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IanDG

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #625 on: May 25, 2008, 11:19:44 am »
52km. Out to the road end at Tolsta and back. Its one of the few routes that would give me a tail wind home. Fed up of 4 weeks of slogging into a headwind on the return leg on my most common routes.

One scary moment when I was descending to Gress at 71kph and got hit by a gust of wind from the side  :o

Domestique

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #626 on: May 25, 2008, 05:09:31 pm »
My usual run around the town, completely spoiled with the seafront diversion in operation and some asswipe is a souped up canary yellow Renault  :(
At least the rain held off  :)

David Martin

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #627 on: May 25, 2008, 05:19:29 pm »
Final stage today. Windy but blue sky, green fields and trees, yellow gorse and bluebells.

Thje lap is brutal and there were a number of snapped chains. Many competitors got to watch the finish from the sidelines.

A fast sprint for a small bunch. Same winner as yesterday, but a different runner up.

And then pootle up Balgay hill with the kids on their bikes. A stiff climb for those not used to it.

..d
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #628 on: May 25, 2008, 07:15:45 pm »
I've wanted to get out with Pollards Hill cyclists for a while. Today they were meeting at Dorking station for a ride around some hillyish bits of Surrey, so I took the opportunity to get some hill practice. I took the optimistic view that it would clear up later, as it was peeing it down as I cycled to Clapham Junction in my overshoes etc feeling like a nutter.

It was dull in Dorking, but the sun started to come out as we set off. Almost instantly we hit a gravelly/rocky bit of track. I knew there would be some off road, but it had said on the website that it would be a 'good surface'. I knew right then that we had differing ideas of what constituted a good surface. Personally I am quite a fan of tarmac...(it's in my London veins..my mum had a thing for sniffing fresh tarmac when she was pregnant with me!)

This continued for a while and I am not sure what I found worse, the uphill offroading or the downhill offroading. I was bloody terrified of coming off, as I know my slick tyres, fat as they are, don't like that surface and they were skidding about. There were cattle grids which I was having none of, got off for them although no one else did. As I passed within inches of him, a bull started doing things to a cow that, as a city girl, I have never had the dubious privilege of witnessing.

Then we hit a road and it was announced we were going to do some serious climbing. I did not find it too serious, maybe it was the FNRttCs, but I managed it no trouble. The pub appeared, and very nice it was too. The sun had come out in earnest by then.

After lunch there was a bit more up and down, the down bothering me more than the up (I am a nervous descender). We visited an absolutely beautiful waterfall hidden somewhere in Surrey (someone took photos so I will link to Flickr once they are up), it was gorgeous. Like some kind of fairytale grotto. Then we cycled on back up the steep hill from whence we had came (think someone said 1 in 8?) , and I liked going up it better than I had liked going down, because I was not rigid with terror...in fact I was first to the top. But only because my lowest gear is higher than it should really be.

We cycled up Leith Hill, that I thought would be bad from what I have heard, but it really wasn't. The rough track bothered me a lot more than the gradient, and my bike slipped at one point but I magically clipped out and managed to stay upright even when the bike was sprawled on the floor. Went to the top of the tower and looked at the view (there had been breathtaking views on this ride, absolutely amazing). On hearing that the way down involved a 'very rough track' (and considering the others were supposed to have been good surfaces!), my sense of self preservation overcame my reserve and I said I wasn't happy and asked to be shown an alternative where I could meet them at the bottom. Two others came with me on the road alternative, whether because they wanted to or because they felt sorry me I don't know.

It was downhill almost all the way to Dorking, and I was dropped as they made the most of the downhill and went hell for leather while I just whimpered to myself and hung on for dear life, braking for much it it. They did wait though, they were very nice. Really, the downhills made me feel worse than the uphills, I am just so scared of going so fast, especially on bendy roads with cars around.

A very pleasurable day despite the scary parts. Either those hills weren't that bad (it was billed as a hilly ride but then PHC pace is supposed to be very gentle) or I am getting better at them. I am reliably informed that that ride was unusual in including so much bumpy off-road and usually their rides were mostly on proper roads. I know for next time eh. Around 20 miles I think, usually they do 30 but had cut it to allow for the hills.

