Start time and other guff

Some people have asked what the start time is and when we pack up signing people on.

We’ll be signing people on from 8am  on Sunday at Brixton Cycles, 296-298 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6AG. The shop should be selling some coffee and other bits, as well as spares or even bikes (one guy bought a new bike last year!).

After 10am the shop will shut and we’ll shuffle over the road to JAMM. If you want to start late feel free to come and sign on then, you might be meeting some of the early birds coming back however by 11am.

Paris-Roubaix will be on the tellybox from 11am in JAMM.

Food will be available from approx 12:30-1PM – as usual it will be Spicy BBQ fare and a vegetarian option from the great Cliff and Carol.

There should be ample parking outside JAMM for bikes but we advise you to bring a lock anyway.

We’ll have the raffle after Roubaix has finished. Unlike last year JAMM is going to remain open well into the night for those that want to stick about and toast themselves for an excellent ride.

thats it! Bump your tires up, oil the chain a little and brush off the hangovers! Glory awaits all those who conquer the course!

The 2019 route

The 2019 Cobblemonster route is here:

2019_route ver 1.1

The 2019 route features 30 pave sectors (30!) and 5 lung busting hills.

New for 2019 is Charterhouse Square EC1.

We’ve measured the route and reckon its ‘about 38 miles.’

Thanks to all that have created maps / GPX files and the like. Quickest off the draw was Tony with this version:-

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29657952

thanks also to Andrew and Ben for submitting theirs routes.

Its…its….its a Crosscheck!

We can confirm our main 2019 price is a brand spanking new Surly Crosscheck frameset in 56cm size courtesy of Surly and Brixton Cycles.

£400+ worth of over engineered swiss army knifeness for any cyclist. You don’t need a ‘gravel bike’  – you need a Crosscheck!

One lucky rider who buys their (still £1!!) raffle ticket come the 14th is going home with this frame. We’ll even throw in a free box!

Of course, we’ll have a number of nice things to raffle off on the day – stay tuned for more details.

 

 

 

Cobblemonster raffle – why break with tradition?

We’re delighted to confirm that our friends at Surly have given us another of their fine frames to raffle off this year. As ever the chance to win £400+ of rugged steel ‘real world’ frame is your for the princely or princessly sum of buying a £1 raffle ticket on the day.

As ever we’ll have a selection of fine cycling bits to raffle off – more to follow shortly.

 

A Cobblemonster Announcement

This years Cobblemonster will be the last for the foreseeable future.

 

There are many reasons why we’ve made this decision and they are too long and too boring to go into here. All we know is its better to go out somewhere near the top than drag things out. There might be something similar in the future, maybe from us or maybe someone new. Who knows, never say never and all that.

 

Don’t be sad – instead get ready for the last tango on the pave on April the 14th!

 

With this in mind we’re advising all riders to spread the word and shake out all those people you know who said they might fancy riding the Cobblemonster – this might be their last chance! If you know anyone interested get them to sign up here .

 

Given the occasion we’ll be offering up the classic route with a a few surprises and route twists. We’ll also be trying to bring you the best range of raffle prizes we’ve ever had for the post ride festivities at JAMM. And we’ll have Paris-Roubaix live on the big screen as usual.

 

All we need now is great weather…and you!

Thank you from the Cobblemonster team

Thanks to our 228 riders who turned out this year in rubbish conditions to ride Cobblemonster 2018. It was a serious test even to roll out of a warm bed and ride in that rain.

We even had one guy turn up with no bike! Fortunately our hosts and friends at Brixton Cycles were able to kit out Darryl with a brand new steed in record time.

Amazingly you were able to raise £4,025.06 (who gave 6p??) for The Evelina Childrens Hospital Well done to all who rode and donated.

Cobblemonster would like to thank the following peoples:

All at Brixton Cycles for their hospitality, generosity and all round good eggness.
The team at Brixton JAMM for hosting us for the first time.
Cliff and Carol for wonderful food even in the rain.
Tricky, Gordon, Lincoln, Dave T, Simon, James et al for signage, web trickery, registration and 57 varieties of assistance.
Risa and Yasu @ Mentsen for design and print generosity
Lis Foy for coming to every single edition so far and being massively enthusiastic as ever
our prize donaters and sponsors – Trek, Bontrager, Brooks, Surly, All-City,

And of course all the riders who make the cobblemonster what it is! We salute each and every one of youse!

The Cobblemonster 2018 route

Here is the 2018 Cobblemonster route.

2018_route_cobblemonster

There are 29 cobbled sections and 5 lung busting hills.

A big shout out to David, Adam, James and Sinclair who all provided GPX files for those of you who need GPS. Here is the file:-

Cobble Monster 2018

Helpfully David also created a strava page which is here:-

Strava

for everyone else fear not! the entire route is signposted in our signature magenta arrows!

cobblemonster

A new venue for The Cobblemonster

For 2018 we move from our birthplace, SE19 and move to a bigger venue in Brixton, the capital of South London.
Brixton Jamm
Our new host this year will be the excellent Brixton Jamm at 261 Brixton Road, London SW9.

The formula will be a little different this year. Registration and the start will take place from 8 am at the Brixton Cycles Shop and the finish will be at Brixton Jamm, where you’ll find a selection of fine ales, food, a post-ride raffle and of course large screen Paris-Roubaix which is Europe’s other big bike ride that day.

Start
Brixton Cycles Shop, 296-298 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AG from 8am
Finish
Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH

Entry to The Cobblemosnter remains free – we only ask that you consider donating £15 to our target charity, Evelina London.

We would like to thank the excellent Gipsy Hill Tavern – the staff, the punters – for their hospitality and support for the last five editions and in particular the mercurial Frank the landlord who went above and beyond in supporting us.