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Title: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 20, 2017, 09:02:23 am
The ACME Anvil Winter Series of 100km BP rides returns for its second year, starting on the 4th of November.  These four rides are intended to give you an incentive to carry on riding through the winter and the opportunity of doing that with friends as mad keen as you are.  They all start at 10am to allow you to ECE (http://www.aukweb.net/diy/ece/) them; three from the Wetherspoons (https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/essex/the-battesford-court-witham) pub in Witham and one from The Railway Tavern (http://www.thetavernkelvedon.co.uk) in Kelvedon, both providing breakfast fare and post ride refreshments.
Last year saw an average of 85 riders on each of these events with a tremendously successful 333 validated brevets across the four of them. So if you didn't join us last winter you can be sure that there will be plenty to ride with this year!  Full ride details are on AUKweb where a handy clicky button to enter your ECE also lurks on the calendar page.

Links to the 2017/18 rides on AUKweb
November 4th:  Essex 3R's (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-340/)
December 2nd:  The Stansted Airport Express (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-342/)
January 13th:    Kelvedon Oyster (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-245/)
February 3rd:    Knights Templar Compasses and Cross (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-204/)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 20, 2017, 08:33:54 pm
100km pre-ride ECEs planned...

Plan B, sleep in, just ride the calendar 100 if the weather is miserable.

Plan C, weather beyond a joke: go for breakfast to the pub, stay a rather long while...must be going soft to even consider this.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2017, 07:26:43 am
Not at all. We do this stuff for fun so do what makes you happy.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 24, 2017, 04:59:17 pm
ECE entered for Essex 3R's. 56km before, 45km after. Suitable buffer added!

I'm looking forward to the start of the winter series, albeit it doesn't feel like winter quite yet.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Charlie Polecat on October 24, 2017, 05:31:36 pm
Interesting looking at the route for: Knights Templar Compasses and Cross

We bought a house in Silver End opposite the then Green Man pub and across the road from the pig farm. There was a lovely lane going through the fields to a small copse - probably torn down for housing by this time. Racing along the narrow road to get the London train at Witham was always a pleasure - except finding space to park near the station. It would be nice to ride the roads, although sadly - or not - I am too far away now to do that.

Silver End was a factory built village making windows -Critalls (sp?) as I recall with the main plant being in Braintree. A small half round catholic church was built there while we lived in the village paid for by the owner of the factory.

The Green Man was run by an old gentleman who kept it as a prefect roadside village pub and kept a shire horse in his garden and an antique Bugatti in his barn. Before we left the village, the old chap died and some yob took it over and introduced a juke box and slots, it was awful after that, so we moved away.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Wycombewheeler on October 24, 2017, 07:14:48 pm
80 miles from home to Witham.  :(  not ECEing that.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: mmmmartin on October 24, 2017, 10:12:16 pm
80 miles from home to Witham.  :(  not ECEing that.
Surely that's exactly the right distance? ride there, do 100k, go to hostelry with Jiberjaber & Oscar's Dad, rehydrate, eat chips, train home. Ideal day out IMHO.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Wycombewheeler on October 24, 2017, 10:56:58 pm
80 miles from home to Witham.  :(  not ECEing that.
Surely that's exactly the right distance? ride there, do 100k, go to hostelry with Jiberjaber & Oscar's Dad, rehydrate, eat chips, train home. Ideal day out IMHO.
Wouldn't 63 miles be the ideal distance for that? 130km would take at least 5 hours probably closer to 6.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 25, 2017, 09:43:04 am
I'm planning on these rides (with ECE) being my RRtY rides and I've promised Mrs Tippers one BIG ride a month so it reduces my choices. Although Tomsk's plan C might be applied if that is the case. My plan is to ride the 100 before the event and then potentially take the train home if I feel the urge. Stopping at the pub at the end it's nice to not have any time considerations. I am however considering a bit of extra sleep and starting a bit behind the field once I have finished my Breakfast.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 29, 2017, 04:11:32 pm
The Essex 3R's route was ridden by 3 ACME members plus one who knows he really wants to properly join ACME bringing his AUK points with him  :demon:.  We all ECE'd or DIY'd it to 200+km, starting at Stupid O'Clock when I can confirm it's getting a bit chilly and longs were required.  Café controls are warned of a few cyclists coming through next week to possibly bother them.
All entrants so far will have received their joining email this afternoon.  If you haven't entered yet the closing date is Friday, or on-the-line if you smile nicely Saturday morning.

Looking forward to kicking off the ACME Anvil Winter Series off  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2017, 09:48:21 am
Is is 0830hrs that 'spoons start serving beer?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 30, 2017, 09:57:41 am
Is is 0830hrs that 'spoons start serving beer?
Nooo, breakfast solids, soft drinks and coffee are available from 8am.  Essex Energy Drinks(TM) are usually available in Wetherspoons from 9am (you will have a 5 minute warning of this by the queue starting to form at the larger pumps).
The Battesford Court Wetherspoons doors will open at 8am, no point getting there earlier.  Although, if you are well ahead of schedule on your ECE there may be other cafés in Witham open earlier or I am reliably informed that the waiting room at the railway station is warm at 5am.   
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2017, 10:12:13 am
Top banana!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 30, 2017, 10:19:33 am
As discovered during the route check last Saturday, there is a Wetherspoon app that lets you order and pay from the comfort of your table, thereby avoiding the queue at the bar. Food orders are apparently fulfilled quickly through the app; I'm not sure about the logistics of receiving beverages.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on October 30, 2017, 12:55:42 pm
I think it covers 'standard' beverages, but proper Essex Energy DrinksTM have to be ordered at the bar iirc
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 30, 2017, 01:10:23 pm
I think it covers 'standard' beverages, but proper Essex Energy DrinksTM have to be ordered at the bar iirc

This is true.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on October 30, 2017, 09:49:58 pm
I think it covers 'standard' beverages, but proper Essex Energy DrinksTM have to be ordered at the bar iirc

This is true.
My student son had his local 'spoons app on his phone when we visited, and was well used to it! I got to order beer on it, but I don't know if the app showed a limited choice, as I didn't see what was on offer at the bar.
Just entered the 3R's, and hope to cycle to the start in time to enjoy brekky!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 31, 2017, 05:01:23 am
I think it covers 'standard' beverages, but proper Essex Energy DrinksTM have to be ordered at the bar iirc

This is true.
My student son had his local 'spoons app on his phone when we visited, and was well used to it! I got to order beer on it, but I don't know if the app showed a limited choice, as I didn't see what was on offer at the bar.

The app lets you order the standard beers and lagers, including craft and world beers. It doesn’t have guest beers, which are the ones you need to order at the bar.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 31, 2017, 09:29:14 pm
I'm in, entry just gone.

Home Friday, so will take a look at the weather and decide if recumbent friendly or not. 

Will be good to put a few names to faces etc
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 01, 2017, 06:00:15 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on November 01, 2017, 11:21:30 pm
I rode them all last year, but I think I mentioned somewhere else that I have a meeting on Saturday and can't make the 3R's this time :'(

Hopefully will be on the others though :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on November 02, 2017, 02:53:08 pm
It's looking to be a bit damp at Audax o clock for an ECE. :-\
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 02, 2017, 04:09:05 pm
It's looking to be a bit damp at Audax o clock for an ECE. :-\

I was thinking the same as well....  :facepalm:

Perhaps I should just ride the 100 and save the 200 for next weekend, it's been a run of 200's each weekend for a while and I'm starting to lose the love for the bike a bit which is a sure sign that I wont enjoy  damp at Audax o clock very much at all....   :-\
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 02, 2017, 05:50:14 pm
Don't go putting me off ECE-ing with all this talk of rain 😕
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 02, 2017, 06:09:26 pm
I'm still ECEing...got too much on in Nov to sort another 200
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 02, 2017, 06:13:16 pm
Don't go putting me off ECE-ing with all this talk of rain 😕

I'm still ECEing...got too much on in Nov to sort another 200

Looks like it's only going to be drizzle circa 4-5mm over 6 hours so probably just "damp" rather than rain.  (does that help?  :thumbsup:)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 02, 2017, 06:16:44 pm
From MK I'm looking at over 70 miles of headwind and heavy rain to the start, unless the good old BBC have got it wrong. No wind at all and I'll be happy!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on November 02, 2017, 06:29:23 pm
The Met office/BBC are usually pessimistic, it should turn out slightly better than the forecast.

And if I'm gonna get wet anyway.......

......... it'll make the first pint at the Arrive taste even better.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 02, 2017, 06:44:18 pm
Veggie brekky and unlimited coffee at the start, then the veggie burger, chips and a pint meal deal at the finish.

Cycling to my local 'spoons CTC curry night soon, before they run out of veggie curry!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 02, 2017, 06:57:16 pm
I was basing my view off the Norwegians

https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/Chelmsford/

Any how - ECE route tweaked and almost ready to go...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 03, 2017, 03:27:43 pm
I hope that you all enjoy the Essex 3Rs tomorrow, and your ECEs for those doing the additional distances. The good news with the weather is that air pollution will be very low.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on November 03, 2017, 03:34:26 pm
I hope that you all enjoy the Essex 3Rs tomorrow, and your ECEs for those doing the additional distances. The good news with the weather is that air pollution will be very low.

Thanks for your positive thoughts. Will you be out tomorrow taking advantage of the clean air? Upper Thames perhaps?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 03, 2017, 03:52:12 pm
I hope that you all enjoy the Essex 3Rs tomorrow, and your ECEs for those doing the additional distances. The good news with the weather is that air pollution will be very low.

Thanks for your positive thoughts. Will you be out tomorrow taking advantage of the clean air? Upper Thames perhaps?

Travelling tomorrow, but hoping to go for a little ride on Sunday in sunny Florida. 26 degrees C forecast. Thank you for asking  :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 03, 2017, 04:08:13 pm
Travelling tomorrow, but hoping to go for a little ride on Sunday in sunny Florida. 26 degrees C forecast. Thank you for asking  :)

Have fun...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4528/38141564701_06f8be4045_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/217rumv)

 ;D   :-*
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 03, 2017, 06:12:22 pm
just sorted out the bike for tomorrow, I swear those cable ties have been multiplying in the dark of my rack bag.

I'm going conventional tomorrow, don't fancy 4 hours of spray in my face and sitting in a pool of water
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 03, 2017, 06:47:33 pm
WX forecast improving....  :thumbsup: light rain at Audax O'Clock and light showers for the rest of the day.....  of course this might change by teh time my alarm goes off in the morning  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 04, 2017, 07:35:42 pm
nice route guys, thanks very much.

I'm putting the rest of the series in my diary, hope I can make them.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: αdαmsκι on November 05, 2017, 11:03:28 am
It turned out not too bad in the end despite the forecast. I was woken up at some point during Friday night / Saturday morning to the sound of rain hammering down but by 6am it had stopped and I had a dry ride up to the start. I clearly didn't need to leave so earlier because it was in the Weatherspoons before 9am for a 10am start :facepalm:.

I was riding with a work colleague and this would be his first audax, inspired after having helped at Pocklington on LEL. Paul arrived and we set off in the dry, chatting along before having to stop after 12 kilometers to put on my waterproof. It was pretty bleak, misty and wet for 15 km or so but the rain abated and my waterproof went back in the bag when we were at Latchingdon.

The lanes around Hanningfield were, as always, beautiful. We stopped at the cafe in Stoke were the service was slow. We were there for over 50 minutes in order to get hot drinks, two sandwiches & some cake.

I felt guilty going into the final control in Danbury to get a stamp from the Tea on the Green cafe without spending any money, but they were more quite happy to just stamp the card. Thanks guys. I then zoomed down North Hill, spinning like a fool and managing to avoid feathering the brakes. I do like that descent ;D.

We were back in Witham at about 4pm. I avoided the lure of the beer and instead rode to Upminster to get the train home. I noticed I had a slow rear puncture but managed to avoid changing the tyre by pumping it up twice during that 40 ish kilometer stretch.

All in an decent day, although if the weather had been like it is today it would have been even better.

Paul's now talking about doing the December The Stansted Airport Express so I guess he had a good day.

https://www.relive.cc/view/g15337383399

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 05, 2017, 05:36:28 pm
Helpers' Ride and Route Check for the Stansted Airport Express on Saturday 25th November - starting at 10:00 from the Battesford Court. I'll probably be ece-ing 100km beforehand again, aiming to get to the 'spoons by 09:00.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 05, 2017, 05:42:40 pm
I think I'll probably be up for that as it uncomplcates the weekend before I head 'more east than we are'
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 05, 2017, 06:14:53 pm
I think I'll probably be up for that as it uncomplcates the weekend before I head 'more east than we are'

Excellent! Any more takers?

I'm reckoning on a good cafe stop halfway at Thremhall Park, but otherwise cracking on. I'm thinking of inviting Mrs Tomsk to the 'spoons afterwards - any WAGs coming along to keep her company?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 06, 2017, 09:21:24 am
I might come along as well....will check the calendar at home. Although I will likely just be there for the ride along as I fancy doing the event on the day as well.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 06, 2017, 10:08:53 am
I'll probably do the event as well, but only having to do 100km seems a more relaxed affair and I can use the route check for a DIY200 for this months double. 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 13, 2017, 11:24:17 am
The finisher's list for the Essex 3Rs has been submitted.
There were 79 entries for the first of this season's Winter Anvil Winter Series. 
54 validated brevets, no doubt a good number of ECE's in there.
24 DNS's, most probably discouraged by the inclement weather forecast which cleared up nicely in time for the finish.
One DNF due to an attack of CBA so not even a fixed wheel challenge point ticked off.

In all a successful day with lots of smiles on return to Weatherspoons  :thumbsup:
Onwards to Tomsk's Stansted Airport Express on the 2nd December!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 13, 2017, 11:31:03 am
One DNF due to an attack of CBA so not even a fixed wheel challenge point ticked off.

 ;D  Guilty as charged!

I will see if I can start but not finish all the rides - don't worry, I will provide my own badge and award.  I'm not sure what I will do for the Stansted Express, perhaps get on an EasyJet to somewhere, but the plan for the Kelvedon Oyster is for The Current Mrs R to join me for lunch at The Oyster Bar and then she can transport me home in the horseless carriage.

Since I did all the rides last year I fancy doing something a bit different this year.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on November 13, 2017, 07:15:52 pm
Sadly no trains from London for the Knights Templar one.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 13, 2017, 07:42:32 pm
Sadly no trains from London for the Knights Templar one.

Trains are running from Ingastone, which is 40km from Liverpool Street. Witham is 70km from Liverpool Street. So a number of options possible to create a 100km ECE, and the 20 mins on the train from Ingastone to Witham would be like a quick cafe stop if you purchased a coffee and cake before boarding.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on November 13, 2017, 07:58:53 pm
I know it can be done, just means an earlier start and more riding in the dark.  Will think about it!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on November 13, 2017, 08:59:37 pm
One DNF due to an attack of CBA so not even a fixed wheel challenge point ticked off.

 ;D  Guilty as charged!

I will see if I can start but not finish all the rides - don't worry, I will provide my own badge and award.  I'm not sure what I will do for the Stansted Express, perhaps get on an EasyJet to somewhere, but the plan for the Kelvedon Oyster is for The Current Mrs R to join me for lunch at The Oyster Bar and then she can transport me home in the horseless carriage.

Since I did all the rides last year I fancy doing something a bit different this year.

You could do an antiECE, ride there and neither start nor finish, just sit around and eat and drink :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 14, 2017, 06:01:23 am
^^^ I have thought about that. It’s not unknown for local riders who can’t ride on the day just to turn at ‘spoons for a pint and a fry up plus a chat then go about their business for the rest of the day. Oaky did it the other Saturday and I did it once last year then led the riders out on Penelope my shopping bike, some thought I was going to do the whole ride on her  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 15, 2017, 04:17:22 pm
I think I'll probably be up for that as it uncomplcates the weekend before I head 'more east than we are'

Excellent! Any more takers?

I'm reckoning on a good cafe stop halfway at Thremhall Park, but otherwise cracking on. I'm thinking of inviting Mrs Tomsk to the 'spoons afterwards - any WAGs coming along to keep her company?

I'll have to do this as a DIY as new rule clarification is that I can't ECE the route check in the month before the event..( ECE has to be the same month as RTTY). do you have a route sheet or is it the same as last years route (though I rode the helpers last year also!)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: mmmmartin on November 15, 2017, 06:18:57 pm
Hmm. This Stansted thingy, unfortunately I will be ensconced in a Norfolk lovenest with The Present Mrs Mmmmartin, but after much faffing with the interwebs, I realise I can do 100k to the start of these ACME Winter Series, and the Tilbury passenger ferry starts at 5.40am on a Saturday.
Afterwards I would probably need to ride home at once - but will certainly fall prey to temptation and drink beer with Jiberjaber, necessitating use of the railway.
I'll look at the others in the series.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 16, 2017, 12:11:35 am
It would be good to see you you Old Rogue  :-*
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 16, 2017, 12:21:15 am
Hmm. This Stansted thingy, unfortunately I will be ensconced in a Norfolk lovenest with The Present Mrs Mmmmartin, but after much faffing with the interwebs, I realise I can do 100k to the start of these ACME Winter Series, and the Tilbury passenger ferry starts at 5.40am on a Saturday.
Afterwards I would probably need to ride home at once - but will certainly fall prey to temptation and drink beer with Jiberjaber, necessitating use of the railway.
I'll look at the others in the series.
That would be smashing! :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 16, 2017, 01:03:37 am
I think I'll probably be up for that as it uncomplcates the weekend before I head 'more east than we are'

Excellent! Any more takers?

I'm reckoning on a good cafe stop halfway at Thremhall Park, but otherwise cracking on. I'm thinking of inviting Mrs Tomsk to the 'spoons afterwards - any WAGs coming along to keep her company?

I'll have to do this as a DIY as new rule clarification is that I can't ECE the route check in the month before the event..( ECE has to be the same month as RTTY). do you have a route sheet or is it the same as last years route (though I rode the helpers last year also!)

I read that to be "ideally", not "compulsory".  I've ECE'ed quite a few helpers' rides two weeks before the event, but in the preceding month.  I just declare them as appropriate to bhoot for RRTY purposes, i.e. in the month I actually rode it.  I don't recall whether the ECE was necessary for the RRTY claim — I suspect not, as I always ride 200+s before adding on the ECE for route-check purposes.  I don't think there is any issue at all ECE'ing a route check in the previous month, it just makes it slightly more tortuous claiming for RRTY afterwards, but only slightly.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on November 16, 2017, 11:45:35 am

I read that to be "ideally", not "compulsory".  I've ECE'ed quite a few helpers' rides two weeks before the event, but in the preceding month.  I just declare them as appropriate to bhoot for RRTY purposes, i.e. in the month I actually rode it.  I don't recall whether the ECE was necessary for the RRTY claim — I suspect not, as I always ride 200+s before adding on the ECE for route-check purposes.  I don't think there is any issue at all ECE'ing a route check in the previous month, it just makes it slightly more tortuous claiming for RRTY afterwards, but only slightly.
Not really any more tortuous....the ECE part shows ditto marks in my download as it is the same date as the calendar event. So if you say you rode the calendar event on a different date I will set the ECE (which carries the points for a 100+100) to the same date, job done.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on November 17, 2017, 07:20:16 pm
Helpers' Ride and Route Check for the Stansted Airport Express on Saturday 25th November - starting at 10:00 from the Battesford Court. I'll probably be ece-ing 100km beforehand again, aiming to get to the 'spoons by 09:00.

I'm planning to join you on the helpers ride.  Leaving home at 0500 to be at the pub for 0915-30 if it runs as last time.  Hopefully that leaves time for a quick bite before the next 100K
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 17, 2017, 07:41:40 pm
When's the actual ride? 3rd Dec?

I should be free again, inbetween Hammerfest and Alingsas
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 17, 2017, 08:29:49 pm
2nd
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 23, 2017, 09:31:51 am
Just to repeat the invitation to ACME WAGS and HABS for post-Helpers' Ride drinks and food this Saturday. Mrs T will be at the 'spoons [with team car] late afternoon.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 23, 2017, 10:43:37 am
Just to repeat the invitation to ACME WAGS and HABS for post-Helpers' Ride drinks and food this Saturday. Mrs T will be at the 'spoons [with team car] late afternoon.

Do we have an ETA in numbers, 16:00, 17:00? (free parking doesn't start till after 18:00 iirc)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 23, 2017, 11:33:19 am
I'd say from 17:00 - we should be finished by around 16:00 on a fairly relaxed schedule, but judging by previous editions, won't feel like eating until fully hydrated...

The car park at the bottom of Newland Street by the mini-rbt  is the logical choice for the 'spoons?

BTW, I've updated the route sheet and info on AUKweb, to include the lanesy route via Ranks Green and Fairstead rather than the Notley Road. I did find a typo on re-reading the sheet before starting on changes. Of course the gps track will need updating too, if we could use one from Saturday?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 23, 2017, 12:11:04 pm
Our team car normally parks on the high street, but I shall point the DS at the alternative location.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 24, 2017, 09:17:03 am
BTW, I've updated the route sheet and info on AUKweb, to include the lanesy route via Ranks Green and Fairstead rather than the Notley Road. I did find a typo on re-reading the sheet before starting on changes. Of course the gps track will need updating too, if we could use one from Saturday?
This route (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17776100) is a combination of my as-ridden 2016 SAE track with (no COR) alternative route back from Braintree via the NCN16 through Ranks Green & Fairstead, if anyone would like to try it out on the Helpers' ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 24, 2017, 07:19:07 pm
^ We'll do your route back from Braintree. I've amended the AUKweb route sheet already.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 24, 2017, 07:28:03 pm
Gritters are out tonight, take care on them early start ece's
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 27, 2017, 11:43:06 am
can I do an entry on the day for this weekend, missed it with various goings-on last week?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 27, 2017, 06:50:02 pm
Probably due to ongoing computer problems, it seems some of my entries are showing up via AUKweb, but not on paypal, so I can't email new riders. [The usual suspects are ok, I know where you live, and good ol'paper entries still work]. If that's you - very sorry - you'll have to get the route sheet and gps from AUKweb or email me directly.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 01, 2017, 08:16:26 pm
All set for tomorrow: weather = cold, bit damp, but not that bad - it is officially winter...

We froze for your benefit last week, [-4 degrees] on the helpers' ride.

With various requests for EOLs, we are up to about 90 entries  :thumbsup:

See you all tomorrow in the Battesford Court. I'll be there from 08:00.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on December 02, 2017, 02:19:57 am
I'm up and on the Americano. 2 degrees forecast for the ride over, and I'm hoping there isn't a long queue for brekky!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Charlie Polecat on December 02, 2017, 03:00:52 pm
I'm up and on the Americano. 2 degrees forecast for the ride over, and I'm hoping there isn't a long queue for brekky!

I feel your pain, it's a coolish 82 degrees here today.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: dme on December 02, 2017, 06:34:49 pm
Great day out - enjoyed it immensely, thanks for organising  :D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on December 02, 2017, 09:44:29 pm
The new way back from Braintree was good, wasn't it! Lovely, quiet roads, and I think I saw about one car all the way until I reached Witham.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 02, 2017, 11:04:07 pm
Yes, great route back.  Café at halfway was excellent as well, coping superbly under the onslaught, and the takeaway flapjack was one of the best I've had.

