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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #50 on: November 08, 2016, 05:00:50 pm »
Basingstoke team has two members and looking for two more.   A flatter route has been found - Basingstoke - Wallingford - Leighton Buzzard - Biggleswade - Chatteris - Boston - Brigg or nearby - Goole - York (at about 440km) with opportunities to extend if fair weather and good legs.  Probable 9am start.  After the Upper Thames at the weekend am more confident about being able to do long periods of dial-a-speed on the front thanks to the remarkable improvement provided by tri-bars on my 14 year old Roberts Audax machine

Could be interested, I'm Southampton way.  What happens on the way back?

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #51 on: November 09, 2016, 12:58:41 pm »
Basingstoke team has two members and looking for two more.   A flatter route has been found - Basingstoke - Wallingford - Leighton Buzzard - Biggleswade - Chatteris - Boston - Brigg or nearby - Goole - York (at about 440km) with opportunities to extend if fair weather and good legs.  Probable 9am start.  After the Upper Thames at the weekend am more confident about being able to do long periods of dial-a-speed on the front thanks to the remarkable improvement provided by tri-bars on my 14 year old Roberts Audax machine

Could be interested, I'm Southampton way.  What happens on the way back?

I'll catch a train.  If well organised possibly a mid afternoon Cross Coutry back to Reading and then have a short leg loosener back from there.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #52 on: November 09, 2016, 03:38:54 pm »
Is the right answer!  I thought for a moment there may have been a 'I'll be riding home' response...

Would depart be 0900 Friday?

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #53 on: November 09, 2016, 04:28:59 pm »
Is the right answer!  I thought for a moment there may have been a 'I'll be riding home' response...

Would depart be 0900 Friday?

900 or 930 depending on team member preferences.  Personally I prefer to start a 24 hour event about midday so that I've got more inthe tank in the early hours but I seem to be in the minority, so it will be a morning start.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #54 on: November 09, 2016, 04:37:46 pm »
I could be interested in joining your team if you can accommodate an old, fat, slow bloke. Getting to Basingstoke may cause a problem. Going by train does not look good for the morning, even starting at 6 gets me to you after 9. Could go the day before, bike or train, and stop over but then would have to carry extra to York. Looks like it could do with some serious planning.

Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #55 on: November 09, 2016, 08:23:01 pm »
I'd like to join an Easter Arrow team. Still only avg 25kph cycling pace on long rides (over 100km), so I'd imagine too slow for TeamTG.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #56 on: November 11, 2016, 05:38:38 am »
Is the right answer!  I thought for a moment there may have been a 'I'll be riding home' response...

Would depart be 0900 Friday?
There are direct trains from York to Southampton. Example York 12:35, arrive 16:09 NO CHANGES ......

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2016, 06:57:20 am »
I want to do an arrow this year, and reach 100 points (not started yet), and do four essex calendar events for the essex sr (don't want to rely on ece or diy). I need an arrow team!

I can try to work out an easy as possible 500km route if you like.
It'd probably work best as a 9-10am start, head to Kings Lynn area, do a short loop before heading west in the evening and going pretty direct to York via the Trent. With a SW wind, you should get a good tailwind to Kings Lynn area, do the loop while waiting for the wind to drop, then West with a light crosswind and north with a cross-tailwind. It'd have very little climbing too.
The wind might not play ball, but you could always cut the loop out and go for a shorter distance.

I'd be up for this if my Easter camping trip doesn't clash (waiting on daughter's holiday dates).

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #58 on: November 17, 2016, 10:27:12 pm »
Up to three likelies for a Basingstoke - York arrow, so just needing one more to put an entry in.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #59 on: December 29, 2016, 11:02:23 am »
I'm looking for an arrow team to join, somewhere vaguely near Oxford/Swindon (MK or Bristol would be fine) and planning a route of around 500km?

