Author Topic: Poor Student, 07/01/2017  (Read 18294 times)

iddu

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Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« on: October 02, 2016, 10:32:15 pm »
M'wahhhh, mad, you're all mad...

And we're up and running.  Widdershins this year, so you get the scenery first - but then thanks to calendar you've got an extra few days to train first  ;D
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2016, 11:32:11 pm »
Looking forward to this.
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 11:55:01 am »
Can't Wait, especially with it being Widdershins ( I had to Google that!)

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016, 07:11:07 pm »
Can't Wait, especially with it being Widdershins ( I had to Google that!)

Definitely  seems the best way to me. Warm up in the hills first thing, then ride the prevailing wind home. Seems preferable to being ground down by the wins and then getting hills.
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 01:29:57 pm »
Oooh!  I've never been round that way  :)

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 08:50:42 pm »
Can't Wait, especially with it being Widdershins ( I had to Google that!)

Definitely  seems the best way to me. Warm up in the hills first thing, then ride the prevailing wind home. Seems preferable to being ground down by the wins and then getting hills.

Sounds far more sensible! Really looking forward to this one having done it as a perm over the summer. 

citoyen

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 09:22:10 pm »
Oooh!  I've never been round that way  :)

Me neither. Should be interesting!

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 10:25:29 pm »
Tempted to enter this again...haven't ridden it for a while & particularly like doing it the reverse way round....it makes the Whiteway enjoyable ;D :thumbsup:
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2016, 11:48:28 am »
Tempted to enter this again...haven't ridden it for a while & particularly like doing it the reverse way round....it makes the Whiteway enjoyable ;D :thumbsup:

Is that the long uphill out of Cirencester - or am I getting my rides mixed up?
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2016, 12:02:29 pm »
Tempted to enter this again...haven't ridden it for a while & particularly like doing it the reverse way round....it makes the Whiteway enjoyable ;D :thumbsup:

Is that the long uphill out of Cirencester - or am I getting my rides mixed up?

It is - but in the anti-clockwise variant of the route being run this January, it becomes a nice, long, gradual, downhill run into Cirencester ...

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2016, 10:09:41 pm »
Ah.  Lovely.  So , if I recall, that also means a lovely long downhill into Oxford near the finish as well...
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2016, 11:57:46 pm »
I'm in

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2016, 09:20:02 am »
Ah.  Lovely.  So , if I recall, that also means a lovely long downhill into Oxford near the finish as well...
Yes. It's pretty much the same as the final miles of The Dean 300.

There is no doubt that mentally, this way round is easier (with climbing first mainly). But it is a funny thing, cos the amount of calories required is almost certainly the same !
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2016, 01:28:33 pm »
I am in! !Now play nice weather!

Train or Drive to Oxford.... Driving from London is 1 hour 10 minutes at Sefi speed so that's sorted.

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2016, 04:38:28 pm »
I am in! !Now play nice weather!

Train or Drive to Oxford.... Driving from London is 1 hour 10 minutes at Sefi speed so that's sorted.

Ha Ha Ha Ha  - you're funny... ;D
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2016, 08:32:46 pm »
It's in the diary.  Last time I rode, it was wet, bitterly cold and I went through the middle of Swindon (a couple of laps) by mistake.

Loved it  ;D
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2016, 10:17:52 pm »
It was my first 200 ever in 2013 and it was cold and anti-clockwise. For non-GPS types that direction seemed to work really well as nearly all the junctions after it got dark were "L at T" or "R at T", allowing us to just cycle with no fear of missing the next turn. In 2014 (the flooded year) it was clockwise and I think the post darkness route was a bit harder to follow from a route sheet.
Overall anti-clock gets my vote..... so maybe it's time to do it again.

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2016, 01:09:52 pm »
I've just checked my results on the AUK website and it seems the last time I did it was in 2007, back when Nik W was the organiser. I had attempted it once before but DNF - bailed out at Compton Abdale and rode back to Oxford along the A40 (using the cycle path). Conditions were actually far worse at the second attempt - torrential rain pretty much all the way from Chipping Campden to the finish - but I was in a much better place mentally. IIRC it was only ever run clockwise in those days.

It's pretty much the same as the final miles of The Dean 300.

Hmmm. I got lost on the way back into Oxford when I did the Dean.

Phil W

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2016, 10:05:37 pm »
Looking forward to this. First audax with my niece and her longest ride by a bit.

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2016, 08:03:13 am »
Probably.  If I'm good over Christmas and don't upset Santa.  Like it this way round but it will probably rain with a stiff easterly wind picking up in the afternoon.  Although it will definitely not be as much as fun as the wet year  (route sheet - left at triangle, no useful road markings; visual - three sets of verges separated by ten foot wide tracks of six inch deep muddy water and sonar or the equivalent required to detect tarmac let alone road markings)  :thumbsup:
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2016, 01:52:48 pm »
Looking forward to this. First audax with my niece and her longest ride by a bit.

Big ask for a wee lass.

Hope you both enjoy it.

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2016, 03:04:43 pm »
For those who have never ridden this event, here is a taste of the 2014 edition which we rode clockwise: (I hope it is OK to post this).

https://stravaddict.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/poor-student-audax-205-kms-4th-january-2014/

I think it is a harder ride 'widdershins' or anti-clockwise as the wind tends to be a northwesterly, which means kicking off with hills AND wind.  :)


Phil W

Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2016, 04:02:25 pm »
Looking forward to this. First audax with my niece and her longest ride by a bit.

Big ask for a wee lass.

Hope you both enjoy it.

My niece is 24 so she can drag me round whilst I take care of nav and any mechanicals that arise.

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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2016, 08:42:30 pm »
It's a great route, I did it in 2007

But in January?

Maybe I'll finally get around to riding the Poor Student route in the summer
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Re: Poor Student, 07/01/2017
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2016, 05:16:23 pm »
Just to clarify, in 2017 is this anti-clockwise?