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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    CHILTERN AND RIDGEWAY LOOP

    GRAVEL 58KM 700M Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain   Starting and ending in Henley-on-Thames, this ride explores some of the highlights of the Chiltern Hills. Taking in the Judges Ride circular route and The Ridgeway Trail, this is a gravel ride with stunning surroundings. A perfect escape from the city for a day to enjoy the countryside. GO TO STRAVA RIDEGO TO KOMOOT RIDE...
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    A SALUTE TO THE BAKEWELL TART

    Starting and ending in Bakewell cycle past the picturesque Ladybower reservoir in the peak district. This route then takes you along the sunning snake pass one of Britain's most scenic routes famous for its exceptional scenery.
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    Autumn in the city

    The perfect autumnal route taking in all of London's beautiful parks so you can witness the city as it changes colour.
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    Lady Marmolada

    Everyone has heard of the Maratona, a 140k epic sportive starting and finishing in the mountain village of Corvara, in the heart of the Dolomites.
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    Testing Testing

    GRAVEL 32.12KM 530M Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain   The ideal test track for a gravel bike. A mix of on and off road sections to understand true capability. Winding towpath section along the Thames, leads into Richmond Park for a gravel climb, across to Wimbledon Common for more technical sections with faster flat compact gravel. Onto Putney Heath and a quick loose descent,...
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    INSIDE OUT AUTUMN ROUTE

    GRAVEL 66 KM 112M Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain   The Autumn Inside Out route promises to introduce even the most experienced navigators to a ride that spans lesser know paths and tracks heading south out of London. It consists of a mixture of passable off-road and gravel tracks, interspersed by quieter roads to link to one another.  GO TO STRAVA RIDE GO TO KOMOOT...
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    Holkham and Stiffkey stores

    Taking in the twisting roads and beautiful Norfolk countryside this is a great route to, ironically, unwind on. Follow the coastal road, taking in one of the UK's best beaches at Holkham, with sand for miles, it's a must-see. The Norfolk flatlands make for relaxing riding, note to self, stop at Stiffkey Stores for well-earned coffee and cake.
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    Bolton Abbey Loop

    ROAD 96.0KM 1,380M  Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain Starting and ending at Bolton Abbey this ride takes you through the twisting lanes of the Yorkshire Dales. Make sure you have a stop off at Malham Cove and take in the striking landscape. If you have time make sure to walk across the famous stepping stones at Bolton Abbey.  GO TO STRAVA RIDE GO TO KOMOOT...
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    Elan Valley Reservoirs

    GRAVEL 80 KM 1200M Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain Starting and ending in the quaint Welsh town Rhayader this gravel loop explores sections of the Trans Cambrian Way taking you along the breathtaking Elan Valley Reservoirs.  GO TO STRAVA RIDE GO TO KOMOOT RIDE
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    Olympic Nostalgia 10 YEARS ON

    The 2012 Olympic Road Race route cuts through central London to cross the River Thames at Putney Bridge. Take on the famous Box Hill,  and enjoy the breathtaking views.
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    TOUR DE FEMMES STAGE 7: SÉLESTAT>LE MARKSTEIN FELLERING

    Not for the faint of heart, the first of the big mountain days for Les Femmes. The peloton will head up Le Petit Ballon 9.3km climb averaging 8%, followed by a slightly steeper 7.1km of Le Col du Platzerwase at 8.3%. The 127km route finishes in Le Markstein after a final13.5km climb up Le Grand Ballon. No sweat!
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    SUNNY SURREY BEACH

    This gravel loop takes you along part of the King Alfred's Way, through the scenic Devil's Punchbowl, and finally to a 'beach' in the heart of Surrey. Be sure to take a dip in Frensham Great Pond before heading home.
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    The Old Man of Coniston

    This punchy loop starts and ends in Ambleside. Taking you along part of Lake Windermere and Coniston. Have your camera at the ready to take in the spectacular views and the old man of Coniston who you won't be able to miss.
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    Lake Annecy- Le Semnoz+ Col de le Forclaz

    Starting and ending in Annecy this ride promises outstanding mountain and lake views. On your ride keep an eye out for a lovely café called La Baratte in Leschaux for a coffee and a slice of cake. With almost 2000m of elevation this punch ride is sure to prompt a post cycle dip in Lake Annecy.
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    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%).
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    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...
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    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.
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    DUCHENNE DASH - LONDON TO PARIS IN 24HRS

    This London to Paris in 24 hours ride is in support of the wonderful charity Duchenne UK and will be taking place this weekend. Riders set off on Friday the 10th of June and will be crossing the finish line on the 11th of June. Departing from the iconic Herne Hill Velodrome riders will be heading over some punchy hills as they make their way...
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    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. 
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    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...
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    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.