Keswick Sportive

eldudino

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Is anyone doing the Keswick Sportive on the 22nd May? I'm signed up, I'm not expecting a great time but it should be an enjoyable (in a masochistic way:evil:) ride. It'll certainly give me some really good hill climbing practice!
 

Scoosh

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Which one are you doing ?

Are ye daft strong enough to do the 105km ? :smile:

The Snow Roads 300k Audax and the Ken Laidlaw on 22 August should be well within your reach after Keswick.

[Scook94 just might be doing the KL :girl:]
 
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scoosh said:
Which one are you doing ?

Are ye daft strong enough to do the 105km ? :biggrin:

The Snow Roads 300k Audax and the Ken Laidlaw on 22 August should be well within your reach after Keswick.

[Scook94 just might be doing the KL :smile:]
Neither daft enough or strong enough (unless I decide on the day!) to do the 105km. Going for the 90km route with its paltry 2700m of climbing! I'm starting to worry a bit to be honest but it's too late now, I can't quite figure out how hard it's going to be getting 1300m of climbing into 27 miles!

The Ken Laidlaw looks good, a longer route though but a bit less climbing. I might be interested depending on what's happening around that time - hols are still to be booked. Does it tend to sell out quickly?
 

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You should be all right as long as you don't race ! :rofl: I'm a plodder at the best of times but 'slow and steady' will get you there :smile: !

Not sure about the KL selling out - it was featured in Cycling Weekly last year, so might be more popular this year.

<thinks - better get entry in :biggrin:>
I think Scook94, Bhoyjim and Seamab are doing it too. HLaB did it last year also.
 
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scoosh said:
You should be all right as long as you don't race ! :rofl: I'm a plodder at the best of times but 'slow and steady' will get you there :smile: !
That's my plan, I've got a 12-27 on the back and a compact up front so I've got options! I'm really enjoying riding Sram; it'd be hard to find a reason to change back to Shimano.

scoosh said:
<thinks - better get entry in :biggrin:>
I think Scook94, Bhoyjim and Seamab are doing it too. HLaB did it last year also.
Is the plan to do it as a team and stick together? (read: bung Seamab and HLaB out front and get them to tow the rest of the group along!)

I'm going to have to make a decision to do this or the Etape Hibernia. Not sure yet, the Hibernia loses at the moment on cost and because it's pretty flat.
 

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I think it would be a good idea to maybe do it as a team, as you say the whippets (and i include Scook in that, as i saw him on Sunday and he's almost anorexic now) could give the plodders (me+Scoosh) a tow for say the first 90 miles or so :ohmy: it would be the first time i have tackled such a distance so i'll have to get some serious training between now and the event.
 
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bhoyjim said:
i include Scook in that, as i saw him on Sunday and he's almost anorexic now
It's called Raphanorexia, a rare and complex disease that revolves around weight-loss and an expensive taste for cycling gear! :ohmy::laugh:
 
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bhoyjim said:
Aye i noticed that with his new shoes, they were almost blinding :ohmy:
Hey, don't mention the shoes - I've got the same pair!!! :laugh:
 

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eldudino said:
Hey, don't mention the shoes - I've got the same pair!!! :biggrin:
I did talk to him about his shoes - they didn't seem to have quite the right colour co-ordination :sad:. "Only" DHB too :ohmy:

Mind you, if I were in as good shape, I wouldn't be worrying about doing the Etape, KL, Snow Roads etc ...

<seeks Rapha website>


<faints at prices>
 

MrRidley

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Aye, if i ever get it, it's been that long since i ordered it, i forgot what it looks like :ohmy: BTW i have just spoken to the organiser of the Ken Laidlaw, and he tells me entries are now approx 230, with a max of 350, anyone who's thinking of entering should do so soon.
 
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I was down in Keswick this weekend and every time I mentioned what I was going to do, people laughed and looked surprised. Not sure if this is a testament to my cycling prowess or just that they think I'm totally barmy! Is anyone else signed up?
 

Crossers

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Why don't you do the Chris Walker cycle challenge as a warm up for August. 85 miles up most of the passes in the lakes. Starting and Finishing in Keswick.
 
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Did the Keswick Sportive today, 6 passes: Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister, climbed twice each, once from each direction. It was TOUGH! I thought Scotland had some hills but the ones in the Lakes are unreal, really enjoyed it though!
 
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