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danb

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Apr 2015

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    Rode the Bristol South CC 3/4 road race yesterday, with a couple of forumengers - @George_Sportif @Borek and I think @benjam

    Probably the hardest ride I have done in a long time. I had a horrible cough/manflu earlier in the week so wasn't expecting much - although was feeling like I was over it, so decided to ride... Absolutely Insane winds, I spent a good third of the race just trying to keep the bike upright (50mm rims were right on the edge of rideable). I reckon my arms are more tired than my legs from the effort. Surprised no-one was blown off their bike ala Geriant in Ghent Wevelgem

    The course is supposed to be 8 laps of a rolling triangle of a route (was shortened to 6 laps after worsening conditions). The first third was mostly a climb up through Stowey - apart from a couple of gates this was pretty sheltered and not too bad, the climb isn't especially steep, but enough to take its toll after several laps. After the climb the road would turn and you would have a massive tailwind along the top.... Until you got to the end of the road and had a sharp left onto the main road, at which point the cross wind hits you. It's mostly ok as it climbs again and some mini echelons formed.

    Then you get to the top and realise you have a 50mph decent with a 50mph crosswind.... this was probably one of the scariest things I have experienced in a while - knowing that there were two farm gates on the descent and when you passed them you would be pushed 3ft towards the centre of the road... you are soon at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and then make a left for the final leg...

    This is when the headwind hits you if your not in the middle of the bunch... There were sections (downhill!) along here where you had to be out of the saddle, sprinting, just to keep your speed in double figures.

    I managed to keep up with the (very diminished) bunch until around the 4/5th lap, at which point a small gap grew, and faced with that headwind there was no way back...

    Thought about abandoning, but got together with a couple of other guys and managed to hang together and get to the finish a couple of minutes behind the main group.

    70 or so starters and around 20 finishers apparently. Amazingly no crashes, I think everyone realised how sketchy it was out there and behaved themselves...

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    Indeed, I noticed that at MSR - thought he looked rather big

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    looks like a Castelli pocketliner wiggle.co.uk/castelli-pocket-­liner-jacket/

    edit - actually, I think @604cefiro was right with the muur - same zip

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    @miro_o are those weights from procyclingstats ? Pretty sure they are a way off / disinformation from teams...

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    I think mine in part is caused by excessive dairy product consumption

    It's not - this has been widely disproved. Milk and dairy does not cause mucus production.
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16373­954

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    Exactly what I run:

    "SMP" crabon on the road bike

    Adamo prologue on the TT bike

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    No, they are (reasonably thick) latex. They are very cheap however and should be very aero.

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