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tippers_kiwi

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #125 on: January 12, 2018, 03:47:15 pm »
9am is correct but if you turn up looking hungry at 8.45 you might be in luck.

They are aware of the unexpected popularity of this event and are planning accordingly.  Dukes Seafood in West Mersea (this year's venue for the free oyster) have also ordered in some extra supplies and will have other seafood as well as tea, coffee and caik to purchase at their waterfront venue - directions on the back of the One Tomsk note but you can't miss it if you follow the route.  Please support both venues as they have been most excellent today when I rang them to let them know that we were heading for double last year's numbers.

With approaching 140 entrants and EOLs to follow, it is going to be busy tomorrow morning so please bear with us and don't be surprised if your brevet card looks suspiciously like one from last year with a photocopied insert.  Multiple start times will be on offer from 9.30 onwards.

The weather is set fair so no excuses for not riding  :thumbsup:
140 entries.....holy sh*t.....I best re-ink my star stamp!

tedshred

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #126 on: January 12, 2018, 04:08:41 pm »
140 entries.....holy sh*t.....I best re-ink my star stamp!

Huggy has kindly offered to relieve you from your lonely vigil at Pebmarsh when he arrives there  :thumbsup:
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huggy

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #127 on: January 12, 2018, 04:16:56 pm »
140 entries.....holy sh*t.....I best re-ink my star stamp!

Huggy has kindly offered to relieve you from your lonely vigil at Pebmarsh when he arrives there  :thumbsup:
The ACME stamps are also in the Controller Care Pack I passed over to ted, if you want to use one of those, entirely up to you  :)
If you would like me to relieve you of stamping duties sometime around 10:15 let me know and I'll leave the nice warm pub breakfast early to sprint up to Pebmarsh .
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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #128 on: January 12, 2018, 04:19:56 pm »
Good news... no planned gritters out tonight.  I was getting a bit worried as my ECE had predicted temps of less than 3 degs C  :thumbsup:

https://twitter.com/essexhighways/status/951805866310819840

Looking forward to tomorrow :)
Regards,

Jason

the straggler

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #129 on: January 13, 2018, 02:05:15 pm »
Decided to called it the day less 25km at Bures and less than 2 hours into the event. Eced from home through Great Bardfield and Witham to start at Kelvedon with 60km covered.  On 1st leg to Pebmarsh, suffered a minor nose bleed and from dead legs and an empty tank; soon fell from the back of the Acme peleton - Huggy, AndyC33, Jibers, Carlos, Bikeabilityman, Jan and Bhoot tandem. I didn't even push it hard during the ece stage but missing brekky doesn't help and only consumed 2 hot x buns. 

I wonder if that goes down as the fastest Acme Winter Series event retirement. I did not even have the heart to attempt to finish the event at Kelvedon and catch the train home afterwards.

Called Tedshred to inform him of my situation, but only received an unsympathetic reply 'Perhaps you should go out and ride more often'.  :thumbsup:

 Poor showing, my 1st abandonment at a 100km event through no illness or injury.   :(

tippers_kiwi

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #130 on: January 13, 2018, 11:46:14 pm »
You weren't right at Pebmarsh Raymond and sometimes it better to just call it like that and fight another day!

Hope you feel better soon. Drink some Whiskey and get some rest!

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #131 on: January 14, 2018, 12:59:53 am »
Made it home. Chips in Braintree, and a Costa hot choc at the Buntingford garage were my treats on the way home. Enjoyed the 100, and chatting to the ACME crowd. You're such a nice lot!
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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #132 on: January 14, 2018, 09:24:35 am »
To the Straggler: I feel your pain. It took me a year to get over my one dnf (crank failure 160km into a 200 after riding 110km to the start). I completed it the following year, but it woulda been "job done" in the first place if I hadn't ece'd. There was no way I would have left the pub start without the (plentiful) beans on toast. Made that mistake last Feb 100. There's always next year to complete it (unless you did it last year).
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cgg

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #133 on: January 14, 2018, 10:03:56 am »
Thanks for a very nice event. 5am departure from London, 100km to Kelvedon, scrambled eggs on toast and 10 minutes kip before setting off and then a nice day out!

I'm signed up for the Knights Templar Compasses and Cross, with which I'll complete the series after having started it last year  :thumbsup:

wilkyboy

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #134 on: January 14, 2018, 11:53:35 am »
I enjoyed that, thank you Graeme & Co.!  Although definitely type-2 fun for a good deal of it due to complete lack of any cycling further than the shops recently, plus Christmas. 

