How long does it take you to do a loop of Regents Park or Richmond Park? (£500 gift card up for grabs)

Update: I’m opening this up to Richmond Park too after feedback in the comments and to make it easier for people to enter.

When the Trek Madison 3.1 road bike first arrived at my house I set my sights on Regents Park. I wanted to do a loop of the outer circle to see how long it would take me.

Now, to end our road bike week with a bang, we’re running a little competition with a big prize. To enter you’ll need to record a loop around the outer circle of Regent’s Park or around Richmond Park. Here are the conditions:

Regent’s Park

Regents park start stop position explanation

  1. Pedal up and stop at the set of traffic lights located on the south side of the park.
  2. You’ll need to start from the stationary position
  3. Set your GPS device (Garmin/Mobile phone/Other that tracks your position) and press the go button
  4. Start pedalling and take the loop around Regents Park
  5. When you reach the same position you set off from hit the stop button
  6. Upload the stats to your favourite site (Garmin Connect/Sports-Tracker etc)
  7. Share a link to your stats in the comments below
  8. Note that the link you share will need to show your ride around the park so we can verify you followed the same route as everyone else.

Richmond Park


Click here for the route around Richmond Park. Similar rules apply to that of Regents Park.

The winner will be randomly selected from the entries. Why not pick the fastest time you might ask? Well, although it’s going to be interesting to see what times people produce, selecting the fastest time will be difficult to verify. This is because people are using different devices that will provide different readings and data can easily be manipulated later on the computer. We are interested in seeing the real results, not the modified ones.

To provide this prize London Cyclist has teamed up with the Post Office to offer the randomly chosen entry a One4all Giftcard worth £500!

For details on where this can be redeemed please check the Giftcard website.

I’d like to thank the Post Office for providing such a great gift and I’d also like to give a quick heads up to their great deals on savings.

There are of course some obvious conditions. It is only one entry per person, the winner is chosen by assigning a number to each entry in the order it is submitted and then a random number is chosen using The corresponding person is then contacted on the email address they use to leave a comment and as long as that person replies in a reasonable time frame they are allocated the prize. Once the winner has been contacted it will be announced in a new blog post and by updating this blog post. London Cyclist and the Post Office cannot be held responsible if you fall over/hurt yourself while recording your time – this is your own responsibility! All winners are final. We will reject any entries we deem have not followed the instructions outlined on this page.

The competition starts now and will be running until 10pm on Thursday 8th of September.

Best of luck to everyone and look forward to seeing what times everyone produces! (I’ll be revealing my time, as well as the winner in the blog on Friday 9th!)

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58 Responses to How long does it take you to do a loop of Regents Park or Richmond Park? (£500 gift card up for grabs)

  1. Denz 02/09/2011 at 11:21 am #

    Dont get me wrong, this is a good idea for a contest and i like it but Regents park is quite a busy park to do this kind of thing, im just concern about some crazy cyclist risking their safety by pedaling the arse off just to get a quick lap. its also quite short for a challenge (only 2.7miles).

    Richmond Park I think is the best venue to do this contest because there are much fewer cars driving around #(much safer for cyclist), its much longer (6.7 miles) and the best thing about it is the terrain is a mixture of up and down hills with great scenery.

    if your going to do another contest I recommend Richmond park, if you do, you can count me in.

    good luck and keep those news letter coming!

    • David Walters 02/09/2011 at 11:53 am #

      Richmond Park is a whole lot further out of the way for lots of Londoners though. At least The Regent’s Park is central.

    • Chmouel 02/09/2011 at 2:51 pm #

      +1 on this! Regents park to do speedy road stuff is total suicide

  2. RSK 02/09/2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Pity it’s just for people with posh phones 🙁

    • Amoeba 02/09/2011 at 2:07 pm #

      RSK 02/09/2011 at 12:05 pm #

      “Pity it’s just for people with posh phones 🙁 ”

      Unless I’ve missed something, apparently it isn’t. Looking at the Garmin Connect website it even includes my lowly Etrex GPS, and probably any GPS that can be encouraged to export data to a GPX file. I have to admit that I have never used the stopwatch feature on this GPS in anger, so to speak.

      Since it’s not a race, the real question, is: Why not pick someone from random who uploaded a track of cycling anywhere in the UK? Otherwise it needlessly discriminates against anyone outside the M25, and I suspect that not only Londoners read the blog.

      The reason I’ll bother is that I’ll be in the close vicinity for the CEoGB launch on Saturday [GB Cycling Embassy to launch in London 3rd Sept and if I’m up to it, the Mayor of London’s SkyRide on Sunday [I intend to cycle all the way in and out on each day, a round trip of ~55 miles].
      However, I don’t normally venture into inner London, because I am based in Surrey.

