Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

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Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby willhub » Sun Oct 07, 2012 23:12 pm

Gonna be staying near the thames barrier for a couple of weeks and wonder if there is any clubs or groups that do fastish training rides starting from near there that would not mind a Yorkshireman coming along?

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby BigMat » Mon Oct 08, 2012 06:44 am

There are quite a few Docklanders come out riding with Dulwich Paragon - you need to cycle out to South East London - Herne Hill velodrome on a Saturday morning or Crystal Palace / Elmers End on a Tue/Wed/Thu night (7.15pm). Decent group rides - PM me if you need more info.

Not sure which other clubs might be worth a look - East London Velo maybe?

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby willhub » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:00 am

The clubs seem hard to get to, Dulwich Paragon member only, and can only ride their 1st of the month, that's no use and the other one does not have regular rides, Kingston Wheelers are a bit far for me too, but the lure of Box Hill is tempting. In fact, most clubs only allow members only which is a bugger for me stumping up 20-30 quid to ride infrequently since I live near York.

Is there any BR people that I could meet up with and go for a swift ride somewhere?

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby phreak » Tue Oct 09, 2012 19:49 pm

If you go up to Crystal Palace parade most weekend mornings there are always lots of riders heading out. There are a few cafes at the top of Anerly Hill, and quite a few clubs seem to be represented. Sure if you stop by you will always find someone that'll be happy to ride with you.

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby BigMat » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:48 am

The Dulwich Saturday ride is a bit Nazi these days its true - the midweek evening rides are pretty welcoming though, we often get London Dynamo, Brixton Cycles etc coming along. I'm probably out tonight if you can make it to Elmers End roundabout by the Skoda garage for ten past 7. (see map below - its just to the right of the arrow)

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=53 ... pp=map.srf


Try the commuting forum if you want to ride around Richmond Park, plenty of fairly fast roadies there who might be up for a few social laps.

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby willhub » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:41 pm

I don't trust my lights enough yet to do over 30 miles in the dark. And I've got a slightly sore throat so riding is out of the question tonight, I'll see aboot next week.

Richmond Park is a bit offputting if you can get speeding tickets for going over 20mph.

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby BigMat » Thu Oct 11, 2012 13:01 pm

willhub wrote:I don't trust my lights enough yet to do over 30 miles in the dark. And I've got a slightly sore throat so riding is out of the question tonight, I'll see aboot next week.

Richmond Park is a bit offputting if you can get speeding tickets for going over 20mph.


Never had a ticket there - been stopped a couple of times but generally you can see them in the distance and know to slow down. And remember, they have to catch you before they can do anything! ;)

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Re: Fastish rides in London Docklands area?

Postby pangolin » Thu Oct 11, 2012 13:46 pm

Yeah you (almost certainly) won't get a ticket. I never have.

I live right next to the park and commute to/from Tower hill. Let me know if you want to ride there one evening and do a couple of laps.
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