With a little over a month to go before the London Bikeathon, we are delighted to announce that all three routes for this year’s ride have been finalised and are now available to download.
For the first time in the history of the event, all three Bikeathon routes will start and finish in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and offer a test for cyclists of all abilities. Here’s a taster of what to expect from the routes for those of you taking part:
26 mile route
Total Climb: 814 feet
Total Descent: 807 feet
Highest point: 200 feet
The scenic 26 mile cycle marathon route will take riders past Stamford Bridge and through Fulham, up and over Hammersmith Bridge and into the leafy surrounds of south west London.
On the south side of the bridge, the course will then follow the river west through Mortlakeand Sheen before diving south to run parallel with Richmond Park along Queen’s Road. Riders will then make a circuit around the grounds of the glorious 17th Century Ham House before passing the mock Tudor buildings of Tudor Drive on route to Kingston and Coombe Lane West for the first of the small climbs.
A further climb awaits at Copse Hill but cyclists will be rewarded for their efforts by a downhill section immediately afterwards. A beautiful stretch through the centre of Wimbledon Common is further reward before the course heads back north towards the river via Putney Hill.
The course will then head east through Putney and the north side of Wandsworth into Battersea before veering left back up towards the river and Queenstown Road for the final section of the ride. Here, those cyclists who aren’t too tired will notice Battersea Park on their left before heading up and over Chelsea Bridge for the finish inside the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
52 mile route
Total Climb: 1,759 feet
Total Descent: 1,755 feet
Highest point: 200 feet
The 52 mile city route provides riders with an opportunity to see some of the most iconic landmarks London has to offer. The course starts with a loop round the back of the Royal Hospital Chelsea before heading over Chelsea Bridge to the south side of the river for the first time.
With Battersea Park to the left cyclists will head east at the Rosery Gate roundabout and pass the unmistakeable towers of Battersea Power Station on route to the South Bank and Waterloo Bridge. This part of the route runs right up by the river along the Albert Embankment, providing views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben way off in the distance on the other side of the river.
Shortly after Westminster Bridge, cyclists will pass the imposing frame of the London Eye before heading back over the river at Waterloo Bridge and up in to central London via the Kingsway. Here, the route takes a brief detour left to encompass the British Museum before diving South once more through St Giles’s Street via Tottenham Court Road and a very brief stretch at the east end of Oxford Street.
Then its south and east once more through the pretty archway of Vernon Street and Leather Lane and Ludgate Hill where riders will get an opportunity to see St Paul’s Cathedral in all its glory.
At this point, the route will head directly south and back over the river at London Bridge for the second stretch on the south side of the river. Approaching Waterloo Bridge once more, riders will take a left at the i-Max roundabout and head south and west past Waterloo Station and down Kennington Lane to pass the Kia Oval, the home of Surrey Cricket Club and venue for the final Ashes test.
At Oval Station the route continues south west for a long stretch which ends when riders reach the north east corner of Clapham Common. Here, the route cuts straight west across the common’s north side before rising north once more to riders up and over Battersea Bridge for the first time.
Once back on the north side of the river, riders will head west through the heart of Chelsea on the Fulham Road, passing Stamford Bridge. At Hammersmith the route turns back on itself cut back over the river and into south west London. The route then mirrors the 26 mile course with its lap of Ham House before cutting down through Norbiton and Surbiton, the heart of suburbia, along the Ewell Road.
After a long, fast road section all the way into Hook before the course heads north and east again through Chessington South, Old Malden, Worcester Park and New Malden where it once again joins the 26 mile route for the climb of Copse Hill and stretch through Wimbledon Common.
Then it’s straight through Putney and up and over Putney Bridge to join the King’s Road, the playground of the rich and famous, as the route heads back towards the Royal Hospital Chelsea. However, there’s one last sally south of the river to go as riders cross Battersea Bridge for the second time and hug the outskirts of Battersea Park before heading back over the river at Chelsea Bridge where the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the finish line lie in wait.
100 mile route
Total Climb: 4,705 feet
Total Descent: 4,701 feet
Highest point: 830 feet
The 100 mile ‘epic’ ride is our longest and toughest route, taking riders into the heart of the Surrey Hills and face-to-face with the infamous Box Hill stretch of Olympics fame. The course starts out west through the heart of Chelsea and Fulham via the King's Road before heading south over the river at Hammersmith Bridge where the baulk of the ride will take place.
As with the 26 and 52 mile routes the course follows the river round through Mortlake but continues straight on through into the heart of Richmond before taking riders along Parkside onto Sandy Lane and round Ham House.
Riders will then cycle through Kingston town centre, past Kingston University and through Surbiton before heading south on the A243 towards the Surrey Hills. Passing through Oxshott and crossing the M25, riders will then approach Micklesham and the Zig Zag Road which is a test for the most accomplished of rider.
After the gruelling climb, the route then makes its way along Boxhill Road and through Boxhill Village before a sharp bend takes you further south and through Betchworth and into the Surrey Hills.
A long stretch through the heart of the Surrey Hills follows with riders passing through Newdigate and South Holwood before heading up into the North Downs and up and over Dunley Hill and White Hills as it makes its way back up towards London.
After crossing back over the M25 and taking the riders through Cobham, the route heads west again towards Hersham and up and past reservoirs and the Metropolitan Waterboard before heading east back towards the river and Hampton Court Palace. From there, it’s a sharp turn to take riders through Thames Ditton, along the Portsmouth Road, through Tolworth and finally back up through Worcester Park and New Malden where it joins the 26 and 52 mile routes for Copse Hill and Wimbledon Common.
Mirroring the 52 mile route, riders will then cycle through Putney and up and over Putney Bridge to join the King’s Road before crossing the river at Battersea Bridge for a loop of round the outside of Battersea Park. All that remains is to cross the river at Chelsea Bridge for the final time where the finish line and a well-earned rest await.
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