Nice to put a few more names to faces as well
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on December 03, 2017, 12:17:18 am
Yes, a great flattish (wish my ece was that flat) scenic route, and nice to ride with the Grant group for most of it. My first time at that cafe, and the veggie soup went down a treat! Chapeau Tom
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on December 03, 2017, 12:54:33 pm
 :thumbsup: for the route back, though the milage watchers will look at 110k as per my garmin with a raised eyebrow. But come on it's only a hundred and that last leg from Gt Notley was excellent. And there were even a few sneaky lanes new to me on the way out and I know that area well, so nice one! I 'not raced' a couple all day but they toasted me in last 20km only to loose their advantage by getting Lost in Witham. I am sure that's a Ken Loach movie, or should be. Or maybe something about teenagers on Netflix... anyway a great day a'wheel and as always nice to catch up with old and new at the end. And well done all the ECE folk for being bothered!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on December 03, 2017, 03:08:49 pm
An early start just before seven and a three-hour slog-a-thon in the cold morning gave me little time to suffer café legs before Tomsk set us off.

I was feeling cold, though, as we pootled — slowly — through the outskirts of Witham, and when a few quicker riders leapt off the front, I chased them down and stuck to Hugh's wheel, just to keep warm!

Some chap I don't know sat just dangling off the front for 45 minutes or so, so I did the honourable and took a turn.  It must've been downhill or I had a private tailwind to High Easter, because by the time someone else rode by we'd somehow dropped the Orange Tandem!  Buggered me up for the rest of the ride though, and it wasn't long before David, a 9.30 starter, called out as we passed and I was happy to drop off for a chat. 

I hadn't had any breakfast before starting and nothing to eat on the way down, so the final 10km into the café were a bit of grovelling on David's wheel.  And we were passed by the tandem.

The café were well organised as last year and from ordering to eating was about three minutes.  Soup and a ham sandwich — I really should remember to avoid pork when I'm riding, as I had indigestion for the next few hours!  It's a family thing ... however, nice to have some breakfast at last.

Rode from the café solo and a rider caught me just before Brick End and the right-left by the Prince of Wales — when I indicated right, he shouted "no, left!", to which I told him he could go left if he wanted, I was going right.  Mike followed and explained that he was using the RideWithGPS app and spoken instructions in his ear, and they had been a bit iffy all day. 

Every Essex audax goes to Thaxted!  While that's not even vaguely true, Thaxted does feature on a LOT of events (including one of mine).

In Thaxted RWGPS told Mike to carry on up the hill — when I called him back, he stuck with me then as far as the Blue Egg, after which I couldn't maintain his pace.  I caught up with him at arrivée and he said it had sent him all around Witham before guiding him to where he'd intended to go — another double-plus for the humble routesheet, methinks.

After the Blue Egg, I came across another fixed-gear rider — Richie Phipps, Mr Fixed-Gear himself!  :thumbsup:  Oh, the honour  ;D  Not quite as quick as me, as I was still pushing on to keep warm, so a few minutes' chat before carrying on.

As we got closer to arrivée, my speed increased again — partly because I was managing to drink more, and partly because the stomach was less painful.  But also because I tend to raise my pace when the end is in sight.  I caught and passed a couple of slower groups — probably 9.30 starters — and arrived back in Witham by the new back-lanes route in just over five hours, suffering from winter-pace.  Right outside the door of the Battesford Court PH I managed to slash my rear sidewall open on some glass in the road.  After an amateurish first attempted fix, and deflation, I went back out into the cold again and did it properly.

I spent way longer chatting with Tomsk + family and other riders than I had intended, plus fixing the p*nkt!re, so was stopped there for three whole hours, before finally venturing out to start the return ECE leg of 72km.  I had so little energy I could barely turn the pedals up the hills.  TBH I think it's dehydration, because I hardly drank anything all day and yet was working quite hard at times.  The road seemed to go up all the way to Castle Camps and then a fast descent to Linton, followed by the sharp up-and-over the Gogs and then Cambridge.  As always, once the end was in sight, my pace went up.

All in all a good day on the bike, but tough in places.  It was nice to be out with other riders on the main event — I do a lot of solo riding, checking and re-checking routes, so it's a novelty to have people to chat to, not that I was that chatty yesterday.  I'm not sure I'll ever get to love a winter ECE to Witham — in places it's a glorious, quiet, lanes with big views, and in others it's Braintree.

Thanks to Tomsk for organising, helpers for helping, riders for their company, and the 'Spoons for providing somewhere to hide from the cold  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 03, 2017, 05:12:32 pm
That was me out front once my garmin had started giving me proper directions.  I was glad you appeared when you did as I was due a rest and none of the bunch behind looked like helping.

That was you with the camera wasn't it?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on December 03, 2017, 06:39:57 pm
That was me out front once my garmin had started giving me proper directions.  I was glad you appeared when you did as I was due a rest and none of the bunch behind looked like helping.

That was you with the camera wasn't it?

Ah, good to meet you Dave  :thumbsup:

I think you did the biggest turn, although after I petered out then Martin did take a turn and Hugh later on too.

Yes, I did take some pics a-wheel, although I think I fumbled most of the photos — it's easy taking pics in dry, grippy conditions, unlike yesterday — and the camera has several great qualities (shockproof, waterproof, iceproof), but capturing picture quality isn't one of them.  Here are a few ...

Chasing ElyDave in order to warm up shortly after leaving Witham:

(http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7198.jpg)  (http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7199.jpg)

The groupetto allowing ElyDave to dangle off the front on his own:

(http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7203.jpg)  (http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7204.jpg)

(http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7208.jpg)

Giving ElyDave a breather from just after Littley Green, a wheel to follow:

(http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7213-2.jpg)  (http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7218.jpg)

(http://www.camaudax.uk/tom/the-stansted-airport-express-100-2017/DSCN7228.jpg)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on December 03, 2017, 06:54:24 pm
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on December 03, 2017, 07:02:10 pm
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.

A few — you, me, Richie Phipps, defo.  I spotted a smart black machine at the café.  I didn't see what Oaky was riding?  He was on fixed last year.  I'm sure there were others. 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 03, 2017, 07:10:12 pm
Cheers WB, in those early photos I was happy to be making the moves, just trying to warm up
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on December 04, 2017, 09:23:34 am
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.

A few — you, me, Richie Phipps, defo.  I spotted a smart black machine at the café.  I didn't see what Oaky was riding?  He was on fixed last year.  I'm sure there were others.
AndyC33333333 and I were both on fixed. Tippers and Oaky had their excuses for bringing gears (dog ate spanner and hit by meteorite respectively).

The last few kms were much improved on last year's racetrack and it is a great route overall.  Thank you team Tomsk and Jiber, I assume Jiber had been asked to drink beer and take selfies as his contribution to the day.

 I did notice there were quite a few EOLs - when will people realise that Mid-Essex has its own perfect micro climate so there is no need to hang back for the weather (Note: this does not apply to helpers' rides which are subject to interesting weather).

I rode the outward leg with the famous ACME B Peloton.  I assume Bikeability Man thought he had joined the A Peloton and so couldn't quite understand the sociable pace and prolonged lunch stop.  For my part, it was hard enough just to hold on so while Oaky and Huggy were squabbling over whether to have the Montrachet or the Chablis with their starter at Thremhall, I set off alone for Thaxted at my own pace.   The second part of the ride was glorious in the winter sun and the roads were unusually quiet so it was a pleasant meander back to Witham.

Next month it's the Kelvedon Oyster...



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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on December 04, 2017, 09:45:37 am
I too found the alternative route to Witham far better, and certainly on par with the excellent lanes from Witham to Thremhall.

I was early at the start, and was treated to table service whilst I ate my breakfast ... being asked what time I would like to start the ride, and then shortly afterwards my brevet card was delivered to the table. Great to see the service economy being taken on so heartedly.

My winter legs still prevail, but it is joyful to have such fine weather at this time of year, the company of so many riders out to enjoy the day, and a destination that serves fine beverages before the ride home.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oaky on December 04, 2017, 09:52:06 am
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.

A few — you, me, Richie Phipps, defo.  I spotted a smart black machine at the café.  I didn't see what Oaky was riding?  He was on fixed last year.  I'm sure there were others.

My fixed had a flat front tyrebeen hit by a meteorite when I went to get it from the garage, so rather than repair it and potentially be a little too late for a Spoons breakfast, I subbed in the geared bike instead.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on December 04, 2017, 10:16:07 am
After a lonely 80 mile ride to the start, I was looking forward to riding with company. My team mate Big Saxon was a dns, so when I saw the straggler, I thought I'd ride with him. I had no intention of blasting around the route, as I had a hard slog uphills home (MK is around 250 ft higher than Witham). I only went naturally ahead nearing the excellent cafe, and after riding up a hill (in Essex??) after Thaxted. I only wish I could have sampled more beer at the finish!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 04, 2017, 08:18:11 pm
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.

Helpers' Ride for me on 72" fixed :thumbsup: With the hour-plus lunch stop and sociable pace, we would have been the ACME 'C' Peloton. Below BRM pace, but Brrrrr, it's winter: if we'd gone faster we'd've sweated too much [at -4] and got chilled.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Phixie on December 06, 2017, 09:58:03 pm
So how many fixed riders were there? I was on the green Pompino.

A few — you, me, Richie Phipps, defo.  I spotted a smart black machine at the café.  I didn't see what Oaky was riding?  He was on fixed last year.  I'm sure there were others.

Good to see you again Wilkyboy and I've just caught up with his thread.

Another fixer was Mick Bates (not OTP, I believe) and someone who reached the control with me, but whose name I have never known. He was on a green (re?)painted fixie.

Regards,
RP
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 11, 2017, 08:31:40 pm
The Stansted Airport Express to be repeated on 1st December 2018  :thumbsup:

I went in to the Cafe at Thremhall Park last week [on my birthday]: my treat - lime and courgette cake [very moist], and unlimited coffee  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:... I wanted to give my thanks in person and to pass on the positive comment that many of you made, plus an AUK certificate for their notice board [last year's still there proudly displayed]. Both they and I were very pleased with how well it went. A very special Tomsk Thumbs Up  :thumbsup:

72 starters, 70 finishers [two EOLs went AWOL], plus the 3 helpers the week before of course.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on December 11, 2017, 08:36:43 pm
72 starters, 70 finishers [two EOLs went AWOL], plus the 3 helpers the week before of course.

That's a very high success rate, and a testament to the routing, choice of controls, and nice weather.  :thumbsup:

Hopefully 1st December 2018 will be equally fair.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 02, 2018, 05:52:13 pm
It's nearly time for the third event in the ACME Anvil Winter Series - the Kelvedon Oyster on the 13th of January.

The ride doesn't start in Witham 'Spoons but it does start in a pub - The Railway Tavern in Kelvedon.

It also looks as if I have been able to arrange for no significant engineering works on Greater Anglia again, (most people from that London seemed to ECE it anyway but I thought I'd mention it).  There is also parking nearby and plenty of room for bikes in the pub beer garden.

Arrangements are in hand for the traditional seafood surprise at the West Mersea control.  It may not be native oysters this year due to technical difficulties but it will be something and, once again, the Bank of ACME will be issuing its famous currency - the One Tomsk note, exchangeable for said seafood.

EOL will be available but why not show some optimism about the weather and book in advance  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 03, 2018, 08:34:28 pm
It also looks as if I have been able to arrange for no significant engineering works on Greater Anglia again, (most people from that London seemed to ECE it anyway but I thought I'd mention it).
Helps me. I'm coming from north of that London, and have no plans to ECE that distance :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Johnny Faro on January 03, 2018, 08:54:21 pm
What's the rate of inflation on a Tomsk note?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 03, 2018, 11:17:18 pm
Already signed up for the next two :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on January 03, 2018, 11:27:32 pm
Entered and looking forward to it!

There's a chance I'll be a few minutes late to the start. Are you going to be around or rushing off?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 04, 2018, 01:24:09 pm
I don't even remember entering it but I did  ;D I'm nearly at a point where ECEing feels like too much work but that would mean a 200 at another point in the month. I think I'll to a 50/50 or a 75/25 again. An extra couple of hours in bed was much appreciated last time even if the last 50 did turn into a bit of a chore after too many beers....
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 04, 2018, 01:32:08 pm
What's the rate of inflation on a Tomsk note?

It's been a rollercoaster year for the Tomsk, a bit like other virtual currencies.  I am hopeful that One Tomsk = One native oyster but that is still subject to confirmation.

The West Mersea Oyster Bar is closed for its annual deep clean.  They have offered to host us at their chip shop in the village but they don't serve oysters there  :(  I have an alternative but they have been closed over Xmas and were not around this morning.

Fortunately. the good people at the Railway Tavern in Kelvedon are looking forward to seeing us all again.  The landlord is at his son's wedding in Singapore that week but has put arrangements in place especially for us  :thumbsup:  Make sure you make it his worth his while...(yes Tippers, I'm looking at you  ;D).

The event had to be moved back a week this year as the tide would have been over the road exactly when we were coming through if we had stuck with the 20th.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 04, 2018, 02:00:20 pm
The event had to be moved back a week this year as the tide would have been over the road exactly when we were coming through if we had stuck with the 20th.

Hopefully you meant 'brought forward by a week', as I have it down as the 13th Jan.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 04, 2018, 02:01:07 pm
What's the rate of inflation on a Tomsk note?

Fortunately. the good people at the Railway Tavern in Kelvedon are looking forward to seeing us all again.  The landlord is at his son's wedding in Singapore that week but has put arrangements in place especially for us  :thumbsup:  Make sure you make it his worth his while...(yes Tippers, I'm looking at you  ;D).

Guess I better explain to Mrs Tipper why I need to ride a 200 later in the month then :-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 04, 2018, 02:27:18 pm

Hopefully you meant 'brought forward by a week', as I have it down as the 13th Jan.

Whichever way around it is, the event is happening on the 13th  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 10, 2018, 06:08:24 pm
Already signed up for the next two :thumbsup:

I think I'm in for The Oyster -- I just got a permission slip.  Obviously I'll ECE it.

I think I'll to a 50/50 or a 75/25 again. An extra couple of hours in bed was much appreciated last time even if the last 50 did turn into a bit of a chore after too many beers....

The extra couple of hours sounds nice ... although my ECE is nearly 75km each way  ::-)  Still, riding with others beats a cold, lonely winter solo-DIY  :thumbsup:  (although some would say 150km of solo-ECE amounts to the same thing)

Unfortunately, I haven't ridden further than the shops since The Stansted Express, so I'm probably NOT going to be hanging onto ElyDave's wheel this time.

Just gotta find a tyre before committing, to replace the one I sliced open outside arrivée last time out ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 10, 2018, 06:23:40 pm
I'm in. Not done a Kelvedon start yet (not sure if I've been through it on an Audax either).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 10, 2018, 06:41:33 pm
You'll be in plenty of company, entries are well in to triple figures now and with the prospect of benign weather and a working railway the number of DNS's will probably be minimal.

I'm in. Not done a Kelvedon start yet (not sure if I've been through it on an Audax either).
The Knight Templar Compasses & Cross 100k (the February ACME ride) goes through but doesn't stop in Kelvedon.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 10, 2018, 07:31:41 pm
The Compasses 100 was the only winter series ride I did last year, and I aim to do it again. Looks like I face a headwind to the start, so my usual lateness leaving home won't do.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 10, 2018, 08:59:30 pm
I found a tyre — I'm in  :thumbsup:

Looks like I face a headwind to the start, so my usual lateness leaving home won't do.

But a nice tailwind home again — I'm banking on that! ;)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 10, 2018, 09:04:45 pm
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺

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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 10, 2018, 09:19:28 pm
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺

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:thumbsup:
That should keep me at a good tempo from Pebmarsh
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 10, 2018, 10:49:56 pm
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺

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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 11, 2018, 12:22:58 am
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺

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 :sick: LOL  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oaky on January 11, 2018, 12:45:00 am
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺

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 :sick:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Andy C33 on January 11, 2018, 12:58:41 am
What morning sustenance is available for the troublesome discerning vegetarian at The Railway Tavern Mr Shred?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 11, 2018, 07:04:20 am
Beans on toast and tea/coffee.

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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Andy C33 on January 11, 2018, 07:25:16 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: cgg on January 11, 2018, 11:46:38 am
For those interested in this sort of things, I'm planning on ECE-ing from North London, 100 km from Finsbury Park, leaving at 5.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on January 11, 2018, 02:34:42 pm
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺
Oh no - I was rather hoping there would be an alternative (sorry but I am not an oyster fan - a view reinforced on a sailing trip across the English Channel when only the small number of non oyster eaters in the crew were actually in a fit state to sail the boat back to the UK!)
So anyone who arrives at the same time as me can get a bonus oyster  :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 11, 2018, 03:08:32 pm
Breaking news: We have Oysters available at West Mersea in exchange for a one Tomsk note ☺
Oh no - I was rather hoping there would be an alternative (sorry but I am not an oyster fan - a view reinforced on a sailing trip across the English Channel when only the small number of non oyster eaters in the crew were actually in a fit state to sail the boat back to the UK!)
So anyone who arrives at the same time as me can get a bonus oyster  :)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 11, 2018, 11:07:58 pm
Beans on toast and tea/coffee.

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As I'm already thinking of cycling over via the B1053 into Braintree, I've noted there's a 'spoons pub there, so a veggie brekky 7miles from the start is a tempting thought (I DNS'd the Jan Sale last Sat so missed out on a 'spoons brekky then!).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 11, 2018, 11:29:30 pm
Raw oysters  :sick:

Cooked oysters  :thumbsup:

What does a Tomsk buy?

I may have to do with a nut/fruit bar of some description
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 11, 2018, 11:47:14 pm
Tomsk and I did the co-op last year :) he might have partaken when we got to the shed later.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 12, 2018, 08:49:45 am
Oyster slid down a treat  :-\

As I'm already thinking of cycling over via the B1053 into Braintree, I've noted there's a 'spoons pub there, so a veggie brekky 7miles from the start is a tempting thought (I DNS'd the Jan Sale last Sat so missed out on a 'spoons brekky then!).

Just to say: there's a lack of suitable cycleparking at the Braintree 'spoons, just the odd lamp post...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 12, 2018, 09:24:20 am
Ah! Just read Graeme's info sheet about the pub opening up especially for us, so I may give Braintree a miss.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 12, 2018, 02:23:11 pm
@tedshred, what time will the Railway Tavern be open tomorrow morning for the 9:30 starters? A nice relaxed breakfast would go down very well.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 12, 2018, 02:35:40 pm
@tedshred, what time will the Railway Tavern be open tomorrow morning for the 9:30 starters? A nice relaxed breakfast would go down very well.
I'm reliably informed by the addressee of this enquiry that the Railway Tavern will be open from 9am
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 12, 2018, 02:54:48 pm
I'm reliably informed by the addressee of this enquiry that the Railway Tavern will be open from 9am

Thanks Huggy
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 12, 2018, 03:26:45 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:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred 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:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy 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 .
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber 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 :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler 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.   :(
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman 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).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: cgg 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:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 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.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: pieeater on January 15, 2018, 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 !
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on January 15, 2018, 12:39:51 pm
We had a great day out. Susana had many, many oysters. Thanks for still being there at 10:20!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 15, 2018, 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.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 15, 2018, 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 (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-204/) 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.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 15, 2018, 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.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 15, 2018, 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:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 15, 2018, 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.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 15, 2018, 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 15, 2018, 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!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 15, 2018, 10:58:29 pm
Drat! You coulda given me a tow if it's a headwind again.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 15, 2018, 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
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 15, 2018, 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?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 16, 2018, 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 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629391).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 16, 2018, 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:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 16, 2018, 08:40:23 am
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?

0840 around Stansted would be about on target for me.   When you say slow...

I'm typically a 4:30-5-hour ish elapsed time on a 100, how much longer would you normally be?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: cgg on January 16, 2018, 10:36:09 am
Ah, good catch about the engineering works, thanks  :thumbsup: I'll fallback to Stansted to get the train back to London, Basildon was enough just once.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 16, 2018, 10:44:02 am
Ah, good catch about the engineering works, thanks  :thumbsup: I'll fallback to Stansted to get the train back to London, Basildon was enough just once.

Bikes are not allowed on the Stansted Express unless they are fully folded.

An alternative would be Bishop's Stortford, where the Cambridge to London train can be caught.

In practice I have carried my bike on the Stansted Express when joining at Bishop's Stortford, but I have been barred from boarding at Liverpool Street.

EDIT: assumes you meant the airport, rather than Stansted Mountfitchet
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on January 16, 2018, 10:57:56 am

Quote
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?

FYI, officially you can't take bikes on trains into Stansted (but in practice you might be OK).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: cgg on January 16, 2018, 11:10:28 am
Ah, thanks for the info. I have already taken my bike on the train from the airport, even asked the staff "is this the train for London?" in lycra and all and they happily said "yes, get onboard!". I don't think it was any special train though, just a regular Greater Anglia service  ???

At worst Bishop's Stortford or Stansted Mountfitchet aren't very far away.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 16, 2018, 07:57:01 pm
0840 around Stansted would be about on target for me.   When you say slow...

I'm typically a 4:30-5-hour ish elapsed time on a 100, how much longer would you normally be?
For the Oyster, I took 07:30 :-[

I think asking you to sit around for 3 hours might be a bit much...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 16, 2018, 08:27:13 pm
The Bikeabilityman train, if running, will be departing from Milton Keynes at 3am (ish!) chugging along the A507 express road to Buntingford at a non-express pace. After garage refreshments, it will divert to local branch roads round the back of Stansted Airport, through Gt Dunmow (a non-stop service), finally pulling up outside Witham 'spoons for refuelling.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 16, 2018, 09:32:33 pm
I'm impressed, but not tempted ;)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 16, 2018, 09:36:28 pm
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 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629391).

Fixed now, just waiting for a route sheet :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 16, 2018, 09:46:14 pm
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 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629391).
Fixed now, just waiting for a route sheet :thumbsup:
GPX and route sheet are in draft only due to changes in the route this year. Final docs will not be ready until the 28th Jan, after the helpers’ ride, as per standard AUK process. Any files shared before, including the GPX linked above and AUKweb, to be used at your own risk and should only be used for high level planning.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 16, 2018, 09:53:31 pm
That's fine; I haven't entered yet (not till I figure out how to get there). But I wanted to check on the route.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on January 16, 2018, 09:59:15 pm
ECE overdrive selected; thanks for all your entries hope I can keep up
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 16, 2018, 10:13:07 pm
ECE overdrive selected; thanks for all your entries hope I can keep up
You turned my validation around from Saturday pretty damn quickly  :thumbsup:
You're welcome for the extra work load ACME is throwing at you!!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on January 21, 2018, 08:08:29 pm
OK ECE planning time, and no returning to Shenfield after the next event due to engineering works on the railway. Last time this happened we cycled from Witham to Harlow to catch the train which is actually quite a nice direct route on minor roads, but does anyone have any suggestions for routes to any other operational stations eg Bishops Stortford, needs to be at least 38km! C2C is not tandem friendly so Basildon isn't an option.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 21, 2018, 08:22:21 pm
OK ECE planning time......eg Bishops Stortford, needs to be at least 38km!
How about the first 46k-ish of this route, obviously diverting to your favourite train station somewhere from it:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26718017
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 21, 2018, 08:28:15 pm
Draft v2 of the KTC&C route sheet is available from the AUKweb calendar page (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-204). The GPS route draft can be seen here (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26629391).
Helpers’ ride for final validation of route sheet instructions planned for the 27th
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 25, 2018, 10:37:22 am
I will heading out to do the helpers’ ride route check Saturday morning if any ACME members wish to join me. A 9am or earlier start from outside the ‘spoons.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jem on January 25, 2018, 11:30:17 am
Tempted.... might be my only chance at fish 'n chips afterwards without the gannets getting in first.   :)
I've had my pickled egg so despite still riding in foreign colours, is that enough to qualify as ACME member?

