Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gbb, 30 Mar 2008.
It's not in the town centre, its in the cemetery off of Spring Road.
Closer to the town centre than where I grew up!
a good morning out.
Across Glasgow through Barrhead , couple of back roads then on to the A77 and headed for Whitelees wind farm.
Brilliant road along side it. Nice wide cycle lanes either side with a single lane in the centre for cars.
Back into the city via Eaglesham , Newton Mearns and Clarkson.
Home for lunch.
My first trip up to the wind farm and will definitely go back.
A nip round the Norwood loop clockwise on the Defy yesterday evening, varied by avoiding the UCI climb of Cornwall Road and instead up Ripon Road on the A61, itself partly on the circuit and complete with a collapsing piece of road that of course will be fixed come the end of September Fair number of cyclists about including a couple on tandem but it did quickly turn a bit especially when doing 31mph downhill. Video decided not to record for some reason so not sure but I'm pretty certain the same cyclist overtook me twice, that being I took a shorter route after he passed me first time. Along Penny Pot back onto a section of the circuit where the poorly patched road also surely will have something done to it If not it will come as a surprise to the riders who went along there on TdY when it nice and smooth. 17.08 miles 1008ft climbed Avg 13.4 mph.
Had lots of people visiting, and haven't been able to ride for the last couple of weeks. Finally today managed a quick 14 miles after dinner. It felt good being back on the bike.
Oh dear! Wet and rather breezy was the view out of the window. Warm enough though, as I found out when I took the bike out of the shed. Seems like I had already made up my mind anyway!
The intention was a ride in the less hilly bits of country around here on the fixed. So a wander around Holbeck, checking on the progress of the demolition there, and out through Hunslet. At ten in the morning this is quiet enough, until the road starts rising and my lungs gasp louder. The volume lowers as John o’ Gaunts is approached and stays that way through Woodlesford and across both canal and river on the way to Swillington. Out of there, heading for the ( Old George? ) roundabout at Garforth, where I took the third exit ‘cos I really really wanted to ride up Garforth Cliff. Confession, after the top that long wind assisted ride through Peckfield Bar to the Micklefield roundabout was what I enjoyed most. There seem to be a lot of ‘For Sale’ signs in Micklefield just lately. Wonder if they intend moving into the new houses being built there. Not likely. Reach the B 1217 and turn right to pass Lotherton Gates, turn left there for Aberford. This bit of road is exposed, and the wind made the most of it. Through Aberford and exit along another windy road, Cattle Lane.
As I dropped down to the bridge over Cock Beck I noticed the name on the gates of the house there. Ass Bridge Lodge. Never knew that, just checked on Google Earth because I must have seen that before, but cannot remember. I also cannot remember how many hundreds of times I have crossed that bridge. Sherburn was a once or twice a week at least visit in my motorcycling days, close to thirty years of that. How could I be so unaware of a house name? Never mind. The road climbs after the bridge, and so did I and my bike. Reach the maypole at Barwick, easier breathing for a while until the last bit out of the village. Straight on to Scholes, pass the school and cars parked both sides of the road are only leaving enough room for one vehicle in one direction at a time. There were impatient drivers, I just rode my bike. Smiling.
The last few miles now, reach the A 64 after leaving Scholes and turn left. Shortly after that turn right and start the three lane approach to the A 58. Flat and open land around here for the most part. The wind was doing well. Cross the Ring Road, that roundabout is usually kind, and the last downhill of the ride was very swift, for the fixed. The last lump, up to the spare park gates and then the relax past the Oakwood Clock and down Roundhay Road to almost the town centre. Cross the river Aire again and pedal the last couple of miles home. Big grin, thirty one miles and, oh, not a drop of rain all ride.
Maps, these days, are wonderful.
The weather presented us with a brief window between anti cyclones today so me & Mrs. jg took ourselves off to Sedgefield for a tandem ride.
We set off in good fettle at high speed throught the lanes to Bishopton, Long Newton and Yarm. We were flying with a blustery tailwind chasing us all the way. We knew we'd have to pay for it later but, what the heck, enjoy it while you can.
At Yarm the drag up The Spital brought us to HMP Kirklevington and the Grange cafe which is run by the inmates. A chilli chicken sandwich for me and quiche for Mrs jg were very enjoyable and about half the price we'd have paid for them down in Yarm. The service in there is very good too as there are about ten inmates doing the job of three people. Refreshed, although we barely needed it, we resumed our ride.
The turn onto Long Lane near Crathorne gave us a taste of what was to come. That tailwind was now a bullying side wind snatching at the front wheel at every gap in the hedgerow. The road surface is badly cratered too so progress became slow. At Appleton Wiske we turned straight into the wind and the little rise after the village saw us grovelling in the granny ring.
