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Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #225 on: May 02, 2017, 05:24:19 pm »
Oh! So that's you napping next to the handsome dude in the orange, white and blue jersey?

Yes. Do you know him?

;)
He looks familiar!
Bikes are for riding, not cleaning!

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #226 on: May 03, 2017, 01:01:02 pm »
I really enjoyed it, got a bit lonely at times but really happy with how it all went, tried my LEL set up for the first time.

Really impressed with that dry stone wall that was being built between Woodstock and Tewksbury.

Redlight

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Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #227 on: May 03, 2017, 03:17:15 pm »
Really impressed with that dry stone wall that was being built between Woodstock and Tewksbury.

I remember seeing that.  It looked as though it was being built to last - but somehow just looked incongruously new, don't you think?

Between the Disney abattoir and the chemical refinery

JJ

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« Reply #228 on: May 03, 2017, 04:37:14 pm »
So it was that I did the classic of packing and then riding home along the route.  My reward was a delicious breakfast in a community shop in the next village after Lambourn, and a sunny morning’s ride punctuated by multiple sleeps in sun on village greens and verges.  “Are you OK Mate?”
Bad luck, but the end as you describe it here doesn't sound quite so bad really :)

Bad preparation, albeit not all under my control, but not a bad ending at all!

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #229 on: May 03, 2017, 06:24:42 pm »

Really impressed with that dry stone wall that was being built between Woodstock and Tewksbury.

Has Donald Trump become mayor of Woodstock?

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #230 on: May 03, 2017, 09:16:44 pm »
Really impressed with that dry stone wall that was being built between Woodstock and Tewksbury.

I remember seeing that.  It looked as though it was being built to last - but somehow just looked incongruously new, don't you think?

Coping stones didn't look right.

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« Reply #231 on: May 07, 2017, 07:35:11 pm »

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #232 on: May 08, 2017, 08:43:20 am »
Another nice write up on Road.CC http://road.cc/content/blog/222231-go-west-and-then-come-back
Wow!  We all had our own highs and lows on that ride. You can tell he writes for a living. Great shot of my knees under the table too.
Bikes are for riding, not cleaning!

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #233 on: May 08, 2017, 08:56:38 am »

citoyen

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Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #234 on: May 08, 2017, 09:32:42 am »
And another write-up/Tribute to Mike Hall in the Guardian from Craig Cunningham! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/may/08/completely-shattered-but-incredibly-high-inside-the-mind-of-an-ultra-distance-cyclist

It was me who talked Craig into entering LWL. He'd never done an audax before this year, but I enticed him in with the Poor Student, persuaded him that LWL would be a good idea, and then he also entered the 3Down of his own accord.

He did well for his first 400 - much better than I did on my first 400. At the end of it, he was swearing 'Never again!' but I knew he would feel a bit differently about it all once the pain wore off.  ;D

Re: London Wales London (Severn Across as was...)
« Reply #235 on: May 08, 2017, 09:37:28 am »
And another write-up/Tribute to Mike Hall in the Guardian from Craig Cunningham! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/may/08/completely-shattered-but-incredibly-high-inside-the-mind-of-an-ultra-distance-cyclist

It was me who talked Craig into entering LWL. He'd never done an audax before this year, but I enticed him in with the Poor Student, persuaded him that LWL would be a good idea, and then he also entered the 3Down of his own accord.

He did well for his first 400 - much better than I did on my first 400. At the end of it, he was swearing 'Never again!' but I knew he would feel a bit differently about it all once the pain wore off.  ;D
that was me at the end of last year's event. 12 months later finished again and felt much better too. Interested to find out if a 600 is worse or not.
   Eddington  87 miles

AK

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London-Wales-London
« Reply #236 on: April 16, 2018, 04:16:43 pm »
Had a look and couldn’t see a thread for this one. I managed to get an entry for it and looking forward to it. Finally plucked up the courage to tell the wife that I would be disappearing for a bit on that Bank holiday weekend.

whosatthewheel

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« Reply #237 on: April 16, 2018, 04:36:39 pm »
I am really looking forward to this... should be a stunning ride... with a bit of help from the weather

alfapete

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« Reply #238 on: April 16, 2018, 07:59:43 pm »
Looking forward to welcoming you all in Tutshill. And test riding just a quarter of it tomorrow...
alfapete - that's the Pete that drives the Alfa

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« Reply #239 on: April 16, 2018, 09:33:38 pm »
This is coming just under 5 weeks after I cracked a rib or 2 in a crash. I know the mantra is "6 weeks" for ribs but I can't bear the idea of missing this one!!
How much can a koala bear?

whosatthewheel

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« Reply #240 on: April 17, 2018, 07:28:04 am »
This is coming just under 5 weeks after I cracked a rib or 2 in a crash. I know the mantra is "6 weeks" for ribs but I can't bear the idea of missing this one!!

