Though I am guilty of rather recklessly rapid*** descending at times, here is a sobering reminder that we do need to take care. On the WOTR descent from Greenhow Hill into Pateley Bridge...Only ever managed to break through the 50mph once, that was on The Way of the Roses route somewhere slightly off the official route heading for a BnB in Grassington.
Carrying 2 panniers on a Specialized Tricross on a long downhill.
*** Alluring alliteration!... we were heading up the steep ascent out of Pateley Bridge on the way over to Grassington and I had just commented on how dodgy the descent was and that there had been many serious accidents involving cyclists there when suddenly the driver of a 4x4 towing a caravan ahead of us braked hard and stopped.
We pulled up and got out to see what the problem was and saw a cyclist lying unconscious in the road. He looked in a very bad way. I felt as though I had jinxed the poor man.
I reconcile fast descending like this....Though I am guilty of rather recklessly rapid*** descending at times, here is a sobering reminder that we do need to take care. On the WOTR descent from Greenhow Hill into Pateley Bridge...
*** Alluring alliteration!
"Bad" sums it up quite well.Also, I suspect the physical effects of an off at 40 or 50 are pretty much the same (ie bad)
So I might as well do 50 as 40.
This, as well as having no side roads feeding into the road you are, is the key to going mega fast. Oh, and the nerves.Just over 50mph going down the middle section of the descent from Mont Ventoux down to Malaucène. The road's perfect for it, as it's long, straight, steep and smooth. No pedalling required.
That is a stunning descent - an ample reward for the hard work in getting to the top.Just over 50mph going down the middle section of the descent from Mont Ventoux down to Malaucène. The road's perfect for it, as it's long, straight, steep and smooth. No pedalling required.
The noise inside a TT lid that fully encloses your head and ears at high speeds is pretty bad.Worryingly, the specialist quoted in the article suggested that there is some risk even at speeds as low as 10 mph, though it increases massively with speed.
I am going to try to make some windshields for my helmet straps. Even if they only cut (say) 15 dB off the noise, that would be a big help.
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