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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23650 on: June 28, 2020, 07:34:29 pm »
22km mostly off road noodling about in the forest, very windy today so one to stay among the trees.
I knew my riding has been pathetic this year but my total on strava for the year is less than I've done in a day before :(  I shall be out after work tomorrow and Tuesday to ensure I exceed 1x Amesbury Amble in 6 months.
2020 targets: None
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23651 on: June 28, 2020, 08:14:35 pm »
An not too early jaunt to deliver a card for the wife. She could have posted it but hey any excuse. First bit was nasty windy and my planned route was scuppered by a police road closure. I had ignored the fact someone said the road was closed coming the other way as generally they are not closed to bikes which can be carried round but this was proper shut. Reports are one dead and one arrested for death by dangerous driving with drink and drugs added.

Back into the wind due to rerouting. Card delivered and back via a circulous route. Loads of cyclists out. Probably in the region of 200 seen and most seemed in allowed groups and friendly enough. Another reroute as another road closed. Some cyclists were getting through but think the road work team were getting pissed off. It was signed closed for a good mile.

Last little bit after that was hard. Felt the battle into the earlier wind but over with the 40ish K today I've without aiming to got to around 400km for the month.

Will be celebrating by buying a helmet cam after a couple of badly executed overtakes as detailed in today's motorised moron.


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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23652 on: June 28, 2020, 08:29:12 pm »
Took the MTB for another spin around Bennachie.
The rain started the moment I set off, and didn't really let up much all the way round.
I omitted part of the planned route due to the poor weather.

Bennachie in the murk by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23653 on: June 28, 2020, 09:45:07 pm »
A 30 mile spin into Surrey with Mrs h and a guest appearance from mini. Beautiful out there (if a little windy). Lots and lots of bikes out.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23654 on: June 29, 2020, 01:15:50 am »
Saturday 200km loop, anti-clockwise from Sheffield to Wetherby via Sherburn in Elmet, returning via Kirkstall where a friend lives and I stopped for an awkward coffee.

I got wet and dried off a few times. A good test for my new merino jersey which performed well, keeping me warm when wet.

The first 100km was relatively flat with the bulk of the 2200m elevation in the last 50km, some nasty little buggers on the border of West and South Yorkshire.

It was a ride which used the full variety of roads, including 4 lane roundabouts near Leeds, the awkward "CS1" between Leeds and Bradford and the Spen Valley Greenway which is ideally surfaced but busy with dog walkers and young 'uns, liberal use of the bell was needed.

A good day out but would've been improved if I'd not missed the chip shop in Wetherby by 10 minutes.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23655 on: June 30, 2020, 09:59:32 am »
An early rise for 50km before work out to Linlithgow and back.

Got home somewhat deflated after experiencing bad driving at the spots where I tend to be on highest alert levels.  A triple crown of awful driving if you will. 

- Drum Brae RAB where my 3rd exit right turn can occasionally be fraught due to prevailing traffic on a dual carriageway mostly going SO.  This morning it was a delivery lorry coming towards me wanting to go left ie same exit as me but refusing to stop sufficiently to confirm definitively that hed seen me and then driving dangerously close behind me after that to the extent that I chose to go onto the pavement and stop for my own safety.  I think I'll avoid this RAB in future now that lockdown levels of traffic are well and truly a thing of the past. 
- Dangerous rat runners heading for the M9 at the staggered crossroads at Threemiletown (both ways)

- Folk flying along the A803 between Linlithgow heading towards Champany, making my right turn to the minor road to Kingsfield nigh on impossible.  No doubt folk here also heading to the M9.     
I mean I've been riding these roads for the best part of 50 years and have developed a sense of what to look out for and where.  Heaven help folk who aren't expecting bad driving.  It reminded me why I used to do quite a lot of wattbike cycling in the gym, avoiding the fight that this crap ^ represents. 

Beautiful morning too, should have been so much more enjoyable.


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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23656 on: June 30, 2020, 03:58:02 pm »
Early morning 40km circuit ridden purely to take in the lane from Hound Green towards Chandler's Green that I haven't ridden in donkey's years.  If it wasn't for requiring a busy section of the B3349 from Hook towards Reading I would ride it more often but at 5.30am I had the B-road to myself.  If I was into such things I would probably be creating a sizeable cube on Veloviewer at the moment, but I'm just happy taking roads less travelled at the moment.  I was passed by 2 cars on the whole trip. 
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23657 on: June 30, 2020, 04:58:34 pm »
First commute in ages due to not having a bike. Picked new one up on Sat but not tested due to the tropical west coast weather! 50km today on it and it felt quite good to be back on a bike again but as mentioned above, the driving today was shocking, likely down to the shops opening up properly now and people in a rush to get there  :'(
Mind of a cyclist, body of a dart player.


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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23658 on: June 30, 2020, 09:18:01 pm »
The day grows old. Somewhere in the distance, the wail of a great klaxon breaks the silence. I am inexplicably drawn to follow it, through the hungry gaping maws of the great iron portals leading to the mines of industry.

Recalled from furlough from tomorrow.
Now remind me, how do you put clothes on? It seems awfully complicated.

So one last hurrah, a spin around the route of the Dee Lechtable 200k audax, which may or may not run later in the year from my home town.