Menage a trois?! 2's company, 3's a crowd? Apparently, the number 3 represents a rise and fall...sums this ride up nicely then!

 

NITP Ride Breakdown:

 

0-10miles: Beginning from a scene which will live in Olympic History (that cringey moment with Wiggo on the royal throne, not sure he wanted to be there either?!) Hampton Court Palace is the backdrop for your start. Roll out towards Walton and Weybridge, a route that will eventually take you into the quiter areas of this part of Surrey. Although there is a TT challenge in this section (rude not to as it was used in Bradley's TT gold success) as its at the start of the ride, go gently!

 

TT Challenge: a3050 Hampton Court - Walton, 6.3km

 

10-20miles: You will now enter some very rewarding Surrey countryside. Cruise through Ripley with its cute crossing over the River Wey but you'll soon notice the change in gradient as you make your way pass HMP Send (pass GO! do not collect £200!), its a drag and when you finally reach the a246, your first challenge awaits you, Staple Lane.

 

Polka Dot Challenge: Staple Lane, East Clandon, 2.5km, 15% max

 

20-30miles: Allez Nutrition will be on hand (check their Twitter for updates) to refuel you in preparation for the next kick in the gradient. Rid the legs of any lactic acid and you descend down Green Dene, can be a little sketchy if the weather has not been too kind so keep away from the verges on the bends. You'll need to keep your eyes peeled for the next climb as the road is hidden on a bend.

 

Polka Dot Challenge: Crocknorth Rd, East Horsley, 0.7km, 18% max

 

30-40miles: After this steep but short climb, roll over Ranmore Common and descend down to Dorking. Again, this road can be tricky if wet so take caution. If dry and safe to do so, enjoy the sweeping bends down and veer off down to the a24, use the safer cycle network running alongside up to Rykers and begin your next climb but its not the legendary Box this time round...After your final hill challenge, a long descent awaits down to Leatherhead or you could detour to Ashtead to grab a gorgeous hot chocolate from Bikes Beans Cafe.

 

Polka Dot Challenge: Juniper Hill, Mickleham, 3.3.km, 10% max

 

40-50miles: Head off towards Leatherhead and enjoy the slight bump on the other side, flow through Fetcham and play the game 'spot the biggest house', they are all palace size! You'll find yourself on Sandy Lane which cuts into Esher Common, your last piece of countryside before you join the rat run back into Esher. Circle round the back of Sandown Park and finish up with a sprint back to Hampton Court where there are plenty of cafes to treat yourself to a well deserved beverage.

 

Maillot Vert Challenge: More Lane, Esher, 0.7km

 

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