The 75km ECE straight into that wind, and no riding for six weeks previous, I struggled to get to the start — absolutely no power in the legs!  I usually ride the first 100km fasted, but today I popped the seal at about 70km, I was feeling it that bad.  Although there were still riders at the start, by the time I had got my brevet and refilled my bottles, I was last away.

The headwind had become a tailwind and I caught and passed The Straggler, who was clearly having a bad day, and caught the main ACME peloton-splinter at the first control — AndyC33, Carlosfandango, Huggy, Bikeabilityman, Jan, probably other ACMEs, and a couple of waifs and strays, including one first-timer who didn't have the routesheet and so was being led, but wasn't very quick either  :facepalm:  Lots of steady riding with Andy, as we were both on fixed, followed by standing around waiting for the less-steady-riding others to catch up at the tops of hills.

Tippers caught us just before the next control, having spent a couple of hours stamping brevets at the first control, and, rather than stand around in the cold drinking milkshake, decided to push on to keep warm, so after a frantic chase for a kilometre or so, I hung onto his wheel — he's not slow, and punches a nice big hole in the air, so I took full advantage and rode for a while slightly above my usual pace, instead of well below it.

The oyster in Mersea was ... different, which I guess was a nice variation on the ubiquitous garage forecourt.  The ladies were chatty and seemed to be enjoying the constant passage of nutters cyclists, but, more importantly, knew how to make a macchiato ;)

I rode with Tippers until we were just a couple of kms from the first info, but my legs were starting to give worrying signs of blowing up, so I eased off and let him go.  After that control, I stuck to the back wheel of a Maldon group, who were taking it easy.  Not a lot of chatting, due to the windy nature of the main road we were on, and steady stream of cars.  We hit a small incline and the inevitable happened: they all started clicking down the gears trying to find a position of constant power, but that was dropping me off my gear, so I did what fixers do and rode off the front. Clearly my legs weren't doing too badly after all.

At the second info I passed Tomsk and JiberJaber just leaving, as well as Denice and James — I made a quick note of the answer and caught up with Denice and James, and rode with — as it turned out James is one of my local riders in Cambridge.  We avoided the (probably) muddy canal towpath and diverted onto the main road, navigating by map-on-GPS, nearly making several false turns before rejoining the route.  Shortly after, the road started to go up and my legs gave a wheeze and stopped working.  I gurned up the long (-ish), huge (not) climb to Gt Braxted on my own, being passed a few times, urgh!  But height-gained meant a downhill all the way to the finish, and that couldn't've come soon enough.

Hung around in arrivée chatting for a couple of hours before heading out to ride 70-odd km home.  At least now I should have a tailwind!  :thumbsup:

Rode with Tomsk for the first 10 until our routes diverged and then it was a long, steady climb all the way back up to Castle Camps and a fast downhill to the Cambridgeshire plain for a flat run home.  The uphill bits made a significant hole in my averages, with still not much power, but once I hit the flat, I was rolling steady at high-20s, making it home by about 9pm — 260km in 14h44, with a couple of hours to spare.

That's my January RRTY done.  Time to start on a programme of lots of short, punchy, high-cadence training rides and get my fitness back up, methinks!
RRTY #6 done; #7 started.  Settling in for winter.

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #135 on: January 14, 2018, 05:04:35 pm »
Really enjoyed the Oyster yesterday, many thanks to the organisers.

Rode 33 miles to the start from Harlow and arrived around 9:15 with frozen hands and toes thinking it would be a long day! There was a big queue to collect my card which meant that my hands had a chance to warm up by the time I got to the front. I decided on the 10:00am start to give me a chance to warm up have some more breakfast in the form of a sausage sandwich and two cups of tea! I said hello to ACME peloton and made my way out expecting them to catch me up sooner or later.

My main bike has been out of action since Monday with a broken bottom bracket so the mountain bike has been called into service. This meant I had to break the no mud guard rule this time, so apologies to anyone following behind me. I overtook a few people on the way to Pebmarsh and then they caught up with me at the control and then overtook while I was changing page on the route sheet.