There was some relief after Hornby as we were now travelling along very narrow lanes with high hedges and were gradually descending towards the River Tees. Just before the bridge there's a straight half mile through a wonderful avenue of trees that could be anywhere in France. It's simply beautiful.
Tandem at Girsby
Once over the bridge we really started to pay the price of our fast start to the ride. There's a bit of a rise that isn't usually significant but today it was hurting and it was taking an age to get over. The worst part is that it's followed by a sharp descent into Neasham where you have to turn right onto Neasham Bank to regain all the height you've just lost. At the top we were spent and had to take a rest at the bus stop garden (wish I'd got a pic) in Middleton St. George.
From there it was roughly ten miles back to the car. Over the double hump at Sadberge, up the steepening climb to Great Stainton and up the drag past the racecourse. These piddling ascents, normally taken in the big ring took such a toll on our legs that we were exhausted when we rolled to a halt at the teashop in Sedgefield.
A gallon of tea between us, cherry bakewell scone for me and key lime pie for Mrs.jg restored us enough for the half mile, downhill, tailwind assisted return to the car. Bliss.
Something's not right though. I hurt out of all proportion to the distance and severity of the ride. I've got saddle sores. My neck hurts. I've got pins and needles in my hands. My wrists are aching. I think I haven't recovered from the 600k I did at the beginning of the month. Thinking more and more about getting a recumbent.
44 miles, 1500 ft of climbing.
Rich B had a plan. Neil McK and I joined in. Train to Hereford for a pleasant potter through the lanes into Wales and Grosmont. We paused at the special church at Kilpeck. Lunch was in a lovely spot at Part- y-Seal. We looped by Skenfrith and Orcop to catch our train back. Lovely day out on 2 wheels. 43 smiles
It started off as a routine Thursday run to Glasgow Green for a few hours at the Free Wheel North track.
Decided to take the scenic route ..Kelvin and Clyde .
Kelvingrove park had loads of pipers out practicing , different tunes all mingling.
World pipe band championship is at the Green this weekend.
Enjoyable few hours, then a shout to go out leading someone 1 to 1 on a trip along the Clyde to Cambuslang and back .
Work done and heading home when my Mrs phoned to say she was in Clydebank, so I had a pleasant detour along the Clyde , before taking the canal path home.
36 miles in total.
I went to Göppingen: I can't explain it.
I had an appointment with the Employment Agency which finished early, and my plan was to follow the Neckar river for a bit, then explore up the river Fils. I'd not followed this route before because on the map it looked like a line of semi-industrial towns with busy roads and a Landesstrasse (dual carriageway) filling half the valley, but as I was already in the Neckar valley I decided to give it a try.
It turned out to be a line of semi-industrial towns with busy roads and a dual carriageway filling half the valley. I'd planned to find the first village with a bridge, cross the river and come back on the other side, but the first town was so underwhelming that I carried on in the hope the next would be better. And when it wasn't I tried the third...
And thus, with repeated disappointments, I came to Göppingen. where I took a shot of the railway station because I felt someone ought to.
The town centre looked okay:
And there were some interesting bikes:
There was also a rather exclusive looking clinic/hospital on the edge of town with a large sculpture that I think is supposed to be a modern style St. Christopher...
As you can see the weather was as exciting as the scenery.
I'd come in on the 'northern cycle way', the signage of which I'd describe as 'variable': ie, it directed you down a cycleway which expired a hundred metres further, then pointed vaguely towards Göppingen. and gave up. I may have been following the route, I may not, it was hard to tell.
On the way back I tried the 'south' route, which sent through a couple of industrial areas before becoming a gravel track between dual carriageway and river, and went on, and on...
and on and on... and just for a joke got a bit narrower occasionally so I wasn't entirely convinced it wouldn't just disappear.
If we built the road network like these local towns built cycleways, we'd never have a problem with traffic.
Fortunately the next town took a more enlightened approach and had built some real infrastructure, like this rather fun winding bridge:
Eventually I found the valley towards our village and the local geography improved:
Having made it back up the hill, the sun finally came out, so I stopped for the obligatory 'new bike' picture on the 'Landscape steps' in the large new development in the next town but one. When I first came to Germany this was a US army base.
Anyway, 63k on the clock, rather more than I was planning, and my legs let me know their displeasure...
I had a really enjoyable ride yesterday with my regular cycling chum @ColinJ. Colin devised a route based largely on the 'Calderdale70 (which is downloadable from the Calderdale Council Cycling website). The difference being, instead of totalling 70 it was 60 miles and the last 10 miles were flat on the towpath instead of the hilly grind up towards Saddleworth. Nevertheless, it was a very hilly ride mainly on quiet high moorland roads with stunning vistas. My Garmin Explore seems to be consistently under registering the total ascent as it recorded 5147 ft as against my little Garmin 200 which recorded 7700 ft - big difference. I think the latter is much more like the actual total but I'm not sure how it compares with Colin's total.
