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  • elstoof 10 Aug 2014 10:23:59 18,473 posts
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    They sent an email round yesterday saying that was their contingency plan to cut the hills out. Shame really, that's basically the only interesting parts of the route, and the website this morning confirmed the alteration. Made the call to not bother at 4am, glad I did. This would have been deeply unpleasant even though I'd done fuck all this week in expectation of being out today at a strong pace.
  • elstoof 10 Aug 2014 10:24:05 18,473 posts
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  • MikeP 10 Aug 2014 22:35:15 2,809 posts
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    Mate of mine did it, got thoroughly soaked, and was brought down by a rider in front of him veering across the road. Fortunately he wasn't hurt.
  • urban 11 Aug 2014 17:42:05 12,973 posts
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    @elstoof No I was just a fucking idiot on my entry form, got rejected and got back in with a Macmillan charity place I have absolutely no idea what I put down but I got overtaken for about an hour and a half until I found a group at my sort of pace.

    Even then I had killed myself trying to hang onto the earlier pelotons that when the rain came my legs were just screaming at me.

    Plus I had ruptured muscles in my back from being assaulted 3 weeks ago coming back from lovebox festival (bunch of dickheads throwing glass bottles out of their car at people, I shouted at them, they all jumped out and kicked fuck out of me, broke my nose and gave me a kicking)

    Which meant against doctor's orders I took co-codamol which as expected made me a bit drowsy and dizzy, as we hit Ripley to Newlands Corner my heartrate obviously increased and my head was just swimming, kept losing my vision if I turned my head or looked down at my bottle cages.

    Sat down at the top, gave my head a shake and got on with it!

    After that I just threw the hammer down the best I could but I suffered from a ridiculous seeding of my own doing, I was in the fourth group that left! Pretty sure Rees (The winner) was in my group as there was a fuckload of Dulwich riders beside me.

    Despite the rain, despite my fuck up of seeding, despite the injuries, despite the wind, despite the dickhead that clipped my handlebars as he flew down the other side of Newlands that had me swerving half way across the road to recover.

    I would do it again tomorrow!

    I'll never forget looking at the guys either side of me as we turned onto the Mall and just smiling as we knew we had to race each other to the finish, I pipped it by half a wheel, never been happier on a bike!
  • elstoof 11 Aug 2014 19:15:55 18,473 posts
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    urban wrote:
    as there was a fuckload of Dulwich riders beside me.
    No matter where in the world you may be, be aware that you'll always have a fuckload of Dulwich around you sooner or later.

    Great effort, and sorry to hear about your recent misfortunes. Makes my excuse for sacking it off seem a bit shit :D a couple of mates of mine were in the 6:02 wave, they quickly caught the first guys off and settled into a peloton of about 200 totally smashing it. One of my club mates attacked on the way back from Dorking and did a solo 20k off the front before getting reeled back in, then attacked again for another few k's out front. After that it was just a stroll in through the rain in the pack.
  • basmans_grob 11 Aug 2014 19:27:03 1,391 posts
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    GAHHHHH. STOP TELLING STORIES OF THINGS I WANT TO DO. *no ticket sulk*
  • RichDC 11 Aug 2014 19:28:17 7,508 posts
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    Have to say this does sound like an awesome event. Have done those roads many times, but having that amount of riders around you sounds like something else. Really hope I get a place next year. Whens the ballot out? :)
  • urban 11 Aug 2014 19:30:06 12,973 posts
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    Oh yeah my official timing was 5:33 but my Garmin said 4:48. Stopped for the loo thinking I needed a deuce. Wet lycra is about as difficult to get off as a wet suit, took me 15 minutes and in the end it was just a sore belly from the gels I guess! Bastard!

    I'm happy with it being my second ever ride with more than 20 people!
  • elstoof 11 Aug 2014 19:32:38 18,473 posts
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    The ballot was about September last year, took about a month to fill up.
  • MikeP 12 Aug 2014 17:24:30 2,809 posts
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    Just ordered a pair of wheels for my bike from August Wheelworks. H Plus Son rims on Bitex hubs.

