.15am start. The friend I was doing it with is now going to be in Brazil then (talk about an extreme excuse to avoid it!). Since that will leave me as a Billy Nomates on the day, anyone from here taking the late-start option?

    Ben
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    when is it? I might ride over and start it with you if you need a buddy?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Too late to register, but I gather that some naughty people do sneak in ... :-)

    It's Sunday 15th June.

    Ben
     
  4. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    Nah, me and my brothers are starting off at 7am... hoping to get there for lunch!
     
  5. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    If you are not lined up prompt at 7am you will have to walk most of the way as it gets far too crowded, and even hump back bridges will see the road blocked with people dressed in football kit pushing their £99 full suspension pretend bicycles. Have an early Saturday night and set the alarm.
     
  6. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    no fear. we'll be near the front... i can't be arsed with queues...
     
  7. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Sadly he's not joking. We had real trouble making our way through the crowds at the start. Everyone just seemed to stop (quite literaly) on the slightest bit of uphill.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Hmmm ... been a few years since I've done this, but in the old days it was quieter if you set off in an early or late slot, and a scrum in between.
     
  9. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    well I think 7am is the 2nd earliest slot available this year, so hopefully we won't have too much bother.

    at least there will be fewer people to have to overtake!
     
  10. Did it last year on a 8am start.

    Slow getting out of London with the lights more than with the bikes but once out it was not too bad. Worst was with some narrow lanes that went up hill about half way.

    Best advice I can give is to not stop for rests but rest when you are waiting in a hold up!

    It was amazing how bad some riders were on hills. They walked up any sort of slope and many had not looked at a bike or trained in any way.

    The later you start the more of the strugglers there are to pass. Better to get ahead of them where you can. They just stop and get off all over the road and clog it all up. Just shout at them to move left if you have to. They think you are a marshal and do as they are told mostly.

    It is an experience for a newbie to do and I am pleased I did it but I am going for other rides this year (Norwich 100 next week gulp).

    Round trip routes are so much easier to arrange too.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    I'm sure it'll be fun regardless. I used to do it every year, and enjoyed it each time.
     
  12. iand

    iand New Member

    Location:
    Watford
    Anyone riding back up to London?
     
  13. Before40

    Before40 New Member

    Location:
    Chandlers Ford
    :ohmy:xx(:tongue:
    I'll be happy just to get to Brighton!
     
  14. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    its only 60 miles, and its all down hill, you'll be fine.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Someone has jacked-up the bottom of Ditchling Beacon? Excellent news!

    Ben