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Tomsk

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Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« on: 27 April, 2021, 07:17:51 pm »
Entries to Hereward 2021 are now closed, as we've reached our limit of 50 this evening.

I'll be contacting all riders soon re: start times and groups.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #1 on: 27 April, 2021, 07:25:48 pm »
Phew! I just got in. Group TMK plus the Straggler might go for the Lanterne Rouge award 😁
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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #2 on: 27 April, 2021, 07:44:14 pm »
That could be a heavily contested position after the last year of interruption to audax.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #3 on: 28 April, 2021, 01:32:34 pm »
Phew! I just got in. Group TMK plus the Straggler might go for the Lanterne Rouge award 😁
Carlsberg don't do Audax groups but if they did  ;D
Enjoying a quiet year

Tomsk

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #4 on: 19 May, 2021, 08:58:29 am »
Info and updated route sheet etc sent out last night. Wilkyboy's GPS tracks are here: https://www.tomsk.co.uk/hereward-the-wake-300/2021/

Should you want a 24 hour McDonald's at silly o'clock, it's been pointed out to me that there's one in Peterborough, not far off the route:

You could take a direct and very main-roady-dual-carriageway route from the Whittlesey (A605) run in, but turning R (instead of L) at the London Road TLS in Yaxley, brings you directly up London Rd to the Hampton RBT where the McD's is L (1st exit) then 1st R. The golden arches should be visible from the RBT.

However, their website is still saying no indoor seating, though the toilets should be available, if as at other such places.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #5 on: 19 May, 2021, 02:45:44 pm »
First ride through the night since October. The group Tomsk has put me in ride at compatible average speeds.  So hopefully nice relaxed ride in company. Looking forward to it. No doubt I’ll underestimate how cold it gets overnight and be underdressed.  Always takes one or two to remind myself each year.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #6 on: 19 May, 2021, 03:19:25 pm »
I’m looking forward to being towed by Big Saxon and the Straggler 😁
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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #7 on: 20 May, 2021, 10:12:45 pm »
I will no doubt be socially distanced aka dropped early on.  Usually quite happy bimbling along solo. 
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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #8 on: 24 May, 2021, 01:43:07 pm »
Had my second vaccine dose today and expecting a 5mph average speed increase from the doping.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #9 on: 24 May, 2021, 01:49:36 pm »
I hope you all have a good ride.   I am away for the half term and will be riding the route as far as Whittlesey on Friday before continuing North to Lincoln.

This also means I'll miss the Pork Pie the following weekend.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #10 on: 24 May, 2021, 02:37:59 pm »
Are the Histon Rd roadworks only as far as the 24hr garage?  If it's any further, tempted to go via Girton to Longstanton to Willingham route instead.  Just working through routesheet.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #11 on: 24 May, 2021, 03:07:08 pm »
Sandon, just after the info clue is the church.  The church has taps for water just inside the lynch gate.

Tomsk

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #12 on: 24 May, 2021, 03:14:42 pm »
Are the Histon Rd roadworks only as far as the 24hr garage?  If it's any further, tempted to go via Girton to Longstanton to Willingham route instead.  Just working through routesheet.

Up to the garage was the worst of it last week, but of course, if you control elsewhere in Cambridge then an alternative route to Willingham is ok.

Sandon, just after the info clue is the church.  The church has taps for water just inside the lynch gate. 

Pubs will be open by the time I get onto the last stages ... I've used the Fox and Hounds in Clavering and the Cock at Henham for a cheeky pre-lunch pint before.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #13 on: 24 May, 2021, 06:54:26 pm »
Pub stops on audaxes . It’s been some time, I’d forgotten the option is now there.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #14 on: 24 May, 2021, 06:57:40 pm »
Are the Histon Rd roadworks only as far as the 24hr garage?  If it's any further, tempted to go via Girton to Longstanton to Willingham route instead.  Just working through routesheet.

