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General Category => Audax => Topic started by: Feanor on May 14, 2016, 11:29:36 pm

Title: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on May 14, 2016, 11:29:36 pm
Most of the threads here relate to specific Cal events.
The Rides and Touring board explicitly states 'Not Audax'.
So where to post 'Have you been out today', when the answer is a Perm or DIY Audax?
A thread for random Audax rides is required.

So I have been out today, and I rode the route of the old Dee - Lecht -Able 200k which used to run from my home village.
There was a serious cold headwind from the North which was a PITA on the Ballater - Dufftown Lumpy Section.
On the homeward leg, the sun came out and fried me on the Right-Hand side,

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1168112652
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on May 15, 2016, 08:21:23 am
Good thread Feanor  :thumbsup: I do quite a few DIYs so will post them here. 

Looks a good ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: paul851 on May 15, 2016, 09:13:42 am
A timely thread  8)
Yesterday I did the Saddleworth-Bowland (https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8965888) perm starting from Sowerby Bridge rather than Uppermill , definitely a full value ride for me , getting back into Sowerby Bridge 14 hours later somewhat sun burnt and not a little tired  ;D


Paul
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on May 15, 2016, 02:28:49 pm
Trip to a very sunny seaside yesterday https://www.strava.com/activities/576081162
Included a small voyage (thanks to JonB for showing the possibility).
Got my keys back.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JayP on May 15, 2016, 04:27:15 pm
Excellent idea Feanor. Most of my rides are DIY perms these days. You just keep churning them out, collecting your points and wondering why you bother with Audax at all. You could just go for a ride?  - But it's good to know you're part of something. This could be a good thread.

On Friday/Saturday I did my duty 400 GPSDIY towards my 10'th (and last) SR.
A circuit of North Wales. Sunny and scenic with just  a touch of headwind heading East.
Macclesfield - Barmouth - Caernarfon - Chester - Macclesfield.

http://www.gpxeditor.co.uk/routes2/users/jayp/DIY400MAY2016



 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: beeblemaster on May 15, 2016, 06:10:40 pm
 :thumbsup:

I had a great day out yesterday on Mark Rigby's "Sam Wellers Day Trip to Wochma".  Having DNS'd the calendar event in February due to the weather, I decided I must do the Perm.

What an absolutely gorgeous ride into the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds.  I don't know how it looks in February but in May - stunning!  Lush and green, carpets of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic.  Tintern and the Abbey - wow!  Definitely one of the best 200s I've done so far for it's beauty. 

A challenging ride at times, I didn't find it easy, but very rewarding.  I had to visit the Abbey Fryer in Tewkesbury for a fish and chip tea before packing the car!   :thumbsup:   ;D

Thanks of course to Mark for organising another superb route.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on May 15, 2016, 06:13:53 pm
JayP, that looks really nice.  Did you come across Chester in the dark/early morning?  You could call it "A Couple Of Old Bangors" - or alternatively, something sensible!

Pete
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JayP on May 15, 2016, 09:49:03 pm
JayP, that looks really nice.  Did you come across Chester in the dark/early morning?  You could call it "A Couple Of Old Bangors" - or alternatively, something sensible!

Pete

Yes very dark indeed on the Greenway and towpath thro' Chester. In fact I put my lights on at Abergele when I left Mac'D's.
I'd prefer Old Bangors to sensible but, as one Old Bangor said to another,  'don't hold your breath'  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: marylogic on May 16, 2016, 12:26:59 pm
With the Dales Grimpeur rapidly approaching, and nothing more than a couple of DNS and a DNF to my name, I was allowed out to play yesterday as long as I was home for teatime. I left from Aberfeldy and packed as many hills as I could into a 150k, including Glen Quaich, Lawers dam road and the Schiehallion road. I saw an eagle circling at the top of the Schiehallion road (either that or it was a vulture waiting for me to expire - I was pretty close)

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8975398

Looking forward to Pateley Bridge now
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on May 16, 2016, 12:38:10 pm
Trip to a very sunny seaside yesterday https://www.strava.com/activities/576081162
Included a small voyage (thanks to JonB for showing the possibility).
Got my keys back.

Ah, a significant chunk of the Hengitsbury Head route including the fab ferry crossing, looks a good day out Tony  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JayP on May 16, 2016, 03:43:43 pm
With the Dales Grimpeur rapidly approaching, and nothing more than a couple of DNS and a DNF to my name, I was allowed out to play yesterday as long as I was home for teatime. I left from Aberfeldy and packed as many hills as I could into a 150k, including Glen Quaich, Lawers dam road and the Schiehallion road. I saw an eagle circling at the top of the Schiehallion road (either that or it was a vulture waiting for me to expire - I was pretty close)

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8975398

Looking forward to Pateley Bridge now

Mary I've just spent some time dropping the pegman at random on your route. Terrific!!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: bhoot on May 16, 2016, 04:01:51 pm
We too were DIY'ing on Saturday. Took a post PBP audax sabbatical and only did our first 200km last month, so we went for a nice potter around Essex and Suffolk. From East London we headed out along dreary roads through Ilford and Romford before striking off for countryside and the Norton Heath cafe (first control and second breakfast). Then a shorter leg to Thaxted where we had planned a quick "get a chocolate bar and receipt" but it turned into a longer stop as we chatted to a couple collecting signatures to petition for 20mph/traffic calming through the village. After that we headed east to Hadleigh - via mostly deserted country lanes apart from the Sudbury gyratory. We lunched at the rather good Huffers cafe and then grabbed "proper" POPs at the cashpoint, then set off on the longest leg down to Bicknacre. My carefully planned Colchester avoidance route went a little wrong when we missed a turning so we had a brief flirtation with the Saturday afternoon out of town shopping traffic. Compared to the last time we did this DIY, I had fine tuned the route to avoid the Colchester-Tiptree-Maldon B road as much as possible - and it was definitely better with more quiet lanes. Our penultimate control was at White Elm garden centre tea room, before the last short stretch to collect the final POP at Shenfield station. Finishing there rather than having a route that goes all the way back home is a good compromise - 5 or 6 tandem friendly trains an hour and a short 18 minute trip to Stratford, against cycling back in through the dreariness but with added traffic.
Looks like (subject to validation) we've now done two consecutive months....

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Polco on May 16, 2016, 04:17:49 pm

So I have been out today, and I rode the route of the old Dee - Lecht -Able 200k which used to run from my home village.
There was a serious cold headwind from the North which was a PITA on the Ballater - Dufftown Lumpy Section.
On the homeward leg, the sun came out and fried me on the Right-Hand side,

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1168112652

Looks like a fine days ride, and on my doorstep too!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on May 16, 2016, 04:20:32 pm
:thumbsup:

I had a great day out yesterday on Mark Rigby's "Sam Wellers Day Trip to Wochma".  Having DNS'd the calendar event in February due to the weather, I decided I must do the Perm.

What an absolutely gorgeous ride into the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds.  I don't know how it looks in February but in May - stunning!  Lush and green, carpets of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic.  Tintern and the Abbey - wow!  Definitely one of the best 200s I've done so far for it's beauty. 

A challenging ride at times, I didn't find it easy, but very rewarding.  I had to visit the Abbey Fryer in Tewkesbury for a fish and chip tea before packing the car!   :thumbsup:   ;D

Thanks of course to Mark for organising another superb route.
I can agree with all of the above.I rode it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it a lot .More climbs than you would think and I had  to detour through Dymock due to a bridge closure.
The variety of scenery kept it interesting.Another superb day out on a Black Sheep event.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: marylogic on May 16, 2016, 09:06:58 pm
With the Dales Grimpeur rapidly approaching, and nothing more than a couple of DNS and a DNF to my name, I was allowed out to play yesterday as long as I was home for teatime. I left from Aberfeldy and packed as many hills as I could into a 150k, including Glen Quaich, Lawers dam road and the Schiehallion road. I saw an eagle circling at the top of the Schiehallion road (either that or it was a vulture waiting for me to expire - I was pretty close)

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8975398

Looking forward to Pateley Bridge now

Mary I've just spent some time dropping the pegman at random on your route. Terrific!!
Thanks!
I never knew you could do that until now!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: marylogic on May 16, 2016, 09:11:54 pm
I've just had a thought...

Perhaps this thread could also serve as a library of DIY routes if we post gps route for DIY by gps or a list of controls for paper DIYs
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Assasin on May 17, 2016, 09:56:29 am
Rode the route of the Beast from the East on the long barrow laden with food and clothes.
No DIY no cards required as it was just for the fun of it.
Cold overnight but picked up on day two.
Usual collection of breakages.
4 punctures and a slashed tyre.
Lost wheel nut was a bit scary but luckily the hub stayed on the axle or it could have been messy.
Not sure if it was on for the descent from the Blackdown hills
Made use of a crank bolt until Halfords in Winnersh provided some new bits.
Pace picked up again once we knew the machine had a chance of staying together.

And inspite of all that it was still a PB for the route  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Andy C on May 18, 2016, 01:31:11 pm
Did this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEGhcx57vJ4
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on May 18, 2016, 04:01:15 pm
A very good interesting watch. (And at the end, you look ok for another round!)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on May 18, 2016, 11:38:36 pm
DIY 200 today with Graeme, over to Teesdale and down to Masham.

It was in the spirit of a ride my dad and his clubmates used to do in the fifties and early sixties, picking up and dropping off their mates along the way. From what I can eke out of him, it was a season-closing thrash/piss-up for hard riders and hard drinkers, up to 150 miles.

In the spirit of his ride, we had a pie-and-a-pint at Masham. Not in the spirit of his ride, we missed the A1 (though it was a close thing).

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on May 19, 2016, 07:42:40 pm
Did this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEGhcx57vJ4
Thanks for posting that.
Good stuff.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ruthie on May 19, 2016, 08:20:42 pm
Did this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEGhcx57vJ4
Thanks for posting that.
Good stuff.

Half a Twix?  HALF A TWIX?

A full body massage and a week by the pool with full waiter service more like!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on May 19, 2016, 10:26:24 pm
Did this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEGhcx57vJ4

Top tip - don't stop at the top of Hartside, just hammer down to Alston for a cuppa, otherwise you'll freeze on the descent.

Well done, you nutter, and it was a lovely video. I didn't believe I'd last the whole thing, but it was a compelling watch.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on May 21, 2016, 07:49:30 pm
Totmonslow 200 Perm - fairly wet, very windy, the leg heading south was really tough, its never fun getting blown to a stop when heading downhill
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on May 22, 2016, 05:49:03 pm
A nice jaunt from Bucks, through Berks, Surrey, West and East Sussex and Kent before returning by train.  including 5 of the 100 greatest cycling climbs

https://www.strava.com/activities/584391692

first 200km was awesome, getting back to Marylebone was a nightmare.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on May 23, 2016, 07:46:43 pm
A tough AAA ride today 150km with 2 500m ascent all round.

https://ridewithgps.com/users/168646/activities

Quickly down to Builth wells despite slight headwind and then for a change used the country lane route (instead of usual A483). A lovely section of NCN 43, rather uppy / downy but lovely Welsh Poppies, red campion, bluebells lining the verges.

From Llanwrtyd rejoined the A483 for the gentle climb up and over Sugar Loaf and a fast descent down to Cynghordy before REAL climbing began. After following gently along the valley, passing under the wonderful Cynghordy viaduct currently clothed in vast towers of scaffolding, the road turned and kicked sharply up, my Garmin recording a 30% gradient at one point   :o

I`d hoped to get food at Rhandirmwyn but both pubs, café and shop were shut. NBG there was nowt else for 30 km. So had to resort to a choc bar and gel to get me around all the Llyn Brianne ups and downs and Devils Staircase.

Those who know the Llyn Brianne road know all about its sinuous nature, ups and downs around and around inlets; the most easterly inlet I measured at being 3 km on road to advance by less than 400m. Despite the warmth of the valley below and earlier it was decidedly chilly around the reservoir with a NW breeze but fortunately distant rain clouds stayed distant  :thumbsup:

Devils Staircase (west) is as tough as the notorious hairpins; this side goes up in a series of straight up steps, 20-25 %steps and I seriously contemplated walking....but stayed on the bike just.

The run down the Gwesyn Valley was very fast with a tailwind and lots downhill, and very quickly I`d reached Beulah (noting another, permanently this time, closed café at Coed Trallwm---whatever is going on with rural tourism being so important when so much is shut?. Beulah was good sustenance at the 7 day OPEN garage and a pastie, cappuccino with extra sugar and chocolate coated flapjack boosted my energy levels for the test of the `feared` Beulah - Newbridge roller coaster road.

Reaching Newbridge it was a relief to know that the hardest was over and the A44 flew by to finish a wonderful DIY ---2.5 more AAA points hopefully :thumbsup:-- but most importantly a really good day out  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on May 30, 2016, 10:39:02 pm
A lovely out-and-back to Brampton today, through Upper Teesdale and over Yad Moss to Tynedale, then back.

I usually plan loops rather than out-and-backs, but high spring in Upper Teesdale is always a bit special and it was worth doing twice, even if the clouds took ages to lift. A bank holiday well used.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on May 31, 2016, 09:17:44 pm
on fixed too, kudos  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on May 31, 2016, 10:21:22 pm
To be fair, it's my default setting ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Brymbo 2.0 on June 01, 2016, 08:54:44 pm
I rode a 300km DIYxGPS (Mandatory Route) from home to St. Ives (Cambs.) on Sunday.  It's an out-and-back run Pangbourne-Aylesbury-Sandy-St.Ives which I've previously ridden as a DIYxGPS (advisory route) and as a non-validated ride.  The mandatory route is shorter, actually turning in St. Ives, whereas the advisory route went out to Chatteris to get the between-controls distance (actually 340km).  I didn't really mind the extra distance, as it's within my margin for navigational error.  However, I used to find that arriving in St. Ives but not having reached the turn messed with my head; it always seemed disappointing somehow.  Also, the Windmill in Somersham is a bit of an expensive eatery for a randonneur.

The ride itself was uneventful, with a nasty headwind outward and welcome tailwind homebound.  However, it was a masterclass in nutritional failure.  The full English breakfast in Aylesbury was poor (and they gave me beans when I'd explicitly requested none).  I carried on to Sandy, grumbling to myself at the bad food Feng-shui of baked beans and runny eggs - how the f*ck did those t*ssers think that combination works?  And by the time it arrived the bean juice was congealed; w*nkers.  The petrol station Co-op in Sandy was as good as ever - a Pepsi, pint of milk, and a £1 summer fruits pie hit the spot; and they have toilet.  After a quick turn in St. Ives to put the Garmin in reverse I soon returned to Sandy and started on the road to nutritional disaster by only taking on water there.  By Woburn I was getting very hungry, but only pubs were open and they looked posh, so I continued.  I was forced to stop at the Three Locks pub at Lower Brickhill to get some calories on-board, if a pint of bitter shandy from a disposable plastic glass and £5.50 thimble of fruit crumble with a doll's tea set milk jug of custard provided any.  It's the first crumble I've had with what appeared to be tinned pineapple and peaches.  I decided not to stop in Aylesbury and next stopped in Haddenham, just before Thame.  Here I was able to buy a pack of 4 Eccles cakes in McColl's and restore some energy to my depleted system.

Not eating in St. Ives and not at least buying some food to put in my saddlebag on the way back was a huge mistake.  I reckon 300km is the longest distance you can make this sort of mistake and get away with it.  I'm left wondering whether I didn't use the saddlebag because it wasn't my faithful Barley.  I rode my TCR with the new lightweight setup of triangle bag and Ortlieb seatpack (see pic).  It was the longest ride I done on that bike and it's still not quite dialled-in.  However it was very light and responsive compared to the Tifosi CK7 and Barley and the cycling aspect of the trip was fun.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Andy C on June 02, 2016, 11:44:12 am
anuvver DIY...in 2 bitz!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6PAQZOhJR4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSdCR4SuS3c
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Jon+1bike on June 04, 2016, 10:10:47 pm
Yes.. Did, Chris K-R. Perm' Cheshire Peak Grimpeur 117k 2&3/4k metres.
Wonderful weather, great views and well chosen route. Although days like today, too hot for me,  can't drink as fast as I sweat it away!  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: StephenR on June 05, 2016, 09:22:04 am
Rode the Gospel Pass 200km perm yesterday starting from Cheltenham. Bit overcast, but warm and little wind. Hay on Wye very busy with the festival going on. Wonderful views from the top of the pass and a lunch stop in Llanthony. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9299802
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on June 08, 2016, 04:17:08 pm
And curiously enough today I rode a 150km DIY taking in Gospel Pass coming out of Hay https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9362419 ---to be continued write up post rehydration (beers and milk based, separately !)  ---it was very warm out there today  :thumbsup:

so suitably rehydrated now :)

Originally I`d planned a 300 ultra hilly DIY, 5500m ascent but a lingering viral infection saw me delaying and then deciding to shorten it to a 10km, still with 2500m ascent.

After the torrential Tuesday night downpours the air at 7 am was thick and heavy still and low clouds hung on the hills, but it was dry and warm with little breeze. Climbing started almost immediately with a 1km pull up to old Radnor before a series of rollers leading on towards Hay on Wye, curiously quite as the festivals were coming to an end, hardly a soul to be seen.

Gospel Pass certainly earns its position of Wales` highest road pass, the climb of over 400m ascent 7km is a big pull up; but it was glorious, fluffy cotton wool misty  clouds dragged across Hay bluff and skylarks sang and sang in the summer air. After about half an hour I gained the col , 35 km and already nearly 1000m ascent.

I took great care on the narrow lane down, heavy rain had washed a lot of gravel onto the road and soup plate sized potholes threatened in the dappled shade, but eventually the road opened out and I was able to gain some speed  ;D. Turning right just after Cwmyoy I followed a series of narrow and delightful lanes towards Crickhowell for a Welsh Breakfast at café 18.

Following the B road up towards Brecon, passing through Talybont and Pencelli I enjoyed the relative respite of flatter ground in the knowledge of teh big pull up onto The Epynt MOD range road. But today it didn`t seem so bad, the steadily rising road to Upper Chapel passed quite quickly before I turned left onto the military range road. Plenty of troops around today on various manoeuvres and firing practise. The sun was now high in the sky, a few big cumulus clouds threatened, but didn`t deliver fortunately, and the temperature was soaring so I took it very easy across the three rolling ascents on The Epynt before reaching the northern escarpment and fantastic views into mid Wales, a little hazy today but still a most wonderful vantage point. :thumbsup:

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I enjoyed a brief stop there, hearing a peregrine screeching in the deep cwm below, before the fabulous 10% descent, nearly reaching 70kph ;D , before taking a right turn at the X roads and following a roller coaster little lane back towards Builth, the A road out to New Radnor and eventually home :thumbsup: A really enjoyable ride and a long tiem since I`d ridden some of the roads and lanes made it a real delight on a beautiful sunny, but very warm,  day---how often in Wales does one wish for it to be a wee bit cooler !
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: BobScarle on June 11, 2016, 10:50:25 am
Started out at 4:30 yesterday morning on a DIY ride to Barmouth. The idea was that I ride there and my wife and daughter meet me and we have a couple of nights camping, come home on Sunday. Abandoned at about 85 miles due to a phone call from home saying not well, been sick. Decided that a night or two in a tent would probably not be the best thing so, I turned right at A458 back to Welshpool and caught the train home. I hate abandoning a ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on June 12, 2016, 09:07:14 am
A cold and damp Snow Roads 300k perm yesterday.
Not raining as such most of the time, but persistent drizzle that lasted all day and just slowly soaks everything.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1208790485

Annoying mechanical cost me an hour in Rhynie.
It was just a simple rear p*ncture, but I couldn't get the old tube out.
The knurled lockring on the valve was seized solid.
None of the tools on my multi-tool were pliers, but I managed to jury-rig the chain-splitter as a mini-vice, which slipped more often than it gripped.
But when it did grip, I got about 1/8th of a turn out of it.
I hoped that once I'd got the lockring loose, it would then spin off by hand as usual.
But oh, no.   It was solid the whole length of the (long) thread.
So it tool about 45 minutes to get the old tube out!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on June 12, 2016, 09:26:58 am
Nice one, good route isn`t it  ;D, and although you had drizzle at least you didn`t get the last few hours conditions of 2014 !!

Looking back up Glenshee:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/4/3866/14242590850_56bae8dbef_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nGz14d)wet Glenshee evening (https://flic.kr/p/nGz14d) by jamesld8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55935603@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: alfapete on June 12, 2016, 11:27:31 am
Did 3peaker's Old Clee Hill Flyer yesterday and had a thoroughly lovely day.

Headed up through Evesham to Alcester then westwards through Droitwich to Bewdley and Cleobury Mortimer. It was flatter than I had expected to this point but with persistant drizzley light rain, though it was plenty warm enough. I'd never climbed Clee Hill before and was expecting a brute, so was very happy to discover a long but gentle gradient with the top arriving sooner than anticipated. However, the cloud was so low that there were no views to be seen, and there was a brief spell of heavy rain on the very enjoyable descent.

Lunch at Costas in Ludlow then over the rolling hillocks to Tenbury Wells, Bromyard and Ledbury on roads which were much more familiar, before a flattish ride into Cheltenham. I was meant to finish with Cleeve Hill, but took the longer and flatter route through Gotherington before turning for home in Winchcombe when the rain jacket was donned (needlessly, it turned out) for the third time.

For once I got my feeding and hydration right and so finished feeling pretty good - it makes all the difference! Highly recommended route
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Somnolent on June 12, 2016, 01:20:19 pm
Round the Plain perm yesterday.
Slight drizzle to start but then mostly dry, although evidence on the road that I'd missed some substantial downpours.

Met Hummers coming the other way as I went up the Bourne valley

The road from Erlestoke to Bratton has finally been re-surfaced (there were some real bike-eater potholes there in the winter) but the service at the Pickleberry is still woefully slow.

And met Jonah just before Wylye (he was 120km in to the Hellfire, so 480km to go, when I was just 50km from home - didn't envy him one bit)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on June 12, 2016, 01:41:17 pm
Nice one, good route isn`t it  ;D, and although you had drizzle at least you didn`t get the last few hours conditions of 2014 !!

Looking back up Glenshee:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/4/3866/14242590850_56bae8dbef_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nGz14d)wet Glenshee evening (https://flic.kr/p/nGz14d) by jamesld8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55935603@N05/), on Flickr

Yes, that was the year I p*nctured in Glen Isla about 20k out from the finish, and had to fix it in the pissing rain.
For me, the rain started just as I began the descent of Glenshee, as per your photo.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: chris n on June 12, 2016, 02:42:27 pm
Just a 100km DIY (my first audax since April last year :-[ and my first DIY using the new mandatory routes :thumbsup: ).  Figured out a mostly flat route to Ashbourne following the River Dove, up one steep (too steep to ride  :-[ ) climb in Ashbourne, then mostly downhill to the Trent.  I saved the hardest climb for the last 5 miles, as I had to get the distance up and couldn't be bothered to edit the start of the route last night. :facepalm:  Managed to do the ride non-stop too, apart from the stroll up Old Hill, so ended up with quite a respectable time and was back in time for lunch.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on June 18, 2016, 09:55:10 pm
A loop of Malham Tarn via Blackstone Edge and Heptonstall, the cobbled climb was tough and I came close to packing at Gargrave after the drag over Widdop Moor into a nasty headwind but it all started to come together on the climb up Malham Rakes.

https://www.strava.com/activities/613371892
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on June 19, 2016, 06:16:51 pm
300 DIY from Bristol to South Wales. Did this a few months ago but was very wet which limited what I got to see but yesterday was dry and quite warm by the afternoon.

Takes a slightly different route from the usual Welsh forays, from Chepstow headed straight along the A48 to Newport (nice and quiet early in the morning), Risca road out of Newport and a nice ride up to Hirwaun for breakfast (The Chippy and Cafe).  Turn south again and a lovely climb up the Rhigos, drop down to Treorchy and up the Bwlch. Then a longish descent with a few ups to Neath for a lunch (think it was NGR Cafe and Bistro). Turn north to Seven Sisters and left through some nice lanes and join the main A road that crosses over the Brecon Beacons, drop down to Sennybridge.  Then a straight run back via Brecon, Talybont-on-Usk, Abergavenny, Usk and the climb over Llangwm (the one at the end of Brevet Cymru and Gospel Pass) punctuated with a milkshake in a Brecon Ice Cream Parlour and a Cheese Toastie in Abergavenny Costa.

Route worked well and following the previous effort I was able to correct some RWGPS errors that had me grappling with poor cycle paths.  The two main climbs - Rhigos and Blwch - are great. Quite gentle and long that tend to wind up and down the mountains rather than going up and down.  The descents are on good roads with good vision and the bends are long so you can just let the bike go with minimal braking.

Here it is ... https://www.strava.com/activities/613349042
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Post by: jamesld8 on June 19, 2016, 06:38:12 pm
Nice one and thanks sharing details route---absolutely twin peaks, Marilyn M would be envious of such a profile  ;) 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on June 23, 2016, 12:16:45 pm
On Saturday the 11th I did a 200 via 'traditional DIY' rules, but on the Sunday rode home via a 300 using the 'mandatory route' option.  Worked pretty well apart from the off-road sections I'd not spotted whilst planning my route  :facepalm:

2-3km of this wasn't much fun:
(https://markcharlton1.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/img_21811.jpg?w=652)

Route home:
https://www.strava.com/activities/607559133

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Post by: tonyh on June 23, 2016, 12:56:49 pm
Looks like good reason for taking a legitimate diversion!

Well ridden.
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Post by: jamesld8 on June 23, 2016, 01:40:11 pm
But at least you had disc brakes to rely on  :thumbsup:

RWGPS does seem sneak these bits in and at scale of mapping hard to tell, I`ve been put onto cycle routes / canal towpaths  which run very close to a road and it`s near impossible tell until  riding it, at which point I seek the legitimate diversion onto the planned road
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on June 23, 2016, 02:06:46 pm
Next time I'd ride round, but once I had to stop and remove mud to keep the wheels turning I felt committed to carrying on... :)
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Post by: tonyh on June 23, 2016, 02:10:27 pm
Ah yes, that "going back would be worse..... I hope.......  "  feeling!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Dave_C on June 23, 2016, 02:56:57 pm
Just spotted this.

On Saturday I rode a DIY 400 from home based on a ex calendar event, Berwick & Beattock 400. I set off from home at 04:40 and rode to Berwick upon Tweed for another breakfast around 9:50am. This took me through Gifford (7am) and over Redstane Rigg (430m). From Berwick I followed the main road to Kelso and then north of the River Teviot away from the main road and its traffic. Around 3 miles east of Hawick I rejoined the main road and stopped for food in Subway at Hawick (2:30pm) before setting off on the second climb (365m) and down to sea level again on my way to Carlisle. Finally heading north at 6pm I climbed from Moffat up the Devil's Beef tub (395m) and finally arriving in Cramond (sea level) at 02:30am (at 411km). The home on the last 20km and back in bed ~24 hours after I set off.

I made the mistake after PBP last year of dismantling my bike to go abroad and the saddle was not put at the correct height, resulting in sore knees and back all this week. I will raise my saddle a cm and see how I get on over the next few weeks before a 600 in early July.

https://www.strava.com/activities/614361365
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on June 25, 2016, 04:27:11 pm
In my quest for more points (RRTY/1000 club), It was my Cheltenham Flyer 200 that won with the Permanent version. It has wet/winter variations and the biblical rain forced me to take the one to Westonbirt (after Tetbury). But here is my brief account:

25 Jun 16: Cheltenham 2012 Flyer 200
Wanted to do a 200 before our holiday and start RRTY25; a photo exhibition at Lacock suggested my Flyer 2012 AC. A dry start soon changed to torrential rain from Sapperton to Lacock. A soup and coffee helped restore hands before the exhibition. Dry up Bowden Hill and then more heavy rain up to the golf course (retrieved 3 balls from the roadside!); managed to shelter while I had a banana. Dry across Pewsey Vale and for the lanes to Burbage and then a heavy downpour while I sheltered with a snack. It gradually dried, so a good traverse of Lamborne Hills (there is now a cyclists warning before the descent of Blowingstone Hill) and the Cotswolds (no fun riding into a blinding setting sun), just finishing at dusk. Glad I had good lights for the final sprint down the A40.

Need to be careful on my next rides as now on 996points!!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on June 26, 2016, 10:46:44 pm
Did a DIY by GPS today: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9662780
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Post by: JonB on June 27, 2016, 08:42:44 am
Did a DIY by GPS today: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9662780

That looks good: flat, up, down and finish ... nice :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: andytk on July 01, 2016, 10:28:03 pm
Rode the Staffs Peak perm. Concerned shoulder wouldn't be up to it after an over-the-bars a few weeks ago, but worked out alright in the end. Few showers during the day, plenty of hills throughout. Probably my favourite of the Marple Grimpeurs. Hope to get a day off and ride the calendar version in August
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Post by: Manotea on July 01, 2016, 10:47:47 pm
An Anoraks Delight for me, my first BR in quite a while. I had a good day out, though the route seemed hillier than I remembered it. Nothing really big/steep but a lot of rolling terrain mixed with some delightful flatness.

Some wetness mixed with sunny spells, which was fine, riding through most of the mizzle 'cape off'. Got seriously lost around andover in estates which didn't exist when I cut the GPS track!

Also my first Keto 200. Had some pork scratchings, ham and a few chicken wings, say 800Cal all in. I didn't especially need to eat, and fat/protein takes ages to digest anyway but felt it sensible to have something to support recovery.  Felt pretty good and - within the limits of my fitness -  had  good form all the way round and felt fine after, which was interesting as I had bonked out/DNFed a 200 at 65km a month earlier having screwed up my diet that week.

Pork scratching are disgusting tho. Never again...

Edit: yet strangely addictive...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Simon_A on July 02, 2016, 05:29:42 pm
Rode El Supremo's (as presented by Anton Brown) Reading-Pulborough 200k Perm.  AB kindly accommodated an extra start Control near home, cattle & swans bathing together in the water meadows just N of Alresford (very pastoral), an interesting lanes alt. to the A272 between Liss and Midhurst (if rather sandy, must clean chain), lots of folk getting ready for Polo just past Midhurst (must buy horse and loose wurzel accent), dirty great big fry-up in Pulborough (The Tea Room, high end of avg at £10 inc. tea but top notch ingredients & friendly service) and missed most of the rain.  So apart from the busy roads from Guildford to 3 Mile Cross and the strong westerlie that also did a good impression of a southerlie and northlie, a good ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on July 03, 2016, 06:49:05 pm
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9763841

400km DIY by GPS. All sorts of weather, apres Clatterin' Brig la deluge. Decent control this time with food & drink provided :-p Had to have a power snooze in Ellon - not in a bus shelter, but sat on the ground against a wall.
Distance extended a bit by coming across a road closure near Fyvie. The GPS came into its own for finding an alternative route.
Fair bit of wildlife: red squirrel, bats, GSW, buzzards, deer trying to garrote itself on a fence.

ETA - just realised this is the longest solo ride I've done.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on July 17, 2016, 08:53:52 am
After crashing last week, yesterday I had another go at a visit to the seaside and Marj's to collect my wedding ring*

A night run to Rhyl into a blustery wind which turned a bit grim for the last bit from Prestatyn, didn't hang around at McDonanlds since they'd got the air-con on and being soaked I got the shakes. The pay-off was 140 odd km of tailwind to Marj's where I enjoyed a leisurely lunch of homemade pizza and filled the Carradice with chocolate cake, the  long break meant I found it tough to get going again.

Home up the canal through Stoke and then just a matter of staying out of the way of the TT'ers on the A50.

https://www.strava.com/activities/642963835

*actually jogler's wedding rind resized
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Manotea on July 17, 2016, 09:29:04 am
Rode the Taste of the Test 200km on Saturday with Mattc who was on a 300 from Didcot. We met up at Pangbourne to ride down to Tadley which made it a 240km day for me. Mattc was great company as usual.

Hillier than I remembered it (where have I heard that before) and required the 24" gear in places. It was quite warm and I was rather dehydrated by the time we got to Aldbourne (the TOTT 150km control) and I was rather out of it for a while, but recovered to finish in good shape (much to my amazement, tbh), finishing with a 2up time trial back to Pangbourne, just in time to miss my train home which meant a 55 minute wait. Happily a bunch of lads arrived who had been on the lash all afternoon arrived and insisted I join their drinking game, which passed the time nicely. :)

Something I'd forgotten about was how difficult I find it to get to sleep after a hard ride, as I'm a mess of endorphins. I had mebbe a couple of hours and was up and about the rest of the night. I'll probably spend the rest of the day in a semi-doze; just hope I get a good night's sleep tonight.   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on July 17, 2016, 08:26:25 pm
A figure of eight loop from Bristol to Wilton near Salisbury via the Wylie Valley, the edge of Cranborne Chase via Broad Chalke and Cranborne Abbas then return via Shaftesbury, Mere, Warminster.  The Bristol Bath cycle path provided the intro and outro.  The Wylie Valley is lovely, pretty flat but enough little dips and rises to keep it interesting.  The view at Compton Abbas over the downlands is great and I had a breakfast at Compton Abbas Airfield, quite busy and seems to be quite a popular spot for cyclists, met a group who had ridden up from Poole.  There is quite a stiff climb out of Mere but again some lovely views from the ridge that the road runs along before dropping down and winding through four different Deverills (Kingston, Monkton, Hill and Longbridge … the latter having also been visited earlier in the day).  Very hot in the afternoon which took its toll but really a fine day out and a route that I’m really pleased with.
https://www.strava.com/activities/644054738
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on July 17, 2016, 08:59:46 pm
We live right on the Northern edge of the North York Moors, so it would be churlish not to visit them from time to time. Home-Hawnby (where I bottled it on the 33% descent, managed the 25% climb, then fettled the brakes as there was more descending to come). I'm too fat to spend all day in the Moors so headed up Wensleydale to Hawes for a (late) lunch. I'd not saved enough in my lardy legs for the climb up Preston Scar and by the time I got to Richmond I was knackered. Luckily it's flat (for round here) home from there, and with the wind squarely on my back I made much better time. Mr Smith rode out to meet me, which was lovely, though he did keep trying to halfwheel, the git.
Lovely sunny day. Almost like it's summer.
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Post by: mattc on July 18, 2016, 04:50:11 pm
Rode a 300 on Sat round Wiltshire, Hampshire etc, much of it with a sweaty bloke from London that I met on the internet.
It was bloody lovely, although I got a bit grumpy on the hot afternoon leg - fortunately "1 Bottle" Paul was in a worse state than me, which cheered me up  ;D

With an 0515 start this was oh-so-close to being an all-daylight 300. But it DID manage to be a bare-arms & knees 300 - which is nice.

My first with GPS - thanks Phil for the loan and the private tutoring. And to Manotea for baby-sitting my mandatory route entry. (I shall no doubt be posting extensively and stupidly in the GPS board soon  ::-)  )



The previous Saturday was a 200 round a v.similar area - rather unfortunate planning, but nice routes anyway. This was a bit special, for being my first Audax points since being battered-by-van back in April. :)

(Thanks to Brymbo OTP for the company on that one).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on July 18, 2016, 05:18:23 pm
Well done MattC  :thumbsup:

If I`d gotten my act together, ie submitted an entry to Tony H beforehand  :facepalm:, my ride today would have been a 100km AAA ride, virtually a repeat of a previous out to Kerry, via Cilfaesty Hill, back via Kerry - Anchor road with the 10km descent to Clun  :thumbsup: https://www.strava.com/activities/645055254 , before back over Reeves / Stonewall Hill with surprisingly clear views given the heat building .

Tried to minimise faffage time, just 20 min `wasted` stops for food eaten `on the move; very warm day (hottest of year here )

So it`s a non DIY -`DIY` ride today  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: yorkie on July 18, 2016, 08:12:58 pm
Not today, but on Saturday night I rode the Dunwich Dynamo and extended the 180km "official" route to 303km via Beccles, the Reedham ferry, Aylsham, North Walsham and Paston, cutting back along the coast road to Sheringham YHA.

This is the first time I have ridden a 300km DIY by GPS and the first time I have ridden 300km since the late 90's.

The section to the coast was ridden in good company, with a bit of a tailwind, via Finchingfield, Sudbury and Framlingham, getting to Dunwich just after sunrise.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160718/67008bb26f7f1678945599faf89a455f.jpg)

The rest of the ride also went well, the only low point being just before Beccles, when I was seriously considering packing. After a McDonald's breakfast, I felt much better and pushed the wind to Aylsham with renewed vigour, including a trip across the Reedham ferry!

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160718/1904cdfb52ac83dd35179be3fbd66e07.jpg)

The final section from Paston also featured the aforementioned headwind, but by then I could smell the finish and got in after around 19 hours in total, of which around 15 hours were actually spent in the saddle.

What's next? I'm sure that someone is going to try and talk me into a 400! We'll see! :-D
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Post by: Chris S on July 18, 2016, 08:53:00 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160718/1904cdfb52ac83dd35179be3fbd66e07.jpg)

Ah, yorkie - if I had a pound for every one of those I've had as DIY proof of passage, I'd have...

* checks *

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Post by: yorkie on July 18, 2016, 08:55:16 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160718/1904cdfb52ac83dd35179be3fbd66e07.jpg)

Ah, yorkie - if I had a pound for every one of those I've had as DIY proof of passage, I'd have...

* checks *

(click to show/hide)
Hehe! :-)

Thankfully I was doing a DIY by GPS with mandatory routing, so didn't need to get receipts.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on July 18, 2016, 10:53:02 pm
A 200 starting from Bristol and takes in parts of the Heart of England and the Severn Across.  The  route  heads out through Wiltshire to Malmesbury and then takes the lanes that cut through the Cotswold Water Parks. Coffee and cake at Coffee 1 in Cirencester where it picks up the early part of the Heart of England, last time I did this, the gentle rise up the Whiteway north over the Cotswolds was accompanied by a headwind which was slow going but today conditions were a lot more benign although the hills that followed the Whiteway were tough in the heat.  Magnificant views of the Cotswolds before dropping down the steep hill to Winchcombe, usually this is done on Blacksheep’s ‘January Sale’ in wet and often dark conditions but far more enjoyable today.  Now on the Western part of the Severn Across but I deviate to Tewkesbury to the Royal Hop Pole for lunch.  Lovely section West of the Severn made up of nice quiet lanes but then it’s the fierce climb up Symonds Yat Rock. From Coleford there’s some undulation before the magnificent descent to Chepstow and then it’s just the dreaded Fern Hill* and back home (*it’s not that long or steep but always comes at the end of Welsh rides when you’re invariably very tired).
Ride details here https://www.strava.com/activities/645470641
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on July 29, 2016, 09:53:19 am
Solo 400k DIYxGPS ( Mandatory Route ) yesterday.
Longest solo ride for me.

It's the route of the Kingdom Come, which was the National 400 back in 2000.

