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DarrenFranks

Member since Jun 2016 • Last active Aug 2019
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  • in Rides & Races
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    I'm usually cutting it fine but gave myself an extra day before the Trans Am. I still only arrived a day before registration (landed in Seattle the day before that and travelled to Astoria with another racer) but what a difference, being able to relax the day before a race.

    Aside from 3 pints of 8% silly juice with everybody's favourite #badinfluencer the night before, it was great start.

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    A decent effort around the airport is about 8 minutes so I use it for VO2 Max intervals.
    https://www.strava.com/segments/5697915

    There are a couple of traffic lights but every other lap is usually uninterrupted. It's not perfect but it's another option to throw in with Regents laps, especially now that Loop Road is kiboshed.

    For FTP tests I head out to Thamesmead and use this segment https://www.strava.com/segments/9228148

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think Abdullah is capable of pipping Marcel's time, if he is conscious of it. There's always a little extra in the tank when you're close to the finish and even more so when there's an element of competition.

  • in Rides & Races
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    There really doesn't need to be such a rigid distinction. Among the racers I think it was generally acknowledged that Marcel rode a very impressive race but Peter's was more remarkable. I was chuffed for both and judge each ride on their own merits.

  • 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.

  • in Rides & Races
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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!

  • in Rides & Races
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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.

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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!

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