Our route took us from Todmorden to Sourhall, Mereclough, Long Causeway, Colden, Blackshaw Head, Widdop moors, Thursden, Coldwell, Trawden, Laneshaw Bridge, Scartop, Stanbury, Haworth, Oxenhope, Denholme, Queensbury Southowram, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and back to Todmorden.
We had rain for the initial hour but this quickly cleared to become sunny and bright. There was a viciously strong wind and we had a mix of long stretches battling against the headwind counter balanced with long stretches assisted with the tailwind.
My total mileage was 71 as it included riding from Littleborough to Todmorden and back in addition to the planned 60 miles route. A highly enjoyable day out.
Some pictures below include our lunch stop by a reservoir entrance near Trawden, snack stopnear Sowerby Bridge and a heron spotted opposite the canal towpath near Sowerby Bridge. Can you spot the heron? You may need to enlarge the photo.
Yes, a good day out, once that band of rain blew over. You can see me trying to dry my feet at the first snack stop (the photos are in reverse chronological order) . We had battled a fierce, blustery wind from Slack past Widdop reservoir until we sought shelter for a while.
I clocked my shorter ride at 1,950 metres of ascent, or 6,400 ft. There is some climbing in both directions between Littleborough and Todmorden so 7,700 ft sounds about right. I did exactly a metric century; I arrived home 0.75 km short and rode round the block to clock the extra.
I wasn't feeling grumpy or bewildered but the photos make me look like I WAS - ha ha!
My ride yesterday.
As the forecast was pretty good I decided to cycle over to dad`s. Now which way do I go ? I decided on the Rattlesden
Felsham route as I have done before but this time I did change things a little. I did an extra loop before getting to Felsham, part of which is on another route
which I hav`nt been on lately but noticed the aghast horror stone chippings sign. Luckily I turned right just before the chippings, I hate cycling on chippings because one you are more susceptible to punctures and secondly they diguise the pot holes that or dulks in the road that may have been there. Once at Felsham I then progressed on to Drinkstone via Gedding. Usually at Drinkstone I turn to Woolpit (where last time I went wrong) but this time I turned right to Woolpit Green and then a left to go over the A14 to Elmswell. It was actually a better route and quieter traffic wise, despite that though a motorcyclist was killed here last week. When I got to Elmswell I had done 19 miles but thought I`d round it up to 20 before getting to dad`s. In some ways that was a mistake as whilst the ride so far had been mainly cloudy and even a spell of sunshine. Whilst doing a loop in Elmswell it started to spit with rain, no worries I thought, wrong again. Within about 30 seconds the heavens opened and I got quite wet completing that last mile. It was a blessing that I had chosen my Claude Butler as it has mudguards so I did`nt get wet at the back. I only chose the CB as I wanted to test my new water bottle cage and the gearing which had been a bit sporadic with some gear changes. Pleased to report that the Sora 9 speed seems to be just right, no bad shifts. I have tinkered with it quite a lot whilst in dry dock ( the garage). I must remember that the levers have a longer throw than the 105 bike.
My journey back from Elmswell was a change to my usual one. I normally travel back via Wetherden, Haughley and Tothill into Stowmarket. Only trouble with that route is that the stretch from Tothill is not that great, very busy. To be fair though there is a cycle path but not that wide in places and I always fear of a puncture. So instead I retraced the last part of the route from Elmswell going via Warren Lane over the A14 towards Onehouse and past Stowmarket golf club and then along Combs Lane to Combs Ford and back that way. That was a good ride back as the wind was mainly behind me and with quite a good downhill stretch. I really felt that I was shifting it and my speed topped at 33 mph. This route was a little further by 2.5 miles making it 9 miles. The total ride ended at 29.9 miles at an average of 17.9 mph. I was really pleased with myself because that is the furthest I have cycled for a long time and pleased with my Claude Butler, it felt good. Man and machine in perfect harmony, now where have I heard that before ? No close passes either, result .
@ColinJ - looks like I will continue to use my basic Garmin 200, if only to record the ascent more accurately.
Ha ha, photos can deceive can't they? You were certainly not grumpy Colin, in fact I'm still chuckling at the amusing tales you shared with me as we stopped near Trawden for our pack up lunch.
Ride up through the Afan Valley today. Stopped in a local cafe, had poached egg on toast.
Nothing special, just a relaxed ride out in the sunshine.
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