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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #525 on: February 08, 2019, 08:34:47 am »
Looking to do a 200km DIY this Saturday in Lincolnshire.
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #526 on: February 08, 2019, 12:05:35 pm »
Can you do 200km in a straight line?  Choose the right direction and you will probably fall foul of the 30kmh rule.

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #527 on: February 08, 2019, 06:28:16 pm »
It's been a hard days night, said Socks, carefully climbing off his steed.

You must have been there Matt   🙂

halhorner

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #528 on: February 09, 2019, 11:00:47 pm »
Malborough Connection 200, from Woodstock. Really nice route - N Wessex / Marlborough Downs + Cotswolds. The Downland sections felt tough today due to quite strong head and cross winds, as well as some squally rain/hail storms. That, plus lingering a little too long in the control cafes, plus 3 visitations resulted in a slow round even by my standards (13 hours elapsed). Nice day out on the bike nonetheless and good to get some miles in the legs. Thank you Iddu for keeping it going (would make a great calendar event too  :))

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #529 on: February 11, 2019, 09:30:11 pm »
My Saturday DIY didn't happen, instead I went out on Sunday which was a much drier, safer day to travel on two wheels and with it being so calm I decided to take my GoPro along with me for some action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUqHqRormxo
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #530 on: February 15, 2019, 06:13:50 pm »
Yet another 200 DIY in the Vale of York.

Planned a route that mostly stuck to the lanes and that was almost my undoing as there was quite a bit of ice about as I left Darlo. I was heading South East and suddenly realised why today's earworm was 'Destination Venus' as Venus guided me down to Neasham. Went carefully until it was fully light and I could then see and avoid the worst patches of ice which were mostly in the gutters anyway.

Had a cracking creature feature near Scorton when a Barn Owl crossed in front of me and then accompanied me for half a mile as it covered the roadside ditch for voles.

Breakfast was taken at a roadside stile near Yafforth - a glug from the bottle and a couple of hot cross buns from the saddlebag. This was going to be a no faff ride.

The next entertainment was provided by the RAF. A flight of 8 or 9 single seat trainers were practising formation flying. The first time I saw them they were all together and didn't look like any of them would be troubling the Red Arrows. The second time I saw them they were down to a formation of four. They came over low, straight and perfectly steady. Very impressive.

There had been a rising Southerly wind all morning and once I got to the turning point at Beninborough I had it on my back pretty much the whole way home. Stopped at the Coop in Northallerton for some flapjack and then scooted back up to Darlo and walked straight onto a train home.  :) Catching an early train meant no beer though.  :(
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #531 on: February 16, 2019, 10:07:31 pm »
Rode a DIY that doubled as a route check of the 1st bit of the Auld Alliance.

I was looking forward to dry weather as forecast and a SW wind which would help me after Dunblane c 70k. 

It was overcast leaving Haymarket in Edinburgh and I was enjoying the old school feel of having a hard copy routesheet on my bike.

It got darker and darker as I approached Kirkliston and heavy rain soon started.  Id believed the forecast and while I always carry a jacket Id not brought overshoes and my feet were soon cold and wet.

The rain didnt let up and my routesheet was getting soggy and my glasses misty.  Im recovering from a cold and thought about chucking it but Id made OK time to Causewayhead about 65k and decided to have breakfast first.  It dried out so I pressed on past the point of no return (Dunblane railway station) and started to benefit from the tailwind.

I passed (I think) @fifeingeejit with another rider (Robbie?) at Gleneagles and the sun even came out on the road to Dunning.

Usual shit driving in Perth (one close pass saw a driver with their off side tyres fully inside a 2 foot wide cycle lane all because of oncoming traffic on the A94 was a standstill) which meant I stopped at Scone for a minor refill and decided to get off the A94 even though that's the route for the Auld Alliance (where its a night section Id add). 

I was scudding along with the tailwind now and I figured that from Kinrossie 130km I covered the next 25km in an hour.  The Bogside Rd is lumpier so I slowed up a bit and contemplated a coffee at McDs in Forfar but decided to press on knowing Ive covered the 30km to Montrose in an hour before now.  I had to stop about 15km from the finish to top up with a remaining Star Bar and rolled into Montrose in a little over 9 hrs.

Grand day out and a few tweaks to the first 200 of the Auld Alliance.  Pics on twitter @graeme_wyllie

FifeingEejit

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #532 on: February 16, 2019, 11:03:30 pm »
It was indeed iroromono and myself riding the wrong way for the wind conditions.

Recognized you about 2 seconds too late.

Will write a DIY report next week as there's the small matter of ECEing the tour of East Lothian tomorrow... Assuming I've got the energy to get round it at BR pace...

