Author Topic: Grimpeurs du Sud  (Read 201876 times)

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #700 on: 29 May, 2015, 05:41:29 pm »
I think I might show my ugly mug on that one. ☝︎

I know a lot of yous will breeze it after a certain ride across the Channel but I don't think it's for me, 200 hilly k in the SE is quite enough for me, plus I'll have just come back from Bella Italia the night before (not cycling either)

hillbilly

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #701 on: 29 May, 2015, 06:04:01 pm »
If people want to train up for this lumpy 300, then a possibility would be to ride either of my 200km permanents (Around Weald Expedition or the Meridian Hills) on the Saturday and then the following day tackle a 100km ride.

I've done a fair bit of the 300km route being put on by ACH, and if you can get to the end of the Meridian with enough in the tank to do 100km the next day then getting around the 300km is well within reach (if the time can be spared).

I'm planning on being elsewhere that weekend (club is organising a weekend long event) otherwise I would have done it.  It has some great cycling, well worthy of inclusion in the rides listed as GdS.

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #702 on: 30 May, 2015, 09:16:49 pm »
did a final check of the route sheet for AAA Milne calendar event (July 4) today; lovely day to be out there, reserved a spot for hot dogs on Ashdown Forest  :P & met a gaggle of vintage bikes and almost as vintage riders outside the pub in Barcombe

managed to spot 3 steam trains too  ::-)

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #703 on: 31 May, 2015, 09:24:08 am »
I've got a Meridian Hills perm card plus some others to use up, so I was thinking of "training up" a bit the day before and 'training down" a bit the day after, if the weather's fine.  8)

It'll be nice to get back into The GdS groove after PBP.

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #704 on: 01 June, 2015, 06:14:16 pm »
I'm hoping to get a GdS qualifying 400 in before PBP, before I go planning a DIY by GPS starting in Herts, does anyone have one that they're either planning to ride over the coming weeks, on which they wouldn't mind company, or one that they wouldn't mind somebody else riding?

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #705 on: 01 June, 2015, 09:04:26 pm »
my brother lives in St Albans & I've long wanted to do a 100k GdS "King of Herts" but generally stymied by the relative lack of concentrated hills required; there are little pockets around Wheathampstead Kimpton and Whitwell but the only serious hills are Dunstable Downs with only a couple of roads up & down

over 400k you'd have more luck if you went round (just outside) the M25 anticlockwise & then did the Surrey Hills and North Downs

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #706 on: 02 June, 2015, 02:12:01 pm »
Thanks Martin, good to know. I'm in Tring which is quite close to Dunstable. It's quite near the end Chiltern Ridgeway and so I've been thinking of playing with either this route which takes in the whole of the Chiltern Cycleway: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7902776. Alternatively I have another 300 which I might extend out to the North Downs / Surrey Hills as you suggest: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8180711.

I'll report back here for anyone interested.

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #707 on: 12 August, 2015, 11:27:04 pm »
Just been putting some flyers together for Tour of the Hills; normally towards the end of the season (until 31.12.15 for the GdS) there's not a lot apart from perms but thanks to RideHard we have a full programme  :)

https://sites.google.com/site/grimpeursdusud/

still trying to work out the translation but I'll be there for Plodder's Nov 14th event  :)

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #708 on: 13 August, 2015, 06:39:43 am »
Looking forward to getting back on the GdS slopes next month.

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #709 on: 24 August, 2015, 08:29:25 am »
.....for The Greenwich Mean Climb and The Crown + ECE.

See you there.

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #710 on: 24 August, 2015, 09:04:13 am »
sadly can't make either but may bump into some of you whilst on Meridian Hills on the Saturday

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #711 on: 25 August, 2015, 09:25:23 am »
Where exactly is the start of Greenwich Mean Climb ? I need to work out a route from Bromley by bike at 5 in the chuffin' morning  :facepalm:.

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #712 on: 25 August, 2015, 09:51:50 am »

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #713 on: 25 August, 2015, 10:09:18 am »
Yes, GMC starts at Cutty Sark Gardens by the Gypsy Moth Pub. I'm doing a final route check this weekend and will send out the routesheet/GPX in about a week's time. Note that the return route is through Bromley, Grove Park, Lee & Blackheath so you could probably just use that to get to the start, though the Arrivée is at my house, so don't end up there, but carry on down Crooms Hill after the Tea Hut.
“That slope may look insignificant, but it's going to be my destiny" - Fitzcarraldo

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #714 on: 25 August, 2015, 10:32:47 am »
Thanks guys! hopefully I won't be too hungover from the night before too! Some judicious planning there by my good self.

Just seen a route on RWG and the return leg literally goes past my starting point too! Ooof! Brasted Hill should be laugh after 180 miles!

