The Pearson community share a love for cycling by posting tried and tested Strava rides for others to enjoy. Below is list of some of our favourites. They all link through to the Strava app for easy access, and we have added some basic ride details to help you choose what's right for you. For future automatic alerts don't forget to follow Pearson 1860 on Strava.

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  • ALPE D'HUEZ STAGE 12

    ALPE D'HUEZ STAGE 12

    The tackling of the Alpe d'Huez is a firm favourite of many, to watch and to cycle. The 2022 Tour de France's showcase stage is a repeat of the 1986 Alpe d'Huez stage. Thuis route consists of two major climbes, the Col de la Croix de Fer (29km, 5.2%) and, of course, the Alpe d'Huez (13.8 km, 8.1%).
  • Lake Como Circuit

    Lake Como Circuit

    Starting in Menaggio follow the lake road to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Como, and idle through the quaint villages along the way. Take in Lake Lugano on the Italian Swiss border before tackling the main event of this ride, the Passo della Cava, 11km long with an average gradient of 8.4% plus an 11% sting in the tail before the summit.  Rejoice and refuel at a wonderful hilltop...
  • POCKETS OF GREEN

    POCKETS OF GREEN

    Cycle through some of London's greenest spaces this summer. Laced with many an opportunity for a picnic in the park, this route sees you through the grandest, Richmond, Bushy, Hyde and Regents, before heading back to the Pearson shop in Sheen for afternoon tea.
  • LANDS END LOOP

    LANDS END LOOP

    This punchy cornish loop starts and ends in Penzance. This route will take you along the famous cornish coastline. Take a picture at the famous Land's End signpost and pedal through many a quaint village such as Mousehole, Porthcurno, St Just and St Ives, where you are more than likely to find many a famous cornish pastie. 
  • FROM PALACE TO CASTLE

    FROM PALACE TO CASTLE

    Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubliee with a Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle ride. Starting at Buckingham Palace the route takes you through Richmond Park, pedal through the tranquil Surrey countryside to the majestic Windsor Great Park. The return leg is shorter and faster, so you'll be home in time for your Jubilee celebration feast. Pop into the Pearson shop and say hi on your way past - we're...
  • WINDERMERE WANDER

    WINDERMERE WANDER

    Cycle around the famous Lake Windermere in the picturesque Lake District. A route that is best done in the morning or later evening as this tourist haven can be busy throughout the summer.
  • HEAR THEM RINGING

    HEAR THEM RINGING

    This May route explores the blankets of Bluebells covering the Surrey Hills. Starting at Newlands corner, head out along the North Downs Way before dropping into Shere for a highly recommended coffee stop at the Dabbling Duck. Continue to Albury before heading up a sandy climb to St Martha's Church (which has one of the best views of Surrey). Hurry to Chantry Woods to catch a seasonal show...
  • TO THE OLD CAPITAL

    TO THE OLD CAPITAL

    A journey from the current capital to Winchester, which was the capital of England under Alfred the Great. This road ride promises to take you through some lesser-known Surrey and Hampshire roads. Ride past Hampton Estate Hops gardens, the last commercial hop gardens in Surrey. Be ready for some punchy climbs before hitting your final destination.
  • LOOKING BACK ON PARIS ROUBAIX

    LOOKING BACK ON PARIS ROUBAIX

    The famous Paris - Roubaix race, known as 'The Hell of the North". Originally, the race was from Paris to Roubaix, in 1977 the start moved to Compiègne, 80km north. From Compiègne the route now follows a grueling and winding 258km route north to Roubaix, hitting the first cobbles after 100km. During the last 150km the cobbles extend more than 50 km. 
  • To Brighton off road - To London on road

    To Brighton off road - To London on road

    Jack Buxton: "I decided to ride to Brighton in the sunshine and since it was so nice, decided to ride back. Starting from Pearson HQ I nipped through the park, and followed the first 30km of our Inside Out route but carried on along the Wey Navigation, eventually turning off just after Guildford and on to the Downs Link..."
  • SURREY HILLS GRAVEL