Punctured 3k from the end, about 02:30 in the Deep Dark Woods!
Sitting on a rock fixing the tyre in the silence and pitch dark pierced only by my front light, I could hear Gruffalos and Grues close by in the woods behind me.
All I could see was the one million insects attracted to my lights, so I had to fix the puncture in a cloud of Moths and Other Things.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1278173050
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cold Snail on July 29, 2016, 12:32:54 pm
Rode the Man of Kent 300 perm yesterday with Jel (who was getting his first 300 in for the year).
The steering bearings felt a little odd every now and again, and now it's cooled down today is making some scraping noises.
https://www.strava.com/activities/656839911
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: ebbson on July 30, 2016, 07:39:18 pm
Greenwich Mean Climbs - 300.
Not a route I'd ridden before (DNS last year), though I've ridden most of the Sussex bits before.  It is a sensational route (save for the last 20km through Bromley) - good hills, and top draw lanes.  Really bloody lovely.
Knackered now - started at silly o'clock this morning (00:40) having gone to bed a mere two hours before.
I feel the first leg out to Ebbsfleet is probably best done in the dark.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on July 31, 2016, 11:35:41 am
Just back from a family holiday, camping in Cornwall near Porthcurno. Managed to squeeze in a couple of 200km DIYs.

The first was adapted from a calendar event that I found a link to (I think it was the four hundreds two hundred). I started it at the campsite, shortened it at the far end and included a loop around the Lands End Peninsula to finish.  The route was excellent and being Cornwall, quite hilly.  Nice run out across the Lizard Peninsula and then north east using the King Harry Ferry over to Roseland and then heading to the North Coast via St Newlyn East.  This part included a lovely climb alongside a woodland where the trees formed a beautiful canopy over the road which provided some welcome respite from the heat.  Once at the north coast the climbing intensified until I got the other side of Portreath where there was a flattish run to Hayle but this was accompanied by an upsurge in the headwind.  I was really looking forward to the north coast down to Lands End but by the time I got there rain/mist had set in and I couldn’t see a thing and the wind was really challenging.  Got to St Just feeling very wet and weak, only 10-15 km left but decided to stop for food at the Co-op and 10 minutes later was good to go. Enjoyed the tail wind from Lands End back to the campsite and managed the 16% hill just out of Treen without too much trouble. Ride details here https://www.strava.com/activities/657714906

Second ride shared parts of the previous one which is inevitable when you can only really go in one direction from Lands End.  After Marizion I got on the minor roads north of the Lizard and worked my way across to the King Harry Ferry but this time explored the Roseland Peninsula a bit more. Down to St Mawes and then followed the coast to Gorran Haven before heading cross county back to the ferry, plenty of climbing in this section.  Then to the Lizard, across the top part to Gweek and a climb that seemed to go on forever and then West toward Culdrose air base and then the really hard bit.  The rain had set in and the wind was really blowing from the south, I’d done about 150 km and I had to do an out and back into the wind to Lizard point, not far but very tempting to keep going West toward the campsite.  Frustratingly, the cafes had closed in Lizard and the pubs looked busy so I ended up with a coke and a cold pie from a shop. The rain then started to clear and the return up to Helston went really quickly, back on the minor roads to Marizion after Helston and a bit more climbing. Short stop in Penzance for water and chocolate and another 10 km to the finish.  Rain returned with a vengeance about 30 mins after I was back.  Felt I was struggling for time on this ride but this was partly a function of setting out later and a few more hills but overall another good day out on the bike, details here, https://www.strava.com/activities/657714890
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on August 04, 2016, 11:34:37 pm
Resurrected my SR series with Els 400 on Monday, thanks to Anton for organising and allowing me to use Chichester as start/finish, which meant I could start from my static caravan in Selsey.  The weather forecast was for rain spreading from the west so when I woke in the early hours that was encouragement to get going, with no one to disturb at 2.10am, making the start control at 2.42am.

Nice night ride and magic dawn over Old Winchester Hill before the slate grey cloud arrived.  Has a good conversation with the attendant at Shell Services in Sutton Scotney who told me about a blog he was following of someone cycling from Germany to Pakistan.  He'd obviously stamped cards for other AUKs in the past.

Big attack of the dozies around St Mary Bourne but after the beautiful church at Fosbury and the descent in Bedwyn woke up and was ready for a full English at Leigh Delamere.  The rain started early but I outpaced it in the lee of Tan Hill only for it to catch me up when I made a bonus tea and cake stop at a very friendly cafe in Pewsey (£2.80 for a mug of tea and home made Victoria sponge).  More dozies around St Mary Bourne on the way back but then the rain woke me up. 

Fancied a decent coffee so headed for McDonalds in Sutton Scotney services rather than a snack at the petrol station and emerged into proper rain.  At least all the roads were local and I made good pace over the hills to Petersfield.  The problem with the early start was that the A272 was now busy with afternoon traffic.  Needed something salty and it was just entering witching hour when all the proper cafes shut so resorted to a cheese and ham panini at Costa-lot. 

The rain eased off again on the way to Pease Pottage, and I had a good although not-that-quick run especially on the long drag up through Tilgate Forest for another panini (this was becoming a very expensive event - £3 for the ride and over £30 for food!!).  All the roads so far had been familiar, with no need to check the route sheet but I wasn't absolutely certain of the way around Horsham.  That gave me an unpleasant surprise as I had 58k not 48k to go and what an extra 10k it turned out to be.  I emerged from the services into steady rain that just got heavier.  The roads became sheets of water with white lines and draincovers potential death traps in the gathering gloom.  I reached Storrington and stood under the eaves of an estate agent for a snack, reckoning that this was on a par with PBP2007 and LEL2009 as some of the worst summer cycling weather I'd ever encountered.  But I knew it was only 30k of familiar roads to do, so I set off into the dark, laboured up the hill to Whitways and tiptoed through the floods around  Eartham.  One little mistake on my part, thought that the helpful sign to "Retail Park" would get me to Sainsburys avoided the A27 roundabout but should have known that Sainsburys is "Superstore" not "Retail Park" and ended up on an insane cycle/footpath only about 4 feet white with a raised white-paint death trap line to keep the two apart and lampposts encroaching menacingly.  Somehow survived this town planner's attempt on my life and rolled into Sainsbury

I knew I'd be back in Selsey too late for a kebab so wandered around the vast acres.  Found the pasta OK but the pesto sauce was several aisles and about half a mile away and I needed some kind lady to help me when she'd rather have a quiet-end-of-shift.  So after a few lost minutes clocked in at the checkout at 10.45pm.

The excitement wasn't over as I now had 15km into the wind and incessant rain back to the caravan.  Southern Railway, who can't run trains for toffee decided to rub it in by actually running one at 11pm so I had to sit soaked at the level crossing, then it was a matter of counting down the miles along the ever-too-familiar road to Selsey. 

The contents of my Nelson Longflap were bone dry.  Lancashire 1 Sussex Weather 0
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: HK on August 06, 2016, 11:57:39 pm
Topped up today's 200, Cogdubnus run by MarcusJB as given the preferred method to the start was riding out, it seemed churlish not to assume my work tramlines and top up to a 300. Great time had and now have very happy but weary co-pilot.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on August 07, 2016, 03:59:36 pm
This is a route into South Wales that Audax Club Bristol plan to turn into a calendar event. It’s a tough day out with around 3000m of climbing. After getting over the Severn, the first climb is gentle, up toward Shirenewton from Chepstow, the outward route of the Brian Chapman, a few lanes after Usk and then the major climb of the ride – the Tumble. Yesterday it was clear and the views over the Brecon Beacons were fantastic.  Dropped down further than I needed, into Blaenavon to use the visitor centre café, but it was closed – heartsink. I was just about to crawl back up toward the Big Pit and the turning toward Brymawr and a woman emerged onto the adjacent road crossing wearing visitor centre uniform, I enquired if she was opening up and got a positive answer!  So, in for a veggie breakfast, they have library books for customers and I managed about 30 pages of a Lou Reed biography and was tempted to sit there for a few hours drinking coffee and reading but it was a lovely day and during the winter I longed for days like this so back out and up the hill. Some undulations through the towns that track along the Heads of the Valleys road until Merthyr Tydfil and then turn right back into the Beacons and some lovely countryside around the Pontsticill reservoir, tough climb and sharp descent to the Talybont reservoir and a lovely run into Talybont on Usk, gradually down for about 10km.  Another café stop at Crickhowell and the temperature has now become quite challenging.  Climb out of Crickhowell and take the lanes around the base of the Sugar Loaf before coming into Llanvihangel Crucorney which is at the southern end of the Gospel Pass.  Another set of lovely lanes to Raglan but I was really feeling the heat now and whilst there was nothing brutal the undulations really sapped my energy. I stopped for a coke and crisps at Raglan and psyched myself for the last tough climb, Star Hill.  Struggled up the climbs before it and then got in a very low gear and crawled up and was delighted and relieved to see the top. One significant undulation on the ridge, then Devauden and a long descent to Chepstow.  Had to top up with water at a garage, then over the Severn Bridge, the dreaded Fern Hill and about 10 km to home.  This is a great route and will make a fine calendar event but very tough in those temperatures. Full details hehttps://www.strava.com/activities/666795539re
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 07, 2016, 10:15:05 pm
Yesterday was my first attempt at a mandatory DIY-by-GPS route. I was very pleased with it, on the whole, though the admin was a nightmare.

The ride was brilliant, and in perfect weather - it would only work as a mandatory route, really, as I took inspiration from Uncle Peter's adventures on the canalways of Lancashire, and it was a mix of offroad and quiet lanes. My kind of terrain, that. However, it being County Durham, we don't have many canals, but we do have a lot of disused railways.

The river path along the Tees from Stockton to Middlesbrough is fantastic - best of all, there's pretty much no need to ride through Middlesbrough. There is an Eight Bridges cycle route, too. I only used four - Victoria Bridge, Infinity Bridge, Tees Barrrage, and finally I crossed the Transporter Bridge (open, for once) and rode across Dormans Pond and Seal Sands. It's an amazing route. Seals, seabirds, cows lazing in the water, oil refineries, chemical plants, cooling towers and a nuclear power station.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8460/28218003383_08a904397c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JZwDiH)
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I did have to ride through the middle of Hartlepool, but I kept my Darlo badge under wraps, and from Hartlepool north it was the Hart-Haswell path, the Castle Eden walkway and the Hawthorn-Ryhope cycleway, which were mostly pretty well-surfaced. Mostly. There was a rough, muddy bit near Haswell, and a wooden walkway across a bog which I wouldn't fancy riding in the wet. It was covered with netting which provided some grip, but the netting was frayed, so I was as concerned about punctures as anything else.

It's still a better route across East Durham than any road I've found - Murton and Easington have their charms, no doubt, but the roads are shite.

It was an almost-imperceptible drag up from Poolie, and an equally-gentle drop back down to the land of the Mackems, which was another city centre blast, over the Wear and up the coast with the sea to my right and the salty smell in my nostrils. I just missed the Shields Ferry, and pissed away a half hour, even before the slow progress through the throngs along the path to Tynemouth and through the honeypots of Whitley Bay and Cullercoats.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8496/28215714794_7fac2f07d2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JZjUZh)

Blyth was strangely empty by comparison*, and is blessed with pretty well-surfaced cyclepaths. They are a bit meandery, but far better than riding along the A189, and it was a purely functional bit anyway, to get me up to the Northumberland Coast and Druridge Bay. It's a gorgeous bit of the world, about to be ruined by an opencast mine (http://www.savedruridge.co.uk). I got chatting to an Aussie cyclist, and we both bemoaned the decision. There's millions of tons of coal left under the sea, or under Easington, and they could probably replace Easington with a hole in the ground before anyone noticed, let alone cared.

For the time being, though, it's a fantastic bit of coastline, with a lovely track across the dunes. My Aussie wheelmate looked at my bike and said that you wouldn't ride it on a road bike, and goggled a bit when I told him that was exactly where I was going. As I say, my kind of terrain - comedy offroading.

I turned back from Amble to Morpeth, which had been the catalyst for the ride, to use up an unused** open return from Morpeth. The last 50 km was rather hilly, certainly by comparison, but with such views, over to the Cheviots on one side and down to the sea at the other. A stop for a pint at the Dyke Neuk to string things out before my train, and all downhill for the last 10 km through Mitford to Morpeth.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8872/28756754281_f071a79b69_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KP8Tbi)

https://www.strava.com/activities/666949517

I may have cocked up the admin, but it's a great system - I couldn't have ridden that route any other way, as there'd have always been a persistent voice reminding me that I'd have to ride along the A189 or wherever, just to keep the distance within sensible margins. At times, I did miss the freedom to wander off course, and had to keep a tight leash on my exploring instinct, but as a mechanism for riding long distances, it's fantastic, and it opens up loads of potential routes.

*It won't be in a few weeks when the tall ships come to town: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/tall-ships-blyth-you-need-11711872
**FSVO unused***
***And still technically unused
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on August 07, 2016, 11:02:45 pm
I popped up to my Parent house in Lincoln via a 200k mandatory route DIY.  I decided when I got there to ride the 'top 100 cilmbs #28' aka the cobbled climb up Michaelgate & to the castle. 

It was after 10pm on a hot evening so the place was full of drunk people - sometimes as an Audaxer I find that a bit intimerdating, but I plowed on with the mandatory route.  I crawled up it the narrow, steep cobbles, without much fitness, carrying luggage, some dynamo-drag & 220k in the legs - thankfully the masses of drunkards took to shouting encouragement all the way up, people even walking next to me saying 'go on, you can do it' etc :)

At the top there were loads (100+) people outside the pubs etc & I got a spontaneous round of applause for making it :)

https://www.strava.com/activities/668222316 (https://www.strava.com/activities/668222316)

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on August 07, 2016, 11:06:16 pm
@ Dean, that's really good and (to me) inspiring.  You are taking some fabulous pictures, too.  I have actually done a couple of two hundreds "off-road" - the route 66 canal one which I mentioned at the National and one using the PeakTrails, which I did last year as soon as I was back on my bike, or pretty soon, anyway.  The canals one took a lot longer than yours, for obvious (and not so obvious) reasons but I brought it in BRM - just!  I'm writing it up and will stick it on here and hopefully Arrivee.  I didn't bother entering the rides as DIYs - just wanted to see if I could get the routes to work.

You talk of an admin nightmare.  Anything in particular?  Was it just getting the route to go where you wanted, or the entry itself?  I'm hoping to do both of mine again before the light goes.

Thanks again

Peter

Bobby, that's a good one, too!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 08, 2016, 12:39:25 pm
Cheers, Pete - the admin was mostly user error, I reckon. I tend not to enter DIYs until the last minute, and I didn't give myself enough time to really get to grips with the requirements. I emailed Andy C in the end, so we'll see.

Creating a usable track was a bit of a pain - I was using BikeHike, which is pretty good, but the auto-routing is on-road. With lots of offroady bits, I had to fill it in manually, which was a bit tedious. And inaccurate in a couple of places, as I was trying to cross canals where there were no bridges.

Then my track was too large for the entry form - no problem, I could just zip it. It wouldn't accept my zipped file, and I spent a fruitless half hour trying to find Phil W's thingummy for compressing GPX files (Dale mentioned this last week, but he couldn't remember where he'd seen it - it's buried away in the GPS ghetto: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=97952.0). Gave it up, emailed Andy C and went to bed.

Next time, I'll try to do all the prep beforehand, but still enter at the last minute!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: billplumtree on August 08, 2016, 12:44:38 pm
Great stuff Dean, lovin the pics.  But when did Newport Bridge turn red?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 08, 2016, 12:50:14 pm
It was a couple of years ago, to mark its 80th anniversary. It had been getting tatty for a while. Nowt to do with Middlesbrough FC AFAIK.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on August 08, 2016, 01:26:27 pm
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We went out on Saturday to routecheck The Penshaw Punisher (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=98199.0) route. Rode it as a DIY by GPS. I'm rather glad I don't have to ride it again now, it's rather lumpy...  ;D

Cheers, Pete - the admin was mostly user error, I reckon. I tend not to enter DIYs until the last minute, and I didn't give myself enough time to really get to grips with the requirements. I emailed Andy C in the end, so we'll see.

Creating a usable track was a bit of a pain - I was using BikeHike, which is pretty good, but the auto-routing is on-road. With lots of offroady bits, I had to fill it in manually, which was a bit tedious. And inaccurate in a couple of places, as I was trying to cross canals where there were no bridges.

Then my track was too large for the entry form - no problem, I could just zip it. It wouldn't accept my zipped file, and I spent a fruitless half hour trying to find Phil W's thingummy for compressing GPX files (Dale mentioned this last week, but he couldn't remember where he'd seen it - it's buried away in the GPS ghetto: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=97952.0). Gave it up, emailed Andy C and went to bed.

Next time, I'll try to do all the prep beforehand, but still enter at the last minute!

I like RideWithGPS to create the .gpx files - you can choose driving/cycling/walking options which does the job 99% of the time when doing these kinds of tracks and trails routes and then for the odd time it doesn't work, you can just draw it in.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on August 08, 2016, 02:22:19 pm
Having completed 100,000km on a Cheltenham Flyer Perm (Cotswolds version) I learned that the original (the one I rode as a Calendar in 1992) used Clee Hill in Shropshire and was first organised by Sean Graff (of Cotswold Corker fame) in 1988. So, to complete my 1000 points celebration, I rode my Flyer Perm 200 over Clee Hill last Friday (also my 1st RRTY August ride). I was lucky with perfect weather for views from Clee Hill. the 1000 points was certainly an incentive; now I just have to work on RRTY and staying out of trouble for LEL17.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on August 08, 2016, 08:32:29 pm
It was a couple of years ago, to mark its 80th anniversary. It had been getting tatty for a while. Nowt to do with Middlesbrough FC AFAIK.

They had planned to paint it silver for it's 80th anniversary but it took so long it was the 81st anniversary because Stockton hadn't maintained it and it needed a great deal of remedial work.
The Transporter is getting much better at being open. Except Sundays, obv. For commuters they are even continuous running rather than at 15 minute intervals. It's almost become a reliable crossing.  :o

Your route is a reverse of one I did a couple of years ago, from me Mam's down the coast, pretty much. Except I did all the shitty road bits.  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 08, 2016, 08:50:22 pm
I'll finish off this bridgy interlude with an action shot! of Newport Vertical Lift Bridge, back when it lived up to its name: https://flic.kr/p/29K1oz

I was there the last time the lift was used (I'm sure I've mentioned that before).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on August 20, 2016, 12:20:04 pm
Over the last 2 days, I rode the old Scottish classic route, the Twilight 600.
This is my longest ever solo ride.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/10610083

This route deserves a bit more description than a one-liner, so here goes...

This classic Scottish route goes diagonally across Scotland, from Edinburgh in the South East, to Ardgour in the North West, taking in much of the varied scenery and terrain that Scotland has to offer.

From a 5am start, we head North across the Forth Road Bridge, with views of the Forth Bridge and the near-finished new Forth Crossing.
After negotiatating major road-works at the North of the bridge, we pass through some of the less scenic parts of Fife, before bearing westwards towards the more gentrified pastures of Perthshire.
There's a great ride up Glen Devon, and a massive descent down towards Gleneagles.
Control at Crieff, where the cafes are not yet open, so it's a bacon roll from the bakery.

From Crieff, a classic ride through the Sma' Glen, and on to Aberfeldy.
Down past Loch Tay, to Killin for snacks and drinks.   This had been a possible lunch stop, but I was way too early for lunch, so I press on to Crianlarich.
Joining the A85 at Lix Toll, this is where the bad traffic begins.

The traffic and standard of driving is nothing short of horrific.
Busses and HGVs will make no effort to pass you, and will fly past at 70 an inch away from your handlebars.
This requires pretty aggressive road positioning, and glowering over your shoulder to force them to slow down and pass more carefully.
Cars were mostly well behaved, but I did notice that most of the ones that did dangerous overtakes had NL plates, which surprised me.
Perhaps with so much segregated cycling in NL, the drivers don't know how to deal with cyclists on main roads?
Camper vans ( probably hired ) all pulled in too soon, probably because their drivers are not used to such long vehicles.

Anyways, Lunch at Crianlarich, on to Tyndrum and the climb up to Rannoch Moor.
You know you are on the West Coast when you see Buachaille Etive Mor glowering across Rannoch Moor.
This is the gateway to Glencoe, and a hooning great descent town the glen.
Across the Ballachulish Bridge, at arrive at the Corran Bunkhouse before 4pm.

Get checked in, and dump some stuff off the bike and we head out for the evening loop of 130k round Ardgour.
The bunkhouse is on the ferry slipway, and as I set off I notice the navigational instruction on my Garmin says 'Board Ferry'.
This seemed like good advice, so I did.

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Corran Ferry (https://flic.kr/p/L8wVRq) by Ron Lowe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62966413@N04/), on Flickr

The loop round Argour is quite rugged, and not particularly fast.
I set off around 4:30, but the road along Loch Sunart is constantly undulating, so you feel like you are climbing all the time.
Through Strontian ( the element Strontium is named after it ), and on to Salen where I stop for dinner at the Salen Hotel.
The road North to Lochailort goes over a couple of fairly long draggy climbs, and I get to the Lochailort inn at about 9.
The guests are just finishing their dinner, and I am served some drinks and crisps by some cheery East Europeans.
As I go to depart, one of the diners offers me some advice.  I'll need some lights, apparently.
Grateful for their words of wisdom, I turn my lights on and head East towards Fort William in the Twilight.
This is a flat section, and fairly fast. I pass Glenfinnan, where the monument was floodlight.

At Corpach, a couple of miles from Fort William, I come across stationary traffic.   There is nothing coming the other way, so I pass it.
The gridlock goes all the way to Fort William, and I come to the Police road block.
Pedestrians are directed down a steep bank into a field, where I can re-join the road after a couple of hundred metres.
The tailback stretches for a couple of miles the other side of Fort William too.
This meant I had no traffic coming my way all the way back to the Corran Bunkhouse.

So to bed at 11, and up at 6 for a 7am start on day 2.
Drinking my coffee, I read the news and it turns out the incident in Fort William the previous evening was a cyclist fatality involving an HGV.

With this sobering news fresh in mind, and bearing in mind the traffic I endured the previous day, I decided to use the cycle path NCN 78 from Ballachulish to Oban.
I've used this before, some years ago on the Port Navigation 200, and remember it as being of good quality.
And indeed it was; I followed it all the way.

This was all well and good until you come to the Connel Bridge. The NCN78 points off to the left, saying Oban 6.
That's a bit longer than the main road, but what the heck.  I had time in hand before the Oban control.  DO NOT DO THIS!
The route takes a big loop away from Oban, along a bastard hilly single track road. Unless you are looking for a few over-distance Km, and a bunch of gratuitous climbing, take the main road.
And that was the Good News.
The bad news is that NCN78 to Oban DOES NOT GO TO OBAN!
It's an Oban Bypass, dropping you out on the Taynuilt road 2.5 mile beyond Oban, on the wrong side of a Bastard Hill.
Since Oban was a control, I had to climb over said Bastard Hill to get to Oban.
And then for extra fun, a Hill Rep back over said Bastard Hill in the other direction, because my next destination was Taynuilt!

Lovely road to Taynuilt, though.
Then up a seemingly endless climb to Tyndrum and back to Crianlarich, with only 100k or so to go.
It started to rain on the climb, and the waterproofs went on and remained on for the remainder of the day.
Back along the Dangerous A85 as far as Lix Toll, where I turn south up another endless climb and to Lochearnhead then Callander.
The weather was a bit grim, so I was just head down and pushing on by now.

The final stretch took me through Stirling, but I think my route could have been better planned through the city; I was on cycle-hostile main roads and multi-lane roundabouts in heavy fast traffic.
Then through Grangemouth, which is dominated by the massive Ineos refinery and petrochemical plant.
The whole place has an unwholesome stink about it.  Who knows what volatile aromatic compounes are in the air.  I do wonder how anyone can ever sell a house there.
This might be the only place where a Daily Mail headline might actually be true: Ineos gave my house price cancer.

The final part of my route could do with a bit of refining itself.
Through Bo'ness, and up a Bastard Steep road out the other side, followed by some nice lanes which took me directly back to South Queensferry for a 8pm finish.

I checked in at the Dakota hotel, had a shower and got changed in time for a decent dinner in the hotel, and so to bed.

Another SR in the can ( STV etc etc ).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on August 21, 2016, 06:33:15 am
Yesterday I attempted to run north before the storm, which was going well until Tebay where it broke on me with a vengeance at which point it all became a bit biblical. Enoyed it though, I've wanted to ride the road that splits the M6 up there for years and the sight of looking up to see what appeared to be a canoe flying south in the downpour was a little surreal.

Mind you Cumbria County Council putting notice of this on their website, or even some indication at the junction 3km at the top of the massive descent before might have been useful:

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8513/28496094493_544046ce08.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Kq6W72)

Having an advance train ticket adds a new frission to the whole thing

https://www.strava.com/activities/683050034/overview
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Dave_C on August 22, 2016, 11:28:10 am
We came across one of these closed roads stages on a recent 400 in the borders. Fortunately the fence/gates were not locked and we were able to walk through closing the gate behind us.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 22, 2016, 09:30:56 pm
I took my sisters around the route of my Peculier Old 200 yesterday - it was also an opportunity to refine a couple of bits of the route and check out some of the more remote controls. Mainly Masham, but the White Bear is an incredibly accommodating place, and they were intensely relaxed about the prospect of 50 or so* sweaty cyclists invading the place. The food there is excellent, not overpriced, and pretty swift. There is a Co-Op just up the road, should anyone want to keep to the Way of the Garage Forecourt.

It was a good day out, mostly sunny and a steady sort of ride. The absolute highlight, though, was the clown of a cyclist who wandered upstairs to find us at the cafe at Middleton-in-Teesdale and announced that he was lost. My sister nominated me to help him - he was trying to ride to the Kirkside Pass, and wanted to know how far it was. When I managed to work out that he meant the Kirkstone Pass and I guessed the distance at 70 miles, he started to argue. I had to bite my tongue. After giving up on working out where he'd come from or where he was actually going and trying to convince him that he might need some sort of clue, I just pointed him towards Alston, and said he should find his way from there. He's probably still trying to find it. Wherever it is.

https://www.strava.com/activities/684294747

*total guess, but entries are coming in steadily.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: TigaSefi on August 23, 2016, 11:38:23 am
Avoided the crappy weather forecast for last Saturday for a much better day on Sunday to do the Ditchling Devil 200 PERM.

Totally different doing it on your own. For some reason I managed to do it on 3 gels, a chocolate chip cliff bar, 4 bottles of water, 2 bananas and a packet of McCoys!! Really not to be recommended thou :D

I liked the route but I spent most of the time checking I was on the right roads and going through the correct control points so not as nice as doing a proper calendar event.

https://www.strava.com/activities/683893420
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: bhoot on August 23, 2016, 10:50:42 pm
Not quite sure why I thought it was a good idea to tackle my first solo DIY 200km on the hottest* day of the year in the South East. I did choose the route with the lowest amount of climbing (because I am so not a grimpeuse) from our repertoire done on the tandem - this meant it was East London, Rayne (near Braintree), West Mersea (I did check the tide times first!), Rainham, and home to East London.
I did it but was taking increasingly long and frequent breaks as the day wore on - I would like to think because of the heat not because I was tired. There must have been about 30 minutes of non-moving time just applying sunscreen as I kept feeling I was burning. On the plus side I did remember to put it on my feet - as a sandal wearer I have been caught out by this in the past and it is quite painful.
The worst part of the day was the ride from Billericay back to Rainham - the awfulness of the driving was breathtaking and my nerves were completely shredded at the end of it. So many close overtakes (with/without vehicles coming the other way), being undertaken at a roundabout etc. This was far worse than our previous weekend experiences. I think it's time to work out a few more DIY routes that finish at Shenfield station and so avoid the trek back into London.
Anyway hopefully another 2 points... making a grand total of a quarter of 40 at 40!

* or somewhere near hottest ..
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on August 24, 2016, 09:35:56 am
At the weekend I did a DIY 600, starting from my in laws in Ft William just before 6am Saturday and finishing back home In Edinburgh (Mrs wanted to visit her parents and was happy to let me go cycling if I drove up there Fri, seemed a reasonable bargain). 

Route on Saturday took me round Loch Eil and back to the Corran Ferry the long way then straight down to Tarbert via Oban and Lochgilphead and a retrace to Ft William for 350km.  Great cycling down toOban via the Tarmac bike path only interrupted by very short road stretches, with the lovely approach into Oban via Ganavan.  After Oban it got very lumpy and I plodded away at the 80k to Tarbert knowing I had to retrace.  Got back to Oban at 8pm for fish and chips and enjoyed an evening pootle on the bike path.  Ft William was reached at 1am and the alarm set for 5.

Away again at 0545 for the ride back down to Connel again and then to Crianlarich for lunch and a break from the bad driving and surface on the A82.  At least I knew i had a choice of routes after Lochearnhead when I took the bike track which slowed me up but made for more enjoyment.  The path to Callander had some stretches where the surface was pretty bad and mr tetchy did appear, but I was still happy to avoid the traffic.  Went the quiet way via deanston to Doune then over the Hill of Rew to Causewayhead and a stop at the famous Corrieris cafe.  From there I had about 10 different routes home all +/- 2km of each other so I went north side of the forth to Kincardine and crossed over and used the cycle path to Lauriston.  After that it was the old A9 back home.  Unfortunately I got a puncture with 20km to go, then again with 3km to go.  The latter was a slowie so as long as I kept out the saddle it would last for nearly 1km.  So I started and stopped my way back home. 

Dry and sunny mostly, west highlands had the best of the weekend weather with just one shower for about 30 mins on Saturday.  Subject to validation it's my 12th consecutive SR.  I know don't have to do a September 600!

Overall it was enjoyable, hillier than I would normally seek to do but starting from Ft William and sleeping there Sat pm really did limit my choices.  I remember those hills from the Mull of Kintyre 600 and they are tough. 

Lots of cycling on dedicated cycle ways, the one between Oban and ballachulksh really is first class, though on the way north on Saturday night I only used the stretches that were on the seaward side of the main road as the other stretches are more convoluted and lumpy.  Road was dead anyway. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on August 29, 2016, 09:21:07 am
After being chief potwasher at Anslow on the national and real life getting in the way of the helpers ride I had JayP's permission to butcher his route somewhat for a DIY.

So on Saturday morning at 3 am under clear skies I headed out across the Cheshire plain through patches of chilly mist to make the ascent of the Cat and Fiddle. As I reached the pub and refilled my bottles (the pub is currently closed but the outside tap is still on, which is handy) dawn was just breaking and it was stunning, even with my colour vision the sky was a riot, and it was one of those perfect moments

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8257/28642027644_eb0f7f456a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KCZSWQ)

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8422/29308593995_279c011c5a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LDUcU8)

The descent into Buxton was equally spectacular with all the valleys full of mist reflecting the sun giving the appearance of a massive lake with the peaks looming out of it like islands. Here I joined the route of the National along the Monsall Trail but ran all the way to Bakewell to find the Co-Op lie about their opening hours, I managed to get a pint of milk to go with my saddle bag supplies before returning to the route through Youlgreave.

A steady run to Hatton where I refueled and resupplied while it bucketed it down, which stopped as I set off  :thumbsup: I had planned to stop next at Ironbridge at halfway but as I came into Brewood I figured Ironridge might be manic so stopped for lunch at a convenient spot for chicken pasta. As I rolled into Ironbridge I wasn't feeling too clever and was rather explosively unwell, despite this my legs were still good and I enjoyed the tailwind all the way to Shrewsbury, here I'd messed with route to run straight through resulting in a series of sprints between roundabouts.

This level of exertion coupled with the previous evacuation meant that I was running on empty and about to bonk when I got to Knockin, so diverted to the Knockin Shop for pasty and cake. A very steady ride to Oswestry where something manic involving hundreds of motor bikes was happening before continuing to Llangollen and the a return to Chirk for noodles and I was starting to feel physically better.

At St Martins some loon in van took exception to my road position and forced me through a series of potholes resulting in a broken spoke, this affected me pretty badly and at Ellesmere came close to packing it in but just about managed to resolve to push on. This was where I left the route to run for home and was reminded that lanes you know well in the day are very different at night and these particular lanes around Whixall moss had a challenging surface at the best of times, this and wind I had previously enjoyed wasn't helping my still fragile mental state.

Prees Heath was like an oasis the way I felt and here I manged to pull my proverbial together for the 70 odd km to home. The lanes became more familiar and better surfaced as I headed through Cheshire, although I did have stern words with myself at routing up one of the few 10% climbs in this part of the world. Leaving Northwich I had the company of a pair of badger outriders for a few hundred meters, they were pretty quick. The final few km's up to High Legh and I although I felt pretty much ok, there was no power left and the GPS showed I was crawling along.

So my longest ride and reaching home couldn't decide how I felt about the whole thing, a curious mix of satisfaction and trauma coupled with exhaustion.   

https://www.strava.com/activities/691434267/overview
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on August 29, 2016, 10:39:25 am
Ten out of ten for tenacity, Si - well done!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 29, 2016, 10:50:46 am

So my longest ride and reaching home couldn't decide how I felt about the whole thing, a curious mix of satisfaction and trauma coupled with exhaustion.   

https://www.strava.com/activities/691434267/overview

Welcome to long distance cycling ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ruthie on August 29, 2016, 10:59:32 am
Lovely ride report  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on August 29, 2016, 11:45:17 am
Nice ride report, Si, but this:

I managed to get a pint of milk to go with my saddle bag supplies before returning to the route through Youlgreave.

Aren't you a bit old for the old 'following the milkman' trick?  ;)

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on September 04, 2016, 08:51:48 pm
Deferred from Saturday`s deluge set out for a 100 km AAA ride heading out west towards Elan Valley. Not quite as nice as forecast with a little drizzle but not enough for a rain jacket.

https://www.strava.com/activities/700156629

Heading into drizzley hills

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Made good progress as far as Abbeycwmhir and realised that I was going a bit too hard and couldn`t keep this pace up---maybe a legacy of recently doing Single speed riding I was finding myself pushing a bigger gear than I normally do on my 20 speed bike. So eased off considerably for the 2.5km 6% climb out of the valley and enjoyed the views and observed the copious berries on the rowans and bilberries along the roadside.

On the Abbeycwmhir climb

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A brisk breeze was blowing down the long climb out of Rhayader all 5km of it so I took this steady as well, all too easy to overcook the effort on this climb.

`classic` Elan mountain road view

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Reaching the psychological half way at the top

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 homeward bound just Radnor Forest to cross

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 it was then a fairly steady run back home with no major hills to contend to complete 118 km and near on 1700m climbing in just under five hours riding.  A very pleasant morning` DIY  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on September 05, 2016, 10:40:13 am
Very nicely atmospheric!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Dave_C on September 05, 2016, 01:10:52 pm
I rode my 600 DIY this weekend to complete (providing validation) this year's SR

Starting from my home near The Forth Road Bridge, I rode out to Dollar through Dunfermline and through the lovely Glen Devon and down to Glen Eagles. From here I rode out to Crieff, where I stopped for a bite to eat and a water refill. Then East through Perth and along the beautiful glen north of the Sidlaw Hills, north of Perth and Dundee, to Forfar before continuing on to Friockhiem to a friends for lunch. Then north through Brechin and through Edzell, Fettercairns (both with nice arches as you approach) and down to coffee at Castleton Farm Shop. Returing the same way, I feared a head wind as I had had no wind in my face all morning, but it appeared to be very low so I was saved the slog back. Getting to Forfar I called in for McD's and then onto Perth and out to Crief, where the rain came on as it was getting dark. I found a Pizza place and tooked into a large Calzone before getting my w/proofs on again for the ride south over Glen Devon the steep way. The ride north through Glen Devon is a slow climb and a fast descent but now from the top of Glen Devon going south it was down hill to Dollar. Now on familiar roads I slogged back through Dunfermline and the many wet drinks shouting and arguing, to get home at 30 mins past midnight. I'd planned for 2am but to be home early was great. Shower and bed with the alarm set for 06:30.

Up and out for 07:30, I visited Clackmannan and on to Auchterader and a new swish café. Caked and coffeed I then rode out in glorious sunshine to Newburgh and on to Tayport before turning in to a breeze to St Andrews. Coffee and a sandwich set me up for the ride to Falkland following the lumpy route 1 where I found an iced cream seller :o) Avoiding the Lomond hill climb, I chanced my arm on the A92 dual carrage way for a mile before heading round the horrible new town of Glenrothes where a the motor car is king. Out to Lesley and then via Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath and home at 1800 hours. cream crackered, but relieved at completing.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: MAC on September 05, 2016, 08:41:06 pm
I completed a 200k mandatory GPS DIY on Sunday. Not my first or hardest audax but the longest distance cycled in two years. Now quite sore in the buttock and neck areas but the owner of a satisfied smile.

Setting off from home in north Manchester, I took a slightly dog leg way to Tatton Park where I was due to rendezvous with a mate. He was doing the Manchester 100 mile charity ride and I planned to ride along with him for a while before cutting off and taking a different way home. He was not able to make it on the day so I set off an hour later than we had arranged, avoiding the band of rain which kindly dissipated. This also meant I would be on the roads later than most of the M’cr 100 cyclists - or so I thought.

As I got to Tatton Park, I came across quite a few riders of various types and experience. I settled in behind one group but the pace was a little slow and so I pushed on alone. I felt good and strong and was enjoying having a full day out. Most of the route was familiar to me as it uses the same roads utilised by audax rides in the area - the Mere 200 and Llanfair 400 at least. I had a quick bench break and text my wife at 70k to tell her I was OK. A few riders passed and I pushed on after them. I wanted to make use of a few smaller lanes familiar to me from previous outings but my route followed the M’cr 100 riders at this point.

Through Delamere Forest, onto to Tattenhall and then Nantwich. There were only a few cyclists about now and most of these were normal Sunday cyclists oncoming or passing across my route. Halfway reached without a stop but my average 23kph was starting to dip a bit. I noticed marshals’ waving riders down and heard about a diversion ahead. Conscious of my mandatory route, I pushed on to Long Lane at Haughton where I found the quite lane well and truly closed. Apparently a cyclist had been injured and airlifted some time before and the police were now investigating the scene. Quick pic to confirm the rationale for my diversion and then I consulted my Etrex 20 to find a way round. It added about 2km and very pleasant it was too. Hope the cyclist is alright.

About 120k I started to get some stomach pains. I'd been running on Soreen bars and my own isotonic mix but needed to stop for carbohydrate and additional/alternative fluids. At around 135k I made use of The Old Star pub in Winsford and bought a pint of bitter shandy and bag of salt & vinegar crisps. There were a lot of M’cr 100 cyclists at the hostelry which also had an official stop outside. I think a lot of these were actually completing the 100k route which had now rejoined the longer 100 miler.

The lanes now became roads and were getting increasingly busy as well. Middlewich, Mobberley, Wilmslow and around M’cr airport was soon done. I had left the M’cr 100 route and was taking the shortest way from south Manchester to home in the north of the city. Luckily, I know most of the roads as I cycle commute into the centre. I didn't know the Princess Parkway dual c/w does not allow cyclists to join it where I planned though! The Etrex proved of value again and I found a cycle route avoiding the junction and adding just 1k or so. It allowed me (nay forced me) to join the dual c/w a short way along where the cycle lane just became a bus stop!

