Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366590 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #825 on: June 14, 2008, 07:48:25 pm »
Twenty five miles or so to return from the Zombocalypse Bugout, which took me a couple of hours.  It turned out that even though on average it was downhill, one of the downhills which hadn't seemed so step last night was steep enough as an uphill to totally defeat me.   To be fair, I saw some club cyclists struggling to get up it shortly behind me, and they weren't towing a trailer full of camping kit with a singlespeed!  Not a bad trip, although it was a lot busier than it had been on Friday evening, and I didn't have the same pleasant company that I had on the way out, since most took different routes, or left much earlier.
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #826 on: June 14, 2008, 09:03:06 pm »
Yes, eventually - 53km circuit out to Newmarket and back via the E3/10 course (return leg).  I went out on the Yukon as rain looked possible (and as I crossed the A14 on the return I could see rain was falling over to the west) but I stayed dry.  As it was loaded up for a 400 (DNSd) it was fairly heavy compared to the Madone but I still averaged 26kph.

I should try to be out on the bike tomorrow as well.  Maybe the club run, or I could gatecrash the suffolk ride.  :)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #827 on: June 14, 2008, 09:16:58 pm »
Yep.
An 11 mile sprint down to my sister's to pick up a m*t*r c@r which will allow me to participate in the Suffolk ride tomorrow (in the absence of a railway service >:()
Followed by 20 or so leisurely miles in the company of my (not accustomed to cycling) cousin from LA, along the Thames Path including our return, using the Thames Clipper service (avec velo),
which is  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Two and a half English pounds, very well spent.

LEE

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #828 on: June 14, 2008, 10:04:20 pm »
Yes, I went out with my son who has never been into cycling at all in his 20 years.  However, since he got back from University we went out for 33 miles last week and 30 miles today.  He used my converted Saracen MTB both times and did amazingly well.

This photo is of him at the top of Walbury Hill near Combe Gibbet.  The fact he managed to get up there on his 2nd ride of any distance impressed me no end.  More experienced riders than him have called it quits on Walbury Hill I bet.  In fact we pretty much did 50% of the Faccombe Haul. a lumpy Audax if ever there was one.

I guess youth and being skinny helps a lot, even when wearing trainers and football shorts.

He did tell me that his legs and lungs weren't the problem but that his arse "probably looked like a Naan Bread"



I don't think he'll be sitting on a bike for a few days now.

Naggers

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #829 on: June 14, 2008, 11:08:43 pm »
Had to go to work this morning, but at Harrow-on-the-Hill rather than my usual site at Aldgate.

So, a couple of miles down to the Station for the 07:01 train to Mill Hill Bdwy and then about 6 miles through Edgware, Canons Pk and Wealdstone.
Very close to where my Dad grew up and where I was born but an area I hardly know, especially by bike. Must make an effort to explore it a little more.

A pleasent morning at work. Really!!

Rode back to Stanmore and up to the Common. Past the Hospital and over to Elstree. Then down possibly the worst surfaced bit of road in the SE, the A5183 to Radlett and over a sharper than expected climb to Shenley and on to London Colney.
Had a look around Napsbury Estate which I'd been planning to do for a while, ever since I found it on a map after it seemed to appear overnite from the window of my daily train commute.
Finally on to Sopwell and the back roads into St Albans where the weight of my bag and the lure of the Station proved to much.

About 33 miles in total.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #830 on: June 15, 2008, 10:02:04 am »
Just over 30 miles on the fixed Frankendale.  New Aztec brake pads don't squeal at all, and have the stopping power of a pump in the spokes  :thumbsup:
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #831 on: June 15, 2008, 10:22:58 am »
No.  The usual Sunday Club Run was banned as we had a really really late night last night and Mrs G had swimming training to take and she thought the boys should have a rest day - sleep defecit and all that as they have a big party this afternoon. 
Damn damn damn.  We went out for tea last night and will do so again this afternoon.  I was hoping to get the chance to work off some of those lovely meals.  :(

vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #832 on: June 15, 2008, 10:41:38 am »
It's a frustrating weekend. I've been on call since Thursday, so no cycling other than to the police station since then. I managed to go for a run this morning - but it's not the same.

Roll on Monday evening. Hope it stays dry for the rest of you.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #833 on: June 15, 2008, 06:29:25 pm »
2h15 of fast riding East of Nottingham, so on flat land, on my fast TT fixed bike. A great deal of the ride was done on the tri-bars and I was motoring well. I found a nice comfortable set of postions that I shall exploit in my next 10. I enjoyed the effort.

Unfortunately a lot of the silly-driver brigade members seemed to have been out this morning. I reported one attempt at "happy-slapping", of which I was the victim, and dangerous driving to the police; I couldn't believe how close the driver came to me after, I suspect, sneaking behind me, nor how irresponsible his co-driver was leaning so much out of the car. I am interviewed further tomorrow , which I didn't expect to be, so will keep you posted then.
Frenchie - Train à Grande Vitesse

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #834 on: June 15, 2008, 06:31:34 pm »
Yes.  Couldnt make the Suffolk ride cos of work this morning, but just back from my first < 3 hour fifty miler (2'50").  After nearly borking myself on a hilly 50 miles yesterday am quite Chuffed :D 

& a much quieter ride than you seem to have had, Frenchie!!


Hummers

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #835 on: June 15, 2008, 06:37:05 pm »
Rode from Pompey to see my mate Rob finish the London to Brighton.

We set off at 6 as I didn't want to miss him finish plus I wanted to enjoy the ride out.

