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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Aug 2019
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    There's always a big element of luck.

    He was in the wrong place at the wrong time to have met the robbers. But the same applies when you get the worst of a storm, encounter a bad driver, run over an invisible spike that wrecks your tyre, or your bike frame suddenly falls apart underneath you.

    In that sense this is similar. You hope that luck averages out over an event and that the difference is how riders deal with the setbacks. But doesn't always work like that.

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    Wow, didn't expect that.

    It puts a question over the viability of the event.

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    While mainly hoping that James is ok, this does, at least, remind us that he is actually only human, not a machine programmed to prevail over all competition in these events! If he goes no further, he's shown that he has made the jump to being at the top of off-road racing in his first year.

    The race is as interesting as ever right now. The three leaders are on the big climb to the next high pass. There is a gap of 8-9km distance between both Jakob and Lael and Lael and Jay, but that is not the full story as there is also a vertical gap of about 900m between each pair.

    It's very close. I'd expect experience to prevail. Would probably go for Jay as he has most of it, has done this route before and showed how tough he was last year. Although having done it before might be a disadvantage that makes him back off slightly. I don't know!

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    Unlike you at 3:30 local time - early start or late night? The dot watching gets intense at this time of year, needs long hours to fit it all in!

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    Rimas finished in about 48 hours. Apparently just missed the UK record by 2 minutes!
    Shame he wasn't able to deploy that speed on the TCR last year as I felt he could have been in the mix.

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    all the people on the side of the road cheering, for the whole everyone around you knows what you're doing and is cheering you on, even the drivers, everyone

    That's what's special about it.
    Well done!

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    Yeah, in PBP wheels to latch on to are like busses in Oxford Street, there is always another one coming along in a minute. Maybe not through the night.

    My recollection is that, at times, I just wouldn't have the legs to jump on them. But I'd keep riding, stuff my face with food, and the legs would come back and then I could.

    That section after Villanes is sweet. It's downhill, but not that much that it's obvious, and there are a few little lumps, but it makes you feel like that you are going well, even if you are not! I remember last time I felt I was going really well there, could get to Paris before dark, but everybody kept passing me!

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    I was looking at innov-8 as someone recommended them many pages above and these were the ones of theirs I found with zero drop.

    I also wanted one with no or minimal instep for mid foot.

    I wouldn't recommend these as such, they were ok but I'm sure loads of other trainers would be too. I'd ideally like something with a bit stiffer sole. These have a kind of split in the sole which was a problem until I put the specialized insoles in. Then they worked. Another point is that the tread pattern worked well with my pedals, just the right amount of grip.

    They're really light and breathable, very comfortable. Perfect for walking up cp2, in fact!

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    That is a shame.
    It used to be one of the faster ones, but I think they have changed the course since I did it.
    Hard to do it without support as there were four different circuits.

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    Strange.

    It looks like a shit route as it cuts across the grain of all those little ravines. And there is no visible track on the satellite picture.

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