Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gbb, 30 Mar 2008.
Class. Haven't heard that for years.
Mrs D wasn't so well this morning, so there was no way I was going off on the bike today. Looks like she's on the mend, but glad I didn't leave her alone.
So that's a total of 92 miles in 4 rides in the Lake Annecy area this year., including cat 1 and cat 2 TdF climbs. Any other climbs I didn't get around to, I probably never will now, as I can't see us coming back here for a fifth time. I can thoroughly recommend the place as a cycling Mecca though. There's something for everyone here ..... flat rides and plenty of mountain passes, with a wide variety of accommodation including dozens of camp sites near the lake.
Wouldn't be like me if I didn't leave you with a map. Didn't print any blank ones off for individual rides this time, so here is my composite record of all my rides over four stays here (the pink bits) .... totalling just under 400 miles in 18 rides. This year I did the loop from St Jorioz via St Eustache on the west side of the lake (the Cote de Puget); the Col de la Colombiere (NE corner of the map); and, over two rides,the whole Voie Verte from Annecy to Marthod, just 6km short of Albertville, where the cycle way deteriorates. Feeling very blessed to have had the chance.
Grey clouds were scudding across the sky. I headed out anyway down to Tewkesbury. That wind was strong. As I rode south the grey was ahead of me but over my shoulder blue was breaking out. Blue won and I rode back in sunshine although that wind was dreadful. 35 smiles
True love for sure
Got up early as l knew rain was forecast, not early enough, it hosed it down 30 mins after l had set off. Only got as far as El Campello, about 12 miles away along the beautiful San Juan beaches.
Back now drying off, thinking about the tiny female tourer who overtook me, she must have had 30kg in her 4 panniers & on her rack yet she left me behind uphill.
Out the door early this morning with no plan of where to cycle but ended up at Brooklands. I'm not particularly interested in motorsport but the history of the place does fascinate me.
The racing track is showing 80 years of decay; concrete slabs are lifting and crumbling, plants are growing in the cracks, and it's covered with moss. It's gradually returning to nature, and looks far worse than when James May did his Scalextric challenge on the circuit. I have previously driven my car on a short section of the track, but more of it is accessible on a bike, and somehow it was more fun on two wheels!
The aerodrome is also defunct, but remnants of the runway still exist - although that's also disappearing under a playground, driving school, skatepark and so on. There's even an old karting track on the runways, so I did a quick circuit of that too.
Here's a section of my GPS trace, overlaid on Google earth imagery from 1945.
There has been lots of development - a retail park, loads of offices and car parking, a car showroom, hotel, etc. I gave those a miss and made my way to the Brooklands Museum to snap a pic of Concorde through the fence, and of the scale model at the entrance (looks like the one that was previously on the roundabout at Heathrow).
I did "want" to ride up Test Hill, which is a 1 in 4 climb used in car races to this day. It was fenced off - lucky escape.
For planespotters, this video shows a slightly perilous landing by a Vickers Vanguard on the remains of the runway in 1996. Almost an emergency stop!
60 km done.
I also had a "motorsport ride" in a way.
I set out with the intention of reconnoitring a stretch of river where I'm hoping to fish. But no matter which lane I attempted to use the roads were all shut off - totally. No chance to even squeeze by. I came at the village, where the river is, from all directions, but everywhere was closed. Was starting to think that perhaps the Martians had landed in the night, hence the lock-down. But no, turns out the roads are closed all day for a motor rally. By all accounts the locals are a little miffed, but laws is laws and this one was changed recently to empower councils to close roads and allow motor races to take place.
So I never got to see the stretch of river in question but I did spy a bridle path, and I'm never one to turn those down, so it was a pleasant ride. Turned out to be 38 miles in just over three hours, which wasn't bad considering my lack of miles this year. This week marks the start of my week's summer holiday - it's been a long time coming. I'm actually dog-sitting whilst the rest of 'em go away, but hopefully I'll get another ride in and maybe see the river!
