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Old 26th May 2008   #1
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Rapha North Ride 29th May

The Rapha North Ride will be taking riders through north London via Regents Park, the short but steep climb up Swain’s Lane before making a loop around Alexander Palace. The 21.3 km route will finish in Highgate at the Red Lion & Sun. BBQ and drinks will be available to buy along with an outside space to leave your bike.


Any one thinking in going?
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Old 26th May 2008   #2
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I am definitely going. The course takes in the some of nicest parts of London (I'm not biased!) and finishes in a lovely pub right near my house which makes a change from East, West or South!
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Old 27th May 2008   #3
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I'll take that one, it clashes with Westie drinks but means a shorter ride home which roughly equates to more drinking time and more hills...
Where is the meeting point?
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Old 27th May 2008   #4
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meeting point is smithfield meat market

i have put the route onto gmap pedometer

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1933619

for anyone who doesn't like hills, its is north so be warned

for anyone who likes a challenge come

for anyone who hasn't been north before this is a good route and will be a great ride

hope to see lots of you there
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Old 27th May 2008   #5
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those aren't really what i'd call hills.
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Old 27th May 2008   #6
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those aren't really what i'd call hills.
swains lane is a small hill but they are mainly only called hills to people who are used to the flatness of central london

and i'm not going to be riding with gears
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Old 27th May 2008   #7
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On it!
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Old 27th May 2008   #8
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I am working in London this Thursday, even though I am from the south I will be able to go to check out what the north has to offer and of course to meet some of you guys!
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Old 29th May 2008   #9
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Swains lane is the steepest hill in london. it's a short blast bit it's steep for 200m at the top

I can't believe they are going around Muswell hill and not up it!
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Old 29th May 2008   #10
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start time and starting point anyone?
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Old 29th May 2008   #11
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Outside Coutts and Co, so the riders can take money out for the pub later.
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Old 29th May 2008   #12
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Swains lane is the steepest hill in london. it's a short blast bit it's steep for 200m at the top

I can't believe they are going around Muswell hill and not up it!
as BMMF will attest, there are a few other steeper ones in surrounding suburbs ;)
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Old 29th May 2008   #13
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Looking forward to this one. Hope the weather is nice. Just saw the 'pink theme' on the website. I have a bit of pink on my gillette ( or whatever its called ) that will have to do
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Old 29th May 2008   #14
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as BMMF will attest, there are a few other steeper ones in surrounding suburbs ;)
True, but Swains Lane's the steepest within earshot of Bow Bells. It's only the hardest if you go for it from the bus stop down the bottom though. I still think Muswell Hill is the toughest psychologically, which is why I try to get up it in as close to 90 seconds as possible :p
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Old 29th May 2008   #15
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True, but Swains Lane's the steepest within earshot of Bow Bells. It's only the hardest if you go for it from the bus stop down the bottom though. I still think Muswell Hill is the toughest psychologically, which is why I try to get up it in as close to 90 seconds as possible :p
I agree about Muswell Hill. Not the 90 second bit mind, but it being psychologically tougher. Fucker seems to just keep going!
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Old 29th May 2008   #16
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I agree about Muswell Hill. Not the 90 second bit mind, but it being psychologically tougher. Fucker seems to just keep going!
think its cos you can see the top and the pinch at the end :(
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Old 29th May 2008   #17
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True, but Swains Lane's the steepest within earshot of Bow Bells. It's only the hardest if you go for it from the bus stop down the bottom though. I still think Muswell Hill is the toughest psychologically, which is why I try to get up it in as close to 90 seconds as possible :p
I hate you all, you billy goat cnuts!
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Old 29th May 2008   #18
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I hate you all, you billy goat cnuts!
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Old 29th May 2008   #19
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Are you coming tonight BMMF?
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Old 29th May 2008   #20
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Are you coming tonight BMMF?
Nope. As it's the summer, and too warm for the turbo, I can fit in one midweek ride only for an hour or so after 7pm.

I went out last night (near, but not up Swains Lane) and picked up some cantis from DB. It was wet and windy, and a lot of drivers were getting too close for comfort :(

Have fun with the pink peloton.
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Old 29th May 2008   #21
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The fear kicks in cause you know N10 is at the top of Muswell hill. slowing down could result in a stabbing of two flavours!

What time does this kick off?
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Old 29th May 2008   #22
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at last.. i have magickd the interweb and found some more info. doesn't start untill 7:30 so time for a few west drinks up front
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Old 29th May 2008   #23
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at last.. i have magickd the interweb and found some more info. doesn't start untill 7:30 so time for a few west drinks up front

LOL there is NO WAY I would be able to have a few drinks and get up Swains lane. I would start to go backwards for sure!
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Old 29th May 2008   #24
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good job Mike. i was planning to attach a line to you for a tow ;)
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Old 29th May 2008   #25
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Yeah, but it will be full of bitter middle-aged men in skin-tight lycra on really expensive road bikes who hate everyone else on the road, including other cyclists.

I've been told that they're likely to fly off the handle at any vehicle that makes a slight error on the road.
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Old 29th May 2008   #26
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^^
Oh Christ. They won't appreciate me then showboating with my no brakes and generally cycling like a complete selfish maniac.
These are probably the people I take delight at handing it to every monrning!
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Old 29th May 2008   #27
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Yeah, but it will be full of bitter middle-aged men in skin-tight lycra on really expensive road bikes who hate everyone else on the road, including other cyclists.
Hey guys, look me up as I've not managed to get out on LFGSS ride yet but am on this one because, through Central London CTC, am assisting with navigating herding people who will, inevitably, be getting lost. Probably much easier to look for a big black bloke in a pink Plowman Craven hat!!

Am on a geared, orange, Eddy Merckx for tonight as have been warned off fixed due to Swain's Lane and a nasty downhill after Highgate tube station.

Is it right to be a bit worried about comments re middle aged roadies as I'm officially late middle aged!!!!
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Old 29th May 2008   #28
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Calm down, it's just a skit... ;))
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Old 29th May 2008   #29
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Mike once you finished your dipsplay of headonistic showmanship you should step off and show them the lycra, give it a Scooby do style ending at the pub :)
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Old 29th May 2008   #30
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Mike once you finished your dipsplay of headonistic showmanship you should step off and show them the lycra, give it a Scooby do style ending at the pub :)
I shall be taking it very easy due to poor weather and fear of reprimand! But yes. Underneath I am fully lycra-clad
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Old 29th May 2008   #31
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i thought it's called off due to rain. something about getting said expensive road bikes and/or wigs wet?!??!
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Old 29th May 2008   #32
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i thought it's called off due to rain. something about getting said expensive road bikes and/or wigs wet?!??!
Lol. You are joking though aren't you? Aren't you!!
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Old 29th May 2008   #33
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True, but Swains Lane's the steepest within earshot of Bow Bells. It's only the hardest if you go for it from the bus stop down the bottom though. I still think Muswell Hill is the toughest psychologically, which is why I try to get up it in as close to 90 seconds as possible :p
You and dogs are just girls. Every fule kno that Dartmouth Park from Tufnell Park and continuing up North Hill is a real man's climb, much tougher than Mosswell Hummock. Pah! I piss on your sandal-wearing excuse of a slope.
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Old 29th May 2008   #34
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i've lived in the area since i've been i london. remember coming down dartmouth park toward tufnell park, first day i rode fixed. haha!!
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Old 29th May 2008   #35
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Poo poo to you, dingo! I was riding over Highgate Hill when before you could even find London on the map.
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Old 29th May 2008   #36
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sorry, i forgot you knew jesus personally! :(
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Old 29th May 2008   #37
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Yeah, but he never had my phone number.
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Old 29th May 2008   #38
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well, they didn't have phones back then. ;)
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Old 29th May 2008   #39
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Haha! Touche!
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Old 29th May 2008   #40
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You and dogs are just girls. Every fule kno that Dartmouth Park from Tufnell Park and continuing up North Hill is a real man's climb, much tougher than Mosswell Hummock. Pah! I piss on your sandal-wearing excuse of a slope.
What the fuck are you talking about?

Dartmouth Park Hill is a pissy little warm up, with downhill sections, and joins Highgate High Street after it's stopped being a hill (on the way to North Hill, which is also downhill).

You're all messed up in the brainbox (but still know the area better than Dogsballs, obviously).
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Old 30th May 2008   #41
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i thought it's called off due to rain. something about getting said expensive road bikes and/or wigs wet?!??!
Well there weren't that many expensive roads bikes but plenty of ordinary looking road bikes to be seen and I didn't wear my wig!! About 30 or so turned up despite unpromising weather.

