Author Topic: Audax Dreams for the New Season  (Read 7902 times)

Charlie Boy

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #125 on: December 27, 2017, 04:34:26 pm »
Starting to feel the love again for long distances....

Hopefully a 300, more is unrealistic given work commitments, but would hope that will be a basis for ramping up for PBP 2019.

I don't miss the 3am WTF am I doing here in the freezing cold moments; I do miss the people encountered and the extraordinary camaraderie. And I do miss the sunrises having ridden through the night. If you've seen one you know what I mean, if you haven't you won't.
Mojo is being awakened.

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #126 on: December 27, 2017, 07:12:27 pm »
After two years away, due to injury and ankle reconstruction this year, the dreams are as follows:

1. Make a little baby Wallace!  ;D
2. Get on the bike, work up to a 100 - 200km, or more...
3. Get started on an SR or my ISR (possibly a 200km in Vancouver will have to check if they have an Audax club).
4. Undertake my first organised Audax, rather than DIYs of which there are only 18, 50km DIY rides.

Here’s to dreaming and doing, nice to be back!

W...

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #127 on: December 27, 2017, 08:06:32 pm »
British Columbia Randonneurs is the powerhouse of Canadian audaxing and a good crowd.
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #128 on: December 27, 2017, 08:26:06 pm »
British Columbia Randonneurs is the powerhouse of Canadian audaxing and a good crowd.

Thanks LWaBW, braw, i’ll Have a look at the BCR website and coordinate with the hols...

Aye,
W...

Graeme

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #129 on: December 28, 2017, 08:35:32 am »
Well, points would be nice. But I’ve been saying that for ten years now  ::-)

So I might try and I might not. I mean, really.

Have you considered planning a route to take advantage of the weather? Yesterday I caught the train to Durham and cycled home. 203km. Manly flat once out of County Durham. Tailwind most of the way which knocked an hour off my 100km time and two hours off my 200km time. Also: it was fun having a tailwind all day. Might I suggest this for a Spring / Summer ride?
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #130 on: December 28, 2017, 08:39:42 am »
Well, points would be nice. But I’ve been saying that for ten years now  ::-)

So I might try and I might not. I mean, really.

Have you considered planning a route to take advantage of the weather? Yesterday I caught the train to Durham and cycled home. 203km. Manly flat once out of County Durham. Tailwind most of the way which knocked an hour off my 100km time and two hours off my 200km time. Also: it was fun having a tailwind all day. Might I suggest this for a Spring / Summer ride?

I did the same on monday, cycled from home via a flattish route to Zutphen and took a train back. Only drawback was that the wind predictions weren't 100% accurate so I had a sidewind for a few hours on a very exposed section. My time cushion for the return train was a bit tighter as planned due to this.

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #131 on: December 28, 2017, 09:39:26 am »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #132 on: December 28, 2017, 03:59:18 pm »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.

I took some pressure off by passing a few railway stations in the 2nd half of my ride so I could bail out (but forfeit the DIY permanent) if I would risk my train back. Fair enough as spending most of the day with a head wind is an advantage.

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #133 on: December 28, 2017, 11:11:38 pm »
Just renewed for 5 years so perhaps it will be a good season  :thumbsup:

wilkyboy

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #134 on: January 01, 2018, 08:47:50 pm »
Fixed-SR (third), Essex-SR (sixth), RRTY (seventh), organise more calendar events (The Cambridge Pork Pie on 17 March is next), get more Cambridge permanents on the board (I've got quite a few in the works, two nearing completion).

I'm booked in for TINAT 400 and The ACME Grand, the latter will set me up nicely for an early entry to PBP and will also bag me the Brevet 25k (which needs a 1000km ride, no substitutes AFAICT).

But really I'd just like to ride my bike with more people and in new places, instead of my usual solo DIYs and route-checks.
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #135 on: January 01, 2018, 09:21:07 pm »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.

The advantage of a train home afterwards is that, given a hot enough day and a hard enough ride, you will always have seats to yourself (if not half the carriage).

citoyen

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #136 on: January 01, 2018, 09:37:07 pm »
Ian H - Talking of getting the train then riding home, I'm seriously contemplating your Back to the Smoke 400. Turns out that if I left home in East Kent at 6am, I could get to Exeter in time for the noon start. That's quite remarkable - although I'm not sure how I feel about trusting the trains...

Aside from that and the Scottish 1k, I'll probably only do Perms/DIYs and local rides simply in order to keep expenditure to a minimum.

Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #137 on: January 01, 2018, 09:50:21 pm »
It's mostly the Sunday trains which are problematical (engineering works and the like), which is more of a problem with bikes cos the rail-replacement buses generally won't take 'em. 

eck

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #138 on: January 01, 2018, 10:02:19 pm »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.

The advantage of a train home afterwards is that, given a hot enough day and a hard enough ride, you will always have seats to yourself (if not half the carriage).

Indeed Ian. Some of you may remember this, but it's perhaps appropriate to resurrect the Might McNasty's closing words of a huge perm (Three Capitals, Round the Coast?) he did some years ago. He finished the ride in Edinburgh and embarked on a train for the short trip back to Fife.
He said that the carriage "was somewhat crowded, but my powerful scent soon secured me a seat."  :sick: :thumbsup:
It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #139 on: January 01, 2018, 10:14:30 pm »
Scottish Star perhaps?
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CrazyEnglishTriathlete

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #140 on: January 02, 2018, 06:41:13 pm »
Slightly more than a minimum SR this year, as won't be taking a week out to cook for LEL. 

Season is centred around the Porkers and the West Highland 1000 but hope to take in a couple of Dutch audaxes from Bunnik while I'm working in The Hague, which would add a fifth country to my Audax account (small beer to some here I know) and possibly a sneaky Cambrian series ride or two later in the year (or even book a week in Brecon and do a different Cambrian perm each day)

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Graeme

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #141 on: January 02, 2018, 06:48:53 pm »

But really I'd just like to ride my bike with more people and in new places, instead of my usual solo DIYs and route-checks.


This is what I'd like to do too. So I've booked a few Sundays off to specifically ride events. BCM, Border Raid and Borderland Late Season. I'm also going to accept that I need to travel to enter other events if I don't want to solo DIY all the time. Considering Straight on at Rosie's for Feb.
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #142 on: January 03, 2018, 09:30:04 pm »
Just seen that the Snow Roads is running at the end of June. I'd quite like to give this a go as my first (and probably only, TBH) attempt at a 300. :-\

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #143 on: January 03, 2018, 09:54:47 pm »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.

The advantage of a train home afterwards is that, given a hot enough day and a hard enough ride, you will always have seats to yourself (if not half the carriage).

Indeed Ian. Some of you may remember this, but it's perhaps appropriate to resurrect the Might McNasty's closing words of a huge perm (Three Capitals, Round the Coast?) he did some years ago. He finished the ride in Edinburgh and embarked on a train for the short trip back to Fife.
He said that the carriage "was somewhat crowded, but my powerful scent soon secured me a seat."  :sick: :thumbsup:

There was then the lady who sat down opposite me and a friend, in the middle of an empty carriage, after we'd already arrived, on the train south from Glasgow after a long weekend's winter climbing on Rannoch Mor.  She made some very choice comments when we got off at York, but why on earth had she stayed sat there the whole journey long when there were plenty of other spaces?!
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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #144 on: January 03, 2018, 10:06:31 pm »
There was then the lady who sat down opposite me and a friend, in the middle of an empty carriage, after we'd already arrived, on the train south from Glasgow after a long weekend's winter climbing on Rannoch Mor.  She made some very choice comments when we got off at York, but why on earth had she stayed sat there the whole journey long when there were plenty of other spaces?!

Perhaps she was simultaneously aroused and disgusted with herself.

Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #145 on: January 03, 2018, 10:58:17 pm »
It does take some of the pressure off to start with a train journey and ride home: I don't have the courage to cycle away from home and catch a train back.

The advantage of a train home afterwards is that, given a hot enough day and a hard enough ride, you will always have seats to yourself (if not half the carriage).


I guess that it doesn't beat a group of Russian hikers entering a train carriage, after a weekend of spraying themselves with industrial strength midge repellent


eck

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Re: Audax Dreams for the New Season
« Reply #146 on: January 04, 2018, 09:34:26 am »
There was then the lady who sat down opposite me and a friend, in the middle of an empty carriage, after we'd already arrived, on the train south from Glasgow after a long weekend's winter climbing on Rannoch Mor.  She made some very choice comments when we got off at York, but why on earth had she stayed sat there the whole journey long when there were plenty of other spaces?!

Perhaps she was simultaneously aroused and disgusted with herself.

Then there was the lady who had to sit with five of us, still in cycling kit,  returning "fresh and fragrant" from a York Arrow. She looked a little hesitant, so one of us assured her that we were really quite normal.
She smiled and said, "Oh, how disappointing".
It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.