RideLondon-Essex 100 (2024) Anyone?

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dickyknees

Guru
Location
Anglesey
Not for me this year.

I’ve done a total of five RideLondon events and the rising costs not only the entry fee, but hotel, transport to and from
London costs etc etc mean for me this event is poor value for money.

Also I have never been impressed with the Essex route and the standard of cycling last year, well I won’t mention that.

If you’ve entered good luck, as an event it’s great. Enjoy the ride.
 

EltonFrog

Legendary Member
Nope. Did the proper one four times. Paying the best part of a hundred quid to ride round Essex ain’t for me. I wouldn’t ride round Essex if they paid me a hundred quid.
 

steverob

Guru
Location
Buckinghamshire
I have purchased my place for next year, although it is mainly so I can say that I have done both the Surrey and the Essex versions - chances are the new route will be a one and done for me.

Did the 100 in 2015 and 2018 (although the first time it was only 91 miles due to detours) and the 46 in 2019. Also got a place via the ballot for 2020 but we all know why that didn’t go ahead.

Have booked a Premier Inn near Farringdon for the Saturday night as they’ll let me keep my bike in the room.
 
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EltonFrog

Legendary Member
I think cyclists will give up on it eventually. It’s not that much of a challenge, unlike the London Marathon, which requires a lot of training and commitment to complete it.

Any reasonably fit cyclist can cycle 100 miles on closed roads, once done a couple of times the novelty of it goes.

Riding the (mostly) 2012 Olympic race route was fun in ‘13, and even the Biblical rain of ‘14 was fun in its own way, there seemed to a sense of community effort about getting through the storm together. 2015 & ‘16 were rubbish, the organisers got greedy and allowed to many cyclists on the ride, it took an age to get through the start. There were too many stops and starts because of accidents and sheer numbers at bottlenecks.

There are better events if you can afford it, Berlin Velothon, Five Boro’s challenge in New York, The Cape Argus in Cape Town, to name just three.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I'm doing it.

I never got to do the Surrey version, despite entering the ballot every year.

I did the Essex one this year and enjoyed it tremendously. A real change from my solo grinds around the Kent lanes.

Any reasonably fit cyclist can cycle 100 miles on closed roads, once done a couple of times the novelty of it goes.
I've done 99 of the buggers and I still enjoy riding centuries :smile: Admittedly only 2 on closed roads.
 

steverob

Guru
Location
Buckinghamshire
There are better events if you can afford it, Berlin Velothon, Five Boro’s challenge in New York, The Cape Argus in Cape Town, to name just three.
I would take the New York ride out of that list and replace it with Etape Loch Ness personally.

Five Boro is fun, but it's only 40 miles long, very crowded in the initial few miles and it can be a bit stop/start because not all of the route is closed at once but rather it's opened and closed in sections, so you can find yourself waiting a while at a few key points for the next bit to be rideable (and that doesn't just affect those at the front of a wave).
 

EltonFrog

Legendary Member
I would take the New York ride out of that list and replace it with Etape Loch Ness personally.

Five Boro is fun, but it's only 40 miles long, very crowded in the initial few miles and it can be a bit stop/start because not all of the route is closed at once but rather it's opened and closed in sections, so you can find yourself waiting a while at a few key points for the next bit to be rideable (and that doesn't just affect those at the front of a wave).

That wasn’t my experience when I did it, but it was a quite few years ago.
 

lazybloke

Considering a new username
Location
Leafy Surrey
Living in Surrey, it was the 2012 Road Race and the legacy events that inspired me to get back on a road bike after a very long gap.

I did the Surrey event in 2016 and Essex in 2022. Both absolutely awesome experiences.
I'd do either again, but really want to do something new. Thinking of the Vätternrundan, maybe.
 

steverob

Guru
Location
Buckinghamshire
That wasn’t my experience when I did it, but it was a quite few years ago.
I unfortunately haven't yet got to do it - had a place booked in 2017, but then had a crash two weeks before (while still in the UK) and broke my collarbone!

Still went to New York anyway (not turning down a holiday, plus don't think I'd have got a refund on my flights) and watched from the sidelines with my arm in a sling, plus got to chat to a number of people who took part and it was them who said it was a stop/start sort of ride. They still all enjoyed it, but it was more of a relaxed pootle sort of event; it was only towards the back half that it opened up enough for them to stretch their legs and feel like they were really riding.

However I have nothing but praise for Etape Loch Ness - that was an amazing ride and was it not such a faff getting my bike to Inverness, I would do that again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend it to anyone who might be interested.
 
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