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clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #725 on: June 05, 2008, 11:24:12 pm »
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #726 on: June 05, 2008, 11:26:10 pm »
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.

I was in the City of London today at a meeting in Cornhill. I was envious of the people blatting around in the sunshine.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #727 on: June 05, 2008, 11:41:31 pm »
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.


I used to be a regular on Southwarks's Afterworkers - then, for some reason I found it really tricky to co-ordinate these once I had a job - more  a reflection of me, rather than Southwark Cyclists.
However, tonight was a welcome return to the fold.
Meeting up with faces I've not seen in a while. Meeting up with faces I'd not expected (Clarion).
Alan's intermittent banter on the history of London Bridge was more than engaging.
Although I had to escape the ride prior to completion, it was a thoroughly enjoyable early evening jaunt, which Alan had clearly gone to some considerable effort, to make as interesting and informative as could be.

A midweek balm for the soul - to nick a phrase from an esteemed another ;-)

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #728 on: June 05, 2008, 11:51:14 pm »
A great joy to see you, Jurek.  For once, it wasn't me in the ACF gear! ;)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #729 on: June 05, 2008, 11:58:55 pm »
A great joy to see you, Jurek.  For once, it wasn't me in the ACF gear! ;)
;D ;D ;D
It makes a change from the @$$0$ uniform - don't quite know what made me do it  :D


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #730 on: June 06, 2008, 12:53:50 pm »
I keep meaning to make it to one of the Afterworkers, but have trouble organising myself, and keep arranging stuff for Thursdays forgetting they are on.

Instead I cycled from work to my nan's, where I was meeting my dad before we went for a curry, and me arriving at the door was greeted with 'I see you're on that bloody bike again' (family are convinced I will meet certain death this way) and then 'oh at least you look human now' when I changed back into work clothes for the restaurant.

By their reasoning I must have looked inhuman when I had to get the tube to Clarion's in my cycling gear the day before, but people are used to that as no one batted an eyelid.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #731 on: June 07, 2008, 11:58:36 am »
Well yesterday.

Rode for 1h45 taking a longer route from work. It was great and a good exercice as I was carrying my work clothes, some books and my locks back from work on the Pompino. We met with a mysterious Enigma rider who must have taken offence at our pace as he tried hard to catch up with us, overtake without a word, accelerate for 400 m before dying; having omitted the fact that we were still on his wheel. I bet you he was sweaty in his Assos.  ;D The rest of the ride was uneventful, although the last stretch on the path along the river was quite windy. I am out of shape!

Looking forward to tomorrow!
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Jezza

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #732 on: June 07, 2008, 05:21:24 pm »
Eleven rainy miles round the lanes to post a letter. I've only recently started wearing contact lenses while riding and they make a huge difference in the rain - you can actually see where you are going.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #733 on: June 07, 2008, 05:58:19 pm »
One hour outing with Baby G as co-pilot. Great stuff!
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #734 on: June 07, 2008, 06:11:25 pm »
About 40 miles on the Frankendale fixie, including climbing two of those hills with little chevrons.  Very sore bottom.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #735 on: June 07, 2008, 06:56:32 pm »
:D

a slightly hungover interval session - 2 x 20 mins with 5 mins recovery between.  Despite the 7 pints of Adnams last night it was the first time ever with both intervals > 20mph, so am chuffed to bits and now feel absolutely awful - a mix of adrenalin, stale beer and chocolate hobnobs.

vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #736 on: June 07, 2008, 07:30:57 pm »
48 miles from the parents' house: St Harmon - Rhayader - Mountain Road - Cwmystwyth - Devil's Bridge - A44 to Llangruig - NCN 81 along the Wye - Marteg Bridge - St Harmon.





A very hilly route, I'm not sure of the total elevation, the weather (bar a shifting headwind) was perfect and the roads very quiet.  8)

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #737 on: June 07, 2008, 07:34:44 pm »
That's a real heavy-duty day's cycling, Vince. Chapeau!
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #738 on: June 07, 2008, 08:59:29 pm »
Coming from an old Wales hand such as yourself sir, I'm touched  :) 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #739 on: June 07, 2008, 11:06:36 pm »
About 40 miles on the Frankendale fixie, including climbing two of those hills with little chevrons.  Very sore bottom.

I always thought the chevrons pointed the correct direction for cyclists ;).

Today I led our youngest daughter in such a style to lunch at the Coach & Horses at the bottom of Weatheroak Hill, which was her fastest downhill yet (a nice round 180 rpm for me :)). The brewery is currently producing a very nice pale summer beer, which we tested carefully :thumbsup:.