Average speed now 19kph which I maintained for the last uphill 9k following my normal commute route. Could tell the difference on this section after 201k compared to normal though. Total distance 208k. Home an hour later than planned but to a warm welcome, a shower, couple of brufen and a waiting Sunday tea. Job done.
 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ivo on September 05, 2016, 09:16:02 pm
Not exactly today but 10 days ago.
I opted for a flat 200k DIY along Belgian canals, after all I only did a 1000k BRM two weeks before.

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When starting out the cows predicted a hot day, several of them were already cooling down in the river well before noon. I choose the old Zuid Willemsvaart for the first stretch as it's nice and shady. It wasn't actually designed as a shipping canal but as a feeder canal for 'le Grand Canal du Nord' designed by Napoleon.

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I briefly left the canals to ride north to Achelse Kluis abbey, a very popular cyclist's top. But I didn't really stop there, I opted for a baguette a few k south of it. After the abbey I cycled south to the canals again via an old railroad. From neerpelt I took the canal to Herentals. Both canals will be very known to the Borders of Belgium riders.

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In Herentals I took a short break to admire the local scenery before heading south over an old railroad to Aarschot. Entering Aarschot was a bit iffy due to roadworks, I had to detour and then head back to the city centre where I had my control. From Aarschot it was a while through the inland, deviating from the canals&railroads theme of this DIY. Still I managed to follow a few small rivers as a substitute to the canals.

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In Viversel I finally reached my last canal for the day, the more modern Albertkanaal. I had an alternative though, there were thunderstorms predicted for the evening so i made full use of the free routing by having an inland option to Zutendaal with plenty of shelter. But I didn't need it so I continued along the canal into the fading daylight.

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When the canal turned south I turned northeast to the village of Zutendaal for the few meters of climbing in this route. It was dark by the time I hit the hightest point at 70m. The downhill back to town is an easy one. Near home I stopped at the chinese takeway. Back home I just finished my dinner when the tunderstorm started.

https://www.strava.com/activities/691250715




Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on September 06, 2016, 09:30:41 am
That red Jag was on our ferry.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ivo on September 11, 2016, 12:42:03 pm
Another weekend, another DIY. This time a mandatory one, loosely based on my old Citadel 200.

In contrast to the event route, the first stage stays nearer to Liege. I exited town via the Jeker valley and picked up a Ravel in Hautain Saint Simeon. This network of converted railroads and tramlines is great for cycling in Belgium. There are two other ones in this route, one from Namur to Hoegaarden and the other from Tienen to St. Truiden.

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In Alleur I deviated from the Ravel for a short visit to Decathlon. I still needed some kit for the Silk Route 1200 and this one is very convenietnly located. After leaving the Ravel the traffic was a bit dense. This route is in fact better for a sunday since both the Liege and Namur area's can be quite busy. Due to the traffic the descent to the Maas valley was slower as expected.

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Cycling is popular here, you can find a lot of cycling specific monuments like this one in Amay.

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Once clear of the Liege urban area there's a lot to see on this route, castles, mansions and citadels like the one in Huy. The advantage of the mandatory route for this ride is that you can take the bikepath next to the river which is a detour compared to the direct route.

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Just south of Huy the bikepath leads straight through the sugar factory. On weekdays it's a bit smelly here but there were hardly any operations on this saturday. Further south it's a quiet ride especially since all traffic stays on the eastern bank of the river and for most of the time you can cycle via the quiet western side.
The busy town of Namur is a bit of shock sometimes. The climb of the Citadel itself is not too difficult. The gradient is such that they could drag cannons up by horsepower so it's just a question of sitting and grinding. The ascent itself is more scenic as the top.

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The descent has been resurfaced recently so now it's a nice swooping descent to the Sambre river. Just after this there are a few kebab shops which perfect for lunch. Directly behind Namur railway station another Ravel starts. I really like this one, scenic, straight and not too difficult. Especially yesterday it was a nice one, the headwind which slowed me down in the Maas valley now turned into a nice tailwind. The warm wather invited a lot of locals on BSO's out on the bikepath so sometimes I needed some quick reflexes to evade their dodgy cycling.

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In Sint Truiden it was into the teeth of the monster and back out again for short bit of city cycling followed by another former railroad. I bypassed my usual stop in Drieslinter, a nice cycling cafe. I started out o a bit late so the Vuelta stage had finished already. Otherwise this is a nice stop, especially if you arrive there around 16h when' there's cycling on the TV.

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Just after Drieslinter I took the branch line to St. Truiden, another very scenic Ravel. Entering St. Truiden it was remarkably quiet on the road. Quite a lot of roads were fenced off. As a cyclist I could pass a number of fences but eventually I had to stop at the market square. Here it was really fenced off, an evening run along brightly lit monuments. I tried a detour but was stopped by a police officer. 10 minutes later all traffic was allowed again and I could continue into the evening.

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It was dark already when I neared Tongeren. The main church tower is brighly lit and can be seen from the surrounding countryside. This time I opted for a meandering route and not the fast dash via the mainroad. In Tongeren there were some traffic problems again, the Ambiorix fair was held. And this fair is not only on the market square but all around town. Originally I planned to have dinner here but the restaurants were too busy for a quick turnaround. So I decided to try my luck in the next place, Mal. After some walking through the crowds I reached another former railway line. In Mal I left the former railroad line. No real food to be had here, only a friterie was open. So I pushed on, I could still make it to town before the last Chinese take away closes. The bit from Mal to home is one of my usual approach routes so no navigational issues. I had elected the official event finishing point, the Youthhostel, as start/finish so I could detour to the Chinese takeway without problems. They were still a lot of customers there so I arrived home with another DIY 200k in the bag and a meal in my rackpack.

The route a bit cleaned up (detours removed):

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=eewtzetmnicaeuws
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Simon_A on September 12, 2016, 12:42:23 pm
Rode a 300k DIY in The Dales / Northern Pennines on Friday 9th Sept - https://www.strava.com/activities/709152199 (https://www.strava.com/activities/709152199)

An enjoyable route with some good hills and fantastic views over the fells and dales.  Dark clouds hugging the line of Great Dun Fell as I rode below, Killhope Cross looking east and descending through Arkengarthdale (though a pint just before at the Tan Hill Inn may have helped ;D) were particular highlights.

Southerly winds were forecast however and I certainly got them.  Being blown up the Old Coal Road and Hartside were welcome but from Stanhope onwards it was a strong headwind all the way to Gargrave, pretty hard work.  Rain squalls from mid afternoon added to the experience, making crossing Fleet Moss (walked the final bit, just too steep & windy :( ) and descending into Langstrothdale particularly unpleasant.  I was there again caving on the Sunday and it couldn't have been more different; warm, sunny and windless!!!

Broke a gear cable at Stanhope but at least that led to a good chat with the only passing cyclist who could bothered to ask if I needed any help; thanks Lester!  An older lady in Gargrave was also quick to offer help when she thought I was lost; much appreciated but thankfully I wasn’t, just a bit spaced-out…

The pull up & over the fell side to Settle (so as to avoid the A65) seemed to go on forever but eventually I was on the lumpy road to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and then the comfort of my caving club hut where hot food & a shower awaited.

A little more 'character building' than I'd hoped for but none the less a good day out on the road.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on September 19, 2016, 02:37:26 am
Rode a 200 on Thursday. Maidenhead to Bognor Regis and back. Last day of the good weather.

Only realised after getting back that I had forgotten to swap my pump from the other bike. Luckily didn't need it. Not much point carrying tubes,  patches and levers but no pump.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on September 19, 2016, 05:39:44 pm
Yesterday could probably be identified as the last day of Summer for a day’s ride in Summer gear.

So managed my Audax Perm Malvern Elgar Dean 200km, which traverses the Jubilee Drive (collected natural Malvern Spring water!). It is a cracking route on mainly quiet roads: Cheltenham> Tewkesbury> Newent> Ledbury> British Camp> Malvern> Lower Broadheath (Elgar Birthplace Museum)> (down!) Ankerdine Hill)> Bromyard> Hereford (Cathedral + Elgar bronze)> St Weonards (Shop on LEJoG)> Goodrich (Castle Tea Rooms)> Cinderford (For of Dean)> Glos> Brockworth> Chelt. I designed this route after riding editions of Nik Peregrine's Elgar Route. We celebrate Nik with the Border Castles 200 from Chepstow this w/e.

The Elgar BM (closed on 18 Sep)(nr Worcester) transfers to the National Trust for next season, so will be a great place to relax for a mid-ride snack when they build a café.

And now Sandals resigned to storage till the Spring.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: mattc on September 19, 2016, 06:41:43 pm
Rode a 200 on Thursday. Maidenhead to Bognor Regis and back. Last day of the good weather.

I'm so confused! Can you two please decide when the last day of good weather and/or summer was?!

Or indeed whether it has already happened?? Will my lawn stop growing now (it's had a damn good last 7 days, I can tell you) ?  And how many shopping days are left?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on September 19, 2016, 07:38:30 pm
Rode a 200 on Thursday. Maidenhead to Bognor Regis and back. Last day of the good weather.

I'm so confused! Can you two please decide when the last day of good weather and/or summer was?!

Or indeed whether it has already happened?? Will my lawn stop growing now (it's had a damn good last 7 days, I can tell you) ?  And how many shopping days are left?

I think grass keeps growing down to 7c, I would classify that as still good weather.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on October 07, 2016, 10:51:36 pm
Last weekend - a couple of perfect days riding out to Alston via Kielder and the Borders, and back over Mallerstang and through the Dales. Comedy offroad orchestrated by Aidan, and the sort of skies you only seem to get in Northumberland.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: mattc on October 08, 2016, 08:27:56 am
Cool.

(Does VC167 usually use team radios?)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Phil W on October 08, 2016, 10:16:20 am
Last weekend - a couple of perfect days riding out to Alston via Kielder and the Borders, and back over Mallerstang and through the Dales. Comedy offroad orchestrated by Aidan, and the sort of skies you only seem to get in Northumberland.

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5204/30143485236_5c72bca206_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MVFeYG)

 (https://flic.kr/p/M29CBt)
Is that the new wireless electronic shifting you've been working on?

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bikeabilityman on October 08, 2016, 10:18:35 am
Or does it change the traffic lights to green?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on October 08, 2016, 01:01:46 pm
Cool.

(Does VC167 usually use team radios?)

Marginal Gains.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Whitedown Man on October 10, 2016, 08:18:22 am
A 600km DIY this weekend (626km OTR) with the "corners" being London, Chichester, Honiton, Taunton and back to London.

The weather was fantastic for the time of year, with temperatures mild (7 degrees overnight, 15 during the day) and apart from an hour of intermittently heavy showers on Sunday afternoon dry all the way round.

I think that will be my lot (in terms of 600s) until Spring though. I know that all true hard-bitten AUKs are as happy with night riding as daytime, but when you get to the point that there are as many hours of darkness as light for me it's time to retreat to 200s and cosy nights in.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on October 15, 2016, 05:14:06 pm
Did the AAA Milne starting/finishing from East Grinstead, 100K 1.75AAA points.

This has to be one of the best routes I've been on having almost no A roads, very little traffic and in general excellent road surfaces.

Are there any other perms which cover the same area? Because this was ideal cycling terrain with enough hills to keep it interesting but not so many that you couldn't do it at a decent pace (>25kph).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Si S on October 16, 2016, 02:21:01 am
I did the 'Gollen 200 perm, the perm version of the World End. Flew out to Davenham and then it started to fall apart. A flat through Vale Royal resulted in depressurisation, the pump decided to be an ex pump, so I bodged it with a crisp packet and some instant patches to get 30 psi and limped to Chester for a new pump at The Edge Cycleworks.

Up the hill out of Mold a 12 year old driving an all terrain thing at warp factor five got it wrong and hit me with the mirror and I got to inspect the hedgerow.

Arriving at Johnstown it appeared the whole populace was in the Co-Op and one member of staff working so it took 30 mins to get a receipt.

On the path at the back of Swettenham I got blinded by a security light, hit the step up to the tarmac and performed the slowest over the bars you'll ever see.

Despite all of the above an excellent day out with out of this world scenery on a great route and just about completed the 212km in BRM time.
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Post by: mattc on October 16, 2016, 08:29:21 am
Despite all of the above an excellent day out with out of this world scenery on a great route and just about completed the 212km in BRM time.
Excellent  ;D

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: SoreTween on November 19, 2016, 10:29:13 pm
First diy 200 and a lovely route for the first 150, it was dark after  that so I know the lanes were quiet but know nowt of the scenery. I may or may not get 2 AUK points but I sure earned a bucket of rule #9 points.
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Post by: Wycombewheeler on November 20, 2016, 01:58:46 am
200km today, based on the upper Thames but modified betweenS toke row and Bicester as for some strange reason the official route does not start at the end of my road.

started at 06:25 as i figured starting in the dark is better than finishing in the dark. If nothing else, fewer tools driving in morning twilight than evening.

Pretty cold at the start and ice/slippery in the Cotswolds, stopped at the old mill cafe in Chipping Norton. very good, reasonably priced and quick, would eat there again
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Post by: Deano on November 20, 2016, 03:32:02 am
300 km down to the Humber and back - Steve made me do it, and he's still riding home to complete his 400. Nutter. But the type of nutter that makes you think it's perfectly reasonable to start a 300 on an icy November day at 9 am. I was just as pleased not to be starting too early, mind, as it was hammering down in Darlo until about 8.30 this morning.

I had charge of the 300 km route, and stuck to routes I knew would work along the Great North Road to Aberford, and across to Selby. I got a bit bored at that point, and thought I'd try the Trans-Pennine Trail along the Humber to add a bit of interest. I loved it, Steve was...ambivalent. We both enjoyed the silence and the glow of twilight across the estuary.

Back onto familiar roads up to York and across to Ripon. The roads were distinctly shiny around Beningbrough and Aldwark, so I made the executive decision to plough back along the A61 through Busby Stoop and up the A167, which proved to be the right decision - apart from some icy bits at the edges north of Croft, it was clear and entirely ridable. We did miss the thrill of a final stop at Leeming McDonald's, but made up for it with a stop outside the Ottterington Shorthorn to charge Steve's Garmin, chatting with the locals as they emerged from the locked doors and blackout curtains.

Home by two and ahead of Storm Angus.
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Post by: Peter on November 20, 2016, 11:38:25 am
That sounds great.  Which Steve?
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Post by: nolongertries on November 20, 2016, 04:42:29 pm
I wove the Kent Invicata Grimpeur 50k loops into a 200 mandatory DIY yesterday. It had everything - rubbish suburban roads at the start and finish, really wonderful scenery in Kent and nice drivers too, plenty of climbing, great weather in the morning and rubbish rain in the afternoon. My Garmins played up all day so plenty (aka way too much) of faffage culminating in a Garmin crash 10k from home. Hopefully, I have enough for assessment but, if not, it was a grand day out.
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Post by: iddu on November 20, 2016, 09:16:35 pm
Hurrumph...

Checking out a EWE Baaa on Sat, for Calendar event potential; nice morning, pleasant riding until Reading, where Bloody Moronic Wanker man starts off with his mantra of "I pay my Road Tax / Get on the cycle path", to which the only response, given prevailing conditions, is "Fuck Off"; eventually he finds himself stuck in a queue cause by other motons (which, natch, is my fault), and he gets dropped in the distance.  Obv. his singular neuron can't cope with such complicated instructions, as 10 minutes later he comes roaring up from behind and deliberately swerves into me, bringing me down, then follows prior instruction and indeed fucks off... >:(

The bike's fine, and I'm just grazed/bruised r/h hip/thigh, so manged to limp around remaining 150Km.

Fortunately, there are also good people in the world, and the couple behind had iPad'd him, and promptly e-mailed me :thumbsup:

Sadly, it ain't turned up, and I didn't give them my mobile :facepalm:

So this could sit here, Today's MM (him), DOTD (me) or several other places, depending on how you look at it.

But yes, conversion is feasible :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on November 20, 2016, 09:24:15 pm
Bloody hell, pat - you're phlegmatic!  Look after yourself.

Peter
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Post by: Jonah on November 20, 2016, 10:24:26 pm
That red Jag was on our ferry.

V12 Series-3 two plus two?
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Post by: Deano on November 20, 2016, 10:40:25 pm
That sounds great.  Which Steve?

Steve Gee of the above CB radio fame. Who else? I can never remember his yacf handle.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on November 21, 2016, 12:18:00 am
Right - I wondered if it might be Steve GT.
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Post by: iddu on November 21, 2016, 01:13:22 am
Bloody hell, pat - you're phlegmatic!  Look after yourself.

Peter

Ta

I hide it well - If I ever catch up with him I'll teach him about the passion of Vlad Țepeș.
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Post by: Peter on November 21, 2016, 10:40:17 am
Will he get the point?
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Post by: Not far enough on November 21, 2016, 11:56:08 am
That sounds great.  Which Steve?

Steve Gee of the above CB radio fame. Who else? I can never remember his yacf handle.

Me!! this handle, nothing to do with CB radio, it was a 70cm/2m dual band handheld I brought out once  :facepalm:

I liked that route (yes even the comedy off road, which was ..er.. comicle, for me anyway) I slid home on the progressively icing roads and through freezing fog and relaxed with a few carb recovery drinks (8% abv) until the blood decided to go back into my feet!

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Post by: Banjo on November 24, 2016, 02:00:19 pm
I have done a couple of mandatory gps diys lately.

I really like being able to plan a meandering route without having to fret about shortest distance between controls.

IMHO mandatory has for me made diys safer and more enjoyable as previously I did long sections on busy A roads to keep the distance down .Now I take the pretty and more relaxed routes .

Did one yesterday .Only 1 km from the start in Magor came to a road closure but it was easy to avoid and final mileage came out ok so was accepted by the org.(thank you).

I enjoyed a day wandering up the River Severn via lanes and used Mark Rigbys route through Gloucester which is brilliant in avoiding traffic and takes you right past the cathedral grounds and other points of interest.

Above Gloucester did a loop around Sandhurst then a second loop out through Corse Lawn before lunch in the Royal hop pole followed by another similar meander home.

On crossing back over the Severn bridge the NEly wind was getting strong and pushed me the last 20kms in fine style, who needs banned substances when wind is available?
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Post by: BlackSheep on November 24, 2016, 03:07:12 pm
Nice one Banjo. Not entirely sure of your route, but have a fair idea. As you've pointed-out in that part of the world a mandatory route makes absolute sense. It's gives you freedom to utilise some very pleasant minor roads. Otherwise it becomes A-road misery for large periods of time. The little loop out of Gloucester via Sandhurst is a gem, you miss the A40/A38 roundabout, which at peak times can be a bind. I know there's an opportunity to "island-hop" on both the west & east side of the roundabout for those of a more cautious nature, but I always leave Gloucester via Sandhurst.



I have done a couple of mandatory gps diys lately.

I really like being able to plan a meandering route without having to fret about shortest distance between controls.

IMHO mandatory has for me made diys safer and more enjoyable as previously I did long sections on busy A roads to keep the distance down .Now I take the pretty and more relaxed routes .

Did one yesterday .Only 1 km from the start in Magor came to a road closure but it was easy to avoid and final mileage came out ok so was accepted by the org.(thank you).

I enjoyed a day wandering up the River Severn via lanes and used Mark Rigbys route through Gloucester which is brilliant in avoiding traffic and takes you right past the cathedral grounds and other points of interest.

Above Gloucester did a loop around Sandhurst then a second loop out through Corse Lawn before lunch in the Royal hop pole followed by another similar meander home.

On crossing back over the Severn bridge the NEly wind was getting strong and pushed me the last 20kms in fine style, who needs banned substances when wind is available?
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Post by: Banjo on November 25, 2016, 07:35:42 pm
Cheers Black sheep
My gps doesn't work well in built up areas and seemed to want me to ride straight into the open Cathedral doors. Unbelievably for a second I caught myself considering it .  If arrested I could have blamed you  ;D  .

The mandatory route system has opened up South Wales for DIY in a similar way. My previous attempts on the old system usually involved unpleasant amounts of time on the A48 .

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Post by: Deano on November 25, 2016, 11:51:21 pm
Second test ride of the forthcoming brevet unpopulaire, coming soon to an audax calendar near you.

Behold the ridiculous elevation profile: https://www.strava.com/activities/785326300

Graeme wanted to call it Lion and Lamb, as we go to the Lion Inn, and we could probably find another pub called the Lamb. I only remembered this while riding along Lamb Lane, but there is a blend of sweetness and ferocity about the route which would suit the name. Hellish, unridable climbs and steep descents mixed with heavenly upland tracks and deserted roads.

Also, it was as perfect a day for cycling as you can get in November.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5575/31204907576_b25d2304ee_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PxtiRS)
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(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5555/30433341463_99316231f5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NnhQ8R)
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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on November 26, 2016, 02:01:48 am
We've got a few 100s over here (South Pennines) with AAA of over 2 but I doubt if any of them are as hard as this looks!  Is that long drag Ingleby Incline?  And have you got a bit of the Lyke Wake Walk in after Blakey Ridge?  It all looks great!

Peter
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Post by: andyoxon on November 26, 2016, 08:59:32 am
Looks great Deano - wished I'd been able to do the Blakely Ridge - Ingleby Incline track back in July.  More appropriate bike going to NYM next year!
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Post by: Si S on November 26, 2016, 11:04:48 am
Yes and no, I walked the bike down to the main road in the freezing fog to find that covered in a sheet of ice too, so returned home, it's still below zero now so decided discretion is the better part of valour. Ah well.
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Post by: Peter on November 26, 2016, 11:06:15 am
Good call, Si.
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Post by: Deano on November 26, 2016, 12:26:36 pm
Yeah, wise choice if it's owt like here - I just went to clean my bike, and the washing up bowl in the yard still has a half inch of ice on it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on November 26, 2016, 12:33:17 pm
We've got a few 100s over here (South Pennines) with AAA of over 2 but I doubt if any of them are as hard as this looks!  Is that long drag Ingleby Incline?  And have you got a bit of the Lyke Wake Walk in after Blakey Ridge?  It all looks great!

Peter

Ingleby Incline is the bit that looks like a wall - there aren't that many hills with a profile like that. It's worth it for the 9 miles of blissful riding across the watershed to the Lion, though.

I don't think it'll get that many AAAs, but the roughness makes up for it!
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Post by: Karla on November 26, 2016, 12:39:02 pm
Is that going to be a 100 km out of NTR?
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Post by: Deano on November 26, 2016, 01:20:33 pm
Hopefully Newby Wiske, Northallerton if not.

You have a cross bike, right? Or you could just use your Pompino (I did!)
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Post by: Karla on November 26, 2016, 01:28:25 pm
Sounds good  :thumbsup:

On the subject of Pompinos, a friend just got a frame in the PX auction.  I got the pleasure of telling him what it meant  :smug:
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Post by: tiermat on November 26, 2016, 03:56:17 pm
Yes and no, I walked the bike down to the main road in the freezing fog to find that covered in a sheet of ice too, so returned home, it's still below zero now so decided discretion is the better part of valour. Ah well.

So nothing to do with the copious quantity of alcohol consumed last night then?
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Post by: Si S on November 26, 2016, 04:05:21 pm
Yes and no, I walked the bike down to the main road in the freezing fog to find that covered in a sheet of ice too, so returned home, it's still below zero now so decided discretion is the better part of valour. Ah well.

So nothing to do with the copious quantity of alcohol consumed last night then?

I was pretty good at 7 am this morning having made the train on time, I only had 2 beers and a couple of jd's, you had a 4 hour head start if you recall, which I suspect you don't  :demon:
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Post by: The Bonk on November 26, 2016, 05:34:48 pm
Second test ride of the forthcoming brevet unpopulaire, coming soon to an audax calendar near you.


I'm up for this, if it doesn't clash with owt. Got a date planned for it yet?


Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on November 26, 2016, 09:35:07 pm
Saturday 29th of April, pending approval from TPTB. It's a week after the Dirty Reiver so as not to clash (this matters to at least one prospective rider).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on November 26, 2016, 10:51:48 pm
Did a short (100K) AAA DIY with a friend who wants to complete his Grimpeurs De Sud this year. Cold as balls when we set off but warmed up to a balmy 6c later on.

All in all 150K door to door with 2,200m so worth getting out of bed for.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Manotea on November 27, 2016, 11:05:54 am
Rode out to Lambourn from London along the Thames valley on IDDU's new EWE Baa 200km perm, aided and abetted by Mattc who joined me midway. Clear skies, low wind and single digit temps (oC) made a grand winter ride. I tend to overdress when the weather is cold but got things about right for once, two layers of merino plus longs being just enough to keep the chill off.  Mostly flattish so a chance to work on spinning a larger gear. I get the feeling this will be a useful 'reference' ride... be interesting to see how things are going when things start to warm up in the spring.
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Post by: Banjo on November 27, 2016, 12:29:57 pm
Rode out to Lambourn from London along the Thames valley on IDDU's new EWE Baa 200km perm, aided and abetted by Mattc who joined me midway. Clear skies, low wind and single digit temps (oC) made a grand winter ride. I tend to overdress when the weather is cold but got things about right for once, two layers of merino plus longs being just enough to keep the chill off.  Mostly flattish so a chance to work on spinning a larger gear. I get the feeling this will be a useful 'reference' ride... be interesting to see how things are going when things start to warm up in the spring.

I have been thinking of doing the Ewe Bah starting at the other end. Bearing in mind I live in a welsh town and ride mostly rural routes how do you think the London end would be for me?   probably ride on a weekday.
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Post by: Peter on November 27, 2016, 06:48:18 pm
Is that going to be a 100 km out of NTR?

Hopefully Newby Wiske, Northallerton if not.

You have a cross bike, right? Or you could just use your Pompino (I did!)

Dean, are you sure you don't mean INTO Northallerton?  People will die if you send them DOWN Ingleby Incline!  At least, I will!

Peter
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Post by: mattc on November 27, 2016, 06:49:26 pm
I have been thinking of doing the Ewe Bah starting at the other end. Bearing in mind I live in a welsh town and ride mostly rural routes how do you think the London end would be for me?   probably ride on a weekday.
Fairly quiet, not many sheep. Probably flatter than you're used to, and a few more traffic lights. HTH.


But I can heartily recommend the Gorge Cafe on the South side of Caversham Bridge. Proper budget greasy spoon, opens at dawn, and even did an "Atkins Diet" special to keep Mr O'tea happy!
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Post by: Deano on November 27, 2016, 08:28:58 pm
Is that going to be a 100 km out of NTR?

Hopefully Newby Wiske, Northallerton if not.

You have a cross bike, right? Or you could just use your Pompino (I did!)

Dean, are you sure you don't mean INTO Northallerton?  People will die if you send them DOWN Ingleby Incline!  At least, I will!

Peter

Ah, I think I see - I just started that ride from Darlo cos I live here and stuff.

It'll be a loop from Newby Wiske, and up Ingleby Incline (the notion of going up and then back down the Incline was entirely Graeme's - imagine the carnage).
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Post by: Bagman on November 27, 2016, 08:32:01 pm
Last year I completed my first RRtY and SR in my first Audax year and at the age of 62. So I thought I would try again. DIY 200 completed today - 11 more to go.
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Post by: Chris S on November 27, 2016, 08:36:06 pm
Second test ride of the forthcoming brevet unpopulaire, coming soon to an audax calendar near you.

Behold the ridiculous elevation profile: https://www.strava.com/activities/785326300

I'm thinking I might give it a shot on Friday - so if you hear the sound of helicopters, it'll be the Air Ambulance at Blakey  :facepalm:
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Post by: SoreTween on November 27, 2016, 08:59:15 pm
Last year I completed my first RRtY and SR in my first Audax year and at the age of 62. So I thought I would try again. DIY 200 completed today - 11 more to go.
:thumbsup:
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Post by: Feanor on November 27, 2016, 09:01:35 pm
Last year I completed my first RRtY and SR in my first Audax year and at the age of 62. So I thought I would try again. DIY 200 completed today - 11 more to go.

Good work!
Well done. keep it up.

I've not managed an RRtY yet, and I don't see that changing!
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Post by: Deano on November 27, 2016, 09:27:05 pm

I'm thinking I might give it a shot on Friday - so if you hear the sound of helicopters, it'll be the Air Ambulance at Blakey  :facepalm:

 :thumbsup:

Take gears, good brakes and sturdy walking shoes would be my advice.
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Post by: D O G on November 27, 2016, 09:28:08 pm
Did the Dorset Coast perm today, although I rode the calendar route.  Had a headwind on the way back, which was not appreciated, but did explain why the way out was relatively easy.

Decent day for it, considering the time of year.
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Post by: Chris S on November 27, 2016, 09:28:18 pm

I'm thinking I might give it a shot on Friday - so if you hear the sound of helicopters, it'll be the Air Ambulance at Blakey  :facepalm:

 :thumbsup:

Take gears, good brakes and sturdy walking shoes would be my advice.

The plan would be: Cannondale CAADX Cross, Gears a-plenty, and SPD winter boots  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Alismed on November 28, 2016, 10:46:25 am
Barmouth Boulevard, the permanent version on the tandem yesterday. An adventure with lots of variety. Beginning in Dolgellau (home) the ride to Corwen was straightforward on gritted, quiet roads into the dawn. Back to Bala for second breakfast then the big hills from Llanuwchllyn to Trawsfynydd and on to Harlech for lunch. The legs started to get heavy on the ride south, over Barmouth bridge and eventually inland to Abergynolwyn and the final, hilliest stretch over mountains all the way home via Aberllefenni, Mallwyd and the bwlch. I would love to do the calendar event which includes Bwlch y groes and would involve the beautiful Aberangell - Aberllefenni road in full daylight. Some aches and pains and a loose (and occasionally errant!) timing chain put some dampeners on the day but we made it home well within time for a feast prepared the evening before  :thumbsup:
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Post by: jamesld8 on November 28, 2016, 08:04:40 pm
Barmouth Boulevard, the permanent version on the tandem yesterday. An adventure with lots of variety. Beginning in Dolgellau (home) the ride to Corwen was straightforward on gritted, quiet roads into the dawn. Back to Bala for second breakfast then the big hills from Llanuwchllyn to Trawsfynydd and on to Harlech for lunch. The legs started to get heavy on the ride south, over Barmouth bridge and eventually inland to Abergynolwyn and the final, hilliest stretch over mountains all the way home via Aberllefenni, Mallwyd and the bwlch. I would love to do the calendar event which includes Bwlch y groes and would involve the beautiful Aberangell - Aberllefenni road in full daylight. Some aches and pains and a loose (and occasionally errant!) timing chain put some dampeners on the day but we made it home well within time for a feast prepared the evening before  :thumbsup:

That`s some route on a tandem, mega kudos  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

For my own I had a DNF on an AAA 100 on Sunday; @ 70 km rear wheel spoke snapped so had to fettle repair and limped back last 30km off the mandatory by taking A44 back and unfortunately encountering MORON DRIVER CRETIN 2016 who overtook line cars straight at me, lights switched to full beam with intent,  forcing me off road into verge--a moment when a headcam would have been good to send footage to police for prosecution

https://www.strava.com/activities/787225238
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Post by: Shell on November 28, 2016, 08:54:53 pm
Barmouth Boulevard, the permanent version on the tandem yesterday. An adventure with lots of variety. Beginning in Dolgellau (home) the ride to Corwen was straightforward on gritted, quiet roads into the dawn. Back to Bala for second breakfast then the big hills from Llanuwchllyn to Trawsfynydd and on to Harlech for lunch. The legs started to get heavy on the ride south, over Barmouth bridge and eventually inland to Abergynolwyn and the final, hilliest stretch over mountains all the way home via Aberllefenni, Mallwyd and the bwlch. I would love to do the calendar event which includes Bwlch y groes and would involve the beautiful Aberangell - Aberllefenni road in full daylight. Some aches and pains and a loose (and occasionally errant!) timing chain put some dampeners on the day but we made it home well within time for a feast prepared the evening before  :thumbsup:

It must have been you I passed (in a car) on a Cannondale tandem climbing the stiff rise out of Fairbourne, mid afternoon yesterday.  I pedalled over to Tywyn on Friday https://www.strava.com/activities/788277498 and had just been up to Coed Y Brenin with my daughter.  Barmouth Boulevard calendar event is on my hit list too, so perhaps see you there next year.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 29, 2016, 07:59:33 am
I was gonna do my 200 diy for rrty yesterday, but something came up. I usually start them at 5am, but at 7am today it was -3 in town here, so I assume lower in the sticks. Why didn't I get out earlier in the month to do it (Nov is month nine).

At least there's no rain, so I'm hoping the roads tomorrow will just be frosty!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bikeabilityman on November 30, 2016, 04:00:38 pm
I've always felt quite sane leaving home 1-1:30 am to ECE an event, but going out at 3:15 this morning, wondering if I'd encounter ice (the gritters splattered me on the Milton Keynes roads), to keep RRtY going, and get to a café when clubmates were there (I was 1 1/2 hours late, and they'd gone), I now question my sanity. Earliest I've started a 200 DIY is 5am, and I think this one ended up being my slowest.

Respect, TG, for braving the cold and ice during your HAMR attempt!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on December 08, 2016, 03:41:02 pm
Got my last DIY 200 of the year planned for Saturday.  One way arrow to Aberdeen or Stonehaven for dinner with daughter #1

If successful that would be 10 points on the board for the first 3 months of the season.  Target is 73 for the season, if that includes a 1300km + ride I will qualify for Brevet 25,000.

     
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Post by: Andy C on December 08, 2016, 05:13:44 pm
Rode this...ha ha!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGh4Yab99tw
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on December 09, 2016, 11:32:25 am
I like the magic "snap your fingers and arrive home" trick! And the day/night comparison pictures, and the production skills. And the whole enterprise!
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Post by: nolongertries on December 09, 2016, 02:34:27 pm
Excellent! Well done, loved it.
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Post by: dasmi on December 11, 2016, 09:51:47 am
Did Alfreton figure of eight perm 200 for my December RRTY with Jo and Roy. pleasant ride until Sudbury, it got dark and rained in biblical amounts, so out came the new carradice cape for it's first test. Of the three of us at the finish two had a bad case of CAPE  :smug:ENVY  :smug:

cheers

Dave
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Post by: postie on December 11, 2016, 11:43:08 am
Denmead 300km yesterday, rode with out glove's for most of the day,very mild all day and some rain in latter part of the ride.
Rode single speed( not bad for the first point counting ride since july).

Good day out and good to finish at the fox and hounds pub with a couple of good ales. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Manotea on December 12, 2016, 10:32:01 am
A ride down to Brighton and Peacehaven, having invited myself along for a DIY200 organised by Ed and Omar. One of the perks of the job :)

A great day to be out with fine company.

Here's a picture of some sheep on Telscombe Tye. Its a lot easier going up from the coast then going down...

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/26765083/IMAG0209.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on December 12, 2016, 05:34:27 pm
Did a DIY variation of the London Ditchling Devil (mainly so I could start and end it in Kingston market).

It was a strange ride, positive in that we did it in less than 10 hours elapsed but there were long stretches 110K-150K where I really wasn't feeling it and it was just a boring exercise in turning the pedals.

Refuelling at the worst shop in Chidingfold then saw us blasting through the final 50K in an attempt to get it over and done with.

I don't think I've done 200K with negative splits before especially not in this fashion with the final hour being a respectable 26.5km/h average

Anyway - at least that's December's 200 done for RRTY
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Manotea on December 26, 2016, 09:01:08 pm
I've finally managed a 200km to the boxing day family get together, a perfect way to blast away the Christmas cobwebs. Could be the start of a new tradition. :)

A bit of predeparture faffing and a puncture meant those travelling by car arrived 10 minutes before me.  I'll have to make sure I'm away at 4am sharp next year (and change my tyres... seems I'm down to canvas...). A bit of a headwind but all in all a near perfect winters day to be out. Did the distance on a water bottle, a small bag of nuts and a Costa Coffee. It's amazing what you can achieve when you're feeling motivated (and on a day the country is mostly closed!).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Kangaroocourt on December 29, 2016, 01:10:16 pm
Did the EWE Baaa yesterday from Kew Bridge end.  Proper type 2 fun - hit the deck hard after 10ks on ice, freezing fog and loaded the "out" route twice!!  Not to mention a minor "episode" at the roundabout crossing the M25 on the way back.  Dunno why Mrs thinks I'm nuts ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on January 23, 2017, 07:44:10 am
DIY (mandatory route, 200k) for me yesterday - a very convoluted one-stop route to Henley planned to make the best of the weather. It was achingly cold for the first 40k but, given I was in suburbia, the roads were ok. The slush puppy water bottle was a joy! The next 120k were just glorious- sunshine, blue skies and almost no wind. A quick stop in Henley and I headed back the same way I arrived - not so audacious but needs must...
Garmin 810 crashed at 165k but very luckily I had a backup. Home just after dark and relieved to have finished without any real problems.
File submitted by dinner time and approved by Manotea last night - thanks!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: dasmi on January 23, 2017, 09:46:45 am
Did tom fox's Horncastle 200 (in reverse) yesterday. Icy in morning to Lincoln, briefly sunny, then cold returned. Crawled back from Newark for a slow 13 hr 200. Still that's the January RRTY done.

Dave
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: SoreTween on January 29, 2017, 09:26:48 am
First failure  :(
Yesterday I attempted the Cambrian 2B in a reverse direction Chepstow start.  I made Monmouth at my target speed of 17kph but every hill was absolute purgatory.  At Hay-On-Wye I was still in time just, 15.2 overall average to there.  I had to refuel which would put me behind but I had a decent chance of catching up on the flat stage to Builth Wells.  It got a bit wierd on that stage.  According to Garmin I was 21 minutes behind pace leaving Hay which I did catch up.  What I cannot understand is why when I overtook my virtual partner I only had 14.4 average.  Worst was on that stage I started to get a trapped nerve, I've had that before but never so early in a 200.  I grabbed water and continued knowing that if I made it up one last bastard hill I'd be able to make up time most of the way home:
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq18/SoreTween/Misc/profile%203_zps9cyot10j.png)
With a lot of walking I did get up and started to cruise but the trapped nerve had other ideas, it felt like an electric shock right through my left arm to the extent it was making me let go of the bars.  In the past it's just been a bit of an annoying twinge as I release or grip the bars.  Fear of letting go made me go slow which made me cold and so it spiralled.  Not far short of Brecon I phoned my wife, I couldn't talk long enough to sort logistics so said I'd call again from somewhere warm in Brecon.  On the last km into town using my left brake was setting off the spasm.  Fighting against myself to hold onto the brakes on a fast & twisty descent with a car up my chuff is not something I'm in a hurry to repeat.

Annoying to fail, annoying to fail with all the hard work done and not get to enjoy the payback.
On the bright side I had a nice pint and a meal in The Bank, I'm off the rtty treadmill and I'm alive.  I need to find an osteopath that can look at my position on the bike.  There's no rides floating my boat in Feb and I no longer need to ECE the Gospel Pass 150 in March, that's a ride I would like to do.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Paul H on January 29, 2017, 11:08:31 am
I thought I'd take advantage of the current YHA discount to ride some roads less familiar. So after a night in Stratford and a plentifull breakfast I set off from the town.
Or to be accurate, twice round the one way system, then set off...

