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the straggler

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2017, 06:12:34 pm »
With Huggy as captain....
....pack your swimming trunks & goggles

+1  :thumbsup: Huggy as Team Captain of Acme Anvils that is. More W'spoons controls please, if that means 361km and only potential 3 points, that's fine with moi.

Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2018, 10:31:32 am »
Pubinar on a Wednesday evening this month or early next?

Battesford Court was ok for the LEL one last year.

Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2018, 11:02:51 am »
Pubinar sounds good. I can't make 10th Jan, but otherwise any Wednesday.

The sooner the beater, so cheap train tickets / accomm can be arranged.

tippers_kiwi

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2018, 01:21:53 pm »
 :thumbsup: Sounds good. i could probably do with a refresher before taking a team of new arrow riders on my first ride as captain!

tedshred

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2018, 01:41:08 pm »
cheap train tickets come out later this month (can't remember the exact date) so a pubinar would be good.  17th or 31st are favourite for me; can't do 10th or 24th.

I wish we'd had a pubinar last year.  The ACME Anvils were a bit out of their depth at times organisationally  :facepalm:  (well, I certainly was in the early hours of Saturday morning).
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Oaky

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2018, 01:54:41 pm »
I'm potentially up for it this year.  Happy to do ~360, prefer Friday start, but Thu night also possible, I think.
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

85.4 miles from Marsh Gibbon

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tedshred

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2018, 02:27:42 pm »
Fixed ?
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Oaky

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2018, 04:36:30 pm »
Probably.
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

85.4 miles from Marsh Gibbon

Audax Club Mid-Essex Fire Safety Officer
http://acme.bike

Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2018, 05:45:03 pm »
17th January for an Arrow Pubinar then?

Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2018, 06:04:13 pm »
17th January for an Arrow Pubinar then?

 :thumbsup:

the straggler

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2018, 07:26:44 pm »
Probably.

Good to hear you're volunteering for Team Acme Anvils reserve/vice captain.  :thumbsup:

Arrow pubinar meeting fine with me on any near future Wednesday evening. Any chance for 8.00 - 8.30 pm start?


Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2018, 08:50:51 am »
^ 20:00 start is a good call  :thumbsup: [2017 LEL Pubinar was an hour earlier than normal MEMWNS meet-up time too]

tedshred

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2018, 10:16:56 am »
That's why we made the Straggler captain last year  :thumbsup:
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huggy

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2018, 11:48:34 am »
I'm definitely feeling a firm shove between the shoulder blades as everyone else is taking a long step backwards as Team ACME Anvils captaincy nomination is opened.  Don't say I didn't warn you about bringing swimming goggles and arm bands!!
My plan will be based on minimum distance, Friday morning start, as many Wetherspoons stops as possible, Saturday midday-ish return on the train (either to Kings Cross or change at Peterborough to do an East Anglia tour to Colchester).
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tedshred

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2018, 11:54:34 am »
Last year the Anvils rode:  Clare, Mildenhall, Whittlesey, Spalding, Sleaford, Lincoln, Brigg, Beverley, Howden.

We only managed two 'Spoons visits  :(

The East Anglian bit of the route was the least efficient in terms of actual vs official distance.  I would be happy riding the bit from Spalding on again.
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wilkyboy

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2018, 10:55:28 pm »
We only managed two 'Spoons visits  :(

We managed zero 'Spoons visits last year, apart from arrivée, of course.  Not an ACME team, but still a local team — The Cambridge Express.

We did manage to ride 120km and still be less than 20km from home, just trying to kill some distance before the ride started proper towards York.  By that point we'd had breakfast at Red Lodge, lunch at The Tally Ho in Barkway, and afternoon tea in The Bridge Café in St Ives, which is about 20km from the start in Cambridge, so about 16km from home for me! ... Pichy did comment on the fact it appeared to be a food tour, as we stopped for a proper sit-down Indian in Spalding, our fourth sit-down eat on the event in just 12 hours — well, it was pissing it down outside ...

