Author Topic: Poor Student  (Read 44858 times)

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #325 on: January 10, 2011, 08:09:21 pm »
I was one of the Rapha contingent on the Croix De Fer clad in a very grubby cream jacket.  My legs are still feeling the effects of being towed all over the Cotswolds by our graphic designer Ultan in what was my first audax.  We're hoping to qualify for PBP but 200km in January is causing me to reassess how far I think far is...  Our little group consists of Ultan, G our head designer, myself, Anton Blackie and Phil Deeker who's based in Belgium; look forward to seeing some of you again at the Dean perhaps.


Take heart - winter 200s are not easy. You must have been back in under 9 hours? In which case I reckon you don't have too much to worry about - you'll find plenty of training and qualifying advice on the PBP board here.

Hope to see you disappear into the distance on the Dean....(which is a brilliant ride, BTW).

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #326 on: January 10, 2011, 08:26:54 pm »
then got on the tail of the fast group of 4 with white tops (Condors, Look & a Croix der Fer)

White Rapha jackets perchance? Could this be anything to do with the Rapha PBP team we heard about the other day?

Definitely Rapha jackets...sounds like it might well have been them....I thought I was struggling to keep up with them, but they offered me shelter from the headwind which I thought would be rude to refuse!

DJR is my 28 year old bike, custom built by Dave Russell & heavily refurbished in 2009. Also, a carbon Beone parts bin special built in 2011. Brompton broken, as was I, and now have Whyte Suffolk

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #327 on: January 10, 2011, 08:49:50 pm »
I was one of the Rapha contingent on the Croix De Fer clad in a very grubby cream jacket. 

It was a pleasure to sit in your slipstream to Purton :thumbsup:...I would have kept with you but I thought I'd better stop to say hello to my brother seeing as he was standing on the side of the road waiting for me!
DJR is my 28 year old bike, custom built by Dave Russell & heavily refurbished in 2009. Also, a carbon Beone parts bin special built in 2011. Brompton broken, as was I, and now have Whyte Suffolk

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #328 on: January 11, 2011, 09:21:00 am »
Just a quick reminder to riders:

Don't forget to send your brevet paper and receipts back as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Dave

Gem

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #329 on: January 11, 2011, 10:16:50 am »
Phil Deeker as in 300 cols in a ridiculously short time, Phil Deeker?

That Phil Deeker, he's still running the Cent Cols Challenge and organised the 1910 ride we did last year.  He'll do most of his qualification in Belgium but we'll probably all come together for the 4 & 600 rides.

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #330 on: January 11, 2011, 09:34:50 pm »
I was one of the Rapha contingent on the Croix De Fer clad in a very grubby cream jacket.  My legs are still feeling the effects of being towed all over the Cotswolds by our graphic designer Ultan in what was my first audax.  We're hoping to qualify for PBP but 200km in January is causing me to reassess how far I think far is...  Our little group consists of Ultan, G our head designer, myself, Anton Blackie and Phil Deeker who's based in Belgium; look forward to seeing some of you again at the Dean perhaps.


Good luck with it - if you've knocked out a winter 200 as your first Audax then hats off to you.  There will be many people in Paris on the line with far less of a start than that.

Take your time getting around, do a few more 200's and pick the brains of as many old gits as you can find

Liam

Gem

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #331 on: January 12, 2011, 04:59:48 pm »
Thanks Liam, we're in the process of entering a few more 200s and taking advice from the experienced has got me this far so we'll be sure to take onboard everything people on the road are kind enough to impart.

There's a little report on the Poor Student here if anyone's interested.  The Audax Diaries: The Poor Student | Rapha

marcusjb

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    • Occasional wittering
Re: Poor Student
« Reply #332 on: January 12, 2011, 05:41:21 pm »
Thanks Liam, we're in the process of entering a few more 200s and taking advice from the experienced has got me this far so we'll be sure to take onboard everything people on the road are kind enough to impart.

