London to Brighton Bike ride 2004



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Debs

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No trains back to London for the LB bike ride 2004-01-15 Anybody going to ride the London to
Brighton Bike ride this year 20th June 2004?

Anybody notice that there are now no trains back to London this year due to the introduction of new
trains and South Central not wanting their new trains covered in greasy bikes (riders?). The cost of
the coach back is £20 to be booked in advance.

The cost of entering the ride is £21.50. So before raising a penny for charity I would have needed
to spend £41.50 of my own money. However, this isn't the real cost of the trip, as there are other
expenses to consider, the cost of the travel ticket that I need to get to the start of the ride ,
money needed on the day, the cost of a lager at the end.

To summarise, will I ride the L_B this year, NO. I've been priced out of this ride, but hopefully
there will other cyclists that will take part and raise money for the BHF

Regards

debs
 
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On 15 Jan 2004 00:58:02 -0800, [email protected] (debs) wrote:

>No trains back to London for the LB bike ride 2004-01-15 Anybody going to ride the London to
>Brighton Bike ride this year 20th June 2004?
>
>Anybody notice that there are now no trains back to London this year due to the introduction of new
>trains and South Central not wanting their new trains covered in greasy bikes (riders?). The cost
>of the coach back is £20 to be booked in advance.
>
>The cost of entering the ride is £21.50. So before raising a penny for charity I would have needed
>to spend £41.50 of my own money. However, this isn't the real cost of the trip, as there are other
>expenses to consider, the cost of the travel ticket that I need to get to the start of the ride ,
>money needed on the day, the cost of a lager at the end.
>
>To summarise, will I ride the L_B this year, NO. I've been priced out of this ride, but hopefully
>there will other cyclists that will take part and raise money for the BHF
>
>Regards
>
>debs

If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too commercialised,
too many people.

If your aim is giving to charity rather than bike riding then write a cheque and use the charitable
donations tax regs so the charity gets max value from your donation.

There's plenty of lower key rides available that are driven by enthusiasm rather than charity. I'm
not a Londoner and don't know all the options that might be open to you but there is a London-
>Cambridge ride and an overnight London->a beach somewhere ride. I would also recommend audax. Yes,
they do some insane long rides but there's a giood selection of 50, 100 and 200km distances as well.
 
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Dave Larrington

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> If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
> commercialised, too many people.

Quite. The last time I did it was 1990. Never again...

> There's plenty of lower key rides available that are driven by enthusiasm rather than charity. I'm
> not a Londoner and don't know all the options that might be open to you but there is a London-
> >Cambridge ride and an overnight London->a beach somewhere ride.

Dunwich. A truly excellent event plus there's no entry fees, registration etc. so if it's raining
you can stay at home with a clear conscience :)

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Msa

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In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...

>No trains back to London for the LB bike ride 2004-01-15 Anybody going to ride the London to
>Brighton Bike ride this year 20th June 2004?

Do what I do...ride back! Plenty of fun seeing everyone coming the the other way!

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Martinm

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[email protected] (debs) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> No trains back to London for the LB bike ride 2004-01-15 Anybody going to ride the London to
> Brighton Bike ride this year 20th June 2004?
>
> Anybody notice that there are now no trains back to London this year due to the introduction of
> new trains and South Central not wanting their new trains covered in greasy bikes (riders?). The
> cost of the coach back is £20 to be booked in advance.

They aren't introducing the new trains fully until next year. The one year I did London to Cambridge
all the riders went back in an nice electric train and all the bikes followed 5min later in a van
train, very well organised at both ends. Have only ever done the morning train up to London for the
L2B and that was bad enough!
 
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Martinm

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"Dave Larrington" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> [Not Responding] wrote:
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> > If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
> > commercialised, too many people.
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> Quite. The last time I did it was 1990. Never again...

I thought the Isle of Wight Randonee was much better/harder and the same price inc train and ferry
as L2B (from my neck of the woods anyway) see www.cycleisland.co.uk

Is the Dunwich the same weekend?
 
