50 km | 31 mi from Moloko HQ (SW14) feat. the Thames Path, Bushy Park & Richmond Park.
This was the first-ever edition of Moloko goes Wild - a series of gravel events organised with our friends at Wild Cycles - and what a day it was! Alongside a 70km route planned by Pearson Cycles, we wanted to create a gentle initiation to London gravel. I am talking about the latter in this post.
Rating > Easy
Terrain > Flat trails along the river and through Richmond Park
Elevation Gain > 210m | 688ft
This gravel taster route starts from Moloko HQ and takes you on a loop along the river Thames: easy and relaxing, it's the perfect intro to off-road riding. This direct access to the river is one of the reasons why we chose Tideway Yard as our HQ: it's ideal for riders who are a bit anxious with cars since it offers hours and hours of off-road riding from our doorstep (quite literally).
The first 20km were the most relaxing, enjoying a gentle pootle along the river, through the lively Richmond riverside all the way to Hampton Court. Since the ride was at the beginning of November, the Autumn colours were in full swing: simply stunning.
We then entered Bushy Park, another London gem when you are new to gravel riding: flat & easy trails with dozens of deer grazing in the background.
We stopped for coffee at The Pheasantry, right in the middle of the park before heading back to Richmond Park where we rode along the Tamsin Trail - the gravel sister of Tour de Richmond. We love finishing our gravel ride here because we can do multiple laps if we still have some energy left: clockwise or anticlockwise laps are two different experiences, both highly recommended. The Tamsin Trail is the perfect playground for an early morning workout, preferably at the crack of dawn when the dog walkers are still in bed.
Enjoy the ride & see you in the next edition of Moloko goes Wild🌾 !
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By train: Barnes Bridge Station
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