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balmain

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active Aug 2020
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  • in General
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    so like a... not spotted

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Typical Kerry weather...

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I rode the Beara/Dingle/Iveragh peninsulas in September - about 600km all in and if you're lucky with the weather some of the nicest riding you can get - a drop dead gorgeous view round every corner, plenty of accomodation options and good pubs. Flew in/out of Kerry airport, so straight off the plane and into the hills.

    It's pretty easy to avoid most of the busy Ring of Kerry section by using the back roads which often hug the coast more. I'd recommend adding the Skellig/Valentia Island section, plus some of the more inland sections like the Black valley, Caragh lake and the Gap of Dunloe. The area itself is pretty small so it's easy to adapt a route on the fly and add in some detours. Can't recommend it highly enough, but then I've done three trips in the last two years and haven't seen a drop of rain!

  • in Rider Down
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    Went passed about midnight - Embankment still closed off both directions and bike/car still in the road. Police didn't have any info apart from 'cyclist struck by a car'. Can't find any news reports, so hoping it isn't too serious.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Excellent teaming you with you for the last 100k on Amesbury yesterday @Klar I'd been beginning to lose the will to live on Salisbury plain - headwinds and no one in sight for miles!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Anytime. Don't miss Crater lake if you go south - the loop round the edge is an outstanding day ride.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I've ridden a bit of both, great part of the world for riding. The coast is nice, but traffic may be quite heavy in summer and and you can pick up a fair amount of mist and drizzle. I'd go inland - the Columbia river gorge west to The Dalles from Portland on the old highway is a great ride on a pretty much empty road. Then roughly along/ parallel to the Pacific crest trail route south down to Diamond and Crater lakes which are brilliant for a couple of days on the bike. You could return north to Portland inland via Eugene or the coast. Or continue south/take a few diversions and pick up the train back to Portland. If you can find some of the previous Cycle Oregon routes that may give you some good ideas.

    A loop going north from Cascade locks on the Columbia river via Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier would also be a great ride - you could return south on the coast or head over to the Olympic National park/St Juan Islands and again train it back to Portland.

    Loads of great riding opportunities, you almost can't go wrong...

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    Def interested, been missing these rides but Thurs doesn't often work for me. Helping out at a TCR checkpoint in Aug and prob going to stay out that way for a bit, so will keep my eye on this in case it rolls into Sept.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Top man Joseph-congratulations. Really enjoyed following you and the other riders on this one.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    I've got a Nelson Longflap that I can't see myself using over Christmas - available from Chiswick if you want to borrow it.

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