What makes a good road cycling route?
Living in central London means the little quiet country lanes that are excellent for road cycling are often a short train ride away. Therefore, when I’m researching a good route I tend to look for easy train access. Ideally, I want the cycle route to be a good 25-40 miles so that it gives me a good workout and it’s an enjoyably long ride. This usually takes me around 2-3 hours of cycling time, depending on how much I feel like pushing myself.
Ideally, I also don’t wish to spend my whole time working out directions. Plus, it’s more fun if you are not constantly stopping at junctions. Therefore, the route should be fairly simple.
Perhaps the best part is the surroundings you cycle in. A good route will take me down roads I wouldn’t normally see if I was driving and hopefully that also means there won’t be too many cars around.
With these factors in mind, I present to you these excellent London road bike routes.
Chingford & Epping Forest Road Route
(North London bike route)
Epping Forest is a favourite destination for mountain bikers. However, the surrounding area is also fantastic for road cycling. Hop on the train to Chingford where rolling countryside, tiny villages and quiet country lanes await. A perfect route for road cycling.
(South West London bike route)
Special thanks to London Cyclist reader Paul Williams for this contribution.
A pleasant and occasionally challenging 34 mile road cycling route setting off from South West London near Surrey.
(Central West London bike route)
The London Cyclist road bike week would be incomplete without a mention of Richmond Park. A favourite retreat for London’s road cyclists. It’s hard to pick a more beautiful setting. The park offers sweeping green views intersected with the occasional deer and other wildlife. If it’s somewhere you haven’t visited yet then I strongly recommend it.
Olympic cycling along Box Hill
(South London bike route)
If you’ve ever watched the Tour of Britain on TV and thought to yourself that looks easy, then here’s your chance to prove your worth. This is a copy of the route that will be followed by the cyclists taking part in the 2012 road race. London Cyclist Ian has a write up on the Box Hill section of the route here.
Bonus suggestion: High Wycombe
(Outside of London)
Here’s a bonus suggestion of an 18 mile route near High Wycombe.
Also from road bike week:
Looking for more road cycling routes?
- 30 London Cycle Routes – the eBook by London Cyclist contains 30 amazing routes around London
- London Bike Rides iPhone app – the iPhone version helps you follow the routes using the iPhone GPS.
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