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #629 on: May 25, 2008, 08:35:52 pm »
Today I got the train to Falkirk with a couple of friends (actually we were thrown off the train at Polmont, but that's by the by), cycled from Polmont to the Falkirk Wheel, visited the Wheel, then cycled back to Edinburgh. I'll put some pics in the gallery once I get time to upload them. It'll be later in the week. The Wheel is fantastic.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #630 on: May 25, 2008, 09:17:03 pm »
Hats off Laura.
A mixed day  - but it sounds like a good one  :)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #631 on: May 25, 2008, 09:32:26 pm »
Baby G and I took the Limo-seat equipped Raven for a trip to the local supermarket followed by a 1h40 ride through the park and along the River. Made it own on time, and at speed!, just before the rain. It was fun. It was windy and cool though.
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

ronstrutt

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #632 on: May 25, 2008, 09:44:42 pm »
No, I haven't, and that's a sore point.

Weather forecast last night was for torrential rain, flooding, and gale force winds today. When I first woke at 4.30, true enough, it was pouring and blowing. When I finally arose at 8.00 it was simply grey and drizzly. By the time I'd had breakfast it was dry and the sun was beginning to break through. By lunchtime it was positively balmy. And I was cursing the Met Office.

So I am going tomorrow. To the Isle of Wight. Only the forecast for tomorrow is for much of the same.

The last time I cycled to the Island on a bank holiday they had more rain than on any other bank holiday in living memory. Am I about to get a reputation as a Jonah?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #633 on: May 25, 2008, 09:48:25 pm »
Thanks Jurek. I'm glad I went. And even gladder to be back in one piece  ;D I'm leaving off-roading to the MTBers...

ronstrutt, the forecast was plain wrong for today, I would have been cross if I'd believed it and stayed in. As it was I was wearing too much. All the best for IoW.

ronstrutt

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #634 on: May 25, 2008, 09:54:04 pm »
I would have been cross if I'd believed it and stayed in.

I was - believe me, I was very, very cross. The only consolation was that I was able to go out and spend nearly £100 on walking gear. Before any of you next complain about the cost of cycling gear, go and have a look at the prices they charge for walking stuff!

ronstrutt

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #635 on: May 25, 2008, 10:28:16 pm »
Today they were meeting at Dorking station for a ride around some hillyish bits of Surrey, so I took the opportunity to get some hill practice.

Ah, you've been riding round my home patch. There are some hills in Surrey and there are some slopes. Look like they took you round the slopes!

We visited an absolutely beautiful waterfall hidden somewhere in Surrey (someone took photos so I will link to Flickr once they are up), it was gorgeous. Like some kind of fairytale grotto.

That'll be the Tillingbourne Falls, very picturesque but entirely artificial, as you may have surmised.

We cycled up Leith Hill, that I thought would be bad from what I have heard, but it really wasn't. ... Either those hills weren't that bad (it was billed as a hilly ride but then PHC pace is supposed to be very gentle) or I am getting better at them.

Leith Hill is high (the highest point in the south of England) but the slope up to it is quite gentle. For some real climbs, try Horseblock Hollow or White Down Road if you want to stretch your muscles. Neither is particularly long but they're testing.

Incidentally, I hope that when you climbed the tower on Leith Hill you paid due respects to Richard Hull who built it in 1766 and who is buried beneath it. The top of the roof is exactly 1000 feet above sea level.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #636 on: May 25, 2008, 10:56:20 pm »
No.

But I was out yesterday   :)

Sorry about the duplicate posts  ::-)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #637 on: May 26, 2008, 11:49:38 am »
Great RR Sergeant Pluck. Thanks for posting here, I often forget to check out the gallery, I keep forgetting I have broadband now  ::-)

ronstrutt, someone said something about the beauty of Mother Nature at the waterfall, and I did wonder how much Mother Nature had contributed, but kept my mouth shut!

I'll have to run screaming from seek out the real hills another day. As it was, it was a very novel experience to be the one waiting for others at the top of a hill.

The leader did mention that the top of the tower was officially the height of a mountain, but I didn't know about Richard Hull (probably it was written about him somewhere, but the place was packed so I didn't linger).

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #638 on: May 26, 2008, 12:12:13 pm »
Today I got the train to Falkirk with a couple of friends (actually we were thrown off the train at Polmont, but that's by the by), cycled from Polmont to the Falkirk Wheel, visited the Wheel, then cycled back to Edinburgh. I'll put some pics in the gallery once I get time to upload them. It'll be later in the week. The Wheel is fantastic.

