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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #575 on: May 13, 2019, 04:26:29 pm »
I'm not sure why you'd particularly want to avoid the A road that goes from LLanfrothen to Beddgelert though - it's hardly a busy road.
If you are unlucky you might be passed by about a dozen cars in the whole 7 miles

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #576 on: May 13, 2019, 05:01:51 pm »

Hahahahahahaha

:)   You on duty this year?

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #577 on: May 13, 2019, 05:46:36 pm »
Has anyone ridden the road up the Nantmor valley towards Nant Gwynant (turning NE off the A4085 before Beddgelert) on the way north to Pen-y-pass? Bit more climb but avoids 7 miles of A road.
Hahahahahahaha! Er, yes. It is indeed a little bit more climb. It is a rideable road (i.e. with tarmac). I'm not sure why you'd particularly want to avoid the A road that goes from LLanfrothen to Beddgelert though - it's hardly a busy road.
I rode the main road last time and, yes. it was quiet. But I like the idea of diversions/excursions off the main road (this one's a mile shorter and 50m more climb) which, uphill, will take little more or less time.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #578 on: May 13, 2019, 05:48:18 pm »
Has anyone ridden the road up the Nantmor valley towards Nant Gwynant (turning NE off the A4085 before Beddgelert) on the way north to Pen-y-pass? Bit more climb but avoids 7 miles of A road.
Hahahahahahaha! Er, yes. It is indeed a little bit more climb. It is a rideable road (i.e. with tarmac). I'm not sure why you'd particularly want to avoid the A road that goes from LLanfrothen to Beddgelert though - it's hardly a busy road.
I rode the main road last time and, yes. it was quiet. But I like the idea of diversions/excursions off the main road (this one's a mile shorter and 50m more climb) which, uphill, will take little more or less time.

Look out for toads if you do, it's a nice little road.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #579 on: May 13, 2019, 07:16:20 pm »
I'm not sure why you'd particularly want to avoid the A road that goes from LLanfrothen to Beddgelert though - it's hardly a busy road.
If you are unlucky you might be passed by about a dozen cars in the whole 7 miles
And you can guarantee not being able to stop at the ice cream shop in bedgelert. Something to regret while toiling uphill in the roasting Welsh sunshine.
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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #580 on: May 13, 2019, 07:34:46 pm »
And you can guarantee not being able to stop at the ice cream shop in bedgelert. Something to regret while toiling uphill in the roasting Welsh sunshine.
Regret not going to be an issue this year: Snowdonia warm but wet:
https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.34;-4.27;7&l=rain-3h&t=20190518/1500

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #581 on: May 13, 2019, 08:46:01 pm »
Bugger

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #582 on: May 13, 2019, 08:47:06 pm »

Hahahahahahaha

:)   You on duty this year?

If I can be bothered to go to the shops, yes.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #583 on: May 13, 2019, 09:11:21 pm »
And you can guarantee not being able to stop at the ice cream shop in bedgelert. Something to regret while toiling uphill in the roasting Welsh sunshine.
Regret not going to be an issue this year: Snowdonia warm but wet:
https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.34;-4.27;7&l=rain-3h&t=20190518/1500

Depends whether (pun intended) you believe the Canadians or Americans?

https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.34;-4.27;7&l=rain-3h&t=20190518/1500&m=gem

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #584 on: May 13, 2019, 09:48:29 pm »
The Norweigians also predict rain

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #585 on: May 13, 2019, 10:52:57 pm »

Hahahahahahaha

:)   You on duty this year?

If I can be bothered to go to the shops, yes.

I hope I can say hello to Ifor as well.  He was missing last time I rode.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #586 on: May 13, 2019, 11:26:22 pm »
And you can guarantee not being able to stop at the ice cream shop in bedgelert. Something to regret while toiling uphill in the roasting Welsh sunshine.
Regret not going to be an issue this year: Snowdonia warm but wet:
https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.34;-4.27;7&l=rain-3h&t=20190518/1500

Depends whether (pun intended) you believe the Canadians or Americans?

https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.34;-4.27;7&l=rain-3h&t=20190518/1500&m=gem
They told us it would rain before the i did the dragon ride in 2016, as I recall one of the feed stations ran out of water, and i had sunburn. I think i'll consider the forecast on friday
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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #587 on: May 14, 2019, 11:19:55 pm »
The passing of Doris Day has reminded me of the 2010 BCM.

https://youtu.be/dxHWajFKfRU

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #588 on: May 15, 2019, 10:02:07 am »
The passing of Doris Day has reminded me of the 2010 BCM.

https://youtu.be/dxHWajFKfRU

Looks like I rode it that year.  Not sure Doris did, though.