Jane
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 25, 2018, 11:44:43 am
Depends on who you are giving you points to ;)  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on January 26, 2018, 01:09:06 pm
Ach bother. I had a plan for all four rides and an arrow but my father in law up and died the day before xmas. In NZ. And that meant a emergency trip and many scuppered plans and schemes... Life sometimes wins!

Have a nice ride y'all...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 26, 2018, 04:37:00 pm
I will heading out to do the helpers’ ride route check Saturday morning if any ACME members wish to join me. A 9am or earlier start from outside the ‘spoons.

Tempted.... might be my only chance at fish 'n chips afterwards without the gannets getting in first.   :)
I've had my pickled egg so despite still riding in foreign colours, is that enough to qualify as ACME member?

Jane

That's 2 of us on the Helpers' ride, setting off at 8:30 with the optimistic intention of avoiding the afternoon rain  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 26, 2018, 08:18:25 pm
Have a good ride  :thumbsup:

Our probable scenario on DTDO tomorrow: First 100km dry, with little help from a slight tailwind; turn into the strengthening wind and some rain for the return. Happy days.

At least the Straggler will be finished by Sudbury...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 26, 2018, 10:33:21 pm
Enjoy folks. I will be out for a swift few miles in the morning followed by an afternoon of emptying boxes...yes after 6 months I figured it was time.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 26, 2018, 10:44:53 pm
Davina has posted a nice picture of a lot of new beer in the cellar at The Spiritual Home, I'm probably going to do a QA check on them in my route tomorrow, I recommend a second option from Huggy also ;)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler on January 27, 2018, 08:24:20 pm
Have a good ride  :thumbsup:

Our probable scenario on DTDO tomorrow: First 100km dry, with little help from a slight tailwind; turn into the strengthening wind and some rain for the return. Happy days.

At least the Straggler will be finished by Sudbury...

Just completed my favorite perm with Tomsk as my pilot, and am now well spent having finding myself being dropped on every incline and trying to get back onto his wheel. Would not liked to endure another 40km to finish but am pleased how things went.  I would grade my own performance as C+ myself but think Tomsk would view it as grade U himself considering I held him back and would normally be 2hrs quicker.  I drew the short straw and find myself provisionally in Tomsk's ACME Easter Arrows team. Need to improve my fitness and speed before then.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 28, 2018, 10:12:38 am
Have a good ride  :thumbsup:

Our probable scenario on DTDO tomorrow: First 100km dry, with little help from a slight tailwind; turn into the strengthening wind and some rain for the return. Happy days.

At least the Straggler will be finished by Sudbury...

Just completed my favorite perm with Tomsk as my pilot, and am now well spent having finding myself being dropped on every incline and trying to get back onto his wheel. Would not liked to endure another 40km to finish but am pleased how things went.  I would grade my own performance as C+ myself but think Tomsk would view it as grade U himself considering I held him back and would normally be 2hrs quicker.  I drew the short straw and find myself provisionally in Tomsk's ACME Easter Arrows team. Need to improve my fitness and speed before then.

No doubt Tomsk was riding fixed, so you'd expect he'd be pushing up the hills. Winter miles can be more about getting the miles in the legs, building up the endurance. At least you were out there on the road ... my riding partner yesterday (who shall remain nameless) didn't even head out, having apparently sabotaged his bike the night before.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jem on January 28, 2018, 11:13:17 am
If it's any consolation I think I treated both myself and Huggy to the slowest 100k ever on his "helpers'" ride. I think I was more of a deterent. Definitely not firing on all cylinders. Also managed to smack into the back of him ( he was stationary).  :facepalm:
Details for privacy of wed night but have lovely imprint of my handlebars on left thigh from the resultant off.
Lovely route though and the lemon drizzle cake - with custard - was wonderful. Perfect antidote to wet n windy.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 28, 2018, 01:23:26 pm
The as ridden GPX (with control waypoints) and final route sheet for the Knights Templar Compasses & Cross ride are uploaded to the AUKweb calendar page (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-204/)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 28, 2018, 03:49:55 pm
Have a good ride  :thumbsup:

Our probable scenario on DTDO tomorrow: First 100km dry, with little help from a slight tailwind; turn into the strengthening wind and some rain for the return. Happy days.

At least the Straggler will be finished by Sudbury...
  I drew the short straw and find myself provisionally in Tomsk's ACME Easter Arrows team. Need to improve my fitness and speed before then.
Or you could join Ian's Suffolk team. Plenty of McD stops on his Arrow last Easter.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 28, 2018, 05:36:35 pm
I drew the short straw and find myself provisionally in Tomsk's ACME Easter Arrows team. Need to improve my fitness and speed before then.

I think you were only running out of steam after turning at Debenham [& the headwind was pretty horrible]. Despite the McD refuelling in Sudbury, I felt I slowed more on the last leg. Still there's time to build speed and fitness...

I don't think I'd bank on faster than 14mph on an Arrow, at least without a good tailwind. In the past, a NW headwind has pegged speeds to around 12mph, which has resulted in shorter than desirable stops and on one occasion less than the planned 400+km.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 29, 2018, 10:00:55 am
Following on from recent form it looks unlikely I'm going to make it out on Saturday. I'll be out for a morning spin and back before lunch to be a responsible adult at home.  :( :'(

Looks like my RRtY will be hanging on an ECE of the Braziers run.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 29, 2018, 10:39:05 am
 
Following on from recent form it looks unlikely I'm going to make it out on Saturday. I'll be out for a morning spin and back before lunch to be a responsible adult at home.  :( :'(

Looks like my RRtY will be hanging on an ECE of the Braziers run.
:'(
ECE’ing the Braziers Run 100k will be my 12/12 RRtY (the RRtY that I’m obviously not doing!)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 29, 2018, 12:08:40 pm
Following on from recent form it looks unlikely I'm going to make it out on Saturday. I'll be out for a morning spin and back before lunch to be a responsible adult at home.  :( :'(

Looks like my RRtY will be hanging on an ECE of the Braziers run.
:'(
ECE’ing the Braziers Run 100k will be my 12/12 RRtY (the RRtY that I’m obviously not doing!)
It'll be 48/48 for me....not that I'm in anyway working to any kind of plan....
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 29, 2018, 07:48:28 pm
Have a good ride  :thumbsup:

Our probable scenario on DTDO tomorrow: First 100km dry, with little help from a slight tailwind; turn into the strengthening wind and some rain for the return. Happy days.

At least the Straggler will be finished by Sudbury...

Just completed my favorite perm with Tomsk as my pilot, and am now well spent having finding myself being dropped on every incline and trying to get back onto his wheel. Would not liked to endure another 40km to finish but am pleased how things went.  I would grade my own performance as C+ myself but think Tomsk would view it as grade U himself considering I held him back and would normally be 2hrs quicker.  I drew the short straw and find myself provisionally in Tomsk's ACME Easter Arrows team. Need to improve my fitness and speed before then.

No doubt Tomsk was riding fixed, so you'd expect he'd be pushing up the hills. Winter miles can be more about getting the miles in the legs, building up the endurance. At least you were out there on the road ... my riding partner yesterday (who shall remain nameless) didn't even head out, having apparently sabotaged his bike the night before.

Unfortunately my mechanical competence has improved to tedshred standard. I "repaired" my bike so well it was unrideable :facepalm:

On Sunday I struggled around a flat 200, sorry psyclist, but I wouldn`t have finished the Hills and Mills.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 29, 2018, 08:14:56 pm
On Sunday I struggled around a flat 200, sorry psyclist, but I wouldn`t have finished the Hills and Mills.

Not a problem. I met some interesting folk along the way, including a TCR rider who had his steed built by the same frame builder as my next bike.

I think that I had a schedule that would have got you round Hills & Mills, but given your lack of recent riding you were probably better off sticking to a flatter ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 30, 2018, 02:41:10 pm
On Sunday I struggled around a flat 200, sorry psyclist, but I wouldn`t have finished the Hills and Mills.

Not a problem. I met some interesting folk along the way, including a TCR rider who had his steed built by the same frame builder as my next bike.


Reilly? You've got to appreciate his optimism, expecting to complete the TCR riding one of those cut price, Ted in a shed built jobs.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on February 04, 2018, 02:31:43 pm
Knights Templar Compasses and Cross 100km 2018


I left home at just gone 6am aiming to cycle the 30ish miles from Harlow to Witham in about 3 hours giving myself an hour for second breakfast and to wait for my friend Charlotte to arrive (who I had somehow managed to convince to cycle 100km with me in February!) I must have found some speed or had a tail wind behind me as I arrived at the Wetherspoons at around 8:30!

Charlotte arrived about an hour later and after some faffing and comfort breaks we were ready to go at 10am. Charlotte informed me that she hadn’t done any cycling since the Stansted Airport Express in December so we started off slow, maybe a little bit too slow! We got the (wo)manned control at Margaretting at 12:56 with 9 minutes to spare. We decided we had better up the pace if we were to get to Coggeshall before 17:05 when that control closed and we wanted to stop for cake somewhere too!

We pedalled a bit faster then and regained some time (I think) but then disaster struck descending down the hill in Danbury as Charlotte got a puncture in her front tyre. Luckily there was a nice grass area nearby which we used to replace the tube. Twenty minutes later and some brute strength to get the tyre back over the rim and we were on our way again trying to make up the time we lost with puncture.

By now it was approaching lunch and we were both hungry but also mindful that we still were behind time. I had promised Charlotte cake on this Audax so didn’t want to let her down, we made a plan to stop at the Lordship tea room in Writtle for cake and then skip lunch to try and get a bit of time in hand. The tea and scones were nice and put the hunger at bay for the time being! But fate and the puncture pixie had decided we weren’t going to make up our time and about 7km away from the compasses Charlotte was struck with another puncture. We replaced the tube again but in our haste we pinched it and we were now out of tubes for Charlotte’s bike. My tyres were bigger than hers but we tried putting one of my tubes in but I don’t know if we pinched that too or if the tube was broken, either way the tube wouldn’t inflate. We decided we would put the tube with the smallest hole back in and then limp to the Compasses and decide what to do next.

Just then a man came out of his (big!) house and asked if we needed any help.

“Not sure there is much you can do unless you have an inner tube!” We said.

As luck would have it, he went back into his garage and came back with one. It was a little smaller than the original but we tried to fit it and finally luck was smiling on us, it fit and stayed inflated! We thanked the man graciously and then headed on to the Compasses to figure out how we would proceed from here know that we had wasted a lot of time stopped.

The staff at the Compasses kindly let us sit inside and warm up even though we didn’t buy anything. We worked out that we were never going to make it to Coggeshall before the control closed but we had come this far and there was only about 25 miles to go, so we might as well finish the distance and carry on following the route sheet even though we wouldn’t be validated.

As soon as the sun came down it got really cold, especially on the face on the descents. The Co-op at Coggeshall was a blessing with its hot chocolate machine! Around this time Charlotte checked her phone and saw that Grant had text and called us wondering where we were! We figured that he and some of the ACME guys would still be at the finish by the time we got there, so we pushed on!

Amazingly and thankfully Charlotte’s new tube held up and we made it to the end. We found Grant and some of the other ACME guys and told them our tale of woe! Despite not finishing in time, it was still a good day although I’m not sure Charlotte would agree!

Thanks again to Grant for organising.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on February 04, 2018, 05:19:42 pm
I left home 3am-ish, and enjoyed not having the headwind I had going to Kelvedon. Arrived at the Buntingford garage just before 6, so went in for a mocha and pain au chocolat meal deal (first food of the day). Had the same chat with the guy who manned the garage on my previous return leg about Audax and the points. He can't understand why I get badges or medals, and that the points can't be used for anything else like shop loyalty points. The second stage was more interesting: quieter well maintained roads and narrow, gravelly potholed ones, but it was getting lighter, and there were picturesque buildings en route. At 100km I was on the outskirts of Gt Dunmow, wishing I was on a Tomsk Audax. I used to shun Witham starts, but a 'spoons start is a crowd puller. I arrived just before 9 (9:45 last year), so enjoyed a leisurely veggie brekky and two coffees.

Shunned the 9:30 start to let the food go down, and rode with team Tomsk, when the Straggler had stopped faffing. The six of us rode mostly as one pack, four on fixed (great when on the front as they ensure a group steady pace). I was introduced to the Castle (posh?) pub for lunch (I ride by it on my way to/from Witham), enjoying a lovely mushroom soup (with two delicate quarters of bread) and their own beer. We finished just after 4, not my fastest 100, but it wasn't a race, and I couldn't fault the company (just the lack of flaps 😉).

After a leisurely (the Straggler ate quicker than me) veggie burger meal deal with a pint, I left just after 5:30, on the same route home. The Essex lanes aren't as nice in the dark. A different route I took to Kelvedon has better roads but I think is slightly longer and hillier. Got to the Buntingford garage at 9:45 (roughly 1/2 hour slower), so shunned a stop, as I was hoping to be home by midnight. More traffic on the A507 than in the morning, and the fact there's more climbing, makes this section a chore. I stopped a few times to rest, cheering up when I could see the M1 traffic (still over 10 miles left, but it feels like I'm nearly home). A front puncture on the MK roads about three miles from home put me on a downer, as I didn't want to fix it or walk. I managed to ride upto about 1/2 mile away, then walked, arriving just before midnight. Teethgrinder wouldn't be happy doing 223 miles in 21 hours, but then I assume he isn"t having leisurely pub stops.

Ran a hot bath, and had a nice sleep in it. Eventually went to bed at 2am.

Great route, Huggy (nice it's slightly altered from last year), and the company wasn't too bad ☺
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on February 04, 2018, 05:36:17 pm
Thanks Huggy and Team for yesterday's event.  :thumbsup:

100km ECE front-loaded has worked well for me this year: earlier starts of course, but only one session of 5 hours in the freezer [SAE helpers' ride, November], sociable second 100, more beer at the end, what's not to like!  :thumbsup:

Huge chapeau to Deano_44 & Charlotte for keeping going in trying circumstances - ACME now have 'Lanterne Rouge of the Year 2018' award contenders...If it's any consolation, I had my only 'visitation' of the winter by She Who Must Not Be Named, in Braintree on my way in yesterday. Seems there were lots of flint arrowheads about.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on February 04, 2018, 06:30:00 pm
Thanks Huggy and Team for yesterday's event.  :thumbsup:
Seconded...  Much preferred this year's route to last, good to lose the Maldon main road, and also enjoyed the road across to Coogeshall which was new. I think it was the longest stretch between route directions (4.8km).

100km ECE front-loaded has worked well for me this year: earlier starts of course, but only one session of 5 hours in the freezer [SAE helpers' ride, November], sociable second 100, more beer at the end, what's not to like!  :thumbsup:
No real point for us in front loading as with no trains we had a minimum 35 km ride to a station, so might as well make those kms count! Opted for the same route across to Harlow as last year via Terling, Great Waltham, Good Easter, Matching and finished in Old Harlow with a curry.  It was actually a great ride - weather pretty much perfect for a winter evening/night with light wind, dry until the last mile, light traffic - one of those times when I really enjoy riding in the dark.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on February 04, 2018, 08:01:10 pm
The road to Coggeshall is used on an event from Henham, but in the opposite direction, after a control at the garden centre in the town. It makes a change to do it in the other direction. It's always exposed and wind-swept though, and the wind's always blowing the wrong way.

I tend to think of it as the Coggeshall desert, but that's maybe putting things a bit strongly :P
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on February 04, 2018, 09:55:22 pm
After 3 hours of sleep, a straight A road bash out to Bishop Stortford just before 05:00 was the start of the day.

Bishop Stortford appears to be like Saffron Walden but on steroids. Grabbed a few veloviewer squares as the rain started to fall, whilst -1C it was just rain still.

Over to Dunmow and then through Barnston where I started to feel the rim of the rear wheel bottoming out on the road. after pumping up the wheel 3 times and inserting a tyre worm it was truly shagged, no sealant left. Thankfully I was fixing my bike on the driveway of a chap called Paul who let me use his track pump to inflate the inner tube I ended up fitting. After that I had to average 28kph all the way from High Easter to get to the start in time and complete my ECE... so much for getting up and setting off 15 mins earlier! I rolled in to the start with 15 mins to spare!

Food eaten and out for the main event with Jef and Jan. weather remained mostly damp for the rest of the day. After pulling out on to Woodhill Road about to descend I noticed a bus coming up the road so shouted back to warn them behind about to come out the same junction.... it was at this point I managed to steer over the road edge in to a sharp gully resulting in two sidewall punctures this was my first experience of the Garmin incident detection which was insistent on sending my emergency contact a message to say I had crashed... took a while to cancel the message and the accompanying sirens from the mobile phone! So puncture no 2 and after it not sealing, inner tube number 2!

Further down the road, I was experiencing sealant squirting out the side wall... after removing the tyre, I found a thorn which had sealed but also punctured the inner tube, the air having nowhere to go, used the earlier puncture hole... puncture '3, inner tube #3.

We pressed on, and eventually enjoyed a huffer and pint at The Compasses and the onwards to finish the ride at Witham 'spoons.  Not wanting to risk another visitation with no tubes or team car available I opted for the train home and I was in bed asleep before I knew it!

A grand day out and thanks to both Jef & Jan for providing my with spare tubes and also well done Jef on his first Audax.

I have spent most of today cleaning accumulated tubeless sealant out of tyres and patching them on the inside.  After repairing the front tire I ended up replacing it… perhaps I should have done that earlier and saved myself a couple of hours of work!

Another winter series draws to an end, 4 of 4 completed and this time with a 100 before each which I think is a far better way of doing it because you can then relax a bit more at the end :) 

Thanks guys :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on February 04, 2018, 10:56:29 pm
Thanks to ACME for another cracking event, 4 out of 4 for me and met the intent of not giving me an excuse to stay indoor on the turbo all winter.

I must admit that this was the hardest one to get out of the house for with a very busy and stressful week last week, and more next week, but that's also an good reason to do it.  The drizzle turned into proper rain as I neared Stansted, and the temperature probe was not giving good news.  Those conditions are when the furnace of a LandRover heating, a fleece, and a cup of coffee are very welcome. 

Not so much stepping out of the car at the labour club carpark, not least because in attempting to clean my glasses, I re-broke the prescription insert at the superglued joint from my repair a few weeks ago, but have been too busy to replace.  Having signed on, it was a quick trip across the road to the hardware store and make running repairs while watching the 9:30s depart.  Having done that it was back out to appraise the weather - start with the waterproof I thought. As I was out there JibberJabber appeared with his tales of woe, looking flustered.

The ride itself was great, drying nicely by the first control where I made the decision to take the waterproof off, which lost contact with my erstwhile riding partner on the Roberts, who wanted to keep moving in the cold.  No complaints from me as we seemed to be leapfrogging each other for the next 50km or so until I finally went past him stood by the side of the road, asked if he was OK, but nothing adverse in response.  I think I upset a 9:30 starter at Margaretting when she assumed I was the same, sorry about that whoever you were.

Best strategy for me was keep moving, to keep warm, only stopping for blood glucose checks at controls and just eating to my usual pattern inbetween, particularly on the long, exposed sections into a now chilly north easterly towards the end.  The co-op was blessed relief for a sneaky half a dark bounty and then a quick run-in to the end.  A tidy 4hr 11 riding time for me, so happy with that for a winter trek.   A nice coffee and energy drink back at the pub before rewarming in the LandRover furnace on the way home

My only issue apart from cold feet and hands was a headache from about 85km and growing discomfort across the neck and between the shoulder blades. That tells me I must get the last bits of fettling done to the recumbent, only the bottle cages left to sort out now - all 4 of these winter series would have been recumbentable.  The hills in Maldon and Danbury would be nasty but do-able, and I've done similar around Newmarket, so no excuse really.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: TimC on February 07, 2018, 12:31:55 am
I brought my son along (a lapsed member) as moral support, and in a fairly vain attempt to prove the old man could still embarrass him... We enjoyed a great breakfast at 'Spoons before setting out (the inter-family banter was scored against me before we left). He faffed, so we left on our own about 20 minutes after the bunch, and really we never connected with anyone else all the way through. We did stop at the Square & Compasses at Fuller St, a favourite watering hole of my late old man, and enjoyed a bit of Victor's acid tongue!

This is home territory for me, but I loved the fact that we travelled some roads I've never seen before and got a look at RAF Rivenhall (almost unbelievably the only airfield on a route in Essex that we passed), and I had the chance to show the lad the playground in Coggeshall he played in when he was 2 or 3 years old!

All too soon (honestly!) it was over. The boy buggered off to a pissup in Colchester before returning to his barracks, and I came home for a pint in my local, very happy after a day well spent,

Thanks Huggy!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on September 30, 2018, 09:33:49 pm
With the long summer barely behind us some thoughts turn to the ACME Anvil Winter Series events again, now in to the 3rd year.  There is a steady trickle of entries coming in.
Everyone who has been eagerly waiting for the ACME Anvil Winter Series Grand Slam [not]shiny badge will need wait no longer than the first event - Essex 3Rs on 3rd November, same day as the ACME awards evening at the Compasses. The data mining has been completed and a list of the entitled compiled.

Some fun facts about validated rides for the last 2 seasons are:
277 individuals rode at least one of the rides
29 rode all the 2017 season winter series events
23 rode all the 2018 season winter series events
12 have ridden every winter series event so far

46 are entitled to the Grand Slam badge*

I will be honoured to present you with your badge if I see you at one of this season's events, if I don't get to hand it over in person it'll be put in the post some time in the new year (just to give postie a break over yuletide).


* To qualify for the ACME Anvil Winter Series Grand Slam badge you need to have successfully completed each of the 4 events within a 2 year rolling period.
 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Phil W on October 01, 2018, 05:53:28 pm
Will you be arranging rail replacement  bus services as per normal?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on October 01, 2018, 06:06:57 pm
Oh yes.....
Puts paid to the idea of a nice civilised train to the start, then a potter round the 100km and a short ride down to Littley Green
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 01, 2018, 06:16:08 pm
I have put the usual request in to Greater Angrier, I’m sure they will take the usual steps to encourage ECE to & from Witham, or as bhoot says, in the case of the Essex 3Rs to finish at Littley Green this year.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 23, 2018, 12:25:24 pm
Re: Stansted Airport Express on 1st December: Thremhall Cafe under new management, been in to see them this morning. They are keen to cater for us ... should be an 'Audax Menu' coming soon.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 29, 2018, 06:26:48 am
Enjoyed all of these last year, and have them in the plan again.

Weather is looking sh!t for Saturday though.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 29, 2018, 07:09:57 am
Bit of rain forecast for later this week, but that may well pass before we ride on Saturday. Still too early to really know what conditions will be like.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 29, 2018, 08:27:15 am
True, forecast could change massively by Saturday, either way.  Luckily entries close Friday allowing a late decision.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 29, 2018, 08:52:55 am
... Luckily entries close Friday allowing a late decision.
Entry OTL possible too  ;)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on October 29, 2018, 09:29:22 am
Enjoyed all of these last year, and have them in the plan again.

Weather is looking sh!t for Saturday though.

It's a bit far out at the moment so still time to change, but it looks dry with a strong SSW wind - so might not be too bad (hopefully!)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 29, 2018, 10:00:28 am
With gout spelling an end or my RRtY run (after 55 months) I'm looking forward to not ECEing these and enjoying a 100 with the option of taking a train back home if I fancy  ;D. Unfortunately the gout does mean I'll need to seriously moderate the beer consumption, I think!

