From Condor to the West of London
From Condor's central London location you can head north, east, south or west. This route goes out to the west through two royal parks and finishes in Windsor. With the morning pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guards in Windsor and the sight of school boys dressed in formal tailcoats, the town has a slightly surreal atmosphere—at least on the main street underneath the looming shadow of the great castle.
The return from Windsor is a slightly shorter run into the city, passing several large reservoirs. It's a flat route; only a short hill in Richmond Park and Ascot will require you to shift up the cassette—ideal if you'd like to test your legs and roar along lanes, passing endless picturesque house boats. Beware on days with changeable weather; a headwind is often present in at least one direction.
Our pro team riders have set this loop to have a gold standard ride time of 4 hours (allowing for safe cautious riding through the city's traffic until you reach Richmond Park).
Hampton to Ascot - Timed Section
Length: 19.6 miles
Elevation gain: 210 feet
Pass through the main Hampton Court estate. There is a large roundabout opposite the entrance to Hampton Court. Take a right turn on the roundabout and the section begins here. The section finishes at the T-junction onto Mounts Hill after passing through Ascot, before you reach Legoland Windsor theme park.
Cafe Stop: The Chocolate Theatre Co
57 Thames Street
The Chocolate Theatre is out of the main shopping street, near the footbridge to Eton just before you reach the Windsor & Eton Rail Station. Make sure you try one of their hot chocolates.