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tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3675 on: September 27, 2019, 12:04:21 pm »
He meant in a tent.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3676 on: September 27, 2019, 12:09:59 pm »

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3677 on: September 27, 2019, 12:48:21 pm »
Potentially but have used a lot of credits recently so will see if I can escape

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3678 on: September 27, 2019, 01:21:55 pm »
9th November at the Spiritual Home...

I was thinking somewhere a bit further afield but that would work also...
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3679 on: September 27, 2019, 03:44:08 pm »
9th November at the Spiritual Home...

I was thinking somewhere a bit further afield but that would work also...

So camping after the medal ceremony?

tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3680 on: September 27, 2019, 04:02:17 pm »
I might -it's a long way home.

Then again, I might try a bit of lift scrounging at home - particularly as I anticipate winning a large number of trophies.
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tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3681 on: September 30, 2019, 01:02:25 pm »
Another week, another beer festival for the intrepid MEMWNs pelotons.  This time the venue was the Sun Inn at Feering.  The Sun always puts on a reasonable festival and this time it had the added attraction of a Lager Land Rover stuffed with Belgian delights.

I arrived to find Joergen, Mrs Jiber, the Strangler, "Tomsk", Hotblack, the Hustler and the Fixie King all deep in study of their beer menus - well apart from Mrs Jiber who was trying to make Joergen sit up properly and behave and the Fixie King who was tucking into the fourth course of his taster menu.

We managed to sample a wide range of ales - so wide, in fact, that the Quaffers' Committee permanent members only managed to intersect on one beer.  Fortunately, that beer was Tropical Tom by Fat Cat which was worthy of the Quaffers' Choice Award.  Had the Hustler followed the prescribed list, it might well have gone to one of the lagers from the Land Rover.  I know that first substitute, Joergen, particularly enjoyed a couple of those, as did I.

The Strangler (who seems to have his feet very comfortably under the table for an interloper), took it upon himself to chair a meeting of our Youth Wing, who, it turns out, are revolting.  Given that there were only three of our juniors present, they seemed to be remarkably vocal on a number of issues.  The Strangler is demanding social influencers at our annual awards evening and a live feed on Periscope, Joergen wants to send us to the outer rims of East Anglia (when he is away) and the Fixie King wants a relaxed dress code at formal functions - since when was a string vest an acceptable substitute for tails ? 

Under normal circumstances, Tomsk would have quietly but firmly put the pesky kids in their place.  These are not normal circumstances however.  Tomsk has been replaced by an oft-malfunctioning cyborg that looks like him but doesn't act like him.  I think our suspicions were first aroused when the unit had to be collected in a vehicle from Goldhanger, presumably for re-programming or charging.  PBP by fixed in sub-80 hours did seem like classic Tomsk, at first sight at least.  On closer inspection, there were some further clues; no beer consumed during the whole ride, issues with the unit's mechanical claws and some missing time between its finish and the rest of us when it was back at base re-charging.  Since then we have had the motorised visit to Tippers' PBP debrief and now, as if further evidence was needed, riding to the Sun on gears.  I never thought I would be saying this but perhaps we really do need OD back.  He can be Shaggy to Joergen's Scooby Do and see if we can't unmask this fake Tomsk and solve the mystery once and for all.

It was still remarkably mild on the way home but naturally the strong headwind had turned into a barely noticeable tailwind.  We have the darkness of winter but not, as yet, the temperatures to match.





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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3682 on: October 01, 2019, 03:49:47 pm »
First ride on fixed since PBP tentatively scheduled for tomorrow evening ... the duff digit coped well with Yorkshire hills and rain ok last weekend, with gears. I was even able to applaud, tentatively, at the Worlds.

It's a small world: I met film makers Damon & Heather in Harrogate; a VC167 peloton including Debs, in Leyburn; a random Essex cycle tourist from Wickford and a neighbour from my street watching the Junior Women's race, while visiting his mother in Tadcaster. Dan met Ned Boulting; Ed Pickering, editor of Pro Cycling magazine and everywhere we went, there was style monster David Millar complete with trilby hat, skinny jeans, chpt 3 Brompton and matching rucksack. We managed to get close enough to see both Annmieke Van Vleuten and Mads Pedersen cross the finish line in their respective races. The men who actually made it to the finish, in the rain on Sunday did not look very perky - it was a pretty grim day.

tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3683 on: October 02, 2019, 12:27:48 pm »
Nice to see the "Tomsk" unit has been upgraded to ride fixed.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3684 on: October 07, 2019, 03:02:16 pm »
As some of you already know I've had A SILLY IDEA.  Wanna come along?

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3685 on: October 07, 2019, 10:59:56 pm »
Looking for some local knowledge - is it easy to get a ferry across between Felixstowe and Harwich tomorrow? Shotley Ferry doesn't look like it works during the week - is there an alternative?

tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3686 on: October 08, 2019, 04:37:38 pm »
I am not sure if it is indicative of Jiber's attention to detail when he is around or the fact he couldn't care less when he is not - or perhaps a combination of the two - but last week's outing saw us heading off to an unchecked venue.