Surprisingly it wasn’t as cold as the ride there, either that or I had just got used to it. I fancied some cake at Rowhedge and was looking for the cafe but must cycled past it and I bumped into a couple of familiar faces from the Horsepower 100km last year, I couldn’t remember their names (sorry) but they remembered mine. They said the cafe was pretty full, so we went into ‘The Olde Albion’ pub which didn’t serve food but did serve tea and coffee. So one cup of tea later and I was back on the road to Mersea looking for lunch.

The legs were still strong but I could feel the prangs of hunger making themselves known and I knew I would need something more filling than an Oyster. That said though, I still went down to the sea front and the nice lady in the hut stamped my card. I then climbed back up the hill and found a kebab shop and had some fish and chips.

The next two stages were relatively short, I cycled right past the info control at Tollesbury despite everyone calling me over, so had to back track. Then on the way to Heybridge Basin fatigue meant that I was looking for a T Junction on the route sheet which I had already past and then missed the sign for the basin, again despite everyone calling me over! More backtracking and I was at the last info control.

The canal path was built for my mountain bike though and zoomed down it... without falling in the water amazingly. According to my Strava there was a big hill at the end or at least more climbing before the downhill but I didn’t notice and got back to arrive at 16:30.

Great day out, looking forward to the next one.
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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #136 on: Yesterday at 12:29:47 pm »
Just wanted to say a big Thank You for a lovely day out yesterday at the Oyster. Thoroughly enjoyable day, which stayed dry, but never warm. Lovely lanes done poor justice by the complete lack of the sunny thing up in the sky. Oyster-toting girls were (much harder than us !) standing all day in a flimsy hut, but irresistibly cheerful nonetheless. Cheers to Graham and ACME, very friendly bunch, and specially to Tony (his 1st Audax !) who accompanied me on this Essex jaunt. Hope you had fun ? - (Dulwich Paragon Saga rep)
On the strength of this enjoyable ride, I've entered the Knight's Templar, see you all soon !
Alistair (pieeater) Dulwich Paragon

grahamparks

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #137 on: Yesterday at 12:39:51 pm »
We had a great day out. Susana had many, many oysters. Thanks for still being there at 10:20!

ElyDave

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #138 on: Yesterday at 02:22:31 pm »
It was a cracking day out for me as well.  Opting for the unorthodox 9:45 start rather than hanging around it was all a bit loosey-goosey until the first control (which I almost missed despite the hi-vis jacket, as it came far earlier than I expected) where I hooked up with a chap on a folder who I'd been following thus far.  Considering he was on 20" wheels he was cracking on nicely and I only tended to edge ahead on the uphill sections where he was just running out of gears.

Heading up the hill before the turn to Mersea, he disappeared from my mirror for a good 20 minutes or so to then reappear at the end of a train of club cyclists as if nothing had happened.  His trip computer had pinged off its mount on the preceding downhill section it seems. 

I really wish we could have had a bit of sun though as by the time I got to Mersea I was wishing I'd gone for the full winter regalia instead of only the halfway house I had adopted. It was definitely not living up to the forecasts.  Also met up with Jane at the Mersea Co-op (eschewing the oyster, not a good time to try my first raw one), but she was dithering and opted to hang around a bit longer.  The two of us set off back again, with a few route checks as we went, but mostly OK, taking the canal path option away from the last info control.  We thought about stopping for a coffee but by then were both so cold we decided to press on and keep moving.   At that point as we pushed up the final hill, he drifted off the back and I didn't want to wait as I was getting very cold now, so pushed on back to the pub for a coffee and a beer, where my compatriot appeared just as was walking into the pub.

After an hours drive home, alternating my hands in front of the blower I could finally feel the tips of all my fingers again, but my toes didn't thaw until after a nice warm shower. 

Thanks to the organisers and I'll see you in Feb.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

huggy

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #139 on: Yesterday at 05:26:43 pm »
All praise is well deserved and earned with a few more grey hairs on the head our beloved tedshred!  He did well to arrange a working train service and dryness for the day, maybe next year he can step it up a notch and supply sunshine too, as that is a common request.  Although it was a great improvement on last year's weather  :thumbsup:

Thoughts now turn to the Knights Templar Compasses & Cross 105km and last in the Anvil Winter Series rides for this season - 3rd February.  The route is slightly amended from last year to make it a bit more pleasant traffic wise, and does need to be checked with a Helpers' Ride for route sheet gremlins.  I'm planning on an 8am start on the 27th Jan (ok, 9am will be considered if there is enough dissent), for a standard ride round with pen in hand, if anyone is interested in helping.  There will be helping opportunities on the day too, so you will be able to have the full helper experience, especially if we have a similar excellent turn out.
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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #140 on: Yesterday at 05:50:33 pm »
There will be helping opportunities on the day too

I can't ride the event on the 3rd Feb, but I'm happy to help on the 'desk' at the start.

