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Audax & sportive 2018

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  1. amir
    Member

    Might as well kick a new thread off as the new season started on 1 October.

    Yesterday cyclingmollie, DrAfternoon and I rode the Etal-u-can, a lovely Audax from Gala up to Grantshouse down to Wooler and back. The route was beautiful as ever but the roads were extremely muddy in places this year. My weekend bike hasn't never been so mucky. But we ate loads. It's seems as if the cafe in Etal has the largest tea cakes in Scotland. We managed to pass the Gnome garden in Yetholm without being drawn in. It is certainly suggestive when the gnomes have names of villagers. Which reminds me, isn't the League of Gentleman on soon?

    Next up is the Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. amir
    Member

    Finally got around to sewing on my SR badge from 2016. Took me 1 hour!

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. fimm
    Member

    OK. I have to get one of those (yes I know what I have to do!)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. amir
    Member

    Yes - lots of sewing much harder than the SR ;)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. edinburgh87
    Member

    Completely agree - my first time doing this one and was well worth the trip to Galashiels. Maybe see some of you at the long dark teatime (orange Pinnacle dolomite 3)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  6. Frenchy
    Member

    Tour of East Lothian next weekend. Entries now closed, apparently, but I might still tag along if it's dry.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  7. crowriver
    Member

    I was pondering the ToEL but it's been so darn chilly lately I'm a bit put off. Forecast looking okay for next weekend mind you.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  8. amir
    Member

    Lammermuirs today

    Posted 5 months ago #
  9. amir
    Member

    I'm taking a break from the ToEL this year. I am aiming for the Forth & Tay in early March.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  10. DrAfternoon
    Member

    ToEL for me always consists of a lovely bike ride followed by a long slog back from Dunbar, but nevertheless I'm even vaguely considering extending it to a 200k. I've foolishly got involved in Audax points chasing after getting a sniff of a Brevet 25000 badge.

    Was looking forward to the Forth and Tay but realised I'm already booked up that day.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  11. amir
    Member

    Well, the Forth & Tay is postponed until one of the following weekends.

    I've just successfully managed to get on the infamous Snow Roads audax. :) or :(
    The season is building slowly. After (hopefully) the F & T, I have the Scottish Borders Randonee . I have also booked on the New Border Raid a 600, with the vague aspiration of getting an SR in this year (subject to usual negotiations).

    I hope my early season saddle experiments (currently delayed due to inclement weather) will pay off.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. fimm
    Member

    The Snow Roads is one of the two Audaxes I've done. The other was the Three Glens Explorer which is 160km. I did try and do a 200 before starting on a 300 but the 200 I tried was the Forth & Tay the year it snowed and nearly everyone DNFed. (I actually DNFed due to a broken gear cable - fortunately it broke while I was still in easy reach of the Fife circle line and I was able to limp to a station and go home.)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. paddyirish
    Member

    Steve Abraham comes to the end of his 2nd attempt at the year record this weekend.

    Due to the inclement weather it looks like he will fall just short of his revised target of 73000 miles - 200 miles a day, every day, on British roads with British traffic, come rain, hail or shine. To me that just beggars belief.

    He is the first person to cycle 100,000km in 2 different years and has numerous other records. He has suffered numerous injuries, including being been knocked off his bike about 3 months ago and has ridden since then with the injuries from that. He has battled sleep problems and has come out of it still humble and down to earth.

    Chapeau!

    Posted 4 months ago #
  14. Greenroofer
    Member

    A regular contributor to this forum seems to have signed me up the Audax Ecosse Facebook group...

    ...to what end I am, as yet, unclear. He does, however, have form in this area. He makes suggestions and dangles ideas before me that turn into crazy notions and adventures.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  15. HankChief
    Member

    :-o

    Posted 4 months ago #
  16. amir
    Member

    You can give up at any time......

    Posted 4 months ago #
  17. gembo
    Member

    The legend that is Murdo, who I sometimes meet at work has done PBP five times

    Posted 4 months ago #
  18. HankChief
    Member

    He makes suggestions and dangles ideas before me that turn into crazy notions and adventures. <whistles>

    When would we need to leave Edin to get to this...

    Posted 4 months ago #
  19. Greenroofer
    Member

    At my pace, about 0100. I have had more tempting offers proffered to me before...

    Posted 4 months ago #
  20. Frenchy
    Member

    1am was my calculation too. Other options would be going halfway the night before, or getting the 0804 from Waverley and cycling back (ETA 2am).

    Posted 4 months ago #
  21. HankChief
    Member

    I didn't hear a 'no' so we have room to work here :-)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  22. biketrain
    Member

    @HC. I am aware that some cyclists rode from Aberdeen to the original POP and then rode home all in one day. Be nice return to return their support.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  23. HankChief
    Member

    Really. Good on them...

    It would save the train fare home...

    Posted 4 months ago #
  24. amir
    Member

    Next Audax is on Saturday. The Scottish Borders Randonee. The route is modified, going through Moffat rather than over Talla as the road is closed (snow).

    This Audax has a lot of climbing. Should be harder without an F n T warm up

    Posted 4 months ago #
  25. sallyhinch
    Member

    As soon as the Edinburgh - Aberdeen POP feeder ride is organised, let me know ... :-)

    Posted 4 months ago #
  26. Greenroofer
    Member

    @hankchief - you are a real nuisance. My plan for April did actually include a 250km ride...

    ...and for PoP2017 there was an unsuccessful attempt by yours truly to travel from Inverness overnight (similar distance) so there is 'unfinished business'. I made it to Edinburgh, but too late for PoP so never appeared on the monster flyby.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  27. paddyirish
    Member

    @greenroofer - that is as blatant a case of "Stop it! I like it!" as I've seen.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  28. biketrain
    Member

    @Greenroofer. I will be working with HC to create a monster flyby for Edinburgh POP and hopefully Aberdeen as well.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  29. DaveC
    Member

    I have ridden a few DIY Audax rides from Spagety Bay to Aberdonia one way. It is a pleasant ride and I can help with routing if you intend on riding it. You have enough time to set off from Edinburgh, ride Aberdeen PoP and ride home within the limits set by Audax UK, if you enter a 400km Audax.

    If you didn't fancy the ride home, the train is around £35 single.

    Haymarket to Aberdeen:

    https://goo.gl/maps/QmRLg2qVRMS2

    Then ride the ~6km POP and ride back the same way.

    Simples.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  30. HankChief
    Member

    Thanks DaveC.

    Looks a good route - I had feared we'd need to go via Dundee and so more challenging directions in the dark.

    We will need to consider what 24hr services there are on route.

    So, who's joining Greenroofer & me (he hasn't exactly agreed, but he's not been very strong in his declining so I'll take that as a yes)?

    Posted 4 months ago #

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