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DarrenFranks

Member since Jun 2016 • Last active Jun 2019
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Looks to be treating himself to a decent rest in Newton. Big time ‘cafe legs’ when he gets rolling again 😁

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    Impressive, though he's been riding for 20 hours since his last stop. Others are likely to be clipping in again shortly and I imagine he'll need to rest soon. There's some tricky terrain between them so it's a decent gap.

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    I didn’t follow the Indy-Pac to know if he can hold that pace for the duration? Matthijs seems to be riding as fast or slightly faster, but with a sustainable routine. It’s a bloody long race!

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    I could barely walk for the first two weeks, so I was all over the RICE. I'm afraid I don't know much more on tendons, myself. RICE up but keep things mobile (without load). Wait until the pain goes and then half that time again before starting to work the tendon, gently, building up over time in nice small increments.

    I'd be off to see Nicola at Velophysio if I were in the same boat.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Sorry, yes, I totally missed the last line of your original post!

    For me the highlights of Tenerife are the climbs over Teide. I'd be quite keen to explore the NE corner but the W and N coast roads appeal a bit less. One sea-level to summit climb is probably about 4-5 hours riding at a relaxed pace with bags (YMMV!) and then a cruise down another side. I'd probably do that three or four times, covering all faces and probably Masca too. And then spend the rest of my time exploring the national park area in the NE.

    That all said, I don't know the wider island as well as I'd like, so take my advice with a pinch of salt. I'll keep following the thread as I'm curious for future visits myself.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    If you're feeling super punchy you're welcome to an unfulfilled idea I had for the last trip.

    Ventoux has the Club de Cinglés. There are 3 (or 4 depending on how you look at it) routes up Teide. If you were to try and ride them all in one go you'd cover 400km and 11,000m of elevation, granting you founding membership of the Club des Tontos del Teide and beaucoup kudos!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    From memory it's about 280km for a loop but it's perhaps going to miss the highlights. It's rideable in a day but there's a fair amount of climbing involved at ~6,000m. Treat it like an Everest day. I've never gotten around to doing the lap as I've only ever visited for short trips but I'd definitely go for it if I were there for a week.

    This is a write-up from my last trip https://theadventurecapitalist.wordpress­.com/2019/01/22/winter-cycling-tenerife/­ where we stayed in El Medano and rode 100 mile loops. If you wanted to trim those down I can recommend staying in Arona or somewhere else a little higher up. It can get cool in the evenings but it saves you 45-60 minutes of climbing at the start of your ride, if you're heading up.

    This write-up is from a previous trip, with smaller ambitions. https://theadventurecapitalist.wordpress­.com/2017/01/22/volcanic-activity/ You'll find Strava files linked to all the rides described in both blog posts so you can judge the distances involved. The write-ups add some colour and help you realise that the weather can play a fair role in impacting your speed.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    A 15s video edit of the crater at the summit https://www.instagram.com/p/BtDcrW6ln8T/­

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    Damn, that's unlucky.

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