The first part was enjoyable but some of the the roads, particularly the A29, A283 and the B road through Amberley were really busy and a bit grim.

We were going over Devil's Dyke but by then, my chum Steve was suffering a bit so we (unsucessfully) tried to pick up the cycle path down to Shoreham and ended up on the A283 again.  :(

Nice brekkie in Steyning though and it was good to see my mate at the finish of his ride.

H

Dave

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #836 on: June 15, 2008, 06:42:02 pm »
150k round Warwickshire (Cotswold Audax). Lovely. Seven hours, which is about as fast as I can go.

Except I forgot my cap/Buff, so I now have a sunburnt head (so when I go for my job interview tomorrow I'm going to look like a tomato in a suit ::-)) And my GPS is continuing to play up >:(

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #837 on: June 15, 2008, 08:14:15 pm »
I don't often get the chance to post in here so ...


YES. 27km @ 17kph today after about 9km shopping and visiting MIL yesterday. Only the second and third rides this month.

Martin

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #838 on: June 15, 2008, 08:28:13 pm »
an odd but enjoyable 70km; started by heading out towards Horsham in search of wood for lifestyle vegetable bed which I've just been swearing a lot trying and failing to put together. Crossed the L2B at Turners Hill in full 10.30 swing. Met some returning L2Bers near Lower Beeding who had done it in 2.51 and were heading back (via a route that was discussed last year IIRC; and one of them is doing L'Ardechoise too , small world). Timber clocked and noted I rode back to Mum's for some rehydration meeting a road race coming the other way. Then rode home having to follow about 1km of the L2B in Ardingly still in full swing and go up through Highbrook as the normal way home was still one way. An hour later on the way to buy said timber there was almost nobody left at Crawley Down. Saw lots of bikes resembling Adrian's but I suspect they were coming back form Brighton.

gordon taylor

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #839 on: June 15, 2008, 08:50:19 pm »
Yes, I rode the Cheshire Circuit 110km Audax, starting near Macclesfield. It was a lovely day out, not least because I started chatting to a guy and we discovered we only live two miles apart! We had a good ride together and swapped emails with a view to sharing lifts on some of the Audax rides later in the year.  :thumbsup:

Mind you, we were beaten (by an hour) by an eleven year old girl, riding a solo, drafting her Dad. That's a wonderful thing to see on a bike ride.


And... hell's teeth, there are some big houses in Cheshire.
Where does all the money come from?

alan

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #840 on: June 15, 2008, 08:55:17 pm »
The money comes from Manchester & Chester Gordy.

I had a yen to do this ride a while ago but realised that it would clash with Marj's R&R so decided to pass. :(

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #841 on: June 16, 2008, 12:40:27 am »
Yes, I went out with my son who has never been into cycling at all in his 20 years.  However, since he got back from University we went out for 33 miles last week and 30 miles today.  He used my converted Saracen MTB both times and did amazingly well.

This photo is of him at the top of Walbury Hill near Combe Gibbet.  The fact he managed to get up there on his 2nd ride of any distance impressed me no end.  More experienced riders than him have called it quits on Walbury Hill I bet.  In fact we pretty much did 50% of the Faccombe Haul. a lumpy Audax if ever there was one.

I guess youth and being skinny helps a lot, even when wearing trainers and football shorts.

He did tell me that his legs and lungs weren't the problem but that his arse "probably looked like a Naan Bread"



I don't think he'll be sitting on a bike for a few days now.

It's an interesting skirt.

Is it an Emin?

 ;)

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #842 on: June 16, 2008, 08:37:07 am »
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #843 on: June 16, 2008, 09:09:54 am »
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Way to go :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #844 on: June 16, 2008, 10:55:35 am »
Just returned from 2 weeks in Sardinia.
First time I've taken road bike on holiday, had heard horror stories of damage, but I incurred no problems  :)
Final ride on Saturday, was an early morning ride leaving our villa in the village of Cala Sinzias at 0630 and riding along the coast road to Villasimius.
This stretch of road is one of the best I have ever ridden, well graded, wide and with excellent views. Approx a 5 km climb to the viewing point, then a 7 km descent into the tourist town of Villasimius.
Even at 0715 the local cafe was busy with customers, mainly discussing Italys' football match the previous evening. A quick expresso and the out through the town passing olive groves, vineyards and plenty of goats !
A climb over Mte Macioni before dropping down into Santu Perdu and returning to the villa for breakfast with Mrs Dinamo !



View from Mte Macioni looking towards Costa Rei.

alan

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #845 on: June 16, 2008, 12:57:00 pm »
Just done a hilly 23k on the geared bike.Loverly in the sun with sleeveless base layer 7 shorts.
The new-cut hay smells terrific.

chris

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #846 on: June 16, 2008, 05:15:36 pm »
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Just to clarify -

     Mrs Chris was too tired, I was too busy!

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #847 on: June 16, 2008, 05:20:31 pm »
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Just to clarify -

     Mrs Chris was to tired, I was too busy!

Sounds like an euphemism to me. ;)
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

vince

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #848 on: June 16, 2008, 10:09:14 pm »
19.5 miles this evening. I really should have stayed at work, but the weather was good and I need the miles in my legs. Nice loop, to Owler Bar and close to Curbar.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #849 on: June 16, 2008, 10:43:15 pm »
No, spent the day sorting and tidying, gardening, sleeping and making a cord using a Lucette in the company of a good friend who takes part in the re-enactment at Kentwell Hall, much fun.  JC has been asleep all day, ill and not at school at the moment.