We rode just over 400km (min dist) in about 23 hours elapsed, which I call "good timing", team ;)

I'm not sure if Mrs WB will let me out for a third-Arrow-inna-row ...
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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2018, 10:04:03 am »
ACME ARROWS PUBINAR: Wednesday 17th January, Battesford Court, Witham, 20:00.

Prospective captains, bring route & schedule ideas.

Input from all welcome.

Any who can't make it on 17th please make your intentions/preferences for distance, start time etc known here.

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2018, 12:33:44 pm »
Hmmm. 

A butchers at my work calendar indicates that I am scheduled to be in That London on Wednesday 28th & part of Thursday 29th March. 

If there was a team leaving Friday morning (Id say 0900 is perfect but beggars cant be choosers) from somewhere that I can reach from London by train, is aiming for somewhere just over 400km and had a space for a reliable domestique (*)  I'd be interested.  I'm looking to keep the points tally ticking over in 2018 and to do some different rides from my normal base in Edinburgh so this would tick those boxes. 

I've ridden a couple of York Arrows from Scotland, first in 2008? when only a handful of teams finished and again in 2014 - around 405km each time (about 18hrs riding at 22kpm with 6 hrs off).  Would leave captaincy to those who know the terrain. 

(*) CV = Ultra randonneur (13 consecutive).  Done that French ride a few times.     

     








     

tippers_kiwi

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2018, 03:59:55 pm »
Virgin have released the tickets folks!

My York > Colchester Plan is out the window. 5 hours and 3 changes.....I'll risk having to ride home from Kings X. I've booked the 12:03 and reserved my bike space by phone.

huggy

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2018, 05:49:27 pm »
Well that was painful!!
Don't hang around to book Virgin Train tickets back to Essex, at least if you want a bike reservation.  I initially booked the 12:03 from York to KingsX online and called to book my bike - no bike spaces available.  Tried to change the booking but had to buy a new ticket while on the phone with someone able to look at bike spaces available, so booked the 12:31 online with phone booking for the bike. So, I'm sorted for getting back to London at least.
I now have a 12:03 reservation that I can't use or refund because Virgin Trains [West Coast] and Virgin Trains East Coast (respective to tickets booked above) are different companies although they run the exact same route and both have Virgin in their name but are different and cannot transfer/refund tickets between them  >:(
So, I recommend you go to the correct company (phone 03445 565650) and maybe check bike space before buying your seat reservation - https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/
I recall booking seat and bike all online in one go in previous years, it's been made so much more difficult now.

Quote from: Virgin Trains fuckwits - virgintrains.co.uk
How do I reserve a place for my bicycle?

Virgin Trains have special bike storage areas onboard our trains with space for up to 4 bikes or 2 tandems.

Due to limited space you will need to book a reservation for your bike before you travel. The service is free and can be made at any booking office or by calling 0344 556 5650. It is not currently possible to make bicycle reservations online.
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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2018, 06:20:47 pm »
Yes, a so called upgrade to virgin trains east coast website led to the removal of online booking of bike spaces.  If you use another providers website to book eg one i know for sure that works is www.scotrail.co.uk then bike spaces can be booked online. 

tedshred

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #46 on: January 09, 2018, 06:35:44 pm »
booked the 12:31 online with phone booking for the bike.

See you on the train  :thumbsup: (and on the ride and in the pub  ;D)

I have opted for the x-country route.  It was quite fun with the Hustler last year and I can't be bothered with that London on a Saturday afternoon.
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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2018, 07:29:29 pm »
Yes, a so called upgrade to virgin trains east coast website led to the removal of online booking of bike spaces.  If you use another providers website to book eg one i know for sure that works is www.scotrail.co.uk then bike spaces can be booked online.

Worked perfectly, thanks  :thumbsup:

12:57 from York + bike reservation.

Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2018, 07:50:19 pm »
You snooze you lose! First train after 12 with bike spaces is now the 13:31. Oh well, guess I'll be enjoying a nice lunch before I depart  :)

the straggler

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Re: ACME Easter Arrow Teams 2018
« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2018, 11:08:30 pm »
Managed to book 14.05 +bike on Scotrail website. 3 hr journey York to Bury st Edmund with 1 change at P'borough,  and bonus 20km ride home.