Looking forward to catching up with folk, feels like I haven't been out with anyone for AGES!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on October 29, 2018, 10:05:18 am
I keep getting it into my head Witham is only 70 miles away, but it's 80-83 miles, depending on the route. Every time I ride over, I think about adding another 25 miles or so onto the outward leg, turning it into another 400km event. With stopping off at the awards do, I should have banked extra time and, as I shouldn't need nine hours to do 107km (unless I've now jinxed it), I could aim to arrive at the 'spoons at 10am, enjoy my veggie brekky as it goes quiet, then hopefully catch someone up.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 29, 2018, 02:44:34 pm
I'm in.  ECEing it.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 29, 2018, 02:47:25 pm
I'm in.  ECEing it.
Finishing your ECE at ACME's spiritual home, The Compasses @ Littley Green, for the Awards Presentation?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 29, 2018, 03:11:50 pm
I can't come to the Compasses either. Catherine and Little Tippers are in London watching some Harry Potter show so I am in charge (or something that may resemble it) on Saturday evening, damn it!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2018, 04:26:50 pm
I can't come to the Compasses either. Catherine and Little Tippers are in London watching some Harry Potter show so I am in charge (or something that may resemble it) on Saturday evening, damn it!

We need an ACME babysitting service or creche!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on October 29, 2018, 04:52:23 pm
We already look after you and the Straggler  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2018, 04:57:33 pm
We already look after you and the Straggler  :facepalm:

Rude!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on October 29, 2018, 05:07:44 pm
Is there a free pint if I wear my ACME jersey (might be too cold though) instead of my Team MK one, lol?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 29, 2018, 05:56:00 pm
Is there a free pint if I wear my ACME jersey

Nothing in life is free. But if you would like to see this happen, just slip me a fiver and I'll see what I can do.

As I'm sure many will do, I am ECEing. 85km up front, so I'll be aiming to hit the Wetherspoons for a hearty second breakfast before the start at 10am.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 29, 2018, 05:58:11 pm
I'm in.  ECEing it.
Finishing your ECE at ACME's spiritual home, The Compasses @ Littley Green, for the Awards Presentation?

Nope.

Pausing briefly to partake of sustenance and listen to tall tales of derring-do a-wheel, and to pick up my sixth Essex SR badge, yes — and then getting back on the trusty steed to complete a 100 + 200km ECE :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 29, 2018, 06:02:55 pm
As I'm sure many will do, I am ECEing. 85km up front, so I'll be aiming to hit the Wetherspoons for a hearty second breakfast before the start at 10am.

Second breakfast?!  85km isn't even far enough to earn a first breakfast around these parts  ::-)

When you see me lying in a quivering heap somewhere near the info control then you'll know I've overestimated my fasted-riding ability ... :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 29, 2018, 06:48:31 pm
I'm going 80/20k for my ECEs: 3Rs finishing at Littley Green will actually be spot-on for distance, unlike the other 3 Winter Series back to Dunmow, slightly over ... never mind the 270km for 'Sourcy Suffolk' the other week - should have made it a 300.

Route out is all B roads, nice and simple: Dunmow, Saffron Walden, Sible Hedingham and Earls Colne to Witham - see some of you on the road no doubt. No McDonalds [A505] unlike last time, but the S. Hedingham garage will be open for hot drinks.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 29, 2018, 07:28:26 pm
Current circumstances make it an almost cert that I'll be there just for a change of atmosphere, unless it is actually biblical - I got wet yesterday and managed not to drown even with my head facing sort of upwards.  Looking forward to an Essex Energy DrinkTM
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nik's Nick on October 29, 2018, 11:05:04 pm
Hoping to make this my first ECE, finishing at the Compasses (bonus miles for the cycle home). My route doesn't sound half as fun (or as circular) as Tomsk's.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler on October 29, 2018, 11:08:32 pm
We already look after you and the Straggler  :facepalm:

Rude!

+1

I'm pondering whether to ece the event as I will be attending the ACME awards afterwards and then camp overnight at the compasses. Don't fancy lugging camping gear around all day with forecast strong winds...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on October 29, 2018, 11:13:44 pm
Camping in November?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 30, 2018, 06:49:19 am
Don't fancy lugging camping gear around all day with forecast strong winds...

Plan your ECE route to drop the camping gear off early, then enjoy a lighter setup for the rest of the day?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler on October 30, 2018, 01:22:17 pm
Don't fancy lugging camping gear around all day with forecast strong winds...

Plan your ECE route to drop the camping gear off early, then enjoy a lighter setup for the rest of the day?

That's a smart idea. I will lug the camping gear around till the event start in Witham and quietly drop it off onto your rear rack! Sorted. Saves at least 100km. Much appreciated. ;)

Camping in November is not too bad. Pitched up separate tents with Calvin (current Acme award holder) few years back after awards presentation.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on October 30, 2018, 02:12:40 pm
I am looking at the weather to decide on which of 1. finish at the Compasses then taxi home 2. finish at the Compasses and camp or 3. finish at home
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 30, 2018, 02:21:34 pm
Decision taken out of my hands. Currently sat in Bury St Edmunds a&e having been SMIDSY’d on this mornings ride.
Failure to stop at a roundabout.  Left hand side took the impact quite sore elbow and left groin/ hip.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on October 30, 2018, 03:22:26 pm
Decision taken out of my hands. Currently sat in Bury St Edmunds a&e having been SMIDSY’d on this mornings ride.
Failure to stop at a roundabout.  Left hand side took the impact quite sore elbow and left groin/ hip.

Sorry to hear this Dave... GWS
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on October 30, 2018, 04:52:21 pm
I can't come to the Compasses either. Catherine and Little Tippers are in London watching some Harry Potter show so I am in charge (or something that may resemble it) on Saturday evening, damn it!

Just be glad to know that seeing Harry Potter contributes a very small amount to my wife's income as she works for the theatre group that owns the theatre, so you are doing good work. Does that help swallow the cost of the tix?! No, I didn't think so ;-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 30, 2018, 07:00:36 pm
Possible left elbow fracture, orthopods will call tomorrow having reviewed.

Stable, weight bearing fracture of the pelvis. Hips and spine OK luckily.

Loads of bruising from left hip to knee. 

various damage to front half of the cruzbike.

I have a stick, can hobble, but it effin' hurts.  I asked how long to get back on the bike, pointing out Saturday.  I was told physically probably OK, but pain likely to be the barrier, 6-8 weeks recovery estimate.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 30, 2018, 07:10:27 pm
 ^ Get Well Soon Dave.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on October 31, 2018, 11:19:28 pm
Looks like there's the usual engineering works out of Liverpool Street. Don't suppose anyone's driving over from North Herts way? I'm trying not to steal the car again.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 01, 2018, 09:44:28 am
GWS Dave! Homebrew should help with the pain  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on November 01, 2018, 10:25:49 am
Just fashioned ridiculous 50km route from 3 compasses to Witham and back - best solution for me without trains is to drive to compasses, park, do 50ece to Witham and back, change of clothes, enjoy a drink. The extra pressure of a 300 wouldn't be conducive to a relaxing night, I am not as fast as wilkyboy... Mind you it's probably not quite as ridiculous as some of the Wednesday night rides post energy drink...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 01, 2018, 10:56:45 am
Some road closures around Leez I noticed last night, including Littley Green. Might want to check any ECE plans - I did see a car coming along LG road so may be passable.

https://www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/future-roadworks-map.aspx

(https://images2.imgbox.com/97/32/uK6Eyptj_o.jpg) (http://imgbox.com/uK6Eyptj)

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on November 01, 2018, 11:26:53 am
Cheers Jason, checked now...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 01, 2018, 02:38:15 pm
I can't come to the Compasses either. Catherine and Little Tippers are in London watching some Harry Potter show so I am in charge (or something that may resemble it) on Saturday evening, damn it!

Just be glad to know that seeing Harry Potter contributes a very small amount to my wife's income as she works for the theatre group that owns the theatre, so you are doing good work. Does that help swallow the cost of the tix?! No, I didn't think so ;-)
It makes me feel better but then, Mrs Tippers shelled out from her winnings so I didn't really mind before ;D

I'm still looking likely to make the Compasses now although it will be a motorised manner after dropping teenagers off at various locations in the county.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on November 01, 2018, 03:55:39 pm
I can't come to the Compasses either. Catherine and Little Tippers are in London watching some Harry Potter show so I am in charge (or something that may resemble it) on Saturday evening, damn it!

Just be glad to know that seeing Harry Potter contributes a very small amount to my wife's income as she works for the theatre group that owns the theatre, so you are doing good work. Does that help swallow the cost of the tix?! No, I didn't think so ;-)
It makes me feel better but then, Mrs Tippers shelled out from her winnings so I didn't really mind before ;D

I'm still looking likely to make the Compasses now although it will be a motorised manner after dropping teenagers off at various locations in the county.

Not uberdad, but Daduber - cool, see you there.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 01, 2018, 06:17:41 pm
Weather is looking rather pleasant for Saturday. A bit chilly first thing for those ECEing, but it should have warmed up a little by 10am. Strengthening tailwind for the latter half of the ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 02, 2018, 09:11:40 am
Depending on whether I actually get any sleep tonight, I've got a 105 mile loop to Witham via Cambridge, then a more direct route back, to ECE it to 400, if I get the timings right! Witham is 82 miles away, so I'm always doing about 350 km anyway.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 02, 2018, 09:54:54 am
Depending on whether I actually get any sleep tonight, I've got a 105 mile loop to Witham via Cambridge, then a more direct route back, to ECE it to 400, if I get the timings right! Witham is 82 miles away, so I'm always doing about 350 km anyway.
Having had a quiet year and being particularly short on miles more recently I'm back at the point where this kind of plan sounds absolutely bonkers....that however is what I love about Audax, the fact that someone is will to just churn out the miles and sees an extra 50k in the dark on top of 350 is a 'might as well'  :thumbsup:

See you tomorrow!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 02, 2018, 10:02:07 am
If there’s ice on the cars at 2am I might have a rethink, but I want to get 100 points this year so I need to make more of an effort in winter.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 02, 2018, 10:32:37 am
Have "fun" tomorrow guys
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 02, 2018, 03:24:05 pm
Depending on whether I actually get any sleep tonight, I've got a 105 mile loop to Witham via Cambridge ...

I'll keep an eye out for you on my way down  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 02, 2018, 03:25:36 pm
Have "fun" tomorrow guys

GWS, Dave — very sorry to hear of your misadventure.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 02, 2018, 06:17:04 pm
Right - ECE entered, alarm set, bike fettled and water bottles prepared... beers open, tea in oven.  See you all at the 'spoons tomorrow morning.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 02, 2018, 06:31:11 pm
Organiser is almost all set...cards folded and labelled, signs printed and laminated, Winter Anvil Grand Slam badges and others packed, ACME jerseys & gilets to be sorted...

Going to be busy at the Départ - 96 entries so far with a few more online before midnight and OTL in the morning expected.  A fine weather forecast should ensure a good turn out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nik's Nick on November 02, 2018, 06:35:34 pm
OTL entries accepted then?  Excellent. I'm dragging a buddy along for the 50k of my pre-event ECE. Just need to persuade him to take the long route home.

And buy an ACME gillet..
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Shugg McGraw on November 03, 2018, 10:47:34 pm
Thanks Huggy. Great event. One suggestion, can you begin the briefing note, "This rides starts at 10:00, not 09:00, you idiot ...".
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 04, 2018, 09:51:32 am
Great weather and autumn colours. Wintry temperatures first thing for my ECE, though colder up around Saffron Walden than at 05:00 in Dunmow.

Reserving the back room in the 'spoons was a good move, cheers Huggy.

Helpers' Ride for the Stansted Airport Express on 17th November anyone? And anyone up for helping on the day at the start or finish?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 04, 2018, 10:12:40 am
Yeah good event hugster, we had a smashing time! ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 04, 2018, 11:13:01 am
Thanks Huggy, I enjoyed that  :thumbsup:

6.30am start for a three hour ride to the start.  Just over five hours on the event itself, including a brief time when I was part of a four-fixie peloton  :) 

Then off into the badlands south of Dunmow to bag some explorer squares and boost my ECE distance before the awards ceremony at The Compasses — I think it was a fab idea to align the two and a lot of riders ended their ECEs there  :thumbsup:

Not me, though.  After the Compasses rendezvous, I set off for the run back to Cambridge for a three-pointer, but built in some more square-bagging and additional over-distance for a nice, but chilly, double-century  :smug:

EDIT:  write-up and a few pics on Strava here — https://www.strava.com/activities/1945266299 (https://www.strava.com/activities/1945266299)

A mere ride in the park compared to Bikeability Man — he was out for a four-pointer yesterday, chapeau!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 04, 2018, 12:34:53 pm
Intended starting at 1:30, but it was more like 1:45, on a 105 mile loop via Kimbolton, St Neots (where I rear wheel punctured, and was asked by a paramedic in a passing ambulance if I’d called them), Grantchester (Cambridge, where I turned into the wind), Saffron Walden and Braintree, arriving at 9:30 for a well earned veggie brekkie. I’d had a diet of shortbread fingers, a flapjack, and a chewy energy bar before that.

I was pleased to see team mate Big Saxon, and his Audax sidekick the Straggler, in the pub, as I don’t get to ride with them much. We had a gentle pace around the beautiful route, and enjoyed sit down refreshments at a cafe. We arrived back at the ‘spoons a bit later than planned, but I still had time to enjoy my fave veggie burger, chips and pint meal deal. It was also very nice when Huggy presented me with the badge for doing all four events. Only in Essex!

I had a lonely, dark ride to the Compasses (what’s new!), but watched the firework displays on the meandering 11 mile journey, arriving bang on 7 to a packed green room, where I sat chatting to Wilkyboy and others (does BTwin Dean go on here?), and sipping the one pint I was allowing myself there. It was good to get another Essex SR, and I enjoyed watching the awards.

I reluctantly left after 9, but needed to as I’d started to yawn, and steadily made my way onto the B roads to Dunmow and Stortford, then the A120. I felt like I had a lot of energy, and had bursts of riding fast, and out of the saddle efforts (to stretch the legs), but I had bags of time in hand, so took most of it steady. The A507 was still a chore, even though I hadn’t used it on the outward leg. There are almost as many roundabouts on it as in MK.

Anyway, I got home at 2:30, put the remaining choccy milk and unopened sarnie (bought for control receipts) in the fridge (just had them now, along with the crisps the Straggler gave me), had a bath, fell asleep in it, woke up 4ish, then went to bed.

Thanks Huggy, and the ACME team for all that you do to tempt this Milton Keynie over!
The end.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 04, 2018, 12:47:56 pm
... had a bath, fell asleep in it, woke up 4ish, then went to bed.

Didn't you tell us in the pub you intended NOT to do just that?!  ;D

Good to see you out yesterday and to chat at the pub  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 04, 2018, 12:56:19 pm
I couldn’t face climbing into bed then getting asked aren’t I having a bath? (like I smell after 400km). I was determined not to nod off, but it just happened!

I feel ashamed that I’m not a organiser, when Wilkyboy joined the year before I did, and is so accomplished (still dreaming of the butternut squash soup).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on November 04, 2018, 01:19:29 pm
(does BTwin Dean go on here?),

Yes, I am on here.

Was nice to meet you, very pleasant evening at the compasses. Will put a ride report up later when I have time :o).

Congrats on your epic ride, very impressive.

Best wishes
Dean
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 04, 2018, 01:22:08 pm
I feel ashamed that I’m not a organiser, when Wilkyboy joined the year before I did, and is so accomplished (still dreaming of the butternut squash soup).

Don't be — there are over 6000 members and 150 or so active organisers (I think).  Not every member needs to be an organiser.

ps. Mrs WB's the accomplished one in the hospitality department; I just run the events.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on November 05, 2018, 02:50:52 pm
Great to align the prize giving and event, made it even better and led to some, errr, adventurous ECEing (poor Martin).

For those of you who didn't know who Darren Franks was, sitting quietly in the corner, then read his LEL blog for a start - one of the best. Also note he started riding FOUR years ago and has a TCR, most of a Trans Am and the LEL to his credit already. While his writing is very entertaining and self deprecating in person you got a glimpse of the steely determination underneath. When I asked him what his physical base was if it wasn't cycling he did admit to be a semi-pro Kung Fu dude in his 20 doing 40 hours a week.... yikes.... anyway; read on: https://theadventurecapitalist.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lel-2017-part-1/ (https://theadventurecapitalist.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lel-2017-part-1/)

A
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: rob on November 05, 2018, 02:57:18 pm
Bit annoyed not to make it.   We came back from holiday early so that I could get my hand checked out at hospital and it ended up that it was broken.

Technically I could still have driven but by the time I got round to checking the traffic there were 90 minute queues at both Dartford and Blackwall.   Went to the fireworks down the road instead.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler on November 05, 2018, 10:31:14 pm
I had been pondering upon the logistics and how best to fit an ECE before and after 3Rs event, attend the ACME awards evening and camp overnight, taking into account the forecast wind strength and direction.

Made a sensible decision to drop my camping gear off at the Compasses on Friday night by car. Did the 85km early morning ECE stage and crossed paths with Tomsk at Radwinter before arriving at the event.  Rode steadily with dynamic duo Team MK riders, Big Saxon and Bikeabilityman during the event. At Latchingdon BP garage control, Bikeabilityman had to make do with a milkshake after having no luck with finding a snack to meet his special dietary requirements.  Moments later another arrivee enters the store and returns with a veggie sandwich much to our amusement.

Only had a brief stop at the finish, before joining the Acme group for the last 17km ECE leg to Littley Green.  Much enjoyed the evening with good food, fine ales and seeing other riders receiving their well earned awards. Whilst others slowly left after the presentation either to finish their ECEs or to return home into the cold darkness again, I only had to stumble 25 yards to my tent. I managed to stay warm during the night with forecast temp of around 6 degree C.

I joined bhoot tandem for breakfast before repacking the 6.5kg camping gear, tent, sleeping bag and liner and bivvy bag (not used) into a large rucksack before trundling home some 45km. Wearing the rucksack was not as uncomfortable as I had envisaged.

Many thanks to Huggy, Tomsk and Joss for arranging and organising a great day and evening entertainment.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 06, 2018, 12:59:01 pm
If we’re the dynamic duo, I’m Batman (or were they just the caped crusaders?).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on November 06, 2018, 07:05:10 pm
The Essex 3R's, the first of the Winter Series and the only one I hadn't completed since I started Audax in 2017. Grant kindly held up the traffic again at the start we could make our escape and we were on our way to the first info control.

It was a lovely mild day for November and I realised I was wearing too many layers and we very hot. I unzipped my jacket and that seemed to help and spent the time to the control pondering whether to take it off when I got there. I was riding with Jane and Carl, we saw Andy along the way fixing an unexpected deflation.

Once at the control, I jotted down the answer on my brevet and then noticed that everyone had left me. Story of my life, but I could see them in the distance and at the moment the wind wasn't very strong - so upping my pace I was able to catch them as we passed the first reservoir. There was a bit of traffic coming into Maldon (when isn't there?) A driver had stopped their car in the middle of the hill and was just waiting there, very strange. We filtered past it and the other cars and into the Rose and Crown Wetherspoons for some lunch.

A little while later we arrived at the petrol station in Latchingdon, I was still full up from my lunch at the Wetherspoons, so bought some jelly babies for later to get a receipt and then back on the road to the post office at Stock.

This next stage was a bit of a slog against the wind and I think the hills! Eventually though, the Post Office presented itself and I was prepared this time with cash, so I only had to buy a drink for £1 rather than £5 worth of stuff to use my card, like I did on the summer version of this ride.

We had changed direction now for the next stage to Danbury and the wind was behind us which made for easy cycling. Arriving around 15:45 just before they closed I stamped my brevet.

The final leg was fast, following Jason and Jane we went off route missing out Terling and heading down the cycle path along the A12 (Sshh!) to reach the Arrivee before it was dark.

After some refreshments and an ever later leaving time we made our to the Compasses, bumping into Andy along the way. It was a good November night, the smell of bonfire in the air and fireworks lighting up the sky.

The award ceremoney was great, it was nice to see everyone pick up their awards especially Jan for the most points. Pleased I got my Essex SR medal, will aim to get another next year! At around 23:00hrs I figured it was probably time to tackle the last 20 miles home.

Thanks to Grant for organising and the ACME team in general!
-Dean
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 18, 2018, 11:51:32 am
Route Check and Helpers' Ride yesterday for the Stansted Airport Express - thanks to Deniece, Deano_44 and BFC for helping to check the route: they'll be my team on the day along with Mrs T and possibly offspring ... Damp start for my ECE, but it turned out to be a beautiful day with just a bit of south easterly headwind back to Witham from Thaxted.

Plenty of Essex's finest clay is finding it's way onto the lanes along with partly rotted leaves - CARE NEEDED! The bike is filthy [but I'm not  :smug:] - remember those mudguards and flaps folks.

Some tweaks to gps and route sheet needed, lots of missing signs etc. Riders should expect an email and updated stuff on AUKweb later this week.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 19, 2018, 10:52:53 am
 :thumbsup: If we get weather like yesterday for the day it would be MAGIC!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on November 19, 2018, 12:24:32 pm
Was a good ride, and the beetles looked good in the morning sun and mist. Not sure I was much help with the route check but looking forward to helping out on the day  :).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 19, 2018, 12:35:08 pm
I'll be repeating my ECE of the SAE and ride 101km from home to 'spoons which should be 2.5km for me  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 19, 2018, 12:39:17 pm
I'll be in for at least 72km ECE in each direction.  I've a few squares to bag on the way in one direction, hopefully the morning, probably the afternoon, to bring the ECE to about 155km.  The question is — can I be bothered to ride the other 45km for the extra point?  Hmm ... ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 19, 2018, 01:16:51 pm
I reckon I'll be repeating my train assisted journey before and after the ride....I'm really liking just doing the 100 even if my fitness is not!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 01:21:36 pm
I reckon I'll be repeating my train assisted journey before and after the ride....I'm really liking just doing the 100 even if my fitness is not!

 :thumbsup:

I'm at the end of my RTTY so no commitment to maintain a 200km.. perhaps that opens the door for my first fixed audax?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on November 19, 2018, 01:23:56 pm
it is a very fixed friendly route  :thumbsup:

Perhaps it opens the door to your first fixed RRTY ?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 01:29:19 pm
That would involve distances > 100km on fixed though!

100 miles was tough, I admire you who can knock out 200km / SR on fixed.  I was knackered!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 19, 2018, 02:54:17 pm
lets see what you are saying in a few months...would be great training for the legs in the winter before PBP
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 19, 2018, 02:55:35 pm
lets see what you are saying in a few months...would be great training for the legs in the winter before PBP

Would be great to ride on PBP, too  :thumbsup: :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 02:57:43 pm
Oh FFS!!!! leave it out! (even I was thinking that as I was riding yesterday  :facepalm: )
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2018, 03:00:24 pm
Oh FFS!!!! leave it out! (even I was thinking that as I was riding yesterday  :facepalm: )

Hang on, you said you were doing the TCR on fixed. If you aren’t we’ll need to change your application film  ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 04:41:09 pm
/thread derailment I thought TCR plan involved clown bikes (outfit optional) ?

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2018, 04:53:39 pm
/thread derailment I thought TCR plan involved clown bikes (outfit optional) ?