There's a little report on the Poor Student here if anyone's interested.  The Audax Diaries: The Poor Student | Rapha

Nice report. Glad to see the winds got a mention. They were pretty grim for that first 50 or so k.

After that torrential rain first thing, it turned into about as nice a day as possible in January apart from the gustiness.

I guess you boys got round reasonably quickly working as the four together? You certainly passed many of us going up corsham hill like a train!

Look forward to more reports and photos!
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

simonp

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Re: Poor Student
« Reply #333 on: January 12, 2011, 05:46:06 pm »
Thanks Liam, we're in the process of entering a few more 200s and taking advice from the experienced has got me this far so we'll be sure to take onboard everything people on the road are kind enough to impart.

There's a little report on the Poor Student here if anyone's interested.  The Audax Diaries: The Poor Student | Rapha

Nice write-up, and nice pics. :)


mattc

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Re: Poor Student
« Reply #334 on: January 12, 2011, 06:49:40 pm »
This worried me:

Hauling my reluctant frame from my London bed at 4.50am

It's just a bike, mate!
Has never ridden RAAM
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

marcusjb

  • Full of bon courage.
    • Occasional wittering
Re: Poor Student
« Reply #335 on: January 12, 2011, 08:17:32 pm »
This worried me:

Hauling my reluctant frame from my London bed at 4.50am

It's just a bike, mate!

You should see what he does with his willing frame......
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

LEE

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #336 on: January 12, 2011, 09:08:13 pm »
Thanks Liam, we're in the process of entering a few more 200s and taking advice from the experienced has got me this far so we'll be sure to take onboard everything people on the road are kind enough to impart.

There's a little report on the Poor Student here if anyone's interested.  The Audax Diaries: The Poor Student | Rapha

Nie ride report.  Good to have a roadie's perspective.

LEE

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #337 on: January 12, 2011, 09:10:06 pm »
This worried me:

Hauling my reluctant frame from my London bed at 4.50am

It's just a bike, mate!

531 is the Audaxer's choice of reluctant frame material.

mattc

  • n.b. have grown beard since photo taken
    • Didcot Audaxes
Re: Poor Student
« Reply #338 on: January 12, 2011, 10:40:34 pm »
This worried me:

Hauling my reluctant frame from my London bed at 4.50am

It's just a bike, mate!

531 is the Audaxer's choice of reluctant frame material.

I'm finally beginning to understand the phrase "compliant frame".
Has never ridden RAAM
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #339 on: January 13, 2011, 08:40:30 am »
This worried me:

Hauling my reluctant frame from my London bed at 4.50am

It's just a bike, mate!

Yes that's taking it too far really - my bike knows it's place.  If you let them sneak into your bed at night it leads to all sorts of problems.  Before you know it they'll be sitting in your favourite chair or trying to eat off your plate at mealtimes.

(But liked the report - maybe see you at the Willy Warmer next week?)

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #340 on: January 13, 2011, 08:55:41 am »
Has anyone on YACF done the Cent Cols - I just looked it up, it looks like the mutts nuts.

Phil Deeker as in 300 cols in a ridiculously short time, Phil Deeker?

That Phil Deeker, he's still running the Cent Cols Challenge and organised the 1910 ride we did last year.  He'll do most of his qualification in Belgium but we'll probably all come together for the 4 & 600 rides.

steveindenmark

Re: Poor Student
« Reply #341 on: March 18, 2011, 08:12:09 pm »
I was supposed to be riding in my first Audax ride tomorrow but have been put on standby for work and so have to be available.

So instead I will be out of the house on my bike at 5am to take a 50km ride before intercepting the 200km riders and taking some of those photos you are talking about.

Prior to that though, my first stop will be at 6am at our local airbase to wave off 4 of our Danish pilots who are flying their F-16s South towards Libya. There will be a lot of Danish flags down there but I will be flying our Union Jack as the Danes just think the George Cross is a reverse of their Dannabro, they do not really understand it.

If I have any decent photographs after tomorrow I will post them as nobody specified that they had to be of UK Audax riders  ;D

Steve