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Pingu

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #533 on: February 16, 2019, 11:11:54 pm »
Today's effort was a well-ventilated pootle down into the wilds of Angus. More tile bagging meant lots of new roads :-) The first 100k was a bit of a slog into a headwind, but I got the benefit of a tailie on the return. Mild. There was nice sunrise on the way to Stonehaven. Lunch was taken at Corn Kist.

Heard: skylarks and woodpeckers. Seen: a kestrel, geese, quite a few roe deer, loadsa buzzards (including 3 lined up across a field stalking worms) and 3 red kites near Fettercairn.

11/12 done of this nonsense.





IMG_2493_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr


IMG_2495_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

FifeingEejit

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #534 on: February 18, 2019, 12:57:49 pm »
With the Tour of East Lothian running on Sunday there was nothing else for it but to get a second 200 in for the month on Saturday.
It took a bit of clicking on Google Maps and RWGPS to figure out how to get to Musselburgh from Dundee without being either 2km under or 20km over distance, eventually settling on what should have been an easy route...

Met Iroromono in front of the RRS Discovery and within 2km we'd stopped for a rest at the roll carriage at the end of the esplanade to kill our average speed (If I'd thought about it in advance I could have used this as the start point).
Not to worry the Carse of Gowrie is great for getting speed up as it's the only extensively flat bit of ground in the area, except being a vast expanse of flat in an otherwise steeply sided river valley it's also a nightmare when there's a 30kmh South Westerly blowing.  The shelter of the Balthayock was welcome for once and we were soon getting the views over Perth the climb rewards you with.

Perth was largely uneventful and we took to Necessity Brae and wished we had those horses to help but at least it's sheltered from that wind.  Strathearn was exposed and we struggled into Dunning where we got some shelter from the Ochils, plans for a relaxed lunch in Auchterarder were scrapped in favour of bouncing the Co-Op.

Took me a couple of seconds to clock Bairn Again through Gleneagles village (which isn't in Gleann na h-Eaglais at all, and someone needs to point out to the incomers that it means Glen of the Chapels, nothing to do with Iloaire).  Back out in to open at the top we took the Auchinlay road to get round Dunblane, not sure if it is faster than the convoluted route through the 1 way system or not.

The ride into Doune wasn't too bad at least, and we stopped at the Spar for a quick snack and water top up before heading down the A84 which was thankfully relativley quiet to the Kippen turn off where the road ramped up, this was meant to be the "hard bit" of the ride but it didn't seem too bad in comparison.
A bit of respite on the descent into Fintry (much nicer looking than the Fintry in Dundee) and then it was the "Highlite" of the ride, the Climb over to Lennoxtown on the Crow where we hard our arses handed to us by:
Someone doing hill repeats on a commuter
Two mountain bikers
and a Squirrel

The top was a major relief as we knew we "should" get a tail wind through to Musselburgh after the Gravity assistance down to Lennoxtown, right enough we got a good shove along through Kilsyth and Bonybridge before deciding that having meddled with a deil of a headwind all day we'd visit the Kelpies in Falkirk.  I had thought we'd be here about 2 hours earlier than we were, but we also managed to be early for the CafĂ© opening... by a month and a half.

Boring flat route from now through Grangemouth and then Borrowstounness  before climbing up to the back of South Queensferry.
Almost took the A8000 by mistake but corrected it and shot through Edinburgh on the old railway lines with a couple of wrong turns in Drylaw (where we also went wrong on the return ECE) before the blast through Leith and onto the Portobello Prom and the ride into Musselburgh, much later than either planned or expected.

Survived the TOEL getting in with not much BR pace to spare before repeating the blast back through Edinburgh into the wind and getting a great shove through Fife.

TTEL: https://www.strava.com/activities/2154034950
TOEL + ECE: https://www.strava.com/activities/2156780135

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #535 on: Yesterday at 08:50:53 am »
First 300km of 2019 planned for Saturday, it'll be my first "Winter" 300km ride in contrary to the late-Spring like weather looking to prevail this weekend.

Blue skies, plenty of sunshine forecast, leg and arm warmers coming off mid-morning - what more could we ask for at this time of year?
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #536 on: Yesterday at 11:40:08 am »
First 300km of 2019 planned for Saturday, it'll be my first "Winter" 300km ride in contrary to the late-Spring like weather looking to prevail this weekend.

Blue skies, plenty of sunshine forecast, leg and arm warmers coming off mid-morning - what more could we ask for at this time of year?

Similar plans for FifeingEejit and me on Saturday. We'll be takling Eck's Snow Road 300 Perm starting in Banchory. Looks like the Wind will be quite interesting for our Southbound Trip over the Lecht!
This is part of our attempt of an SR series of classic Scottish Perms before the Calendar Events start thick and fast.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #537 on: Yesterday at 09:39:05 pm »
Short video showing the route I'll be taking through Lincolnshire and the Wolds.

https://youtu.be/DZwFSQpRCaQ
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