That would certainly look good on film  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 19, 2018, 04:59:02 pm
I'll be repeating my ECE of the SAE and ride 101km from home to 'spoons which should be 2.5km for me  :facepalm:

You could always start campaigning for an additional alternative starting venue, perhaps the Wetherspoons in Bishop's Stortford. Ideal distance to split your ECE into a 60 / 40km ride, and that trainline from London is rarely affected by bus replacement services.

I know at least one helper who would be happy to sit there all day stamping brevets ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 05:12:07 pm
I'll be repeating my ECE of the SAE and ride 101km from home to 'spoons which should be 2.5km for me  :facepalm:

You could always start campaigning for an additional alternative starting venue, perhaps the Wetherspoons in Bishop's Stortford. Ideal distance to split your ECE into a 60 / 40km ride, and that trainline from London is rarely affected by bus replacement services.

I know at least one helper who would be happy to sit there all day stamping brevets ...

.. but it always[1] rains when an Audax starts from 'spoons in the Western suburb of Takeley [2].


[1] based on empirical evidence of Easter Arrow last year.
[2] incorrectly marked on most maps and known by the locals as Bishop's Stortford
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 19, 2018, 05:26:15 pm
Audax starts from BS ‘spoons? Get’s my vote!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 19, 2018, 05:29:39 pm
[2] incorrectly marked on most maps and known by the locals as Bishop's Stortford

A bit of digging later, and I think that you are forgetting that "under the Poor Law of 1834, Takeley became part of the Great Dunmow Union".

Even more interestingly (!), the first settlement in Bishop's Stortford was in Roman times, as a staging post between Braughing and Colchester. 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 19, 2018, 05:32:38 pm
Audax starts from BS ‘spoons? Get’s my vote!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 06:47:50 pm
[2] incorrectly marked on most maps and known by the locals as Bishop's Stortford

A bit of digging later, and I think that you are forgetting that "under the Poor Law of 1834, Takeley became part of the Great Dunmow Union".

Even more interestingly (!), the first settlement in Bishop's Stortford was in Roman times, as a staging post between Braughing and Colchester.

Is Western Suburb of Colchester stretching it a bit ?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on November 19, 2018, 08:21:09 pm
Audax starts from BS ‘spoons? Get’s my vote!
Interesting. Might even be achievable as an ECE for me...

There again, the point of this is to start at the westerly end of the course. So, if a BS event were to go west, I could do the same thing again, and start at a Spoons in Stevenage or somewhere...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 19, 2018, 08:29:28 pm
A BS start means I could do a 100km loop to the start which avoided the A507, which I’m really getting fed up of now.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 20, 2018, 09:11:31 am
psyclist, your organising career starts here! An ACME event in the Essex Borders  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2018, 10:38:54 am
psyclist, your organising career starts here! An ACME event in the Essex Borders  :thumbsup:

I think psyclist needs to get organising.  Isn't he the founding (and perhaps only) member of ACHE?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 20, 2018, 12:41:38 pm
If the weather is not too bad this weekend, I'm planning on riding the first Audax wholly within Essex that gets AAA points ... 1.25 points by my reckoning. However even if my DIY is successful, I'm not sure it'd get much interest from the wider community as its not all road based, and would require validation by GPS.

I'll take a look at options for a more civilised adventure, as there is a lot of potential in the western fringes, both from a routing perspective and in attracting a few new faces, given the ease of getting to Bishop's Stortford.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 20, 2018, 04:22:12 pm
^  :thumbsup: Could there be a few checkpoints and infos to get a route approved for a calendar event?

Long ago in my brief BC [Before Children] CTC organising career I put on a 'Hilly 30' [miles] early season reliability ride in E Herts, where all the 2 hour group were out of time and quite a few failed to finish in the 2.5 hour option. Up and down every side road on the chalk hills - mandatory route with surprise checkpoints - one marshall hid in a phone box, for extra shock value, but also perhaps for shelter as it was a showery day and windy too!

This was actually the first time I met [soon to become legendary] Audaxer Jack Eason, recently retired ...heavy steel tourer, massive saddlebag, finished with about a minute in hand and of course had ridden about 30 miles from home!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 20, 2018, 06:08:55 pm
Could there be a few checkpoints and infos to get a route approved for a calendar event?

Possible, but it would take quite some rework. I'll consider options once I've ridden the route.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on November 26, 2018, 09:05:56 pm
Are on-the-line entries available this weekend? December's snuck up on me rather quickly!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 26, 2018, 09:28:12 pm
I can’t believe it’s not butter. No no no! I mean I can’t believe it’s almost three years since I went there (Feb ‘16), so this Saturday I’m (all being well) cycling to Tewkesbury ‘spoons for a Mark Rigby AAA 200. Now what shall I sew my winter series badge to?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 27, 2018, 01:33:29 pm
Are on-the-line entries available this weekend? December's snuck up on me rather quickly!

On-line entries will remain open until Thursday midnight. Paper entry forms will be available [or bring your own ready filled in] for entry on the line.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 29, 2018, 09:21:55 am
Forecast for Saturday is looking 'interesting': damp, very mild, breezy.

This season's must-have accessory: Mudguards, generously flapped - apropos of which, I have a new batch of ACME flaps [long] in stock, as well as some extra wide for your gravel/rough stuff bikes.

Plastic bags for covering saddles and chairs at the pub/cafe is a good idea too. I'll see if I can find room in my panniers for a few towels as well.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jack on November 29, 2018, 11:08:42 am
Ooh, great; I was hoping there'd be another run of these.

Will I be able to buy a pair of ACME flaps on Saturday in person?

How much?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 29, 2018, 06:27:10 pm
I will have as much of the ACME shop as I can cram into two panniers along with the control stuff, as well as some of Huggy's stock of kit. Mudflaps included, no problem: £15.00. Cash preferred, but I can do cheque, paypal, BACS, if really necessary. Cash is easier to keep track of on the day, I find.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 30, 2018, 07:08:15 pm
110 entries!

Not very many DNS notifications ... yet.

Thremhall Coffee Shop is concerned about numbers being down - I reckon about 30% DNSs for a wet ride, as opposed to 15-20% 'normal', but we have waterproofs don't we?

I'll be at the 'spoons as near to 8 as I can, get everything set up, have breakfast with helpers and be ready to go asap ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 30, 2018, 07:29:23 pm
I think it's not going to be as bad as some might think, forecast was for rain easing off by 10AM in the area of the ride....  so maybe an hour of light rain at the start.

Not quite sure anyone ECE'ing the start will be so lucky though  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 30, 2018, 07:44:54 pm
Have a good ride tomorrow chaps, hopefully not too challenging.

I'm hoping to have some measure of capability (if not fitness) back for January's edition.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: freeflow on November 30, 2018, 10:50:49 pm
If anyone is flagging by Great Bardfield don't forget the excellent and cyclist friendly Knead cafe(Blue egg cafe). Its at the post office at the top of the climb out of Great Bardfield.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on December 01, 2018, 12:02:08 am
Have fun everyone. We've chickened out because of the likely rain and some other options that have come up.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on December 01, 2018, 05:25:29 am
I think it's not going to be as bad as some might think, forecast was for rain easing off by 10AM in the area of the ride....  so maybe an hour of light rain at the start.

Not quite sure anyone ECE'ing the start will be so lucky though  :facepalm:

Dry currently, but the rain radar shows a swathe of rain heading across the country. It’s breaking up a bit though, so might not be too bad by the time it gets to us. The first bit of my ECE will be dry at least, with the first of the light rain hitting in about 1 hour.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 01, 2018, 08:22:58 am
Me and Penelope have just delivered the ACME Shop to ‘spoons so bring some money!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on December 01, 2018, 07:40:03 pm
I think it's not going to be as bad as some might think, forecast was for rain easing off by 10AM in the area of the ride....  so maybe an hour of light rain at the start.
It didn't (ease off). Well not till into the afternoon anyway. And a few times, it eased off then started again.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on December 01, 2018, 10:07:47 pm
Yep - although if you were out early enough - there was a sunrise visible!
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181201/8d3534e0af90576985f2c6533b5479ad.jpg)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on December 02, 2018, 01:01:23 am
I failed to DNS after my friend cancelled the other thing we were going to do. I decided to do the whole thing in fixed, which worked out pretty well.

After a wet foot experience last weekend I decided to bring my spare shoes and socks on the ride and change into them halfway, which if the weather forecast had held up would have been long after the rain stopped. Alas it was still wet on leaving the café. I gambled on changing at Thaxted because it seemed pretty dry, but not long after the drizzle came again and didn't let up until the finish.

Anyway, I liked the route, and the café was very efficient. Thanks all who organised.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Shugg McGraw on December 02, 2018, 12:28:23 pm
Forecast for Saturday is looking 'interesting': damp, very mild, breezy.

"Damp" was perhaps understating it.  Still, another well organised and enjoyable ACME event.  Thanks to all involved.

My first ECE - assuming I get validated.

Takeaway: Don't assume that because something is dignified by the name "Road" the conditions will be any better than those found in the Somme.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on December 02, 2018, 01:40:16 pm
It were no picnic on the Tewkesbury 200. I think I remembered why I hadn't done an Audax from there for nearly three years: loadsa grotty crumbly down and up lanes made worse by all the crap getting washed onto them. My bike and bottom half looked a right mess when I arrived back at the 'spoons. Luckily, when I left after a well deserved pint, it was chucking it down again, which cleaned me and the bike up a bit!

Now do I do the Kelvedon Oyster again next month, or head west? If I'm reduced to three gears again, Essex it is!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on December 02, 2018, 01:47:30 pm
I think I enjoyed that — ask me a in few days.  A good turnout, plenty of people to ride with.

Started cool, but dry in Cambridge, turned to a bit damp around Braintree on the ride down.  The start was full-wet, not drying out until the final half hour.  The ride home was dry until the final hour or so when the heavens opened and it was proper-wet.

I was well down on power yesterday, for some reason — maybe I've a cold.  Not that I'm that powerful usually, but I had to walk a few short, sharp climbs that normally I can ride over  :facepalm:

That said, I had 90-odd km in the legs before the start, awarded myself a bonus 10km on the ride, and rode another 110km home again, totally a nice round 200 miles  :thumbsup:

Strava report + photos here (https://www.strava.com/activities/1996148116).

It was good to chat with Soupy and Mrs Tomsk at the finish.

Thanks Tom + helpers for another fine day a-wheel  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Lee Velo on December 02, 2018, 03:19:14 pm
Was a great ride, can't say the same about the weather.

I did have a minor grumble at the Cafe, although the info sheet did suggest the 'full menu' wouldn't be available, I didn't expect that the only choice would be a bacon roll or sausage roll. Not everyone can/does eat meat, and although I managed to persuade (and thank them for) some beans on toast for full price, I was quite surprised a veggie option wasn't available. The cafe suggested that I should have informed the organiser who would have let them know, but that seems quite overkill?   
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Lee Velo on December 02, 2018, 03:42:09 pm


I was well down on power yesterday, for some reason — maybe I've a cold.  Not that I'm that powerful usually, but I had to walk a few short, sharp climbs that normally I can ride over  :facepalm:


Sorry I must have missed you at the start, I got bundled into the 0930 start and was cold and wet enough to just think 'bugger it' and started. I too felt down on power yesterday, wasn't great for it!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on December 02, 2018, 09:30:29 pm
My trains got me to the start as the 9.30 group was setting off. A couple of us watched as this endless stream of bikes emerged from the pub garden. Just as I was beginning to wonder whether they were sneaking back through the pub to come round again, the end of the line appeared.

I decided to grab my card and go after them, making the most of the light, rather than wait for the 10am start. Although it was wet, I was snug in my waterproof, so I rather enjoyed the whole ride. I started to pick up one or two riders in the early miles, although the bulk of the bunch I didn't see again except maybe at lunch.

Approaching High Easter, I made a couple of minor navigational errors, partly because it was hard to read my rain-covered GPS and route sheet with my rain-covered glasses. I spotted the problems quickly, but I think one or two probably went back past me while I was off route. When I turned round to retrace, I discovered that it was raining harder than I had realised.

I had misread the instructions as saying that the return leg was longer than the outward, and that made the return quicker than I had anticipated. In addition, I kept expecting to turn into a strong headwind, but that never quite seemed to happen.

All in all it was a good day out, with roads remarkably quiet except in a few obvious places :thumbsup: And then the trains were good going back - only a couple of minutes' wait at each of Witham and KX - so I made it home in record time :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 03, 2018, 07:51:16 pm
Results uploaded, paperwork going off tomorrow.

Final tally:
127 entries.
85 validated brevets, including 4 helpers two weeks ago.
No mishaps on the event itself, but one minor 'ouchy' for someone on the ride in.

84 starters on Saturday, with just 3 failing to finish - one totally AWOL, but two did let me know they had been rescued following multiple visitations from the Essex P#nct+r£ Fairy. I heard one rider received help, spare tubes etc from other riders to try and keep him on the road, so a big thanks to them for that.

Several 200km rides with an Extended Calendar Event brevet, one on a 300 - impressive for this dark time of year, 3 weeks before the Winter Solstice and such a very wet day too - chapeau!

Thank you to all my helpers on Saturday: BFC, Deano_44, Soupy and Mrs Tomsk, also to Oscar's Dad for lugging in Huggy's ACME kit for the shop and to Huggy for the Winter Series badges and passing on the car park donations to the Labour Club.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 09, 2018, 07:01:29 pm
Fun or Fantasy?

20 mins on the turbo today on a road bike, pelvis comfortable enough, lower back not so much.   The Kelvedon Oyster will be 11 weeks on from the injury, reasonable target or absolute lunacy? 

Clearly I'll not be aiming for any particular time.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Big Saxon on December 11, 2018, 05:04:39 pm
ElyDave  Knights Templar was 14 weeks after my heart attack, just have to try sometimes and surprise ourselves. My head has often talked me out of it, less so now as I get stronger.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 11, 2018, 06:05:24 pm
I think the pelvis will be fine, it's more a question of residual fitness and managing the back pain I think. 

I'll work up over the next 4 weeks though, have an opportunity for 50 on 31st Dec.   

I do have history in this sort of thing, I ran a 24mile fell race and was then diagnosed Type 1 diabetic 3 days later, my first question was "can I still do an ultra marathon in 6 weeks?" (that's not meant to sound pompous, just a statement of fact and my possible level of idiocy).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on December 17, 2018, 01:37:29 pm
I've finally started my Christmas shopping today - mudguards for the bike and an entry to the Kelvedon Oyster for me  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on December 31, 2018, 10:36:44 am
It's Hogmanay, so it's almost time for the jewel in the crown of the ACME Anvil Winter Series - the Kelvedon Oyster.

To mark the occasion, Greater Anglia have once again promised no service alterations on the London - Norwich line that day.  Judging by the first couple of events this season, most of you will be ECEing anyway but I thought I'd share the good news.

There is more good news; this year as well as a Native Oyster at Mersea Island, there will also be a hot drink.  Collect your ACME currency with your brevet card to redeem your snack and beverage.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on December 31, 2018, 05:10:15 pm
As the jewel in the crown, will the doors in Kelvedon open for the start earlier in 2019?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on January 03, 2019, 02:31:37 pm
And are you accepting entries on the line?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 03, 2019, 05:17:19 pm
Two Witham residents on Pointless BBC 1 now.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 04, 2019, 07:30:58 am
Going to go out for 2 hours/50km tomorrow, if I can't do that in comfort because of the back, then there's no point entering a 4-ish hour event.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 07, 2019, 02:14:52 pm
So, 1hr 45 / 45km, yes physically OK to do that, but back and neck are screaming at me today.  I think I could do it, but it's not worth the after effects, Feb seems more realistic for the Knights Templar I think
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on January 07, 2019, 02:22:24 pm
For anyone trying to achieve a "prize" for the Maldon and Dengie CAMRA Real Ale Trail 2019 read on....

The Kelveden Oyster Route takes us past or near a number of pubs on the trail.

Ye Olde Albion @ Rowhedge is on the route.
The Kings Head @ Tollesbury is a few extra yards into Tollesbury.
The Queens Head @ Tolleshunt D'Arcy is a few yards into off route.
Maltsters Arms @ Heybridge is a small detour into Heybridge.

Chequers @ Goldhanger is a detour through Goldhanger or
Swan @ Little Totham is a detour into Little Totham

The prize is free beer tokens at the Maldon beer festival for anyone the gets 20 or more stamps on a card.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 02:51:53 pm
For anyone trying to achieve a "prize" for the Maldon and Dengie CAMRA Real Ale Trail 2019 read on....

The Kelveden Oyster Route takes us past or near a number of pubs on the trail.

Ye Olde Albion @ Rowhedge is on the route.
The Kings Head @ Tollesbury is a few extra yards into Tollesbury.
The Queens Head @ Tolleshunt D'Arcy is a few yards into off route.
Maltsters Arms @ Heybridge is a small detour into Heybridge.

Chequers @ Goldhanger is a detour through Goldhanger or
Swan @ Little Totham is a detour into Little Totham

The prize is free beer tokens at the Maldon beer festival for anyone the gets 20 or more stamps on a card.
 

Shame on you, trying to turn an innocent audax into a pub crawl. Such behaviour cannot be condoned #goodeffort
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on January 07, 2019, 03:08:29 pm
How busy is the road through Goldhanger? I might go that way for Veloviewer reasons :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on January 07, 2019, 03:46:54 pm
How busy is the road through Goldhanger? I might go that way for Veloviewer reasons :)

As a single rider or small group Tolleshunt D'Arcy through Goldhanger is OK. The road is effectively "the coast road", and some of the drivers are not sensible about overtaking on blind bends - no different to any other roads, but this road has some long sequences of bends. Summer months are a lot worse with static caravan owners from London in a hurry.

I ride it regularly, including in rush hour on the way home, as a well lit solo rider. Only been taken off by a truck once on a weekday middle of day ride (a few years ago).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 07, 2019, 05:04:37 pm
How busy is the road through Goldhanger? I might go that way for Veloviewer reasons :)

As a single rider or small group Tolleshunt D'Arcy through Goldhanger is OK. The road is effectively "the coast road", and some of the drivers are not sensible about overtaking on blind bends - no different to any other roads, but this road has some long sequences of bends. Summer months are a lot worse with static caravan owners from London in a hurry.

I ride it regularly, including in rush hour on the way home, as a well lit solo rider. Only been taken off by a truck once on a weekday middle of day ride (a few years ago).
It would be the icy conditions route as the road is gritted, but the 'official' route is much nicer to ride for the reasons BFC states :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 11, 2019, 02:35:37 pm
How busy is the road through Goldhanger? I might go that way for Veloviewer reasons :)

I might see you there, for the same reason  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: telstarbox on January 12, 2019, 05:56:42 pm
Good route (especially the post Tollesbury bit), windy but that's better than icy. Cheers ACME :)

Did the grumpy Italian who thought the route would be signposted make it back to base?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 12, 2019, 06:38:02 pm
Well that was a washout :(

On the climb out of Earl's Colne, I felt my right pedal move. A quick look showed that the thread in the crank was giving up the ghost. No idea why it happened then - I've had that crankset and pedals since I built the bike up in 2006. Don't think I've ever even taken them apart. Serves me right really - by that point, I'd already passed four or five groups of riders fixing various mechanicals, mainly punctures, and was feeling smug because I'd come out on a nice, reliable tourer with heavier tyres :-[

Thanks to all the riders who asked if I was OK, but there was nothing to do but limp back to the start on one leg, pedalling ever such a little with the other. Just as I reached the pub, the pedal came completely out of the crank, so I literally rode on one leg from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross.

When I got home, I also found the reason for my riding position feeling slightly odd - a broken saddle rail in my Team Professional. So I'm waiting for things to come in threes and something else to go...

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on January 12, 2019, 08:28:06 pm
Excellent ride out - I could have done without the post-Mersea headwind though!

My first audax on an MTB - I don't think I'd have been much faster on a different bike, and it was perfect for the river path at the end.

The weirdest moment was encountering two women on horses who'd been cornered by a curious escaped dog. Did anyone see how this situation was resolved?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Big Saxon on January 13, 2019, 11:16:24 am
Another good ACME day out with The Straggler, left after 10am and missed all of the queues later on. Did our usual and doubted the routesheet, doubling back in Fingringhoe 100 metres round the corner from the correct junction, added 3k. A very friendly attractive young lady at the oyster bar, I gave Raymond my oyster and off we set into the windy section which was a bit of a drag.

Arrived just after 5.30pm, Raymond was hungry and decided not to complete the ECE, so we chilled out with food and drink at the pub. The angry Italian was there, came to the Controllers table looking for the free Arrivee magazine, muttered something unintelligible and threw it down, as Italians do.We conceded Lanterne Rouge today, we were about an hour faster than the last man despite our detours.

On the way out of the pub witnessed some drunk locals abusing the landlady, they were drinking their own alcohol in her car park and she asked them to leave. Called her many unacceptable things and threatened to beat her up, hope they get what they deserve one day. The car screamed out of the parking space in reverse towards me, fortunately for them they stopped well short of the Big Saxon.

One Winter Series to go for the next badge, see you all then.   
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 13, 2019, 02:51:27 pm
Well, what an extremely busy and successful 'jewel in the crown' ACME Anvil Winter Series ride that was!  Thanks Ted and extended team of AUK notiarieties on the day for your processing of such a large field (mostly with low levels of stress  ;D )

So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.

I have had an entry request from a 16-year-young lad wanting to dip his toe in to the slippery slope world of Audax.  He'll be riding without parental supervision, although permission will be given.  My request is to anyone riding to please introduce yourself to him, offer a friendly face, and watch him disappear in to the distance like the racing whippet he probably is.  But if he does happen to ride at a similar pace please show him the ropes of Audax.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 13, 2019, 02:55:59 pm
Well, what an extremely busy and successful 'jewel in the crown' ACME Anvil Winter Series ride that was!  Thanks Ted and extended team of AUK notiarieties on the day for your processing of such a large field (mostly with low levels of stress  ;D )

So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.

I have had an entry request from a 16-year-young lad wanting to dip his toe in to the slippery slope world of Audax.  He'll be riding without parental supervision, although permission will be given.  My request is to anyone riding to please introduce yourself to him, offer a friendly face, and watch him disappear in to the distance like the racing whippet he probably is.  But if he does happen to ride at a similar pace please show him the ropes of Audax.

26th Jan helpers solves some logistical issues I have on the event day - so happy to ride and help on the main day :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 13, 2019, 07:00:14 pm
I did not enjoy that  :(

Okay, let's be clear — I did enjoy the event, the oyster, chatting with the women in the shack who were there last year, too (owner's daughters, in fact), riding with a few friends, the route (generally), etc.  :thumbsup:

But that f!cking wind and my f!cking Christmas Legs put paid to any cycling enjoyment!  It was a lot of pain and discomfort, once I'd got the first 100km out of the way.  And the complete lack of power in my legs, coupled with that headwind on the return, meant I didn't get home until after 2am!  :o

Still, I managed to bag 70 squares and went from 18x18 to 21x21  :smug:

Thanks to Tedshred, Ted's daughter, the honourable Herman Ramsey, and Carlosfandango, [EDIT] and Redlight and J Sabine, too, for running and helping on the event, and to the landlord and their team for looking after us at the end  :thumbsup:

Ride report and photos on Strava, here (https://www.strava.com/activities/2076316631).

UPDATE: everything still hurts over 36 hours after I finished, and I can't stop eating, which is not normal for me  :(
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 13, 2019, 07:29:08 pm
Mostly I was riding with the BFC, Deano and Mr Regan, a bit with other ACME stalwarts, the Grumpy [confused?] Italian and others as well. BFC's mission to tick off pubs on the MAD [Maldon And Dengie] CAMRA Ale Trail delayed and diverted us, in a good way I think ... hoovered up more than one oyster and some French bread at a draughty picnic table on Mersea - that, plus an energy drink or two, some crisps and an emergency cream egg got me back to the start.

