Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ColinJ, 8 Feb 2012.
What a ride! Chapeau to you @Dogtrousers!
Nice one @Dogtrousers . I shall think of you as "Iceman" from now on. Sterling effort.
No snow, no ice, not too much wind, just another nice easy 100km Cheshire ride for March. This year I'm hoping to beat my last year's total number of 100km rides, I'm on target...............
March thoroughly done. That ride featured the highly unusual sight, at least for the UK, of several kilometres of dry road flanked by metre high banks of snow, sharply cut by ploughs; thoroughly novel and very pretty. There's still a fair bit of snow against the dry stone walls up high so the landscape was looking particularly splendid throughout, in the spring sunshine.
There was an element of jeopardy to that ride too. There's a cattle grid being replaced in a rather inaccessible place (at the top of the second really sharp peak on the elevation profile, at about the half way point of the ride, for anyone looking at Strava). The road is 'closed to vehicles' for six weeks (!). Fortunately, it's passable on foot since, had it not been, the detour is approximately 30km and a couple of distinct hills, in either direction. I would have been at least mildly peeved, had it proved impassable, since I'd have been turning around straight after having gained about 200m altitude on the 10-15% slope up from Arncliffe.
What a lovely day for the first of spring. It would be nice to imagine that it might last.
I generally say, often out loud: "How closed?" when I see a sign like that when I'm riding. The answer is generally "not very". Although I did once end up with a big self imposed detour when it turned out that the road was closed because a bridge was not there. I could've swum I suppose.
So do I, and I have also only been actually turned back by a [largely] missing bridge. It's still a little concerning though, and that cattle grid is in a quite spectacularly awkward place, as @ColinJ can confirm.
I also tend to question then ignore those signs, but sometimes ...
On one of my forum rides we came to a road closure which we ignored. We proceeded a few hundred yards but then discovered that a section of the road was no longer there. In its place was a hole so big that it looked like a massive IED had gone off under the road! We had to shoulder our bikes cyclocross-stylee and clamber up a muddy slope to get round it. I'll see if I can find one of the photos of it ... Ah, here is one taken by @potsy:
It would have been the mother of all detours if you'd had to turn back. Not quite on a 'Connel Bridge closure' scale***, but still not what you'd want to do!
*** It involves a 140 km diversion to get 0.2 km!
March done. Woke up feeling that my bad back was a thing of the past, and got out early for an impromptu 100km ride with absolutely no plan beyond "go to Stroud, climb something, and turn left .... or right". In the end, I carried on through Stroud on the A419 to Chalford. There were enough big trucks around for me to want to get off the main road before Cowcombe Hill so as not to hold too many of them up. (I can always feel their searing resentment burning through the back of my head).
Climbed a steeper, but very, very quiet little lane that started with Chalford High Street and carried on through Frampton Mansell to Sapperton. Not wanting to ride through any towns on a week day, I turned right just before Cirencester and had some more lovely narrow little lanes to myself for the next 20 miles or so, eventually turning for home at Upper Minety in Wiltshire and heading back through Malmesbury and Tetbury. Like @Sea of vapours, it was a beautiful sunny ride on mostly dry roads, but with the occasional surprisingly deep snow at the side of the road:
Other than a ten mile stretch between mile 40 and mile 50, I enjoyed this ride as much as any in this country that I can think of. That ten mile stretch from Tetbury to the top of Frocester Hill did rather suck the fun out of it a bit as I encountered a stiff head wind that wasn't supposed to be there. Back home and hosed now. 100.6 km done, with an economy of effort helped by a hundred tiny calculations as I went. Not bad judgment in the end, considering I'd had no idea where I was going to go. Strangely, if I hadn't deliberately changed my mind a couple of times, I might have done the entire ride without ever covering an inch of road I'd not ridden before .... and I don't go out that way very often.
I got an imperial century in yesterday with rusty bearing plus 4 non-CycleChat riders.
I was just quietly celebrating BST and the final arrival of Spring, when my sister called and told me that Winter is supposedly coming back next week. Surely, that must be some kind of sick joke - aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
Anyway ... @Littgull and I plan to get another imperial century in before the end of the month, subject to him recovering from his (minor) injuries from a taxi-induced off AND the weather not turning evil on us again. I have devised an off-road route to Mirfield (south of Bradford) taking us to and from a hilly road metric century loop from Mirfield via Stocksbridge, Penistone, and Meltham. It is getting harder to find places in this area that I haven't been to before but this ride will visit several. It should be fun. I think the offroad sections would probably be ok on a standard road bike, but I'll ride my cyclocross bike just in case.
Marchs finally done 50 km CC forum ride with 20 miles before and after ,76 miles in total in lovely sunshine for once in great company
So, the company is normally not so good ...?
Yes couple regulars away today just saying don't tell @Supersuperleeds or @tallliman .Funny what missing a comma out makes something read differently to what was intended .
March`s ride done with another Imperial. 167 km`s in the fantastic company of @13 rider, @Chris Doyle, @cyberknight and a couple of my buddies.
Great route from Bosworth @13 rider, really enjoyed the new roads
And all this time I thought you liked us
Guess it explains why he kept riding away from us the other week I'm just annoyed I missed getting those squares!
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