One ride I've wanted to do for some time is London-to-Brighton, but - at just over 50 miles - it didn't really seem quite enough of a challenge. So, how about London-Brighton-London...?
That's more like it: 106 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain. Not exactly L'Etape du Tour, but a challenge, nonetheless! Here's the route (it's the same in reverse on the way back, of course):
I'm not going to be alone, I'm being joined by Channel 4 colleague, Peter Heneghan. I fear he's a more serious cyclist than me - he's done La Marmotte, which is over 100 miles and includes three famous Hor Categorie (ie off-the-scale) climbs - Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe/Galibier and Alpe d'Huez!
This will be a warm-up ride for him for an even nuttier ride he's doing later in the summer, the 150 miles Ötztaler Cycling Marathon in Austria.
I'm going to combine the cycle with a family trip to London for the weekend, which should please Mrs Robinson.
The provisional date is June 4th and it we hope to meet some mates at the end for a beer...