      [Link to CEoGB stolen gratuitously from Dave42’s blog.]

      • Jon 05/09/2011 at 11:26 pm #

        Interesting logo Amoeba, what’s it about?

  3. Andreas 02/09/2011 at 4:33 pm #

    RE: Someone hurting themselves – hence why it’s not a fastest lap competition. It’s just a taking part competition.

    RE: Richmond Park – have added to the competition!

  4. Andreas 02/09/2011 at 4:35 pm #

    RE: This is just good for those with expensive phones. Have you tried Sports Tracker on your phone? Works on a lot of Nokias

  5. New York Steve 03/09/2011 at 3:41 am #

    Sounds like fun. But could you do a similar run for us here in New York. I’m thinking of Central Park.

    • Andreas 03/09/2011 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi Steve, good suggestion. Unfortunately the gift voucher is for UK high street stores. None the less, be interesting to find out different peoples times! Maybe I should suggest it to some NYC bloggers!

  6. Andrew 03/09/2011 at 11:06 am #

    On a commuter bike with slight hangover managed a very average 11m01s, though as you can see was model cyclist and stopped twice for traffic lights. 🙂

    Hangover slightly better after doing this – time for a bacon sandwich!

    • Andreas 03/09/2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Andrew thanks for being our first entry! Congrats on your time 🙂 Recommend the sausage place in the middle-north of Regents Park. Can’t recall the name of it right now..

      • Andrew 03/09/2011 at 8:23 pm #

        No problem…. So how long did it take you on the Trek Madison 3.1?

        • Andreas 05/09/2011 at 9:23 am #

          All will be revealed!

  7. Kie Mackie 04/09/2011 at 11:33 am #

    I don’t have GPS, how about a youtube vid of the whole lap as proof? Might just go do it now for the fun anyway.

    • Andreas 05/09/2011 at 9:24 am #

      I’d be happy to accept a YouTube video of the lap as evidence

  8. Andrew M 04/09/2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Managed to fit in a lap of Regents Park during my Sunday morning ride…

    • Andreas 05/09/2011 at 9:25 am #

      Congrats on your fast lap and thanks for the entry

  9. Nick C 04/09/2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Richmond Park is great for this with a great mix of ups and downs. Recommend going anticlockwise so you’re taking the first exit at the mini roundabouts.

    24m 49s on my Mongoose Maurice:

  10. Stuart Clarke 05/09/2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Apologies, its not the exact same start/stop point but is a loop of Richmond park nonetheless. I am unable to set a new time for the next few days due to having stitches.

    • Andreas 05/09/2011 at 4:11 pm #

      A very rapid lap. Thanks for sharing Stuart and for entering the competition

  11. Mark Mallalue 05/09/2011 at 6:09 pm #
    Here’s my time on a Boris bike. Just under 12 minutes. Had a little time while waiting for my train!

    • Andreas 06/09/2011 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks Mark! Very good effort to do this with a Boris Bike!

  12. Steve D 05/09/2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I’d like to give this a go at lunch time one day this week. I work near the Richmond Gate to Richmond Park, is it ok to start / end the loop here?

  13. Jon 05/09/2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Here’s a loop I did this morning on a training ride in Regents Park: 10min 24s, luckily didn’t have to stop for any lights.

    Lovely bright morning, cloudless sky, and a bit breezy. One of those days its just great to be out on the bike.

  14. Seb 05/09/2011 at 11:20 pm #

    After a week of illness followed by a boozy lazy week in Barcelona followed by an enormous wedding (excuses, excuses), I still decided it would be a good idea to push it as hard as i could for a lap. Middle split on this otherwise gentle pootle.

    My heart and lungs weren’t happy! Daft sod that I am, I didn’t want to go slow. My body had other ideas.

  15. Peter 06/09/2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I guess this was against the wrong type of wind…

  16. Andy 06/09/2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Conditions best described as wet/flooded. On the flip side all the lights were green!

  17. Barry McGee 06/09/2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I did this tonight on my Trek 7.2 hybrid – was just after a massive downpour of rain so there wasn’t many people about.

    I did push it around the loop and managed 9.09


  18. K. Mackie 06/09/2011 at 11:29 pm #

    Battled the high winds to bring you my lap:

    • K. Mackie 07/09/2011 at 11:20 am #

      PS, my time was approx 10m20s, I’m sure I’d do better on a fancy bike and all the Lycra.

