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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3925 on: June 17, 2020, 04:18:52 pm »
Richard Ellis 200km route today, two feeds, including the biggest 99 I've ever had, at Mannintree!  :thumbsup:

Re: next weekend - I'll be riding the 'Not the Windmill Ride' 200km on Saturday I think [as Sunday is Father's Day]. Starting [and finishing] in Dunmow, to Chelmo, though probably not bothering with the urban bit to/from the Chelmer CC hut, up to Newmarket, then Saffron Walden etc. Saddlebag full of Marmite sarnies, more home baking etc ... pub stop if anywhere en-route is doing takeaway socially distant beer. Anyone else interested?

I could be up for this one :thumbsup:
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3926 on: June 17, 2020, 04:22:48 pm »
Re: next weekend - I'll be riding the 'Not the Windmill Ride' 200km on Saturday I think [as Sunday is Father's Day]. Starting [and finishing] in Dunmow, to Chelmo, though probably not bothering with the urban bit to/from the Chelmer CC hut, up to Newmarket, then Saffron Walden etc. Saddlebag full of Marmite sarnies, more home baking etc ... pub stop if anywhere en-route is doing takeaway socially distant beer. Anyone else interested?

I could be up for this one :thumbsup:

I'll set off at 07:00 from home, Chelmo shortly after 08:00 I reckon. Meet at the Chignall Road/Woodhall Hill turn on the outskirts?

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3927 on: June 19, 2020, 07:20:49 pm »

I'll set off at 07:00 from home, Chelmo shortly after 08:00 I reckon. Meet at the Chignall Road/Woodhall Hill turn on the outskirts?

Sarnies made, batteries charged - see you at the Chignal Road/Woodhall Hill turn (green triangle or there abouts) for 0800. :D

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3928 on: June 19, 2020, 11:38:30 pm »
Looks like a nice day for it enjoy!
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3929 on: June 20, 2020, 06:42:25 am »
Looks like a nice day for it enjoy!

Sun's shining - woke me too early though! Along with the current route sheet, Stefan sent a profile - saw-tooth from beginning to end - I knew there was a lot of climbing by Essex/Cambs/Suffolk standards!

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3930 on: June 20, 2020, 04:18:43 pm »
Windmills placed to catch the wind so generally up a hill or rise somewhere.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3931 on: June 20, 2020, 07:14:24 pm »
Windmills placed to catch the wind so generally up a hill or rise somewhere.

Indeed! ;D And the route goes across the grain of the country, with lots of river valleys to cross. I reckon the route as it stands, even with the extra little loop through Writtle, [which we didn't do] is slightly under-distance. As I left out the 6km or so in/out of Chemo from the suburbs as well I ended up with about 185km. Still a nice long hilly-ish ride with the two Grey/Grays [Sheep and Mick] - thanks for all the towing, especially into the wind coming back.  :thumbsup: I think an extra info/village shop control east of Newmarket [Barrow?] might get it back up to 200km, with no need for extras at the end. Back to Mrs Google for another session at some point. I'll mention it to the organiser. What I haven't worked out yet is how the old Windmill routes I've done, which did have some variation over the years, often came out about 10km over-distance - where did we go?.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3932 on: June 20, 2020, 08:20:55 pm »
Galleywood with the move to chelmer hut it's shorter. I did mention the under dist 2 years ago but it seemed to be given a pass :) if it were mandatory route it would be bang on. The distance lowering is at the Chelmsford end :)

Now if there were a way to remove Newmarket from the ride, that would be nice!
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3933 on: June 21, 2020, 08:02:23 pm »
I'd like to take advantage of the long summer days to do a 300km ride in daylight. First thought was Hereward the Wake: Jem, Carlos and I rode it starting very early in the morning, as a helpers' ride a few years ago, on a day that rapidly became stonkingly hot: Second breakfast in Cambridge Market; quick stop in Whittlesey; extra pub stop somewhere in the wilds. After 'The Pag', we had a late lunch at the 'spoons in Biggleswade then rather dragged our heels into the evening via a paddle to cool off in Ashwell Springs, and another pub stop. Optionally, the route could be done in reverse for a change.

Another option would be one of Wilkyboys 200km routes which conveniently start 50km from home. His Civil War 200, up to Market Harborough in Northamptonshire is mostly unknown territory for me, which appeals. I think I'll be moving on to ride several of the Camaudax 200s in August though - the Chiltern Pathfinder is a cracker I'd like to revisit!

