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Windsor route through the park

A 39 mile, fairly flat, ride that goes through Chertsey and Virginia Water to Windsor Great Park. There is an option to stop at the Post Office in the park for coffee. Alternatively a slight diversion to The Windsor Farm Shop off Datchet Road. Homeward via Staines and Laleham should have you ready for a […]

Windsor-Fairoaks airport route

This is a classic DV ride. 44 miles with one gentle hill up from Windsor to Blacknest. It can be either a fast ride or a gentle leg stretcher! Coffee and cake at Hanger Cafe and then only 12 miles until home! – right click and “save link as”

David’s Octopus Route

8 ways up Leith Hill – for the brave amongst you… The route starts in Dorking and ends at the top of Leith Hill on the 8th climb – so beware: the GPX is not the full distance! (full distance c.100miles if riding to and from Esher). I found my Garmin got confused with all […]

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SRAM Front Derailleur with YAW setup guide: by David

After struggling (yes!) while setting up his gears on two bikes with SRAM Force 22, David had to resort to searching the web for guides. Having realised it’s easy when you know how (!) he has put together this guide for how to set up the SRAM front derailleur… Step 1: Height of the front […]

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Preparing for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

RideLondon training tips by Gerda Mathews I hope you’ve all applied for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for 2018….? I entered the ballot last year for the first time and got accepted for this year’s ride and it was an awesome experience. Not only because of the closed roads and great support along the route (especially […]

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Preparing for a long distance solo ride

by Mark Hawkins In 2011, I set myself a challenge to cycle from London to Africa for 2013 when I turned 50. Up until that point, the longest ride I had ever done was the London to Paris ride. So, how do we tackle a large ride?  Well, it depends on your budget. A supported […]

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Why I joined Dittons Velo and why I’m hooked

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By Steven Hughes So why did I join DV? Prior to moving to Surbiton from Nottingham last year, I had started to get more into cycling. However, this was mainly commuting to work and cycling to watch my wife play hockey at various locations in the Midlands. When I arrived in Surbiton, I popped into […]

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Dr David’s Secret Sauce

Following from the previous blog post on hydration, energy and salt strategies… A rough guide to using maltodextrin powder Maltodextrin is ideal for adding to your water bottle as a relatively pure and cost-effective source of energy during a ride. It can be flavoured with your favourite squash with some added salt or used with […]

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Cycling hydration: it’s not all about water and coffee

Hydration, energy, salt and food strategies for longer, harder rides by our own Dr. David    Water: am I drinking enough? Probably not… Roughly 60% of the human body is water, so to guarantee peak performance on the bike it is important to maintain the balance. During exercise your body loses water in the form […]

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Reverse Box Hill

A nice 30 mile route going down Box Hill Zig-Zag for a change. Heading out via Ewell and Tadworth and continue climbing gently to Box Hill. A quick coffee and cake and head home via the Chappel Lane/Blagden Hill climb. Descend to Fetcham and a few small bumps back to HQ. The GPX route file – […]