I think I should rewrite this to say that yesterday I cycled the entire length of the Union Canal. It sounds better that way.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


David Martin

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #639 on: May 26, 2008, 02:21:18 pm »
The falkirk wheel is great - went there on my longest ever ride (at the time) from Dundee-Glasgow. And claimed mileage for it too ;-)

Out today with the kids to ride to Broughty Ferry. Took the reailway path down to Invergowrie then into the wind along Riverside Drive. Stopped by the bridge to refuel with som chips, then carried on to meet the rest of the family at the castle. A good meander even if I was having to give them a helping hand (it was quite a stiff headwind).
..d
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #640 on: May 26, 2008, 03:00:49 pm »
No. Very windy here.
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #641 on: May 26, 2008, 03:04:43 pm »
No.
Well, yes.
But it was togged up in full Goretex & body armour (on the Honda) an' it wasn't very nice.  :(

Jezza

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #642 on: May 26, 2008, 03:16:06 pm »
No. It's vile out there. I have:

Put on my warmest jumper
Fallen asleep three times
Read bits of three different books
Watched John McCain's wife dressed as a dominatrix
Drunk at least 15 mugs of tea
Watched 30 minutes of shite Lost World movie on TV
Eaten an entire jar of gherkins <urp>

I'm starting to dread what possible levels of depravity I may achieve by this evening.

 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #643 on: May 26, 2008, 03:22:03 pm »
nope. an unwelcome dose of the diddlies has put paid to any plans for cycling or running, other than to the khazi that is ::-)
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vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #644 on: May 26, 2008, 03:26:00 pm »
Nope  :'(

I've been on call this weekend. I managed half an hour's run early this morning before the cellblock beckoned.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #645 on: May 26, 2008, 05:07:58 pm »
Out for a quick run with my sister in the park this morning (we keep each other going, which is fun), then a pootle with Woolly to (the Devil wears) Primark, Hammersmith, to buy him some new (clean) shorts for his big day tomorrow :)

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #646 on: May 26, 2008, 05:58:07 pm »
Me neither.  Busy psyching myself up for an evening of doing nothing.

I did manage to drive to Waitrose.  I spent £131!

I am very full of a prawn & avocado (and everything else I could think of) salad I made when I got home.  I've had my cappuccino, thinking about making another, and am catching up on Sky+ recordings whilst trying to declutter the living room.

Later I will be writing some code to sail a robotic boat across the Atlantic.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #647 on: May 26, 2008, 06:49:42 pm »
I cheated.  Huge tailwind on the way out.  Then train home.

Only one near-death experience, when a car overtook on a very blind bend/summit just south of Newton Solney.  (That was on the bike bit, not the train.)

Obvious really; there's never been a railway in Newton Solney. ::-)

That was on my commute when I lived in Allenton (later Findern) and worked in BoT. I've got a very nice commute now, but that was probably the prettiest.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

mike morley

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #648 on: May 26, 2008, 06:58:10 pm »
Hi Jezza, I don't think that we have met but I am very impressed to read about all your world wide travel especially around South East Asia. I used to live in Australia with Barbara my wife and two girls Vanessa, then 5 and Natalie 10months. Vanessa started school in Sydney and then Perth before my contract finished and we all came back to the UK. I used to work for GEC then as Sales Manager South East Asia so spent much time in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malasi, Thailand, Taiwan, Philipines, New Zealand and other very memorable places, all peoples being so different in many ways according to their nationality.
What prompts me to write is to say how I enjoyed reading your account of your Suffolk ride arround Warbleswick etc. Sounds like you and Annie had a good time but a very long ride! I liked the photo of you on the beach with the skeletons small top along side you (gone for a p..).
Are you planning to do the ride that Annie plans on 15 June? if so we may meet then as I plan to do the ride, staying in Southwold at the time. (Mrs M has her reservations about this, it's supposed to be a non cycling holiday!). I have yet to agree a rondevouz at maybe some halfway point? Best regards, Mike M.

IanDG

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #649 on: May 26, 2008, 07:37:20 pm »
201km from Stornoway 50km into the wind to the Butt of Lewis then a long tail wind stretch down the west side to Valtos and then back to Stornoway (last 40km into a head wind). According to the metoffice site the wind picked up from 20mph to 33mph just as I hit the last 15km  :(