Here's the bridle path:
Can i have a sub section ,did not ride today.i was up at 06-30 yes i wanted to go out early.Breakfast shower ,ready.But the weather ,the Sun was not out of bed.Grey low cloud,and a breeze.Would i need tights.wait a little longer well i did the grey got darker ,seeing how the tow path is best cycled in sunshine because of the colour of the water i waited and waited.Then it went grey all over.Got back in my civvies cheesed off,The sun and blue sky finally came out at 11-15ish.Too late than you Nature God.It has been a funny day in out grey about.It would have been fantastic out early nobody on the tow path ride would have been about 3-4 hours,in Skipton early and out before 13-00,ah well i can wait,anyday cos i am retired.
John G, Jules H, Pete M and me today. Off out around Suckley made a change for us. It's unusually lumpy for the Saturday crew but there were no complaints. The cafe at Witley Court https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/witley-court-and-gardens/ did us some early orders. We visited the church again to show Pete and were lucky to be allowed into the crypt. An amazing old clock was ticking away slowly down there. Our homeward route was fairly flat and standard. Nice wee social one today. 43 smiles
A late afternoon ride down to Gamlingay. It was chilly out there too!
It’s definitely starting to look autumnal, ploughed fields, hips and haws...
25 cold miles
Just a small one today to watch my loal cricket team...
Friday was one of the rare for me working at home days, purely coincidental they seem to occur when it would otherwise be a wet commute to work but broken up by treating the ebiked hybrid to some new handlebar grips through a lunchtime 6.91 mile trip to Halfords and back.
Distinct northerly today so the Defy was headed north on the A61 to avoid steep climbs into a headwind, but nevertheless the section north from South Stainley was a bit of a slog to Wormald Green where I turned off to Markington and then via How Hill to Fountain West Gate.
At some point either on the upper part of the climb up from the West Gate, which reaches 16.2% according to Strava, or thereafter the front tyre picked up a needle like bit of metal and the P fairy made a visit Not my fastest change of an inner tube but eventually back on two inflated tyres for the decent through Studley Deer Park, albeit the Deer were well hidden.
Then direct from Ripon to Knaresborough and up Beryl Burton and along Bilton Lane. 30.15 miles and 1738ft climbed.
A lovely sunny day so I put on shorts, but had to ride quite hard to start with to try and get warmed up. I stopped at Yarrowford where the Selkirkshire Yarnbombers have been active.
I carried on up Yarrowdale then turned south to climb the Berrybush, where I stopped for a snack and a photo looking back the way.
This valley is Altrieve Lake, the same 19th century ordnance survey misspelling responsible for the Lake of Menteith, supposedly Scotland's only lake. (The word in both cases should be laich, a low lying boggy place.)
Back down Ettrickdale the yarnbombers had also been active in Ettrickbridge. Where is the 'your bike in front of a knitted heron' thread?
And this bench represents everything that happens in Ettrickbridge. There's a knitted bike, an angler, canoeist, the phone box, pub, bridge, etc etc.
44.3 miles @ 16.0 mph, 701 metres ascent.
I cycled 28 miles from the west of Manchester, through Manchester
onto the Ashton Canal
and up to Failsworth where I picked up the route to Glossop that the wonderful @nickyboy created for me. It was indeed the best route there. All to visit my son in their new house. (we have already visited a few times by car).
Due to unexpected problems in the week I had left it until last night to plan the first half of my route. So I relyed on Google. I will try other options in the future.
I faffed about this morning tracing the route out to plot the return journey, charging lights, making snacks and drinks etc etc, so I was very late leaving, then I took my time on the way, checking some of the turns, stopping for photos and 'to admire the view'! - half way up the hills obviously.
I enjoyed the route along the canal but there were plenty of people about on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. I think most of them were heading for the Manchester Derby - ladies - at The Ethiad. I don't think I would have liked being on the canal for the return journey later when I would have been a bit isolated. Luckily my son wonderfully offered to bring me home.
I really enjoyed the route that nickyboy plotted for me, seeing new countyside and towns. Thank you!
I spotted this mural when I passed the cycling park near the velodrome and stopped to watch the kids for a few minutes.
Lived in Hollingworth for a short while. Lovely part of the country. Really miss it.
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