I'll be riding fixed and happy to spend plenty of time on the front  :)

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #60 on: January 11, 2017, 10:03:53 am »
A few things to note (and maybe it's worth adding a sticky to the top of this board for this kind of info):

If heading via Leeming/NTR, the Costa at Leeming services is now 24hr, the McDonalds likewise.  If they are out of commission then the next services (called Exelby Services, but the opposite direction to Exelby from Leeming (i.e. they lie to the North, not the South)) which are ~1mile/2Km away, has a couple of Costa coffee machine, a bike rack (the bus shelter type), a diner, showers and loos.  They are also 24hr.
There is a new bypass between the A1 and the Leeming/Morton on Swale road, it's generally quite nice to cycle on (certainly much nicer than the old road used to be) as it is wide, has half decent sight lines and a wide hard shoulder for escape maneuvers.
None of the supermarkets in NTR are 24 hours.  The Co-ops (all 5 of them) have cash machines, though (though one, on Romanby Green) is only accessible when the store is open.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2017, 06:12:45 pm »
A few things to note (and maybe it's worth adding a sticky to the top of this board for this kind of info):

If heading via Leeming/NTR, the Costa at Leeming services is now 24hr, the McDonalds likewise.  If they are out of commission then the next services (called Exelby Services, but the opposite direction to Exelby from Leeming (i.e. they lie to the North, not the South)) which are ~1mile/2Km away, has a couple of Costa coffee machine, a bike rack (the bus shelter type), a diner, showers and loos.  They are also 24hr.
There is a new bypass between the A1 and the Leeming/Morton on Swale road, it's generally quite nice to cycle on (certainly much nicer than the old road used to be) as it is wide, has half decent sight lines and a wide hard shoulder for escape maneuvers.
None of the supermarkets in NTR are 24 hours.  The Co-ops (all 5 of them) have cash machines, though (though one, on Romanby Green) is only accessible when the store is open.

Thanks for the info.
I need to get my finger out now and start making plans.


Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2017, 07:15:49 pm »
I'm looking for an arrow team to join, somewhere vaguely near Oxford/Swindon (MK or Bristol would be fine) and planning a route of around 500km?

I'll be riding fixed and happy to spend plenty of time on the front  :)
I want to attempt my first arrow, live in MK, and ride geared (steel frame!). I bet TG has done a route from here before.
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2017, 09:53:43 am »
A few things to note (and maybe it's worth adding a sticky to the top of this board for this kind of info):

If heading via Leeming/NTR, the Costa at Leeming services is now 24hr, the McDonalds likewise.  If they are out of commission then the next services (called Exelby Services, but the opposite direction to Exelby from Leeming (i.e. they lie to the North, not the South)) which are ~1mile/2Km away, has a couple of Costa coffee machine, a bike rack (the bus shelter type), a diner, showers and loos.  They are also 24hr.
There is a new bypass between the A1 and the Leeming/Morton on Swale road, it's generally quite nice to cycle on (certainly much nicer than the old road used to be) as it is wide, has half decent sight lines and a wide hard shoulder for escape maneuvers.
None of the supermarkets in NTR are 24 hours.  The Co-ops (all 5 of them) have cash machines, though (though one, on Romanby Green) is only accessible when the store is open.

Thanks for the info.
I need to get my finger out now and start making plans.

Yup me too.  In the absence of a team offer I cant refuse I am most likely to plan a DIY 400 from Edinburgh following largely the same route as the arrow my team did last time (Abington, Longtown, Alston, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Northallerton, Leeming, Thirsk, Ripon, B'bridge, York). 

That way I get to join the finish line fun in York, with a more generous time limit by four hours and if the weather is vile I wont be letting anybody down by not riding, for the cost of an advance single York - Edinburgh ticket.   


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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #64 on: January 16, 2017, 05:50:10 pm »
Time to sort out the ACME teams  :thumbsup:

I think Tomsk has his team in hand.  Some of our faster members may have been asked to join it already.