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #715 on: 25 August, 2015, 11:20:29 am »
Just seen a route on RWG and the return leg literally goes past my starting point too! Ooof! Brasted Hill should be laugh after 180 miles!

Note that's not the official route, someone has just plotted something between the listed controls I believe, but it's pretty close. I made the mistake of trying to route check that section on 79" fixed and enjoyed the walk up, looking back at a gridlocked M25.
“That slope may look insignificant, but it's going to be my destiny" - Fitzcarraldo

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #716 on: 25 August, 2015, 12:38:21 pm »
Just seen a route on RWG and the return leg literally goes past my starting point too! Ooof! Brasted Hill should be laugh after 180 miles!

Note that's not the official route, someone has just plotted something between the listed controls I believe, but it's pretty close. I made the mistake of trying to route check that section on 79" fixed and enjoyed the walk up, looking back at a gridlocked M25.

Understood. i am waiting on the official one but it nice to see what I'll be tackling!

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #717 on: 08 September, 2015, 09:44:34 pm »
Completed my first GDS with the down to downs perm end of August..
Toys Hill was not as bad as expected given all the tales I'd heard
Brasted is surely spelled wrong tho..

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #718 on: 13 September, 2015, 11:18:56 pm »
Completed my first GDS with the down to downs perm end of August..
Toys Hill was not as bad as expected given all the tales I'd heard
Brasted is surely spelled wrong tho..

well done Jel  :thumbsup: 88th GdS added to the roll of honour; wonder who will be number 100?

did a route check of the Mid Sussex Hilly & Hillier this weekend; it will be going online in the next couple of days

RideHard

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Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #719 on: 18 September, 2015, 10:13:46 am »
Steam Ride : The London Grimpeur (150) AAA2
http://aukweb.net/events/detail/15-617/

Final route check ride over the weekend  :)

Last few Brevets available, see you all early Sat for a 8:00 start  :thumbsup:

1km Roubaix section optional diversion LG150_div
https://sites.google.com/site/steamride/home/the-london-grimpeur
ACH SR: Dean 300; Steam Ride LOL 200; Quainton Express 100; University Challenge 600; London Circuit 400; C2C; Hadrian's Wall; Chiltern Pub Crawl

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #720 on: 19 September, 2015, 11:28:39 pm »
really enjoyed the London Grimpeur; bastard hard ride for the 2AAA but some lovely views; ECE'd up to 200 a no-brainer as the ECE leg was flat if extremely urban

shame to miss Kop Hill as every old banger & motorbike was charging up it this weekend so it was verboten to mere cyclists

Thanks RideHard  :thumbsup:

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #721 on: 20 September, 2015, 10:34:41 am »

shame to miss Kop Hill as every old banger & motorbike was charging up it this weekend so it was verboten to mere cyclists

So, did you go up Wardrobes Lane / Pink Hill or the dreaded Whiteleaf as an alternative to Kop Hill?


RideHard

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    • Steam Rides & Chiltern Grimpeurs
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #722 on: 20 September, 2015, 07:16:45 pm »
Unexpected road closures  :facepalm:

Feel free to DIY by GPS, Kop Hill Challenge
https://sites.google.com/site/steamride/home/chiltern-hills-60-perm

new..
Sunday 1st November 2015
Steam Ride : The Chilterns Pub Crawl 200km 3AAA
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/15-601/
ACH SR: Dean 300; Steam Ride LOL 200; Quainton Express 100; University Challenge 600; London Circuit 400; C2C; Hadrian's Wall; Chiltern Pub Crawl

Martin

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #723 on: 20 September, 2015, 11:17:14 pm »

shame to miss Kop Hill as every old banger & motorbike was charging up it this weekend so it was verboten to mere cyclists

So, did you go up Wardrobes Lane / Pink Hill or the dreaded Whiteleaf as an alternative to Kop Hill?

well actually neither as there was no control at the top having already gone up to the Whip Inn; we went up some bastard hill towards Lacey Green soon after P R

trying as always to wring some extra AAA (even for the almost flat ECE section) I think 2AAA is fair; it might have been a couple of 100m either side

shame will miss the CPC (due to other steam trains) but look forward to more GdS from Ride Hard  :thumbsup:

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #724 on: 21 September, 2015, 05:58:09 pm »
Another thank you to RideHard and his London Grimpeur.

A lifetime ago I was a member of the Bath Road Club and our club runs often ventured into the Chilterns. It was nice (?) to revist old haunts.

The route was great. Fantastic views, no truely nasty climbs,  fast descents and wonderful weather. The sound track of Red Kites added to the occasion.

It was a shame that Kop Hill was only accessible to petrol heads. I'll sign up for the 200k Chilterns Pub Crawl on November 1st to see what I missed out on.