Chapeau to Grey Sheep for continuing after the diesel induced 'off'. Tubeless sealant was helpfully suggested [by someone who shall remain nameless] for stopping the bleeding ...

Good to see Herman, Redlight and jsabine, keeping busy on office duties along with Tedshred of course and Ms Shred too.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 13, 2019, 08:05:40 pm
I did not enjoy that  :(

Okay, let's be clear — I did enjoy the event, the oyster, chatting with the women in the shack who were there last year, too (owner's daughters, in fact), riding with a few friends, the route (generally), etc.  :thumbsup:

But that f!cking wind and my f!cking Christmas Legs put paid to any cycling enjoyment!  It was a lot of pain and discomfort, once I'd got the first 100km out of the way.  And the complete lack of power in my legs, coupled with that headwind on the return, meant I didn't get home until after 2am!  :o

Still, I managed to bag 70 squares and went from 18x18 to 21x21  :smug:

Thanks to Tedshred, Ted's daughter, the honourable Herman Ramsey, and Carlosfandango for running and helping on the event, and to the landlord and their team for looking after us at the end  :thumbsup:

Ride report and photos on Strava, here (https://www.strava.com/activities/2076316631).
We had strong headwind in the Cotswolds too, and I didn’t get home until 3:15 (1 1/2 hours at the arrivee ‘spoons played a part in that).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on January 14, 2019, 04:37:08 pm
Kelvedon Oyster 2019

Third time doing the Kelvedon Oyster for me, coincidently it is also the first Audax I ever did, so it will always be special.

Left the Railway Tavern just after 10 with Tom, Ian, Grant, Andy, Chris and Jan. As usual Jan was straight up the front and gone! The rest of us took a more leisurely pace. Unfortunately though we soon caught up with Jan as there was a disel spillage on the road, thankfully no serious injuries and Jan was abe to continue.

We got to Pebmarsh and Carl stamped our cards and then on the first pub stop at Rowhedge. During this stage we lost Grant and Andy. The wind was with us, which made for easy going and time for the first pub stop at Rowhedge. Whilst there a guy in shorts, a blue jacket and a distinct accent (we though was Polish, but we could be wrong) approached and said he didn't have a route sheet, map or any other navigation and wanted to tag along with us.

As we left we bumped into Andy and Grant, stopped to say hi and lost our new 'friend'. Moving on to Mersea island, I always like the road going to the island and waving to those that have already controlled there and are on their way back. Quick stop at Mersea, I didn't have the oyster but the cup of tea was welcome and I bought a slice of cake to each on the bench in the cold wind!

 Next stop was into the wind to the King's Head in Tollesbury, thankfully though it wasn't cold as long as you kept moving. A quick drink and a packet of crisps and we were on our way to Heybridge Basin.

Once there we bumped into our 'Polish' friend and told him to follow us back to base. We were going to go off route and avoid the canal path. Somewhere between there and the arrivee we lost him! Anyway I was looking forward to getting back as I was starving and had spied out the red thai curry on the menu before we left.

Another good ride, so thanks again to the ACME guys, looking forward to the next one.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 14, 2019, 05:30:10 pm
I did not enjoy that  :(

Okay, let's be clear — I did enjoy the event, the oyster, chatting with the women in the shack who were there last year, too (owner's daughters, in fact), riding with a few friends, the route (generally), etc.  :thumbsup:

But that f!cking wind and my f!cking Christmas Legs put paid to any cycling enjoyment!  It was a lot of pain and discomfort, once I'd got the first 100km out of the way.  And the complete lack of power in my legs, coupled with that headwind on the return, meant I didn't get home until after 2am!  :o

Still, I managed to bag 70 squares and went from 18x18 to 21x21  :smug:

Thanks to Tedshred, Ted's daughter, the honourable Herman Ramsey, and Carlosfandango, [EDIT] and Redlight and J Sabine, too, for running and helping on the event, and to the landlord and their team for looking after us at the end  :thumbsup:

Ride report and photos on Strava, here (https://www.strava.com/activities/2076316631).

UPDATE: everything still hurts over 36 hours after I finished, and I can't stop eating, which is not normal for me  :(

if it proceeds to "can't stop drinking, can't stop peeing, and losing weight hand over fist", call your doctor. DAHIKT.

Glad it seems to have been a good ride, I seem to remember this as by far the coldest of last year's series.  I'm hoping to be ready for the Knight's Templar in three weeks.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jem on January 16, 2019, 11:45:20 am
Well, what an extremely busy and successful 'jewel in the crown' ACME Anvil Winter Series ride that was!  Thanks Ted and extended team of AUK notiarieties on the day for your processing of such a large field (mostly with low levels of stress  ;D )

So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.


Carl is off on a Psychlist bootcamp ( Ha! ;D) to do the hills and Mills on the 26th - I am not ready for that much climbing - so I can ride the helpers' ride (avoiding a repeat of last time's "intimate" encounter of wheels by the post box at Littley Green) and help on the actual ride day.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 16, 2019, 12:44:43 pm
Carl is off on a Psychlist bootcamp ( Ha! ;D) to do the hills and Mills on the 26th - I am not ready for that much climbing

It's not the climbing that he should be concerned about (even though the ECE I've planned isn't exactly flat), but the extreme cold that is forecast for that weekend. But don't tell him  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 16, 2019, 01:54:00 pm
Carl is off on a Psychlist bootcamp ( Ha! ;D) to do the hills and Mills on the 26th - I am not ready for that much climbing

It's not the climbing that he should be concerned about (even though the ECE I've planned isn't exactly flat), but the extreme cold that is forecast for that weekend. But don't tell him  ;D

Cool is good for me.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on January 18, 2019, 06:08:01 pm
Well, what an extremely busy and successful 'jewel in the crown' ACME Anvil Winter Series ride that was!  Thanks Ted and extended team of AUK notiarieties on the day for your processing of such a large field (mostly with low levels of stress  ;D )

So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.

I have had an entry request from a 16-year-young lad wanting to dip his toe in to the slippery slope world of Audax.  He'll be riding without parental supervision, although permission will be given.  My request is to anyone riding to please introduce yourself to him, offer a friendly face, and watch him disappear in to the distance like the racing whippet he probably is.  But if he does happen to ride at a similar pace please show him the ropes of Audax.

I'm planning to turn out on the 26th, see you for breakfast at Weatherspoons, happy to assist on the main ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 20, 2019, 01:08:15 pm
Thank you to everyone who rode the Kelvedon Oyster and thank you to my glamorous roving controller Fandango (a bit of eye candy always helps get people on the road) and my hard-working arrivee controllers Herman, Redlight, JSabine and no3 Shredette.  We had 196 entries, 170 riders and 146 finishers (the DNF rate being somewhat skewed by people who rode the course but didn't bother validating).

More importantly, 95 oysters were consumed which is a new record for the event.

I have a pair of yellow Btwin gloves and one sealskinz glove in the lost property box.

It looks as if the Knights Templar will be another well supported ride so get your entries in quickly.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 22, 2019, 09:05:03 am
So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.
Thanks for the received offers of helping on the ride and day. I have these helper riders for this Saturday @ 10am from ‘spoons:
Tomsk
Jem
BFC
Bernster
jibbers
The Strangler

There will be usual Depart & Arrivée roles and stamping at Margaretting.  I’m also thinking about making the Purleigh control a checkpoint with a stamp rather than an info to ease the flow through there, if anyone fancies manning that location or about an hour.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 22, 2019, 09:58:14 am
So, now thoughts turn to the ultimate ride in the series - The Knights Templar Compasses - Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a helpers' ride to offer sacrifices to the weather gods on Saturday 26th January, starting 10am from Witham 'spoons.  There will probably be breakfast between 9 and 10.  If anyone is interested in joining the helpers' ride and able to offer assistance on the 2nd Feb please let me know via the usual communication methods.
Thanks for the received offers of helping on the ride and day. I have these helper riders for this Saturday @ 10am from ‘spoons:
Tomsk
Jem
BFC
Bernster
jibbers
The Strangler

There will be usual Depart & Arrivée roles and stamping at Margaretting.  I’m also thinking about making the Purleigh control a checkpoint with a stamp rather than an info to ease the flow through there, if anyone fancies manning that location or about an hour.

I can prob provide a control subject to closing times, Marg seems the most appropriate as it's closest, but could do Purleigh potentially... LMK closing times when we next meet...(or I suppose I could look back through a brevet card)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 22, 2019, 01:57:42 pm
Control 1 & 2 open times, although Purleigh is officially an info on the brevet so there won’t be open/close times noted for that:
Purleigh            17km    10:20        11:25       
Margaretting     37km    10:58        13:05       
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 22, 2019, 03:06:08 pm
Control 1 & 2 open times, although Purleigh is officially an info on the brevet so there won’t be open/close times noted for that:
Purleigh            17km    10:20        11:25       
Margaretting     37km    10:58        13:05       

I can probably man Margaretting via brompton or some such (or even car on way South)  :thumbsup:

I guess there may be an early wave start so riders from just after 10:00?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 22, 2019, 03:43:11 pm
Control 1 & 2 open times, although Purleigh is officially an info on the brevet so there won’t be open/close times noted for that:
Purleigh            17km    10:20        11:25       
Margaretting     37km    10:58        13:05       

I can probably man Margaretting via brompton or some such (or even car on way South)  :thumbsup:

I guess there may be an early wave start so riders from just after 10:00?
I adjusted the control opening times to account for the 9:30 starters already  :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 22, 2019, 05:03:02 pm
Even better - sleep in!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 22, 2019, 05:51:33 pm
I adjusted the control opening times to account for the 9:30 starters already  :)

I guess that confirms there will be no surprise 9am start then ... unless you are keeping it as a surprise ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 23, 2019, 04:28:53 pm
I'm aiming to get along for the Helpers ride this weekend and I am happy to stamp cards on the day at Purleigh if that is still helpful Huggy.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 23, 2019, 04:37:11 pm
I'm aiming to get along for the Helpers ride this weekend and I am happy to stamp cards on the day at Purleigh if that is still helpful Huggy.
Thanks tippers!
Looks like we have our two control stampers
Purleigh            17km    10:20        11:25        tippers
Margaretting     37km    10:58        13:05        jibbers
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 23, 2019, 04:38:48 pm
 :thumbsup: I suspect I will be on 2 wheels but of the motorised variety!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 23, 2019, 05:32:51 pm
Re Margaretting, my experience from last year having stood at the crossroads for half the time was that not every rider stopped for a card stamp. Possibly the riders going past were not on the ride, but they looked suspiciously like audaxers.

The AUK sign was up on a pole, but I wasn't wearing cycling gear. So my advice would be to make the control more conspicuous in some way. If only we had a caravan to appropriately deck out ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 23, 2019, 05:36:12 pm
Re Margaretting, my experience from last year having stood at the crossroads for half the time was that not every rider stopped for a card stamp. Possibly the riders going past were not on the ride, but they looked suspiciously like audaxers.

The AUK sign was up on a pole, but I wasn't wearing cycling gear. So my advice would be to make the control more conspicuous in some way. If only we had a caravan to appropriately deck out ...

lol - I was planning on parking up my brompton and having an AUK sign on teh back.  If they don't stop - then they don't get a stamp (or are just passing through - its a popular route through )
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 23, 2019, 05:54:48 pm
Based on my experiences at Pebmarsh a few will require shouting at and a few will probably miss me. An AUK sign and and ACME Sign will be up I reckon.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 23, 2019, 06:05:34 pm
Based on my experiences at Pebmarsh a few will require shouting at and a few will probably miss me. An AUK sign and and ACME Sign will be up I reckon.

I'm planning on being in ACME gear - should be easy enough to spot :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on January 25, 2019, 08:36:14 am
I'll carry a spare ACME gillet for the post box at Hartford End. Those with their eyes still open may notice.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 26, 2019, 06:02:31 pm
Having just repaired my Mercian after the ravages of the Oyster, I'm in ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 27, 2019, 02:45:57 pm
The route & info sheets and two GPX files have just emailed out to all on the start list so far.  Online entries open until Friday night on on-the-line entries are accepted (subject to brevets not selling out) and you bring along a completed entry form.
On the Helpers' ride yesterday we decided to try the Maldon bypass road as an option to going through he town centre and climb up Market Hill.  It's a bit of drag but perfectly acceptable if you want to avoid the town traffic.  Two GPX files are included in the instruction email, choose the one you'd like to follow.

The ACME Spiritual Home Compasses at Littley Green is expecting a lot of you to stop there for lunch and will serve you as quickly as possible; budget for an hour stop.  I recommend you order from the quick to prepare huffer menu, fish & chips, chilli or curry, e.g. not something pastry based that takes longer to cook.  Other food opportunities are noted on the info sheet if riding past the Compasses as it is not a control point.

Look forward to seeing 120+ of you on Saturday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 27, 2019, 03:39:58 pm
The Maldon bypass doesn’t go by the ‘spoons though!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 27, 2019, 06:51:07 pm
right, 90 mins on the turbo today says lets give it a bash, a) what coud possibly go wrong and b) there are plenty of escape routes if (a) happens
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 27, 2019, 06:51:54 pm
Helpers' Ride [+ECE for me] was a full value day out - under an hour in hand by the finish.

Six set off: Organiser Huggy, BFC, The Straggler, jiberjaber, tippers kiwi & myself; tippers nearly made it round, but turned left for an early finish. The usual Essex moton rude/lazy/thoughtless behaviour at times. Tubeless 'incidents': two of tippers requiring a stop for attention and a slowly deflating jibers front tyre just made it back. No plans to retire the Durano Plusses as yet ...

Lots of down time, with an hour for a 'spoons breakfast, about 1h20 at the Compasses for lunch too. So much warmer than last weekend, but still longs and gloves needed. A touch of drizzle at times, but only properly wet for the last hour on my way home.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on January 29, 2019, 02:36:10 pm
It was a superb day out. Being my first ride of anything near 100km since November I decided that turning left to head home and save myself some retracing was the better course of action, it won some brownie points as well which was a bonus.

This is only the second time I have ridden the route and I mentioned to Huggy a couple of times the changes since the first running (taking out the A414 from Maldon to Danbury) and staying on the South side of the A120 make it a super lovely route.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 29, 2019, 03:05:19 pm
A grand day out as usual, looking forward to stamping your cards on Saturday  :thumbsup:

Happy with my tubeless setup, some sort of puncture within the last 6km took the pressure down from 55 to circa 35psi but still more than enough to see me back to the Arrivee - I didn't bother trying to put any air in as whilst it was soft and bouncy when out of the saddle it was still OK to ride on.  When I attended to it on Sunday the pressure was at 20psi, I took a look around the tyre - there's some big slices in there but no evidence of which might be the culprit.... I pumped it up to it's max 70psi and it's held that since :)  Interestingly - there is usualy a tell tail latex type covering under the mudguards but that is conspiuous by it's absence!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 29, 2019, 03:27:10 pm
Jiber

Huggy, Tomsk and OD think that tubeless tyres are some sort of witchcraft.  Best leave the old timers to their ways.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 29, 2019, 03:36:23 pm
This is only the second time I have ridden the route and I mentioned to Huggy a couple of times the changes since the first running (taking out the A414 from Maldon to Danbury) and staying on the South side of the A120 make it a super lovely route.

Likewise I enjoyed the revised route much better.

Weather looking good for Saturday, but need to see how quickly the roads clear after the snow. I might be riding the tank rather than the whippet.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on January 29, 2019, 03:39:54 pm
Jiber

Huggy, Tomsk and OD think that tubeless tyres are some sort of witchcraft.  Best leave the old timers to their ways.
using a tube would have been a quicker fix on Saturday, just sayin  :P
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 29, 2019, 07:13:21 pm
Jiber

Huggy, Tomsk and OD think that tubeless tyres are some sort of witchcraft.  Best leave the old timers to their ways.

 ;D Modern 'old school' tyres n'tube [eg anything Schwalbe with 'plus' in the name] are so much better than in the bad old days; I'm just grateful I don't have to faff with double inner tubes, tuffy tape etc [and even then glass, flints etc got through and then abraded the threads from the inside, between the kevlar tape and the tyre]. Michelin World Tour in 27" x 1.25" was nice easy rolling rubber but woefully fragile, so you ended up with a ton of reinforcement to get them to work in the real world.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 29, 2019, 07:43:20 pm
Physio says nothing significantly wrong now, all niggles from building back up to where I was. Will take a while, but no reason not to have a bash this weekend.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 29, 2019, 08:23:57 pm
Physio says nothing significantly wrong now, all niggles from building back up to where I was. Will take a while, but no reason not to have a bash this weekend.

Thats great news Dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 30, 2019, 02:56:42 pm
Assuming it isn't icy (forecast looks OK at the moment) I plan to start Saturday's ride.  If anyone fancies a slow pootle round you're welcome to provide me with a wheel to follow  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jem on January 30, 2019, 03:24:10 pm
Assuming it isn't icy (forecast looks OK at the moment) I plan to start Saturday's ride.  If anyone fancies a slow pootle round you're welcome to provide me with a wheel to follow  :thumbsup:

I plan to start.
I do not plan to provide anyone with a wind, rain or snow break.
However, I do plan to put into practice again my newly found Turn Left skill at the first sign of ice, snow, wind, rain or - and more likely - a warm dry cafe or pub.  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 30, 2019, 03:55:27 pm
Assuming it isn't icy (forecast looks OK at the moment) I plan to start Saturday's ride.  If anyone fancies a slow pootle round you're welcome to provide me with a wheel to follow  :thumbsup:

I plan to start.
I do not plan to provide anyone with a wind, rain or snow break.
However, I do plan to put into practice again my newly found Turn Left skill at the first sign of ice, snow, wind, rain or - and more likely - a warm dry cafe or pub.  ;D

OK, we'll share the wind breaking duties.  And if there's any turning left required I'll be right on your wheel.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 30, 2019, 05:45:36 pm
Assuming it isn't icy (forecast looks OK at the moment) I plan to start Saturday's ride.  If anyone fancies a slow pootle round you're welcome to provide me with a wheel to follow  :thumbsup:

I plan to start.
I do not plan to provide anyone with a wind, rain or snow break.
However, I do plan to put into practice again my newly found Turn Left skill at the first sign of ice, snow, wind, rain or - and more likely - a warm dry cafe or pub.  ;D

Hmmm ... Compasses abound on this ride ...  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 30, 2019, 10:43:00 pm
Don't suppose anyone's going from North Herts way? The rail engineering has put a spanner in my wheel. I'll get there anyway, but I'd like to leave the car for my wife if I can.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Jem on January 31, 2019, 09:05:51 am
Assuming it isn't icy (forecast looks OK at the moment) I plan to start Saturday's ride.  If anyone fancies a slow pootle round you're welcome to provide me with a wheel to follow  :thumbsup:

I plan to start.
I do not plan to provide anyone with a wind, rain or snow break.
However, I do plan to put into practice again my newly found Turn Left skill at the first sign of ice, snow, wind, rain or - and more likely - a warm dry cafe or pub.  ;D



Hmmm ... Compasses abound on this ride ...  ;D

I might be making it a dash from one to the other - if I get out of the Spoons.....
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 31, 2019, 09:57:21 am
I might ECE this  :thumbsup:

Although given the temperature this morning I might not!  ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 31, 2019, 10:24:52 am
I might ECE this  :thumbsup:

When I ECE events that are a long way away, I sometimes drive the first bit to get closer and then do a 50+km ride from the car to the calendar event start and back. Given the weather forecast, this might be something that would work for you ... or you could get the train down to Bishop's Stortford or similar and ride from there.

I'll be ECEing this one, sticking to gritted roads. On the proviso that tomorrow's snow has cleared.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on January 31, 2019, 10:29:07 am
I might ECE this  :thumbsup:

When I ECE events that are a long way away, I sometimes drive the first bit to get closer and then do a 50+km ride from the car to the calendar event start and back. Given the weather forecast, this might be something that would work for you ... or you could get the train down to Bishop's Stortford or similar and ride from there.

I'll be ECEing this one, sticking to gritted roads. On the proviso that tomorrow's snow has cleared.

I always try to leave the car at home for "local" events, seems only fair to those I've left behind.

BS would be workable, but whenever I've looked at the timetables, I always think it would save not as much time as one would've thought, by the time I've connected both ends  ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 31, 2019, 06:10:35 pm
Bike is prepped, trains are still useless unless I want to take three hours for the same journey that takes an hour in the car.  Snowpocalypse excepting I'll be there.  One of these days, I'll pluck up the courage to ECE a Dunmow or Witham event via Stansted airport railway station.

I got myself up to 165 for the day in the summer, riding to/from a Mildenhall event, so it's not much further, need to do more fettling of the back first though
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on February 01, 2019, 09:31:01 am
Don't suppose anyone's going from North Herts way? The rail engineering has put a spanner in my wheel. I'll get there anyway, but I'd like to leave the car for my wife if I can.

If you can get yourself to Finsbury Park or thereabouts for 8-ish I can take you.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on February 01, 2019, 01:12:08 pm
Thank you. FP's no problem because I go there daily on the way to work. I'm just wavering slightly on weather conditions, as the forecasts change. If there's a likelihood of ice, I think I may cry off. Does anyone have local information on conditions? The forecast's just got a bit better again, I think, so that a couple of degrees above would probably melt anything. Could be a day for fixed...

I'll PM with a mobile in case that helps.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nim on February 01, 2019, 01:35:36 pm
Does anyone have local information on conditions? The forecast's just got a bit better again, I think, so that a couple of degrees above would probably melt anything. Could be a day for fixed...
I'm in the same position, wavering on a DNS depending on ice tomorrow morning as I'm doing an ECE starting at early o' clock from east London.

Would be really helpful to have some local mid-Essex knowledge of conditions on the ground. :)

Ps: is it not always a day for fixed?!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on February 01, 2019, 01:50:01 pm
Would be really helpful to have some local mid-Essex knowledge of conditions on the ground. :)

In the west of the mid-Essex area (30km west of Witham), the roads are clear, just damp. The covering of snow on the grass from last night has been melting and not much left.

The big question is what happens tonight and how cold it gets. Some snow is forecast, but temps might hover just above 0. At the moment I'm planning to depart on my ECE just after 6am, sticking to gritted roads all the way to Witham.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on February 01, 2019, 02:18:30 pm
At the moment I'm planning to depart on my ECE just after 6am, sticking to gritted roads all the way to Witham.

6.30 départ for me — last time the run from Cambridge to Witham took 2h45, so even a tardy 3h15 would still be 9.45am arrival.  Not specifically aiming for gritted roads, although I'll be riding in very straight lines and trying not to lean the bike over at all — it's looking like a day for a delicate feel with the grip.

Ps: is it not always a day for fixed?!

Absolutely  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on February 01, 2019, 03:46:38 pm
Everything has melted here in Chelmsford, its 2 degrees at the moment and forcast to dip to 1deg between 5AM and 9AM  It will be colder out in the countryside.

My recommendation would be if you decide you want to ride in then to use gritted roads.  You can see the Essex network of grited routes at the following link:
https://www.essexhighways.org/roads-and-pavements/winter-travel/salting-routes.aspx

The following twitter account is good for general forecasting across the essex area
https://twitter.com/EssexWeather

Gritter updates:
https://twitter.com/essexhighways



And the ACME twitter account (usualy) retweets the local gritter status as well.
https://twitter.com/ACME_Essex

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on February 01, 2019, 03:51:21 pm
Does anyone have local information on conditions? The forecast's just got a bit better again, I think, so that a couple of degrees above would probably melt anything. Could be a day for fixed...
I'm in the same position, wavering on a DNS depending on ice tomorrow morning as I'm doing an ECE starting at early o' clock from east London.

