Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby TakeTurns » Mon Oct 22, 2012 19:06 pm

I don't see how the guys getting below 55mins are able to ride safely. Whenever I go there, there are always cars inconveniencing me 20% of the time. I take it you guys are all overtaking the cars at speed?

Especially on the roundabouts, drivers are always staring at each other stupidly not knowing who should give way, it's so frustrating. To make things worse, they never leave a gap on the left, so you have to sit behind. :|

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby okgo » Mon Oct 22, 2012 19:12 pm

I did mine when it was closed to cars in the summer when you got 45 mins light after they closed the gates :)
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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby BigMat » Mon Oct 22, 2012 20:27 pm

I overtake the cars, if there's no space on the left go right. But generally, fast times will be when the roads are clearest - early morning or late evening.

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby Gabbo » Tue Oct 23, 2012 16:08 pm

Totally missed this post. Please excuse me for bumping the 2011 version of this :oops:

Will take this challenge on Sunday.

What direction is quicker, anti clockwise or clockwise?

Thanks

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby okgo » Tue Oct 23, 2012 16:09 pm

Anti.
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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby Jon_freeman » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:48 pm

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:22 am

TakeTurns wrote:I don't see how the guys getting below 55mins are able to ride safely. Whenever I go there, there are always cars inconveniencing me 20% of the time. I take it you guys are all overtaking the cars at speed?

Especially on the roundabouts, drivers are always staring at each other stupidly not knowing who should give way, it's so frustrating. To make things worse, they never leave a gap on the left, so you have to sit behind. :|


Did the thought that Richmond Park is not a racing circuit ever cross your mind? Cars can take all the time they feel to take at the roundabouts... There is a circuit in Hillingdon, you can go as fast as you like there

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby newjumper » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:29 am

ugo.santalucia wrote:
TakeTurns wrote:I don't see how the guys getting below 55mins are able to ride safely. Whenever I go there, there are always cars inconveniencing me 20% of the time. I take it you guys are all overtaking the cars at speed?

Especially on the roundabouts, drivers are always staring at each other stupidly not knowing who should give way, it's so frustrating. To make things worse, they never leave a gap on the left, so you have to sit behind. :|


Did the thought that Richmond Park is not a racing circuit ever cross your mind? Cars can take all the time they feel to take at the roundabouts... There is a circuit in Hillingdon, you can go as fast as you like there


Good post Santalucia! Much common sense for once!

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby TarmacExpert » Tue Nov 13, 2012 02:17 am

okgo wrote:I did mine when it was closed to cars in the summer when you got 45 mins light after they closed the gates :)

Same here, you need to time it so that you're finishing the 3 laps just before it starts to get too dark. Too early and the traffic will slow you down. Too late and the deer start to come onto the roads too much. There is a very brief window where you can get 3 laps in with neither traffic nor deer causing a problem.

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby peyroux » Sun Nov 18, 2012 09:17 am

Hey guys, sorry to hijack this thread a little, but are any of the people taking on this challenge doing so as part of a club? I'm a newish rider living in Surbiton and am just riding richmond park on my own and it's getting a little lonely, especially when i see people riding round in packs. Any pointers to groups or clubs would be great.
Help greatly appreciated!

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby maryka » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:28 am

peyroux wrote:Hey guys, sorry to hijack this thread a little, but are any of the people taking on this challenge doing so as part of a club? I'm a newish rider living in Surbiton and am just riding richmond park on my own and it's getting a little lonely, especially when i see people riding round in packs. Any pointers to groups or clubs would be great.
Help greatly appreciated!


There are lots of people in clubs riding around the park but not necessarily in "packs". In fact, aside from the London Dynamo official park laps on Saturday morning, the only packs I see are dogging cyclists (i.e., those loners who ride around looking for like-minded wheelsuckers so they can join into large groups pretending they are racing each other round the park when in reality they are just acting like dangerous idiots -- particularly on warm summer evenings) Many club members will organise some RP laps with a handful of other members (people they know) but they won't ride in huge random packs as they recognise that's just asking for trouble. Once you join a club and get some more experience under your belt, you'll understand what I mean.

Anyway, closest local club to you is Kingston Wheelers, have a read of the website then come out on a Sunday morning to give them a try. It's the best way to get experience riding in a group in a safe and effective manner. If you enjoy it, please join!

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby TakeTurns » Sun Nov 18, 2012 15:34 pm

peyroux wrote:Hey guys, sorry to hijack this thread a little, but are any of the people taking on this challenge doing so as part of a club? I'm a newish rider living in Surbiton and am just riding richmond park on my own and it's getting a little lonely, especially when i see people riding round in packs. Any pointers to groups or clubs would be great.
Help greatly appreciated!