The White Hart at Stebbing has been visited before and is handy for our Westerners but the fact it now closes at 10 on a Wednesday is something of an issue.

Fortunately for the Witham peloton, the Hustler and I were under Huggy's leadership and arrived there at 8.30 via a route that was almost completely direct (it included a 1km diversion to make it not look too direct).  Unfortunately for the Witham peloton (well, me), Huggy was astride his sooty steed and "testing" his fitness by disappearing into the distance with the Hustler nonchalantly keeping up behind. 

We were soon joined in our cosy corner at the pub by Tomsk, Toby's Dad and Fabrizio Ravanelli.

The beer selection was limited but well kept - Ridley's Rite and Heresy.  Obviously, Rite took the Qaffers' Choice Award.

Discussion revolved around adventures for next year - Fabrizio will be unicycling up K2 and sledging back down or something but the rest of us were keen on some non-Audax touring type activity.  Tomsk had a list of potential plans, some of which even sounded feasible for mere mortals.

For once, we managed to stick to our "arrive early, leave early" plan - the fact the pub had shut may have helped.  I take back what I said about the temperature last week, it was dark and cold on the long journey back offshore.  My Garmin showed 2.3 degrees most of the way (the Hustler had 1.6 but I suspect that was down to his greater speed).  Whatever, it was cold and I am not sure any of us were quite expecting it so soon.  The transition from sandals to knee warmers doesn't seem to have taken any time at all this year.



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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3687 on: October 09, 2019, 06:57:05 am »
Love the white feather reference!
Regards,

Joergen

tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3688 on: October 10, 2019, 10:33:57 am »
Oh look it's Great Notley again.  Stebbing last week, Dunmow on Saturday and the King Billy last night, it seems that all roads lead there at the moment. 

I arrived to find one half (the better one) of Jemango, Toby's Dad and Francesco Schettino making final preparations for the long-awaited return of Steve Pan.  The bunting was a bit OTT but the banner was a nice touch.

It has taken a while to negotiate his release from Europeland and we have had to send Joergen and the Fixie King over there in a swap but he is back.

He was escorted on his way by the Hustler, Hotblack and Huggy.  Not only did they manage to stay in perfect formation but they also avoided their planned rendezvous with Tomsk by taking a totally different and shorter route.  Tomsk duly arrived solo half an hour after Pan's cyclecade.

Those of us not on Merlot sampled St Peter's Conkered and Black Sheep's Monty Python's Flying Circus.  It was a close run thing but Conkered took the Quaffers' Choice Award.  Once again we were without our key third member and with no office junior around to substitute, we were seriously short of numbers.  Accordingly, you will see an announcement shortly.

Most of the evening was taken up with Pan telling us about his adventures in French France - towed caravan, parked caravan, repaired caravan, ate odd things out of tins, drank wine, went to extravagant restaurants, moaned about opening hours - sleep and repeat and you have his whole 5 months.  Now back to almost full health, Tomsk is laying down the law once more.  Poor Francesco has been told he is riding fixed this winter and is about to press the button on a new (old) frame - I am sure he can coax the Fixie King to talk a bit about riding fixed if he asks nicely.

In the beer garden afterwards we were treated to a virtuoso performance on faffing.  Even Huggy was astride his bike by the time Pan had realised he had dropped his Garmin on the ground.  Ten minutes later and he was ready to put on his helmet, only to notice his bike was still locked.  Fortunately it was a mild night but it shows just how out of practice the old boy has become on his sabbatical.  The upside was that I finally achieved a long-held ambition to lead the famous Witham Peloton home from the pub.  This meant everyone had to ride at The Speed of Ted - basically you get home a bit later than you had expected but at least you can chat to people without being out of breath (unless you're the bloke at the front trying desperately to go quickly enough to stay ahead).  Frankly it was a relief when they turned off at Peg Millers and I was then able to watch Francesco speed off into the distance at his normal rate.

Next week we need to head towards Colchester and see if we can tempt the other half of Jemango and the Strangler out to play.

After that we have the send off to look forward to when we watch Pan disappear on his November bivvi trip to Tan Hill via Goole.  He still seems genuinely incredulous that there isn't more interest in his madness.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3689 on: October 10, 2019, 01:35:04 pm »
Incredulous is the word. What’s the matter with you lot?

ted missed a fun element, huggy’s puncture!  ted probably missed this fun element cos we neglected to tell him. We availed ourselves of the gateway to Shuteworth Hall as it was well lit with not one but two CCTV cameras. Just as we we’re about to hit the road again a chap appeared from the house, Lord Shuttleworth perhaps, as he thought we were a bunch of workmen intent on digging up the road. Nope I’ve no idea either.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3690 on: October 10, 2019, 01:36:35 pm »
Oh yeah ted, where’s the Official Selfie you took?  Don’t be shy, its one of your best efforts!