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Manchester -> Blackpool ride

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by Sh4rkyBloke, 26 Jun 2008.

  1. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Charity Ride with details here... anyone else thinking of doing this?

    Myself and a colleague from work are doing it and I wondered if anyone else was up for a bit of a group session (ooerr missus!).

    I'm hoping to do it in about 3 and a 1/2 hours (managed 3 and 3/4 last year stopping for a bit to wait for some others) and am planning on a 7.30am start so we miss the mass crowd who take over the roads at all speeds/directions.

    I've still yet to book my place, but it'd be nice to meet a few from here and put faces to (user)names as well as having a good ride out.

    Cheers.
     
  2. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    I'd normally be doing it with a few workmates but it's been kicked into the long grass this year......I'll keep an eye on this thread. Might do a there and back.
     
  3. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

  4. OP
    OP
    Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Did it (the shorter one) a couple of years ago on my old hybrid.

    I was cycling with a mate who was on a road bike (he left me for dust at times when overtaking slower people). He changed gear whilst just starting a climb from some traffic lights and managed to snap his frame when his rear derrailleur (sp?) moved into his wheel!! This was at the 20 mile mark and I ended up doing the rest solo on a blisteringly hot day... and didn't (stupidly) stop to refill my bottles at the rest point(s) thus ending up quite dehydrated with a nice layer of crusty salt around my face/neck. :ohmy:

    Haven't done it since. :becool:
     
  5. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    :biggrin:

    I've never cycled that far (43 hilly miles last year is my max). Ive never done an organised event or even cycled in a group.

    S*d it - Im going to enter!!!

    Edit:L Bugger - no Im not - I'll be up a Lake District mountain on that day :smile:
     
  6. PsychoRider

    PsychoRider Senior Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    i'm riding it Sharkey, so i wouldn't mind joining a group of some sort.... i did it in 3hours 20mins last year on a full suspension MTB so was hoping to beat 3hours on a road bike but to ride in a group is fine,i printed form off last night and was aiming for 8am start as i may have to ride to Manchester yet but 7.30 shouldn't be a problem,i'll post entry tonight.....see ya soon maybe...:smile:
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    :angry:

    Looks like I'm not as fast as I thought... or you accidentally got hooked onto the back of a car at some point! :biggrin:;)

    3 hours for 60 miles of undulating route seems a trifle too much to aim for (20 mph average) for me... but I guess you could use it as training for your TdF entry! :blush:

    My mate has now registered, as have I, for the 7.30 start - I guess we can try to keep up with you and if you start leaving us lagging then you can either slow down a bit or tag onto someone else's wheel who is doing more your pace.

    Glad to have you along either way. :smile:
     
  8. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

  9. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Omit the hyphen... http://www.bikeevents.com/Ride.aspx?id=181
     
  10. PsychoRider

    PsychoRider Senior Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    (HANDS IN THE AIR):angry: My mistake, lmao Sharkey, I must of been dreaming when I typed that I think......I just checked my file and I did it in 4hours 1minute 38seconds......so I would like to beat 31/2 on the road bike..........well the dream was good while it lasted I even saw myself with the Maillot Jaune...:blush:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    << breathes a sigh of relief >> :becool::biggrin:
     
  12. PsychoRider

    PsychoRider Senior Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    Are you planning to start the ride through the official start point or avoid the crowds by starting a little bit further ahead, I saw a lot of riders doing that last year?
    Still aiming for 7.30am start? Reason I ask is I still haven't signed up if your all still interested doing it as a group?!!
    If anybody read my Newcomer thread then you'll know what i'm talking about when I say my Tiagra lever still hasn't arrived:angry:;) so may end up having to ride to Blackpool on the big ring with only 9gears.......unless a miracle happens next week!!!
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Errr, I'm presuming the official start point - they started people off in groups last year (50 - 75 in each group IIRC) and the little incline from the start took out a few people... didn't seem to be too crowded, we just waited a bit to get the first of the bunch out of the gate and then followed on (mind you, it is a different starting place this year).

    7.30 start - yep. My race pack arrived today and 2 chaps from work have signed up for the same time. We're meeting outside Jessops (I think) right by Albert Square... I'll let you know if that changes. I'll PM you my mobile number later next week if you are signing up. You'd be welcome to join us.

    Unsure how your gearing would affect you - I only remember a couple of hills/inclines where changing gears was quite useful/necessary - most of the time was spent on the larger ring anyway.
     
  14. PsychoRider

    PsychoRider Senior Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    Definitely signing up,the hardest climb i remember from last year was the one to the entrance of the park,but like i said earlier in the thread it was on a full suss MTB. If i lag behind least i tried to keep up and there'll be thousands along route to keep me company lmao:biggrin:
    Gonna sign up online now!!!
     
  15. PsychoRider

    PsychoRider Senior Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    Ok...just signed up...7.30am start....i'll find out where Jessops is don't know Manchester too well....so just awaiting the pack now:smile: