Hi guys! I'm moving to London in two weeks time and was hoping you UK weenies could introduce me to the south UK cycling scene. I'll be based in London but Im willing to travel around for weekend races.
1) First off what kind of races are there? I'd love to do some stage racing, or elite road races (>120km). I'd be also interested in local crits even though its not my cup of tea. I love time trialing so super interested in them! Never raced in mountains so would love to try that out too.
2) How do the racing categories work? I already have an Elite license. Could I go straight to Cat 1 or 2 or would I have to start at the bottom of the ladder?
3) As Ive mentioned Ill be based in London, north London to be specific. Any group rides out there? A fellow WW has informed me that all the good group rides are south of London. Any starting in North London?
4) As with most people I mostly train on my own. I like long rides preferably with long climbs. Where are the nicest routes? Preferably from North London and going North. Feel free to post south London routes too.
Just for the record some of you may remember I posted a similar post concerning a 4 month stay in Melbourne, Australia in the beggining of the year. I ended up not doing a single race. I crashed heavily (55km/h) and tore all my right shouler ligaments. Spent the rest of my time recovering. Now back to full strength so looking forward to getting back to racing.
Looking forward to your answers! Thanks again! David