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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #125 on: December 19, 2009, 10:14:48 am »
It's a terrible thing this RRTY.  I've got a number of riders desperate to ride tomorrow's Winter Solstice 200, just to get a december ride completed, and it really isn't going to be a good cycling day.  My riders can instead do the Holt Perm but I don't think it's due to get much warmer until the New Year.

Fortunately (you will be pleased to know) I got my own December BR in the bag a fortnight ago, so only Jan and Feb to go now.

Wow - I'd be really really nervous now if I hadn't got a 200 in the bag for December. Cycling 200km is pretty much impossible round here now - with 20cm of lying snow, even the (supposedly gritted) B-roads are restricted to two slushy tyre grooves in each direction. The back roads have deep snow, with two grooves of compacted snow, polished nicely by tyres.

I wouldn't want to bet a collar bone on getting a 200 in before the end of the month...

Weirdy Biker

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #126 on: December 19, 2009, 10:40:21 am »
I didn't ride a planned 200 today due to the conditions, which sound similar to those described by Chris S.  Realised on Thursday it was unlikely to happen and yesterday lunchtime that it wouldn't.  Better to admit defeat than to wind up nursing an injury.

The lesson for RRTY'rs is to do an early December 200 if possible (likewise January) to give you more flexibility.

Manotea

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #127 on: December 19, 2009, 01:01:54 pm »
Having been away for the first couple of weeks of December its just occurred to me that I have 12 days left. Its going to be a cold one...

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #128 on: December 19, 2009, 02:51:58 pm »
I feel quite smug that I bagged my December randos in the first half of this week.

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #129 on: December 19, 2009, 03:21:35 pm »
Collar bone, hip, pelvis, brain.  All worth more than RRTY.

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #130 on: December 19, 2009, 03:40:22 pm »
Collar bone, hip, pelvis, brain.  All worth more than RRTY.


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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #131 on: December 19, 2009, 08:58:44 pm »
It been a hard 1st year in audax, with  a number of failed attempts at an SR but i've done a RRTY :thumbsup::
January: Dr Fosters Winter Warmer 200
February: Malmsbury Mash 200
March: Making Hay 200
April: Carmarthen Bay/Estuary Welsh 200
May: Getting Gowered DIY 200
June: Brecon 200 DIY 200
July: Teifi Traveller 400
August: Dr.Foster's Summer Saunter 200 & Up the Estuary DIY 200
September: Ferryside Fish Foray 200
October: Gower Getter 200
November: Transporter 200
December: Brecon 200 DIY 200

SR is next goal

mikewigley

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #132 on: December 19, 2009, 09:04:06 pm »
It been a hard 1st year in audax, with  a number of failed attempts at an SR but i've done a RRTY :thumbsup::

Well done!  You've just time to let me have your brevet validation number when you get your brevet card back and I'll include you in the RRTY roll of honour in the next Handbook

Mike

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #133 on: December 20, 2009, 08:37:42 am »
Collar bone, hip, pelvis, brain.  All worth more than RRTY.



Winter Solstice running today with snow covered roads, and fresh snow currently falling.  I tried to persuade everyone not to ride by offering to run it again in January,  or the offer of a free Perm ride, but the call of the RRTY was too powerful for some.  A couple of riders had made come up by train and booked accommodation for the weekend, but they could have gone shopping or seen a film, or got drunk, or anything

Entries:  58 
DNS: 53 (4 others turned up and decided not to ride)
DNF: ?

The shorter ride (I'm dreaming of a Whitegate Christmas 120) has nothing at stake other than the aforementioned catalogue of breakages

Entries:  41
DNS: 41


Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #134 on: December 20, 2009, 08:50:42 am »
Collar bone, hip, pelvis, brain.  All worth more than RRTY.



Winter Solstice running today with snow covered roads, and fresh snow currently falling.  I tried to persuade everyone not to ride by offering to run it again in January,  or the offer of a free Perm ride, but the call of the RRTY was too powerful for some.  A couple of riders had made come up by train and booked accommodation for the weekend, but they could have gone shopping or seen a film, or got drunk, or anything

Entries:  58 
DNS: 53 (4 others turned up and decided not to ride)
DNF: ?

I'm quite relieved that I made the sensible and correct decision then. I had planned to leave Stourbridge to cycle there overnight on an ECE400. It was snowing hard at 2130 last night and it was an easy decision to just cycle the 17 miles home. In hindsight I should not have even done that and should have taken the trains. It was a relief to make it back through the door in one piece.

Bang goes my SRRTY campaign on month 4. TBH I am mightily relieved not to have to bother now.

Good luck to the hardy few who started. I really hope they make it around safely.

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #135 on: December 20, 2009, 09:04:59 am »
aaaarrrrrgggghhhh.

Family commitments followed by flu put my rides for December at the end of the month, I've just abandoned (can you do that if you don't even start?) my 200 from Sidmouth to Cardiff, it was treacherous enough going out for a road reccy on foot.

So my 1 x RTYR now rests entirely on thursdays 200 and the 2x would mean fitting something in between boxing day and new years . . .  >:(

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #136 on: December 20, 2009, 10:22:42 am »
aaaarrrrrgggghhhh......the 2x would mean fitting something in between boxing day and new years . . .  >:(

I finished my 2007 RRTY with a last gasp DIY 200 on 30th Dec being paced round by Chris N on a crap day feeling rubbish. Good luck! With the current forecast I would plan on back to back 200s 30th and 31st.

Manotea

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #137 on: December 20, 2009, 11:02:48 am »
I wish I was out today for a 200km main road bash. Blue skies. No wind. Only mildy brass monkeys. Good as it gets really.


