Author Archives: Andy Gray

Hot pace

LCC London 100 training ride 3/8 62mi (100km), Climb (745m), Av speed 16.8mph (27km/hr) Well, summer’s here! The temp soared for the third ride of the LCC training season. Sunscreen and lots of water being the order of the day.  … Continue reading

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LCC Training Ride. Ep 2

Jim Writes: Only two riders today for the ride out. But I don’t want to give the impression that the enthusiasm is waning. Today was also the King of the Downs sportive and I know that a number of the … Continue reading

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A sensible pace…

Mick writes: With the yoof off messing about at the King of the Downs (or whatever), the grown ups voted for a sensibly-placed two hills this morning. The plan was Effingham via Plough Lane, then Critten Lane to Ranmore Common, … Continue reading

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North Side Story — Sun 28 May

55 miles, 2 Dance offs Jim writes: The scene is set on the Upper North Side (of Combe Bottom). The sultry summer heat had brought all the gangs out on the streets. KR(upke)MCC arrived at the top of Staples in … Continue reading

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The long one — Sat 20 May

90mi (145km), 6750ft (2058m) 6.5hrs ride time.  So it seemed like a good idea at the time… Andy and Tony thought that a look at the lesser known eastern section of course for the King of the Downs Sportive prior … Continue reading

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Early birds only

29mi While Kevin, Karen, Joe and Tony headed down to Brighton on the Pearson’s Sportive, a few remaining riders went out for a club spin.  Life admin meant a couple of us needed to be back for 11am so Jim … Continue reading

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A long ol’ road to the coffee shop

The players*: Capt. Kevin, Lil’ Nick, N-Dog (Big Nick), Andy (the compass), Renaissance-man Stefan, Prof. Karen and Smokin’ Joe with a special guest appearance from Carbon Jim and padawan Katie.  The route choice was a bit chaotic today. The original … Continue reading

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Walton warm up

30mi (48km) climb 623ft (190m) Kevin, Lil’ Nick, Big Nick and Andy decided on a flat spin out to Walton via Hersham. This made for a nice route out and some good roads esp. Burwood Road, a long straight drag … Continue reading

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Strength = 7(!!)

41mi (66km), climb 787 ft (240m) Ok, so the news is Pinnocks Coffee House now does a number 7 strength coffee! I’m not sure that the scale has been recalibrated to accommodate new divisions within the same strength range or … Continue reading

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The only way is up

Karen, Joe, Andy, Mick and Franck came out on a dull and cool Easter Monday for a trip down to Box Hill. Rumour had it that the zig-zag had gone one way (up) for the weekend.  The route out decided … Continue reading

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Early season seaside visit

As the Easter weekend approached Jim suggested a trip down to Brighton for a fancy lunch at Carats. To keep things reasonable it was proposed to drive part of the way and do a Rusper return.  Two keen cyclists / … Continue reading

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Kingston – Windsor – Paris – Roubaix

46mi (74km), Climb 787 ft (240 m) Best weather of the year so far and the biggest spring classics race on the same day meant the group were keen to be out, but also on for a shortish ride. The … Continue reading

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