However the route home meant climbing back up, which lead to a real sense of achievement and some extremely tired legs.

Basil

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #740 on: June 08, 2008, 12:08:32 am »
A couple of mates and I used to play 'last one into the car park buys the round' at the Coach & Horses.  This meant absolutely hammering it down Weatheroak Hill and leaving the braking as late as possible for the sharp right at the bottom into the car park.
They must have wondered why the guy who bought the beer was always the one who was limping.  :-D
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vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #741 on: June 08, 2008, 03:40:47 pm »
No ride today. I went out for a run for half an hour, got lost and finally returned some 8 sunburnt miles later  :sick:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #742 on: June 08, 2008, 03:46:23 pm »
48 miles from the parents' house: St Harmon - Rhayader - Mountain Road - Cwmystwyth - Devil's Bridge - A44 to Llangruig - NCN 81 along the Wye - Marteg Bridge - St Harmon.

...

A very hilly route, I'm not sure of the total elevation, the weather (bar a shifting headwind) was perfect and the roads very quiet.  8)

Oh man, that sounds great.  Must get back to Rhayader for a ride soon.

cc93

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #743 on: June 08, 2008, 04:08:45 pm »
Charity ride for British Wheelchair sport from Stoke Mandeville Stadium with many many others

Was greeted at the start by 'are you wellard?' by a quiet forummer on a trice (whose name I totally failed to get, sorry) - that's what you get for wearing your avatar on your shirt.
Was awarded the best shirt of the day by the lady scout leader on Brill Hill, obviously a Sesame Street fan!

Great day out in perfect weather - too perfect as the upper arms were exposed for the first time this year, and are now busy doing lobster impersonations  :(

126k for the day.




alan

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #744 on: June 08, 2008, 04:09:42 pm »
Bit of a mixture today

two trips to the village this morning (used Marj's Trice :-X)

a leisurely walk on the footpaths through the fields around the village late morning with daughter & grand daughter

an hour on the fixie this afternoon.

vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #745 on: June 08, 2008, 04:16:51 pm »

Oh man, that sounds great.  Must get back to Rhayader for a ride soon.

Let me tell you, it was considerably better than my run. That entailed a long slog along a back road to Rhayader, including a 100m PB when I was chased by three aggressive farm dogs.

We must do Rhayader again - I've promised Herve a return trip to the hills! Maybe September rather than August Bank this year?

GillP

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #746 on: June 08, 2008, 04:57:11 pm »
Up the coast to Fleetwood, no ferry to Knott End til 12 cos of the tide and it was still only 10 o'clock, so we detoured to Thornton and crossed the river there, meandering back through the lanes and one horrible stretch of main road, through St Michaels, Elswick (where we had a lovely strawberry milk shake at the Bonds Ice Cream parlour) Weeton (too early after Elswick for a pint) and then on to Wrea Green where the timing was perfect for a stop at the Grapes to replenish liquid and salt and then a short ride to home. Lovely  :D

No computer on this ride so no idea exactly how far but TKP reckons 35-40 miles. As we are cycling to York this year we need to get our distances up and we don't have long left  :o

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #747 on: June 08, 2008, 05:19:38 pm »
First time for a few days, what with gut-rot and all. Essential supplies trip to Waitrose. Felt decidedly queasy as going round shop, but it had the advantage that Waitrose after 4 p.m. on a Sunday has lots of perishables on a discount. Good bread rolls at 10p each, hot cooked chicken at £1.99.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Pete

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #748 on: June 08, 2008, 05:44:30 pm »
Nothing much to boast of, but wife, son and self completed the local annual charity+funride cycle-fest this morning - along with hundreds and hundreds of others: it was a huge turnout in glorious weather.

As I said, no boasting, except to say it comforts me that I still can do a leisurely forty-mile without prostrating myself, off-form and out-of-condition notwithstanding (my wife opted for the 24).  And the lad - bless him - sprinted off and completed the forty in 2h30 (drinks stops included) - fifth quickest on the day - which is no mean timing considering the heat and the fair number of undulations on the 40 route.  I tell him, he ought to think of doing more serious stuff but he resists that (not the cycling, but the making something competitive of it, I mean).

Of course, this wasn't meant to be a race...  ;)

IanDG

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #749 on: June 08, 2008, 05:47:46 pm »
50km this morning. Out at 7am so that I was back home before my on-call started. The south westerley wind is back, after 7 dry weeks the weather looks like it could become wetter soon  :(