Nottingham to Derby - Advice

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Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby las » Wed Jan 09, 2013 21:50 pm

Hi all,

So I have just got a new job and will be working in Derby and as above I live in Nottingham. The journey takes about 35-45 in the car but costs a fair bit in fuel over the week (I don't have the most economical car).

I have been on Google Maps and tapped in the postcodes and it suggest using route 6. I have read about this else where, is it suitable for a road bike? I have an mtb at the moment but have some money set aside with plans to purchase a triban 3. Google did shock me a bit though when it came back with a time of 1 hour 45 mins from Notts to Derby, this seemed a bit long as I'd read previously around 1 hour 15 mins?

Does any body do this route or have advice?

cheers

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby oxoman » Wed Jan 09, 2013 22:15 pm

Having done various parts of route 6 into derby from the Loughborough area i can say it shouldn't be a problem on a road bike if your part of the route is paved along the same lines as the rest. Your best bet is to try it on a day off. You don't say which part of Nottingham or Derby your going to and from just remember its a long way when the weathers not nice. A colleague at my previous place of employment used to travel from nottingham into derby by train and bike on a folding bike from there to Sinfin on the outskirts without to much trouble. I would definitely go for a road bike as well as it will be faster and lighter than a MTB. Just factor in to the cost some decent hard wearing tyres conti GP4000 or Gatorskins something like that.
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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby las » Wed Jan 09, 2013 22:19 pm

I live in Basford, Nottingham and will be travelling to Mansfield Road, Derby so near the A52/City Centre. Thanks for your input, I will try and give it a go this weekend. I'm guessing there must be a way to sync a route created on Google Maps to their app... We shall see!

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby Kieran_Burns » Wed Jan 09, 2013 23:09 pm

My cycling mate used to live near Basford and cycled to The Wyvern (just off the A52)

I'll check with him which route he took and let you know

Oh and get a CX bike.... you know it makes sense :wink:
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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby patrickf » Thu Jan 10, 2013 08:12 am

I commute from outside Derby to south of Nottingham. I take Nottingham Road through Borrowash, Risley, Sandiacre, Stapleford into Nottingham where it becomes the A52.

I'm not aware of the best cycle routes from Basford but you could head out towards Stapleford on the A6002 then follow Station Road/Derby Road.

Once you get to Borrowash you have two choices - continue straight on the A6005 towards Spondon or hop on the canal path near Elvaston. I'm not familiar with either route all the way into Derby though.

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby YIMan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 20:50 pm

I'm in Beeston and travel to Raynesway, Derby. :D

Route 1 (flat) - Beeston-Long Eaton-Breaston-Draycott-Borrowash-Spondon-Raynesway. From there for city centre you can go up the river completely off-road.

Route 2 (slightly hillier) Beeston-Bramcote-Stapleford-Sandiacre-Borrowash----etc.

From Basford Route 2 is going to be much more direct for you - go Wollaton Road/Trowell road then down Coventry Lane to Bramcote Island (or cut off the corner into Stapleford through Hickings Lane if you like).

It takes me 40-50 minutes usually depending on motivation/weather/how many people I can chase.

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby Magibob » Fri Jan 11, 2013 09:44 am

Just seen this.

Seems to give pretty good Idea of what it's like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28UIeRDhdMk

Can't give you any advice since it's been 25 years since I've lived in that area and all the cycle lanes etc will have changed. (Used to play Sunday league football on West Park. :D )

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Andy

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby YIMan » Fri Jan 11, 2013 18:06 pm

That shows some cycle track at the beginning (City centre down the river then under Raynesway to Borrowash - this can get quite rough after Raynesway (or at least the last time I rode it, it was rough and gravelly)).

Then they miss out a massive amount in the middle mostly on road, and show you University Boulevard in Nottingham.

It's not a good representation of the overall route - there is much more road than this shows. It also mostly follows my route 1 which is out of the OP's way.

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Re: Nottingham to Derby - Advice

Postby Kieran_Burns » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:09 am

YIMan wrote:That shows some cycle track at the beginning (City centre down the river then under Raynesway to Borrowash - this can get quite rough after Raynesway (or at least the last time I rode it, it was rough and gravelly)).

Then they miss out a massive amount in the middle mostly on road, and show you University Boulevard in Nottingham.

It's not a good representation of the overall route - there is much more road than this shows. It also mostly follows my route 1 which is out of the OP's way.


Yup, that stretch running along Alvaston park is very rough, not something I'd recommend on 23c tyres everyday. Plus the bit under the Raynesway has a habit of flooding.

To be fair - along the A6005 to Borrowash and down that route is fine on a CX / Tourer with 28c, some light trail bits and a quiet run straight in to the middle of Derby
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