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Martin

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #275 on: August 01, 2017, 06:56:20 am »
Hi Martin, will it run again Easter (April?) next year?

Regards

A

yes, 31st March

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #276 on: August 01, 2017, 11:08:53 am »
Great, see you then with luck  :thumbsup:

A

Martin

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #277 on: March 18, 2018, 09:12:31 pm »
Entries just hit 50 but that could well double by the day.

I think the cold weather will have delayed the daffs so there will hopefully be millions to delight you.

as well as a little bunny for each rider there will also be a free Bun-bola at the end to win some bigger Lindt lovelies

Pedal Castro

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #278 on: March 23, 2018, 06:23:32 am »
This will be my first long ride (>10km) since my October crash ...

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #279 on: March 23, 2018, 05:26:09 pm »
Alas, I forgot about this ride when agreeing to join an arrow team again. Next year!
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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #280 on: March 23, 2018, 07:59:47 pm »
Alas, I forgot about this ride when agreeing to join an arrow team again. Next year!

Still possible to enter and complete  next weekend Double Dutch 200km.

Just do your planned 400km route  to York on Thursday evening say 7pm. Arrive in York on Friday evening by 7pm. Set off to Huntingdon for 250km in 13 hours, start the DD event at 8 am. Complete the 200km event and finally ECE home.

I guess...this challenge is not beyond your capabilities!
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Martin

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #281 on: March 23, 2018, 09:15:54 pm »
Nice thought but DD and EA are incompatible sadly. I've had quite a few riders who have done both events and indeed have personally met many of them going the other way on a Good Friday route check.

It will always be an Easter Saturday event as otherwise no bunnies and where's the fun in that? it's also a rare and very popular 200 in a sea of 300s that time of year so the day is set.

and there will not be a perm version from me it needs to be ridden in Spring to fully appreciate the route, big open skies; bulbfields, clear views across water, coast and young crops, hedgerows birdsong etc...

there's always next year!

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #282 on: March 23, 2018, 10:18:28 pm »
I've entered :thumbsup:

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #283 on: March 25, 2018, 05:01:47 pm »
I've entered, and booked a train that should get me there in time for the start and a Travelodge for afterwards. 
Looking forward to riding in an unknown area :thumbsup:

Manotea

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #284 on: March 25, 2018, 08:44:15 pm »
I'll be on the 6:23 train from KingsX to arrive in time for a coffer and a chat before the off. :)

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #285 on: March 26, 2018, 11:43:21 am »
I'm in, looking forward to riding on some of the LEL roads again ( I think)

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Martin

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #286 on: March 27, 2018, 03:25:06 pm »
75 entered 13 cards left WTGTG  :)

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #287 on: March 28, 2018, 12:26:34 pm »
Spur of the moment entry last night, it's time to get back into Audaxing, and what could be better than a flat cold windy ride, with a little bunny despite only having ridden 200km since Nov 17?

Any other special people in/on special bikes?

Ian

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #288 on: March 28, 2018, 12:38:24 pm »
Yes I was thinking about you following the advice about getting into Kings Lynn and the cyclepath; not exactly sure whether it means you have to cross the river twice if you don't take it but sounds like it. The car / motorbike trap is very soon after the Chernobyl manouevre and IIRC there is only one before you reach the road by the bridge) so you'll soon find out; it is possible to get to Kings Lynn on the other side if you take a wrong turn before Wigginhal St Germans (DAMHIKT!)

not sure if the lady last year is bringing the trike

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #289 on: March 28, 2018, 08:09:50 pm »
Thanks Martin, I'll have a closer look at the route and improvise if things look awkward, I did the ride back in 2014, or 2015, so I will also look at my ride for then, I'm sort of used to getting into places where a double back is required or recruiting a couple of sherpas to help me over barriers, all part of the fun  :)

Ian

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #290 on: March 30, 2018, 09:38:50 pm »
All checked in at the hotel at the event start. Lots of bunnies needing homes our guest of honour gets an extra big one.

Pedal Castro

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #291 on: March 31, 2018, 07:22:39 am »
I'm out, can't risk a fall yet and the weather fails my risk assessment.

Manotea

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #292 on: March 31, 2018, 04:42:20 pm »
At Spalding, propping up the field. A bit drizzly now and then but overall, weather OK. Vague hope of a wind assist on the run home. Well I can hope... :)

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #293 on: March 31, 2018, 06:01:55 pm »
Lower leg nerve issue has put pay to my riding today. Yesterday's 115km in the rain blew the foot and ankle apart again with unbearable amounts of pain.   I'm told this kind of stuff happens and to man up.   All getting a bit old after 6 weeks of nerve issue, dropped foot and total loss in upward power. Apparently the NHS are not in any kind of hurry to resolve this.

Hope those who rode have had a great time.

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #294 on: March 31, 2018, 08:08:23 pm »
I managed to hit a lot a rain from Moulton all the way down to just north of Huntingdon, when I left check point charlie after not winning a bigger bunny it started again, at least i had a nice shower stripping off in the carpark.

I was glad I was on 3 wheels a couple of times with all the mud and crap that was about.

As usual a big hand to the "support crew" sorry I don't know your name.

When I got home at about 4:30 there was a really strong N wind blowing so hope that helped those still out.

Ian

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #295 on: March 31, 2018, 08:40:23 pm »
I hit a lot of rain too, for me the heaviest was from about 15-20k after the ferry right through until Spalding. I guess the heavy stuff must have been patchy enough that some wuz lucky and some wuz not.

Rain notwithstanding though, a great day. Big thanks to Martin and Ann.
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Martin

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #296 on: March 31, 2018, 10:20:03 pm »
All done here everyone except one finished. The wind didn't pick up until after
the turn where the tailwind was very apparent and welcome.
Best daffodil fields I'Ve seen on the Crowland road. And a great finish venue complemented by tulips
and Bunbola.

I must come up here more often not my local area but the roads and routes are just so good!

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #297 on: April 02, 2018, 11:22:59 am »
Rain, what rain? Those at the tailend didn't see much other than an occasional bit of drizzle :thumbsup:
Though I did get a proper soaking afterwards :hand:
Stayed at the Travelodge Sat night, they continue to impress, had to persuade them it'd be a good idea to give me a bin bag to stand the dirty dripping bike on, totally unfazed.
Many thanks to Martin for organising, very much my sort of route, I like to tour round the rides I do and there was plenty of interest.  The daffs were a bonus, but there's plenty of other stuff to make this a worthwhile ride any time of year, there's bits of it I shall ride again.
daffodils by Paul, on Flickr

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Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #298 on: January 25, 2019, 12:50:31 am »
very slightly revised route now goes past Moulton windmill (the tallest in the UK)



http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-555/

as always the daffs shift location from year to year; who will be there to pick them in 2020?

good bargains to be had in nearby Travelodge and Premier Inn if you are quick

Re: Double Dutch 200 Easter Saturday
« Reply #299 on: January 26, 2019, 03:07:50 pm »
I'm perilously trusting to Thameslink to get me there and back without having to make it an overnighter.