London allows you to be an outdoor roadie all year round. We have parks such a Richmond and Regent’s which are lit, gritted in winter and closed to vehicles in the early hours which means there are very few days you can’t ride. Aside from any focussed training sessions, the London cycling scene is incredibly social. People chat while they ride ( I have some of the best conversations when I’m on my bike), support others racing, volunteer at other cycling events and get together for film screenings/talks etc. This is huge and means it becomes so much more than just your sport.
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Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
This section of Epping New Road is the main way to access Essex but it's unpleasant to ride on with 'road' wheels as the surface is chip 'n tar, the 'cycle lane' is very coarse and full of loose stones making it difficult to ride on. But the road, which is single carriageway is usually vey busy with fast moving traffic so it's best to turn off at the Robin Hood Roundabout and deviate through High Beech for a bit or respite; it's much more pleasant.
Road Cycling Highlight
An urban hill climbing staple, Swain's Lane is numbered among 99 others of Simon Warren's top climbs in the UK.
Stretching for just 0.6 miles (950 m), and gaining 233 feet (71 m), it's tiny in comparison to some other climbs, but the nature of its accessibility makes it a really popular choice for London's inner city cyclists.