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Ride to the sun

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  1. Greenroofer
    Member

    If you're doing RttS today and pass someone going very slowly on a Decathlon bike, yellow h*lm*t and company jersey (it was free, and isn't too bad) with a big black rack pack, it's me. Do say hello.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    Hope weather good.

    Midges were bad last night.

    Enjoy

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. HankChief
    Member

    Good luck everyone - I think it will be a good one...

    My ride to Ride to the Sun is sunny :-)

    Currently 2nd breakfasting in Langholm.

    Look out for an orange bike with lots of bags crawling home tonight...

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. gembo
    Member

    Hot out there, be careful and drink lots of fluids and slap on factor 50 and don't talk to any strange men.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Frenchy
    Member

    Glorious sun in Carlisle. Didn't think to bring suncream, so hiding in pub across from the station, taking in plenty of fluids ;)

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. amir
    Member

    Enjoy all!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. HankChief
    Member

    Well done Frenchy on his first RttS & Greenroofer on his down & back.

    Anyone else I missed?

    My RttS was an unusual one. Due to enjoying hospitality in Weardale and a cracking descent of Hartside in the sunshine, I didn't make it to Carlisle until 9 45pm and was confronted with tumbleweed.

    So I got my head down and took the direct route in the hope of finding some company. Just outside Gretna I saw someone doing a fair pace in front. It took me several miles to latch on.

    We then proceeded to do a 2up TT all the way home arriving at Cramond at 3.30am. It took until Broughton for there to be any real collections of other riders to overtake

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. Greenroofer
    Member

    Well that was a grand day out. Bit of a headwind on the way down, but because it was warm and dry it didn't feel quite as bad as it might have.

    Conditions on the way back were perfect. Warm, but not hot. Calm. Clear. Dry. My only regret is that I left Carlisle too early, so missed out on the two classic RttS experiences: the ascent of the Devil's Beef Tub in the dark with the line of blinking lights ahead and seeing the sun rise at Cramond. I did the Beef Tub in the gloaming, and there were just a few lights ahead, and it was nowhere near dawn when I arrived in Cramond.

    I spent most of the time between Carlisle and Moffat riding behind two men accompanying a lad of about 10, who was fairly motoring along.

    @gembo was right about the midges. I had repellent on, but when I stopped to answer a call of nature at the top of the Beef Tub, they descended on me in clouds.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  9. gembo
    Member

    It was still light in Balerno near midnight, our friends had a fire going to keep dem midges away and I drank a little too much red wine for the col de Climpy this morning but not totally dropped except on the Cimpy climb and then at the end on the Whang.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  10. Frenchy
    Member

    Great ride. Roads were lovely and quiet, and the drivers who were on them gave everyone so much space.

    Descent from top of Devil's Beef Tub was incredible fun. I tagged along with some folk from Dunfermline CC - one of whom was really pushing it on the descent, trying to keep up with him in the dark was probably not my best idea, but really was fun.

    A puncture just before Penicuik gave a well-needed rest.

    Cycling through Edinburgh after 100 miles in the saddle really brought home how atrocious some of the road surfaces are (Home St, in particular).

    Finished the day on 195km, had planned on doing a bit more to make it 200, but when I got to the top of Gilmerton hill I realised any direction I went would mean having to climb the hill again, and that just wasn't happening.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. Frenchy
    Member

    @Greenroofer - the wee lad was indeed fair motoring on. Think it was his dad I heard saying they were going to camp for a few hours then cycle the 30+ miles home. Good effort.

    Posted 3 months ago #

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