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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #138 on: December 20, 2009, 12:18:12 pm »


 I had planned to leave Stourbridge.  Bang goes my SRRTY campaign on month 4.
Good luck to the hardy few who started. I really hope they make it around safely.

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Managed to keep RRTY No 11 alive yesterday with my 12th running (mini-RRTY) of my Thames & Avon 200 Perm.  -5deg to start but it did warm up to 0deg and the roads were dry black top, though I used Trike and the odd main road diversion just in case.  So I can now relax till a warm patch in Jan.

I have a Perm over Clee Hill which passes through Stourport and Bewdley, so that could be useful as a Dec RRTY.  Mainly good roads, so not bad for (non-icy) winter's day; check out a routesheet.

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #139 on: December 20, 2009, 01:14:06 pm »
Hi Steve

I had hoped to do your Old Clee Hill Flyer today for my December RRTY. Early this morning the lanes here were full of frozen snow so I decided against it. I particulary like this ride and have used it as a winter perm for the last couple of years. Previously I've gone anticlockwise but will go the other way round if I can find an available day with good weather before the end of the year!

Richard

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #140 on: December 20, 2009, 08:02:16 pm »
I had planned to leave Stourbridge to cycle there overnight on an ECE400

bad luck that makes the first non- ECE; I'll not wait for your card before sending off a job lot inc last weekend's Mince Pies (which Peter Mennicke just finished on time as a 300) to JW

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #141 on: December 20, 2009, 08:17:29 pm »

Winter Solstice running today with snow covered roads, and fresh snow currently falling.  I tried to persuade everyone not to ride by offering to run it again in January,  or the offer of a free Perm ride, but the call of the RRTY was too powerful for some.  A couple of riders had made come up by train and booked accommodation for the weekend, but they could have gone shopping or seen a film, or got drunk, or anything

Entries:  58 
DNS: 53 (4 others turned up and decided not to ride)
DNF: ?

The shorter ride (I'm dreaming of a Whitegate Christmas 120) has nothing at stake other than the aforementioned catalogue of breakages

Entries:  41
DNS: 41



I walked quite alot of the last 3 miles due to the compressed  nature of the slush. A car with a horrible smelling clutch on the last climb before Bredbury, to give you a clue. still managed to finish by 18:15. Also saw Daniel Webb  @ Ravens at Prees Heath on a DIY 200.

Andy S

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #142 on: December 20, 2009, 08:38:02 pm »
by the time we all met up in the raven, it was actually rather nice outside.

It was worth the 35km of sleet and slush I had to plough through to get through Manchester.

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #143 on: December 20, 2009, 09:36:02 pm »

I walked quite alot of the last 3 miles due to the compressed  nature of the slush. A car with a horrible smelling clutch on the last climb before Bredbury, to give you a clue. still managed to finish by 18:15. Also saw Daniel Webb  @ Ravens at Prees Heath on a DIY 200.

Andy S

Yourself and Mr Webb both need (a lot) of therapy. Hopefully not of the orthopaedic type after today's weather.

For the first time ever, common sense prevailed, and I stayed in bed. Well done both (even if you are a bit bonkers)

marcus

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #144 on: December 20, 2009, 09:43:25 pm »
I was one of the foolhardy 4 who rode the Winter Solstice today. Really not too bad apart from the last 30 km back to Stockport. I could really have done without hitting a pothole, falling off and discovering I had a puncture.

I made it back just after 19.00 together with Tim (don't know surname). Like Andy we had to walk some of the last few km.

unik

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #145 on: December 21, 2009, 07:36:36 pm »
Despite sliding down a hill on my arse with one leg still attached to the bike, the Winter Solstice was a great ride.
Andy lead me along the main roads for the first half, avoiding the worst of the slush, although I did suffer a little bit of dehydration because my water bottle had frozen.

At Nantwich, hepped up on brown sauce from the Raven, I decided to try and redeem my status as a terrible wheel sucker only to speed off in the wrong direction. Luckily my gps managed to latch me onto another back wheel as I met up with Marcus shortly before Middlewich.

It was great to meet Danial at the Raven, and thanks to Andy and Marcus for guiding me safely through the slush!

DanialW

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #146 on: December 21, 2009, 10:30:27 pm »
I'd forgotten about the brown sauce calamity!

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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #147 on: December 22, 2009, 12:43:39 pm »
Despite sliding down a hill on my arse with one leg still attached to the bike, the Winter Solstice was a great ride.

That sounds horribly familiar.  Descending Noah's Ark Lane on the 2007 edition I knew I was going to fall off, so unclipped my right foot and crept along at 0.01 mph.

And went down on my left side, still strapped into a burning bike.  0.1 seconds later Garry Broad did the same, narrowly avoiding inserting one of his pedals into my ear ???
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Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #148 on: December 22, 2009, 06:11:20 pm »
That sounds horribly familiar.  Descending Noah's Ark Lane on the 2007 edition I knew I was going to fall off, so unclipped my right foot and crept along at 0.01 mph.

Mr Larrington, I went one better, I crept along at 0.001mph but still fell and ended the day at Warrington General with a broken wrist :'(

mikewigley

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #149 on: December 22, 2009, 08:23:33 pm »
Mr Larrington, I went one better, I crept along at 0.001mph but still fell and ended the day at Warrington General with a broken wrist :'(

.. and I think I've not seen you since, except at Alston of course doing an excellent job on LEL.  I did cite your experience in my pre-Winter Solstice communications, trying to persuade my entrants not to ride