    SURREY HILLS GRAVEL

    Taking in the best challenging gravel in the Surrey Hills, this route by Mark James is one for the list. Although quite muddy in the winter this route promises outstanding gravel riding when the tracks dry out.
  • EUAN'S ROUTE: THE HUB

    EUAN'S ROUTE: THE HUB

    This is a short hilly route created by Backstedt team member Euan Woodliffe that takes in the Chiltern Hills. It starts and ends at a great cafe called the Hub and also has a cafe along the way in Aldbury, which is a great place to refuel and rest the legs if needs be. There are great views on the top of the two...
  • RIDE THE NEW FOREST

    RIDE THE NEW FOREST

    Starting and ending in Lydnthurst, in the New Forest National Park, this route takes you through constantly changing landscapes. You will follow a section of the Fritham off-road cycle trail, before heading along abandoned railway tracks, over quaint brooks and into open plains. This route takes you past many a watering hole and some great scenic points where you will want to stop and...
  • Urban Skirmish II

    Urban Skirmish II

    This route takes you out across Hammersmith Bridge and along the cycle superhighway through Kensington.
  • STRADE BIANCHE GRAN FONDO

    STRADE BIANCHE GRAN FONDO

    The Strade Bianche Grand Fondo route is 142.5km of undulating and twisting roads with punchy hills and breathtaking Italian landscapes. There is roughly 55 km of gravel roads (38.4% of the total race route) with a roadbed in good conditions, well-packed ground with no grass invasion, and a little gravel sprinkled on the surface.
  • Brecon Beacon Banger

    Brecon Beacon Banger

    152 KM 2270 M ROAD Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type  Image by Timmo - Komoot The ultimate Brecon Beacon challenge to test the legs while taking in the gorgeous Welsh scenery. A combination of challenging climbs and distance. Starting and ending in Cardiff this route heads out into the Brecon Beacons National Park, around Craig Cerrig-gleisiad and Fan Frynych National Nature Reserve before heading back...
  • HIGH ROADS AND LOW ROADS

    HIGH ROADS AND LOW ROADS

    30 KM 260M GRAVEL Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type Starting and ending in Princess Street, beneath the gaze of Edinburgh Castle, this loop promises to reveal the city's magnificence, the coast and a circle of Holyrood Park - the seat of good old Arthur. Heading through the quaint Dean Village you will join Blackhall Path, previously a railway line to the coast. Once you...
  • CANTERBURY COASTAL CANTER

    CANTERBURY COASTAL CANTER

    Escape the city for the perfect day out along the coast of Kent. Starting in Canterbury you make your way to Whitstable along the Crab and Wrinkle Way. From Whistable you follow The Oyster Trail which is a scenic ride along the coast through Herne Bay to Reculver. Our route then continues along the coast to Ramsgate before heading inland back towards Canterbury along...
  • FINISH WITH A BATH

    FINISH WITH A BATH

    Escape from the hustle and bustle of London to the ancient city of Bath and recover with a dip in a bath. Not the original Roman version, but you can book into the Thermae Bath Spa, a real treat after a 174km ride - you may very well need it.  Stay the night and ride back the next day, if you're brave enough. Or take the...
  • LOVELACE BRIDGES LOOP

    LOVELACE BRIDGES LOOP

    28.5 KM 320M GRAVEL Distance Elevation Gain Ride Type The Surrey Hills have many a hidden gem, recently our colleague Jess went exploring and found the Lovelace bridges. Back in 1860 (a favourite year for us) Lord Lovelace, an enthusiastic forester, had tracks constructed with gentle inclines to facilitate the transport of timber in the very hilly woods to the south of Horsley Towers....
  • The Hardest Hundred: Surrey/Kent.

    Ride one of the toughest routes in the South East - take on 13 major climbs (including 8 in the Top 100 climbs) in Surrey & Kent.
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