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Stan Cox

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> On 15 Jan 2004 00:58:02 -0800, [email protected] (debs) wrote:
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> If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
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I completely agreed about the London Brighton. If you want to do a similar route there is the
Hampton Court -> Hove /BIG H ride which is smaller but much nicer. Instead of going over Ditchling
Beacon it goes over Devils Dyke :)

Stan Cox
 
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Frank X

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"Stan Cox" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> > On 15 Jan 2004 00:58:02 -0800, [email protected] (debs) wrote:
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> > If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
> > commercialised, too many people.
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> I completely agreed about the London Brighton. If you want to do a similar route there is the
> Hampton Court -> Hove /BIG H ride which is smaller but much nicer. Instead of going over Ditchling
> Beacon it goes over Devils Dyke :)
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Devils Dyke, can you do it? I only remember it as a kid. I've always wondered about it on a bike.
 
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Martinm

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"Frank X" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> "Stan Cox" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> winn.server.ntli.net...
> > [Not Responding] wrote:
> > > On 15 Jan 2004 00:58:02 -0800, [email protected] (debs) wrote:
> > >
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> > > If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
> > > commercialised, too many people.
> > >
> > > I
> > <snip>
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> > I completely agreed about the London Brighton. If you want to do a similar route there is the
> > Hampton Court -> Hove /BIG H ride which is smaller but much nicer. Instead of going over
> > Ditchling Beacon it goes over Devils Dyke :)
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> Devils Dyke, can you do it? I only remember it as a kid. I've always wondered about it on a bike.

Have never done Big H but have seen the route markers, yes it is a very good route.There are two
roads over the Dyke, the main road up to the Municipal golf course avoiding the Dyke itself has a
tough climb at the last bit. The Dyke Road is a steep turn off this road then shallows out and you
get to the top of the Dyke from the South. Both ways IMHO easier than the beacon, and no danger of
getting stuck behind walking riders. Up the steep side of the Downs or up the Dyke itself, no
chance! even the SDW avoids the Dyke

If you fancy L2B but not on the BHF ride there is one in September in aid of the Sickle Cell
society. http://www.guide-information.org.uk/guide/search_index_detail.lasso?RecID=G4433

And there is a Reigate-Brighton organised by DELTA, middle of May I think. I did it about 7 years
ago,a nice ride, the bit S of Turner's Hill was the same route, and it went out to the finish at
Ovingdean after Brighton. They even kindly provided a minibus up the beacon, although you were
likely to get jeered at the top by other riders if you used this ;-)
http://www.ovingdeanhall.org.uk/newsletter/page2.html
 
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Peter Tillotson

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Frank X wrote:
> "Stan Cox" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
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>>>On 15 Jan 2004 00:58:02 -0800, [email protected] (debs) wrote:
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>>>If you want a good bike ride, I wouldn't be too worried about missing the L->B. Too
>>>commercialised, too many people.
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>>I completely agreed about the London Brighton. If you want to do a similar route there is the
>>Hampton Court -> Hove /BIG H ride which is smaller but much nicer. Instead of going over Ditchling
>>Beacon it goes over Devils Dyke :)
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> Devils Dyke, can you do it? I only remember it as a kid. I've always wondered about it on a bike.
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I did the big h a couple of years back (anyone know when it is this year). It is a great ride. There
are two starting points Hampton Court, and another about half way. This gives a choice of 60? and
30? mile courses. Yes, Devils Dyke is possible by bike, just, out of shear bloddy mindedness :)
 
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Martinm

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MSA <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
>
> >No trains back to London for the LB bike ride 2004-01-15 Anybody going to ride the London to
> >Brighton Bike ride this year 20th June 2004?
>
> Do what I do...ride back! Plenty of fun seeing everyone coming the the other way!

Err, how do you do that when; about 15 miles of it (inc Ditchling) is one way, narrow road, bikes
only, and one 5 mile section is one-way cars on the R, bikes on the L, bit unsafe? many riders use
the cycle path alongside the A23 and you get plenty of encouraging waves etc from other riders.
 

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Wherabouts (in london obviously) does the london to brighton bike ride start?
 
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Msa

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In article <[email protected]>, usenet- [email protected] says...
> Wherabouts (in london obviously) does the london to brighton bike ride start?
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Clapham Common, South London if I remember correctly.

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