The New Winter Loop 2021

Since we have a new Club HQ a modification of the Winter Loop course was required. Most of the route is unchanged, but it now ends at the top of Lammas Lane in Esher (a sting in the tail).

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Short (fast) Lotus garage loop

There are two ways to approach this short 22 mile/35km route. Flat out, or gentle with a coffee stop or a beer at the Duke of Wellington!

It is essentially the DV Summer loop without the Shere Hill (Shere Hell?!!) climb.

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Easy short route to Laleham

Taking a gentle route via Walton and along the river to Weybridge and Addlestone. The route uses some cycle paths to get to Chertsey bridge then along the river again to Laleham and back via Lower Sunbury.

A very flat route. Only 22 miles, take a break at Laleham if required.

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Ben’s Blaster TT course

Coronavirus lockdown inspired TT. Flatish, fast, short, with minimal traffic lights.

Only 24 miles, 1000ft, starting from just past Esher Waitrose via Great Bookham and back to Esher just before the Milbourne Lane lights.

You can ride this route slowly as well!!

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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 beer at HQ!

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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!

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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.

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Windsor via Chobham

An alternative route to Windsor. 44 miles without any steep hills. Wiggle your way through Weybridge to Adlestone and out to Chobham. A fast descent into Windsor, through the town centre past the castle. Plenty of opportunities for coffee! A flat return leg via Staines and Laleham.

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Ripley – Shipley without Staple Lane

This is a short 30 mile route out through Ripley to Send Marsh and back via East Clandon. No hills just quiet country lanes!

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DV100: The inaugural club century ride

DV100: Great success!
By David Marsden

Last Sunday (24th August 2014), the now honourable members of the exclusive DVCC (Dittons Velo Century Club): Hobbs, Dick, NigelS, IanP, MattW, Dr. David, Rob, me completed the first DV100 ride. Sandra joined us on the ride out to Henley but was on duty at the regatta, so sadly couldn’t join us for the return leg. We all set off from Esher together in the chilly morning air at 730am, with Hobbs and Dick keeping to their own pace after we left Cobham and started heading towards Ripley. We all re-grouped in Henley to celebrate passing the half-way mark.

For a 100mile route, it was a very flat route with only 2000′ of climbing (trust me, it’s not easy to plan a route that flat!). The route was planned giving a longer first ‘half’ so by the time we arrived in Henley for a well-deserved snack, we’d already ridden about 55miles making the ride home the ‘short half’. Our Henley stop was a little longer than intended, but great snacks, socialising, atmosphere and weather at the skiffing regatta. (And well done Dittons)

As is often the way, we got confused in Windsor Great Park (the Garmin navigation software pleads ignorance) but eventually found our way out, pointing in roughly the right direction. However we made another slight deviation to the route which ultimately meant we had to add a few miles at the end of the ride – with a lap of Bushy Park and then a victory lap of Kingston to make up the full 100.

Nigel suffered a slow puncture in the last mile or so, but the tyre carried him just to the 100mile point with Cafe Rouge in sight, before it ran flat. For many of us on the ride, including myself, this was the first time we’d attempted 100miles in one ride so this was a great achievement and well done everyone. Thanks to the faster riders who may have done century rides before and who had to slow down their pace to ensure everyone was able to keep going for the full 100 (in itself that’s difficult to do, for so many hours on the bike) but it was great to have everyone along for company and the encouragement was fantastic!

So, that’s the first DV100 done.When do we do the next one? What route should we take for the next DV100?

And now for the proof, well some photos:

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A well deserved drink after 100 miles
A well deserved drink after 100 miles

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And the route:

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