    And, going to start a new frame this week - a gravel tourer for the missus. CX tyre clearances, disc brakes and a lovely carbon fibre fork.
  • BillMurray 17 Aug 2014 10:22:40 9,056 posts
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    Off to one of those Sky ride things over in Hull today. Obviously it's really fucking windy aswell. Glad the pace is going to be on the right side of leisurely.
  • RichDC 17 Aug 2014 10:32:24 7,508 posts
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    Ballot for Ride London 2015 opens tomorrow for anyone who's interested.
  • urban 17 Aug 2014 15:07:30 12,973 posts
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    Usually just after noon too
  • Dougs 17 Aug 2014 17:10:12 83,474 posts
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    I'm currently on holiday in France at the in-laws and have taken my father in law's MTB out for a spin a few times. Lovely long sweeping roads and I'm on strength sapping tyres. Good fun though.
  • RichDC 18 Aug 2014 07:55:00 7,508 posts
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    Ballots open now if anyone's interested. Expect like the marathon it will fill up quicker each year.
  • MikeP 18 Aug 2014 08:00:27 2,809 posts
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    Yesterday I rode some of the hilly section that was excluded from Ride London. It was very wet, and those roads would have been pretty sketchy with a massed participation ride with people of variable experience.
  • RichDC 18 Aug 2014 08:23:36 7,508 posts
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    I would think coming down from Leith Hill in the dry with that many people would be dangerous. In the wet would be near suicidal.
  • elstoof 18 Aug 2014 09:08:07 18,473 posts
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    That's me entered then. Looking forward. To the rejection magazine in February.
  • urban 18 Aug 2014 09:38:58 12,973 posts
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    Yeah that Commiserations in BIG BOLD LETTERS was a bit much.

    I've applied and put down for Macmillan again but I'd quite like to do something a bit bigger next year, maybe something like a vietnam/Cambodia cycle jaunt.
  • elstoof 18 Aug 2014 09:55:44 18,473 posts
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    Do the Transcontinental. A club mate of mine should be just about finishing right now, they set of last Saturday from Westminster to Istanbul.
  • RichDC 18 Aug 2014 10:04:21 7,508 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    That's me entered then. Looking forward. To the rejection magazine in February.
    Don't forget the endless spam from Prudential. :D
  • elstoof 18 Aug 2014 10:12:04 18,473 posts
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    I ticked all the DO NOT boxes on the form just to make sure im rejected out of spite.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 10:17:23
    I've entered! Hope it'll be a bit more successful than my last sportive - twunt ahead of me ran out of talent, came off and took me out at mile 2, bust two fingers :(
  • RichDC 18 Aug 2014 10:21:45 7,508 posts
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    Ouch. That sucks.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 10:25:12
    The worst bit was he was okay minus a graze and carried on!
  • RichDC 18 Aug 2014 10:30:52 7,508 posts
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    Ha. Always the way.
  • MikeP 18 Aug 2014 13:04:54 2,809 posts
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    Yeah, one of my riding companions on Sunday hit the deck. Sudden downpour, downhill with a sharp right bend. The road turned into a river.

    I locked my rear wheel briefly, they touched their front brake and binned it. Fortunately it was cuts and bruises rather than anything worse.
  • Psychotext 18 Aug 2014 13:21:06 61,808 posts
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    Front brakes are technically the best to use when you're braking in a straight line on a good surface... and easily the worst when you're not, and they choose to break you.

    Most mountain biking crashes are caused by people grabbing a nice big handful of front brake.
  • MikeP 18 Aug 2014 13:48:20 2,809 posts
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    Indeed. Staying off the front when the grip is poor is a pretty important lesson!
  • elstoof 18 Aug 2014 13:53:25 18,473 posts
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    Stay off the front of the group as well, no one can bring you down then.
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