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/746/32433046522_ee43a991a9.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RpZQMh)SuA Audax-1 (https://flic.kr/p/RpZQMh) by Paul (https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/), on Flickr

To make the distance back to Derby requires a non direct route, so south to Chipping Campden, Evesham and Pershore where there was a queue in the bakers and I make a point of not passing what looks like a local recommendation, I wasn't disappointed.  A few miles further on to a picnic bench at the Seaford ford, no I didn't, I used the bridge. It's deeper in the middle than the board indicates as I saw when a tractor went through.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/360/32463171401_207f4730cb.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RsEeRK)SuA Audax-2 (https://flic.kr/p/RsEeRK) by Paul (https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/), on Flickr

Heading north now with a pleasant breeze on my back. Mostly lanes and avoiding the towns, the joy of mandatory routes. Took a break in Meriden, couple of fish cakes from the chip shop while sitting on Wayfarers bench.  Now on more familiar roads, though that didn't stop me getting a bit lost in Nuneaton.  Soon back on very familiar roads, the Grace Dieu path was muddy and slippery, probably a mistake in the dark, more thought needed when planning mandatory routes! Easy end along the cloud trail, which I had to myself.  No records broken, comfortably in the time limit and a good day out.
Bit of drizzle as I set off, then blue skies most of the day, some threatening dark cloud or an hour or two, but apart from a short hail shower remained dry.  Glad for the break from the last couple of icy weeks, though plenty of gritters about after dark. 
Serious bike cleaning needed today :(

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/583/32585882525_6c907e3a4a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RDvaAM)SuA Audax-3 (https://flic.kr/p/RDvaAM) by Paul (https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on January 29, 2017, 02:07:27 pm
First failure  :(
Yesterday I attempted the Cambrian 2B in a reverse direction Chepstow start.  I made Monmouth at my target speed of 17kph but every hill was absolute purgatory.  At Hay-On-Wye I was still in time just, 15.2 overall average to there.  I had to refuel which would put me behind but I had a decent chance of catching up on the flat stage to Builth Wells.  It got a bit wierd on that stage.  According to Garmin I was 21 minutes behind pace leaving Hay which I did catch up.  What I cannot understand is why when I overtook my virtual partner I only had 14.4 average.  Worst was on that stage I started to get a trapped nerve, I've had that before but never so early in a 200.  I grabbed water and continued knowing that if I made it up one last bastard hill I'd be able to make up time most of the way home:
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq18/SoreTween/Misc/profile%203_zps9cyot10j.png)
With a lot of walking I did get up and started to cruise but the trapped nerve had other ideas, it felt like an electric shock right through my left arm to the extent it was making me let go of the bars.  In the past it's just been a bit of an annoying twinge as I release or grip the bars.  Fear of letting go made me go slow which made me cold and so it spiralled.  Not far short of Brecon I phoned my wife, I couldn't talk long enough to sort logistics so said I'd call again from somewhere warm in Brecon.  On the last km into town using my left brake was setting off the spasm.  Fighting against myself to hold onto the brakes on a fast & twisty descent with a car up my chuff is not something I'm in a hurry to repeat.

Annoying to fail, annoying to fail with all the hard work done and not get to enjoy the payback.
On the bright side I had a nice pint and a meal in The Bank, I'm off the rtty treadmill and I'm alive.  I need to find an osteopath that can look at my position on the bike.  There's no rides floating my boat in Feb and I no longer need to ECE the Gospel Pass 150 in March, that's a ride I would like to do.
I feel your pain and dissapointment especially after getting  most of the climbing behind you.

Does your bike fit you ok and is adjusted properly ?
Your elbows should be slightly bent all the time.If they are locked out they will transmit the vibration and shocks up your arms.
your wrists should not be cocked to allow your hands to sit on the hoods.the angle should be comfortable and natural.

You may find getting a bike fit will be more beneficial than a physio/osteo treatment.
Good Luck.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jamesld8 on January 29, 2017, 03:38:35 pm
First failure  :(
Yesterday I attempted the Cambrian 2B in a reverse direction Chepstow start.  I made Monmouth at my target speed of 17kph but every hill was absolute purgatory.  At Hay-On-Wye I was still in time just, 15.2 overall average to there.  I had to refuel which would put me behind but I had a decent chance of catching up on the flat stage to Builth Wells.  It got a bit wierd on that stage.  According to Garmin I was 21 minutes behind pace leaving Hay which I did catch up.  What I cannot understand is why when I overtook my virtual partner I only had 14.4 average.  Worst was on that stage I started to get a trapped nerve, I've had that before but never so early in a 200.  I grabbed water and continued knowing that if I made it up one last bastard hill I'd be able to make up time most of the way home:
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq18/SoreTween/Misc/profile%203_zps9cyot10j.png)
With a lot of walking I did get up and started to cruise but the trapped nerve had other ideas, it felt like an electric shock right through my left arm to the extent it was making me let go of the bars.  In the past it's just been a bit of an annoying twinge as I release or grip the bars.  Fear of letting go made me go slow which made me cold and so it spiralled.  Not far short of Brecon I phoned my wife, I couldn't talk long enough to sort logistics so said I'd call again from somewhere warm in Brecon.  On the last km into town using my left brake was setting off the spasm.  Fighting against myself to hold onto the brakes on a fast & twisty descent with a car up my chuff is not something I'm in a hurry to repeat.

Annoying to fail, annoying to fail with all the hard work done and not get to enjoy the payback.
On the bright side I had a nice pint and a meal in The Bank, I'm off the rtty treadmill and I'm alive.  I need to find an osteopath that can look at my position on the bike.  There's no rides floating my boat in Feb and I no longer need to ECE the Gospel Pass 150 in March, that's a ride I would like to do.

Very sorry hear of your difficulties on this, that trapped nerve sounds horrid and I hope that you get to have it looked at and sorted soon
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: SoreTween on January 29, 2017, 06:23:05 pm
Thank you both.
Something has to be wrong with my setup, I am always predisposed to problems affecting my left side though.  As today has progressed and the fatigue has eased through my body my left wrist and hand has continued to feel a bit off so I think Banjo is on the money.  The light tingling I still feel in the finger/thumb web I'm hoping is effect and the discomfort in the wrist closer to the cause.  I'll pay more attention to where my hands sit on the bike this week and see if I can spot a difference.  I'll also pay attention to my elbows, it is very likely that my left is locking and the right not.

As per Paul, the bike needs a serious clean.  Possibly starting with a shovel before moving onto a sponge.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on January 29, 2017, 06:33:57 pm
I didn't mean to suggest you don't use osteo or physio. I am a great believer in both. Hopefully you can get some relief to allow you to mend then get bike set up sorted to avoid doing it again.

At least you are freed from the horror of RRTY  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Paul H on January 29, 2017, 06:45:53 pm
I'll pay more attention to where my hands sit on the bike this week and see if I can spot a difference.  I'll also pay attention to my elbows, it is very likely that my left is locking and the right not.
It's all a bit of a minefield with each thing having consequences on another. As it was a hilly route you might also look at how much weight is on your hands when out of the saddle, or how much you're pulling on the bars. 
Hope you get it sorted. I know how frustrating it can be, I used to suffer knee pain, had 9 moths off the bike with a shoulder injury and the knee has been fine since, it may well have been that whatever it was just needed the break to heal properly.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on February 05, 2017, 09:52:08 pm
Managed my first 200 since mid November today. 

A 200 I've done before starting in Edinburgh out to Bridge of Allan then East back through Edinburgh out to Dirleton in East Lothian and back home mostly on reasonably quiet A roads. Very flat and good for a winter DIY with an optional stop at home at 120k. 

Started raining at Linlithgow and didn't stop until I returned there around 95k.  It was quite cold too so I made use of Corrieris cafe at 60km for a couple of hot rolls and a cuppa.  The roads were pretty foul wet and dirty and I decided to go fora full change of clothes when returning home for lunch.

I set off for the final 80km at 2pm and made slow progress through central Edinburgh but enjoyed the sunny views of the firth of forth after Seton Sands.  After a quick stop at the turn around 160km I was heading back to Edinburgh on my Saturday club run route and I felt better today than I had on many other occasions.  I went for the Hollywood finish, Portobello promenade then up into Edinburgh and along Princes St.

Home around 6pm with just over half an hour in the dark but all of that with streetlights, and a few rugby stragglers in the town. 

Functional winter 200km on my new bike for work machine.  It will need a good clean. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on February 18, 2017, 11:41:00 pm
Yes - testing "The Loins (sic) of EWE"

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1486_zpsm0z7bec3.jpg)
Sod the number of bedrooms - how many garages for bikes?

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1491_zpslrxubpq8.jpg)
"My HomeCastle is my CastleHome"

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1494_zpsjrwmtdnx.jpg)
"DARK IN HERE, ISN'T IT?"

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1499_zpsymf4nz1m.jpg)
"Watch out for the step..."

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1504_zpsvhby0ozy.jpg)
One, two, lots...

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1509_zpsqg9waocg.jpg)
[earworm]All along the Watchtower[/earworm]

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20170218%20-%20The%20Loins%20of%20EWE/DSCN1510_zpsyn9hgxwp.jpg)
3/5...

A slightly rolling, tadge under 3,000m, 200Km (TBC), with some farm tracks lesser used C roads - coming to a perm list near you in due course
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Neil C on February 19, 2017, 12:05:26 am
" Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?"

Not today but I did ride Manotea's Ditchling Devil yesterday. A good day to be out and so much warmer than The Willy Warmer last month. It was my first perm and I missed the TLC of the calendar event. No piles of cake  and happy smiles from the ladies of Chiddingfold - only a curt "we are closed" from the tea shop at 3.31pm.

Tomorrow I'm off on iddu's EWE Baaa.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: CrinklyUncle on February 19, 2017, 01:13:12 am
Today I rode a (N)Audax - it was 40km (ish) and validated by CCCC

A fuller ride report is here: 40ish @ 40ish – Brevet Exclusif – Organised by CCCC (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=101850.0)

Title: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2017, 01:33:56 pm
I am currently in Subway in Hailsham, slightly less than halfway round a DIY 200, starting from home in Whitstable.

It's a variation on a route i devised some years ago but haven't ridden for ages. It's somewhat more undulating than I remember it, especially the hike up to Brightling. Quite challenging at current fitness levels.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on February 19, 2017, 02:13:52 pm
I am currently in Subway in Hailsham, slightly less than halfway round a DIY 200, starting from home in Whitstable.

It's a variation on a route i devised some years ago but haven't ridden for ages. It's somewhat more undulating than I remember it, especially the hike up to Brightling. Quite challenging at current fitness levels.
What are you having to eat?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Martin on February 19, 2017, 11:05:32 pm
I am currently in Subway in Hailsham, slightly less than halfway round a DIY 200, starting from home in Whitstable.

It's a variation on a route i devised some years ago but haven't ridden for ages. It's somewhat more undulating than I remember it, especially the hike up to Brightling. Quite challenging at current fitness levels.

I remember the route well; nice! especially "oh look 3 people on a bike" shouted at from some yoof on a park bench in Faversham (responded to by Arabella "no 3 people on 3 bikes")

broke my 2017 AAA duck with a familiar and slow trot round Ashdown Forest; I think the "Hell of the bielzibub Butt's / Satan's kitchen Forest" spor'ive was going in the opposite direction
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2017, 11:26:50 pm
I remember the route well; nice! especially "oh look 3 people on a bike" shouted at from some yoof on a park bench in Faversham (responded to by Arabella "no 3 people on 3 bikes")

It's quite different now - and better, I think.

The outward leg goes via Charing to Biddenden rather than via Lenham. so it cuts out that long uphill drag from Faversham, replacing it with a much more undulating option. From Biddenden, it's the same as the old route down to Robertsbridge then over Brightling and down to Hailsham. Instead of that horrible road through Herstmonceux and Battle, the return leg now runs down to Pevensey and along the coast through Bexhill, Hastings and Winchelsea to Rye and then on to Hythe. From Pevensey through to Hythe, it's essentially pancake flat for 70km, except for a nasty lump after Hastings with the climb up to Fairlight (although not nearly as nasty as the route taken up to Fairlight by the Mad Jack). Bearing that flat 70km in mind, the overall climbing figure of 2,200m should give an idea of how undulating the rest of the route is.

The route from Rye to Hythe and from Hythe back home is unchanged from the one we did before but I'm thinking of tweaking it further to cut out the soul-destroying section from Rye to Brenzett along that horrible road full of idiot drivers going far too fast. Since I was late setting off this morning, by the time I got to Hythe, the usual cafe was closed but instead I had some excellent chips from a place called Papa's just across the road from the Railway. Highly recommended.

After Hythe, it's pretty much constantly upwards until you get to Rhodes Minnis, then a fast, mostly downhill run to Canterbury. The alternative option I'm considering cuts inland from Rye, via Appledore, Hamstreet, Smeeth, Hastingleigh and Petham, so not as flat but more direct, and a lot more interesting and pleasant to ride. Having said that, I did enjoy crossing Romney Marsh with a tailwind!

The outward leg is much lumpier than I remember it - no really tough climbs but barely a metre of flat road, just constant up and down. The climb to Brightling is easy enough but goes on a bit. What made it harder was a fairly stiff headwind for the whole of the outward leg. By the time I got to Hailsham, I felt like packing it in, and it was only the knowledge that the next section would be easier that kept me going.

Once I have perfected the route, I shall make it available as a permanent, and hopefully next year I will also be able to put it on as a calendar event - need to get the club on board with that idea.

I didn't get any numerically challenged yoofs shouting anything about people on bikes today, but I did get one wag saying, 'Oh look, it's Bradley Wiggins!' I thought about making some asthma-related gag in response but nothing suitably witty came to mind.

So far this year, I have ridden my bike exactly three times. Two of those occasions were 200km audaxes (the Poor Student and today's DIY) and the third was an aborted attempt at the Willy Warmer 200. I think that's what you call not doing things by halves.

https://www.strava.com/activities/872692422
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on February 25, 2017, 09:00:13 pm
DIY mandatory route for me, bit of a risk, as my garmin has been crashing a bit lately.

I've come to the conclusion there is a bad memory spot somewhere,as it only seem to happen shortly after deleting all the acrivities  https://www.strava.com/activities/879440261

really should have done this last weekend when the weather more more pleasant.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on February 25, 2017, 09:07:47 pm
Extra kudos for the extra weather!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on February 25, 2017, 10:11:51 pm
Extra kudos for the extra weather!
that's what happens when you leave the ride to the last available day, just have to suck it up to keep RRTR on track  (7/12 now, I would have it if I hadn't missed out on July (of all months) last years.

Still it was dry (or just the lightest drizzle around 150km) so a bit of wind isn't that bad ridiculous winds are tolerable.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on February 25, 2017, 11:21:23 pm
Worst DIY ever.

Clubmate has a London-Oxford-London route which he says is good.

Didn't bother checking it.

I can live with the NCN off road malarky. The horrific I am going to die at any moment ride down the A40 was the worst ride I have ever had.

It's entirely my fault for not checking the route.

Overall it was a crap route. There's no reason to ever ride through Oxford, too much A road, Beaconsfield is a sign there is no god.

If I hadn't left it so late in the month to do a 200 I'd have got the train home.

My friend who did it with me got halfway down the A40 before calling her wife saying "It's not fun anymore, come and pick me up".
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on February 25, 2017, 11:57:22 pm
Rode a Houston Randonneurs 100k perm route called the Chappell Hill Loop today.
Took me through loads of proper small-town (and village!) Texas, on roads with no motor traffic.
A really great route.
Shows the benefit in using Local Knowledge to choose your route.
Fairly stiff headwind for some of it, and although there are no hills in the sense I'd normally use, the route is unrelentingly undulating.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1591710086

A couple of photos:

Start / finish in a petrol station forecourt...
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/659/32271106524_7df5146d96_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RaFREm)
20170225_142528 (https://flic.kr/p/RaFREm) by Ron Lowe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62966413@N04/), on Flickr

First control in Independence, TX, a bit of a one-horse town with a general store that is used by all the cyclists in the area:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/497/33116119715_158a6188a1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SsmLDi)
20170225_104203 (https://flic.kr/p/SsmLDi) by Ron Lowe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62966413@N04/), on Flickr

Second control is a gas station and home-spun service area in the village of Burton:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/726/32989407551_03faf27f21_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SgakwP)
20170225_121221 (https://flic.kr/p/SgakwP) by Ron Lowe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62966413@N04/), on Flickr

And somewhat randomly, in a field in the Middle Of Nowhere, TX, I came across a GPO Phone Box, and what looks like a Scottish Lion Rampant flag.  (I didn't cross the property boundary to investigate, as trespass often doesn't end well in Texas):
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3912/32959786202_91eccf2a0e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Sdxw8U)
20170225_134900 (https://flic.kr/p/Sdxw8U) by Ron Lowe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62966413@N04/), on Flickr

Near the end, we pass through the small town of Brenham, where on local advice I stopped for lunch at a good local ole-fashioned Soda Fountan and Sammich Shop ( no photos ).
There was a railroad crossing, AND a ford ( but it was dry ). So no misadventure.

I am slightly cooked, I think. May need to get some cream for my arms and legs.

A grand day out.






Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on February 26, 2017, 08:56:15 am
Worst DIY ever.

Clubmate has a London-Oxford-London route which he says is good.

Didn't bother checking it.

I can live with the NCN off road malarky. The horrific I am going to die at any moment ride down the A40 was the worst ride I have ever had.

It's entirely my fault for not checking the route.

Overall it was a crap route. There's no reason to ever ride through Oxford, too much A road, Beaconsfield is a sign there is no god.

If I hadn't left it so late in the month to do a 200 I'd have got the train home.

My friend who did it with me got halfway down the A40 before calling her wife saying "It's not fun anymore, come and pick me up".
I'm intrigued, I've ridden the a40 everywhere between Wheatley services and the denham/uxbridge roundabout. Never felt in any danger anywhere although traffic can be bad in wycombe  and beaconsfield.  Either side of that stretch I can't believe anyone would consider riding there.

Oxford itself is no great though too busy, never enjoy riding anywhere near the centre.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: dim on February 26, 2017, 05:58:13 pm
Worst DIY ever.

Clubmate has a London-Oxford-London route which he says is good.

Didn't bother checking it.

I can live with the NCN off road malarky. The horrific I am going to die at any moment ride down the A40 was the worst ride I have ever had.

It's entirely my fault for not checking the route.

Overall it was a crap route. There's no reason to ever ride through Oxford, too much A road, Beaconsfield is a sign there is no god.

If I hadn't left it so late in the month to do a 200 I'd have got the train home.

My friend who did it with me got halfway down the A40 before calling her wife saying "It's not fun anymore, come and pick me up".
I'm intrigued, I've ridden the a40 everywhere between Wheatley services and the denham/uxbridge roundabout. Never felt in any danger anywhere although traffic can be bad in wycombe  and beaconsfield.  Either side of that stretch I can't believe anyone would consider riding there.

Oxford itself is no great though too busy, never enjoy riding anywhere near the centre.

I have a Garmin Varia Radar unit connected to my Edge 1000

it's well worth the money, especially when riding on busier roads .... I've had it for several months, and it's never missed a beat, and takes the stress away from riding on busier roads
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on February 26, 2017, 08:45:17 pm
Worst DIY ever.

Clubmate has a London-Oxford-London route which he says is good.

Didn't bother checking it.

I can live with the NCN off road malarky. The horrific I am going to die at any moment ride down the A40 was the worst ride I have ever had.

It's entirely my fault for not checking the route.

Overall it was a crap route. There's no reason to ever ride through Oxford, too much A road, Beaconsfield is a sign there is no god.

If I hadn't left it so late in the month to do a 200 I'd have got the train home.

My friend who did it with me got halfway down the A40 before calling her wife saying "It's not fun anymore, come and pick me up".
I'm intrigued, I've ridden the a40 everywhere between Wheatley services and the denham/uxbridge roundabout. Never felt in any danger anywhere although traffic can be bad in wycombe  and beaconsfield.  Either side of that stretch I can't believe anyone would consider riding there.

Oxford itself is no great though too busy, never enjoy riding anywhere near the centre.

I have a Garmin Varia Radar unit connected to my Edge 1000

it's well worth the money, especially when riding on busier roads .... I've had it for several months, and it's never missed a beat, and takes the stress away from riding on busier roads

It's not me not knowing about the cars coming, it's them not caring about me that bothers me.

This uphill section in the dark and rain with a reasonably narrow lane led to constant very close passes and a pavement covered in debris so that wasn't even an option

(http://i.imgur.com/Rnzb289.png)

The this bit again had cars doing well over the 50mph limit in the dark and rain on narrow lanes with close passes.

(http://i.imgur.com/E3HyZMV.png)

Maybe in the day it would be OK but considering we were lit up like xmas trees the behaviour of drivers seemed overly aggressive.
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Post by: Deano on February 26, 2017, 08:47:26 pm
Feanor: git!
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Post by: Simon_A on February 26, 2017, 09:50:34 pm
Meridian Hills on Saturday.  Good day out if a little breezy :-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on February 26, 2017, 10:11:26 pm


This uphill section in the dark and rain with a reasonably narrow lane led to constant very close passes and a pavement covered in debris so that wasn't even an option

(http://i.imgur.com/Rnzb289.png)

The this bit again had cars doing well over the 50mph limit in the dark and rain on narrow lanes with close passes.

(http://i.imgur.com/E3HyZMV.png)

Maybe in the day it would be OK but considering we were lit up like xmas trees the behaviour of drivers seemed overly aggressive.
That first bit I understand it's quite a long slow climb and not very wide, I usually only do that section in the other direction, so am travelling much faster. The second section, I've not had a problem with, I've even used as an alternative to the official route on both severn across and anfractuous calendar events, in both cases climbing to holtspur from wooburn green rather than loudwater.
Either way you could have taken a route oxford, stadhampton, watlington, marlow, gerards cross which would have only be 4km further and likely much more pleasant.
while I'm quite happy to bash along a roads, there is a difference between roads I would be happy to ride, and roads I would recommend to others.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on February 27, 2017, 08:46:12 am
Poor student 200 on Sunday - storm Ewan reminded me that you can always get weather on this ride :)

I will be back again to do it in summer!

https://www.strava.com/activities/880949030 (https://www.strava.com/activities/880949030)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on February 27, 2017, 10:04:47 am
Either way you could have taken a route oxford, stadhampton, watlington, marlow, gerards cross which would have only be 4km further and likely much more pleasant.
while I'm quite happy to bash along a roads, there is a difference between roads I would be happy to ride, and roads I would recommend to others.

Mandatory route DIY by GPS and a route I didn't bother checking first (my fault).

I'll know for next time.

While I'm fine with riding in London I can't stand riding along A roads as I think it's the speed difference not the volume of traffic which really makes things dangerous.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on February 27, 2017, 10:22:12 am
Mandatory route DIY by GPS

The wording of the motion passed at the 2015 AGM included (with my bold):

"Under mandatory routing riders follow the route set by the event organiser [for DIYs, this means the rider] subject only to dealing with any eventualities that might occur such as road closures or other factors which might render sections of the route inappropriate"

The heavy and fast traffic on the A40 at the time was, I feel, one such factor - I'd have gone Stadhampton and noted why to the Org.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on February 27, 2017, 11:37:22 am
Mandatory route DIY by GPS

The wording of the motion passed at the 2015 AGM included (with my bold):

"Under mandatory routing riders follow the route set by the event organiser [for DIYs, this means the rider] subject only to dealing with any eventualities that might occur such as road closures or other factors which might render sections of the route inappropriate"

The heavy and fast traffic on the A40 at the time was, I feel, one such factor - I'd have gone Stadhampton and noted why to the Org.

Thanks. I'll remember that for next time.

There was a degree of thinking "I'm the idiot who said I was going to ride this route, I can't really say 'oops, my bad'".
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 27, 2017, 12:10:46 pm
Traffic on the A40 would not be entirely unexpected. A road closure is a different situation. You are changing a mandatory route into an advisory route.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Lady Cavendish on February 27, 2017, 12:40:44 pm
I think you must have just got it on a bad day. Yes, riding through Oxford is crap generally, but I ride the A40 between there and Gerrards Cross all the time, day and evening, and have never felt unsafe. I quite like that road  :-[ I'm the type that can't stand riding on gravelly lanes though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on February 27, 2017, 12:42:30 pm
002 Sunbudigoc for me yesterday i.e. Cogidubnus 200 in reverse. It wasn't planned to ride the route in reverse but I had some interesting issues in loading and sending the route to Manotea.

It was a good day for a ride as the headwind strengthened to a nice tailwind once Chichester was left behind. Harvester in Chichester provided much needed sustenance. The lanes were in awful condition - very slippy and muddy - which shouldn't have been a surprise. Traffic levels on the main roads were fine. It's a really lovely route and surprisingly lumpy. I might ride it the right way around sometime and it would be very scenic in the sunshine.

For info, Barhatch Lane had a 'road closed' sign at the top. Various docs on www suggested it is closed but didn't state whether its impassable or not. I chose to divert on Greensands Lane. The road there would be a challenge to a horse and cart! There's tree-logging going on so it is hard to tell where the road ends and the bog begins...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JamieD on February 27, 2017, 02:15:48 pm
For info, Barhatch Lane had a 'road closed' sign at the top. Various docs on www suggested it is closed but didn't state whether its impassable or not. I chose to divert on Greensands Lane. The road there would be a challenge to a horse and cart! There's tree-logging going on so it is hard to tell where the road ends and the bog begins...

It was passable on Friday 17th of Feb and it's only verge repair work so I expect it will always be passable for bikes.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on February 27, 2017, 03:47:51 pm
DIY mandatory route for me, bit of a risk, as my garmin has been crashing a bit lately.

I've had a few problems with my Edge recently but I take the view that the ride itself is the most important thing. Getting AUK validation for it is a bonus.

Quote
I've come to the conclusion there is a bad memory spot somewhere

Sounds plausible.

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really should have done this last weekend when the weather more more pleasant.

The element of pot luck with the weather is half the fun/challenge, isn't it? ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Paul H on February 27, 2017, 08:48:19 pm
Couldn't get out of bed on Saturday for the 300 I'd been looking forward to all week, just the sound of the weather was enough, I didn't need to get up and look at it.  As a bit of a consolation went out for a hastily plotted 200 loop around Leicester yesterday, still pretty windy and plenty of debris all over the lanes.  A bit slower than i'd have liked, but otherwise a good day out.  I've been using http://cycle.travel/ (ftp://cycle.travel/) to plot mandatory routes, it zigzags about a bit and finds lanes I've never ridden, even in areas I'm pretty familiar with.  Suites the sort of route I like and couldn't really do it with advisories without going way over distance, yesterdays 200 would only have been about 160 between 4 controls ;) 
https://www.strava.com/activities/881065267
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on February 28, 2017, 01:04:13 pm
For info, Barhatch Lane had a 'road closed' sign at the top. Various docs on www suggested it is closed but didn't state whether its impassable or not. I chose to divert on Greensands Lane. The road there would be a challenge to a horse and cart! There's tree-logging going on so it is hard to tell where the road ends and the bog begins...

It was passable on Friday 17th of Feb and it's only verge repair work so I expect it will always be passable for bikes.

Good info, thanks.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: andyoxon on March 15, 2017, 11:08:11 pm
First mandatory DIYxGPS 200km at the weekend, from Abingdon - Chilterns -  Alton Barnes (White Horse nr Pewsey) and back; great day out, and warm.  At about 120km my etrex Vista HCx started turning off, and then died!  Fortunately the back-up option, of phone attached to USB battery pack in the Tri-bag, did the job for the rest of the ride.  Wildlife highlight of the day, was a barn owl catching prey fairly close up, in the Vale twilight...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Chris S on March 16, 2017, 09:02:13 am
Fboab and I snuck out for a cheeky mid-week 200 to hunt for her lost cycling mojo; using a route provided by Deano.

We both woke up early, so were on the road by 5:30am. Good thing about this is, you're already half way when you stop for elevenses  :thumbsup:.

The morning rush at Newton Aycliffe was somewhat intimidating (saved in part by Deano's love of off-road paths) but in common with other mid-week rides we've done, other roads were completely empty and a joy to ride on.

There were lambs, and hills, and bridges and rivers. We love it up here.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on March 16, 2017, 11:05:08 am
There were lambs, and hills, and bridges and rivers. We love it up here.
Not a lot of cycling mojo, though.
 :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Delph Cyclist on March 17, 2017, 09:26:44 pm
I was out yesterday on the Stalybridge-Scarborough 200 Perm.  What a terrific day, helped by a following wind.  The bonus was that it was curry night at Scarborough Wetherspoons where I had over an hour to wait for my train back to Stalybridge.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: CrinklyUncle on March 20, 2017, 10:43:16 am
Yesterday I rode the Stalybridge-Scarborough 200 Perm. I also had a great following wind. Although it did get a bit to much on the exposed parts of the Knottingley to Boroughbridge section as this was a strong side wind. It was a chicken burger and a pint for me in the Wetherspoons.

Strava (http://www.strava.com/activities/906998078)
Relive.cc (http://www.relive.cc/view/906998078)
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Post by: R_nger on March 20, 2017, 11:52:30 am
My first mandatory route DIY (with GPS) at the weekend - 200km through North Herts and Bucks.  I'm an early starter, and as noted above, it's always encouraging to stop for elevenses with half the ride completed (at this time of year it's also nice to finish before dark).  I have always struggled with digestive issues at around 140km on previous 200ks, but I discovered the benefits of Alka Seltzer this time and my ride was enjoyable rather than a test of willpower and endurance.  Admittedly, a tailwind for the last 50k helped ! And, another first, I finished with a feeling of elation (normally it's relief !).  As a bonus, I Gibboned too ! 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: IanN on April 02, 2017, 10:35:57 am
Yesterday I did 3peaker's Cotswold, Canals and Cheddar 300. Bristol start. My first proper perm with a bag full of receipts.

Felt quite rough to start with - I think I was fighting off the vomiting bug that child A had on Friday, but - onwards and upwards!
Then, due entirely to my own incompetence, I hadn't noticed that the gps track truncated at about 240km in Trowbridge. Too many points I think, which is not a problem I've had before, but I haven't done many 300s. I blame the small screen on the Etrex 20...   ;)
Anyhoo - I learned all about the 'navigate to' function. The Etrex doesn't recognise Wells, but I found an address in Wells with my phone, and the Etrex found that. From there on I knew the way. I even got a (modest) PR up cheddar gorge.

I got back to the start at 01:30 on 314km, so had a little trip round the block to bring it up to 321 point something km. Then strava nicked a couple of km when I uploaded it, so I still didn't quite make it to 200 miles  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on April 02, 2017, 11:19:03 am
firstly you need 321.8 km to get 200 miles, for strava smoothing I would add 1km so aim for 323.
secondly if you realise straight away you can go out again and stitch gpx files together in notepad. Strava should have this feature to allow for rides which happen either side of a hardware crash or if the battery on one device fails.

went out this morning for a AAA 100. 1700m of climb based on the northern end of the chiltern 100 sportive. Much nicer than the wet weather conditions I endured two years ago.

working towards my grimpeur du sud.
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Post by: Revellinho on April 02, 2017, 02:08:51 pm
200 in The Borders yesterday from Crosby in Eden. Eskdalemuir, Gordon Arms, Yarrow, Bonchester Bridge and Newcastleton. Usual little bits of busy road and weird Borders tarmac but by and large an excellent route. Probably a bit too flat for AAA.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: monaxle on April 07, 2017, 10:58:22 am
Saracen RC 200km No 2 perm on Tuesday just gone. Little bit of drizzle at the start but otherwise a dry and breezy day. Wind blowing from the NW at 14mph. Sun came out late afternoon.  No dramatic climbs but rolling up and down insidiously notched up the elevation. I enjoyed the route and the days riding.   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on April 09, 2017, 10:45:30 am
A one way ride from edinburgh to aberdeen via comrie for 300k.  Set off 1600 Friday finished 1200 Saturday.  Glorious moonlit night, mosly a tailwaind and warm by the finish though Aberdeen never really ever gets warm

Route barred at Stonehaven meant a lift from the demolition contractors for the 1/2 mile of the A90 i refused to ride, and the run into Aberdeen similarly disruped by the closure of Milltimber brae which blocked access to the north deesside road which has a cycle lane, or the dedicated cycle path that runs parallel.  Instedall traffic was on the south deeside road so not a hollywood finish especially when a bit sleep deprived.

Still, job done, feel reasonably sprightly today and set for next weeks DIY 400 non arrow to York. 
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Post by: Feanor on April 09, 2017, 10:52:55 am
<Tales of road closure woe...>

Ah, sorry, I should have mentioned that...
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Post by: Whitedown Man on April 09, 2017, 11:37:36 am
400k DIY yesterday - broadly London / New Forest / Devizes / London. The first 330k were glorious, everything I love about being on a bike.

The final 70k though, after night had fully fallen, reminded me why 300k remains my favourite distance but 400k my least favourite - I just don't enjoy riding after nightfall. I know this puts me into the 'big girls blouse' sub-section of the AUK membership, but in the words of the poet "eyam what eyam".
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: scottlington on April 09, 2017, 11:47:14 am
400k DIY yesterday - broadly London / New Forest / Devizes / London. The first 330k were glorious, everything I love about being on a bike.

The final 70k though, after night had fully fallen, reminded me why 300k remains my favourite distance but 400k my least favourite - I just don't enjoy riding after nightfall. I know this puts me into the 'big girls blouse' sub-section of the AUK membership, but in the words of the poet "eyam what eyam".

400K DIY on your own. Not a big girls blouse mate, not at all....
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Post by: andyoxon on April 10, 2017, 02:19:24 pm
On saturday, I did a ~210km DIY (mandatory route) – first solo 200km.  From Abingdon (7am start), I headed around to Wheatley – via Drayton St Leonard, then up to Cottisford (N of Bicester), along to Chipping Norton (via Somerton & Enstone), down to Burford, Fairford, Uffington and back.  Gloriously sunny, but not too hot.  Best bit of the ride was Somerton to Fairford, with Burford to Little Barrington entirely vehicle free.   Had a good lasagne for lunch in The Old Mill in Chipping, and in Fairford, discovered the Mill Lane bridge across the Coln river, is a lovely spot to have a break.  Found a road fully closed to all vehicles & peds at North Aston, so had to do a few km diversion. Didn’t sleep that well the night before so was feeling a bit more tired than usual by the end, but a great day out.
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Post by: Paul Rainbow on April 21, 2017, 05:58:19 pm
Did a nice DIY with a few guys from the club...  2020km in total from Rome to Caen, was a great ride  :thumbsup:

https://www.strava.com/activities/950392584 (https://www.strava.com/activities/950392584)

Few pics up at...

https://www.instagram.com/audaxclubbristol/ (https://www.instagram.com/audaxclubbristol/)

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Post by: Feanor on April 21, 2017, 06:01:06 pm
Aah, it wasn't a typo!

Cracking ride, well done!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 23, 2017, 10:39:54 am
On a rather lesser scale, a DIY 200 yesterday with IanN. Route of his devising, which he's christened Bourton on the Rocks. We rode in dinner jackets with discreet shoulder holsters and laser-powered watches that include a jet booster for the hilly bits. Bristol to Malmesbury went quite quickly, where I ate something Ian claimed was healthy and he displayed the shocking pink "wallet" with cartoon characters he mugged his younger daughter for. Then grovelling into a headwind all the way up to Bourton; at least, I was grovelling, Ian didn't seem too bothered by it. Had to stop and do stretches for an ouchy knee but adjusting my saddle angle helped. Bourton was overrun with tourists. Then along some lovely lanes over the Cotswolds to Cirencester.
This was the highest point of the ride, just south of Compton Abdale (I think):
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2937/34214602755_4a2b2a0646_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U8qMo4)
It was supposed to show you the glorious view but the limitations of my phameracone mean you can't really see that. Still, you can admire my bike instead.  :P

From here it was a gentle 20mph freewheel all the way to Ciren.
And here's Ian just hitting that high:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4169/34214600635_b79581a267_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U8qLKv)
You can just about see the road dropping away in the background.

We managed to find some more lumps our side of Malmesbury; roads I'd never ridden despite being so close.

And the sun shone all day.  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: IanN on April 23, 2017, 03:43:33 pm

(http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag104/parp/901f0849-dc82-4582-be46-affd5addf6fa_zpsh5sw99xs.jpg) (http://s1301.photobucket.com/user/parp/media/901f0849-dc82-4582-be46-affd5addf6fa_zpsh5sw99xs.jpg.html)

Shiny happy Cudzo...
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 23, 2017, 05:07:00 pm
Remind me, Ian, was that before or after we compared ding-dongs?  :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on April 24, 2017, 12:48:13 pm
Cudzo and Ian's ride sounds (and looks) good. 

I managed a 200 yesterday which was a variant of my first DIY about 3 years ago, since mandatory routing I've been able to cut out Hungerford and incorporate some nicer roads through Ramsbury on the Marlborough Downs and a more direct route to Pewsey.  The route heads north east to Malmesbury from Bristol and then goes north of Swindon before getting into the Lambourn Downs.  Steep but short climb up Blowingstone Hill and then a lovely run into Lambourn.  Cuts across nice lanes to Ramsbury and another short sharp climb (Spring Hill?) before crossing the A4 and onto one of my favourite cafes at Pewsey (The Applecart ... excellent milk shakes).  Skirted Salisbury plain at Urchfont and Potterne and then home via Bath and the cycle track.

Loads of cyclists out, there was a sportive on and I saw lots coming the other way and then got in amongst it going up the hill out of Ramsbury before veering off their route toward Pewsey.  Looked to be a very big event.

Route https://ridewithgps.com/trips/14127798
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on April 24, 2017, 05:05:14 pm
I did a DIY200 on Saturday which subject to validatio takes me over 20 points for the season

Id originally toyed with doing the port navigation but decided against as I was under orders to be ready for dinner by 7pm which couldnt be guaranteed on the PN with its three ferry rides. 

Instead, I came up with an enjoyable but convoluted Ft William-Kinlochleven-Dunbeg-Kinlocheil-Ft William 200km. (happy to ride the A82 early morning but not at dinner time hence the loop round Loch Eil)

Lots of quiet roads and bike tracks and dry for all but a few minutes after the Corran ferry.   

Beautiful scenery and the bike path to Oban gave the ride a "Sem Fed" feel that even two punctures couldnt spoil.

Nice to see the bike path between Ballachulish and Connel being used so much (and that the shop in benderloch sells spare inner tubes!)

Next big decision is whether to ride the Auld Alliance as a DIY this weekend or not.  Weather being studied.   