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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #589 on: May 15, 2019, 03:25:56 pm »
The passing of Doris Day has reminded me of the 2010 BCM.

https://youtu.be/dxHWajFKfRU

Looks like I rode it that year.  Not sure Doris did, though.

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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #590 on: May 15, 2019, 03:48:55 pm »
The Norweigians also predict rain

Current Norwegian predictions are possibly some minor rain late on Sunday.  But warm and light winds the rest of the time
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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #591 on: May 15, 2019, 06:10:02 pm »
The passing of Doris Day has reminded me of the 2010 BCM.

https://youtu.be/dxHWajFKfRU

Looks like I rode it that year.  Not sure Doris did, though.

Judy Garland didn't ride LEL, that didn't stop me using her for a similar sequence on Yad Moss.

I never got further South than Barmouth when looking at the BCM. I know Snowdonia well, so it was tempting to get some scenic sequences in the can for possible use on a big screen somewhere. I might have dug the more stable sequences out for the screen at the velodrome, as at PBP 2015. Maybe there's a big screen at the National Sheepfold, to show the highlights of the shearing.


Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #592 on: May 15, 2019, 08:10:25 pm »
The Norweigians also predict rain

Current Norwegian predictions are possibly some minor rain late on Sunday.  But warm and light winds the rest of the time
I always take any forecast at more than 48s with a pinch of salt, since the ride goes on to sunday, that means a friday check before drawing conclusions.
my last weather bagel check did show rain before lunch on sunday. so if that has moved to late sunday, good news. I'm inclined to see if i can finish with no sleep or just a short nap, so see what may be possible on PBP. I know I did the easter arrow getting up at 7am on friday and not sleeping until I got home again at  14:00 on saturday. Much as I would have liked a nap at some point our group pace did not allow for such luxuries.
Edit
Weather bagel now telling me 16C at 19:00 at bedgellert (sunny intervals) with no rain showing anywhere. Low temps of 6c around aberhafesp at dawn. That was the forecast low for the arrow and I remember lows of zero so I will not be skimping on layers.
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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #593 on: May 16, 2019, 11:02:15 am »
Has anyone ever gone through harlech and barmouth in both directions? As far as I can tell there is no significant km saving in using the main road southbound, just more climbing.
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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #594 on: May 16, 2019, 11:32:09 am »
Yes, distance ascent about the same. Barmouth viaduct costs a few minutes though. The main road doesn't really have much to commend it over Harlech other than simpler navigation and the fact that other riders will be using it should you need company or help.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #595 on: May 16, 2019, 05:08:30 pm »
The forecast Sunday morning fog may mean that lighting is required for a longer period than just sunset (2112 at Beddgelert) to sunrise (0512 at Dolgellau).

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #596 on: May 16, 2019, 05:12:40 pm »
The forecast Sunday morning fog may mean that lighting is required for a longer period than just sunset (2112 at Beddgelert) to sunrise (0512 at Dolgellau).

Hmm.  I'd better charge my dynamo then.

Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #597 on: May 16, 2019, 06:41:47 pm »
The forecast Sunday morning fog may mean that lighting is required for a longer period than just sunset (2112 at Beddgelert) to sunrise (0512 at Dolgellau).

Hmm.  I'd better charge my dynamo then.

You sure your legs are up to that task?

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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #598 on: May 17, 2019, 03:29:08 pm »
I have had to DNS. There is a room available at the TL on Seven View services. PM me if you are interested. £40 first come first served.

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Re: Bryan Chapman Memorial 2019
« Reply #599 on: May 17, 2019, 07:29:12 pm »
Are there showers available for use at kings?
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