This challenging ride is a mix of 'town and country'. We leave the west London Suburbs via Richmond and Twickenham and out into the Surrey countryside. We cycle Box Hill before heading back into central London via Hampton Court and Putney Bridge. The London loop will take us along The Mall, past Buckingham Palace over the Thames and back to the finish in Richmond Park. It will be a fabulous opportunity to get a feel for the route that the top riders of the world will be competing on in the 2012 Olympic Games.
- We meet early in the morning in the grounds of Roehampton University, after a briefing we head out through Richmond Park to Twickenham and Bushy Park. We are soon into open countryside and riding through the small commuter villages around Guildford. We take a quite route through Ranmore Common to Dorking, here we get our first glimpse of Box Hill
- We climb Box Hill, taking it steadily and enjoying the views. We descend from this high point into Leatherhead and head north towards the Capital
- Our London loop takes us up the Fulham Road, along Knightsbridge, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall before heading to the finishing line back at the University