Would be really helpful to have some local mid-Essex knowledge of conditions on the ground. :)

Ps: is it not always a day for fixed?!

Planning to ride home tonight (6 pm depart) from Chelmsford, heading south west , down to Purleigh and back to Witham on the reverse of the route.

Will update sometime after getting home - stopping at a pub on the way is to be expected.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on February 01, 2019, 03:53:49 pm
I am sticking with my slightly laney ece route - subject to what it looks like at 6ish tomorrow.  Hopefully my 38mm tyres will keep me upright.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on February 01, 2019, 04:42:53 pm
I might be controlling from the back of the Volvo tomorrow!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on February 01, 2019, 04:54:24 pm
Us "northerners" should be blessed with a gentle tailwind to the start in the morning  :thumbsup:

... and cursed with a strengthening headwind home again  :facepalm:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nim on February 01, 2019, 05:17:04 pm
Thanks for the weather updates everyone, it's very much appreciated.

My ECE is a gritted roads route out to Finchingfield and looping back - will see how things develop. Crying off definitely an option, though hopefully will see you all tomorrow.



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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on February 01, 2019, 10:02:04 pm
Sorry all, I've decided not to start. Over-caution I'm sure. I've been riding into work all week, but I don't fancy the chance of ice on what's a leisure ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on February 01, 2019, 10:25:46 pm
As of 10:00pm road conditions are:

Wet but no signs of ice, snow or slush.

It has stopped raining as well, surplus water on the roads should drain away. Predicted temperature (Metcheck for postcode CM8) does not indicate significant frost risk.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on February 02, 2019, 06:12:17 am
Aaargh!  It snowed overnight in Cambridge and the temperature is about -4°C, so it has all frozen, even where it melted — I nearly fell over a dozen times just walking up our lane, the entire surface is a skating rink.  It's not a day for an ECE for me, my touch isn't quite gentle enough for these conditions, and Mrs WB needs the car, so it looks like I'm out  ::-)

On the flip side, I'm sure there are Brownie points to be earned from an unexpected extra day around the house  :thumbsup:

Good luck to everyone who's riding — hopefully being closer to the equator means you'll be riding in warmer, safer conditions ;)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on February 02, 2019, 06:29:08 am
A very light dusting twenty mi!es further north.

I'm driving, and will judge it when I get there, if it looks iffy I'll not start, don't fancy breaking something again on my first decent ride.

On another note, WB, could I pick you up on the way through?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on February 02, 2019, 06:54:20 am
On another note, WB, could I pick you up on the way through?

Thank you for the offer, Dave.  I'm already looking forward to going back to bed, so this time I'll pass.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on February 02, 2019, 08:58:12 am
Weather conditions in Chelmsford are sunny!! its a little breezy and 1Deg C.  I've just been out to the car and it feels warmer than 1deg out of the wind.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: phil w on February 02, 2019, 09:17:15 am
Aaargh!  It snowed overnight in Cambridge and the temperature is about -4°C, so it has all frozen, even where it melted — I nearly fell over a dozen times just walking up our lane, the entire surface is a skating rink.  It's not a day for an ECE for me, my touch isn't quite gentle enough for these conditions, and Mrs WB needs the car, so it looks like I'm out  ::-)

On the flip side, I'm sure there are Brownie points to be earned from an unexpected extra day around the house  :thumbsup:

Good luck to everyone who's riding — hopefully being closer to the equator means you'll be riding in warmer, safer conditions ;)

Wise choice, especially in a PBP year where you don't want to be missing qualifiers due to injury.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on February 02, 2019, 11:16:15 am
85 brevets counted out on the road, from an entry of 141, look forward to counting 85 back in this afternoon!
(plus 5 helpers from last week who enjoyed just slightly higher temperatures)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 02, 2019, 02:05:46 pm
85 brevets counted out on the road, from an entry of 141, look forward to counting 85 back in this afternoon!
(plus 5 helpers from last week who enjoyed just slightly higher temperatures)

You’re moist welcome to count my brevet  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nik's Nick on February 02, 2019, 04:35:36 pm
Just shouted a quick word of encouragement to/at The Straggler as he passed through Coggeshall...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on February 02, 2019, 05:56:21 pm
It was definitely "bracing" out there today.

It was hard work with a pretty strong wind (not me vicar) and very low temperatures, as low as 0.5 according to Garmin.  Feet were numb from about 30km into it, body varying between sweaty as the sun came out to chuffing cold as it disappeared again.  I didn't do a pub stop, preferring to just keep riding as it was so cold I wanted to avoid the painful feet of warming up followed by the re-chilling.

As a first long ride in 3 months, it was sub-par by my usual expectations, but fulfilled the "just get round" requirement.  Fracture site only complained once when I got out of the saddle on a hill, back was niggly all day, just to be expected, and the hip flexors complained from about 75km.  Overall though it was just what I needed mentally, to know I can still do it and to put some of the nervousness to bed.

As usual a great even from ACME, nice clear route and cheerfull checkpoints even in the cold.  Thanks very much organising team. 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: alotronic on February 02, 2019, 06:58:42 pm
I ece'd in the car in the end... It was bracing in that wind. Started in the 9:30 group and caught Phyclist and AB on single speeds, both on 200s, and took on the bracing headwind sections in company. They sensibly elected to stop at 't compasses, but I figured I might as well do a continuous 100 just for practice. A couple of minutes off the bike meant an average speed of 25k got me back at quarter past two, quickly followed by a rissotto and apple crumble and back to London by 4:30. Not proud of skipping a 200, but hey, PBP's a mental game right?

Special thanks to Nik, Ian and Jason standing around in the fecking cold stamping cards - above and beyond!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: grams on February 02, 2019, 07:29:24 pm
There was still a little bit of snow on the ground where I live in London, and I was expecting worse conditions out in the countryside. But apart from being a bit cold and headwinds never ceasing whichever way we were riding, the weather was unremarkable.

I was amazed at the size of the 9:30 group I saw leaving when I was driving into town - that must have been more than half the field. The 10:00 start was very quiet in comparison. Maybe I should have got there earlier...

Thanks all organisers and helpers, especially the ones standing out in the cold!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: orejas on February 02, 2019, 11:50:35 pm
Thanks to everyone involved in the running. The controllers out in the cold deserve special mention, and especially the lady outside Coggershall Coop who I thought was a controller but was in fact collecting signatures against the closure of the local library ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on February 03, 2019, 08:30:17 am
That was all a bit harder than it should have been ... I suspect my chosen single gear was a little high for the conditions, so wore me down battling into the wind.

Loopy gritted road ECE via Thaxsted in the morning was good, and informed my decision to shed a layer at Witham, as it wasn’t really that cold. Then it was quick progress round to Margaretting, and a steady plod up to the Compasses for a well earned huffer. The afternoon felt cooler, but some further lovely lanes helped the ride to pass pleasantly back to Witham. The return ECE into the wind was a grind, but temps were still ok, dipping to 0 towards the end, so really it just needed some steady pacing to return home.

Much admiration for tippers, jibers and BFC for stamping duties in rather cool and blowy conditions. Huge thanks for Huggy, Tomsk and mini-Huggy for their desk duties in the warmth and cordial environment of the spoons, and for putting on a ride which has such good lanes despite being suitable for the winter series.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Deano_44 on February 03, 2019, 11:17:40 am
After last year’s disaster on this ride I was determined to make it round in time or Huggy probably wouldn’t let me ride it again.

I didn’t make things easy though, I said I would leave with 09:30 starters as I arrived at the spoons way too early but ended up leaving at 10:00 with Jem, Chris and the usual ACME crew, so I was already half an hour behind time and there was quite a bit of headwind to deal with.

Luckily though the roads were ice free and just a bit wet. Good progress was made past the first three controls, finally got to have a Tippers‘ motorcycle and a busy lunch st The Compasses. There was some talk of cutting the ride short here and heading back to the spoons but the Audax spirit prevailed for most of our group and we continued to follow the route back to the finish.

That said one of group did have a gear cable snap but an adjustment to the limit screws on the derailleur enabled everyone to finish... in time!

Thanks to ACME for organising and standing out in the cold which I’m sure was more difficult than riding.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: the straggler on February 04, 2019, 10:24:23 pm
Just shouted a quick word of encouragement to/at The Straggler as he passed through Coggeshall...

Nick, cheers for your greeting and for giving way to me and the Big Saxon at the road narrowing  :thumbsup:......I nearly mistaken it for something else.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tippers_kiwi on February 05, 2019, 11:32:59 am
I was lucky enough to get positioned at Purleigh which being very close to the start meant the shortest time on the spot. I had a great time stamping you all through, lots of banter and chit chat from a steady flow of riders (other than a small break between the 09:30 and 10am start groups). Once I had served my time I headed over to the compasses with the luxury of heated grips and an engine where I enjoyed some lunch with Bernster and Psyclist before leaving ahead of the gathering masses to get home and earn some brownie points (in the way of a trip to the Maldon Waffle Bar which I can absolutely recommend btw).

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bernster on February 05, 2019, 02:34:46 pm
Just to echo everyone else's comments - a huge thank you to Grant, and all organisers and helpers over all rides in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed all four of them, in spite struggling somewhat on Saturday and was very happy to be awarded my ACME winter series patch at the end of it. It's always good to see friendly faces at checkpoints so credit to BFC, Tippers and JiberJaber for braving the cold to stamp us all through. Any ride that goes to the spiritual home gets my approval, and as usual the beer and huffer combo didn't disappoint.

Looking forward to some warmer weather now, and some more cycling both in Essex and beyond  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on February 05, 2019, 05:41:03 pm
I had a look back at last years timing, and despite saying it felt much hardercthis year, I was less than twentvminutes slower riding time so pretty pleased with that.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 27, 2019, 08:46:01 pm
We need to start planning the 2019/20 ACME Anvil Winter Series, folks ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on May 27, 2019, 08:49:33 pm
We need to start planning the 2019/20 ACME Anvil Winter Series, folks ...
The usual November and February rides have been submitted to the event planner for the first Saturday of the month.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on May 28, 2019, 07:38:18 am
We need to start planning the 2019/20 ACME Anvil Winter Series, folks ...
The usual November and February rides have been submitted to the event planner for the first Saturday of the month.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on May 28, 2019, 09:25:07 am
I am working on a new improved version of the Oyster for January.

It will still have all the old favourites - the high peaks of Mid-Essex, oysters in Mersea and a pub that isn't a Spoons - but should have less over-distance and a nicer route into Colchester.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on May 28, 2019, 06:45:33 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 28, 2019, 07:38:34 pm
I am working on a new improved version of the Oyster for January.

It will still have all the old favourites - the high peaks of Mid-Essex, oysters in Mersea and a pub that isn't a Spoons - but should have less over-distance and a nicer route into Colchester.

Sounds good!  What sort of weather have you organised?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on May 28, 2019, 08:06:45 pm
Having called in at the wildlife Trust place at fringinghoe, it could make a nice control? It is an opportunity to warm up before a chilled oyster at Mersea.

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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on May 29, 2019, 12:37:34 pm
Sounds good!  What sort of weather have you organised?

Don't be so ridiculous, it's far too far away for that.  I won't be able to let you have an accurate forecast until at least the start of July.

Having called in at the wildlife Trust place at fringinghoe, it could make a nice control? It is an opportunity to warm up before a chilled oyster at Mersea.

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If I ever find the time, that might feature on my Gravelly Oyster alternative route as there are some nice bike trails around there.  It's just not very far from Mersea.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on May 29, 2019, 12:40:20 pm
that might feature on my Gravelly Oyster alternative route as there are some nice bike trails around there

That sounds very interesting, especially if there's scope for other similar 'excursions' elsewhere on the route
Title: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on May 29, 2019, 12:49:03 pm
There is but it will be a bit of a parallel route and, sadly, not gravelly enough to qualify as an off road route.

I just need to get the A&S out of the way and I can get back to exploring the options.

If anyone else knows of any decent (and lawful) off road routes in the vicinity of the ride let me know.  So far, I have a bit around Pebmarsh, a nice section between Stanway and (almost) Mersea via Fingringhoe and a few odds and sods.  There is also the option of the Maldon rail trail on the way back.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on May 29, 2019, 01:37:26 pm
If anyone else knows of any decent (and lawful) off road routes in the vicinity of the ride let me know.  So far, I have a bit around Pebmarsh, a nice section between Stanway and (almost) Mersea via Fingringhoe and a few odds and sods.  There is also the option of the Maldon rail trail on the way back.

I presume you're aware of the Essex PRoW interactive map at https://www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/public-rights-of-way/prow-interactive-map.aspx (https://www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/public-rights-of-way/prow-interactive-map.aspx)

I've had a check and apart from one or two short-ish tracks there doesn't seem to be much beyond the places you've identified. But then I'm not hugely familiar with the area, so others might have other suggestions. I do like the idea of having alternative options taking us off the usual route for some adventure.

I'd be happy to check out the proposed off-road sections at some point over the next few months.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 20, 2019, 03:05:03 pm
Anyone to help at the start/finish of the Stansted Airport Express [7th Dec]? Helper's Ride on the Saturday before: 30th November., unless the one before that is preferred? I suggest starting at 09:30, as Thremhall Cafe shuts at 13:00 on Saturdays, [but will stay open later on the event day].

BFC has already offered to be on bidon-filling duties at Thremhall, as the cafe will be short-staffed - one of the ladies is getting married. I've already negotiated a simplified menu to [I hope] keep things running smoothly. Other cafe options are available and will be detailed in the rider information, of course.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 20, 2019, 03:44:34 pm
A provisional yes, I’ll know for sure nearer the time.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 20, 2019, 07:52:49 pm
A provisional yes, I’ll know for sure nearer the time.

 :thumbsup: Maybe 4 of us on the Helpers' Ride then, BFC, OD, The Other Legendary Jane*, me.

* CC Sudbury Jane
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 21, 2019, 11:32:55 am
A provisional yes, I’ll know for sure nearer the time.

 :thumbsup: Maybe 4 of us on the Helpers' Ride then, BFC, OD, The Other Legendary Jane*, me.

* CC Sudbury Jane

Possibly!  Fred is getting some upgrades so some tester rides might be useful.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 21, 2019, 06:39:39 pm
Before the SAE there is of course the Essex 3R's opportunity for volunteering to route check and sit in 'spoons most of the day on 2nd November.  This year there will be an exciting diversion around the Mundon Road closure.
Due to RL getting in the way, I will be planning to ride the 3R's on the 3rd November.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on October 27, 2019, 10:09:50 am
I'm now off to Aus on Friday for the following week, so will be DNS for the 3R's for the second year in a row.  Better excuse this time than last year though, when I was SMIDSY'd the monday before.

have fun chaps!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 27, 2019, 12:14:22 pm
Just submitted my ECE entry for the 3Rs.

Will there be a 9:30 start in addition to the 10:00 start?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 27, 2019, 06:02:58 pm
A provisional yes, I’ll know for sure nearer the time.

 :thumbsup: Maybe 4 of us on the Helpers' Ride then, BFC, OD, The Other Legendary Jane*, me.

* CC Sudbury Jane

Oh burger. The Mighty Oak are having their free beer extravaganza on Saturday 7th December. I need to attend as we have the MiL coming for Christmas and I shall need to order copious amounts of beer by way of a coping strategy.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Carlosfandango on October 28, 2019, 02:20:04 pm
A provisional yes, I’ll know for sure nearer the time.

 :thumbsup: Maybe 4 of us on the Helpers' Ride then, BFC, OD, The Other Legendary Jane*, me.

* CC Sudbury Jane

Oh burger. The Mighty Oak are having their free beer extravaganza on Saturday 7th December. I need to attend as we have the MiL coming for Christmas and I shall need to order copious amounts of beer by way of a coping strategy.

Quite understandable, I suspect drinking is the only way she'll cope with seeing you all Christmas, poor Woman.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 28, 2019, 03:54:00 pm
Before the SAE there is of course the Essex 3R's opportunity for volunteering to route check and sit in 'spoons most of the day on 2nd November.  This year there will be an exciting diversion around the Mundon Road closure.
Due to RL getting in the way, I will be planning to ride the 3R's on the 3rd November.
Organiser's route check will now be Friday 1st November starting 10am-ish from 'spoons, quite probably after doing some QA on their breakfast menu.

Will there be a 9:30 start in addition to the 10:00 start?
Yes.  The current field will be 60+ riders so worth staggering the start.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 29, 2019, 08:13:51 am
Oh burger. The Mighty Oak are having their free beer extravaganza on Saturday 7th December. I need to attend as we have the MiL coming for Christmas and I shall need to order copious amounts of beer by way of a coping strategy.

So ... join the Helpers' Ride on 30th November? After setting everyone off on 7th Dec, I shall tootle down to Maldon myself for some Christmas beer ordering.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 29, 2019, 09:04:54 am
I'm in for 3R's, assuming my leg feels better by Saturday.  ECEing it, naturally  O:-)

SAE is still a long way off, but the presumption would be that I'll ride that too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 29, 2019, 09:40:32 am
Oh burger. The Mighty Oak are having their free beer extravaganza on Saturday 7th December. I need to attend as we have the MiL coming for Christmas and I shall need to order copious amounts of beer by way of a coping strategy.

So ... join the Helpers' Ride on 30th November? After setting everyone off on 7th Dec, I shall tootle down to Maldon myself for some Christmas beer ordering.  :thumbsup:

Yes, maybe.  November is starting to look a bit hectic so I will have to confirm nearer the time.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on October 30, 2019, 11:19:39 am
I'm up for the Stansted Airport Express. Looking at the return ECE is the parallel route to the A12 OK in the evening?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 30, 2019, 11:41:30 am
I'm up for the Stansted Airport Express. Looking at the return ECE is the parallel route to the A12 OK in the evening?
The cycle path along the A12 is fine, some places it diverts away to rejoin later such as through Kelvedon. There are a number of junctions to cross and fuel station forecourt entry/exits to be aware of but just apply normal care, don't usually need to stop rolling.
At least going north you'll have the prevailing drag from the traffic to help you along!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on October 30, 2019, 11:48:38 am
I was thinking more of the old road B1002 not the cyclepath.

Ingatestone station looks like a good place to start to make almost 100k back to Clapham Junction
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on October 30, 2019, 12:03:21 pm
We have used the B1002 lots of times outbound in the morning as an ECE route, but only once or twice inbound as we had a much nicer second leg going across to Harlow and picking up a London train from there. Watch out for Chelmsford, our avoidance route both ways was Galleywood, Great Baddow, Boreham having tried the return along the main road once at end of shopping time (never again)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on October 30, 2019, 01:09:31 pm
actually If I get up early enough I could train out to Goodmayes and do this both ways, any good?

https://goo.gl/maps/Kyyk9NdHHZxdJnpi6
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on October 30, 2019, 06:02:19 pm
actually If I get up early enough I could train out to Goodmayes and do this both ways, any good?

https://goo.gl/maps/Kyyk9NdHHZxdJnpi6

The 17 min slower route looks a lot nicer than the direct route. However, I would suggest going to either Romford or Brentwood/Shenfield, and do a more circuitous route to the south east of your routes, and perhaps north of that route on the way back for variety. Assuming you’ll be using a mandatory route, that would give you options to ride on quieter roads, if that’s your preference.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 31, 2019, 02:09:12 pm
Is it just me, or is it looking windy for Saturday?  ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on October 31, 2019, 03:07:57 pm
I'm up for the Stansted Airport Express. Looking at the return ECE is the parallel route to the A12 OK in the evening?
The cycle path along the A12 is fine, some places it diverts away to rejoin later such as through Kelvedon. There are a number of junctions to cross and fuel station forecourt entry/exits to be aware of but just apply normal care, don't usually need to stop rolling.
At least going north you'll have the prevailing drag from the traffic to help you along!

I can't see the cyclepath along the A12, which sections does it cover?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on October 31, 2019, 03:56:54 pm
From Hatfield Peverel to Witham. You need to turn right on a left hand bend into a no through road at the north end of the village, don't go over the A12, the cycle path is on the southeast side of the road. After a short distance, maybe a mile, you join a road and cross the A12 to go into Witham.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on October 31, 2019, 06:43:17 pm
There's 2 cycle paths on the A12 between HP and Witham, one on either side fyi. You can use either but my preference for HP to Witham is to use the path in the direction of the A12 towards Witham as it puts you straight into the Witham road when you come into Witham.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bobb on October 31, 2019, 07:40:55 pm
I thought the path on the west side was a footpath? It's rough as guts anyway (at least it always used to be). I used it for several years when I worked in Witham. It wasn't until after I left that I found out there was a proper path on the other side 😛
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on October 31, 2019, 08:28:25 pm
The west side feels like the logical way to go but it's a bit of a mess, what with new housing going up etc. Looks like there ought to be an upgraded cyclepath into town once all is finished. Route optimisation this way is an option on the 3Rs final run-in to Witham from HP  ;) ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on October 31, 2019, 09:50:14 pm
Route optimisation this way is an option on the 3Rs final run-in to Witham from HP  ;) ...
Shorter yes, but not as quiet and scenic  :P
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on October 31, 2019, 10:05:52 pm
Route optimisation this way is an option on the 3Rs final run-in to Witham from HP  ;) ...
Shorter yes, but not as quiet and scenic  :P

But explains how Tomsk arrived five minutes earlier than the rest of us last year, even though we'd passed him just before HP  ::-)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: dubya on November 01, 2019, 02:20:40 pm
Is it just me, or is it looking windy for Saturday?  ::-)
For sure, it is.  Definitely will require 2 bulldog clips to hold the route sheet tomorrow!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 01, 2019, 02:39:10 pm
Is it just me, or is it looking windy for Saturday?  ::-)
For sure, it is.  Definitely will require 2 bulldog clips to hold the route sheet tomorrow!

Two — really?  One has been more than enough, even in 80mph winds on the tops of Welsh hills (I kid ye not).
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 01, 2019, 06:27:27 pm
Feels very mild this evening. I've decided that multiple thin layers will be the order of the day tomorrow, not the full winter setup.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 01, 2019, 06:36:34 pm
Feels very mild this evening. I've decided that multiple thin layers will be the order of the day tomorrow, not the full winter setup.
Rode the route check today, felt very warm all the way round. I was in 3/4 bibs, LS base layer, SS jersey & rain jacket.
Temperatures look similar tomorrow with a character building breeze.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 01, 2019, 07:25:42 pm
Mild ... but wet ... and windy ... hmmm. A well stocked saddlebag of alternative layers I think.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: wilkyboy on November 01, 2019, 07:31:47 pm
Mild ... but wet ... and windy ... hmmm. A well stocked saddlebag of alternative layers I think.

And spare, dry socks.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: D on November 02, 2019, 01:41:55 pm
nice to see everyone today, hope everyone enjoyed the ride after the downpour.  I was a bit soggy as I cycled back to Marks Tey accompanied by the tail and side wind, and the cars that drove past the big puddles showered me.  All in all well pleased with my achievement today.  Look forward to (hopefully) seeing everyone at the awards night next weekend.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bobb on November 02, 2019, 05:54:15 pm
Mild ... but wet ... and windy ... hmmm. A well stocked saddlebag of alternative layers I think.

And spare, dry socks.

