London Sightseer 100km randonnée (run under Audax UK regulations)
Wednesday 27th June and Sunday 16th September 2012 at 9:30am
|Organiser:||Bill Carnaby, 225 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NP|
|phone 020 8287 3244|
This spectacular ride which has been so much enjoyed by all those who have ridden it is back again. Don't miss the opportunity for a breathtaking cycle tour of the sights of London using mainly river paths, parks and signed cycle routes./em>
The route starts in Hampton Hill West London and goes through Bushey Park to Hampton Court Palace and then along the River Thames Path to Kingston, Teddington and Ham to Richmond Park. From Richmond Park over Putney Bridge and through the back streets of Fulham and Chelsea to the Thames Embankment where advantage is taken of the wide road and cycle lanes to pass Battersea, Albert, Chelsea, Vauxhall and Lambeth bridges to Parliament Square. We then cross the river at Westminster Bridge to follow the cycle route through the back streets of the South Bank. Pass the London Eye and South Bank Complex, The New Globe Theatre and Golden Hind replica ship to the control at the World War II cruiser HMS Belfast.
It's a short step from there to Tower Bridge with breathtaking views up and down river. From there the ride continues to down river through the old dock areas of Bermondsey and Rotherhythe to Greenwich with its beautiful buildings and the Cutty Sark and then a further leg to encircle the spectacular and beautiful Millennium Dome. Next is the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the breathtaking view up and down the river from the hill before crossing the river via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to explore the new Docklands Development area with canary Wharf and the other skyscrapers. Returning to The Tower of London via historic Wapping and then through the City of London to the Bank of England and thence to St Paul's Cathedral, Fleet Street, The Strand, Pall Mall, Buckingham Palace, through Hyde park, to Portobello Road.
Then via the attractive back streets of Kensington to Hammersmith with its beautiful riverside to Kew Bridge and then through Syon Park to Old Isleworth and Richmond and finally the Thames Path to Twickenham and the finish in Hampton Hill. The route may be reversed depending on what events are taking place on the route on the day.
The Event Headquarters and start is at 225 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NP which is best reached by train from Waterloo to Fulwell Station on the Shepperton Line or by road via the M3/A316 and turning off at Apex Corner junction of the A316 onto the A312 then A313. At the traffic lights where the A311 crosses the A313 turn left (north) and Paget Close is the second left. There is plenty of free on street parking in the neighbourhood.
Any type of bike can be used but there are some unmetalled paths and cobbled sections and you will have to carry your bike up steps. Tandems and recumbents will have to be lifted over obstructions in places and will have to be carried down and up the steps of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel .
Riders are provided with a gpx file or a route sheet which gives detailed instructions on the route to be followed.
If you have never ridden a Randonnée before the procedure is quite simple. The objective is to complete the course within 10 hours by using GPS or the very detailed route sheet and checking in at controls within a certain time. Before you start you will be given a brevet card containing the control details, which must be stamped or completed as appropriate. The route sheet, which contains detailed instructions, will alert you to the location of each control of which there are two types:
There are necessarily many instructions on the route sheet so you are advised to have a facility for mounting your route sheet on your handlebars such as a Polaris map holder available from bikeplus.co.uk or sjscycles.co.uk among others. A waterproof bag will be provided. If you wish to carry a map with you the route is covered by London Cycle Guides 7 and 10 which are available free of charge from www.tfl.gov.uk or the standard Geographers London A-Z Guide.
Download an entry form by clicking on http://www.aukweb.net/events/ and clicking on the event.
Entry costs £4.50 in advance with a £2.00 insurance supplement if you are not a member of Audax UK or the CTC.