Just don't laugh too hard

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« Reply #241 on: April 17, 2018, 11:15:51 am »
This will be my first 400km ride. Simultaneously really excited but also dreading it. No idea how my body's going to cope. Was okay(ish) on a 300, have since had a bike fit and hoping I can manage my eating a bit better so that I can finish.

whosatthewheel

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« Reply #242 on: April 17, 2018, 11:15:58 am »
Anyone staying in the hall the night before who wants to go for a beer?

whosatthewheel

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« Reply #243 on: April 17, 2018, 11:49:44 am »
This will be my first 400km ride. Simultaneously really excited but also dreading it. No idea how my body's going to cope. Was okay(ish) on a 300, have since had a bike fit and hoping I can manage my eating a bit better so that I can finish.

Wouldn't worry about that. The temptation on a 200-300 is to go a bit too hard... typically on a 400 you will keep a much more relaxed pace. The only time limit that would make me go quicker is if I am in sight of Chalfont and it's not 11 PM yet... being able to rush to the pub for the last order would be a massive plus for me.  ;D :thumbsup: But that means being back in less than 17 hours, which is a tall order.
My feeling is that at LWL there will be some very fast guys, so I'll have to refrain from sticking to their wheel at 30 km/h... if I lose them early on, I'll just do my own thing and I know how to manage my pace and food intake. I recommend you do the same

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« Reply #244 on: April 17, 2018, 12:30:42 pm »
Will be my first 400 too having done just the one 300 in 2016. I have a 300 this weekend which I'll be doing my best to pace at what I believe will be my 400 pace, in all likelihood it won't be a lot different.
I just need to put my powermeter to good use and stay restrained on the drags and hills.

AK

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« Reply #245 on: April 17, 2018, 05:03:07 pm »
My first 400 too. Need to get myself a decent front light sorted for this as the cheapy one I bought has already packed up. Might treat myself to a small bar bag too.

whosatthewheel

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« Reply #246 on: April 17, 2018, 05:08:14 pm »
My first 400 too. Need to get myself a decent front light sorted for this as the cheapy one I bought has already packed up. Might treat myself to a small bar bag too.

You will need a spare battery too or an Anker battery charger. My experience is that if used at full power, typically LEDs around the 400-600 Lumens last 2 to 3 hours.

AK

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« Reply #247 on: April 17, 2018, 07:56:36 pm »
My first 400 too. Need to get myself a decent front light sorted for this as the cheapy one I bought has already packed up. Might treat myself to a small bar bag too.

You will need a spare battery too or an Anker battery charger. My experience is that if used at full power, typically LEDs around the 400-600 Lumens last 2 to 3 hours.

Thanks whosatthewheel. I've got a pretty good charger already, but was thinking about a AAA or AA battery powered unit. 

Zed43

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Re: London-Wales-London
« Reply #248 on: April 17, 2018, 09:21:39 pm »
You will need a spare battery too or an Anker battery charger. My experience is that if used at full power, typically LEDs around the 400-600 Lumens last 2 to 3 hours.
One thing to be aware of is that many, if not most, USB-rechargeable lights turn off when an external power source is connected. At least the  Lezyne 800XL and CatEye 1600 exhibit this behaviour.

Personally I find the 150/200 lumens "economy" mode of these lamps to be sufficient for riding on (UK) roads.

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« Reply #249 on: April 18, 2018, 09:18:19 am »
I am really excited by this. I am riding the Heart of England 300 on Saturday and LWL two weeks after. Wimped out last year after suffering a horrible bonk on a ride. I still have work to do on food, and I am getting my head sorted out slowly.