Up to the garage was the worst of it last week, but of course, if you control elsewhere in Cambridge then an alternative route to Willingham is ok.

I was thinking with the start group I’m in, it’s possible the Trumpington Shell garage or the shop on right hand side of road may still be open for popping in, whilst Histon road perhaps 20-25 mins later not.  I’m not good at deciding what I want through a garage window in normal times.  Maybe I need to go wander round an Esso garage during the day to workout what I might want on Fri night.

wilkyboy

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #15 on: 24 May, 2021, 10:15:06 pm »
First group for me, so I probably won't see any but the quickest from behind (about half of yous).  Still my favourite night-time 300  :thumbsup:
Lockdown lethargy. RRTY: wot's that? Can't remember if I'm on #8 or #9 ...

John Stonebridge

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #16 on: 25 May, 2021, 04:39:52 pm »
have an enjoyable ride if you are taking part.  Ive ridden this event once in July 2018.   

Ive a DIY 300km planned for Fri / Sat here in Alba with a similar-ish evening start time so Im heartened to see the forecast temperatures rising. 

Graeme 

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #17 on: 27 May, 2021, 04:00:25 pm »
Fresh oil on chain, Dynamo lighting checked. Wee local lanes bike check spin. Bike all ready for tomorrow. Definitely going to be shorts and T-shirt on Sat, just need the extra layers for the overnight.

Tomsk

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #18 on: 27 May, 2021, 06:41:58 pm »
Last hopeful rider on the waiting list accomodated, so we're full right up at 50 on the start sheet. I've heard a few tales of woe from the DNSs this time, so my commiserations to them.

I seem to have arranged for summer to arrive and reasonable night temperatures. With the moon just on the wane, I'm really spoiling you all.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #19 on: 27 May, 2021, 07:33:12 pm »
I seem to have arranged for summer to arrive and reasonable night temperatures. With the moon just on the wane, I'm really spoiling you all.

I hear no dissenting voices!

The place I'm working currently have an enforced half day off before bank holiday weekends, so I'll be finishing up at lunchtime. Gives me time in the afternoon to do a slightly longer loop to the start. At a relaxed pace, with a buffer to allow a bit of layering up before my esteemed group departs Dunmow.

Eddington: 130 miles

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #20 on: 27 May, 2021, 09:52:23 pm »
Anyone ECEing to 400 or 600 (or even 500)?
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Deano4

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #21 on: 28 May, 2021, 07:37:11 am »
I am eceing it to 400km as I’d have to cycle to the start and back home anyway. Dunmow is about 60km away, nice and simple direct route.

Tomsk

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Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #22 on: 28 May, 2021, 08:02:17 am »
Anyone ECEing to 400 or 600 (or even 500)?

I've heard from a few riders that they will be ECEing; now that we can - up to 600km anyway ...

First Flatliner 600km of the season for another on Tuesday too.

Btw, I've heard from a rider who lives up that way that the B1040 should be open now. However, if faced with 5 miles of 'kitty litter' up the straight road from Pondersbridge to Whittlesey, I'll take the Glassmoor Bank diversion route.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #23 on: 28 May, 2021, 09:18:03 am »
The forecast does look favourable. Fingers crossed it matches reality.

Re: Hereward the Wake 300km Friday 28/05/21
« Reply #24 on: 28 May, 2021, 11:04:23 am »
Anyone ECEing to 400 or 600 (or even 500)?

I've heard from a few riders that they will be ECEing; now that we can - up to 600km anyway ...

First Flatliner 600km of the season for another on Tuesday too.

Btw, I've heard from a rider who lives up that way that the B1040 should be open now. However, if faced with 5 miles of 'kitty litter' up the straight road from Pondersbridge to Whittlesey, I'll take the Glassmoor Bank diversion route.
I went along the bank when the main road to Whittle was shut on a 200 diy to spoons last month (not realising the pub didn’t open til 9 due to Covid). Missed my veggie brekky.
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