People who have expressed an interest, other than Tomsk:

Me
Bobb
Huggy (maybe)
Jiberjaber
The Straggler
Psyclist
Sid James
Tippers
The Hustler
JSabine
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #65 on: January 16, 2017, 06:57:55 pm »
Has anyone started the annual debate about which pub to end up in?

For information, The Postern Gate is the one that Teethgrinder has been recommending for years.  Much bigger that the Punch Up, bigger outdoor seating area to comandeer for bikes etc.  About an extra 3 minutes bike ride from the station.

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #66 on: January 16, 2017, 07:26:57 pm »
Have I missed anyone ?

Not me — I'm putting together a Cambridge team at the moment  :thumbsup:

We'll see you at The Ivy Wall in Spalding for dinner  ;)
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #67 on: January 16, 2017, 07:51:56 pm »
Has anyone started the annual debate about which pub to end up in?

For information, The Postern Gate is the one that Teethgrinder has been recommending for years.  Much bigger that the Punch Up, bigger outdoor seating area to comandeer for bikes etc.  About an extra 3 minutes bike ride from the station.

Is it worth someone (possibly a local, hint-hint!) letting them know we're* coming?


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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #68 on: January 16, 2017, 08:04:29 pm »
Well I offered last year but nobody really seemed to know where you were all going to end up....

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #69 on: January 16, 2017, 08:49:46 pm »
I know it goes against the grain, but someone needs to put their foot down with a heavy hand and make a decision. It will not be universally accepted and there will be objections. Will someone just please make our collective mind up and choose a boozer that does breakfast. I will go along with the decision as long as I do not have to make it, and it is staggering distance from the station.

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #70 on: January 16, 2017, 09:00:22 pm »
Indeed that would be good - but it won't be me getting all "mummy knows best" on you, since I'm nowt to do with the organising and not riding.  But I'll keep an eye on t'thread and if you come to a decision I'll happily convey a message the publican of your collective choice in a "the strange people on the internet said" sort of manner :)

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #71 on: January 16, 2017, 10:42:47 pm »
Is everyone aware of the 'not welcome at the Punchbowl' issue? (Audax forum thread + the poll in this place)
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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #72 on: January 17, 2017, 07:33:30 am »
Indeed that would be good - but it won't be me getting all "mummy knows best" on you, since I'm nowt to do with the organising and not riding.  But I'll keep an eye on t'thread and if you come to a decision I'll happily convey a message the publican of your collective choice in a "the strange people on the internet said" sort of manner :)
Ah someone else like me .... would someone else please make my mind up.

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Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #73 on: January 17, 2017, 09:28:58 am »
Hi BB, I know it's getting a bit late but is there room on the Basingstoke/Reading team for one more?  Thanks, Simon

Re: Easter Arrow 2017
« Reply #74 on: January 17, 2017, 11:11:28 am »
A few things to note (and maybe it's worth adding a sticky to the top of this board for this kind of info):

If heading via Leeming/NTR, the Costa at Leeming services is now 24hr, the McDonalds likewise.  If they are out of commission then the next services (called Exelby Services, but the opposite direction to Exelby from Leeming (i.e. they lie to the North, not the South)) which are ~1mile/2Km away, has a couple of Costa coffee machine, a bike rack (the bus shelter type), a diner, showers and loos.  They are also 24hr.
There is a new bypass between the A1 and the Leeming/Morton on Swale road, it's generally quite nice to cycle on (certainly much nicer than the old road used to be) as it is wide, has half decent sight lines and a wide hard shoulder for escape maneuvers.
None of the supermarkets in NTR are 24 hours.  The Co-ops (all 5 of them) have cash machines, though (though one, on Romanby Green) is only accessible when the store is open.

Useful Info, thanks

There seems to be a new road north of Bedale which bypasses Bedale and Leeming and skirts the Exelby SVCs - A684 I think.
Google street view shows it as not yet open.  Is this the road you are talking about?
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