  19. Flake 07/09/2011 at 11:45 am #

    Couple of laps, one being sub 7 minutes, had to stop for lights though…

  20. Stuart 07/09/2011 at 2:16 pm #

    3 very windy and occasionally wet laps or Richmond Park – – I blame the wind, the rain and the belly!

    • Stuart 07/09/2011 at 3:22 pm #

      First lap was the only one I did the start/stop thing on – and it was an abysmal 27:26 – really slow – again I blame wind, rain, traffic and belly…

  21. el-gordo 07/09/2011 at 2:27 pm #

    With all this talk of road bikes I eventually bit the bullet and bought one last weekend.

    Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison in lap times between my trusty hybrid, which weighs about the same as an ocean going liner, and my new fancy bike. Both laps were done today in roughly the same conditions.

    Lap 1 (Hybrid):

    Lap 2 (Road Bike):

    So a 1 minute difference on the two laps equating to roughly 1mph, which wasn’t quite what I was expecting. In fairness I picked up a Police car on the quickest downhill section on my second lap and as I didn’t want to fly past him in a 20mph zone I had to scrub off some speed, so that may have cost me 30s or so.

    This has taught me two things. 1) I am not going Mach 2 on my road bike, as previously thought and 2) I felt I cycled quite quickly but looking at other times I clearly don’t.

    Still love the new bike though, just feels a pleasure to ride.

  22. Georgio8 07/09/2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Regents Park 9:45 on a Moulton NS (But it’s not about the bike! My age: 73)

    • Andreas 08/09/2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Impressive time! Thanks for your entry Georgio

  23. Martin 07/09/2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Ok never done anything like this before as only been cycling for 2 months but had a great time round Richmond park. Very slow time as wasn’t going fast as too busy looking at all the wildlife, deer and green parakeet! was also very windy.

    • Andreas 08/09/2011 at 12:02 pm #

      That’s fine, this competition isn’t about the speed! Cheers for your entry Martin.

  24. Steve D 08/09/2011 at 8:35 am #


    My lap of Richmond Park is here:


  25. Jakob Bronebakk 08/09/2011 at 9:24 am #

    My friend Pat and I did a lap this morning, just in time for the end of the competition! My track is here:

    Pat is uploading his separately.

  26. Patrick Healey 08/09/2011 at 11:08 am #

    I spent my last ride on my old bike doing this lap – v enjoyable.. may i also recomend lapping the 1k inner circle on sunny days and winters mornings!


    • Andreas 08/09/2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Congrats to both and thanks for entering

  27. Rob A 08/09/2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Richmond Park
    Charge Plug (fixed gear)

  28. David Rowe 08/09/2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Richmond Park just before 9am this morning. 19:23. Rather breezy out there in places. I normally ride anticlockwise round the park so this made a change (a rather tough one at that in places!!). The long descent from Richmond Gate down to Roehampton was fun though 🙂

  29. John Rice 08/09/2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Here is my effort:-

    Done this tonight on a detour from my usual commute home Westminster to North London.

    I may have come up a few metres short this was due to a combination of red light fellow cyclist just ahead of me so decided to press stop a bit earlier then brake to avoid a crash.

    Keep up the good work with the blog



  30. Hugh 08/09/2011 at 9:10 pm #

    8min 43secs on my way home tonight on a Dahon Mu Uno single speed folding bike (includes 20 secs faffing about trying to get my Blackberry back in my rucsac at the start). Well chuffed with my performance, but I was lucky with the traffic lights and admit to drafting a couple of roadies on the way through.

    Great idea for a competition, and am really pleased it prompted me to find a really neat GPS training app for my BB – thanks Andreas, keep up the blogging good work

  31. Mike 08/09/2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Regents loop. Well, don’t think I’ve won, but maybe won amongst Brompton riders.. and then only if you remove about 90 seconds when I errrr… lost my way!

    Maybe I can get a special prize for the most bizarre GPS track? iPhone had a big wobble, and having it in my trouser pocket seems to have made it think I’m some kind of kangroo…

    Went around again today and would have beaten my time but for the battery dying. Drafted a bloke on a very nice Pertorius titanium peice of bike prawn too.

  32. Sue 09/09/2011 at 5:05 pm #

    This is obviously a bloke thing. I can’t see a response from any females. Maybe I will give it a go at the weekend, but not sure I’ve got the right equipment.

    • Andreas 11/09/2011 at 5:31 pm #

      The competition closed last Thursday but I’m happy for you to post your time if you wish.

  33. Brian 24/11/2011 at 9:27 am #

    I only started timing myself around Regents Park towards the end of the summer. My best is 07:28. I did obviously hit green lights the whole way round.

    I’ve read on other forums of records nearer the lower end of 6 minutes. Maybe with a time trial bike and a death-wish.

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