NRF – A loop from GiRO
New Routes Friday
Needing some inspiration for?the weekend but just don?t want to get too far from home? A new feature from LDT is the New Routes Friday segment, where we?ll be putting together route suggestions that don?t mean leaving early and getting home late! Using the #LDTNRF hashtag we?ll be posting photos and routes on our?Instagram?and?Strava?pages and would encourage anybody that has tried these routes to do the same ? rate them (good or bad), suggest tweaks, suggest additional routes or recommend cake stops ? we?d like to hear it all!
Best of all, if you would like to try this or any of the other #LDTNRF routes, but don?t want to ride solo, you can get in touch via the details at the bottom of the post and we?ll arrange to join you.
A Loop from GiRO
Any London Cyclist or any cyclist for that matter that lives in the Surrey area, will have either heard of or been two GiRO cycles in Esher. Its only been open two years, but already it has grown a huge core following and become the go to meeting point, when heading into the Surrey Hills. its proximity to London makes it the ideal Coffee stop on the way out and way back from the Hills, with the weekends being extremely busy, coffee machine cranking and the who’s who of cycling kit brands on show!
We couldn’t think of a better spot to meet, have a coffee before heading out for a friday afternoon route that would allow the end of the ride to involve a local Pale Ale or a coffee & cake from the GiRO depending on time and how your feeling.
Starting from GiRO the route heads towards and then through Leatherhead on route to the holy grail of Box Hill. By now being well warmed up its time to launch your attack up Box Hill! no where to hide being a quick loop, drop your fellow cyclists and don’t look back! the route does the full loop of Box Hill carrying on past the cafe down to the junction of ?Leech Lane, before then taking the left hand turn onto Lodge Bottom road down the big dipper and back down to the Zig Zag Road. Ranmore Common is looming and thats the 2nd and arguably tougher climb on the route with its decieving gradient and tough hairpin to finish the climb which will leave you with not many places to hide! Once atop Ranmore its a right hand turn onto High Barn Road skirting East Horsley, before flying through Cobham and onto the Esher Rolling hills to finish off the ride.
If you?ve ridden this route or something very similar let us know your thoughts, otherwise if you?d be interested in riding this route but don?t want to head out unaccompanied, then please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and I?ll?be happy to join you on this fantastic route!