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danera

Member since Mar 2017 • Last active Oct 2021
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    Didn't know about the 300 anniversary, where did you get that info from? I've still got time to get one in the calendar for then...

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    Julian is a very strong single-speed rider, having ridden the Shark every month last year I believe. Have managed to persuade him to join ACH so now have four finishers for LLEL I believe!

    The ride was fairly firmly pitched at experienced randonneurs only so was surprised by the DNS/DNF rate as well - @motoko witnessed that when I found out I was 8th back just after him & Anne.

    I had previously abandoned the Cornish Riveria Express due to the atrocious levels of traffic so was mentally prepared for that, but of course it's only got worse over the last two years and will probably continue to deteriorate until the sea level has risen enough to destroy Cornwall as a tourist destination.

    Turns out I messed my calculations up, not compensating for my 30mm rear tyre, so rather than being on 77" then gearing down in Langport to 71", actually did it on 79"/74", which might explain the amount of walking I had to do but generally happy with my setup.

    Having experienced the Blackdown hills before on the Brimstone 600 knew what to expect and opted to avoid them on the way back. Had originally planned to bivvy outside Taunton Deane services, but having seen the forecast and the thought of carrying an extra kg of gear didn't appeal so made a last minute £80 booking for Tiverton Parkway Travelodge which was worth every penny. This also meant my last day the shortest which I knew psychologically would help a lot, and could set off at the relatively civilised time of 6:30 to make the control closing time at Langport with ease.

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    It's complicated, as even the official PBP gilets aren't fully compliant with the hi-viz standards, application of this is pretty Gallic. My aborted solution to this for TCR07 was to take a good fitting gilet and stitch 50mm wide reflective tape onto it, before giving up & just taking the PBP one.

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    You can get more AAA points for the entire route though if it's hilly enough & you care about that sort of thing, assessed a few massively over-distance DIYs last year, partly I suspect for that reason.

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    The Shark is now back in the calendar for 11th April: https://audax.uk/event-details?eventId=8­470, thanks to @mustardbeak for stepping up and being the Covid Safety Officer so it can have more than 30 entries.

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    Salsa Stormchaser, with Paul fixed disc word hub

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    This was my attempt last month on something similar, does make use of those cycle paths into Portsmouth: https://www.strava.com/activities/408665­2917 - it's a really nice route down to Portsmouth

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    Here's my attempt from this evening: https://www.strava.com/activities/327685­9219 (yes, I'm bored)- managed 1:08, 2 seconds slower than my PB from 5 years ago. This was on my Ti Burls with 48x16 on 32mm GP5000s so around 81", even bothered fixing up & fitting the lower spoke count wheels from TCR but that doesn't appear to have helped much!

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    Excellent idea and choice of Point Hill, I live off it and coincidentally rode down it today on 78" towing over 20kg of food donations for the local Covid Mutual Aid group, returning back up empty. Might have a proper go at it later, need to get the Ti Burls fixed out of the loft and gear up.

    Note that if the A2 gets congested E-bound, typically during the afternoon peak, there is a fair bit of rat running up Point Hill by twats trying to jump the queue up Blackheath Hill so best avoided 3pm-6pm weekdays, but this hasn't been so prevalent since lockdown.

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    Great to have you back, hopefully see you on the Shark at some point

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