RICHMOND PARK, CIRCUIT OF DREAMS

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Richmond Park (RP), is London’s cycling mecca. It’s a handy microcosm of road terrains and therefore an ideal training ground for cyclists learning their craft, training, or merely taking in the deer. If you hammer it hard enough you forget you’re even in a city. It’s a bit duff for technical MTB, as the orbital path is just dirt, but great for a hybrid or X bike.

Richmond Park in the frost

Richmond Park in the frost

Richmond Park (RP), is London’s cycling mecca. It’s a handy microcosm of road terrains and therefore an ideal training ground for cyclists learning their craft, training, or merely taking in the deer. If you hammer it hard enough you forget you’re even in a city. It’s a bit duff for technical MTB, as the orbital path is just dirt, but great for a hybrid or X bike.

Various kinds of roadies and triathletes kamakazi/low-pro around the roads, ducking cars, peds and deer. They jump on wheels of strangers, mimicking the dog eat dog commuting dance of overtaking as nochalantly as possible. I should be used to it by now, but it still bothers me that fellow cyclists don’t say hello. I probably scare the bejesus out of them as I give a small wave, nod or greeting. But I had that (semi-literally) beaten into me when I grew up as a junior cyclist in Nottingham. I find it hard not to!

I regularly pop to RP for a couple of lung throbbing laps on a road bike, if I’m pressed for time. But yesterday morning I had to take the Good Lady Wife to physio first thing, so I grabbed the dog and a full-suss, and span out a single lazy freezing lap with a tripod and DSLR, snapping dumbly as Lily worried the rampaging labradors.

You can check out the mysterious consequences on the Vulpine Flickr (top right widget), or here.

Vulpine Flickr

It was a really lovely morning. Though the bike was far far too good for the effort!

4 thoughts on “RICHMOND PARK, CIRCUIT OF DREAMS”

  1. Nice post. I’m glad i’m not the only one who’s lungs feel like they’re bursting after 2 laps of RP! As you say, the RP ‘look’ is to appear as robotic as possible, so maybe other people are feeling it after all

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