Like mentioned, there aren't usually packs at Richmond with randomers together because people tend not to feel at ease with people they don't know. Especially in large quantities. So it's usually an organised thing or a couple friends. Although, oddly enough, I saw a large pack of riders at Richmond on Friday afternoon, about 15 or so riders, I was initially surprised, however as the laps went by (I was going the opposite direction) they started the spread out a lot.

If I were you, I'd have a word with someone who you think you're relatively at the same fitness at and see whether they'd like some company. I'm sure there are people in the same boat as you too. Especially during this time of year, people ride within zone2 for base fitness, so it should be easy.


ugo.santalucia wrote:
TakeTurns wrote:I don't see how the guys getting below 55mins are able to ride safely. Whenever I go there, there are always cars inconveniencing me 20% of the time. I take it you guys are all overtaking the cars at speed?

Especially on the roundabouts, drivers are always staring at each other stupidly not knowing who should give way, it's so frustrating. To make things worse, they never leave a gap on the left, so you have to sit behind. :|


Did the thought that Richmond Park is not a racing circuit ever cross your mind? Cars can take all the time they feel to take at the roundabouts... There is a circuit in Hillingdon, you can go as fast as you like there


Thank you for enlightening me with your wisdom. Looking at the TT times on here made me think RP was a racing circuit solely for cyclists and that the deer are for decor.

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby peyroux » Sun Nov 18, 2012 22:57 pm

Okay cheers for the advice guys. It seems like Richmond Park has a fairly established set of unwritten rules which I'm still picking up. I'm dying to join Kingston Wheelers but am not sure my fitness is up to it, hence the richmond park training, I just got a little bored in the process. Perhaps I'll have to just man up and go out with the Wheelers next weekend and be prepared to peddle for my life!

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby TakeTurns » Sun Nov 18, 2012 23:09 pm

peyroux wrote:Okay cheers for the advice guys. It seems like Richmond Park has a fairly established set of unwritten rules which I'm still picking up. I'm dying to join Kingston Wheelers but am not sure my fitness is up to it, hence the richmond park training, I just got a little bored in the process. Perhaps I'll have to just man up and go out with the Wheelers next weekend and be prepared to peddle for my life!


Club rides usually have good turn outs so people will be placed into a group which best suits their capability. I'm sure you'll be fine.

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby okgo » Mon Nov 19, 2012 07:12 am

There is a rough guideline that it you can do three laps of the park in 80 mins you will be fine on the club run pace rides. There are all sorts of people that turn up on a Sunday, after a few rides you will pro ably wonder wonder why you left it so long!

P.s I am also in Surbiton so can always meet you before a Sunday clubrun to show you who to talk to etc.
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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby philbar72 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:35 pm

Peyroux, me too, I had a couple of friends come along but they like their beer and pies too much, and have given up, so i've been trundling around on my bmc all on my lonesome as well. i've been in touch with the wheelers and my times are not spectacular ( clear lap is around 21 minutes for example) but they said if i can do 3 laps in 80 mins fine.... which i can, so no problem. So I reckon i go to next weeks (weather permitting) wheelers ride, and this weekend trundle round the park, before going out of london to see a rough idea of the route. if you want to meet up this saturday morning, or sunday morning, drop me a PM. i'm probably going to get there for 8 on saturday morning if anyone else wants to come along. i'd start at kingston gate.

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby leejdavies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:33 pm

TakeTurns wrote:I don't see how the guys getting below 55mins are able to ride safely. Whenever I go there, there are always cars inconveniencing me 20% of the time. I take it you guys are all overtaking the cars at speed?

Especially on the roundabouts, drivers are always staring at each other stupidly not knowing who should give way, it's so frustrating. To make things worse, they never leave a gap on the left, so you have to sit behind. :|


Not now obviously, but early mornings and late evenings the park is quiet. And quite easy to not get caught in traffic. And cars generally go a similar speed to cyclists, it's cars slowing for slower cyclists that tend to do you over in the park.
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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby peyroux » Wed Nov 28, 2012 14:08 pm

Phil, I only just saw your post, I'll drop you a PM.

On another note, I found this PDF of richmond park closing times: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/__document ... es2012.pdf does this mean closed to cars, bikes people, the lot? I'm hoping it's just cars as I can't even get out of uni that early! can anyone shed some light?

And last on Sunday I did three laps in 82mins battling through some outrageous wind *excuse* (and just so it doesn't seem like I'm completely hijacking this thread)

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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby okgo » Wed Nov 28, 2012 16:36 pm

Its never closed to bikes or walkers, apart from when the deer cull is on
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Re: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2012

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:49 am

Nowhere near the speed of many, but I was very pleased to manage three clockwise laps just now, in 1:19:49, as part of this pre-breakfast blast of fresh air.

Someone caught me up, said hi and rode with me for a few hundred yards - left the park at Robin Hood Gate on his way to Portsmouth, no less. Hope you had a safe trip, mate, if you hang out here at all :)
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