 


Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fungus on April 24, 2017, 10:34:02 pm
I did a version of the old Wem we get there audax as a diy yesterday.  Tamworth - Bramshall  - Wem - Penkridge - Fradley - Tamworth.  It was my 1st 200k since January 2016.  I found the 1st leg easy then it was a headwind all the way to Wem + a diversion due to a now closed road.  Wem to penkridge was pretty easy with a tailwind then it was tough climbing through Cannock Chase but once I'd got through that & found the co-op in Fradley it was just a case of pushing on back to Tamworth for a well earned ice cream in the castle grounds  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fungus on April 29, 2017, 09:41:48 pm
Another diy for me yesterday... Tamworth - East Leake - Bottesford - Uppingham - Lutterworth - Tamworth
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4777317?privacy_code=Arnp8RPHd26tgjVJ
I've only done this route once before & forgotten how hilly it was... suffered a fair bit after the stage from Bottesford to Uppingham which is really tough & groveled home to finish in around 11 hours.

2 rides of 136 & 138 miles + 4 11/12 hour shifts pulling 900 kilo pallets around pretty much did me in... feel better today though & next diy pencilled in for a week Tuesday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on May 02, 2017, 09:32:12 am
I did an inverse York Arrow, starting at 12 noon Sunday and riding back home to Edinburgh for  a 400km DIY. 

I zig zagged my way north up through Ripon and Northallerton to Darlo, so the wind was either cross tail or head, either way it was strong.  After darlo it was right behind me and I enjoyed riding on new roads for me through Whorlton to Barnard Castle.   

Id aimed to make dinner at Langdon Beck and got there about 1930 where I had the bar to myself where I had  a large plate of ham egg and chips and got ready for the night section.  I plodded over Yad Moss, the first time Ive cycled this road heading north.  I got a bit lost trying to find my way to the Carlisle Truckstop / McDs but found three gents heading home from the pub who kept me right.  Feeling not sleepy at all I had a quick cuppa in McDs and left shortly after midnight aiming to get to the Lockerbie truck stop for a snooze. 

A few lorries coming towards me on the B7076 had full beam on which caused Mr tetchy to appear but I soon reached the sanctuary of Lockerbie where I stayed for  a couple of hours.  I had to prise myself aay at about 0530 only to discover my back wheel had a puncture.  I suspect that I've bought a dud batch of conti inner tubes as Id had a flat earlier and it was the valve at fault and I think the same had happened here.  I replaced it with a Halfords cheapie bought in haste at Northallerton and this lasted the rest of the ride. 

I grovelled my way up towards Abington where the grippy surface of the 7076 just gets poorer and poorer while listening to the Today programme, and against my better judgement popped into the garage for a Costa fortune and some donuts.  When paying the woman asked me "Any fuel?" and I lifted the pack of donuts to show her.  Honestly!

Turning back into the wind I slowed up considerably but I was enjoying the warm sunshine while listening to tales of torrential rain in Birmingham via the radio.  Enjoyment levels increased once I got off the A73 at Thankerton then it was mostly country lanes apart from the short stretch on the A70 after Carnwath. I shunned the shorter route home via the much nicer route by Auchengray and Woolfords.  Livingston is a bit of a maze but I seem to have found a good way through it now after about 20 years of trying.   

I reached home by 1300 so 25 hours for a 400, jut a tad slower than the equivalent by Arrow.

Starting at 1200 was a new approach for me, I found it quite a good way to go as it split the ride up naturally into three. 
 
Yesterday was my wedding anniversary (24 years) so after a bath and a snooker assisted snooze I met my other half for dinner in central Edinburgh.  I sometimes crave strange stuff after a long audax but on this occasion both of us were in agreement that a steak was in order.  A large ribeye was therefore dispatched along with a glass of red.         

G&Y 300 next week, looking forward to it!
         
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Lee K on May 02, 2017, 09:32:21 pm
I rode the Majorca Moonpig perm today, which is...erm in Majorca! It's a fantastic route starting in Port de Pollensa up and over Puig Major, dropping down to Soller, over the Col de Soller and its silly amount of hairpins, Col d'Honor into Orient before climbing back up Col de Sa Bataia and finishing with the genuinely 'weeee' descent of the Col de Femenia! Great cafes all along the route. I'd definitely recommend the route if you get the chance.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on May 02, 2017, 10:49:51 pm
Not as exciting as Majorcan hairpins but I had a great day out on a GPS DIY Started in Magor south Wales then through Chepstow and across the Forest of Dean to soak up the colour and beauty of the forest  at this time of year then for a magnificent breakfast at the Heritage center.Free range eggs local sausages and bacon plus mushrooms beans tomatos hashbrowns etc etc and a gallon of tea all for a very reasonable price.

Chatted to Kay she seems quite bitter at the way she has been treated but accepts now that nothing can be done and has stopped the petition.I wished her best of luck with her new café near Cannop .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4188/33616790583_e1d23cb36d_k.jpg)

Fuelled up with Kays breakfast. Plodded up the hill and gradually the forest gave way to farm land on the way to the Royal Hop Pole in Tewkesbury for more food (pretty average this time tbh )  A nice touch is the big glass container of cold water on the bar which is great for filling bottles.

Off again towards Gloucester via Apperley and Sandhurst to avoid some of the A38.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2879/34267580312_e02bf8b828_k.jpg)

Used Blacksheeps almost traffic free route through Gloucester then on through the lanes to the Severn Bridge and back into Gods own country to finish in about 12.5 hours (good result for a full value person like me  ;D)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4163/33585054914_931d3cfd14_k.jpg)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20585318   Strongly recommend this DIY and it could easily be modified to start in Bristol if required.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on May 02, 2017, 11:30:34 pm
Another diy for me yesterday... Tamworth - East Leake - Bottesford - Uppingham - Lutterworth - Tamworth
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4777317?privacy_code=Arnp8RPHd26tgjVJ
I've only done this route once before & forgotten how hilly it was... suffered a fair bit after the stage from Bottesford to Uppingham which is really tough & groveled home to finish in around 11 hours.

2 rides of 136 & 138 miles + 4 11/12 hour shifts pulling 900 kilo pallets around pretty much did me in... feel better today though & next diy pencilled in for a week Tuesday  :thumbsup:

I work a mixture of 12 hour days and nights. I have found that to really enjoy a ride I need at least one rest day and two nights in bed prior to a ride makes a huge difference.PS I can only dream about 11 hours for an over length 200  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on May 05, 2017, 04:50:20 pm
Bah >:(

330km mandatory to York. Sense of humour failure after 180km of NE againsterly, which doesn't look like letting up, so on the train from Derby.

Bet it sodding turns into a South-Westerly on Sun...

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on May 08, 2017, 12:40:17 am
Ah, that' s better...

To stand high in the Wolds, and discern through the velvety gloaming the garish lights of Membury on the far horizon, knowing my sweet & a warm bed lie below, fair brings a tear to my eye.

Or it could just be the rememberance  that there's the sod of Blowingstone to climb after 320km.

Normal (dis)service now resumed

 ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: renard on May 09, 2017, 04:43:49 pm
Did a 100km DIY yesterday in Argyll.

Drove to Gourock and then ferry to Hunter's Quay, Dunoon.

Cycling in lovely weather with quiet roads went north to Strachur and bagged a BCQ clue.  Then south to Otters Ferry for an al fresco pub lunch.  It then got rather hilly going the long way to Tighnabruich and back yo Dunoon with a detour to take in Bealch Maim, a rather steep hill in Another 100 great climbs book.

A great day out.

(http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/Tonr48][img]https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/33727339713_0846452bab_z.jpg)[/url]IMG_20170508_114132797 (https://flic.kr/p/Tonr48) by Daniel Fox (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18316416@N00/), on Flickr[/img]
Waiting for the ferry to Hunter's Quay

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Strachur

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Kyles of Bute

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/14442003
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on May 13, 2017, 11:51:55 am
200k diy after work last night, work crisis kicked in at 10pm, had to call and email whilst by the side of the road, didn't get home until after 4:30am, kids woke me at 6:30, then on emergency work teleconference at 9am.

Knackered.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on May 13, 2017, 07:03:03 pm
Rode the first half of the auld alliance 400km as a DIY200 route check. 

Misty wet and cold! 

Had to really work hard to keep the bike straight on at Dunblane railwaystation, the first 100k was a real trial, compounded by the 5am start to get a cheap train home.  Enjoyed the last few hours though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on May 13, 2017, 09:34:33 pm
200 mandatory route diy for me today. I opted for a re-run of my Jan diy 200 "A Convolution to Henley". It was a much better day than the -7C Jan effort with a damp start followed by a mostly tailwind ride back. Nothing to report other than another Garmin 810 crash on the same stretch near Thorpe Park at 170km. I ride this stretch regularly and have only suffered a Garmin failure on these two diy rides - weird.
I managed to recover the file so the drama was only temporary.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Whitedown Man on May 14, 2017, 07:05:51 am
There is one spot (descending into Salisbury) which I ride regularly where my Garmin always (100% without fail) switches off. I'm the least techie person in my universe so conclude that this must be evil spirits on that very specific street corner. But nevertheless, there's clearly a Garmin glitch that something localised and signal-related causes a shut-down.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bus Shelter Bertie on May 14, 2017, 07:51:12 am
There is one spot (descending into Salisbury) which I ride regularly where my Garmin always (100% without fail) switches off. I'm the least techie person in my universe so conclude that this must be evil spirits on that very specific street corner. But nevertheless, there's clearly a Garmin glitch that something localised and signal-related causes a shut-down.

I understand that this is a map issue.Two tiles do not join together correctly and the Garmin cannot cope. You could prove by changing map or turning off map. Alternatively you could just put up with it. My solution is to not use maps - in return I get 100% Garmin reliability, a rare beast.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 14, 2017, 07:44:43 pm
A very enjoyable 200 devised by and in the excellent company of IanN. Through the Two Tunnnels and out past Westbury, providing lots of opportunities for rail-geekery, down the beautiful Wylye Valley into Wilton, then up the equally picturesque Avon (not that one!) to Amesbury, where, being near Stonehenge, we had a real caveman lunch: fried everything including bread ( :sick:). With mammoths in our stomachs, we rode over the Salisbury Plain, sometimes north, sometimes south, sometimes west and occasionally east, blessing the hedges which sheltered us from the wind (south-west) – at least, when there were hedges – before plummeting down towards Calne and winding our way to Corsham. Here we stopped for supplies at the Spar, where we had a very pleasant encounter with an elderly shopper. She looked the archetypal Little Old Lady but appearances were deceptive; seeing our jerseys, she encountered where we'd come from and where we were going, but rather than regarding cycling from Bristol to Corsham (about 20 miles) as the limits of human endurance, she said our 125 mile was an excellent thing to do and she used to have a colleague who did things like that.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2017, 01:15:28 pm
Got home late last night from a DIY 600 in Belgium, though I don't expect the ride will be validated since I lost the first 72km of the track due to a moment of stupidity - entirely my own fault, nothing I can blame Garmin for. The number of diversions due to roads being dug up might also be problematic - I think it must have been Belgian National Roadworks Weekend or something. Note to self: next time you're doing a big ride in unknown territory, take the safe option of traditional proof-of-passage and advisory route. Oh well, it was a great way to spend a weekend anyway, and gives me a good excuse to do another 600 this year to get my SR!

The conceit was to visit four countries in one weekend, starting in France and riding through Belgium and the Netherlands as far as Germany, then back again. In that respect, at least, it was a successful adventure. There are some sections I would change if I were doing it again but some of the route-planning decisions were purely pragmatic, in order to keep the distance as close to 600km as possible, which unfortunately meant riding a few main roads (not as bad as it might have been, thanks to Belgian cycle paths). And parts of the route were absolutely glorious - the rolling countryside between Liege and Namur was particularly wonderful in the Sunday morning sunshine.

I might do a fuller write-up at some point but I'm trying to stay awake to catch up on some work today...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on May 22, 2017, 01:27:36 pm
The conceit was to visit four countries in one weekend

Shame about the first 72k but sounds like a cracking thing to do on a weekend!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on May 22, 2017, 01:30:31 pm
There is one spot (descending into Salisbury) which I ride regularly where my Garmin always (100% without fail) switches off. I'm the least techie person in my universe so conclude that this must be evil spirits on that very specific street corner. But nevertheless, there's clearly a Garmin glitch that something localised and signal-related causes a shut-down.

I understand that this is a map issue.Two tiles do not join together correctly and the Garmin cannot cope. You could prove by changing map or turning off map. Alternatively you could just put up with it. My solution is to not use maps - in return I get 100% Garmin reliability, a rare beast.
No. It's just ley lines  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2017, 01:39:45 pm
The conceit was to visit four countries in one weekend

Shame about the first 72k but sounds like a cracking thing to do on a weekend!

Yes, it gave a very satisfying narrative structure to the ride, if that doesn't sound too poncey. Part of me wants to do it again with better planning to avoid the pitfalls we encountered, and with some route alterations to make it more scenic, but another part of me thinks that attempting to recreate it would ruin what made this adventure special.

I forgot to mention that the overall distance came to a bit over 650km in the end - it was somewhat over-distance to start with, but the diversions added up to about an extra 20km. Easily the longest 600 I've done to date!

https://www.strava.com/activities/999435356
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on May 22, 2017, 10:54:02 pm
There is one spot (descending into Salisbury) which I ride regularly where my Garmin always (100% without fail) switches off. I'm the least techie person in my universe so conclude that this must be evil spirits on that very specific street corner. But nevertheless, there's clearly a Garmin glitch that something localised and signal-related causes a shut-down.

I understand that this is a map issue.Two tiles do not join together correctly and the Garmin cannot cope. You could prove by changing map or turning off map. Alternatively you could just put up with it. My solution is to not use maps - in return I get 100% Garmin reliability, a rare beast.
No. It's just ley lines  ;)

Weird. Mine does the same at &searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf]Kirknewton (http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=391500&y=630500&z=120&sv=kirknewton&st=3&tl=Map+of+Kirknewton,+Northumberland+[City/Town/Village), or it has done the last couple of times I rode along that stretch of road, and I was blaming the military as Otterburn's not far off, but maybe it's The Mystical Powers of the Ancient Kings of Northumbria (http://www.gefrin.com/default.htm).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 28, 2017, 03:44:53 pm
Did a 200 DIY yesterday, the first of my own devising and on my own. Up to Pershore all went very well. Then I was into the wind but it wasn't too strong and there were beautiful villages and country as far as Bishop's Cleeve. It was here I made my mistake; I stopped at Cafe No 9, where I had a bowl of roasted vegetable soup. It was disgusting! Ridiculously salty and full of little horrid bits of aubergine skin. I like aubergine but these were just skin and very tough. After that I wasn't quite full so had a scone, which they served hot with clotted cream. Then I was too full and spent the next 30 miles struggling and burping. Hit the headwind on the A38 and struggled at about 12km/h. After Whitminster perked up a bit and finished relatively quickly (for me).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: bhoot on May 29, 2017, 11:34:30 am
Not today, but Saturday... A DIY which we could call the "Dunwich Daylight" - starting in east London, controlling at Haverhill, Hadleigh, Eye and then finishing in the Ship Inn at Dunwich before heading for the beach for a swim. The water was lovely, that "it's really too cold to be in here" feeling for the first five minutes and then totally comfortable. Then into the headwind (fortunately decreasing by this time) to Ipswich for pizza on the waterside and train home to London.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: alotronic on May 29, 2017, 11:50:15 am
Sunday did a 200 DIY, heavily hacking a route by wilkyboy into the chilterns from cambridge - my version started in London! The middle half as per wilkyboys route; first 25% did the LEL route out of Loughton as I hadn't ridden the first 5 k of it, despite haviong been riding out this way for 15 years... then joined route at Pukerdige for some really ride riding through gently rolling hills on a glorious day to Gravely. From here the hills got a bit stiffer and the real estate a lot more expensive all the way to Tring at 120km. Big lunch from M&S and picnic on Church lawn with a snooze in the sun. Had been riding near to a 25kph average but knew that was going to come down a lot as I was a bit tired at this point. Biggest climb of the day straight out from lunch (burp) then a series of short and sometimes nasty hauls up over the chilterns for the first hour or so,  then it evened out somewhat thankfully. Baking heat, lots of cyclists around, nice riding but getting a bit fried. My route back to hertford for a long stop at a Nero for multiple ice coffees, then onto Lee Canal which was always going to be slow on a warm sunday afternoon, and indeed it was, but nice just to amble the last 20km back.

Wilky's route: http://www.camaudax.uk/rides/cambridge-chilterns-pathfinder-200/
My hack: https://www.strava.com/activities/1010928302

Recommended for a bit of climbing in the challenging but not deadly mode, and a great scenic change for regular Essex/Cambs riders.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Chamford Sideplate on May 29, 2017, 03:20:56 pm
200km DIY by GPS yesterday from Musselburgh. The route is a sort of Merse and Moors 300 lite, missing out the southern part by cutting across to Norham from Denholm.
I met up with a mate in Eskbank and we rode up the A7 to join the Old Coach Road at Heriot. The tailwind pushed us towards black clouds in the south but these had moved off by the time we climbed up to Lindean and the sun came out for the descent into Denholm. The cafe on the corner was closed but a local cyclist pointed us to another on the other side of the village green called The Meet.
After that we enjoyed a tailwind again past Fatlips Castle and over the Merse to Kelso. Great view of Floors Castle. The road to Norham skirted huge country estates and castle ruins. We crossed into England at Norham. Our control was the Honey Farm at the Union Bridge where we watched people going on helicopter rides while we ate food served from an old double-decker bus.
Expecting a headwind we set off north but the wind was once again behind us and pushed us on past Chirnside to Preston village. We took the Whiteadder road through the Lammermuirs, passing the Whiteadder's source near Whitecastle and descending through Garvald to our East Linton control.
We'd planned a sheltered ride back to the start but the wind was once again blowing strongly from behind us so we got onto the exposed road over Gladsmuir and enjoyed a flying finish through Tranent. A 200km tailwind.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: dod on May 30, 2017, 10:27:15 pm
An overnight 320, using Wilkyboy's East Anglia Tour route starting last Saturday in Chatteris at 2:45pm (my LEL start time) and heading clockwise.

The tailwind from heaven saw me cruising through March, Swaffham and on to Norwich, with some great views across the rolling fields of green. In Framlingham by 11pm for a kebab at Zorba's (open 24 hours they told me), then discovered that the GPX file for part 2 of the ride had vanished from my Etrex 20. Spent a couple of minutes cursing the idiot who managed that, then downloaded the route from RidewithGPS onto my phone and navigated using both devices.

Ipswich at 1am on a Bank Holiday Sunday was lively, and the wind had dropped for my turn to the west. However the navigation suffered somewhat, especially in Kersey where I missed a turn and went shooting down the hill, spotting the ford at the bottom just in time. Of course I had to climb the hill at the other side before realising I had gone the wrong way, so crossed the ford again in reverse. I'm sure it's a beautiful spot in daylight, and I hope my squealing brakes didn't wake too many folk!

After my phone battery died the navigation accuracy dropped further, and I probably added around 10 miles in the section between Ipswich and Cambridge. The 24 hour garage in Girton supplied the final feed, and the last 20 miles were done on autopilot.

Finished in just under 18 hours, and it's a great route with plenty of gentle scenery that looks superb at sunset and sunrise. My first 300, with lots learned about trying the 'no sleep on the first night' method for LEL.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on June 01, 2017, 12:02:50 pm
I decided to take advantage of the pleasant weather yesterday to bag a 200km ride after work.  Im also on organisers duty Fri/sat so riding this weekend isn't possible for me.

It was my very simple and flat fallback 200, from home in Edinburgh out to Bridge of Allan and back for 120km and a second leg from home to Dirleton in east Lothian and back. 

The first bit out to BoA was tailwind assisted and I covered the 60km in 2h 15m.  Though I had put the tri bars on my audax bike too which helped.  I knew Id not get back to Edinburgh without having to eat so stopped at the cyclists favourite, corrieris in Causewayhead for a small calzone and a big drink of water. It was pretty hot and humid.

The wind dropped soon after I started on the return leg and I managed to keep good pace, using the tri bars when I was outside any 30/40 mph zones.  Training turned into audaxing when I got off the flats at Grangemouth and I took it a bit easier back to Edinburgh, though I had to keep one eye on the clock as I didn't have a front light (not deliberate, Id forgotten to fit one in my haste to get going).  I got home almost bang on 10pm so 5 hours for 122km wasn't too shabby.  I was still warm in my short sleeve top and bib shorts

I had some supper, sorted lights, arm & leg warmers and overshoes and got back under way at 2245.  the final leg wasn't particularly lumpy but isn't that fast as it goes east through central Edinburgh and a good few towns in east Lothian.  It does however have the advantage of street lights the entire way to around 10km from the turn.  The roads were quiet and it was a very still and mild evening.  I got slightly confused in Gullane where there were an array of red lights, but these were temporary crossing points for an upcoming golf tournament.  I was hoping to find a tailwind at the turn but in truth there was no wind.  after a banana from my back pocket (warm on one side, nice) I started counting down the distance to the finish. 

Musselburgh and central Edinburgh were very quiet, no revellers like you get on a Friday or Saturday.  Just a few dog walkers and folk using the last kebab shop open at Tollcross (ggod to know for future reference).

After Roseburn it became apparent to me that the shortest route to home would be a fraction under 200km so I added in a modest dog leg round the bike path by Carrick Knowe golf course to make the distance. 

My GPS showed 0230 when I went to switch it off at the house so it was job done. 

Id never ridden  200 strting at this time of day, I recall Steve A having posted a ride report of a few of these the year he did  his mega points total. 

I had a long lie until 0815 this morning and made it to work bang on 0900, having driven.    :o   

     
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: mcshroom on June 04, 2017, 12:27:08 pm
I was out on a 200km DIY yesterday afternoon. Egremont-Loweswater-Aspatria-Carlisle-Bowness on Solway-Egremont.

It was a lovely day to be out, and there were lots of cyclists out. Around the turn was'nt much fun where the cafe had closed early, then a road was shut, and then I turnedinto the strong SW wind made the return leg along the coast hard going, especially on the Allonby Coast Road. I set off a lot later than planned due to procrastinating, but riding back through Maryport and Workington down the main roads was probably nicer at 11pm than it would have been earlier on :)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4207/34245095654_86b490b494_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ub84RG)
Crummock Water

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4204/35088666685_6a035456cf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VsEA8P)
Solway Firth

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4279/34701665530_e186966de8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/USt7b7)
Sunset over the Galloway hills
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 12, 2017, 10:50:48 am
When you ride with three people in training for TCR, an Outdoor Activities teacher and a veteran of several PBPs and LELs, you end up doing your first 300 faster than you've ever done a 200. Going to be eating a lot today.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on June 19, 2017, 07:14:16 pm
Was planning to do the Fairies 200 or 300 yesterday but had to be home early for a family social event so did a DIY 200 instead, by way of testing some route variations for my 200 I'm putting on in September.

Planned to set off early to beat the heat. Woke up at 4am, but rolled over and went back to sleep... By the time I got going at just after 5.30am, it was already warm enough that I didn't need a vest.

Headed over to Herne for the official start point, made good progress on the quiet roads down to Charing and on to Biddenden. The roads start to get a bit more undulating after that, but I mostly kept up a steady pace, except for the steep bits around Bodiam and Salehurst. The long slog up to Brightling isn't too demanding if you come from Robertsbridge, so that was fine, then came the descent down to Wartling, which was fun. Then made good use of the tri-bars on the flat section across the levels to Pevensey, where I stopped at the services to replenish my empty bidons and scoff a chicken and avocado sandwich.

I'm thinking of changing the control location from Hailsham to Pevensey Services - not as many shops/cafés etc but what is there should be adequate, and it avoids going into Hailsham town centre, which is not the most bike-friendly place. And I like the alternative route too.

Next section was along the coast to Bexhill, and then continuing along the seafront through Hastings. There's a stretch of cycle path I wanted to try out between Bexhill and Hastings. It's partly good tarmac, partly that plastic netting stuff embedded in the dirt/gravel, and partly rough unsurfaced gravel trail - but only for a couple of hundred metres. However, there were signs saying it's going to be closed for a few weeks from today, so maybe they're resurfacing it. Will have to go back and check again before September.

After Hastings, it's another long uphill slog to Fairlight. Again, I was trying a route variant along the minor roads through the country park, rather than the main road out of Hastings. It's mostly good, but viciously steep in places and has another section of rough, unsurfaced trail. Personally, I don't mind that but I will provide on-road alternatives on the route sheet for the benefit of those with skinny tyres and loose fillings.

By now, it was properly hotting up and I must have lost about a litre of sweat on the climb.

The descent to Pett Level is an absolute blast, though, then it's flat all the way through Winchelsea and Rye, and along the Military Road to Appledore, so it was back on the tri-bars for most of that section.

The road through Appledore, Kenardington and Hamstreet to Smeeth is rolling but fairly easy going, except for a short but steep bit up through Aldington.

Stopped again in Brabourne to take on more liquid and an apple, which I consumed sitting on the pavement outside in the full blazing sunshine - it was now about 1.30pm, and and up into the low 30s celsius, so I didn't hang around. The climb out of Brabourne is another short but very steep one, but once you're up onto the Downs, it's a quick road to Waltham, and then a long, fast, fun section, mostly downhill to Chartham.

The railway crossing at Chartham was closed so had to hike the bike over the station footbridge - would have been a few miles detour otherwise, so was very grateful for that. From there, the climb to Chartham Hatch is a nice steady one, and then it's a horrible twisty descent through the woods to Harbledown.

After that, the route skirts round the edge of Canterbury before climbing up one last hill past the university, and then along the fast country road back to Herne.

Got back not long after 3pm, having taken a total of 9:36:33 to cover 216km, of which my moving time was ten seconds inside 9hrs, so I'd only spent just under 37 minutes stopped - which is a minor miracle, given my propensity for faffing at controls (I normally spend more like 60-90 minutes stopped on a 200), and just goes to show what you're capable of if you're against the clock. Very pleased with that.

Also very pleased with my route variations - will need to run the change of control past the powers that be, but I think it will be fine. The amended route is much nicer in several respects. I'll try to ride it again at least another couple of times before September though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on June 19, 2017, 07:28:33 pm
Did consider entering a DIY today but a forecast of 30 degrees c and humid saw me chicken out and just do an early morning short local spin.

My respect to Citoyen and anyone else who did ride a DIY in this heat. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on June 19, 2017, 07:56:53 pm
Thanks! But looking at the reports of the Three Coasts 600 this weekend, I think those riders deserve far more respect...

Respect to those doing the Fairies rides as well. I last did the Fairies 300 in 2011, when it was similar conditions, and that was pretty tough going - slogging across the vast open expanse of Romney Marsh to Dungeness in full sun and searing heat is no fun at all.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on June 20, 2017, 11:08:23 am
Did the Snow Roads 300 Perm yesterday.

Much more overcast than the weekend.
Heavy drizzle from Oyne all the way over the lumpy bits to Strathdon, well soaked.
Dried out for the rest of the ride.

Final big and normally fast descent down the North side of the Cairn o' Mount was a big disappointment.
It was awash with surface dressing for several K, and the bike was swimming around in it.
This is a steep descent, and felt dangerous at the 20kph I did it at!
My wrists were sore from working the brakes so hard for so long.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1807497776

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jelhinks on June 20, 2017, 08:15:58 pm

After spending the weekend at the Fairies Flat Audaxes
Paul aka Cold Snail organizing and me making tea and coffee'
We decided to do a gentle 200k today.
We thought starting at midnight might be fun.
I managed 2 hours sleep and Paul had five minutes in an armchair.
Midnight found us at Tonbridge
Was perfect cycling , warmish and no cars
We stopped for a snack in Appledore at about 50k
Rye ,Camber and  Dungeoness flew by without any problems
75 miles in we found the first open shop and had sandwiches and drinks
Another ten miles and I was nodding off on the bike..
A coffee each and red bull for me from the garage at Brenzhet and we had a nap on the edge of the forecourt'
Most pleasant  it was too.
Bethesden , Headcorn and Staplehurst passed without incident
Paddock Wood and a very smokey car passed us . A while later the lady driver had stopped by the side of the road.
We helped as best we could, she had no mobile so she used mine to get her breakdown service to the rescue
Next stop Five Oak Green for more snacks then back to Tonbridge
By the end it was properly hot and we'd covered 211 km







Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on June 21, 2017, 12:40:28 am
Another very hot one - a mandatory DIY 200 from centre of London to Marlow and Henley with 4 climbs up from the river towards the Ridgeway. I set off at 1400 which meant I got the worst of the rush hour madness in the hills. Roads that were previously quiet for me flipped to aggressive commuter rat runs. I came across one head-on collision on a single track road. Long skid marks from each car so thankfully no injuries.

It was very very hot until about 1900 but luckily there was quite a bit of shade about. The countryside was beautiful but I was too hot'n'bothered to take a picture.

I consumed 8 litres of fluid and could have had another bottle. I've no idea how folk completed 600 at the weekend.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on June 24, 2017, 10:43:42 pm
Id entered the National 400 but a post holiday illness and inability to travel far from home meant I changed plans and did a DIY 300km. 

Starting from Edinburgh at 8pm I first headed west to Callander, 80km into a very strong headwind.  I then turned and went to Perth via Dunblane and Auchterarder.  I reached Perth (150km) at 4am and it hadnt really got dark at all during the night, just a bit gloomy from around 11.30pm - 2am.  Id had a few very small showers but not enough to require anything more than my gilet. 

I left Perth at 6am, buyoed by a SW wind which helped me through Forfar Montrose to my penultimate stop at Edzell where I had an al fresco lunch and briefly cycled with a couple from Stoney.

The final stretch from Auchenblae to Stonehaven is one of my favourite roads and I enjoyed counting down the kms.  I arrived in Stoney at 1400 and managed to get a train to Edinburgh almost immediately.

Warm day and Im glad I didnt try a longer ride as I am still suffering the effects of an illness a few weeks ago. 

Very enjoyable to be out at night when the nights are so short, its a special feeling.   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on July 10, 2017, 12:31:38 pm
i took advantage of the warm weather to bag a 600 and subject to validation, my 13th consecutive SR.  :P

Leg 1 of 350km was darlo - malton - Beverley - Epsworth - York - Ripon - Darlo

Leg 2 of 250km was a Darlo - Thirsk - Stamford Bridge - escrick - Boroughbridge - Darlo. 

Busy and hot on Saturday, my lack of detailed local knowledge had me on busier roads than might have been the case, the busy B road from Malton - Beverley in parrticular had no other cyclists. 

I was glad that the heat subsided about 6pm and it became a lovely evening pootle, enhanced by a beautiful sunset from the top of  Hutton Bank just after Ripon.   

Local yoof tried a ride on my bike at leeming services c 2300, until threatened him with physical violence (Scottish accent always helps in this regard).  By Sunday afternoon, part of me was wishing hed ridden off on it!

back to Darlo by 0100 up at 0430 and away on Sunday by 5am. 

Long slow day, wish I had a £1 for every sign that said "York 10 miles" - also when circumnavigating the bits on main roads A64, A166, A1079 that look like staggered crossroads online are in fact longer (and I didn't much like turning right off them with their buys traffic).

Part of my route on Sunday seemed to direct me to a bridle way near Pilmoor which had me wishing Id just ridden the A19 as I ended up adding about 12km.   I was stopping every hour or so to fill up with water and to just cool down, I saw slathered in sun cream so had my very own bug collection on legs and arms, im sure I was a sight. 

Once I got to York I knew I could get back to the finish on memory, and I stopped in Boroughbridge for a big feed.  Chocolate eclairs (the cream variety) always seem to hit the spot for me on a long ride.

almost got taken out by a woman driving on her mobile phone with about 10k to go, we exchanged pleasantries. 

Finished at 1900, so 37 hrs all in, 3 edit - sorry - 5 hours in hand for the DIY limit of 42. 

My body is in decent nick given the circumstances but Ive noticed my right foot a little numb which im putting down to the poor road surfaces, of which there were many. 

ive done 600s as early as easter and as late as September, this felt like just about the right time to do one,  I felt great on Saturday night approaching the sleep stop but I was woken up with cramp during the  night which set the scene for a sluggish sunday. 

Anyhow, job done and i even managed a couple of very nice pints of Northallerton Dark in the Quakerhouse before the train back home to civilisation.

On my ride to the railway station I was amazed to see that darlington actually has driving instructors.    :D

Work today....not firing on all cylinders...and a stinky kit bag waiting for me at home..... :sick:



   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonBuoy on July 10, 2017, 05:04:45 pm
At the last minute I arranged to visit a friend over the weekend on the north east end of the Quantocks.  The forecast looked pretty reasonable and she seemed keen to have a go at a 200k on Saturday.  I love planning DIY's but not knowing the area and not having much time I looked at Ian H's site for inspiration.  I ended up 'stealing' bits from 'Mad March Coasts and Quantocks' and from 'Valley of the Rocks' and splicing them together with my own bits.  An advisory DIYxGPS was put in on Saturday morning for Holford - Sampford Peverell - Lynmouth -  Combe Martin - South Molton - Holford.  This looked a bit hilly but hills are good for you aren't they?

After the usual pre-ride faffing we set off just after 0800.  It was overcast but not too cool and the lovely climb to Dead Woman's Ditch soon had us up to working temperature.  The descent into Crowcombe was a bit worrying as my brakes seemed to be barely slowing me at one point.  The braking performance that I am more than happy with around Leicestershire was found sadly lacking for the hills of Somerset and later Devon.  I vowed that I would be careful not to let the speed get too fast on the really steep stuff no matter how good the sight lines, road surface etc.

We headed southwest away from the Quantocks towards the Vale of Taunton Deane (apparently) and the countryside became pleasantly crinkly with little lanes and picturesque villages.  I couldn't remember quite where the borrowed route finished and my bit started but at some point after Milverton we ended up on a narrow track with a dodgy surface and I knew that this was my bit!  On the OS map this was the most direct route to Sampford Peverill and just had to be done as it had a ford at the end of it.  OK so the Streetview man had decided not to go down it but when he drove past the other end you could definitely see that there was a footbridge for if the water was too deep.  The track itself was passable with care and although we managed to avoid the footbridge we rejoined 'proper' roads at Lutley Bridge where we had to stop for a 'lets pretend we just rode through the ford' photo.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4290/35451395040_edaf470a7d_z.jpg)

This also put us on NCN3 which took us to the first control via a decent section of canal towpath where we herded flocks of small birds through the reeds.

We turned north and followed the Lowman Valley to Bampton where the bakers caught our eye.  We bought a snack then headed off up the hill to enjoy the view while we ate it.  The hills were getting larger again and began in earnest after Dulverton.  Eventually the manicured grass fields with sheep and cattle changed to proper moorland with heather, bracken and even the occasional pony.

After the previous braking problems the descent into Lynmouth was taken with care.  To be honest I didn't really enjoy this part of the ride as I was worried about the brakes and the road surface also needed watching in places.  The climb to Lynton was a bit of a shock - it tested my legs, my lungs, my shoulders and the new rear hub.  We stopped for lunch outside the town hall and watched the world go by for a while.  I was trying to work out what time I had to finish in order to get the ride validated.  It didn't look too promising but I wasn't massively bothered (honest).  I thought that I had heard that the 14.3kph could be relaxed for particularly hilly rides but wasn't sure by how much or whether I had imagined the whole thing.

The Valley of the Rocks was pretty spectacular but a bit too busy and manicured.  The lovely lanes and fantastic views along the next 15k to Combe Martin almost took our minds off the climbs.  I wasn't sure how far down into Combe Martin I had to go to be controlled and the welcome sign at the very top of the hill felt like a bit of a cheat.  I passed a church and a chippy then noticed that I was on High Street but finally turned round when I got to the library.

My riding partner was struggling with a bad back so to avoid unnecessary climbing hadn't bothered descending into the town and had headed off along the A399 for the last control at South Moulton.  As usual it took me longer to catch her than expected but we then made decent progress along the gentler inclines of the A-road.  The time was approaching 1800 and there was a fair amount of traffic but it was mostly very well behaved.  Another refuel in the centre of South Moulton and we had about 65k left to go and just under 4 hours to do it.  This wouldn't sound too bad normally but my route now took us back across Exmoor with (I later discovered) some gratuitous climbs.  The legs were now getting tired and the back was more of a problem on the climbs requiring frequent dying fly impersonations on the grass verges to straighten it out.  I was encouraged to bugger off to try to finish in time but declined.  At least the descents were kinder and you could generally let the bike run rather than hanging on the brakes.

Back to the relatively flat lands and we decided to stick to the A39 rather than follow the planned route through Watchet as the nav was easy, the surface was good and, as it was after 2100, the traffic was now light.  With 15k including two allegedly 'massive' hills to go and about 45 minutes before cutoff time I finally agreed to bugger off up the road and finished with about 10 minutes to spare (I think).  I then pedalled back along the road and we finished again about bang on time  :)

This was a (mostly) lovely route in a new area for me.  It was a great day out on the bike with good company but with just less than 4000m of climbing it was jolly hard work !


ETA:  Now validated and I didn't imagine the relaxation of speeds for AAA rides.  Also passed to AAA man who reckons 4250m of climbing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on July 10, 2017, 05:09:18 pm

On my ride to the railway station I was amazed to see that darlington actually has driving instructors.    :D
 

Who do you think causes all the problems? :)

(The only time I've been told to get on the cyclepath in Darlo, it was a driving instructor telling me)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 10, 2017, 05:23:20 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4290/35451395040_edaf470a7d_z.jpg)
That looks more like a "river bed used as road" than a ford!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonBuoy on July 10, 2017, 09:08:08 pm
I guess that the clue was in the name.


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4278/35034096573_e5c51b1479_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on July 18, 2017, 10:37:14 am
I took advantage of yesterdays warm weather to bag a 200.  I managed to finish work sharp and was under way from home in the west of Edinburgh just before 1700.  I was heading for Bridge of Allan and decided to go via the FRB and north of the Forth for a change.  Despite the westerly wind I made good time through Culross ("Coo-russ"), Clackmannan and Alloa reaching Brdge of Allan (60km) just after 1915. 

After a quick banana from my pocket I set off on the return. I should have been faster, but wasn't and stopped for a sandwich and coffee at Bowtrees and was sufficiently refreshed to feel better on the return to home where I arrived just after 2200.  120km in 5 hrs, not bad. 

A big bowl of pasta leftovers, arm and legwarmers and reflective gilet on and I was away just before 2245.  Glorious "simmer dim" kind of night, front light really only required to help other road users and the view was clear over to Kinghorn in Fife. 

All but the last 15km east to Dirleton has streetlights so when I reached the "dark" stretch I knew that the turn was close.  I stopped in Aberlady to pop the radio on for the midnight news.

Another pocket based banana at Dirleton and the return into a very light headwind for the final 40km home.  A Monday night meant it was quiet with not too many revellers to cause distraction which helped swift progress.  I decided to go for the tourist finish, up on to Princes Strreet with loads of space as the trams stop running about 2330.  Lots of folk milling about Princes Street as it was such a fine night including a guy painting near castle Street.

There has to be one place that opns late and the ratpack at the West End looked like it was just turning out about 0130.  I gave the pavement a wide berth and didn't freewheel in order not to give any idiots advance warning. 

A quick jink past Haymarket Station, past the back of Murrayfield Stadium and Carrick Knowe golf course and I was home at 0215.  One of my quickest 200s in a while helped by exceptionally benign conditions.

I had to drag myself out the house at 120km but once under way on the last bit I didn't regret it. 

