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Sturm und Drang in Suffolk

Posted on Sunday 13 July 2014 by Martin Hayman

Many words have been spilt fruitlessly over the Dunwich Dynamo night ride: lame epithets like awesome, epic, or even iconic.

In previous accounts here and here of Central London CTC participations, we have steered clear of such rebarbative clichés. But for once, this time, most were applicable.

Jon McColl, as ever, planned this year’s effort, billing it an attempt to break the ‘club record’ set last year. In short, our aim was to get from the start at London Fields, Hackney to Dunwich, some 190(-ish) km distant on the Suffolk coast, in under 8 hours.

The beach at the world’s end! Pic by Fadil Mokhchane

Now in in reasonable conditions, and barring mechanicals, that is a perfectly feasible target more »

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 »

Hell of the North (London)

Posted on Tuesday 22 April 2014 by Bob Davis

Just in case you don’t know, the hardest one day road cycle race is Paris-Roubaix, run over roads in north west France and including badly broken cobbles or “pavé” on sections covering a quarter of the course. I have done the Velo Club Roubaix’s sportive over the course,  held every two years, in 2012 over the shorter 120km, and plan to do the whole 210km  in June. (BTW, I note one of our members, Fadil Mokchane, has done the ASO cyclosportive over 170km last weekend – chapeau Fadil!).

To coincide with this, there is a tradition of organised rides with off-road sections being run outside North London. Patrick Field organised a few in the 90s, more recently Rapha have put on events. The idea is to incorporate the Welwyn velodrome at Gosling stadium (Paris-Roubaix finishes at the Roubaix velodrome) and to be outside north London (Hell of the North, geddit?). Sunday’s was their fifth version. more »

The Falling Leaves: North, South, West and East of Eden

Posted on Monday 7 October 2013 by Martin Hayman

Dulwich Paragon’s Ride of the Falling Leaves sportive has become a firm fixture in Central London CTC’s calendar. It’s the last opportunity of the season to bust a gut, if you are so minded; the Stevenage’s Summertime Reversed Audax is an amble by comparison.

So it was that no fewer than 11 Central London members signed up and on a sparkling morning assembled at Herne Hill Velodrome. All riders pass over the timing chip on to the track for a lap (or several if you like), assuring a unique départ for this rather wonderful event. Its character, as noted on previous editions (2012, 2011, 2010), is more that of a mega-clubrun than of a commercial sportive, with groups riding efficiently together.

And that is indeed how we started more »

Central London: More reasons to be cheerful

Posted on Tuesday 19 February 2013 by Martin Hayman

1 Brilliantly sunny and still morning

2 Ferrari-red Cinelli bike more »

Ragazzi irlandesi

Posted on Wednesday 7 November 2012 by Martin Hayman

You will have seen in in our report on the Ride of the Falling Leaves that our 4* ride animator, Damian McNamara, was headed to Mallorca for 10 days’ hard riding under the tutelage of the great Irish campionissimo (and Eurosport commentator) Sean Kelly. Lest you thought we were pulling your leg, here’s himself on the front with the great man! To be sure, there’ll be no slacking around on this winter’s club runs.

That’s Damian on the right. Is he half-wheeling Sean?

Ride of the Falling Leaves: Keeping the Faith

Posted on Monday 15 October 2012 by Martin Hayman

We have reported on the Dulwich Paragon’s annual Ride of the Falling Leaves sportive here before (2011; 2010). Once again a cadre of Central London would-be hardriders vowed to compete, sorry take part in this very special ride. It is not so much like today’s commercial or charidee sportive, as a traditional clubrun to which all are bidden – a gathering of the tribes; a pledging of the faith before winter darkness envelopes us.

The larger party comprising Jon, Mike, Keith, and Stephen rendezvoused at Bank for the trundle down to the start at Herne Hill Velodrome; I hacked over from Kilburn; Damian and Raph in the V8 Beamer were last to arrive, thanks to the total closure of Park Lane (which I had sailed down with all 4 lanes to myself on the bike). more »

Kent Cyclosportive 9th September 2012

Posted on Thursday 13 September 2012 by Bob Davis

One of the sportives accessible by train from central London on the day (just), I was looking for a contingent of Central London CTC. Train at 8.08 from Waterloo makes it feasible.

Unfortunately I ended up the only one flying the colours out of 750 starters. Angela Dale was due to ride and ready to set off from her Sevenoaks base when (luckily not permanently serious) grandchild domestic accident forced her to the local A & E for the day instead.

And you missed a beautiful day. more »

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