And spare gloves! At the last minute I stuck an extra pair of gloves in my saddle bag before setting off. Good job I did as I stopped for a hedge stop and dropped the gloves I was wearing into a massive puddle absolutely soaking them! No bother, I just whipped out my spares  :)

The heavy rain early on was pretty grim, but after that it was fine. An enjoyable ride  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 03, 2019, 05:10:36 pm
Grim at times, yes, but it made the beers at the finish even better! Thank you Huggy for the character building experience.  :thumbsup: Also to Andy C33333 and Bobb for the towing and company. Good to see D as perky as ever.

A lovely Dunmow Velo club-run in the sunshine this morning, with mahoosive dense and rich slice of fig, hazelnut and chocolate cake at the Blue Egg; it felt very indulgent after the rather spartan gourmet experience yesterday, though if I'd done a luxury cafe stop I probably wouldn't have ventured out again!.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on November 03, 2019, 05:45:04 pm
actually If I get up early enough I could train out to Goodmayes and do this both ways, any good?

https://goo.gl/maps/Kyyk9NdHHZxdJnpi6

The 17 min slower route looks a lot nicer than the direct route. However, I would suggest going to either Romford or Brentwood/Shenfield, and do a more circuitous route to the south east of your routes, and perhaps north of that route on the way back for variety. Assuming you’ll be using a mandatory route, that would give you options to ride on quieter roads, if that’s your preference.

as I have 4 hours to get 74k I might as well ride all the way from London; so it will be the most direct route. Sorry but Essex roads in the early morning are probably better than early evening especially in December
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Big Saxon on November 03, 2019, 06:35:24 pm
One of those days when you realise how special or stupid Audax riders are, probably the latter. Anyway, Raymond and me were among the 25 starters, enjoying chatting to Deniece before the start and giving the 10 o'clock riders 15 minutes head start, not that we would catch them anyway.

Cold wet legs to start with, then everything warms up, Market Hill Maldon woke up the legs with the weight of saturated clothes to add to the winter bike . Arrived at Latchingdon on target, hot drink and food then targeted arrival time for Stock, again spot on, the cafe said they were closing at 4pm, the time we had scheduled to leave anyway, so perfect timing and we had tea and cake whilst they swept up around us.

Having found 5p at Latchingdon I picked up £1 at Stock, which bought Raymond a Yorkie Bar at Danbury. Took a leap of faith descending North Hill at speed then back to Wetherspoons for food, drink and stimulating conversation with the ACME group. I have witnesses that I bought Raymond a drink.

Thanks as always to my adopted team for organising the event, Stansted Express next in the Winter Series, but in between I am supporting John Thompson's Waveney Wander 100km on 24th November, so may see others there.       
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 03, 2019, 06:44:09 pm
Raymond and me were among the 25 starters

I think in total there was at least double that number. A few set off in earlier waves, having the pleasure of some dry riding before the deluge struck. It passed by quickly enough, and the ride back from Stock was most enjoyable.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: rob on November 03, 2019, 07:22:14 pm
actually If I get up early enough I could train out to Goodmayes and do this both ways, any good?

https://goo.gl/maps/Kyyk9NdHHZxdJnpi6

The 17 min slower route looks a lot nicer than the direct route. However, I would suggest going to either Romford or Brentwood/Shenfield, and do a more circuitous route to the south east of your routes, and perhaps north of that route on the way back for variety. Assuming you’ll be using a mandatory route, that would give you options to ride on quieter roads, if that’s your preference.

as I have 4 hours to get 74k I might as well ride all the way from London; so it will be the most direct route. Sorry but Essex roads in the early morning are probably better than early evening especially in December

Thinking of riding from home - circa 80k for me so I might see you somewhere along the route.  This might be my first ever ECE.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Big Saxon on November 03, 2019, 09:05:09 pm
The Straggler and me intend to do the 9.30 start next time, less riding in the dark given our pace. Obviously missed a bunch yesterday so the 25 number we were given related to the 10am start. If weather is good for Stansted Express the ride will have to split to help the cafe. Having said that the quicker 10am riders will catch us anyway by 50k 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 25, 2019, 03:39:56 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 25, 2019, 04:13:22 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.

For some reason I thought you were riding this Friday?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on November 25, 2019, 04:29:44 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.
I'll be there for the ride on the 30th and helping on the 7th.

For some reason I thought you were riding this Friday?
We did the 3R's helpers ride on a Friday, maybe you're remembering that one
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on November 25, 2019, 04:50:16 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.
I'm planning to join you, if this cold ever goes away.


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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 25, 2019, 04:59:04 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.
I'll be there for the ride on the 30th and helping on the 7th.

For some reason I thought you were riding this Friday?
We did the 3R's helpers ride on a Friday, maybe you're remembering that one

Yes perhaps I'm confused, I was wondering how the transition from OD's winter bivvy to helps ride was going to work :)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 25, 2019, 05:12:59 pm
I’ll be riding on 30th and helping on 7th.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on November 25, 2019, 06:51:24 pm
I panicked for a moment, thinking I'd screwed up my calendar. Sister is coming this weekend, didn't want yet another audax clash
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: rob on November 25, 2019, 09:40:38 pm
Will be there on the 7th.  Plans for the weekend have changed a couple of times.  I’m sure it will all be fine.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on November 25, 2019, 11:21:02 pm
Helpers' Ride for The Stansted Airport Express, this Saturday, 30th November, starting at 09:30 from the Battesford Court.

Breakfast, lunch and a drink at the finish are on me, for those helping on the 7th - though hangers on, DIY-ers and so on will of course be welcome to ride too.

I'll be riding on the 30th, expecting to drive out to Thremhall Park Cafe on the 7th.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 26, 2019, 06:39:09 pm
Just changed my ECE route for the helpers ride on 30th ... forecast says it'll feel like -4 when I set off ... well gritted roads will now get me to the start
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on November 29, 2019, 05:40:30 pm
We'll have to see what the lanes are like tomorrow morning - Dancing Dick's was very puddly on Thursday, so there's the potential for ice here and beyond, throughout the morning. We could test out my gritted road alternative I have up my sleeve: Either via the Notleys to Braintree, then via Dunmow to Leaden Roding to pick up the route through Hatfield Broad Oak, or entire first half on B roads: via Braintree to Finchingfield, then back via Dunmow to Thremhall on the B1256. Both near enough 52kms as per the calendar event.

The advantage of the latter, if used for an icy morning on the main event, is that only one checkpoint/receipt is needed, in Finchingfield. Simples. If things haven't thawed by the afternoon, then you can B-road it to Thaxted and back via Bardfield and Braintree for not too many bonus kms.

We'll see what tomorrow brings ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on November 29, 2019, 07:57:31 pm
I have just got home from late(ish) shift commute - Friday is a half shift.

Temperature dropped to -1.6C in Terling (it's always the coldest bit of my commute) according to the Garmin, which to be fair reads low.

I may roll out tomorrow on the spikey tyres, see how chilly it feels before setting off. I also live near enough for a change of bike or wheels - the spikey tyres are rather noisey for a group ride, and a bloody hard work. Also could do a solo route check for the normal route on the spikes whilst those riding on rubber try an Icy option if it's that bad.

As covered by Tonsk, Dancing Dicks Lane is a mudbath following the sugar beet harvest compiegne, although the trucks seem to have moved on to destroying other roads...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Grey Sheep on November 29, 2019, 08:36:19 pm

As covered by Tomsk, Dancing Dicks Lane is a mudbath following the sugar beet harvest compiegne, although the trucks seem to have moved on to destroying other roads...

Also back from a day out.  Dancing Dicks isn't so bad now as most of the mud is on me and my bike :D
However, it has been clear all day, and still very clear tonight and even on top of the hill it just just at freezing.  I'm playing it by ear tomorrow, now wishing to repeat last years frozen road experience.  I'll drop Tomsk a text in teh morning.

Cheers
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on November 29, 2019, 09:00:13 pm
 I'm still planning on being at 'spooons in the morning as long as I can stop drinking beer tonight in good time.....

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Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on November 29, 2019, 10:33:21 pm
I’ve got a gritted route to Witham, which in the morning heads via Thaxsted, Finchingfield and Braintree. So I might be able to provide a good report at the spoons on conditions.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 01, 2019, 05:10:42 pm
Yesterday's route check/helpers' ride went well - 09:30 start; a little frosty stuff about for the first hour, but it had all lifted by mid-morning.

Route sheet and information updated. All updated on AUKweb and also emailed out to riders - currently the start sheet is standing at 68 entries, but I expect that to rise this week, depending on how the forecast goes ...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on December 05, 2019, 02:19:57 pm
Update on status of Blunts Hall road, leading onto Dancing Dicks Lane.

Most of the crap has been either washed away or carried away on peoples cars. Surface condition is actually quite good now - it is NCN route 16, so being all tarmac it exceeds my expectation of NCN surface standards.

Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: BFC on December 05, 2019, 06:40:58 pm
Cancel the last post!

As of tonights commute, planning to do a check on Dancing Dicks, plan changed when I spotted the close encounters light show and a beet truck trundling out of the junction onto Terling Road.

On past evidence avoid using Blunts Hall Road / Dancing Dicks Lane for 1 to 2 weeks depending on weather.
Note that there is also a heap of beet on Terling Road awaiting colection, however this road is a lot wider to avoid the shit and has a lot more traffic volume to clean it up, or just spread it around and carry it away.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 05, 2019, 07:15:02 pm
I'll ride in via Dancing Dick's and evaluate the situation on Saturday.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on December 06, 2019, 04:58:44 pm
We did the sub-zero [gritted route] ECE and frosty lanes start last week, so this weekend is just right [by December standards]. Even this evening's rain should have cleaned up some of the roads a bit! Expecting a good turn-out tomorrow.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on December 08, 2019, 08:39:54 am
Broke my ACME virginity yesterday  :)

Started the ECE in W6 at the crack of sparrows but after the dubious delights of Oxford St Xmas (definitely not Christmas) illuminations it eventually became light between Ilford and Romford. Then the mundane former / actual A12 / A414 to Chelmsford and one nasty fast section before Boreham to arrive at HQ in time for a couple of espresso fortified cappuccinos.

Superb route! quiet flat or gently rolling lanes almost all the way. As Tomsk predicted, an almost unbroken diet of Ryanair 737s at the northern end. Back to the TripAdvisor "Best pub in Essex" for rehydration and some group therapy with my regular ECE patients customers  ;) before the last 14k back to Chelmsford for a class 90 fast back to London.

I just have to have one of those Anvil Grand Slam badges so entry just gone in for the Knights Templar

Thanks Tomsk and all your helpers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Bernster on December 09, 2019, 09:31:21 am
Thanks to Tomsk and helpers for an excellent day out - please can we book that weather for every December ride! Thoroughly good company on the road with Elliot and Nick, I was certainly feeling it in my legs yesterday, suggesting that we rode the calendar ride rather briskly... let's say the return leg of my ECE was slightly less aggressively paced  ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: rob on December 09, 2019, 11:31:57 am
Really enjoyable day out.   The lanes weren't as bad as expected and the bike wasn't all that mucky at the end.

There's something to be said for 100s.   Very civilised way to spend a few hours.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 09, 2019, 12:24:20 pm
Talking of things of a very civilised nature (thanks for the cue rob) might I take a few moments of your time to mention another Mid-Essex event?  I am of course referring to our annual Epiphany Extravaganza to be held on 4th and 5th January in the year of Our Lord 2020.

The event can be summarised as follows...

Turn up at Witham ‘spoons about 0830 to 0900hrs. After breakfast we ride to a lunchtime venue. After lunch we ride to The Compasses, Littley Green for dinner. After dinner there is the infamous After Party. After the After Party there’s camping. After camping there’s the Brew Off on Sunday morning followed by cook your own breakfast followed by going home. The format has been carefully honed over the years and allows participants to dip in and out of the itinerary as their tastes and other commitments dictate.

Dressing up one’s self and one’s bike is encouraged, a bit of a giggle is guaranteed.

If you click on  THIS LINK (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=109627.175) (refer to post 199 on page eight) you can see more detail and the subsequent posts will keep you informed as the plan unfolds. ted, this year’s organiser, will appreciate you expressing an interest in the luncheon element of the endeavour.

Hope to see you there!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on December 09, 2019, 04:40:28 pm
Yes, excellent day on Saturday, glad I chose the upwrong instead of the repugnant, despite back grumbles it produced.  First half was definitely not suited to lying down on the job, second half was gorgeous by comparison, but absent the helping tailwind I expected. Legs a bit tender today following that and an hour on the turbo yesterday at "brisker than expected".

Also good to meet the usual suspects, and OD, again - memory of a ferret that one!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 09, 2019, 04:57:06 pm
Also good to meet the usual suspects, and OD, again - memory of a ferret that one!

 ;D :-*
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on December 11, 2019, 04:34:57 pm
We have used the B1002 lots of times outbound in the morning as an ECE route, but only once or twice inbound as we had a much nicer second leg going across to Harlow and picking up a London train from there. Watch out for Chelmsford, our avoidance route both ways was Galleywood, Great Baddow, Boreham having tried the return along the main road once at end of shopping time (never again)

The A414 was indeed horrible in the morning, will be starting from London Bridge in February which is about 10k shorter so will take that way.

There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding the short section of A12 between Hatfield Peveril and Witham (not even a cycle path)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: huggy on December 11, 2019, 04:43:31 pm
There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding the short section of A12 between Hatfield Peveril and Witham (not even a cycle path)
There is a cycle path on both sides of the A12 between Hatfield Perverel and Witham, or you could use the lane route on this Essex 3R's track from 101km - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31272685
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on December 11, 2019, 04:53:32 pm
We have used the B1002 lots of times outbound in the morning as an ECE route, but only once or twice inbound as we had a much nicer second leg going across to Harlow and picking up a London train from there. Watch out for Chelmsford, our avoidance route both ways was Galleywood, Great Baddow, Boreham having tried the return along the main road once at end of shopping time (never again)

The A414 was indeed horrible in the morning, will be starting from London Bridge in February which is about 10k shorter so will take that way.

There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding the short section of A12 between Hatfield Peveril and Witham (not even a cycle path)

I did mention the cycle path a while back but perhaps I am on an ignore list...

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=105450.msg2439761#msg2439761

Always happy to help with local info in and around Chelmsford.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on December 11, 2019, 06:11:10 pm
We have used the B1002 lots of times outbound in the morning as an ECE route, but only once or twice inbound as we had a much nicer second leg going across to Harlow and picking up a London train from there. Watch out for Chelmsford, our avoidance route both ways was Galleywood, Great Baddow, Boreham having tried the return along the main road once at end of shopping time (never again)

The A414 was indeed horrible in the morning, will be starting from London Bridge in February which is about 10k shorter so will take that way.

There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding the short section of A12 between Hatfield Peveril and Witham (not even a cycle path)

I did mention the cycle path a while back but perhaps I am on an ignore list...


No you're not  :) it didn't seem very obvious on the way in although it was on the way back, will look harder next time thanks (and will be going back via the event route to make it up to 200)
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on December 11, 2019, 06:13:41 pm
We have used the B1002 lots of times outbound in the morning as an ECE route, but only once or twice inbound as we had a much nicer second leg going across to Harlow and picking up a London train from there. Watch out for Chelmsford, our avoidance route both ways was Galleywood, Great Baddow, Boreham having tried the return along the main road once at end of shopping time (never again)

The A414 was indeed horrible in the morning, will be starting from London Bridge in February which is about 10k shorter so will take that way.

There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding the short section of A12 between Hatfield Peveril and Witham (not even a cycle path)

I did mention the cycle path a while back but perhaps I am on an ignore list...


No you're not  :) it didn't seem very obvious on the way in although it was on the way back, will look harder next time thanks (and will be going back via the event route to make it up to 200)

 :thumbsup:

If you turn on 'bicycling' layer in Google maps you can see the path on both sides, I prefer the London Bound for return from Witham and the coast bound for the journey towards Witham.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 11, 2019, 08:28:02 pm
^^^ Get you!  You’re so sophisticated!  I used the London bound in both directions but then I’m a simple soul!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on December 17, 2019, 11:45:13 am
With the Stansted Airport Express done, thoughts turn to the "Pearl" of the ACME Anvil Winter Series, the Kelvedon Oyster.

This year, due to the high tide the week before, the ride is a week later than last year.  The upside is that it will allow for a helpers' and route check ride on the 11th.  The ride on the 11th will need to work around the tide but when we did it the first year we just extended lunch on Mersea.

I have also been exploring a few off road sections along the route and I have an as-ridden GPX for those with gravel bikes that fancy the option of a bit less road.  It is a few km longer but shares the same controls so is the same event with a slightly different route.  I will share this with the updated GPX for the standard route which has changed slightly this year with an improved route into Colchester.

There will still be the opportunity to sample an oyster with a hot drink in West Mersea, both included with the entry fee.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on December 30, 2019, 10:56:31 pm
After last year's disastrous effort, I thought I ought to try again, so I've entered :)

I didn't even make the first (Pebmarsh) control. Climbing out of the Colne Valley, I ripped my right pedal out of the crank. I wasn't going to make it round like that, so I limped back towards the start on one leg, waving to the later starters. After only a short distance, I realised that I had also broken the frame on my Brooks saddle.

Here's to better luck this year. I have made it round a couple of times previously...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nim on January 13, 2020, 10:17:33 am
Looking forward the Oyster plus my E.C.E. this week. ;D Going to forgo the mollusc treat though, as I've very tragically developed an allergy to them in the past year.

@tedshred I think in previous editions of the ride the Railway Tavern has offered breakfast butties etc. at the start - is this the same this year?

Nim
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 13, 2020, 11:42:18 am
Looking forward the Oyster plus my E.C.E. this week. ;D Going to forgo the mollusc treat though, as I've very tragically developed an allergy to them in the past year.

@tedshred I think in previous editions of the ride the Railway Tavern has offered breakfast butties etc. at the start - is this the same this year?

Nim

Yes, scrambled eggs on toast, beans on toast, bacon or sausage butties, tea, coffee were discussed at the end of the route check on Saturday. 

The new route into Colchester is lovely hopefully see you all as you come through Pebmarsh!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Martin on January 13, 2020, 12:13:36 pm
Travelodge are desperate to fill rooms so I've booked one at Feering the night before the Knights Templar, ECE'ing back via the Tilbury Ferry could prove interesting especially if I'm running late  :-\
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 13, 2020, 12:55:00 pm
Yes, Jiber has the catering arrangements correct, he must have been paying more attention than I thought while he sorted out his "socials" in the pub.

The Railway Tavern will be open from 8.30 on Saturday and there will be the usual relaxed post-ride debrief in there at the end.

The Hustler and I had the pleasure of trying to keep up with Jiber "Majorcan training bloc" Jaber on Saturday for the route check.  The route was in good condition and the new route into Colchester feels much quieter (and makes the ride about 7k shorter).

Allergies aside, I hope as many people as possible take advantage of the complimentary oyster and hot drink at West Mersea.  Spending your ACME currency on slightly unusual Audax food is all part of the experience on this ride.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: ElyDave on January 13, 2020, 02:38:21 pm
Looking back at my previous Garmin track for this, you skirt round the outside of Maldon rather than heading up the hill, is that correct? Thinking about recumbent and gearing.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 13, 2020, 02:46:35 pm
The route turns just before Maldon so no Market Hill.  The climb back up the Blackwater Ridge is long and gentle.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nim on January 13, 2020, 03:24:56 pm
Yes, Jiber has the catering arrangements correct, he must have been paying more attention than I thought while he sorted out his "socials" in the pub.

The Railway Tavern will be open from 8.30 on Saturday and there will be the usual relaxed post-ride debrief in there at the end.
Awesome, thank you both! Pub debrief with 'Essex energy drinks' sounds ideal.

Nim
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 14, 2020, 12:17:31 am
Am I being thick? I've just updated my GPX and Word files from the AUK site. They, and this thread, talk about a new route into Colchester. The GPX shows us turning before Pebmarsh (at Countess Cross) and going across to West Bergholt instead of the old Pebmarsh - Bures - Fordham route. But the route sheet still describes going to Pebmarsh and Bures, and the info sheet still talks about a Pebmarsh control. Though it is quite late :-[
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: tedshred on January 14, 2020, 10:20:57 am
No. you are being sharp-eyed.  There were a couple of stray capitilisations of Bures and Fordham in the Routesheet that suggested they were still on the route.  Now corrected on the aukweb version.

Countess Cross is a hamlet of Pebmarsh.  Basically it is the fork in the road before the fork we took previously.  JiberJaber will be there stamping cards and ensuring that everyone goes the correct way.

It does make the route a bit more laney, whereas the original intention was to stay on mainly gritted roads.  It does, however, avoid the busy road out of Bures and also Fiddlers Hill after Fordham which always felt like a close pass hotspot.  We all thought it was an improvement when we rode the route check on Saturday.  There is also a slight change after you cross over the A12 into Colchester.  The route used to go through a fairly busy roundabout but now follows a cycle route through a housing estate before rejoining the original route on Church Lane, it is slightly more convoluted but much more pleasant on a busy Saturday. 
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 14, 2020, 11:39:40 pm
Thanks, that makes it clearer. Don't think gritting is likely to be an issue on Saturday :thumbsup:

I've updated my route sheet download, and I'll be sure to obey it, my GPS and JiberJaber - not necessarily in that order ;D
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: garibaldi on January 15, 2020, 01:34:29 pm
Looking forward to this and have printed the updated routesheet. My weather app is showing sun and low winds—not what I was expecting when I signed up but most welcome!
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 16, 2020, 12:52:03 pm
The temperatures forecast seem to have dipped a little. I've just updated my ECE route to stick to gritted roads on the way to Kelvedon, hopefully more precautionary than actually necessary.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 16, 2020, 01:02:28 pm
Yep - looks chilly. But more importantly dry.  Hoping to persuade at least one of my non-audax chums to come along.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: phydaux on January 17, 2020, 12:22:10 pm
I was thinking of getting the 8:38 from Liverpool Street to Kelvedon, but the rules say only 4 bikes, no reservations, first come first served basis.
Does anybody know how seriously this rule is applied?  Should I take the car instead to be sure of getting to the start on time?
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: bhoot on January 17, 2020, 12:58:24 pm
Don't worry about it, that's a Colchester town train so yes it is not possible to make a reservation but generally it's fine with lots of bikes. I have never known anyone count and it won't be busy at that time. The only trains needing reservations are the Norwich intercities and I am pretty sure they never stop at kelvedon.
I may see you on it, but I will pick it up at Stratford
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: psyclist on January 17, 2020, 01:44:51 pm
Rumour has it there will be a bearded countess stamping our cards at the first manned control, but she might be cross.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Julian Smith on January 17, 2020, 06:06:55 pm
Checked the bikes on trains rules at my local station and got a print out.
No need to book bikes on these trains.
1st one out is the 08.02 from LST then the 08.38.
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: jiberjaber on January 17, 2020, 07:15:25 pm
Lots of flooded lanes around the roddings if anyone is ece'ing via the lanes...
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: Tomsk on January 17, 2020, 07:24:18 pm
Lots of flooded lanes around the roddings if anyone is ece'ing via the lanes...

Yes indeed - I was out and about yesterday and came back with very wet feet - up to 10 inches deep in places. I shall wear the winter boots and carry some waterproof socks. The arctic mitts will be deployed at 05:00; we'll see the sun all day though.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: ACME Anvil Winter Series
Post by: drossall on January 17, 2020, 07:36:59 pm
I was thinking of getting the 8:38 from Liverpool Street to Kelvedon, but the rules say only 4 bikes, no reservations
Sounds good. I'll be bike number 10 ;D