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Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #325 on: September 25, 2018, 12:32:16 pm »
Hi there

The 'official' route isn't there - the 2019 route will have a few tweaks in response to the feedback from last years riders.  But broadly it's the same as last year and as described on the website.  You'll be OK with the Ride with GPS files but you may find a few changes to road layout and controls (e.g Chepstow control is no longer at Tutshill).

A small donation to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LEJOGRECORD gets you a full briefing.

Liam



Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #326 on: September 25, 2018, 01:47:04 pm »
Okay cheers Liam. 

Undecided as to whether to go down A4 or go through Henley on Friday!  Might just see how it's going on the day :)

Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #327 on: September 25, 2018, 01:48:59 pm »
Have fun.

Here's a reminder of the LWL controls

https://londonwaleslondon.com/route/

Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #328 on: October 01, 2018, 08:50:59 am »
Well I did it at the weekend.  The website says 'there are a few notable climbs' - that is for sure!  The climb up to the Cotswold monument was off the scale for me and I have no shame in doing the walk of shame (especially seeing as it was 3am, barely above freezing and I was bloody tired!) The 12 per cent gradient of Buckham Hill was also certainly not one for the faint hearted either (there were a few more but those two definitely stuck out).

Cycling through the night from midnight until 6am was cold, and often scary with not a soul in sight and the wooded lanes and barren Cotswold landscape the only things keeping you company but I'm glad I did it.  It was by far the toughest thing I'd ever done.

Lessons learnt:

1. Cut down on the faff
2. Cut down on the stops
3. Speed up!
4. Lose weight off the bike (somehow)
5. Dont sleep

https://www.strava.com/activities/1873598670

Roll on next May!


Phil W

Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #329 on: October 01, 2018, 09:05:17 am »
You are not wrong about the cold. I think you were out over similar time to me. I set off on my DIY 400 on Friday night.  In the hollows it dipped down to 3c and I was glad of hills.  Only stopped a couple of times in the night to windmill the arms to get circulation back in the hands. My insulated gloves would have been more appropriate.  The coming sunrise took forever from that first light on the horizon.