Long lie this morning and dialled into my 0900 meeting from home

5km commute to work was draggy, I will need to get out at lunchtime and spin the legs.         

   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on July 20, 2017, 09:20:20 am
There is one spot (descending into Salisbury) which I ride regularly where my Garmin always (100% without fail) switches off. I'm the least techie person in my universe so conclude that this must be evil spirits on that very specific street corner. But nevertheless, there's clearly a Garmin glitch that something localised and signal-related causes a shut-down.

I understand that this is a map issue.Two tiles do not join together correctly and the Garmin cannot cope. You could prove by changing map or turning off map. Alternatively you could just put up with it. My solution is to not use maps - in return I get 100% Garmin reliability, a rare beast.
No. It's just ley lines  ;)

Weird. Mine does the same at &searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf]Kirknewton (http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=391500&y=630500&z=120&sv=kirknewton&st=3&tl=Map+of+Kirknewton,+Northumberland+[City/Town/Village), or it has done the last couple of times I rode along that stretch of road, and I was blaming the military as Otterburn's not far off, but maybe it's The Mystical Powers of the Ancient Kings of Northumbria (http://www.gefrin.com/default.htm).

The previous couple of times I've been through Kirknewton my eTrex switched itself off. On the Border Raid this weekend I was waiting for this to happen, but it stayed on! Maybe the map (OSM) has been fixed?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on July 26, 2017, 11:17:58 am
A Solo 600km DIY Audax by GPS

Day 1 started at 0440, the sky was grey and it was quite chilly with a northerly wind. I was joined on the Deeside Line by a fox, the first wildlife encounter of the ride. A second breakfast of a bacon and egg roll was taken at Bean for Coffee in Ballater. By this time the sun had come out and suncream was applied. After Ballater the scenery was fantastic, good views of Lochnagar and the mountains around Braemar. The ascent up the Cairnwell was aided by a tailie (!) and it was very warm. The descent was fast (84 kph max), but I got a rather scary speed wobble at the bottom of the steep section which fortunately didn't last very long. I stopped at Kirkmichael for a cold Irn Bru and some clothing removal. The ascent of Moulin Moor was it's usual draggy-self with a red squirrel spotted scrabbling at the side of the road just after Kirkmichael. Lunch was taken at the Moulin Hotel in Pitlochry with a Moulin Light for isotonic purposes. The next section to Kinloch Rannoch was lumpy with great views of Loch Tummel to Schiehallion. I passed the infamous Noodley corner and encountered another red squirrel on they way. Then it was up the Schiehallion road and a nice long descent to Aberfeldy. I grovelled up Bealach na Craig, but enjoyed the long, gentle descent to Dunkeld. From there the road rolled to the secret control at Eck's in Kirriemuir. He kindly plied me with beer (non-alcoholic) and toast, we talked about LEL and stuff and I prepared myself for the night section. This last 100km or so was a bit chilly and slow and it started raining just before Stonehaven. There were hares and bats to help me on my way and I was glad to get into bed at about 0130. Mrs P said zzz and I set my alarm for 0530.

Day 2, the alarm didn't go off and I didn't leave the house until after 7. Later on I felt glad I had the extra hour's sleep! The weather was damp and dreich with the occasional shower thrown in and another northerly wind - waterproofs on. I stopped at Fraserburgh for a sandwich accopanied by a hopeful herring gull. The waterproofs stayed on until I got to Portsoy for lunch. The run to Rhynie was aided by a tail wind and an occasional glimpse of sushine. Then it was a 'reverse Snow Roads' to Chapel of Garioch and what seemed like an interminable rolling road back home. Day 2 was real slog. Mrs P provided sustenance and Belgian isotonics and the I was ready for bed.

My first solo 600 done subject to validation, ect, ect. Many thanks to Eck for the secret control and Mrs P for looking after me at the arrivée :)

Here's the route: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/16362093

Lochnagar:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/35783404290_da78acc5b0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ww4iqo)
IMG_9025_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Ww4iqo) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr

Schiehallion (no sunrise):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4320/36174227935_740b129e72_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/X7AnF6)
IMG_9030_01 (https://flic.kr/p/X7AnF6) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: hillbilly on July 26, 2017, 11:24:14 am
Well done on your first solo 600 Pingu.  Looks a lovely route, if a little bit on the hard side, taking in some of my favourite roads.  I didn't see mention of Comrie - I'm surprised Eck let you get away with avoiding it  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on July 26, 2017, 11:26:10 am
Wonderful. Severe attack of nostalgia now in progress!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Kev Sp8 on July 27, 2017, 03:14:16 am
My riding buddy, Gaz and I did the Cheddar Gorge 300 perm on Sunday, starting in Marlborough. We agreed to meet at 0500 to start and in a rush of blood to the head, I decided to extend it slightly by riding over from Lacock, leaving the house at 0345 in thick fog, which played havoc with my vision as my specs were covered in droplets.

Our first control was Bradford on Avon, where the papershop had just opened in time for a yoghurt and choccie bars, then onwards to Wells. This section was quite tough with loads of short, steep climbs on nadgery lanes in the Avon valley. Descents were cautious affairs with blind bends and gravel aplenty!

Arrived at Wells shortly before 9am and grabbed one of the sofas in Costa for breakfast rolls and coffee/hot choc with all the trimmings. Just as we headed out for the next leg, the heavens properly opened (rain was forecast from 1300 for a few hours, so this was a bit gutting!) and we donned jackets for a soggy schlep to Cheddar.

Not wanting to stay static and get cold, we controlled at a pound shop just off the bottom of the Gorge road. Unfortunately the receipt didn't give full location details, so we took a quick snap outside the showcave as backup evidence. One of my other passions is caving. Seeing the amount of water running down the gorge made me think of some of my favorite subterranean haunts which would be very much off limits to all except those with gills! (There are however, many caves where the extra water would've just upped the fun factor!)

The rain cleared as we crested the Gorge and as we began our descent off the Mendips towards Chew lake, we cheekily stopped in a driveway for a quick snap of the epic view. The resident turned out to be a lovely bloke called Nigel who is also an AUK member, so we ended up chatting about all things Audax for a while before heading off to the next control at Wick. This was another quite challenging section, negotiating flooded roads and lots of hills. We enjoyed a wonderful bit of cycle track alongside the Avon Valley Steam Railway and were fortunate to see a running engine near Bitton.

We controlled at a garage on the A420 at Wick, devouring a veritable feast of sarnies, crisps, yoghurts and milkshakes. We even found an outside tap round the back of the building for a freebie bottle refill. Sadly, within minutes of setting off, a single clap of thunder signalled the start of a biblical downpour that lasted a good 20 minutes and soaked us to the skin. Still, we pushed on towards Cirencester, enjoying some faster miles on the flat alongside the M4. Shortly after Malmesbury, Gaz ground almost to a halt with a pretty severe case of the knock. With teeth firmly gritted, we got to Cirencester at about 5pm, finding to our surprise a brilliant cafe still serving cake which we gorged upon!

Next stop, Witney, and we dialled back the pace a bit and made steady progress on the now flat route. A bit of a walk down memory lane for me, as we rode past the gates of RAF Brize Norton (Gaz is still serving, I left in 2015), then controlled at the busiest garage in the world, queuing for about 15 minutes for another calorie fest.

Witney to Lambourn was the turn for home and into a slight headwind. This was my favourite section of the whole day. To my great surprise, I felt really strong on the climbs up onto the downs near Uffington and the views were spectacular in the now glorious evening weather. My only issue was a sore arse, but to be fair I was on a new saddle (Brooks C15 carved), I'd neglected to bring chamois cream and I'd been in wet clothes for the best part of 15 hours. We controlled at a cashpoint in Lambourn, eating the last of the rations we had on us rather than buying anything else.

Lambourn to Marlborough took us straight past my (future) in-laws house in Mildenhall, which gave me the idea of asking for a lift back to Lacock, rather than riding as I'd originally planned. Yeah yeah, I know I'm a wimp, but I had a caving trip planned the following day and wanted the extra hour's kip! Dave (father-in-law in waiting), kindly agreed and met us in Marlborough high street after collecting the final cash point slip of the day.

This is a brilliant ride, with the bonus of 1.75 AAA points. The terrain is really varied, with some really poorly surfaced, technical lanes, cycle paths and everything in between. it goes without saying that the views on the Mendips and Lambourn downs are worth the effort and there are tons of really interesting control options; we chose some pretty dull ones in fairness and I'd plan this better if I did the ride again.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2017, 08:07:54 pm
While some are wimping it up with meals waiting at every control on a mere 1400km and others are swanning over Europe, IanN otp and I decide to ride a 200 over the Somerset Levels and then back up over some decidedly unlevels. Down over Kenn Moor to Yatton then along the Strawberry Line, except it was closed in two separate places. The official diversion was a muddy track so found a longer way round on roads. First control at Sweets near Wedmore, which I've often ridden past but didn't realise it was a cafe! Well, it's evidently a cyclist haven, with long lines of bikes outside and only two of the many customers inside were not gimped up wheelies! Then some nice laney bits over to Castle Cary, through Wincanton and over a couple of hills.Somewhere or other we stopped to degunk my back mudguard, true by wheel and straighten my brake blocks. Nothing wrong apart from that! By now it had started to rain, and then to rain heavily, so we decided a hot, nutritious break was called for. We spent an age looking for the Red Lion in Kilmingdon, but despite both of us having visited it before, we could not find it. We only managed to gain zero distance and put ourselves up against the time limit! So we carried on and a little later we spotted a pub. A different pub in a different village, but it was open. We went in to the Seymour Arms in Witham Friary and entered a time warp. Small bar, or should I say counter, directly in front of the door. Small rooms either side. Dart board. No visible signs of anything else, though I believe there was electricity. No food, but we got a packet of crisps and the landlord made us cups of tea, which we drank while chatting to a friendly extended family from Shropshire, Plymouth and Essex, celebrating granny's 81st birthday.  :thumbsup: Not quite sure how they ended up there.

Despite friendly family's conviction that we'd never get back to Bristol on a packet of crisps and a cup of tea, we did. It got rather hilly though, with the downs being as testing in the wet as the ups. Through Wellow into Bath and a final bash along the rly pth. Made it, taking full value to its limits!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on August 10, 2017, 10:28:35 pm
A DIY by GPS to Lossiemouth and Braemar. Both days were quite well ventilated. The first day was a slog to Findhorn followed by a taillie over the scenic section to Aboyne. The second day had a welcome taillie back home from Braemar. The second day was quite warm :-) Spotted loadsa buzzards, roe deer, dead badgers, hares (one really close on the road) and an osprey.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/16776645

I'm starting to get a bit twitchy about validation for my previous DIY by GPS as it hasn't appeared in the results on the AUK website yet  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jsabine on August 11, 2017, 01:15:49 am
I'm starting to get a bit twitchy about validation for my previous DIY by GPS as it hasn't appeared in the results on the AUK website yet  :-\

I believe your friendly local DIY organiser may have been otherwise engaged recently, ensuring that everything was in hand to welcome 1400 waifs and strays from THAT LONDON, and then send them on their way.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on August 11, 2017, 09:54:14 am
I'm starting to get a bit twitchy about validation for my previous DIY by GPS as it hasn't appeared in the results on the AUK website yet  :-\

I believe your friendly local DIY organiser may have been otherwise engaged recently, ensuring that everything was in hand to welcome 1400 waifs and strays from THAT LONDON, and then send them on their way.

 :) Indeed. It's like waiting for an eagerly-anticipated parcel, thobut.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cyclops on August 11, 2017, 12:06:04 pm
I'm starting to get a bit twitchy about validation for my previous DIY by GPS as it hasn't appeared in the results on the AUK website yet  :-\

I believe your friendly local DIY organiser may have been otherwise engaged recently, ensuring that everything was in hand to welcome 1400 waifs and strays from THAT LONDON, and then send them on their way.

 :) Indeed. It's like waiting for an eagerly-anticipated parcel, thobut.
I'm not sending you a f*cking present as well!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on August 11, 2017, 10:36:04 pm
I'm starting to get a bit twitchy about validation for my previous DIY by GPS as it hasn't appeared in the results on the AUK website yet  :-\

I believe your friendly local DIY organiser may have been otherwise engaged recently, ensuring that everything was in hand to welcome 1400 waifs and strays from THAT LONDON, and then send them on their way.

 :) Indeed. It's like waiting for an eagerly-anticipated parcel, thobut.
I'm not sending you a f*cking present as well!

Arf  ;D It would be like getting Haribo from Wiggle  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: αdαmsκι on August 11, 2017, 10:50:59 pm
Yatton then along the Strawberry Line, except it was closed in two separate places. The official diversion was a muddy track so found a longer way round on roads.
Don't I know it. I used the Strawberry Line yesterday on  my LEJoG and followed the diversion, which was a mistake especially as I'm essentially riding a road bike with a Carradice. I wasn't amused.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: rob on August 12, 2017, 07:34:34 am
300k DIY perm around the edges of Norfolk yesterday.

Norwich-Acle-Cromer-Hunstanton-Ely-Newmarket-Diss-Norwich

Beautiful sunny day all day with a bit of a headwind in the fens (isn't it always).   Forgot how much I love the road along the North Norfolk coast.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2017, 03:04:13 pm
Report here. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=61324.msg2198039#msg2198039)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: IanN on August 13, 2017, 04:16:24 pm
Report here. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=61324.msg2198039#msg2198039)
I don't know why I bother...

I've been concocting a few routes based on a tour of Abbeys (ruined or otherwise) since Graeme did his Easter arrow as pilgrimage last year. This one went via Glastonbury Abbey, Sherborne Abbey, Cerne Abbey, Milton Abbey (now a school), over the new forest to Romsey Abbey, nearby Mottisfont Abbey and via Bath Abbey back to Bristol. Took in Wells and Salisbury cathedrals for good measure. For the most part on nice lanes and NCN routes. I had a somewhat flatter version but Cudzo insisted on going to Cerne Abbas.

The desolate 11pm Warminster Spar shop visit was very welcome as I was down to my last Nine Bar and Bath was 30km away. Amazing how you can sink 1100 calories and scarcely notice.

A little over 325 km for a double century in about 20 hours. As a DIY, we technically had time in hand. Should have slowed down!

(Thanks to TonyH our marvellous SW+Wales perm org for enabling all this nonsense)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2017, 06:10:22 pm
 ;D Sometimes I'll do words, sentences, paragraphs, make a ride into a story. But you've got to keep the readers hungry (for words, not pasta from Spar).

More report. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=104509.msg2198032#msg2198032)

Never lose sight of the glamour.  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 18, 2017, 03:50:22 pm
Audax is a wonderfully clean and healthy branch of cycling. We don't have the drug scandals of road racing. Besides, we know where those drug cheats end up, don't we? They end up at the foot of the Malverns.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4429/36603036916_16db9c2cf0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLu8Do)

And we don't have those long, boozy lunches favoured by the CTC, either. And where do those drinkers end up? That's right, they end up a bit nearer Tewkesbury:
http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=382220&Y=230435&A=Y&Z=120

What on earth is there to do after drink and drugs? Stop at a pub, of course! The Red Lion at the bottom of Wainlode Hill. Not for anything as vulgar as alcohol. No, this was to obtain my drug of choice: a mug of black tea! And a sandwich, which came with a delicious, refreshing salad and a plate of chips. Maybe chips at the bottom of Wainlode Hill weren't such a wise idea... but sensible gearing makes all hills ridable. All hail the 32 sprocket, the great enabler! It deludes portly middle-aged gentlemen (not me, I've no illusions of being a gentleman) that they are athletes. Or could be, if only they really wanted. Maybe next year...

Those chips were nicely digested by the time I got to the big hill, Birdlip Hill, which proved hot and fumy thanks to busy traffic. It's at least 20 years since it ceased to be a main road and got bypassed by the "new" A417, where is all this traffic going? So at the top of that I really needed some drink and drugs, and probably looked as if I'd had both. Instead, I found something more heartily sustaining:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4342/36477012362_e53de75f3a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XzmdWf)

Presumably it's a house or farm, but maybe it's an event. Plum Pudding Festival? Pudstock?

On through little windy lanes near Miserden, where I got a little fed up of being forced to stop while winding uphill on single-track lanes because oncoming drivers couldn't control their cars, panicked, and skidded into the banks. Then on towards Tetbury on high, broad Cotswold hills, through fields of corn with dry stone walls and the occasional small wood. Just outside Tetbury I saw a gentleman (neither middle aged nor portly) riding an old-fashioned black roadster, rod brakes and big dynamo headlight. In a city he'd have had a big, square beard and displayed tattooed biceps, but this being Tetbury, he was dressed in tweed with a leather satchel, like a 1950s schoolboy's bag, over his shoulder. A gamekeeper, perhaps. Or had the revolution started while I was lost in the drink and drugs (or climbing Birdlip Hill, similar feeling) and rural estate agents had forsaken their SUVs and sharp suits in favour of bicycles and hard-wearing, practical outdoor clothing? Tetbury itself displayed neither blood nor pitchforks nor heads on stakes, so probably not, but I didn't stop, just in case.

Weatherbagel had promised me a warm, dry though overcast ride, but there were large black clouds on the horizon coming my way. It started drizzling, the temperature fell. I stopped under a tree by that pottery near the sign to Westonbirt (you know, surely? No, I can't remember its name and I've never seen any pots there but there's a triangle of trees at a junction of two lanes, all quite idyllic... or did I hallucinate that?) to put my waterproof on. And then I rode on and got home.

Oh, looks like I've been doing words again.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 20, 2017, 11:06:56 pm
Today, an experiment - 200 km using as many of the converted railway lines in Durham as possible for a mainly traffic-free ride (and we have a lot).

(click to show/hide)

It nearly worked. It should have been a lovely ride. Aidan was excellent company, and we nipped back to his place so he could let the dogs out. I also chucked in the cyclepaths along the Tees, with its fabulous bridges and astonishing industrial architecture. A trip through Saltholme Nature Reserve theoretically saved us from the schlep along the A178, but I kinda like that bit across Dormans Pond. Poolie was a good laugh, and I stuck two fingers up at the opposition when we passed Victoria Park.

But the problem with the railway paths is that they're all in cuttings. It was more-or-less a day of riding through tree tunnels.

Aidan finally took me to Pedalling Squares in Blaydon, though, which is a great cyclists' cafe transposed from Hoxton to Swalwell, and I loved the switch from riding on roads and watching for traffic to riding on shared use paths, slowing for pedestrians and smiling and waving at them all, sharing a joke, stopping to pet friendly dogs and all the other stuff that you do on shared use paths. There's a great route in there, but I'll need to work on it a bit.

BUT we did visit the Tom Simpson memorial in Haswell, which I've been meaning to do for aaages.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4335/36699336395_4ed84abe57_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XUZG8e)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Peter on August 22, 2017, 04:28:09 am
This is the sort of thing I've been doing over here in exile, Dean.  I've managed to test 3 200s, using old railways but especially canals.  The ones with the railways in are quicker (though you have to work to bring them in on time) but I agree about tree tunnels.  The views on the canals are better!  How long did yours take (yes, I know there's an age difference!)?

Peter
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on August 22, 2017, 01:51:21 pm
I reckon it would've been better if we'd have included the Waskerley Way up to Parkhead.

12 hours overall and 9 hours moving, so it wasn't quick. But there was a ferry in there as well.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Dave_C on August 22, 2017, 03:48:52 pm
Sunday, me and a friend rode a DIY 400 from my house in West Fife. The weather was fantastic, no wind, warm and dry. But oh I am so unfit, and I've developed a painful achillies tendon injury. It started off on a 300 in May on the right, so I rested but now its back in both. I've tried resting it but it didn't help.

Anyway, 26 hours later we arrived back home, tired and hungry. The overnight was a lot colder than the forcast, and a couple of bouts of the dozies were a nightmare!

Dave C

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4356/36688744826_1d2a050ffe_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XU4pBY)IMG_20170820_111125 (https://flic.kr/p/XU4pBY) by David Crampton (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135765095@N06/), on Flickr

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: nolongertries on August 29, 2017, 09:28:14 pm
Cool pics!

Today saw me complete Iddu's EWE Baa or WEWTTTL* as I'll now know it. It was a slow day awheel as I'm not fully recovered from the lurg that caused me to miss Rondom Luxembourg 1,000 earlier this month.

As a London-dweller the route to Caversham was excellent - snarly drivers, busy roads, diesel fumes and plenty of rubbish about. The route to and from Lambourne was so weird - eerily quiet, polite drivers, great views. I couldn't wait to get back to Caversham for the comfort of the rush-hour**.

Actually, the country section was so beautiful I may have to try one of Iddu's calendar events.

*WestEastWest to that there Lambourne
** I may have this the wrong way around
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on September 03, 2017, 09:39:18 pm
[Mr Evans] our new 400 route -  4 of us rode on Saturday, we think it’s a good’un. Hope you do too, thanks![/Mr Evans]

Well, I'll be the Judge of that.  I needed(*) a 400 for the SR, so decided to check out proposed route of his Dauntsey Dawdle (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19400260)

I decided to start/finish from Lechlade, so had a evening kip at the office, for a midnight start, meaning that apart from the hump over Howe Hill to Henley, most of the ride into THAT LONDON was easy peasey.

The urban section seemed to be much less urban that that of the EWE Baaa - quite pleasant tracking in/out alongside the river bank.

But OMG - once you're out the sprawl - the lanes, the lanes...pre-online, he'd have spent a week peering at maps to find some of those.

A fabulous set of swoopy whoopy rises that goes on for miles and miles.  I'd almost class it 100% FRF (fixed/recumbent friendly), but then he marred it by throwing in Bexley Hill, and 2Km of skoggy lane Shawn S would be proud of.  But once past such it was back to more of the same glorious riding...

If you get a chance to enter the Calendar event, and the day is anything like yesterday was, you'll have a fabulous time.

P.

(*) FFS you dick - if you're DIY'ing by GPX, make sure the tracklog is on :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on September 11, 2017, 06:08:34 pm
Pingu and I have just DNFd a local 600 DIY after about 190k of foul weather.

It basically pissed down all day, with only brief respite.
As the day went on it got heavier and heavier.
The roads became rivers, with large flooded sections and gravel was washing onto the roads.
Then the wind began to pick up from a niggly headwind to a full scale storm.

We'd both become so cold that it was sapping our strength by about 2pm, and the prospect of the night section of the ride which would take us over high ground in the Cairngorms seemed unwise given our current state.  There was no likelihood of us drying out and warming up before then; the weather was pretty set.

So we bailed out to Elgin, which has a station, and got a train back to Aberdeen with our tails between our legs.
Much like the shivering pooch we saw being towelled down outside a car on the last stretch.

But we atent ded yet, and live to ride another day :-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: bhoot on September 12, 2017, 08:03:56 am
Well it was actually quite a few days ago but I mislaid my notes. However I enjoy reading other people's ride descriptions (and sometimes getting useful ideas from them) so I am going to post it late anyway.

The real Deal DIY...

We decided it would make a change to head for Kent from East London – all our DIYs so far have been mostly about Essex with a fair amount of Suffolk thrown in and the occasional foray into Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

The route took us south across the North Downs and the Greensand ridge to Edenbridge which appeared to be a suitable control point for us “luddites” relying on receipts. This is a reasonably uphill start reaching the highest point of the whole ride just past Biggin Hill (245m), before descending to Westerham and then ascending again. An 05.45 start at Greenwich on Bank Holiday Sunday meant we could stick to main roads without too much discomfort.  Edenbridge did indeed tick the control boxes with a Tesco Express with cash point. In fact it ticked them more than once as Fhoot (actually on his Moulton not the front of the tandem this ride) forgot his receipt so we had to return for another (an extra mile or two and probably 15 minutes).

The next section was almost due east, sneakily following the railway line to Ashford fairly closely and so pretty much flat. We had some mild COR on the approach to Tonbridge and then mostly quiet lanes through to Headcorn. This was needed as a control point to get Mr Google Walk to comply with our desired route, and also provided a late breakfast opportunity in Costas. Ashford and a rapid visit to the International station café followed soon (this is a very useful facility – you can take your bike into the station, there are free toilets, and a cafe should you need refreshment – on the south side, opposite the normal domestic station entrance). Then we headed south to Appledore (yet another control  - too  many really but that was a function of steering the route along the flatlands between the North Downs and the Weald) – the village shop here performed admirably with good receipts and OK sandwiches.

On then to Dungeness, immediately after leaving Appledore the scenery changed to the Romney Marshes, and we passed the little church at Fairfield (http://theromneymarsh.net/stthomas) on our way to Lydd. After that another scenery change to shingle and at last some welcoming cool breeze coming from the sea. We headed for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway café next to the old lighthouse, to find it had been completely rebuilt since our last visit on the Hop Garden in 2014.  By coincidence, fellow ACH DIY-er Joss arrived too so we swapped notes about our rides.

Our last leg was to the finish at Deal, no more controls needed as the geography of the coast sends Mr Google Walk around the edge here. However we did have to contend with busy seaside promenades and then two major ascents for us flatlanders. It’s a 170m climb out of Folkestone – depressingly you can see the street light that you are heading for way up on the top of the cliffs – and then a bit less out of Dover. We managed to save significant time between the first summit and Dover by not following the NCN (is there ever an occasion when this is not true?), instead using a good B road with just the right continual gradient to not have to brake but hardly have to pedal either.  We had felt very up against the clock on this ride (too many stops, the return to Edenbridge, me being slow especially up hills etc) and it wasn’t until Dover that we felt able to relax a little and chill out eating ice creams. The descent from St Margaret's at Cliffe back to the coast down the delightfully named “Otty Bottom” surpassed my expectations. It’s been resurfaced along a lot of the length since I last rode it, so the last few miles into Deal was very enjoyable. We extracted our last PoP from the ATM, had a good pizza and then caught the high-speed train home to London. Probably one to repeat, but with a few route refinements and no forgetting to collect receipts first time around!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: monaxle on September 17, 2017, 09:16:16 pm
DIY audax: Hartlepool 200km http://www.monaxle.com/2017/09/17/diy-audax-hartlepool-200km/ (http://www.monaxle.com/2017/09/17/diy-audax-hartlepool-200km/) - I've had better days  :'(
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ruthie on September 17, 2017, 09:24:22 pm
It looks like a canny route. What went wrong? Did you get round in time?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: monaxle on September 17, 2017, 09:55:21 pm
The route was great. Nice mix of cycling ways and scenic roads. The problem was six weeks of next to no riding before hand. Unremitting muscle spasms put an end to my efforts and a DNF.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ruthie on September 17, 2017, 09:58:44 pm
DNF trumps DNS!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on September 24, 2017, 01:59:28 pm
Yet another DIY 600 (subject to validation) :-) The start was fairly chilly, down to 2°C at times, and misty. All the major climbs had bastard headwinds especially Dava Moor & Glenshee. Fortunately there was no rain. Some wildlife: hunners o' geese near Fraserburgh, singing seals hauled out at Portgordon, twit-twooing owls on the night section on Donside and Deeside and black grouse in Glenshee. Stopped at Wee House of Glenshee for noms where I was given the larger piece of fruit cake because I was "on my bike" :-) There was an an illicit, muddy traipse through roadworks near the end. The beer & pasta at the arrivée was very good  :P

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/17916130
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on September 24, 2017, 02:26:25 pm
Yet another DIY 600 (subject to validation) :-) The start was fairly chilly, down to 2°C at times, and misty. All the major climbs had bastard headwinds especially Dava Moor & Glenshee. Fortunately there was no rain. Some wildlife: hunners o' geese near Fraserburgh, singing seals hauled out at Portgordon, twit-twooing owls on the night section on Donside and Deeside and black grouse in Glenshee. Stopped at Wee House of Glenshee for noms where I was given the larger piece of fruit cake because I was "on my bike" :-) There was an an illicit, muddy traipse through roadworks near the end. The beer & pasta at the arrivée was very good  :P

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/17916130

hats off to you, it must take some strength of character to keep going on a Solo DIY 600. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on November 05, 2017, 02:14:27 pm
Went looking for Marchant the Wonder bike - failed to find again.

Otherwise a pleasant 200, bar being DOTD

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 13, 2017, 11:25:13 am
Up to Burford yesterday, out via Highworth and Coleshill, back via Cerney Wick. For some reason I'd routed myself through the rather uninspiring Carterton itself and then the somewhat busy and uppy-downy B4042 rather than along the lanes surrounding. But a good ride, surprisingly hill-less, stayed dry and not too cold, and got to see some 18th century graffiti and a 19th? early 20th? century steam engine, which didn't look as if it would cover an audax distance.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on November 13, 2017, 05:06:42 pm
For my first Nov RRTY ride, I elected to ride the AUK Poor Student 200 Perm (not one of mine, so some new lanes!). Normally starts at Pear Tree Services on Oxford by-pass but I elected to ride to Andoversford for a Start receipt at the 24hr fuel stop/shop (a pack of mince pies was my purchase). Then up to the Salperton turn on the A40, where the PS200 crosses. Having ridden the Clockwise route twice, I chose the AC route, so headed in light rain to Compton Abdale and on to The Whiteway (sublime wind assisted!) and Cirencester, busy with Remembrance activities; I had a poppy in my handlebar clamp and stopped in Ewen for a 11:00 2min memorial. Then across to Charlton; I helped a wagon (full of sheep) driver (?s to his satnav?) to not try the railway bridge to Ewen – large wagon v narrow low bridge! Then onwards to Malmesbury Control. Realised the rain had stopped and the NW wind had blown me here. It was cooling down! Best part was the traffic-free traverse to Parton, Blunsdon to Highworth and a lunch break in Shrivenham (bargain here – on-date sandwiches and French pain au chocolat with 75% reduction!). Then a super lanes route to Farmoor, crossing As 420, 417, 415 and a new route avoiding Oxford centre to Pear Tree Services. Now 5pm and more reduced sandwiches and smoothie (50%) in Waitrose. So far no lights but after a break here it was lights for the return 78km to Andoversford. I had done this route Clockwise but the AC route at night was a challenge; could not read the gps and regularly checked the Routesheet with my spare torch. I was now wearing my liner gloves and extra jersey brought for the forecast cold. It is a genuine quiet roads and lanes traverse NW into slowing wind to Chipping Campden; fortunately, I recognised many lanes from my Audax rides past and present. CC was the final Control and then a climb back on to the Cotswolds and a traverse to the Salperton turn start. It was still another 15 mins along the A40 to Andoversford for the Finish receipt (I had spotted a bunch of big bananas when I was there in the morning at 09:30, so they were my purchase; it was now 23:30. That was a long day in the saddle 14hrs + the hour from and back to Leckhampton; so a 225km day. That pint of Portuguese lager went down well (after my pint of tea).
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on November 19, 2017, 03:43:57 pm
I managed out yesterday for my final 200km ride of 2017.  I reckon that now is about the cut off for there being enough light for an enjoyable 200, anything later & until maybe early February is a grim slog which Im not up for.

I was in Falkirk visiting my mum Friday night so took a very early train to Stirling and started from there.  It was very frosty and I had to look out for some icy patches for the first couple of hours until the sun got up and eliminated the possibility of ice.  Even then there were patches in the shade that looked a wee bit treacherous.

My route too me via Kinbuck, Gleneagles and Madderty to Perth (thats Perth UK) then round by Stormontfield to avoid the A93, Guildtown and over to Collace by a road Id never ridden before, where I got very tired and decided to stop for a back pocket snack after a load of sheep coming in the opposite direction made me stop anyway.  I can normally go over 100k without stopping but I was pretty weary and Id only done 70k.  I put this down to the crosswind and the fact that I hadnt eaten a huge breakfast.

I limped on to Forfar using the lanes through Ardler and then the Bogside Road, had a big feed, and my legs felt a bit more sprightly though by this stage I was heading due East and the NW wind was helping to Montrose.  Back into the teeth of the wind to Fettercairn where I was glad to turn Northeastwards for the final time.  It was getting gloomy here and I put my lights on, with still 30km to go.  I made light work of the stretch to Auchenblae, but there was very little zip in my legs for the climb out the village.  I engaged the front hub light for the descents on this strectch, switching it off for the uphill bits!

Its a downhill finish into Stonehaven where I arrived in just over 10 hours.  A change of clothing, a quick face wash and a couple of panaches in The Station Hotel before the train home to Edinburgh. 

Road Club 50 milers on a Saturday only for the next few months. 

 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on November 20, 2017, 10:04:51 pm
before the train home to Edinburgh. 

If you want a 200km from Edinburgh, you might like my new 200, SP47 Cramond & Trossachs 200. This 200km, extracted from my SP15 Central Scotland 300, neatly makes the distance with S/F at Old Cramond Bridge. Email me for RS: stephen.poulton@btinternet.com
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on November 24, 2017, 02:38:54 pm
Pingu and I have just DNFd a local 600 DIY after about 190k of foul weather.

So we bailed out to Elgin, which has a station, and got a train back to Aberdeen with our tails between our legs.


I have seen this a few times....if you pitch up at a station like this how likely is it that you might not be able to get your bike on the train? Always sounds like a gamble to me.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on November 25, 2017, 05:16:11 pm
Pingu and I have just DNFd a local 600 DIY after about 190k of foul weather.

So we bailed out to Elgin, which has a station, and got a train back to Aberdeen with our tails between our legs.


I have seen this a few times....if you pitch up at a station like this how likely is it that you might not be able to get your bike on the train? Always sounds like a gamble to me.

I'm a very infrequent train user ( because there are not many trains around here! ), so I don't really know.

On the rural line in question, the trains are not crowded, and there seemed to be plenty of space.
We rocked up at the ticket office in cycle kit, with our bikes propped against the windows.
We didn't ask about the bikes, we just bought the tickets.

It's a different story on busier services, I expect.
Some ToCs might require bookings.
Certainly, the trains back from York to Edinburgh required booking, as they were over-subscribed.

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: telstarbox on November 25, 2017, 07:20:50 pm
Current long term plan is a "Half RRTY" i.e. a 100km ride each month (more in the summer), so I devised a DIY from Croydon to Littlehampton crossing both the North and South Downs.

Rode it today to tick the box for November, enjoyed cold but clear conditions all day and some fine views. Littlehampton is a strange seaside town though - the beach and town are some distance from each other!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on November 26, 2017, 11:46:44 am
With the cancellation of family visitors at the last minute the door of opportunity opened and I took advantage yesterday by riding 3Peaker's Severn Bridge High Loop. I set off just before 7 in semi light and finished in proper darkness with 9 1/2 hours riding time under the belt.
I got through 100 miles in around 7 1/2 hours and had a bit of a slog to the end. I don't ride that distance very often and haven't really mastered the art of eating and drinking, basically don't do enough of either.
So the RRTY is still on.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on November 26, 2017, 05:09:50 pm
Current long term plan is a "Half RRTY" i.e. a 100km ride each month (more in the summer), so I devised a DIY from Croydon to Littlehampton crossing both the North and South Downs.

Rode it today to tick the box for November, enjoyed cold but clear conditions all day and some fine views. Littlehampton is a strange seaside town though - the beach and town are some distance from each other!

It is a shame there isn't such an award in the AUK provision... there is an award for everything else.

Personally I think doing 200 in full winter is a bit masochistic... 100 are a lot more civilised, making full use of the "less cold" hours in the day
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 26, 2017, 05:25:35 pm
Audax Australia and RUSA both have a 'monthly sub-200s for a year' award.
RUSA doesn't recognise anything shorter than 100km.
https://rusa.org/pages/award-p12
Audax Oz recently changed their award to allow monthly 50km brevets.
https://www.audax.org.au/public/68-awards/403-rolling-year-round-randonneurs
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: mattc on November 27, 2017, 06:52:03 pm
Current long term plan is a "Half RRTY" i.e. a 100km ride each month (more in the summer), so I devised a DIY from Croydon to Littlehampton crossing both the North and South Downs.

Rode it today to tick the box for November, enjoyed cold but clear conditions all day and some fine views. Littlehampton is a strange seaside town though - the beach and town are some distance from each other!

It is a shame there isn't such an award in the AUK provision... there is an award for everything else.

Personally I think doing 200 in full winter is a bit masochistic... 100 are a lot more civilised, making full use of the "less cold" hours in the day
Yup, agree with the masochism point. That and the very real risk of ice have put me off RRTY.

I did float a variant of this once, a sort of "season-appropriate distance round-the-year". Probably 3x100km, 6x200, 3x300.
It got an indifferent response at best!

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on November 27, 2017, 08:16:17 pm
Current long term plan is a "Half RRTY" i.e. a 100km ride each month (more in the summer), so I devised a DIY from Croydon to Littlehampton crossing both the North and South Downs.

Rode it today to tick the box for November, enjoyed cold but clear conditions all day and some fine views. Littlehampton is a strange seaside town though - the beach and town are some distance from each other!

It is a shame there isn't such an award in the AUK provision... there is an award for everything else.

Personally I think doing 200 in full winter is a bit masochistic... 100 are a lot more civilised, making full use of the "less cold" hours in the day
Yup, agree with the masochism point. That and the very real risk of ice have put me off RRTY.

I did float a variant of this once, a sort of "season-appropriate distance round-the-year". Probably 3x100km, 6x200, 3x300.
It got an indifferent response at best!

I like it!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 27, 2017, 09:03:59 pm
Nothing to stop you doing whatever series of rides you want for your own enjoyment.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on November 30, 2017, 08:59:51 pm
Today's Meridian Hills perm has got me seriously worried that I might not be able to do RRTY.
I was so cold most of the way round. So cold.
A mild winter would be fine - but a cold one makes this a real challenge. One which I may have underestimated.
Still gonna have a bloody good stab at MH and AWE RTY thougth. Just take more jumpers. I mean there's only gonna be about another 9 cold ones.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on December 03, 2017, 04:31:18 pm
Half pleasant, half unpleasant, but box ticked for December... I'd say at the bottom end of what I rate as a bearable day to ride a 200

https://www.strava.com/activities/1300675426
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on December 03, 2017, 08:57:24 pm
We had to visit Edinburgh this weekend for other reasons, so I decided to take a bike and ride home to Aberdeen as a 200k DIY.
At 220k a touch over-distance, but the 200k point passed just on the 8-hour mark which was good enough for a winter ride.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1300794768
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonBuoy on December 03, 2017, 11:36:27 pm
For the last couple of years the first weekend of December has always been MarmiteGeoff's Tinsel and Lanes weekend.  This is no longer running so three of us rode a variation of it as a DIY.  We joined the route just after Wistow and left it just after Meriden but we made sure we routed along the actual Tinsel Lane on the way home.

The weather was pretty good for December and the only real problems were an impassable closed road near Flore that required a significant backtrack/reroute and my failing legs/lungs.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Socks on December 04, 2017, 12:32:07 pm
My first attempt at a DIY yesterday, 200k using the new on-line system to upload the proposed route.  Because I still use paper maps and the garmin just to record time and distance, an advisory route with receipts as proof of passage.

The weather was just about as good as could have been hoped for in December.  I made an early start (5.00am) to get most of the darkness miles out of the way while there was less traffic.  The stretch from Sedgefield to Bedale was mostly on quiet familiar lanes, most of the time nobody else on the road.  Highlight of this was a large, nearly full moon shining between scattered clouds, and temperature was relatively mild. 

