The route of the Legs of Steel

Saturday June 29th was the date for the now traditional excursion to Surrey to ride the route of The Legs of Steel. The 2013 squad consisted of Martin Harris, 2013 All-comers road race champion Terry Butcher, Adam Jones, Michael Dean, Dan Jenkins, Marmotte-bound Russell Whitford, Peter Wilson, 2013 Ladies Road-Race Champion Hayley Williams and Dan's riding partner Dave (sorry, don't know Dave's surname!).

The convoy met at Rayleigh (thanks Halfords for use of your car park) at 7:30 and we arrived at Box Hill a little before 9am. The temperature was still quite low so most started the ride with arm-warmers or wind-proof jackets, but these didn't last long as the temperature and gradients warmed up. The route began with a chilly descent of Box Hill before climbing up from West Humble to Ranmore Common and immediately dropping down a fast descent into Dorking.
Leaving Dorking, the route then climbs up Leith Hill, which is the highest point of the North Downs. Holmbury Hill soon followed before a flat section around Ewhurst & Cranleigh before the 21% gradient of Winterfold Hill. The roads then undulated before climbing St Martha's Hill and descending through Albury to Shere where we had a quick drink stop. The climbing continued with the 1 in 7 Combe Bottom and then Dunley Hill took us back on to Ranmore Common. The flat section was quite fast before dropping back into West Humble for the final climb of the zig-zag road up Box Hill, made famous by the Olympic Road Race.

Special mention to Adam Jones for being the only rider with a steel frame and a standard double (everyone else was on a carbon or aluminium frame with a  compact) and to Hayley Williams for being the sole lady rider. She was faster than most of the men up the hills.

I am already looking forward to next year's trip....

Route Map (pdf)

Southend Wheelers enjoying the Surrey Hills


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