Riding the world’s oldest bike race, by accident

This is a new personal project I’ve been working on. Please let me know what you think, share with anyone who might like it and have a look at the charity link.

Climbing 100 Climbs

Chalkpit Lane (117), White Lane (16), Toys Hill (20), York’s Hill (15)

Many of the 100 Greatest Climbs have gained that status because they are the venues for club hill-climb races, which take place towards the end of the summer season. Those planning to ride them on a recreational basis would do well to take this into account.

Looking to add a little variety into my training, I spot a cluster of climbs in the Kent Downs and plot a 45km route to take in four of them, criss-crossing the same ridge just west of Sevenoaks.

Putting a metaphorical pin in the map, Oxted looks a good starting point so I park up in the town’s underground station car park. On a weekday I imagine this is rammed with commuters; on a Sunday morning the cavernous space feels like a scene in Mad Max but it’s as good a place…

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