This is where it all started - in Richmond Park back in 2009. Due to it's proximity to Sky Osterley this location has the largest number of members in attendance.
The Weekend club runs always start from the Roehampton Gate Car Park in Richmond Park just 100 metres down Priory Lane. The Weekday club runs start from the gate itself.
There are currently 3 regular weekly rides from SW London:
Surrey Hills - normally on a Saturday
Windsor Loop - normally on a Sunday
Richmond Park Laps - normally on a Wednesday before work
There are variations of each ride and sometimes they can be combined for a seriously long ride. There are other popular routes used for shorter training sessions or social rides after work:
Below are some details of each route and their variations and links to Strava Segment Leaderboards for some of the more popular hills and sprints.
Maps & Garmin Files
All our main routes can be found on bikeroutetoaster.com click on Courses and Login as skyvelo Password wiggo
South West London routes are prefixed with 'SWL' If you add any of your own please do the same. Garmin files can be found on the Summary Tab.
Or you can lookup routes that other members are riding on the Strava Sky Velo Page. If you look on a Saturday or Sunday evening you will see all the latest uploads of members' weekend rides.
There are many routes in the Surrey Hills with the most popular being 3 Hills and 5 Hills. There are also 7 Hills routes and 9 Hills. There are even variations within each route with 2 different 3 Hills Routes and 2 differnt 5 Hills routes.
Classic 3 Hills
After leaving Richmond Park there is an easy flat section through Kingston and East Molesey. The first little lump to put some warmth into your legs comes in Esher next to Sandown Race Course and is amusingly called on Strava the Col de Sandown. There are then some nice downhills on quite a busy main road into Cobham followed by some small undulations as you make your way to Hill No.1 Staple Lane. This is a long 2.5km climb with a couple of false summits making it feel even longer. It finishes eventually at the car park in the woods. You are rewarded with a fast downhill to the next hill but be careful here as the road is invariably damp and leafy. Hill No.2 is Crocknorth a short biting climb with gradients often over 15%. The route then goes through Ranmore Common on the Ranmore Run. It is a flat section along the top of the North Downs ridge and as long as it isn't windy your legs can recover before the Ranmore Descent. This is a very dangerous descent with a sharp switchback at the top and a narrowing road with very bad tarmac so be ultra careful. When you turn towards Box Hill the road widens and the descent is less acute. It is a nice part of the ride to get your mind and body ready for Hill No.3 Box Hill There are a few segments on Strava but we choose use the Zig Zag Road version because it stops at the Cafe! You need to cross the busy main road to get to Box Hill and go all the way round the roundabout. The hill officially starts on the right turn where fresh tarmac was laid in May 2012. It is now an incredibly smooth road and the gradients are low enough to encourage you to go faster but you need to pace yourself as it is 2.5km long and there is always someone up for a sprint finish as you round the final 2 corners. Obligatory coffee and cakes are reasonably priced at the Cafe and then it is onwards to find the downhills. It takes a while to get to the best descent but after a bit of rolling ups and downs you eventually find yourself on Mill Way a superb straight and wide road with good visibility. The only thing you need to be aware of are golfers crossing the road halfway down other than that just let it fly. The route then skirts around Leatherhead on relatively flat roads back across the M25 and up into Oxshott. This is where you come across The Bear a great little climb similar to the Col de Sandown. The route takes you back up to Esher on a slow sapping very low gradient climb that can be hard on tired legs so take a gel to see you through the rest of the ride and the fun sprints back into Richmond. The route is now following the way it came out and so all the little climbs are now fun descents and depending on how hard you and your group have been riding you may be tempted with a few sprints to use up any remaining energy. A good one is on the way back into East Molesley which has a couple of wide right angle bends to test your cornering. Then as a final flourish the Hampton Court Road Sprint is hard to ignore. It is a long stretch and quite often there is a waiting game played between riders before someone makes a break for it. The ride back through Kingston is all on back roads until you eventually hit the park and you are back to the start.