Friday 18 February 2022

RideLondon-Essex 100 route on an Orange Brompton

Well, in less than 100 days I will be rocking up to the start of the new route for the RideLondon Essex-100 from Victoria Embankment on my Orange Brompton. With 100 days to go the much anticipated route has been revealed in all its glory. 

The route does not feature any of the famous hills that appeared in the previous version but I am not really bothered about that. The route is rolling with ups and downs and more than enough to keep things interesting. 

As always I am sure that there will be some moaning about not having Box Hill and Leith Hill but cycling 100 miles on closed roads, with thousands of others cyclists, most of which are riding to raise funds for charity is surely what it is all about. 

From the Ride London website

I do not have any elaborate training schedule to get me ready for this. My commute to and from work, Brompton social rides and night rides to the coast (official and unofficial) will be more than enough for me to feel comfortable about cycling 100+ miles on the day. (Just hope that it isn't raining)!

For this ride I am almost certainly going to take my Orange Titanium with me but I won't rule out any of my other Brompton bikes either - the joy of having a choice. I will enjoy mixing it with the lycra-clad roadie brigade, with which I have but a nodding acquaintance. Oh and for this type of cyclist who bemoans the new route, why not try completing it on a Brompton ;)

Un til next time, stay safe out there people!


  1. Certainly looks like a 54T day!

  2. Mr Orange, might see you on the day.
    My wife and I have just entered for the Essex 30. Our faithful blue and orange Brompton’s were stolen from outside Tate Britain last May. Now replaced with black and blue ones.
    I don’t think we will need to do much training for this.
    Anyway, the new ones are electric!

    1. Shame that the originals were stolen. Yes, if you see me say hello (you probably won't be able to miss me) and I will certainly say hello if spot you.


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