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Paris-Roubaix Cyclosportive 2014

Posted on Saturday 14 June 2014 by Bob Davis

I had bored all of CTC Central London for months with talk of my target for 2014. The motivation for training through the winter was to deal with unfinished business:  in 2012 I had only done the shorter version of Velo Club Roubaix’ sportive event over the infamous cobbles of the great Paris-Roubaix Spring classic race. Now it was time for the full 210km including all of the 51km of cobbles that the professionals hammer over in April.

I travelled the same way as before (see my blog post here),  letting organisers Sports Tours do the work of sorting out the hotel and getting the registration, and we set off by coach from Victoria on the Friday, with the Saturday free for preparing bikes and having a leg-loosening ride.

Sunday: wake at 05.00 for an early breakfast, more »

Scenic Surrey

Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Susie Kilbride

We couldn’t have asked for better weather.   The train from Victoria arrived at Boxhill & Westhumble station on schedule where 13 riders got off.   We nipped down to our coffee stop at Denbies Vineyard where we met up with two more riders,  making us a total of 16.  We set out from Denbies around 10.45-ish.   The fine weather had brought out the whole world with loads more cyclists and motorists.  We had a bit of a chaotic start in crossing the A25 but all managed to cross without mishap except in the confusion some in my group cycled off in the opposite direction.   Thanks to mobile phones we soon regrouped and pedalled away from busy (thanks to the Olympics!) Dorking/Boxhill  and soon onto the quiet Coach Road crossing through Betchworth Golf Course and then onto the long quiet Surrey lanes. more »

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