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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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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 – […]

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Robin – From the Land of Clotted Cream

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Growing up in Newton Abbot, Devon I was never too far away from either the coast or Dartmoor. After seeing the UCI World Mountain Biking championships in Plymouth my friends from school and I were all hooked on mountain bikes. So after a lot of saving up I was the proud owner of a Kona […]

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DV Three Hills

Three good hills in a 40 mile route to test the climbing legs. Staple Lane, Crocknorth and Box Hill. The usual coffee stop is at the Box Hill cafe. The homeward leg includes the fast-as-you-can Horton roundabouts section! The GPX route file – right click and ‘Save link as’

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Lightbox Arts Centre, Woking – Café

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Dr D and I had a little ride out the other day and happened to be coming through Woking, just when I needed a boost of energy. I was needing to refuel after chasing David round Surrey. Woking offers many coffee shops, but I knew of somewhere a little different and that was the café […]

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Dan – Baggy Shorts to Tight Lycra

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Route into Road Biking Cycled to school on a red Raleigh “racing bike” as a teenager. Lots of mountain biking – to around “red run” standards. I wasn’t great but I liked the suffering of the uphill to earn the thrill and speed of the downhill. Huge fan of professional road biking since Channel 4 […]

Brett’s Bluebell Bash

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Brett just loves his steam railways so he devised this route to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. This route takes you to the Horsted Keynes Station (RH17 7BB). There is a cafe on the station. The route is 75 miles and fairly hilly.

Ripley Coffee Ride

This route is a great introduction to riding with a group. It is fairly flat and usually a gentle ride with not too much traffic. Coffee and cake in Ripley and back through the lanes to Cobham then Esher.

Dr D’s Hindhead Classic

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Dr David likes to ride beyond the local hills of the North Downs! Nearly 80 miles with three significant climbs. Coffee is always at the Devil’s Punchbowl (great views) at Hindhead. Return via Pitch Hill and Coombe Lane climbs.  – right click and ‘Save link as’