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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Apr 2021
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    Good luck - just sent you a few £.
    Good day to be out today!

    Let us know how you get on.

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    I'm sure there's no overdistance limit but I also think you don't get more time for the overdistance, so you have to do the 380 in 300 time. But that's not going to be an issue for you.

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    Hawthorn Hill

    That's the Fifield course? I've not ridden it for a few years.
    They've moved the start to the top of the hill, and so the finish will be at the bottom..? That will make it a bit better, although it would mean three times along drift road which would be no fun in a headwind.
    Slow course but I always rather enjoyed it. I often fit a loop round it in when I'm doing a training ride over that way

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    More awful news.

    The linked article illustrates why cycling in Australia is dangerous. It simply doesn't occur to anyone that a truck following a cyclist should slow down until it is clear to pass.
    the truck driver interviewed doesn't think that, the journalist commenting on it doesn't, and neither do most Australian cyclists I have met. Jesse and Sarah did a video on how to ride in Australia. I thought it was a bit overblown at the time but it is actually spot on. You need to have mirrors, look at them whenever you hear anything behind you and, if that thing doesn't have room to pass, get off the road because it won't have any plans to stop or slow down.

    Ironically I found the Eyre Highway just about the safest road to cycle on in the whole country.

    Did we ever find out what had happened to the indypac rider who is in hospital?

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    17th June.

    My Irish father-in-law used to say, in connection with the west of Ireland but west of Scotland is similar: 'the winters are often better than the summers over here'

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    Ditto for headnet. If you had to fix a puncture when they were swarming, doing it without one would be pure hell.

    Otherwise the route is lovely, some of the roads are a bit busy, mostly with camper vans, road surfaces mostly good, for UK at least, I enjoyed getting an early start when the roads are quiet.

    Some of the shops are not that well stocked, eg the spar at Durness was out of sandwiches and almost out of bread by mid afternoon. I ended up making my own sandwiches a few times as there wasn't a lot of ready stuff (might be more options if you eat meat).

    I've got a Google sheet of shops and opening times if useful:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1­RpuAP3L2lhE28q1iwpdX-34mswx1gSnThVP6lDpl­LFA/edit?usp=sharing

    'Long version' down at the bottom is similar to your intended route

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    From my end I am trying to speak to Andi re Iberica Traversa. Its now only 3 weeks away

    Are you in the UK? If so, non-essential overseas travel not allowed before May 17th.

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    Well done, hope the border stays open, midges are kind and you enjoy it!

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    It is looking like those who entered GBDuro were the smart ones. Very hard to see European stuff happening for UK riders at this stage.

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