Any thoughts? 4th or 18th July would work for me.

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3934 on: June 21, 2020, 08:10:33 pm »
I'm up for a 300k in July and will try to work around any dates.  Hereward is always a favourite but anywhere on a bicycle is great  :thumbsup:
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3935 on: June 21, 2020, 08:14:16 pm »
Just be aware, if you’re interested in the points, a 300km ride won’t be validated by AUK, at least not for the foreseeable. Doing an extended 200k perm would be best to ride, if you want the points.
Although that only applies after 1st August anyway and you already said you’re riding in July so everything is for fun anyway  :thumbsup:
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3936 on: June 21, 2020, 08:41:49 pm »
I am in no  shape for any 300km rides soon, but Big Saxon and myself are looking forward to local Essex Audax events restarting in August - Are any of the R&Rs calendar events being considered to run?
'If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat'.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3937 on: June 22, 2020, 07:29:13 pm »
Just be aware, if you’re interested in the points, a 300km ride won’t be validated by AUK, at least not for the foreseeable. Doing an extended 200k perm would be best to ride, if you want the points.
Although that only applies after 1st August anyway and you already said you’re riding in July so everything is for fun anyway  :thumbsup:

I just want to make the most of the weather and daylight between now and August! I think there might be rather a rush on 200km perms after 1st August, must check my brevet stocks. I will have done at least one 200km ride during each lockdown month, as well as several of 75 - 100 miles.

I'll keep 4th and 18th July free, and see how the weather looks nearer the time.

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3938 on: June 23, 2020, 10:52:29 pm »
Bizarrely I’m keen to do an overnight ride with a possible bivvy.  I’ve missed riding through the night. I might have a think about riding it the opposite way to you guys and getting going around midnight.  But also thinking of a mini tour with my smallest tent. If I do do it, my preference would be 18th July, as my longest ride since March is only about 130km. So would like to fit in a 200km first to see how my endurance is.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3939 on: June 24, 2020, 10:42:58 am »
The Spiritual Home is re-opening!

Monday 20th July at 12:00 - I am very tempted to re-schedule work for the following day, but we must go there on the following Wednesday evening.

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3940 on: June 25, 2020, 10:25:03 am »
Hooray!
Turn, turn, turn again
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3941 on: June 25, 2020, 07:23:55 pm »
Let's go with Saturday 18th July for a 300 then.  :thumbsup:

On balance, I think I'll do Wilky's 200s for the points and have a go at Hereward then. Starting at 06:00 ok? Might get back by last orders ...

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3942 on: June 25, 2020, 07:44:33 pm »
Hi Tom, this is Mick. Could I play please?

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3943 on: June 25, 2020, 10:13:42 pm »
Hi Tom, this is Mick. Could I play please?

Yes! You're welcome, of course. At present just three of us, we'll see ...

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3944 on: June 25, 2020, 10:21:33 pm »
So is that a Hereward on the 18th with a 6.00am start from your place?

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3945 on: June 26, 2020, 09:28:38 am »
So is that a Hereward on the 18th with a 6.00am start from your place?

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 :thumbsup: Subject to review nearer the time though.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3946 on: June 28, 2020, 03:28:01 pm »
Following a trip Mrs Tomsk and I made to Hyde Hall RHS garden yesterday, I have discovered there is an apple variety called ACME! They have a freshly planted orchard with traditional and newer Essex varieties - ACME is a Cox-type apple, a heavy cropper but tending to be biennial [ie alternate good and lean years] and was bred at Boreham in 1944. I've found one commercial supplier so far: Chris Bowers and Sons of Wimbotsham, Norfolk. An RHS group 3 apple - so flowering time is compatible with the 'Katja' and 'James Grieve' we already have, hooray!

It's on the birthday list!

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3947 on: June 28, 2020, 03:33:34 pm »
That must mean we can have ACME cider! 

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3948 on: June 28, 2020, 04:35:01 pm »
That must mean we can have ACME cider! 

If only there was someone who knew about brewing ...

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3949 on: June 28, 2020, 06:53:52 pm »
That must mean we can have ACME cider! 

If only there was someone who knew about brewing ...

Indeed!  And we could get josser to plant an orchard!