Surrey Legs of Steel   

Eight Southend Wheelers travelled to Box Hill, part of the 2012 Olympic Road Race course, to ride the route of the Legs of Steel. The ride starts at the National Trust car park at the top of Box Hill, descending the famous zig-zag road before climbing up to Ranmore Common. A left turn leads to a fast descent into Dorking which is followed by a climb up Leith Hill, the highest point in SE England. The ride then drops towards Abinger Common before climbing again up Holmbury Hill. The route then heads south towards Cranleigh before taking a right turn up the hideously steep Pitch Hill, which exceeds 20%.

A tricky descent precedes a climb up to Blackheath, a descent into Chilworth and another climb up Halfpenny Copse before descending to Shere. Another steep climb up Combe Bottom is followed by yet another descent for the penultimate climb back up to Ranmore Common. Finally the route drops back into Westhumble before the climbing the iconic zig-zag road to Box Hill for a well deserved slice of cake (or two).

After the recent rain we were lucky to be blessed with blue skies, sunshine and a cooling breeze. Due to the volume of rain water seeping out of the ground and onto the roads, the descents had to be taken carefully. This area is very popular with cyclists and is just over an hour away from Southend so we are likely to return for more of the same again.

Legs of Steel route

James Gander, Martin Sutton, Ben Willy, Nick Khan, Adrian Cartwright, Martin Harris, Bruce Gander & Terry Butcher at Box Hill


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