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Sportives by Clash City Womble

A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event, typically held annually. Many DV riders have taken part in a variety of sportives, both individually and as part of a DV group. A sportive is a great opportunity to ride somewhere new with a large group of other […]

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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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Dittons Velo en Champagne: June 2015

The DV Champagne Tour 2015 was even better than the wine itself. The trip was full of flavour and fun. Never a dull moment, whether it was chatting in the bar after a ride or over breakfast the next day. The banter was good humoured and I never felt pressured to do anything I didn’t […]

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Guildford to Bordeaux: a Dittons Velo member on an incredible tour

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Guildford to Bordeaux Ride Report, by Dominic Bull Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you to those who have sponsored me for my recent cycle from Guildford to Bordeaux. I thought it would be interesting if I recounted my adventures; it is important to note that the entire trip was organised expertly by […]

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Slow down and take in the view…

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I know we are cyclists not gardeners but at this time of year (April-May) there is an opportunity to see the flowering shrub display at the ISABELLA plantation in Richmond Park (Broomfield Hill car park). The azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom in this glorious weather but won’t be for long. The display has […]

Video ride report: by ChrisP

Thanks to Chris for this video highlights of the first real Spring ride. About 20 were out, split into four groups

KiloBike Challenge: Esher to Beijing

OK, so I’m taking over the blog today to make it known that I have set myself a target of 5,000mi year on the bike. I thought about it (informally) some time ago, thinking it would never happen but it’s been a good year of Dittons Velo bike rides and the miles have been building up. I’m […]

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Winter Training (2014)

This week saw the first of the DV evening Training Rides. What’s a training ride? A short fast ride in a small group, not social, no stopping (traffic lights and junctions aside!). As fast as the group can sustain for about an hour basically. The loop for last night’s ride was 20mile circuit from Hampton Court, around […]

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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 […]

Dittons Velo ride reports 11/12 Jan 2014

Saturday was excellent – perfect weather and healthy turnout of 13 I think: Boysie, MattW, AndrewW, Rob, Graham, Siobhan, DavidW, RichardC, Sandra, JohnS, Leo, me. Plus we were joined by Peter on his first DV ride. As planned we set out on the route I’d proposed but were forced to backtrack and take Hungry Hill […]