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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #50 on: April 10, 2012, 11:21:24 am »
What wimps  :demon:, a couple of us had £1 coffees from the burger van and sat outside with our bikes (it was quite sunny by that point though). No receipt so used the ATM.

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2012, 11:29:10 am »
I suspect I got more volume of 'coffee' per £ in my 2-handled bucket (= Costa large).
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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2012, 11:30:16 am »
What wimps  :demon:, a couple of us had £1 coffees from the burger van and sat outside with our bikes (it was quite sunny by that point though). No receipt so used the ATM.

+1 although I had tea and cinnamon donuts with a dip (bad idea; it didn't so much dip as dissolve the donut  :()

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2012, 02:21:29 pm »
Oh that. We just walked into the maelstrom looking for coffee and a toilet. Costa and a long line, so only a pass mark, at a push. That is a weird place, lots of folk wandering about amongst stores selling stuff few people were buying. Silly way to occupy the day, to my mind. Still, takes all sorts.

Quite a shock to the system going from complete isolation to herds of shoppers in the space of a few minutes. Mind you it was nice to get off my not completely broken-in B17 for a few minutes!

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2012, 03:17:32 pm »
I was on my own at Springfields - just gave up when I could not see anywhere to get a drink and receipt - it looked an absolutely ghastly place to me-- I went a few hundred yards onwards and stopped at a small convenience store. Ok I could not sit down and have a drink and a chat - but it didnt look as if Springfields was cyclist friendly to me.
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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2012, 05:39:58 pm »
I used the pub next to the shopping centre,the girl looked a bit put out when I asked for a receipt for a pint of orange juice and lemonade though!

Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2012, 06:37:08 pm »
I never found Springfield's - didn't look too hard - but the cafe in the market square was pleasant and welcoming.

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #57 on: April 11, 2012, 07:48:28 am »
I never found Springfield's - didn't look too hard - but the cafe in the market square was pleasant and welcoming.

from the route sheet

"any other receipt from Spalding is acceptable"  ;)

Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2012, 09:57:09 am »
That was why I didn't look too hard :)

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #59 on: November 19, 2012, 11:10:07 pm »
Due to those pesky Stevenage people changing the date of their ride I've put this event back to Sat 30th March 2013 (yes it's still Easter Saturday)

the only event in the calendar that day, what are you waiting for?  make a weekend of it :)

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #60 on: November 19, 2012, 11:29:33 pm »
Can you arrange for there to be no nasty wind blowing from the North this time, especially one that decides to stop blowing once you leave Spalding.

I road a big chunk of this route from Cambridge for my Oct RRtY and got another northerly so another hard slog to King's Lynn, at least it stuck around for the homeward leg this time but just to make it more "interesting" the last 3 hours were ridden in solid rain, flat does not necessarily mean easy I have discovered.

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #61 on: November 19, 2012, 11:32:51 pm »
Two local 200s in two weekends :thumbsup:

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #62 on: November 21, 2012, 09:42:09 pm »
the standard route (inspired by another thread) will involve the Kings Lynn ferry; it won't save any time and is avoidable but is great fun!

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #63 on: March 01, 2013, 12:20:18 pm »
I'm heading Flatland-ward tomorrow to check none of the route has sunk;

this will be my earliest ever foray out to those parts; is there still snow on the ground?

I'm thinking of sending it here (a few km E of Kings Lynn) next year


Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #64 on: March 01, 2013, 12:34:07 pm »
We'll wave in your direction from Sandringham, our furthest foray West on the Old Squit  :thumbsup:

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #65 on: March 03, 2013, 10:11:05 am »
a nice routine route check yesterday without the headwinds of previous editions. Not much in the way of daffs now there are billions of them all waiting to delight you in 4 weeks.

I've updated the gpx for the ferry crossing at Kings Lynn; if you want to avoid this pm me and I'll email the landlubbers version, Route sheet will go online tomorrow

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #66 on: March 15, 2013, 09:35:07 pm »
entries up to 45; have you people not got relatives to visit or major DIY projects that weekend?

the daffs are reportedly 4 weeks late so should be in their full glory

a pub finish control is looking likely; and Easter Bunny will be helping at the start  :P

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #67 on: March 15, 2013, 11:21:23 pm »
A bit less wind than last year might be nice, or maybe a better wind direction.

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #68 on: March 26, 2013, 10:13:12 pm »
entries now up to 60 which is very impressive considering I was expecting about 6 first time I ran it  :)

got the last postal entry today; it's open by Paypal until some time on Good Friday after which EOL strictly by prior notification (mobile number on the route sheet)

looking like the NE wind might subside a bit by Saturday; by the time you get to Kings Lynn you should have broken the back of the ride  :thumbsup:

any DNS's mean even more of these for those who do ride  :P


Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #69 on: March 26, 2013, 10:19:18 pm »
I may be ruled out of this after my shoulder/arm problem recurred on Friday. Took me out for three months last year :'(

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #70 on: March 29, 2013, 09:36:55 am »
Checking the route out on google maps  just now came across this - just off route but rather inaccessible.

 http://goo.gl/maps/5NXY2

Looks attractive for conspiracy specialists - especially being so close to the inland lighthouses.
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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #71 on: March 29, 2013, 09:49:56 am »
Checking the route out on google maps  just now came across this - just off route but rather inaccessible.

 http://goo.gl/maps/5NXY2

Looks attractive for conspiracy specialists - especially being so close to the inland lighthouses.

isn't that something to do with the RAF ranges along the coast there? (not sure if they actually drop bombs or just aim them)

anyone who did 2011 but missed last year will be pleased to know the godawful bit through Kings Lynn to Tescos is no more; just a pleasant ride along the river bank instead  :)

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #72 on: March 29, 2013, 10:22:47 am »
There are two of those in the Wash, they ere actually buils as experimental water storage facilities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/content/articles/2008/10/08/abandoned_wash_feature.shtml

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #73 on: March 29, 2013, 10:31:09 am »
Are we using the King of the Belgians pub at the end or a different place?
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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #74 on: March 29, 2013, 11:31:19 am »
Are we using the King of the Belgians pub at the end or a different place?

a different place; the KotB would not fit 65 riders inside on Easter weekend;

current plan is The George in Huntingdon (last but one instruction on the route sheet) assuming my trusty helper turns up  :) I doubt he will be in the courtyard though...