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Ride London 100

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7 Aug
7:42pm, 7 Aug 2019
20437 posts
Meglet
Have you done every year then Tiamo?

I forgot about the rain. Did anybody else get a brief shower? Not even really a shower, just a few big drops of rain, just before I hit Leith Hill
7 Aug
9:25pm, 7 Aug 2019
8784 posts
Mandymoo
Yes I had some rain too. Phil, yes a shame we never got to say hi
8 Aug
10:12am, 8 Aug 2019
700 posts
tiamo69
@Meglet
Yes, ridden every PRL: Full Distance apart from 2014; when Hurricane Bertha(?) made Leith & Box too dangerous...
Only got in through the Ballot once though!

PRL follows my cycling journey, as I got my 1st Modern Road Bike, 5 weeks before the inaugural Event: has never ridden with Cleats or Paddle Gears before & hadn’t ridden more than 30 miles, in over 20 years!

Intention is to ride everyone, while my body is willing & able...
8 Aug
11:34am, 8 Aug 2019
20441 posts
Meglet
That’s excellent tiamo. Have they got easier/faster as the years have gone on?

It was interesting chatting at the start to some people who’d done several years in a row. I was surprised that a charity entry only asked for £250-350 sponsorship. When I did VMLM in 2011 the lowest I could find was £2000 and most were £2500, plus just getting a charity place wasn’t very easy.
12 Aug
9:48am, 12 Aug 2019
701 posts
tiamo69
If you can get a Charity Spot for £300 & under you’re doing well
£500 tends to be cheapest as bonded places cost about £250

RIdeLondon is relatively easy for a 100 mile ride once you have done several to compare
At least 80% of Route is a fast cruise

As far as riding it every year: Knowing the route is a big help, especially with pacing; last year Leith Hill was easy however I had 5000 miles in my legs & had ridden some proper hills in Wales & Yorkshire

This year i was 3000 miles down, with no hill work & pace dropped last 20 miles: 1st 60 miles I was over 20mph average
12 Aug
9:52am, 12 Aug 2019
20447 posts
Meglet
Great speed tiamo.

I agree that’s its relatively ‘easy’, flicking through strava las night it’s given me a lower relative effort for 94 miles of Ride London than the 80 and 88 I did in preparation. That said, I was quite weary last week and my legs felt fairly heavy.
12 Aug
10:08am, 12 Aug 2019
703 posts
tiamo69
PS: I’ve ridden every RideLondon solo; avoiding other peoples wheels & getting rid of the opportunistic wheelsuckers (detest them & Chain Gangs with a passion!).
Leith Hill is probably the only part of the route, where I fail to keep about 2 bike lengths away from other riders.
RL100 to me, is just about the Route, Me & the Clock: especially as it mirrors my cycling journey
12 Aug
11:36am, 12 Aug 2019
20448 posts
Meglet
I admit to being an opportunist wheel sucker and surfing wheels, especially at the start and into the headwind at the end. Have to save energy when possible! It’s almost a habit from riding with the club, I didn’t do it to anybody for long as they were usually too inconsistent
18 Aug
10:25am, 18 Aug 2019
704 posts
tiamo69
@Meglet:
during sportives (Club Runs obviously different)

are you a 'stealth ninja wheel sucker'?
(one who sneaks on, never says a word, never takes a turn & then, buggers off as soon as person in front's pace drops)

Or

are you a polite wheel sucker who actually says something to the rider in front?

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