Thanks to MikeC and Greasy Slag, among others who were there on fixed and displayed a fine turn of speed up the hills. Apologies to those who I have forgotten to namecheck but I am hopeless with names.

Pub at end was pretty good with fine quality eye candy behind the bar.

Maybe more will turn out for next ride? South, I think.
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Old 30th May 2008   #42
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Well there weren't that many expensive roads bikes but plenty of ordinary looking road bikes to be seen and I didn't wear my wig!! About 30 or so turned up despite unpromising weather.

Thanks to MikeC and Greasy Slag, among others who were there on fixed and displayed a fine turn of speed up the hills. Apologies to those who I have forgotten to namecheck but I am hopeless with names.

Pub at end was pretty good with fine quality eye candy behind the bar.

Maybe more will turn out for next ride? South, I think.
Yes a very enjoyable ride. Always nice to finish in a pub with a few choice ladies and a few moments from home.

Hello again to everyone I met
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Old 30th May 2008   #43
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Cheers to all on the ride,

Really enjoyed yesterday evening, in spite of the weather, great to meet some of you - NorthLondonLight, MikeC, Greasy Slag - and everyone else fixed/geared/recumbented up. A great mix of people, and the route had plenty of character, loved the last lumpy section after Ally Pally, and yes, good choice of pub. I could have stayed all night had it not been for a trek back to New Cross and an early start...

Thanks to the CTC for planning and marshalling, and Therese at Rapha for organising, looking forward to the South/East/West, shame it won't be as hilly.

Chopsicle/Graeme - black Langster/red forks - lurking no more.
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Old 30th May 2008   #44
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I'm not happy about this introductory post, Chopsicle.

Whatever happened to starting a thread entitled "Me, me, me, I'm too important to search, and demand individualized advice about buying/building up my first fixie, and expect in-depth, serious replies, because I'm really the first person to truly discover fixies, and deserve only the best equipment, and do you want to buy my Marekback hybrid for £750?"

You need to get some manners.
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Old 30th May 2008   #45
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ha ha, because lurking is the new fixing. Takes time and skill to really hone things down to the purest elements of voyeurism, where every click gets no feedback or response. etc etc.

Now I'm here, can anyone help me learn to skid this weekend?!...
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Old 30th May 2008   #46
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What the fuck are you talking about?

Dartmouth Park Hill is a pissy little warm up, with downhill sections, and joins Highgate High Street after it's stopped being a hill (on the way to North Hill, which is also downhill).

You're all messed up in the brainbox (but still know the area better than Dogsballs, obviously).
What are you? Some sort of f***ing librarian?

Yeah, joins Highgate Hill, not North Hill.

There's only one way to sort this out:

you and dogsballs go and ride Muswell Hill and Dartmouth Park against the clock. (I'll be holding the clock and a pint). Then we will find out which one is harder (not out of you two - you're clearly both soft as something very soft indeed - like hippo's belly)
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Old 30th May 2008   #47
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If you cut out the lengthy flat/downhill section of Dartmouth Park Hill, stuck the two uphill bits together, and then let me and dogs ride it back-to-back with Muswell Hill, that would be more scientific.

Length and hardness are two entirely different concepts (insert sexual banter here).

If length is what gets you off, there's the option (traffic lights permitting) of taking Wolseley Rd up from Park Rd, continuing up Shepherds Hill, then up Jacksons Lane, then Southwood Lane. That's longer and harder than your Dartmouth Park bollocks.
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Old 30th May 2008   #48
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I must agree that Dartmouth Park Hill is a walk in the Park and is easily doable even after several beers. Swains Lane and Muswell Hill are definitely trickier. Although Swains Lane aint really all that either if you have a reasonable gear
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Old 30th May 2008   #49
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Here's a real hill...

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Old 30th May 2008   #50
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You should start at the Forum Kentish Town, race up swains lane, drop across to bottom of Alley Pally (near the Victoria stakes) head up Muswell Hill, left through the broadway, left at Highgate station and drop down archway road, once round the round about and straight back up Highgate High Street. Swap out West hill for Swains lane..

Mike would love to join in ;)
i'll keep Bill company with a pint and keep a second clock.. back up...

Chopsicle, NLL good to meet you last night - be good to see you on the oxford ride.
Chopsicle - try head to the west or east drinks you'll get plenty of skidding tips there
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