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #141 on: Yesterday at 07:10:52 pm »
A great ride, very well organised by tedshred.  I really liked the happy smiley ladies in the Oyster Shack.  And no shock of a solicitors letter this year :thumbsup:

A big thanks to Huggy  and Andy C33 for towing me round the event and the ece before.  I have never been so grateful for an energy gel :o

Lesson learnt - doing back to back 200's in the winter is not as good idea as it first seems.  :facepalm:
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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #142 on: Yesterday at 10:13:21 pm »
Is anyone driving to the next event from anywhere in the North Herts direction? With the engineering works, the train is out as an option.

I don't know that part of Essex especially well so, last year, while I enjoyed the Oyster, I was just following the GPS with no real sense of where I was. This year, I had a proper mental picture of the route, and that added something for me.

After a leisurely second breakfast and 10am start, I rode most of the way alone, except for a section where another rider followed me at a respectful distance. I thought I was going OK to West Mersea, and hoping to get the wind behind me for a 4pm finish. Half-way there from Rowhedge, I broke a spoke in my back wheel for no obvious reason, but that was no real problem.

I struggled into Tollesbury. In the end, I decided to go down to the marina cafes for a sandwich and cup of tea. That revived me, but I was well behind time now and needed lights already for the last few km into Heybridge. Familiarity helps, and the leg to Beacon Hill didn't seem nearly as long as last year.

Just after the turning at the top of the last descent into Kelvedon, the oddest thing happened. It was now fully dark, and it felt for all the world as though the bike was pulling left. I ended up crashing into the soft verge. No harm done, and the bike, on inspection, was fine and steering normally. I've really no idea what caused it. Embarrassing though.

A rider whom I had passed on the way across from Great Braxted stopped and checked I was OK, then kindly escorted me down the hill, making sure I steered properly at the corners :-[

It was a good ride though.

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #143 on: Yesterday at 10:32:31 pm »
Drossall: I can meet you at the Buntingford garage and cycle 40 miles to Witham for a well earned 'spoons brekky!
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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #144 on: Yesterday at 10:48:29 pm »
That's kind but, given the pace at which I went around on Saturday after letting the train take the strain, I don't think that more than doubling the distance is a good option for me.

Shame, as it would be fun!

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #145 on: Yesterday at 10:58:29 pm »
Drat! You coulda given me a tow if it's a headwind again.
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ElyDave

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #146 on: Yesterday at 11:26:21 pm »
That's kind but, given the pace at which I went around on Saturday after letting the train take the strain, I don't think that more than doubling the distance is a good option for me.

Shame, as it would be fun!

could you get yourself to stansted airport by train?  I'll be passing there on my way with a Landrover Discovery, plenty of room for a second bike
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #147 on: Yesterday at 11:32:13 pm »
Drat! You coulda given me a tow if it's a headwind again.
Only if you want to get there in time to watch the last finisher.

could you get yourself to stansted airport by train?  I'll be passing there on my way with a Landrover Discovery, plenty of room for a second bike
Ooh, that sounds possible. There's a train via Cambridge that would have me at Stansted by around 8.40am. What time are you thinking of? Offer appreciated.

(Fair warning, I won't be an early finisher. Hope you're not in a hurry to get back?)

Edit: is anyone else getting 404s when trying to collect the GPX and route sheet from the links on the ACME site?

wilkyboy

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #148 on: Today at 01:20:56 am »
Edit: is anyone else getting 404s when trying to collect the GPX and route sheet from the links on the ACME site?

Yup, me too.  Try this for the GPX — https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629391.
RRTY #6 done; #7 started.  Settling in for winter.

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
« Reply #149 on: Today at 08:24:48 am »
Fellow Kelvedon Oyster riders, Sue, a lady from Kent, lost a small black purse on the ride, she thinks it might have been outside the first shop they stopped at - I think that might have been Rowhedge...   if you did see or find it can you let one of the ACME team know please.. ta  :thumbsup:
Regards,

Jason