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Riders in England, again(21 posts)

Riders in England, againTSlothrop
Mar 21, 2002 12:44 AM
I've just spotted the link below about riders from England visiting here. I assumed this post would get lost down there, so I'll start it up all over again. I'm currently based in NW London, although I was previously in Exeter and doing all my riding around Dartmoor, which I really miss. I do all my rides alone, presently up to 50miles, averaging 18-20. I'd love to link up with some other riders for a bit of company and perhaps help me get started in racing.
I'm sure you're all enjoying the weather as much as me, so keep riding.
re: Riders in England, againMJ
Mar 21, 2002 1:12 AM
welcome - you can set your screen up where whenever someone posts to an earlier thread the latest response is automatically at the top

have you considered joining any cycling clubs? do you commute in London? I tend to ride in Guildford with Muncher - you're welcome to come along if you're interested
re: Riders in England, againmuncher
Mar 21, 2002 1:14 AM
Hi John,

Yes. I am really enjoying the weather. Lots.

Have a look at "Links" here:

- You should be able to find out what's going on with who near where you are.

I love the rain me - not.

re: Riders in England, againboneman
Mar 21, 2002 2:21 AM
Muncher and MJ have kindly invited me down to Guildford as well to join their rides. I live in the W8 area so I generally ride out to the West, as far as Staines and back. That's on the weekends. Too lazy to get down to Guildford and too old to ride down, do a group ride,and ride back. During the week I used to ride early AM about 15 miles everyday on a loop down to Blackfriar's and back along the Embankment. Changed my job location after three years from Hounslow to Tunbridge Wells so the daily rides during the week are now at night and down to 2-3 times.

Yes, the weather's been better than last year this time so I'm missing out somewhat. Where in NW London?
re: Riders in England, againTSlothrop
Mar 21, 2002 3:39 AM
I have to admit I don't know where Guildfor is, but a quick look on the map kinda suggests it's going to be quite a trek on the train. I'm in Cricklewood, NW2, and usually head up towards St Albans / Wellyn Garden City. A lovely journey through the traffic on the A5, but it's usually worth it.
I'm lucky at the moment though, I only work until 1, so I have the afternoons free to ride.
re: Riders in England, againmuncher
Mar 21, 2002 4:03 AM
Guildford is in Surrey - 30 mins out of Waterloo by train. MJ is in Camden.

Would maybe worth coming to Gfd for our "ride to the coast days" if you fancied it, but a bit of a trek on a regular basis I'll grant you.

Still, be a good warm-up if you cycled down....
re: Riders in England, againscruffyduncan
Mar 21, 2002 7:34 AM
Cycle club Islington have club runs heading out into hertfordshire from Enfield 10am every Sunday. They are on the web. Last weekend I went out with a bunch that meet at Crystal Palace at 9.30 every Sunday, fairly informal, apparently there's always somone who'll stay out as long as you will. The routes are in the North Downs.

I was thinking about a ride down to Brighton this weekend, if anyone fancies it?.
Sunday - paging Stephen76muncher
Mar 21, 2002 8:44 AM
Just fixed up a meet with Stephen76 (yesterday's thread) for a ride on Sunday. Don't know if he wants to do that kinda distance though (not that far if you train it back though)? Otherwise, you are wecome to come and join us wherever we go.
Sunday - paging Stephen76scruffyduncan
Mar 21, 2002 9:00 AM
which of yesterday's threads?, where doyou meet?


This one..muncher
Mar 21, 2002 9:05 AM

We are meeting at Newlands Corner (huge b*$%"@d great hill about 3 miles outside GFD, just off the A24 to Dorking) - know it?
re: Riders in England, againProspectus
Mar 21, 2002 2:00 PM
Finsbury Park CC has several runs going out of Potters Bar (main intersection, can't miss it) 10am every Sunday for different abilities. Ask for Ray if you're doing the club ride, approx 3hrs (including coffee stop), otherwise follow everyone else for 50 miles of pain (non-stop)...

Check the web for more info.
Prospectus / Potters Bar rideTSlothrop
Mar 22, 2002 3:18 AM
That ride from Potters Bar sounds great, I regulary go through there on rides anyway. Anything else I should know, or can I just turn up on the day? I might try and make it this Sunday, or definately in the next couple weeks. I think I know the main intersection you mean, but can you tell me the road names, just so I can be sure.

As for the Guildford rides, I'll definately have to come down to you at some point, maybe in a month or two when the weather's better for a long day out I'll do it.

AUGGH! You all brought back some awful nightmares!morrison
Mar 21, 2002 7:50 AM
I went to England in 1990 and spent a week riding around London. You almost got me killed. Everybody was driving on the wrong side of the road! It was like you all were drunk. And you should have seen the looks I got from you as I announced I was passing "on your left!"

Seriously, though, it was one of the best trips I ever took. However, I did have real problems with the wrong side of the road thing. I guess that's what happens when you drop a dyslexic yank into the civilized world.
less of the "wrong" buddyscruffyduncan
Mar 21, 2002 7:55 AM
China and India drive on our side, so we've got the numbers!!.

Riding in London is really tough though, round and round the parks just isn't the same.
Yes it is! I remember one round about in particular . . .morrison
Mar 21, 2002 8:12 AM
right near the British Museum (does Russell Square sound right?) where I almost got creamed by one of those taxis that (appropriately) resembles an American hearse!

Someday I have to make it back there. Still have an unlce in Southampton (probably spelled that wrong), although I forgot his name, so I probably can't count on him to put me up.
Yes it is! I remember one round about in particular . . .scruffyduncan
Mar 21, 2002 8:16 AM
Taxi drivers are taxi drivers the world over.
Agreed! nmmorrison
Mar 21, 2002 8:21 AM
Speaking of wrong side of the roadSlipstream
Mar 21, 2002 8:57 AM
The trams in London manage to pop off several American tourists each year because they don't see them coming.
Speaking of wrong side of the roadscruffyduncan
Mar 21, 2002 9:01 AM
are you thinking of Amsterdam?
Mar 21, 2002 9:03 AM
That's from the black and white era unless you're in Croydon but yes, a few pedestrians from US and Europe (hey, you're not the only ones on the right) do get run over by cars/buses/white van man each year.
Not any more...muncher
Mar 21, 2002 9:12 AM
The Croydon Tram boys voted to go on strike yesterday - so no danger there then :-)