The middle section (across to Northallerton, then down to Wigginton) became a bit busier as the morning went on but again I used mostly quiet roads and by lunch time there was even some sunshine.  Although I'd picked a fairly flat route, I wasn't managing a very fast average - although that's not unusual for me.

Then back to the finish.  This started to get difficult, my legs were tiring and becoming quite painful at times - not sure if this was cramp or maybe because the temperature was dropping.  By the time I got back, it must have been close to freezing and a gritter wagon had passed me several times.  Each time the lorry turned off to go round a village or housing estate, I would get ahead again; then they caught me up a bit further on.  Quite a lot of traffic as people headed home, some of whom didn't bother dipping headlights for a mere cyclist.  For once I managed to keep motivated, after doing so much of the ride I didn't want to miss the time limit even with an extra 18k to do. 

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on December 07, 2017, 08:58:43 pm
-Fear ye not, for I have banished Storm Catherine or Caroline or Charlie Chaplin, whatever it was called. I chased her all the way around the Weald and she won't be coming back.
Weather conditions weren't exactly complimentary today, but I just squeaked AWE in BRM time - I have now successfully gotten slower on every single attempt at this ride!
Just as cold, and somewhat wetter than my last ride, but I am in higher spirits about RRTY after some sage advice.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on December 07, 2017, 10:06:04 pm
The storm gave me a fair push along a local flat-ish TT segment at lunchtime, 7.3k at an average speed of over 50kph and a max of 63kph! Enough for a 2nd overall, which is most unlike me.

Anyhoo, Junior has just asked me to take him for a 200k spin over the Festive Season.
I may combine this with my January ride, so we will see.
I'll need to plan a low-level route in case of bad weather on high ground, as my stock 200s from home all involve high ground.
I may have to go rummage amongst Pingu's menu of infernal wind-blown Northron Loops.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: iddu on December 17, 2017, 01:44:13 pm
Bah, getting soft in my dotage - DNF'd Poor Student check, too miserable even for me...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Chris S on December 17, 2017, 02:03:31 pm
Bah, getting soft in my dotage - DNF'd Poor Student check, too miserable even for me...

Wow. That IS miserable, and I'm an expert in miserable.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on December 18, 2017, 12:16:16 pm
The snow last week was a set-back ; I even started out on Tues morning, intending to ride a 200. Within 50m (yes m!) I returned home, changed to walking gear and had a great walk in snowy fields. A club colleague went into the Cotswolds and showed lovely pics; what he did not announce was a serious fall on the snowy/icy lanes, resulting in shoulder ligament damage. Three days later I hit my same planned route, clear of snow and ice and just warm enough to enjoy. It was the route I designed along the Rs Severn and Avon with minimal climbing (~1000m), when I was recovering from a broken leg in Winter 2012/13. Saving the heroics for decent roads!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on December 18, 2017, 08:31:52 pm
It's amazing what a new bottom bracket can do! Finished in good times and my legs feel really quite fresh considering.

Really nice day out on Meridian Hills today, despite 3 spills (UP(!) Chart Lane, by Hever and then the last drop back into Green St Green), I've made it back in one bruised piece.
Both back lights are damaged, scratched up my Brooks, tore my tights and my jacket has a hole on the elbow, but I am fine, if not a little sore.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on December 23, 2017, 04:10:08 pm
Possibly not the smartest move with regards to traffic but needs must.
Completed 3Peaker's SE Oxford 200km perm so the debut RRTY  is still on track. Very foggy start out of Cheltenham and through Stroud but then once the sun came up (not that it could be seen) it turned into a rather pleasant day. Bit of a sting in the tail with the long drag up to The Rissingtons and then a bit very pleasant run along the A436 back to Andoversford.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on December 24, 2017, 09:34:32 pm
200km today, started at 08:15, high wycombe to Esher  (flat start) Esher to Newbury  (rolling hills and headwinds) Newbury to high wycombe (via the flat lands south of the river) real sting in the tail climbing from Marlow to Wycombe at the end. Home at 17:05. Shorts and just a short sleeved baselayer under my brevet jersey was just about enough, it was slightly colder than I expected.. Mostly dry roads tiny bit if drizzle. Probably the kindest December Audax I have done.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 02, 2018, 07:26:27 pm
New year, new DIY. Up through the lanes to Slimbridge, elevenses at the Tudor Arms, then blast up the A38 to Gloucester and out along the A417, all quiet on NYD, to the turning for Corse. From there it's a nice straight ride to Upton-on-Severn, pretty flat but with views of the magnificent Malverns. We (IanN otp and I) thought about lunch at the famous Banjo's but found we'd past it – it's somewhere at the top end of town and we were in the centre by then. Well, I was, Ian had somehow got ahead of me and crossed the bridge, I don't know how he did this cos I'd passed him a mile or two before Upton in a field gate. So we regrouped and made our way down the A38, under the M50 bridge, for pizza in Tewkesbury.

Suitably fortified, the wiggly bits started. Gloucester, Churchdown, Cheltenham, Churchdown, Gloucester, Cheltenham, oh look there's the dry ski slope where Eddie the Eagle practised – maybe it would make a good venue for a hill climb? ( ;D). By now it was getting a bit blowy, headwind of course. Somewhere round there we passed a utility cyclist going the other way dragging a huge stick in his left rear drop out. How he hadn't seen, heard or felt it, I do not know. Or maybe he had but simply couldn't remove it.

Eventually we escaped Gloucester and were riding past Haresfield, pretty soon we were in Stonehouse, where we raided the Co-op. It's a large branch but the shelves were bare, at least bare of anything suitable for the sustenance of cyclists. Well, I got a yogurt (a spork is the audaxer's saddlebag friend) and Ian got some crisps and a Ginster's, I think. Then the hilly bit, Dursley to Stinchcombe, Nibley, Wotton. Ian was unable to use his granny ring so I don't think this bit was his favourite. But we could see the Severn Bridge all lit up in the distance and that meant we were nearly home. Soon we were rolling through Chipping Sodbury, the sharp left into the bikes and pedestrians only Horseshoe Lane, where the space between the bollards was unfortunately occupied by a man carrying a bin full of empty bottles and cans(!), and well by then we really are nearly home.

And so we were! Feeling as knackered as you only can after Christmas...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on January 13, 2018, 06:28:10 pm
A 200k DIY into the Northron Wastelands.

A nice tailwind up to Fraserburgh, but then gusty sidewinds then about 80k of brutal headwinds on the homeward leg.
The headwinds were not on-the-nose, but with a sideways component, and very gusty.
This made the Aero Bars twitchy as hell, throwing me all over the road.
I had to come up onto the hoods for much of that section.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1355270776
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Shaftesburybiker on January 13, 2018, 07:43:19 pm
200 round South Essex today - Chelmsford, Brentwood, Corringham, Canvey Island, Olmpic MTB Centre (great Bakewell cake), Sarfend, Shoeburyness, Rochford, Canewdon, Battlesbridge, Dengie peninsula (despite the now closed marsh road), Purleigh, Stock, then home. 216km. A bit too much traffic in some places and a strong headwind among the coasts, but all manageable. 1400m of climbing, very fixed-freindly. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on January 14, 2018, 08:23:47 pm
Given a reasonably benign forecast I did a 200km arrow from Edinburgh - Stonehaven yesterday, one of my favourite rides.

I set off just before 7am.  Zero traffic on the Forth Rd Bridge is still a novelty but I had to squeeze past the bridge maintenance van on the cycle path as it had stopped to quiz a pedestrian. 

The ESE wind was helping and hindering in equal measure and along with New Year levels of fitness, it soon became clear that Id stuggle to finish before dark.  It got light not long after Cowdenbeath where I was soon overtaken by a grupetto of 3 riders going at a fair clip.  I accelerated to hold their wheels and got a tow at 30kph for half a mile before they turned off.  A young lady in Kinross dressed up to the nines almost crossed in front of me without looking.  Walk of shame Id wager. 

The descent of Glenfarg was cold as ever and I was glad to get out into the hazy daylight and onwards to Perth where I shunned a stop in order to get the steady climb done.  I took the lumpier route north of Perth to avoid the A94 as much as possible though 2km is pretty much unavoidable. 

The audax hotel standard bus stop in Kinrossie at 80k provided the perfect location for a banana from my back pocket.  I had 2 base layers on, as well as arm warmers a long sleeve top and a thin gilet and wasnt overly warm so pushed on before cooling down. 

In good conditions I can do a 200 with one stop about 110km but I was flagging a little on the stretch to Coupar Angus and the Bogside Rd became a bit of a slog as I counted down the kms to a lunch stop at McForfar (120km).  Here I switched my gilet for a more subbstantial jacket and had a big feed including a cappuccino that tasted heavenly.  I got my small digital radio on the go here and hooked up my left earphone to keep up to date with the sport of Radio 5.

The road between Forfar & Montrose is normally a tailwind assisted 30kpm blast but yesterday was hard going.  I was glad that my route didnt go all the way into Montrose but instead jinked around the basin clockwise through Bridge of Dun, a route that Alex Pattison showed me a few years ago. 

I got a little mixed up at Hillside and added a km and a bit, as ever this involved avoidably going down a long hill and back up it again!

I was back on more familiar roads to Marykirk, passing a house which must have had the same 3 or 4 kids bikes for sale outside it for at least three years.  My route to Auchenblae was reasonably direct, avoiding Fettercairn.  It was less lumpy than I thought it would be but that might have been helped the block tailwind on this section.

I noticed that the cars were almost all coming towards me with headlights on, and even though I didnt need my front light to see, I switched it on when I joined the B road near Auchenblae.

The steep section in the main street here tested my resolve not to honk, but I just about managed it.  Ive ridden the strech from Auchenblae to Stonehaven many times and was ready for its undulations.  It got properly dark about 10km from the finish and I stopped to fire up the 2nd and 3rd of my rear lights and pop my radio back in the bag, cheered by Falkirks victory over Greenock Morton  :)

The wind was getting gusty now and sideward blasts kept me on my toes, though some were definitely helping too.  Id not reset the trip computer on my GPS so couldnt be sure but I was reasonably certain that my extra dogleg nr Montrose would take me over the 200km.  I stopped at the Co-op petrol station and shop to buy a can of deoderant and a bag of tangfastics for the train home. 

It was about 1720 and my train wasnt until 1836 so I popped into the Station Hotel to change into the dry layers I had in my saddlebag including a lovely snuggly pack away down jacket.  I also had a couple of pints which went down a treat.  I positioned myself beside a very warm radiator too and really had to drag myself away from this oasis!

Train home was quiet.  I demolished my bag of sweets in no time.  I was joined at Montrose by five well oiled Livingston FC fans, who were returning from their away fixture at Brechin.  They  had come armed with a sizeable carrier bag full of a combination of ice cubes and beer.  When it became apparent that there was no way they were going to finish them all, I took them up one the offer of a cold Tennents.  Must have been 20 years since Ive had Tennents, here's hoping its another 20 years til my next one (didnt stop me finishing it mind  ;))

We were soon at Haymarket where I declined an invitation to join my new friends in the Dickens Lounge on Dalry Rd (I used to live near it and got slightly apprehensive just walking past it).  Feeling slightly lazy I jumped on the tram, two stops to Balgreen and a 1 mile ride home rather than 4 from Haymarket. 

First 200 of the year.  I had forgotten how riding in the cold makes for slow going, either stops are more frequent / longer / both or speed on the road slows up.  With hindsight I really should have stopped at Perth at around 65km to fuel up as I really was getting a bit ragged on the 30km or so to my lunch stop in Forfar. 

Anyhows job done, my winter bike (Boardman) is quite comfortable and I may even contemplate using this all year round as all it might need is a change of wheels and possibly a different gear range too.


 

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on January 14, 2018, 08:39:18 pm
Given a reasonably benign forecast I did a 200km arrow from Edinburgh - Stonehaven yesterday, one of my favourite rides.

Yes, I reckon a Northbound arrow would have been just the ticket yesterday.

Sounds like a good one.
I did steal some of your routing for my EDI-ABZ 200 in December!

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on January 14, 2018, 10:30:44 pm
Given a reasonably benign forecast I did a 200km arrow from Edinburgh - Stonehaven yesterday, one of my favourite rides.

Yes, I reckon a Northbound arrow would have been just the ticket yesterday.

Sounds like a good one.
I did steal some of your routing for my EDI-ABZ 200 in December!
true Ron, but it really was a rude awakening on the road out of Forfar.  Id also previously thought the Bogside Rd ran almost due North! 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: 3peaker on January 15, 2018, 05:28:19 pm
Yes, Sun 14 Jan was a good day in the South. Light wind till evening, which became a supportive backwind!, dry, above freezing (4 deg). So a good opportunity for a double traverse of the Cotswolds to keep RRTY28 going:

12HR CHILLER FOR 200KM
Trek: Forecast dry, light winds and above freezing. Also, just getting over a nasty cold, so need an easy pace. What better invitation for a 2nd 200 for Jan, when the following days are for mixed winter stuff. Had not ridden my Oxford Perm for a while. Late start to Bourton. LB up for sale! Took the road (climb) to L Riss airfield then main to Burford and flooded Windrush valley to Witney. Lanes to S Leigh then toll (free for bikes) Br to Botley; took lunch here with Tesco £3 Meal Deal. Next climb Cumnor Hill to Abingdon. Easily then on A417 to Wantage. Sun now set so dusk run to Ashbury before drop to Shrivenham > Highworth > Lechlade. Needed a 15min nap in the Lechlade Riverside Park and revived with more food. I used to commute the A417 Lechlade to Ciren, so very familiar. Turned off at Marston Meysey for Down Ampney and S Cerney; new Co-op in SC, so competition for the Premier shop near the War Memorial. Now cross-country to the Stroud road; found bridge after Ewen wet though not flooded like last time I passed this way! Once on A419 easy run to Stroud though fast descent of Cowcombe Hill not nice with rough road and position of sewer covers; almost lost it on one bend! Final cake in Stroud before very quiet A46 run to Cheltenham.

Garmin E1030 batt 42% after 12hrs navigation use, suggests 20hr life, re-assuring.
Event Time: 12h 12m  Mov Time: 10h 37m  Mov Ave 18.8kph Asc: 1681m Dist: 200km (G1030=42% suggests 20hr life)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on January 17, 2018, 08:12:59 pm
Meridian Spill Hills today.

Too icy in the morning, fell off again, walked for 40minutes, started up again. Endured the wind around Brighton, carried on (incidentally - Valley Drive is A LOT less steep than Tongdean), enjoyed the tail wind to Mayfield, kept pedalling before succumbing to mental weakness at Sundridge - so near to being foot foul and fancy free today - I think if it was daytime I'd have done it.


I'm going to have to study the weather properly before I do this ride again - I think a wet day should mean no ice, no?

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: StephenR on January 21, 2018, 06:25:58 pm
Yes, rode Blacksheep’s March Madness perm yesterday with four others. It was cold and wet but not the heavy rain that was forecast. We had the luxury of Blacksheep meeting us in Bromyard as he lives nearby. We also tried out the new route for him that now goes to the Hopewell Colliery Cafe due to the demise of the Heritage centre cafe. The route now has more climbing and 2 AAA.
Was a tough ride in the conditions but never really got too cold, just wet feet.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on January 24, 2018, 07:24:58 pm
Around wet and windy Weald Expedition again today

very windy and very wet.

That is all.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 12, 2018, 12:38:59 pm
I'd planned a 200 for Sunday with IanN otp. Out to Burford via Malmesbury and Faringdon, back through Meysey Hampton. Unfortunately Ian came down with flu, so I decided to ride on my own. Get well, Ian, and hope to see you in two weeks! The forecast had been settled for a few days: cold but dry and sunny, with a fairly strong tailwind on the way out, lessening on the way back. Perfect! But it didn't quite work out like that...

The first less than perfect thing was actually someone else's problem and it was only a couple of miles from home. There was a bloke at the point where the Railway Path splits, right for Bath and left for Pucklechurch, struggling with a puncture, so I stopped to see what I could do. Turned out the hose of his Lezyne pump had got stuck; instead of threading onto the body of the valve, it was somehow wedged on to the pippety bit that you undo. Neither he nor I nor both of us together could do anything to budge it, so he was resigned to a walk.

It was actually warmer than I'd expected and I had to stop not long after to delayer. The cafe in the railway centre at Purton was still closed for winter, so I pushed on to Highworth for elevenses, which was pretty much lunch by the time I got there. It's not much of a cafe, if I remember next time it might be better going on to Coleshill.

Coming out of Highworth, it felt quite a bit colder. Well of course it did, I'd been sat in a warm cafe and in any case, Highworth is – as its name implies – on top of a hill, so there's a long, fast descent leaving the town towards Faringdon. But when I got to the top of Coleshill (awfully literal placenames round there!), it started to snow. Never mind, I thought, it's just cos I'm up on the higher ground. It'll stop once I'm down in Faringdon. And the best bit of the ride is ahead! The descent stung a bit; hard, dry flakes and a strong wind. Through Faringdon and... it's still snowing. In fact, it snowed all the way to Burford. At one point I took shelter in a church, I think the village was called Kencott. It was snowing continually rather than continuously; ten minutes of snow followed by a couple of minutes rest.

Eventually I reached the Windrush valley just downstream of Burford and followed it into the town. There's nowhere much to stop on the way back so I ate here although I was still pretty full with Highworth panininini (no banananana). Spent a bit too long really but it started snowing again as I left. Followed Sheep Street up the Windrush valley again, missed my turning and found myself up on the high ground. Backtracked and rejoined the valley. All very pretty. And it had stopped snowing. But not for long. At least now it was soft, wet flakes, not harsh, stinging ones. Then up out of the valley, towards Hatherop and so on. Stopped in Quenington as my back wheel was rubbing on the brake blocks going up hill. Opened and retightened the QR, which seemed to solve it. A bloke on a fluorescent yellow Trek mtb passed while I was doing this, and a woman walking with a greyhound who asked how far I was going. "All the way to Bristol? You're mad! My sister's like that; she's moved to the south of France so she can ride her bike all the time. Nutter!" So much for families!

A couple of miles further on I saw a cyclist quite some way ahead of me in a hi-viz jacket. Was it the bloke who'd passed me earlier? I gave chase, very slowly, across the A417, through Meysey Hampton, losing sight of him, gaining on him, losing him again, eventually catching him as we left Down Ampney. It was indeed the bloke on the fluorescent yellow Trek. He was wearing wellies and jeans – maybe a farm worker? – I guess farm work keeps you fit cos he was going some on that mountain bike! Turned out to be quite chatty on the subject of potholes and other things. Eventually he headed off on a road parallel to the A419 (actually the old A419) where I headed straight over to Cerney Wick. I should have asked him where he was going – could have been going all the way to Cirencester.

I'm fond of Cerney Wick. It's not a picturesque village with thatched cottages and so on, but it's pretty enough, it has multiple streams and an old canal, all with little stone bridges, one of which is (I think) Saxon. And it has virtually no traffic cos the last of its bridges is closed. It's also the first village on "home" side of the (almost motorway) A419, so it feels like a milestone gained! A bloke walking his dog there complained vociferously I was dazzling him, and I could tell I genuinely was, so I stopped to adjust the IQ-X. It's hard cut-off is a bit of a pain in this respect and its mount does it no favours, but I think I've got it sorted now. Mind you, I've said that before.

The temperature was down to freezing now and it was still snowing off and on. There was ice on the approach to Malmesbury, which I rode gingerly over then walked down the short but steep and twisty hill into the town. A cup of tea would have been good. Did the Co-op in Malmesbury have a hot drinks machine? I didn't think so, but it was worth checking. No, it doesn't. I rode on and decided to stop at the Old Royal Ship Inn, a known cyclist-friendly pub with a long name in Luckington, a village a few miles down the B4040. Got there, it was quiet, a cup of tea and, yes! A bowl of leek and potato soup!

It was minus 1.something when I left the pub, by which time it was after 9 p.m. already; I should have been home by now! Decided to stick to the B road rather than follow the original laney route. In fact I felt quite warm once I got moving, but then I was wearing six layers by now! It's impressive that even on a freezing cold night, the inner (Bristol) end of the Railway Path is still used by quite a few people riding home (or somewhere). You start to see them from the Fish in. Got home. Ate chickpea curry which my son had cooked to his own patent recipe; yum! Worth riding for!

Edit: I was certain this ride was out of time – which would have been a neat coincidence as the only other ride I've finished OOT (amazingly despite my lack of pace and capacity for time wasting, it's only happened once before) was on the Flapjack back in 2014, and this year's Flapjack was... on Sunday! – but a rift in the space-time continuum specific to the AUK route validator says otherwise. Either that or I was riding a Tardis.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Banjo on February 12, 2018, 09:46:55 pm
Nice ride report Cudzo.  I am increasingly afraid of ice allways bounced well in the past but don't want to push my luck these days.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ivo on February 13, 2018, 10:30:37 pm
Weather was a bit changy during my DIY 200 on sunday.

First the Relive of the ride so you have an idea where I took the photo's ;)
Since my home area was rather cycling unfriendly due to carnival I went north of the Rhine to do a DIY 200. I started out from a hostel in Utrecht. The first bit along the Vecht river passing old castles and some fortress towns protecting Amsterdam in the old days.

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Up over the bridge and a mighty change of scenery, from old towns and hamlets to very new and very man made towns and the large scale agriculture of Flevoland. And of course windswept dikes. First a massive sidewind limiting my speed to 15km, then a huge headwind with a cruising speed of 30-35km/h.

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Just when I got bored of the new land I returned to the old land, to the old Hanse town of Kampen.

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Then again a massive headwind near the coast of the old Zuiderzee.

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The small old hanse town of Elburg was a pleasant surprise for me.

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The rest of the return was a bit chilly, a combination of headwind and occasional hail

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(https://fotoalbum.dds.nl/ivo_m/diypermanents/large/IMGP5078.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on February 19, 2018, 02:18:25 pm
Any validation issue on a DIY which is a figure of 8?
Given it's going to get really cold over the weekend, I would like to stick to gritted roads I know well. I am NOT planning on doing loops, just a simple figure of 8
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: telstarbox on February 19, 2018, 02:28:38 pm
Can't see that being a problem as some Calendar rides use figure of eight routes.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on February 19, 2018, 02:37:28 pm
Can't see that being a problem as some Calendar rides use figure of eight routes.

Agree, the only difference is that the half way point would be my home address... not sure if that is an issue or not... or if it is or not in "randonneur" spirit.
I could put the halfway point a mile away, but it seems silly having to spend money in a cafe' when I can raid my own fridge free of charge... especially in a GPS DIY, not needing proof of passage
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: postie on February 19, 2018, 03:48:21 pm
Riders who do 600km diys often come back home for a overnight stop, so it really is not a issue.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Ian H on February 19, 2018, 03:57:51 pm
First event of the year: a 235k DIY (well, 201 was the actual event) round the badlands of North Devon. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on February 19, 2018, 04:01:40 pm
the half way point would be my home address... not sure if that is an issue or not...

Definitely not a problem for validation.

(You need to avoid riding the same sections of road in the same direction, as much as reasonably possible; small sections are ok.)

[Disadvantage (perhaps): you won't reach such excitingly distant places!]
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on February 19, 2018, 06:05:39 pm
Thanks everybody...

Yes, it's going to be a rather dull ride on roads I know too well... if it wasn't for the fact that I am 8 months in my RRTY I wouldn't bother to be honest
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on February 23, 2018, 04:52:11 am
As I have no chance for a calendar event I took a day off work and headed out for my February 200km yesterday. I had planned on leaving at about 0630 but as usual this didn;t happen and I set off an hour later in daylight. I paid the price as getting through Cheltenham was a total pain, plus I was stopped at every set off red lights all the way to Tewkesbury.

Out of Tewkesbury on the Ledbury road and the day was turning out to be very pleasant, the sun was popping out every now and again and after a quick bottle refill in Much Marcle I headed off for Ross and Monmouth. After passing straight through it was intot he Wye Valley and the recently resurfaced A466, what a great road, hardly and traffic and a great surface. I stopped for lunch at the Abbey Mill cafe in Tintern and recieved confirmation that the 466 south of there was unpassable so had to detour up to Devauden and then it was a fast run into Chepstow via St Arvens passed the race course, all covered up with frost covers to try to save their meeting on Saturday.

Straight around Chepstow and over the bridge and things changed, a slight headwinf breeze appeared and it got more hilly. I passed through Thornbury, Wotton and nailsworth before a fast run along the 419 into Cirencester. From here it was all local lanes back home.

This was my 6th or 7th 200 and have to say I rode this one better than any of the others, I ate more, paced it nicely and finished feeling much fresher. If I did this ride again I'd tweak it here and there to avoid the serious sharp climbs through the Cotswolds.

Link to the ride here

https://www.strava.com/activities/1420731890 (https://www.strava.com/activities/1420731890)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Socks on February 23, 2018, 11:09:33 am
Third ride this Tuesday in my first attempt at Rrty, subject to validation.  Along a similar route to my earlier ones:

- December - DIY using the on-line entry system and controls (advisory route).  The advantage was that it was similar to a calendar event from the point of view of controls and receipts.  Disadvantage was the extra 15k over the 200k distance as a result.  It was a lovely ride.  I set off early to do most of the darkness riding while I was still fresh, along dark little lanes and with the benefit of a full moon.

- January - DIY using that GPX malarkey.  So a shorter distance but more reliant on technology.  Good weather conditions again, light wind and temperatures of 4 - 6 degrees.  Highlight was excellent scrambled eggs at the pub at Brafferton.  Low point was having to walk a couple of stretches thanks to farmers cutting their hedges and kindly scattering thorns all over the road.  Even after walking, I still had to dig a thorn out of the back tyre before I set off again.

- February - Another GPX DIY.  I was running out of days to find some decent weather, so I did the ride this Tuesday despite a blustery wind.  Lovely heading South, a hard slog on the way back.  With the additional complication of a road closure meaning that I had to bimble around a bit at the end to ensure that I did the minimum distance.

Hopefully I'll be able to do a calendar event and find a bit of company in March ....
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Chris S on February 23, 2018, 09:10:46 pm
If anyone who uses me as their DIY Org is eyeing their mailbox nervously as we get toward month's end, you should be aware that I'm really busy with work, so there's something of a backlog. I'll try and find time to work through the pile in the coming days - but no guarantees.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Kev Sp8 on February 24, 2018, 12:56:43 am
Despite having bagged my February RRTY ride earlier in the month with a tailwind assisted 200km arrow to Totnes, I'd had an idea brewing for a while to have a bash at a winter 300 with a few hills chucked in for good measure. Last Tuesday saw me execute the plan with a misshapen loop starting from home in Lacock with controls at Chepstow, Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye, Monmouth and Gloucester.

The alarm went off at 04:30 and I was on the road shortly after 05:00 with a couple of pieces of toast on board. The brisk headwind was a slight worry as I knew I'd be battling it for the first 150km and over the two 'feature climbs' of The Tumble (from the south side) and Gospel Pass. I settled into the mentality that I'd keep twiddling away and tick off the milestones as they came. Worst case scenario would be to get a snap of the dawn over the Severn Estuary and retrace home, but I had other bail out options in mind for if it stopped being enjoyable.

The Severn Bridge was my first target and I felt fresh as a daisy as I rolled over and into Chepstow. A short battle with rush hour traffic, then I speared off onto the B road to Usk. I'd packed a top tube bag full of goodies and had been steadily munching away, so felt happy enough to ride straight through Usk and through to Pontypool, where I grabbed a milkshake and a Red Bull at a petrol station. Had a slight faff traversing the park in Pontypool to find the way on to the disused railway path up to Blaenavon (NCN 46), but it was well worth it. I've cycled this path before on a tour with friends and it is great. A gentle uphill winding through the valley until you meet the Blaenavon heritage railway line. I got off the path at Blaenavon, opposite the Rhymney Brewery. My pals and I did the brewery tour when we passed by last May and it is highly recommended. No time for such dalliances on this ride though.

Because the climb on NCN46 is so gradual, I hadn't noticed how much height I'd gained and hardly had any climbing left to summit the Tumble. Took me a few minutes to get my picture at the top as the wind kept blowing the bike over as it was lean't against the sign! So stiff was the breeze that I struggled to get my speed up beyond 35mph down into Govilon but enjoyed it anyway. Opted to stop for a feed in Abergavenny Subway to get some fuel on board for Gospel Pass and enjoyed a bit of people watching as I munched away.

This would be my third ride over the Gospel Pass and I've always done it from the South side. I must have a bash the other way sometime, although the road surface is so utterly wrecked from Llanthony to Capel-y-ffin that the descent would be somewhat spoiled. Even on 28mm tyres it was pretty pants, particularly when cars (not that there were many!) prevented me from picking the best line. In places, the road was basically a streambed, so I can see how it's gotten so awful. I knew I wouldn't be breaking any records on this ascent, so opted instead to indulge in a couple of stops to take in the views and grab some snaps. A helicopter was buzzing around, moving sacks of stone between fields, but the resident wild ponies didn't seem to mind and were happy to pose for the camera.

A steady descent into Hay followed and I patronised the Hay cafe for a cheese toastie and slice of cake before striking out for Monmouth. When planning the route, I spotted 'Arthur's Stone' on the map and decided to plot a short detour to visit it. Whilst I'm glad I did, the 20 odd % gradient climb up Scar Lane which led to it was not welcome! Still, the Neolithic site was very interesting and meant I was properly past the halfway mark now, with the majority of the climbing done. My ride through the Golden Valley was tailwind assisted so i was flying and loving life. The only fly in the ointment was my drivetrain, which had taken a beating going up the wet and mucky Gospel Pass and was squealing out for lube. Stupidy I hadn't bothered packing any with the forecast being so dry. Lesson learned! Fortunately, I spotted EW Morgan & Sons Garage approaching Pontrillas and they were kind enough to let me have a free squirt of WD40 to restore tranquility to my ride.

Opted for a quick pitstop in Monmouth and guzzled more milkshake in preperation for the traverse of the Forest of Dean. I really should've stopped and eaten more, because the series of steep climbs felt much harder than they should've been! I consoled myself with the thought of the flat run to Gloucester to follow and kept spinning in the granny gear!

Had some minor GPS issues on the run in to Gloucester, but otherwise made good time. Unfortunately, I arrived at rush hour and had some major A roads to contend with, but got through with no issues and was soon back on lanes to snap a quick pic of the sun setting behind me as I crossed the M5. I knew I was now in for the last of the climbing, but was pretty disheartened when I came across the 25% sign at the bottom of the lane leading out of Haresfield. I was (un)happily tacking away until an oncoming car forced me to a stop, whereupon I had to take to shank's pony for a short while. This didn't do my cleats any favours and they needed some fettling before I could re-mount for the descent into Stroud, to be followed immediately by the climb back up onto Rodborough Common. Started to feel pretty wobbly towards the top so stopped to guzzle some flapjacks and chocolate.

From here, it was pretty much downhill all the way through Tetbury and Malmesbury, where I re-joined familiar roads. Spent the last few miles feeling very satisfied  with my efforts, particularly the fact that I'd never once considered bailing, in spite of plenty of chances to do so. Got home after around 16 hours and devoured a jacket spud smothered with indecent amounts of cheese!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: tonyh on February 24, 2018, 06:27:22 am
If anyone who uses me as their DIY Org is eyeing their mailbox nervously as we get toward month's end, you should be aware that I'm really busy with work, so there's something of a backlog. I'll try and find time to work through the pile in the coming days - but no guarantees.

I'm heavily backlogged too. But all will be well....
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Manotea on February 24, 2018, 10:27:49 am
It's one of those days when j just cannot get out the house despite it being bright and sunny.
Cannot think why... or maybe I can... anyway, the day has warmed up to a cheerful 1C so time to go. I'll pay the price this evening...
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Whitedown Man on February 24, 2018, 07:46:37 pm
Left the house at 4:30 for today’s 200 DIY, the theory being to get all the cold stuff out of the way during the first part of the ride and finish before the temperature started to drop this afternoon. Worked out v. nicely according to plan, with the only snag being that I couldn’t drink during hours 2, 3 & 4 because my bidons were completely frozen  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: SR Steve on February 24, 2018, 11:46:36 pm
I needed a third 200km this month to keep a RRtY going and today seemed like my best option with snow on the way and even colder temperatures forecast. My pc crashed this morning and it took me a while to get it going again, so I didn't get away until after 10am. I'd hoped to start earlier as I was heading east into a fresh Siberian wind and it was in full force by the time I started. There were a few gentle undulations at first and then I crossed some higher ground in northern Leicestershire before dropping down to a stretch of open fenland that was straight into the relentless wind. I was glad of my aero bars on this section as I had missed them on the LEL over a much longer stretch of fenland. Today's route followed a short section of the LEL route near Sutterton before heading back with a nice tailwind.
I had made a note of a few icy patches on my outward journey, so I avoided some nasty surprises on descents when I retraced my route. I had felt just right heading into the wind, but got a bit hot taking advantage of the tailwind across the fens for about 20 miles on the way back. I was glad I didn't take anything off though as it cooled down as I climbed out of the fens and later I considered adding a layer around sunset, but held out as I hadn't got far to go and finished just after 7pm.
Looking forward to a few calendar events next month including Easter Arrow, Hard Boiled and Dorset Coast.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on February 25, 2018, 03:12:53 pm
Is a point to point, I believe this is an "arrow" in audax speak, allowed for RRTY purposes as a DIY?
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: fboab on February 25, 2018, 06:42:00 pm
A dart, if its a solo effort.
A DIY can be any route, it doesn't have to be a circle.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 25, 2018, 07:16:38 pm
Yesterday I rode up to Upton, where I looked for the famous Banjo's cafe but must have ridden right past it without spotting it; the same happened back in January. So I found a different place, where I had a good bowl of leek and potato soup and a slice of cake. Then across the river and past Croome to Pershore, which must have a byelaw decreeing that all traffic lights will always be red. Back through Tewkesbury and Gloucester, GPS failed – well, batteries went dead and yes, I had spares, but they turned out to also be dead  :facepalm: – but it was a simple route home (straight line) and got a receipt at the end. Much warmer (ok, less cold) than today, but too.much.yogurt!

Lesson learned: if you use rechargeable batteries for your Garmin, it's worth checking their state of charge from time to time.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: JonB on February 25, 2018, 07:42:46 pm
Yesterday I rode up to Upton, where I looked for the famous Banjo's cafe but must have ridden right past it without spotting it; the same happened back in January.

If heading in from the South then it's just after the shops start on the left https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.0622054,-2.2181414,3a,37.5y,298.79h,83.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sV-870rx1_zqzEC5D1E6W2g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 ... very easy to miss, last year it seemed to be undergoing some kind of renovation and was closed. Last time I visited, it was closed but it was during the Christmas break and later in the day, it did look like an ongoing concern.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 25, 2018, 08:16:03 pm
Ah, thanks. I'd actually googled it in advance, but in the photo I found it had a dark blue front. Also, there were roadworks at that point with tidal traffic lights, so that made it a bit more difficult to have a good look. Anyway, I found this place:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.0633973,-2.2180202,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVbthodizcAwjzaNN9BZ6Sw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: NeilP on February 26, 2018, 03:42:11 pm
A dart, if its a solo effort.
A DIY can be any route, it doesn't have to be a circle.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 27, 2018, 12:36:19 am
Yes, a 200 in Ecuador on a piece of crap bike. I don't want to do that again; it hurts. Time for a long shower and a cold beer, in that order.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: j_a_m_e_s_ on February 28, 2018, 10:05:27 am
So at 0400 yesterday my alarm went off, and I readied myself for an engagement with The Beast from the East and Around the Weald Expedition - Polar Edition.
Extra jumper - check
Waterproof socks - check
Cleats tightened on my sandals - check
Train rocked up into East Croydon at 05something and I primed the legs with the climb up to Selsdon, and with new 28mm tires and a homemade camper longflap style saddlebag to put through its paces, I gingerly set sail at 0609
Slow and steady was always going to be the order of the day, so I pushed along to Edenbridge avoiding the worst of the back roads, thinking to myself that I'll be okay. Close to 15hrs I thought, but I'll do it. Bounced off Edenbridge at 0720 with a brief stop for some Red Bull slush puppy which had already started to develop in my bottle, a little over an hour in.
Avoided Puddledock and routed via Ide Hill instead of Toys and Emmets Lane, dropped down into Sundridge and crossed the M25 and into Filston Ski track Lane. It was at this point that I probably should have said no and just gone home.
No, not I. I figured I may as well get to Swanley and if needs be just go home from there. After much hard climbing, forced into the saddle by loss of traction from the 65" I was running (an oversight on my behalf - I was supposed to have fitted a 18t cog, but discovered this morning that I had done it all on a 17t.) Parts were literally sheets of ice, but I persevered and got to Swanley Co-op at 0920.
Jam tortilla and coconut trek bar, washed down with an alpro chocolate milk, I made the brave foolish decision to press on.
What followed was a 6hr onslaught of blizzard, ice, periodic stops to unlog the brake callipers and correx mudguards of icebergery, slipperiness, crashed vans, snowed in lorries, comments of how brave I was by pedestrians, frozen beard and water bottles, and general all round jolly japery. I got to Battle at about 1445, thinking that I'm over halfway, I'm going to do this. 85km to go. 6hrs ish left. I was beginning to believe.
Quick phone call to the wife to tell her that I was still alive and onwards I pushed. Slight headwind, which was unbelievably cold. Something akin to The Day After Tomorrow.
Legs getting heavier and heavier, but I wouldn't cave. I'm the Beast from the South East, and a little weather wasn't going to ruin my perfect run of AWEs. 50AAA gloriousness awaited me upon arrival back at Selsdon.
Forest Row - bottle of Coke (red stuff naturally), a litre of Lucozade and a couple of fruit jellies. Onwards and for the umpteenth time quite literally upwards, out of Forest Row. The sun had now set, temperatures had plummeted and The Beast showed me what she really had. The climb out of Forest Row was brutal - stiff headwind, blasted by the heaviest downpour of snow I'd seen all day, settling on the floor in front of my eyes. I had no option - push on. Almost there. 12hrs in, just 30km to go. It got very slick, very quickly. I pushed on, averaging just 10km/h. It was in more than just the figurative sense, slipping away from me.
A toilet break at Lingfield at 1945ish. Train on the platform.
Unashamedly, I packed. less than 20km from the end. but only an hour and a bit to do it. I don't think I could have safely ridden that quickly last night.

Despite the brutal conditions, it was probably the nicest AWE I've (almost) done. At times there were some truly stunning views, and all in all, after a whole day is foolhardiness, I made the right choice in the end. It was treacherous last night, pitch black, and I honestly think I would have hurt myself.

And so 50AAA still awaits, but I'll be in a position to get them when I thaw out, as opposed to heal up.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: psyclist on February 28, 2018, 11:02:47 am
Around the Weald Expedition - Polar Edition.

Chapeau for attempting that, and truly impressive that you so nearly completed it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: telstarbox on March 10, 2018, 08:12:07 pm
A DIY 200 from London to Kings Lynn. I wanted to see the Dunwich Dynamo route in daylight so mostly followed the DD from Leyton to Finchingfield before turning north to Haverhill then into the flat Fens (via Ely and Downham Market).

