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Food & Drink / Re: Beer!
« Last post by Mrs Pingu on Today at 09:26:06 pm »
I had a Beavertown Smoked, I think from Oddbins in Aberdeen, which was very good.

Smog Rocket?
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Food & Drink / Re: Beer!
« Last post by ElyDave on Today at 09:20:30 pm »
I had a Beavertown Smoked, I think from Oddbins in Aberdeen, which was very good.
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Audax / Re: what can I expect on the route of the Bryan Chapman?
« Last post by Ajax Bay on Today at 09:19:30 pm »
What are the climbs like? Long and steady like Yad Moss or short and sharp?
How cold might it get as you get towards Snowdonia?
Are there good places to stock up with food and drink en route between controls?
Any particular tips on training for the climbs?
Would it be a good idea to change the cassette to even lower gears on my compact? Presently running 11-32 but could go 11-36.
Hints and tips appreciated
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17001454
Climbs: Mostly long and steady (like Yad Moss coming back). There are 5 single chevron short climbs coming out of Llanidloes towards Staylittle and the abrupt double chevron climb up the road to King's YH (west of Dolgellau, at 202km and 373km) but only 200m.
Food and drink: Route goes through lots of towns besides those which are nominated as controls (see my RwGPS link). Only leg where you would not find much is Menai back to Kings (82km) which I suspect you'd be doing 9pm - 2am. But the team at Menai provide excellent fare (and some to take onwards) and you can look forward to eating at King's too.
Gearing: With your setup I wouldn't change my cassette. I used the same for both BCM 17 and LEL. Now Mille Pennines on the other hand . . . (cassette and chainwheel substitution).
Sleep: If you are a rider who needs decent sleep then consider booking somewhere between Penrhyndeudraeth and Beddgelert (A4085). Check in there on the way up (~250km, 15 minutes and a cup of tea) and collapse there after visiting Menai (efficiently, with the door code/key; 330km, midnight+). Leaves you 40 odd km to do at dawn (5am) over to Kings, have breakfast and get away by 8 at the latest (225km from Kings to do in 14 hours). I did this last year (stopping from 10pm till 5am) and there were a fair few with a similar plan. There are beds at King's but demand outstrips supply and the hours are rationed. You could alternately book somewhere in Dolgellau. I considered https://www.facebook.com/hybbunkhousedolgellau/ earlier this year.
Ephemera: Sunset 2103 Sat, Moonrise (nearly full but very annoyingly) 0500, Sunrise 0521 (all Beddgelert), Sunset 2054 (Usk).
If you decide to get back to Kings at whatever time, I recommend you take trouble to do so in company for the dark hours.
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Where The Wild Things Are / Re: What is your pet doing right now?*
« Last post by hellymedic on Today at 09:16:19 pm »
White Nose, the most curious and independent of the litter was caught and taken away for rehoming today, after a bloody battle with one of David's friends.

I think this encounter scared off the other moggies but I reckon they'll return later.

Big Tom will probably show around midnight.
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Racing / Re: Sky - gaming the system?
« Last post by Flatus on Today at 09:04:43 pm »
According to the Sky whistleblower, one of the Sky doctors (who had previously worked for UKAD) told him that UKAD had a file on Freeman because of previous suspicions.
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OT Gallery / Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Last post by spesh on Today at 09:02:43 pm »
The Dalek flying saucer has been up again

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-39884174/airlander-10-takes-to-the-skies-again

Oopsie.

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The world's longest aircraft has collapsed to the ground less than 24 hours after a successful test flight.

The Airlander 10 - a combination of a plane and an airship - was seen to "break in two" at an airfield in Bedfordshire, an eyewitness said.

Owner Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said it appeared the Airlander broke free from its mooring mast, triggering a safety system which deflates the aircraft.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42037832
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Freewheeling / Re: Forumite spotting
« Last post by PAC on Today at 08:57:37 pm »
Bianchi Boy: crossing Culham Bridge this morning in a pack of clubmates, whilst I skulked along the pavement contra-flowwise, nursing a squealing BB home.

He spotted me first, possibly due to my new and  unusually yellow winter jacket.
I was at the front and spotted you first....I said to BB that we should've invited you to join us an an honoury guest.  We battled the headwinds to Millets Farm and had a very fast ride back with a string tailwind :thumbsup:
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Food & Drink / Re: Proper old school greasy spoons
« Last post by hellymedic on Today at 08:56:20 pm »
I don't know what the vans outside the Carlisle Road's  sheds purvey. They probably tick all the boxes except seats, shelter and toilets.
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Food & Drink / Re: Beer!
« Last post by Mrs Pingu on Today at 08:55:26 pm »
On the way to my Mum's in deepest darkest Fife there is a petrol station with a shit hot craft beer & gin selection.
I had this lot last night, followed by a Plum Gose which I was obviously too merry to take a photie of.

IMG_20171117_205832 by The Pingus, on Flickr

IMG_20171117_215939 by The Pingus, on Flickr

IMG_20171117_230053 by The Pingus, on Flickr
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by spesh on Today at 08:54:12 pm »
Lucifer - The Alan Parsons Project
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