Mitie London Revolution places are now open

Starting line of the MITIE London Revolution

Registration for a place in the 2015 London Revolution has just opened. If you’ve been following London Cyclist for a while, you’ll know this is one of our favourite rides.

I rode it in 2012, Sam, one of our contributors, rode it in 2013 and I’m sure I’ll be taking part again in the near future.

This year, the event is taking place on the 16th and 17th May. As per usual, you can ride the entire route, or you can pick one of the days. Which you choose is a personal preference.

The first day is 100 miles long and the second day is a little shorter at 85 miles long. But be warned, things do get pretty hilly at points during the second day.

The ride burst in to the London cycling scene in 2012 and has been gaining popularity with each passing year, with tickets selling out early. This year there is once again a total capacity of 2,000 riders, giving it the proud title of the UK’s largest 2-day sportive. The organisers Threshold have been pulling out all the stops each year to provide a route that takes in the best of London’s countryside, along with excellent support along the ride and special events.

At the overnight basecamp, they’ll be a festival like atmosphere with tents, drinks, massage, physiotherapy and a feast suitable to the length of the ride.

My tip for the ride is to make sure you show up on time and to get some training in beforehand. When I took part, I turned up late and the organisers were almost clearing up the starting point! This meant I had to really get my head down and catch up with everyone else. Also, I really didn’t put in any training, so whilst I completed the ride, it was a real struggle towards the end, when my energy was fast draining.

Fortunately, you don’t have to repeat my mistakes. The organisers provide you with plenty of information and a sample training schedule once you sign up.

If you’ll be needing a bike for the event, we’ve got our road bike recommendations for men and women. Of course you could just rent one. Companies like Totally Bikes will bring you one to the start line. Although, it’s often a good idea to get some miles in with your bike before an event.

The weather was perfect for last years event, with the sun shining through on the riders and I’m sure people will be hoping for the same this year.

To sign up or find out more, including details on the route, you can visit the Mitie London Revolution website.

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