Apart from a depressing series of close passes around Epping it was a good day out and the rain stayed mercifully intermittent. The extended flat sections by the Great Ouse were more interesting than expected and I enjoyed the scenic villages heading north.

Feeling ready ish for my first 300 in a month's time now!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on March 11, 2018, 10:23:51 pm
I did my first 200 in 2 months today following an ankle ligament injury.

My route took me north from Edinburgh to Perth, it was mostly misty and with many flooded patches where i had to slow.  I breakfasted at Tesco Perth 66km and left there at 1100 so bang on 3 hrs. 

I then headed west via Crieff to Comrie into a very light headwind where the roads were drying and it was even getting a bit warmer.  In Comrie i stopped to remove my jacket for the steady climb over Langside to Braco. 

I decided to stop at the café in M&S Dunblane rather than going on to Corrieris in Causewayhead given the latter was more likely to be a mothers day choice.  It had cooled down a lot now so my jacket went back on. 

I had a free choice of route home and stayed north of the Forth the whole way through Clackmannan, Culross and Rosyth to retrace back over the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh where i finished just before 1800.

Im now confident enough to travel to the Yorkshire Gallop as planned, but not so sure about doing the double header with the rearranged Forth & Tay!

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Bobby on March 16, 2018, 10:39:23 pm
I have been really struggling this year (work, health, weather, mojo).  I’m signed up for the BOB in September so need to get cracking!

Therefore, today I was pleased enough to do 77k & get an Audax 50k diy by gps on the way :)

That’s my first audax of 2018, and the first new distance medals I can buy, and what I hope is a kick in the right direction.  Felt good to be out, even if “it’s only a 50”  :thumbsup:


https://www.strava.com/activities/1455589424 (https://www.strava.com/activities/1455589424)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on March 24, 2018, 09:14:23 pm
A local DIYxGPS 200 to keep my RRtY running ( the Forth and Tay cal event I had planned to use had first postponed, then cancelled due to Weather ).

Although the forecast said it was not going to be windy, I'd take exception to that.
My route had about 80k in a SW direction, from Fraserburgh to Rhynie, and I can say that it was a total grind.

I had a bugger of a ride from the Mechanicals PoV.

Lost over 3 hours to mechanicals. Involved 1.5 hours walk from Mossat to Alford due to earlier sliced tyre followed by multiple punctures. Attempted makeshift tyre boot using folded £10 note, but it didn't really work. The cut was too bad. Exhausted my supply of Puncture Fixings.  Cleats totally destroyed from the hike!  Changed wheel at Alford and completed the ride.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2576414506

Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on March 25, 2018, 11:49:10 am
I managed out and did a 300k using some of my favourite roads, from Edinburgh to Aberdeen via Dunblane and Comrie  :thumbsup:

Id toyed with a 1800 depart Friday but the road surfaces are not great for night riding just now, plus the forecast for yesterday was good and there was enough light for the vast majority to be completed in the daylight.

I left home just before 5am where it was hovering around 1 degree.  It started getting light immediately but it remained very cold but dry through Bo'ness to Stirling.  Id normally manage about 100km before stopping but I stopped for a coffee at McDonalds in Stirling.  I was warm soon enough climing over Langside to Comrie and I removed my jacket just after Crieff.  I stopped for an early lunch at the petrol station in Perth around 130km where I had a big feed.  It wasnt particularly warm but still sunny and dry.

I made good time after this and decided in Forfar to push on to Montrose for my next feed.  This was a bit of an error as I grovelled into Montrose having run out of puff about 10k earlier.  This was about 220km and I reckoned I could manage from here to the finish in Aberdeen without another big stop. 

I was on familiar roads from the many 200ks Ive ridden north to Stoney or Aberdeen and I was soon over the A90 heading towards Fettercairn which now seems to have its own peripherique to avoid the old arch in the town.  I was overtaken by an unfeasably fast youth on a mountain bike just before Auchenblae which made me feel very old and slow!

I decided not to stop in Stoney as I wanted to ride the only bit that was new to me in daylight.  The roadwords for the Aberdeen bypass meant I had to add in a twiddly bit out the Slug Road and over a climb that I believe is known as the Mowtie Beast to rejoin the road north to Deesside.  It wasnt that bad, but I did have to honk for the first time, which I try to avoid.

I stopped about 25km short of Aberdeen to pop my jacket back on and to have some of the sweets Id bought in Montrose.  I knew now it would be dark when I finished but also that the final 10km or so would have streetlights.  I descended carefully in the dark to Peterculter where I was afforded a close up view of the new Aberdeen bypass currently under construction.  My final climb was up Milltimber Brae to join the A93.  I still had to pay attention as the cycle lane has a lot of sunken drains to catch out the unwary.  I rolled into the Railway Station almost bang on 15 hours which gave me an hour or so before my train home.  Id taken a change of clothes so got into those and had a Kriek beer in Casc near the station.  I could have stayed longer.

Train journey was marred by the usual booze britain antics, travelling with a bike does seem to attract unwanted attention and i was glad Id taken a small lock with me so nobody could move it.  Scotrail apparently has a ban on alcohol after 2100 but I appeared to be the only one observing it.  The train quietened down by DUnfdee (all the numpties seemed to be heading to Stoney or Montrose after a day on the lash in Aberdeen).      It was a very short but chilly cycle home from South Gyle Station and I opened to door at bang on midnight.  A long but enjoyable and rewarding day.  Half my 2018 SR done!   8)


     
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: plasticniki on March 28, 2018, 10:11:19 am
I'm trying to do my first RRtY this year, and I'm 4 months in. I really thought I'd got the worst months out of the way, but I have yet to complete my March ride having had the MoK 200 postponed until April. I have a 200 penciled in for Friday but the weather looks absolutely atrocious and having ridden 30 minutes to work in it earlier today I am not sure I can hack 9 hours of the same on Friday.

I am so close to throwing in the towel but this feels decidedly un-audax.

 :-\

(I know this doesn't really belong here, but oh well)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: rob on April 01, 2018, 08:34:33 am
200k DIY yesterday.   Bromley-Ringmer-Rye-Hythe-Whitstable-Faversham and then the train home.

Managed to stay dry all day and the wind wasn’t very troublesome.   Quite a lot of climbing, though, so I can feel it today.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on April 01, 2018, 06:29:36 pm
Impromptu 200k DIY ride home from Edinburgh to Aberdeen today...

https://www.strava.com/activities/1483859010
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: andyoxon on April 01, 2018, 07:28:30 pm
Impromptu 200k DIY ride home from Edinburgh to Aberdeen today...

https://www.strava.com/activities/1483859010

 Nice  :)  221km @ ~29km/h, in the cold, is good going!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on April 02, 2018, 09:11:17 am
I rode my standard winter 200 yesterday, from home in Edinburgh to Bridge of Allan, back home for lunch and then out to Gullane in East Lothian and back home.  Id toyed with a 400 starting 8am but it really was going to be too cold for me to contemplate a 400. 

I can normally knock off a 200 with a single stop but low temperatures make me stop more frequently and for longer so I stopped in McStirling at 65km and again at home around 125km.  Winds were light to start with but the flags at the caravan depot (40km then 80km) suggested it was against me both ways!  The sun had alos disappeared around 1000 and it didnt return.  The wind strengthened as I got closer to home and while I was riding into it I knew it would mean a tailwind for the last 40km or so.  Easter Sunday meant traffic was heavier than normal and the third world road surfaces in Edinburgh kept me on my toes.  I didnt see too many cyclists though I did encounter David Stark coming the other way near Bo'ness and a group carrrying large musical instruments on cargo bikes near Seton Sands. 

I had no zip in the legs from the off and it really was a slog, but I got back home in a tad over ten hours. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Paul H on April 02, 2018, 11:47:45 am
More Fenland fun DIYing home from the Double Dutch, North into the wind as far as Wisbech with breakfast along the way at the legendary Green Welly.  Then West through Crowland and thankfully into some hills after crossing the A15.  I don't know how people deal with riding in the Fens, it makes a nice change but I wouldn't want all my rides to be like that, I saw very few cyclists out compared to how many I'd expect to see on a Sunday locally.  And it wasn't even that windy.  Got a bit confused when I crossed the A607 thinking it was the A606 and I was 15km further along...  I'd planned to stop at the A1 services at Colsterworth, but didn't like the look of the slip road so pressed on.  Stopped for a coffee and break at a lovely but almost empty country pub in Sproxton, I don't know how such places keep going.
All in all a pleasant ride, a bit damp at times and I got wet feet on a flooded road early on and they never fully dried.  A bit slower than I'd hoped and small beer to some, but this is the first time I've done back to back rides since an accident a year ago, so well pleased with that.
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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 20, 2018, 02:52:24 pm
The Malverns are the most beautiful hills in Britain. The sight of them from the east, rising green and purplish, ancient and lumpy from the surrounding flatlands, never fails to uplift the heart. So how come I've never ridden them? Maybe they've always seemed a bit too far or perhaps just too hilly. But yesterday was the day for a Cheeky Thursday 200 in glorious sunshine to the Magnificent Malverns.

Up through Hill and Berkeley to Gloucester, stopping off at Attwooll's in Whitminster for elevenses. A bit early really, but it's in a convenient place. Initially I ordered a toasted sandwich then decided it was just too hot (already!) for that, so changed it to a plain ordinary cheese and pickle sandwich, which was very good, followed by a slice of chocolate cake, which wasn't; dry, too sugary and not chocolatey. Made me feel a bit sick in fact.  :-\ On into Gloucester and out through Maisemore, past the beekeepers' and up the hill to get the first sight of the Malverns as well as an equally beautiful view of the Cotswolds to the other side.

Before long I had almost reached Upton, but instead of turning right on the main road and then crossing the Severn, I turned left on a tiny, somewhat gravelly lane, heading due west to the Hills. Gosh, they looked steep! Are those really houses on them? How do they not slide down the slopes? Past Malvern showground (nothing on, looks a bit like an army barracks) and into the town of Malvern Wells, where I stopped at the first shop I saw for more water (aaah! cold!) and an it's-all-fuel sandwich. Then up and up and out of town. It turns out as I'd half expected that the road over the Mendips to Colwall is not a demanding climb at all, just a steady gradient. Some of the streets in the town are far steeper and I suspect if I lived there I'd do a lot of pushing and also use a lot of brake blocks! Right at the top of the climb the road does a right-angle turn into a sort of short rocky gorge or cutting – I'm not sure whether it's natural or man-made – at the end of which is the most gorgeous view of Herefordshire and Wales. I stopped on an old (Victorian?) iron bench to admire the view, apply sun screen (too late; today my arms look like a particularly embarrassed lobster after a tomato fight) and think about staying there till it got dark. It was so hot I hardly had energy to roll down the other side!

But of course I did, rattling unnervingly all the way. Stopped at the bottom and found it was bottle cage bolts, the ones on the seat tube, which I don't use much. What makes these come loose? Being a well-prepared audaxer in the self-sufficient spirit (or maybe just by luck), I had the appropriate tool to do them up. Colwall, at the bottom of the hill, is notable for nothing at all except a skew bridge over the railway with traffic lights at each end. Luckily they understood that cyclists always deserve priority and gave me the green light. Then along tiny and steep lanes, one of which bore the name Cut Throat Lane – must be a story there – and into Ledbury, which I'd never been to before. It's a pretty market town with lots of non-chain shops. My eye was caught by a yellow-fronted ice cream parlour and the gooseberry sorbet I had must have been the world's most delicious ice cream. Loads of cyclists out here, maybe they were all on cheeky Thursday 200s?

More lanes followed, all new to me until Dymock and then I was getting back into familiar territory. Sure enough, here was Newent. Under the remains of the old railway bridge and it'll be straight on at the slightly staggered crossroads. No! The track is routing me off to the left, straight along the B4125! Well of course, it's the most direct way back to Highnam and Gloucester. A little bit busy at that time but correspondingly fast.

Through Gloucester, which was in linear car park mode, and out through Stonehouse. Tempted for a second by chips, but no. Frocester, Cam, join the A38, loads more cyclists again, mostly looking as if they were in training for a TT – though one chap looked quite mixed up, he had a Bambino aero helmet and a big, baggy fluoro jacket and was coasting along. Tempted again by the woodfired pizza place just before Berkeley, one day I really must try them. Temperature was dropping and I'd put my long-sleeved jersey on.

On the outskirts of Bristol, just before the ex-runway at Filton, there's a choice; over the flyover or use the lights? The flyover is quicker and more thrilling but takes that little bit more energy, which I wanted to save for Filton Hill. On this occasion the choice was made for me, as the flyover was closed off, as was all the road from it to the bottom of Filton Hill. I was able to get through by riding along the pavement (there were no pedestrians around) then had the whole Hill to myself! And so home.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Socks on April 22, 2018, 06:21:00 pm
Not quite today - like cudzoziemiec I took the opportunity of the good weather on Thursday.  Number 5 of (touch wood) 12 in my first Rrty attempt.  My usual DIY route in South Durham and North Yorkshire, early start to avoid traffic on the main road down to Northallerton then to Topcilffe.  And minor roads for the rest of the day.  For the first time this year, warm weather meant that I could rely on waterbottles and didn't need to carry a flask for a hot drink.  Although a water top up was need part way through, I went through a lot of fluids.

Instead of a pub breakfast to warm up at the half way point, I carried my own food so was able to minimise non-cycling time.  The heat was a bit of a novelty, it seems like a long time since I was cycling in shorts and short sleeve top - and still felt hot.  Forgot about sunscreen on the back  of my hands, so another cyclist with a strange tan on my hands / wrists matching the gap in my cycling gloves.

It was a good day out, and a relatively good time for me with only one small deviation from the route. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on April 22, 2018, 06:36:30 pm
Id entered the Yorkshire Gallop and had booked travel / accommodation in advance.  However a combination of (a) good weather and (b) the prospect of no cycling in the subsequent 3 weekends made me believe a DIY 400 was better than ECEing the YG into a 400.

I sent my final work email at 1659 and was under way shortly after on Friday. 

My route was from Darlington south to Ripon York Airmyn to Kirton, and a simple retrace.   

The busy traffic on the A167 and from Northallerton to Leeming Bar was soon forgotten over a lovely fish and chips dinner in Ripon before a pleasant evening pootle down towards York via the old Aldwark Bridge.  I stopped to put lights on just before joining the A19 and carried on through York for a stop at Airmyn (150km) where it had got distinctly cooler with little mist pockets that were even colder.  I carried through Scunthorpe towards the furthest point south (Kirton in Lindsay) where I reached the 200km point in just over 10 hours.

I headed back north which was a morale booster in itself (see Tom Deakins PBP 2007 at Brest) and I knew I only had another hour of riding in the dark back to Scunthorpe, as Id promied myself Id stay there til 0500 and daylight.  Thankfully the Saturday night revellers had long dispersed when i reached McDs in Scunny, though the place was clearly in need of a tidy up.  I locked my bike and had 40 winks after a coffee. 

Under way again and daylight resulted in more traffic so I elected to head north via Crowle and Goole to pick up the my route again.  Id aimed to reach York and 300km by 0900 but a few roadside stops (just to relieve the monotony) made me slip behind that plan.  On the way north just before Swinefleet I was treated to the sight of a deer running through the field on my right keeping pace with me then advancing in front.  As it crossed in front of me it slid the full width of the smooth dewy tarmac before regaining its composure and speeding off in the field to my left. 

I limped into York (300km) and stopped at the first petrol station I could find, a strange place with daleks and other  odd gimmicky stuff.  I got lost a bit getting out of York (again) and chose to get off the A19 by going through Overton.  York is one of those places where I dont find the driving merely bad, I find it actively anti cyclist (even the bus drivers - which most certainly isnt the case in Edinburgh)

I stopped briefly in Ripon before ploughing on though by this stage it had become a slog.  I stopped off near Wath to enjoys some fig rolls and tangfastics on a roadside bench. 

Given the busy traffic on the way south (and the fact that I had about 6 hrs to do 35km) I decided to make my route up north after Leeming.  I zig zagged my way north and east on the lanes around Pepper Arden.  I rolled back into Darlington around 1430 so lots of time in hand. 

Just a 600 (or longer) for a 14th consecutive SR.   
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on April 22, 2018, 08:20:29 pm
A 200km DIY by GPS in the Northron Wastes, first long ride since September. A bit ruddy well-ventilated. Nice tailie up to the Broch then the wind was mostly a bit of a bastard for the rest of the day. Started off misty then had some periods of sunshine and clouds. Two punctures and a tyre boot fitted to cover the hole which caused the second. More time was wasted looking for my 'pooter which fell off its mount after the second puncture. Not much in the way of wildlife: a buzzard, a brown hare and some deer pronging across a field.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 02, 2018, 02:45:05 pm
What better way to celebrate Labour Day* yesterday than by working hard on a midweek slacker's** audax? It's a vital mainstay of the economy by smoothing out workload and income for cafes and it's also a self-indulgent privilege available to the industriously self-employed. Or you can pull a sickie! So off to Burford via Malmesbury and Faringdon, back through Cerney Wick, a route I've done a couple of times before in late-summer sunshine and all-day snow, but this time I was on a different bike just because it was time for that to earn some audax points (and points make... no they don't, Brucey!). The Sequoia is perhaps not the most obvious audax bike, being a little on the heavy side and having humoungous tyres (700x42) but it worked very well. The big tyres not only soak up broken surfaces but roll well; better than I'd have thought, in fact.

Had a fun moment in Malmesbury on the way out. There was a Motorist Stand Off directly in front of me; road too narrow to pass and neither would back down. I've no idea who was "right" or "wrong" and I wasn't waiting around to see the outcome (it wouldn't be like the movies anyway), there was a bike-sized gap between them so through I went. One of them had overtaken me just a few seconds before but I never saw either of them again. (I went through again on the way home and didn't notice any blood on the ground, or spilt engine oil.  ;)) Stopped for an early lunch in Highworth, "the Gateway to the Cotswolds" (it never strikes me as being a typically Cotswold place) and was delighted to see bubble and squeak on the menu. When did you last have bubble and squeak? For me it was probably when I was about 12, but it seemed highly audax-appropriate. When it came it was the ponciest food I've ever seen! Two perfect little squares topped with a poached egg. Well, it was tasty and I suppose it was quite cheap too, so no complaining. And the service was quick!

My favourite part of this ride comes after Highworth. There are lovely ups and downs to Coleshill and Faringdon then a flat section with interesting houses and bridges and stuff from there to Burford. One of these days I must do it without time limits (or get faster... ) so I can stop at all these places. Burford itself I find both very attractive and rather cloying. It's a bit too much of a honeypot I suppose, but there is a decent cafe there, whose wifi I can somehow never get to work. Huge and delicious scones though with oodles of real creamy cream.

Later it started raining and I was glad I hadn't put shorts on, and after that it got rather windy, from the south – or sometimes the west, depending which way I was heading! And then I decided to stop for chips in Malmesbury – rarely eat chips while riding, but they work ok – and then the wind slackened and then I was home.

*Cyclists of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your... oh, you want to keep those...
**Riding midweek you see a surprising number of people who are clearly out doing something similar. Not necessarily an audax but clearly out for a ride during the working day and not just riding somewhere on a task or on tour. While a few of them are clearly of an age to be retired the majority are definitely not. Shouldn't they be at work? No? I didn't think so either.  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Speedicut on May 06, 2018, 11:01:00 pm
Rode Stephen Poulton's Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 200 permanent today.

. 7th leg of my Randonnée-Round-the-Year attempt – no calendar events near me this month.

Was quite interesting – got overtaken by a genuine race peloton – they were really moving! – overtook a traction engine, saw a steam engine. Hillier than I thought it would be - 1800 metres according to my Garmin. Only one evil hill out of Nailsworth but little ups and downs add up I guess.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: citoyen on May 07, 2018, 08:35:24 pm
Attempted a DIY 300 yesterday. I was testing a new route I'd devised, but more importantly than that, it was meant to be a kind of warm-up for the WH1K at the end of this month, carrying all the kit I intend to carry on that ride.

Plan was to be on the road by 3am, in order to get the bulk of the distance out of the way before it got too hot, and before the roads got too clogged up with bank holiday traffic. Didn't quite go to plan, but I was out of the house and on the bike by around 4.40am. Heading west towards Faversham through the mist-shrouded Seasalter marshes, I was feeling good and looking forward to a nice day on the bike.

The good feeling continued as I climbed over the downs and descended towards Lenham, then on through Yalding and across the flatlands to Paddock Wood. Stopped at Tonbridge for a breakfast at McD's, which had just opened. By the time I got going again, the sun was on its way up and I enjoyed the ride along the rolling country road through Penshurst to Lingfield, where I stopped at the Co-Op to replenish my bidons and get some sweets.

Unfortunately, due to setting off later than intended, the next section down through Turners Hill and Haywards Heath was busier with traffic. Ditchling village was gridlocked but I managed to squeeze through by hopping onto the pavement. Please don't hate me.

Ground my way up the Beacon at barely walking pace, but managed to get all the way up without stopping or suffering a stroke. It was starting to get Really Bloody Hot by this time. Didn't stop at the top but pressed onwards into Brighton, which was a seething mass of traffic, including assorted vintage trucks and steam engines on their way down to the pier for some kind of gathering. Stopped for an ice cream at the pier but didn't want to linger, even though I was in need of food, so carried on with the intention of stopping for lunch when I found somewhere more pleasant. Luckily, didn't have to wait long - came across a nice looking café in Roedean, overlooking the sea, where I had a fish finger sandwich, a cup of tea and a can of fizzy pop.

The next leg was along the A259 all the way to Eastbourne. It was horrible. Traffic was heavy, with several bottlenecks - mainly at Cuckmere, where there was a long queue of people wanting to turn off into the country park thing, whatever it is, and no way for other traffic to get past. On top of that, there was a bastard headwind, which made the undulating road seriously heavy going. And the road is quite narrow in places, so I had to endure lots of close passes from impatient motorists who just had to get past regardless of whether there was room to do so safely (especially on the climb just after Cuckmere, where the road is narrow and steep). It's a good few years since I last rode along this stretch and it wasn't as busy then. Maybe it will be better at a different time of day and not on a sunny bank holiday weekend, but I may need to look at revising the route.

After Eastbourne, it was onto another flat section along the coast through Pevensey to Bexhill - progress was quicker, in spite of the persistent headwind.

Stopped for a rest at Bexhill and decided it was probably time to call it a day. I'm confident I could have completed the distance - that last stretch was the worst of the ride over, with some much nicer bits to follow. However, I needed to be home at a reasonable time and that was unlikely to happen if I carried on. So I rode on as far as Hastings where I got the train home, having racked up a bit over 200km - still a decent ride on a day that was far too hot for such exertions.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: andyoxon on May 20, 2018, 01:06:51 pm
DIYxGPS 200km yesterday.  Route was basically Abingdon, Wheatley, Stratton Audley, North Aston, Chippy, Burford, Lechlade & back.  The only real A-road bit was the A415 heading east, and at 7am it was very quiet.  Almost a perfect day, not too hot in the sun, not much wind, but enough breeze.  Stopped for a coffee at the Yurt cafe in North Aston (Garden centre), then on to CN to the Old mill cafe.  I had a superb Moussaka, but unfortunately it was totally the wrong choice for me on a 200km.  Almost deserted roads through the cotswolds at lunchtime (due an event at Windsor castle), but I started feeling more and more uncomfortable.  The Moussaka just sat in my stomach, and the warm water in my bottles, didn't seem to improve matters.  In Lechlade I craved something cold and sweet, so bought a coke - which I don't normally do, but it felt good.  Had to stop more and more frequently, the moussaka hadn't digested.  I limped home, feeling pretty horrible, and didn't eat anything until about 10pm. Live and learn.

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Nicolson's Cafe, North Aston

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Looking back to the under-Wychwoods.

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Buttercups near Lechlade

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Tadpole bridge over the Thames

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Charlie Polecat on May 21, 2018, 05:20:35 pm
Lovely scenery, thank you for that.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Charlie Polecat on May 21, 2018, 05:24:55 pm
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still a decent ride on a day that was far too hot for such exertions.

When you say 'hot' what temperature would that be?

Over here I am attempting to avoid the worst of the day's temperatures - which now is around 95 degrees - by riding partly at night starting at around 2 in the afternoon and riding a 200K until just before midnight. Fortunately, we don't have the kind of traffic you mention so it's just the temperature that is wilting.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on May 27, 2018, 09:00:14 pm
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Up with the larks for a sneaky DIY 200. Chilly start, Pingu had to use his "spare jersey" <insert Audax Ecosse joke here>. Startled a couple of deer by the Tin Coo. Stopped at Ballater for 2nd breakfast. Saw some bullfinches & a couple of wooderypeckeries. Tons of cyclists coming the other way from Braemar on some sort of event (The 3 pistes cyclosportive, apptly). Back to Ballater for lunch, where it was scorchio. Headwind all the way home (yay, my favourite). Recovery drink is the most delicious Belle Fleur by De Dochter Van De Korenaar.

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on May 28, 2018, 08:14:29 am
Andyoxon, looks wornderful!!

Please share the route...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Kev Sp8 on May 28, 2018, 11:58:53 am
I rode 'The Struggle Dales' sportive yesterday and extended it (back to the train station in Leeds) to bag a 200, subject to validation of course! This was my first Sportive and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the good atmosphere, having read and heard lots about how they can be unpleasant and attended by sketchy riders. Okay, at £40 it wasn't cheap but they did chuck plenty of free stuff at you at the very well organised feed stations and the route was well signed and marshalled. Would I choose it over Audax? Nah, I much prefer the more relaxed feel and sense of self reliance, but I'd happily ride more Sportives if they come up at the right time and place.
The ride was utterly brutal, with climbs of Bedlam, Hartwith Bank, Greenhow Hill, Malham Cove, Park Rash, Trapping Hill and Two Stoops. My climb figure for the day was just shy of 12000 feet and the heat and strong winds ensured that it really lived up to its name. When I got to the finish, I had to shoulder my rucksack and had two hours for the 18 miles to catch my train in Leeds. I was so wrecked I wondered if I'd make it, but I did, with 30 mins in hand. Unfortunately, my train was terminated in Birmingham after the crazy weather and I had little choice but to get a hotel and make my way home this morning. Ah well, Cross Country Trains are picking up the tab and the burger I got on room service went down a treat!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on May 28, 2018, 12:12:22 pm
I rode 'The Struggle Dales' sportive yesterday and extended it (back to the train station in Leeds) to bag a 200, subject to validation of course! This was my first Sportive and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the good atmosphere, having read and heard lots about how they can be unpleasant and attended by sketchy riders.

I did lots of sportives... the Fred Whitton Challenge stands out for the great route and atmosphere... locals with cowbells up Hardknott pass etc... I'd do it again, but it's a very expensive weekend... hotels in the lakes are pricey, also, I can't go to the Lakes without taking the wife, which means a much more expensive hotel and doubling the cost of everything else...  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Wycombewheeler on May 28, 2018, 08:43:57 pm
Meridian hills for me today. Beautiful ride, but so hard. Harder than any 300 I have done.physicallt tougher than any 400 as well but not riding sleep deprived made up for it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: halhorner on May 29, 2018, 06:04:26 pm
I did John Hamilton's 'Snowdon, Lleyn & Lakes' yesterday.

Had a fantastic day's cycling in glorious late May sunshine. The route is an absolute cracker, highly recommended. It goes from Bala, through the Arenigs and across the Ffestiniog valley then round the Lleyn peninsula, back into the mountains via the Nantlle and Gywant valleys and back to Bala via Betws y Coed with a bit of a sting in the tail with a final drag over the Denbigh Moors. Crams many varied landscapes into 200km: from mountain to moorland to coastline to wildflower hedged pastoral lanes...made it feel like a real tour. Plenty of climbing but only a couple of really steep bits, and some fantastic descents. What was also noticeable after a winter of cycling on the bombed out lanes of southern England was the quality of the road surfaces - really nice all the way round.

I stayed at Plas Coch on Sunday night, rough and ready but cheap accommodation and friendly/helpful staff.

Second breakfast at Eric Jones cafe under Tremadoc rocks (an old favourite from my climbing days), crab sandwiches for lunch at Y Gegin in Aberdaron and a custard slice for tea from the (excellent) bakery in the Spar shop at Betws.

Thanks John, must try one of your Calendar events one day!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on May 31, 2018, 11:03:15 am
Slight belated post but been a tad busy...

Set off last Friday 20-00 to do a DIY600 and broke a  spoke about 40km in.  Detour to Larbert for train home to Edinburgh but train was cancelled so i rode with comedy front wheel the 4 miles to Falkirk and the last train home on the Glasgow line. 

Duly irritated I replaced the wheel, notified the DIY organiser of my DNF and set off at 0500 to catch the train to Stonehaven (the original furthest point of my intended 600) where i rode home as I wanted to scope out some ideas for a possible calendar 600 next year.  Weird weather - hot sun & cold wind.  Not firing on all cylinders but got home in just over 10 hrs.   Free choice of route after Perth so I took the very lumpy Wicks O baiglie road (which explains the 10 hrs + bit). 

Watched football saturday night and did some admin for the West Highlands on Sunday whilst shivering in the haar. 

Scunnered by the cold misty weather in Edinburgh I got up with the lark on Monday and got the train to Dunblanne and had a cracking day out, a 200km DIY up to Meigle and back.  It was lovely, hot and sunny and using quiet roads (main roads were busy as it wasnt a bank holiday in Scotland even though I was off).  Best day out since I rode to Rannoch Station 5 years ago.   

     
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: deejay on June 03, 2018, 09:21:34 am
I was out doing a DIY200 yesterday. On the run in the Red Lodge near Newmarket when I met two other riders. One was wearing a Audax Ireland gilet. We had a brief  conversation and it turned out that the audax rider was on a DIY250 starting at Peterborough and had just met the other rider. I assumed everyone would be heading for the famous cafe but in the end I was the only one that stopped. I am just wondering if it was anyone from hear. I hope the day went well for you.

JT
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on June 07, 2018, 09:28:00 am
A DIY by GPS:

Mrs P's first 300 (subject to validation)  8) She doesn't mention the steep cobbly climb up Bosberg - must've erased that one from her mind :)

I nearly filled up the AUK DIY by GPS entry form with controls for this one!

Quote from: Mrs Pingu
So, The Audacious Maattentart Heist: 0450 start wearing all the clothes. Saw lots of kitties on the canal path doing a spot of early morning hunting, as well as a giant metallic bat. 2nd brekky in Deinze was Maattentart from a van at the market. Then off up through the Flemish Ardennes for Dan 's fix of hills and the weather warmed up and we had wall to wall sunshine. Turned north in a bit of a head wind back on to the flat. Antwerp full of crap expensive shops. Down through the Sint Anna tunnel under the Scheldt which was very chilly after the 30ish °C on the surface. A flat bit next to the motorway which ate up the kms a bit with the wind behind us, before we got to the Dutch coast and quite a lot of interminably dull route behind the Zeedijk into a head or a cross wind. At this point the 3 litres of water consumed started to turn into a yen for a big sachet of salt and a can of fizzy pop. Some kilometers later we found a friteur and much rejoicing was done. After that more trundling along the usually heaving route past Cadzand and Knokke Heist which was happily dead at that time of night. Nice sunset and then finally we turned away from the coast on the last stretch into Bruges. Also seen: storks, several hunting kestrels, various dogs, cats sheep all flaked out in the sun, some hares and a dead cow in a farmyard.

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That tunnel:

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IMG_0983_01 (https://flic.kr/p/27WSDuz) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: bhoot on June 13, 2018, 11:14:47 pm
Five islands, four causeways, no ferries, and quite a few birds*
On holiday in the Outer Hebrides we checked out the possibility of a 200km DIY and found out that it was possible to cycle that far without taking any ferries or falling into the sea. We started at Berneray ferry terminal, headed over the first causeway of the day and then south west to Balranald (corncrakes, redshanks, oystercatchers) and then south over the next three causeways to the Hebridean Jewellery coffee shop at the north end of South Uist for bacon rolls. Suitably refreshed, south again (curlews and short eared owl) to the Kilbride campsite cafe at the south end of the island, with a great view across to Barra - for the previous two weeks this would have been of white sand and sparkling turquoise water but the weather had broken and it was a bit grey all day. Turnaround point, so back now into the wind and we realised why the northbound touring cyclists we had met earlier were looking slightly grim! Next stop via one causeway was Benbecula (shelduck and chicks) for a control at McLennans supermarket where we sat outside on compost bags (much more comfortable than petrol station charcoal) and ate typical audax fare of yoghurt and rock buns and drank chocolate milk. Back across two more causeways (with the small island of Grimsay between them) to North Uist and the Lochmaddy ATM (a rare facility around here) to control. The final leg (more oystercatchers, swans, redshanks, a raven, maybe an eagle) across the last causeway of the day back to Berneray, fortunately arriving before the last ferry of the day from Harris disgorged its vehicles onto the singletrack road.
* We could in fact have bagged one more island and causeway by going to Eriskay but we didn't actually need to for 200km
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: jayteezim on June 14, 2018, 04:08:44 pm
I was out doing a DIY200 yesterday. On the run in the Red Lodge near Newmarket when I met two other riders. One was wearing a Audax Ireland gilet. We had a brief  conversation and it turned out that the audax rider was on a DIY250 starting at Peterborough and had just met the other rider. I assumed everyone would be heading for the famous cafe but in the end I was the only one that stopped. I am just wondering if it was anyone from hear. I hope the day went well for you.

JT

Yes that was me. Nice bumping onto you. I was doing a route check for the south part of the Yorkshire via Essex(The Flatlands Reversed), http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-382/ and it controls at the NISA store centre in Red Lodge and not at the cafe. Was not trying to avoid you ;D. Always good to see others enjoying the weather and riding their bike.
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on June 16, 2018, 08:29:57 pm
great one way 200 Edinburgh - Stonehaven after last weeks Southern Upland 400km.

I booked the 1510 train home so left at 0500 which also helped me keep ahead of the rain.,,...for a while. 

Lovely sunrise behind the Forth Road Bridge (see @graeme_wyllie on twitter) and mostly favourable SE winds. 

Heavy rain by Forfar 120km and steady thereafter.   

My body is back getting used to a single stop on a 200 so i was just over 9 hrs and had about 45 mins to spare after getting changed.

A couple of pints in the Station Hotel while watching the football and a wee snooze on the train home.  Fab day despite rain

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/24387738 (https://ridewithgps.com/trips/24387738)
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Feanor on June 16, 2018, 08:55:45 pm
Nice one, YleeG.
Shame you won't be at Fordoun tomorrow. I'm currently trying to moderate my wine consumption this evening, which is a bit of a nuisance!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: , on June 16, 2018, 09:29:51 pm
Nice one, YleeG.
Shame you won't be at Fordoun tomorrow. I'm currently trying to moderate my wine consumption this evening, which is a bit of a nuisance!
aye, I was given my orders to keep tomorrow free for Fathers Day.  Good luck!  I really must get out on the TT bike and get some practicce
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Kev Sp8 on June 18, 2018, 07:52:10 am
I churned out the Dark and White Peak 200KM Perm on Saturday. Easily my hardest 200KM ride to date with 4000m of ascent recorded and a persistent strong headwind for every Southbound mile. Spectacular scenery though. A highly recommended ride!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Deano on June 19, 2018, 12:03:33 am
Not the Lanchester 400 at the weekend:

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: deejay on June 21, 2018, 12:28:08 pm
Always good to see others enjoying the weather and riding their bike.

Yep, it was a good day in the end if a little wet at the start for me. It threatened to thunder near the finish as I rolled back through Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket but nothing came of it.
 :thumbsup:

JT
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: whosatthewheel on June 22, 2018, 01:25:25 pm
Seven of best (or worst) climbs in the Cotswolds... hopefully 2 AAA points when validated

https://www.strava.com/activities/1654567082
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 28, 2018, 05:59:36 pm
200 yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to keep my RRTY going. Up the A38 to Gloucester for elevenses (more like tenses, but any time is good) then out over Alney Island and up to Ledbury, where I spent far too much time eating ice cream and generally looking around. There's a lot to look at in a small town, I must go back on another occasion without time pressure. On further north, continuing into a headwind, to the turning point at Bromyard. From Ledbury to Bromyard is really not very far but the heat and the headwind where draining me (nothing to do with being unfit, oh no) so I found a cosy little cafe where I had a cup of tea and a cheese and onion toastie. Bromyard is in a valley, which I hadn't taken any notice of when planning. I did on the way out. Fortunately the road out actually seemed a shallower gradient than the one in. I also hadn't paid much attention to riding along the A465 for several miles. You can't always tell with A roads unless you know them; some are horrible, some lovely. Even primary status isn't an infallible guide. Fortunately the A465 had not much traffic but gave me the benefit of a smooth surface, easy gradients and no give ways.

I crossed the Wye at Holme Lacy and the steep stuff started. Again, maps and signs aren't everything. The first hill the OS consider worthy of a chevron left me unimpressed while others with no chevrons were far more taxing. The descent into Hoarwithy manages to combine a chevron, meaning at least 14%, with a road sign indicating 10%. In this case, I reckon it's at least 14%. It's also quite potholed, so I rushed down in a clanging of luggage, bottles and Garmin! By now it was really hot – the computer on my bike indicated 33 degrees! – so I did something quite unusual for me, stopped at a rural pub (it wasn't in a village, just at a crossroads) and drank some orange juice and lemonade, which I found really refreshing. (But why does it cost more than beer?)

The hottest was yet to come though. The road out of Monmouth to Trellech starts with a long climb. It's never steep but it never stops and the road is quite exposed. It felt like five miles though looking at the map I think it's only about two. I went right down the cassette, kept my cadence steady and was glad to reach the top. So was my average speed, which increased noticeably as I freewheeled at 50-odd km/h towards Chepstow; I'd been bumping against the time limit before. Chepstow, of course, is virtually a suburb of Bristol (or vice versa?) so from there it's just a question of following my nose. Home, and there were peaches!
Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: Pingu on July 08, 2018, 10:59:32 am
Today's ride turned out to be an exercise in poor nutrition and hydration (because I forgot my wallet). Conclusion: either don't forget your wallet or carry enough food and water to get you round sans dosh. I do these things so you don't have to  ::-)

Anyway, a lovely day to be out on the bike. Had a puncture at @ 20k in - boo and indeed literally hiss >:-( . Bastard headwind from Dufftown got bastardier as the afternoon wore on. Not much wildlife spotted - some buzzards, an oystercatcher chick and a smelly dead deer.

Met that Feanor on the Col de Chapel of Garioch  :)

Superior arrivée on this event  :)

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Title: Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on July 08, 2018, 03:17:58 pm
The Wee McTaggart and I tandemed round the Horses for Courses 200 perm yesterday, along with megajoules expenditure and HK on solos. Not too much in the way of hills but quite a bit of fluid consumed. It turned out that Snetterton Circuit wouldn't let us into the cafe without each of us purchasing a £16 ticket to watch the racing, despite advice to the contrary. A food stop a little further along the route seemed like a better use of our readies.