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Max Darkins rides off-road as much as possible from Richmond Park in London to dip his toes in the sea at Brighton beach.

With springtime officially sprung and a day of sunny weather forecast, it is decided that Monday 1st April will be the day to celebrate with a big, dry and dusty riding adventure. We are starting from the beautiful and extensive Richmond Park in London and riding all the way down to the buzz of bustling Brighton. It’s a route I know well, but always delivers in its variety of terrain, from twisty bits of singletrack to lush canal paths to open tracks across the South Downs, with plenty of great views thrown in for good measure.

Joining myself on the ride today is Toby Powell, who is also lucky not to have a proper job and able to pop out for a ride at the slightest sniff of good weather. Behind the lens is Matt Pitts, a friend and photographer who can drop tools and go on a ride all in the name of work.

Although we’re largely following the route of the annual London to Brighton off-road event run by the British Heart Foundation, we’re also adding in a few detours and distractions along the way to spice things up. After the obligatory bit of faffing, we set off in high spirits and join the off-road Tamsin cycle trail which skirts around the edge of the Richmond Park. Sadly, we somehow manage to miss spotting a single one of the numerous deer which inhabit this majestic park [Fenton! Oh, Jesus Christ! FENTON! – Ed], but the trail makes a nice easy start to our ride as we warm up our legs.

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