Author Topic: The Winter Boat Ride  (Read 3004 times)

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
The Winter Boat Ride
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:19:51 pm »
We don't have the Missouri but we do have, 'The Winter Boat Ride'

215km of fun in the warmth of a February day... with a Wonder Cafe start and a Wetherspoons finish... turn back, are you crazy?

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 08:53:41 pm »
I'm in ;D
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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2018, 09:36:23 pm »
Are you using the playbarn cafe at the Eco farm?  They've been closing the main cafe during term time now.
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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 10:57:58 pm »
That week's half term for a lot of people, I think.

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 09:52:59 am »
Are you using the playbarn cafe at the Eco farm?  They've been closing the main cafe during term time now.

That's the one. The Restaurant has its own opening schedule but the cafe is open every day. :)

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 09:43:04 pm »
On Sunday 48 riders assembled at the Wonder Cafe in Uxbridge for a Winter Boat Ride out to the Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne. It was one of those days when we had four seasons and one of them wasn't summer. The riders set off on a bright and sunny day, unfortunately it was into about 80km of a cold headwind. Happily the wind didn't turn but the weather did and and the afternoon saw flurries of show and hail. Happily the wind meant it was mainly on their backs, but this wasn't your soft northern snow, this was southern snow, a few flakes of which can paralyse an entire region. Here's Alan Parkinson at the Arrivee, beaten and bowed from the blizzard.



Actually, every rider rolled in with a smile and spoke of how much they enjoyed the day, including a fair number who were on their first audax/100 mile ride. Hardcore the lot of them!

My thanks to all the riders, Dave Morrison for route checking and Rick Perry, Controller at The Boat Inn.

See you all in the summer for the London Ditchling Devil!

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2020, 10:01:56 pm »
Looking forward to next Sunday's :) I've tried to lure some newcomers into it, we'll see how it ends up.
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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2020, 12:35:26 pm »
I'm not normally one to be spooked by weather forecasts, but heavy rain and 30 mph winds predicted.

Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2020, 02:13:08 pm »
Me too.  Headwinds and rain I can cope with the hard work, but they are going to be side winds out and back gusting @ 40+mph.
I am looking at a possible DNS and do the Chiltern Grit in 2 weeks time.

Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2020, 06:30:50 pm »
Not looking great. 60-80mph winds.


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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2020, 06:50:55 pm »
The Royal Parks have announced all their premises will be closed on  Sunday.

Sorry Paul but it's not looking good :(
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S2L

Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2020, 05:10:28 pm »
Looking forward to next Sunday's :) I've tried to lure some newcomers into it, we'll see how it ends up.

Looks like it ends up badly...  :'(

parkysouthlondon

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2020, 09:03:14 pm »
Here's Alan Parkinson at the Arrivee, beaten and bowed from the blizzard.




I'm planning to give it another go. See you all in the morning. New hat this year.
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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2020, 12:53:06 pm »
Saw 8 of you set off. Have fun. 
If you don’t make time for exercise now, sooner or later you’ll need to make time for ill health.

zigzag

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2020, 01:11:10 pm »
it will be a day to remember, that's for sure. i hope everyone makes it back safely.

hellymedic

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2020, 01:33:30 pm »
FYI There has been a tree blown onto the Metropolitan Line at Hillingdon...

Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2020, 01:33:38 pm »
Saw 8 of you set off. Have fun.

Out of how many originally registered, I wonder? (I was a DNS - 50mph+ crosswinds too much for me)
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Redlight

  • Enjoying life in the slow lane
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2020, 02:04:22 pm »
it will be a day to remember, that's for sure. i hope everyone makes it back safely.

Indeed. Let's hope no one has cause to be helped by the emergency services, who probably have enough on their hands today without having to mop up leisure cyclists.
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Manotea

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2020, 02:52:45 pm »
Last rider has left the Boat, all accounted for.

DNS rate of 91pc


bludger

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2020, 03:05:47 pm »
Wow, is that everyone having completed/finished the 100 or 200?

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2020, 03:20:28 pm »
Wow, is that everyone having completed/finished the 100 or 200?

Nope boat is part way round. Probably everyone half way round.
If you don’t make time for exercise now, sooner or later you’ll need to make time for ill health.

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2020, 09:38:55 pm »
Well, it's my first 100pc finishers event.

We obviously need more storms!

hellymedic

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2020, 01:47:39 am »
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I believe the Wetherspoon's pub in Ickenham is called the Tichenham Inn...

Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2020, 08:56:56 am »
It was a challenging choice for my first 200k



More pictures here: https://flickr.com/photos/8798439@N03/sets/72157713048697261

FifeingEejit

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Re: The Winter Boat Ride
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2020, 11:14:58 am »
ah Hedges!