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  • MikeP 7 Oct 2013 22:38:49 1,675 posts
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    Here's the one of us looking all Serious Business.

  • Psychotext 7 Oct 2013 22:53:40 52,776 posts
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    Such a picturesque location.
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 00:06:07 52,776 posts
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    Oh, and I'm officially requesting that MikeP hands in his gamer card for not initially recognising the significance of my event number.
  • elstoof 8 Oct 2013 06:27:32 6,138 posts
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    Rapha don't take enough promotional shots next to portaloos in my opinion.

    Well done guys!
  • TheBlackDog 8 Oct 2013 07:02:39 259 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Here's the pair of us at the finish line,
    Wait, there's a season 6 of Breaking Bad that I didn't know about where Walt and Jesse are peddling (boom boom !) crystal meth in the Lake District. :-)
  • Benno 8 Oct 2013 08:25:58 9,391 posts
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    smile boys!
  • MikeP 8 Oct 2013 10:06:51 1,675 posts
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    Here's my Strava track for the day.

    http://www.strava.com/activities/87617815
  • Dougs 8 Oct 2013 10:13:10 64,891 posts
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    Good work chaps.

    I've been exceptionally tardy of late, need to get back out there before the half stone I've put back on over the last year gets any bigger. I have finally managed to invest in some winter gear though, which will help.
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 10:15:39 52,776 posts
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    Benno wrote:
    smile boys!
    I thought I was. :p

    This is the guy (Adam Brayton) who finished with the best time for the long route

    Looks like all that CX training paid off. :D

    Edited by Psychotext at 10:31:59 08-10-2013
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 10:37:22 52,776 posts
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    2013 Red Bull Fox Hunt

  • Benno 8 Oct 2013 10:58:59 9,391 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Here's my Strava track for the day.

    http://www.strava.com/activities/87617815
    That looks like a great route, I bet the views were cracking
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 11:02:51 52,776 posts
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    There were views?

    To be honest with the rain and wind a lot of it was just head down and get on with it. There were some very pretty sections though.
  • MikeP 8 Oct 2013 11:42:21 1,675 posts
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    Benno wrote:
    MikeP wrote:
    Here's my Strava track for the day.

    http://www.strava.com/activities/87617815
    That looks like a great route, I bet the views were cracking
    It was very pretty. The early section before the weather closed in had some great views. Then, it just got dramatic. :)

  • elstoof 8 Oct 2013 12:17:12 6,138 posts
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    It is so stunning up there.
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 12:43:24 52,776 posts
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    This is disgusting: http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/new-forest-sportive-hit-by-saboteurs-for-second-time-38616/

    Direction signs were pulled down and mud sprayed on roads by saboteurs targeting a popular New Forest sportive over the weekend.

    It was the second time this year a Wiggle-sponsored sportive in the New Forest has been hit. In April, the New Forest Spring Sportive had signage removed and tacks spread on the road.
  • Megapocalypse 8 Oct 2013 12:49:36 5,228 posts
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    I would love to come across someone doing that. Utter cunts.
  • elstoof 8 Oct 2013 12:50:27 6,138 posts
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    New Forest Nimbys are some of the worst, this kind of nonsense makes me want to enter just to annoy them.
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 14:14:06 52,776 posts
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    Actually puts me off signing up to the fallen leaves thing, though I'd hope that they'd not go after a clearly casual event.
  • Megapocalypse 8 Oct 2013 15:02:09 5,228 posts
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    Reading the article I really don't understand the motives behind it. Surely more cyclists is good for the park? More people get to see it with far less noise / pollution than cars. I used to love cycling around it, its just a bit far for me to go these days.
  • Psychotext 8 Oct 2013 15:13:47 52,776 posts
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    In the article they point mainly to "equine groups", but don't underestimate how much ramblers hate cyclists. It's not something roadies generally see a lot of, but I've had plenty of abuse thrown in my direction for daring to cycle on "their" bridleways. God help me if I accidentally found myself on a footpath instead, there would probably be blood.

