The 21st edition of the Ride of the Falling Leaves is set to take place on Sunday 7th October 2018. A link to enter the ride on RiderHQ will be published here on 1st September.
There will be a choice of long and short routes, both fully signposted, starting from Herne Hill Velodrome and ending at the Dulwich Sports Club just around the corner from the historic cycling track.
The routes trickle out through south London via Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Beckenham and West Wickham where the lanes begin: Beddlestead leading to Slines Oak
and Woldingham. On leaving Woldingham, just past the golf course the routes split, the short ride taking a fairly direct route to the feed station at Westerham (courtesy of Westerham Cyclery). The long route descends Tandridge Hill (care!) and then cruises on along the flatlands to Edenbridge. It becomes more undulating through Markbeech and Bough Beech before the more testing climbs begin: first a taster of Toys, then up Horns and past Churchill’s Chartwell home before resting briefly and getting fed and watered at Westerham. Homeward bound now taking in some beautiful views of the Downs along Pilgrims Way and then up Sundridge Hill, along Cudham Lane and up to Downe. A few short big-ring climbs left but the trend now is generally downhill to West Wickham to then retrace the route out to return via Crystal Palace to Dulwich.
You can download a GPX file of the current route here, but please be aware this can be subject to change, eg if roadworks spring up:
Along with signposting, the ride will provide breakfast at the velodrome, a mid-way feed station, food and drink from the bar at the finish and medical and mechanical support should you be unlucky and need them.
As usual, the ride will be supporting the club’s favourite charities, foremost amongst these being The Lavender Trust who provide cancer care for younger women.