    Haven't generally had any problems with the equine types, but given I really, really don't want to scare horses I generally tend to give them as wide a berth as possible on the trails.
  • Megapocalypse 8 Oct 2013 15:16:29 5,228 posts
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    I suppose there are plenty of cyclists who give no consideration to walkers / horses. But to actively sabotage an organised event...
  • MikeP 8 Oct 2013 15:46:46 1,675 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    Reading the article I really don't understand the motives behind it. Surely more cyclists is good for the park? More people get to see it with far less noise / pollution than cars. I used to love cycling around it, its just a bit far for me to go these days.
    There's a small hardcore of New Forest groups like the Commonersí Defence Association who are pretty strongly against cycling events.

    They don't seem to give a stuff about the cars that cause most of the livestock & pony deaths, but since when does being rational having anything to do with objecting to things?

    There is a bit of an issue with riding discipline, IMO. There's been such an explosion in road riding that people aren't really picking up good habits, but then some clubs seem reluctant to assist or have the time to do so. That means that cyclists on these events can get themselves into conflict, no doubt almost always unintentionally.

    To be honest, Sportive organisers could do a lot more here. They are always keen to point out "It's not a race," basically to cover their arses from an insurance perspective, but then they also provide race timing systems. It's pretty inconsistent.

    Edited by MikeP at 15:50:52 08-10-2013
  • andytheadequate 8 Oct 2013 15:58:05 7,953 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    In the article they point mainly to "equine groups", but don't underestimate how much ramblers hate cyclists. It's not something roadies generally see a lot of, but I've had plenty of abuse thrown in my direction for daring to cycle on "their" bridleways. God help me if I accidentally found myself on a footpath instead, there would probably be blood.

    Haven't generally had any problems with the equine types, but given I really, really don't want to scare horses I generally tend to give them as wide a berth as possible on the trails.
    I once had a walker moan about "more bloody cyclists" whilst he was walking on the red route at Sherwood Forest. Fucking moron
  • Psychotext 9 Oct 2013 01:06:33 52,776 posts
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    Here's my Strava page from Sunday... just as proof MikeP wasn't alone!

    I think ridiculously difficult rides must be a bit like childbirth. I'm starting to forget all the pain, screaming and handholding also drugs and thinking more about what an experience it all was.

    Edit - Hmm... seems I lost my rear light earlier than I realised:



    Edited by Psychotext at 01:10:20 09-10-2013
  • OptimusPube 9 Oct 2013 23:51:56 2,404 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Here's the one of us looking all Serious Business.

    Psycho looks like Wil Wheaton lol.

    Is it supposed to be like this?

  • Psychotext 10 Oct 2013 00:13:22 52,776 posts
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    Well that's a first.
  • Psychotext 10 Oct 2013 11:04:57 52,776 posts
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    Ok, call me a real cycling geek, but I love this as an idea



    Kickstarter Here

    Sadly as usual it's stupidly expensive for the UK / Europe. :(

    Edited by Psychotext at 11:09:14 10-10-2013
  • Megapocalypse 10 Oct 2013 11:20:04 5,228 posts
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    That's quite cool.
  • elstoof 10 Oct 2013 11:58:42 6,138 posts
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    I could screenprint, etch or lithograph you one if you like psycho, for half the price. I might knock myself one up of the TdF route, I need something to go above a fireplace anyway.
  • Psychotext 10 Oct 2013 11:59:42 52,776 posts
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    Bah, my turbo trainer has started leaking oil (CycleOps Fluid 2). I've contacted Saris and hopefully they're good to their word on their lifetime guarantee. I plan on getting the new version of the Kurt Kinetic Rock N Roll but it's not available to buy yet, and besides, I'd like to pass my old trainer on to a friend who would like one.

    Edit - Cheers elstoof, it was the sculpture thing that really caught my eye, but all the same I may take you up on something like that.

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:00:59 10-10-2013
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