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youramericanlover

Member since Nov 2009 • Last active Oct 2019

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    Do they have those graphics on them or are they plain?

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    "but pastry_bot has access to good mechanics" - is that better?

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    ^ That pomp is well-priced and @pastry_bot is a good mechanic so when he says it's ready to roll it is.

    edit: slow clap for my new page fail

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    Ok the event is up. Put the date in your diaries!
    https://www.lfgss.com/events/5080/

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    Hard Day in January 2020

    In 1959 @clubman went for a 90 mile ride on his fixed wheel bike in the cold January weather (he was 13!). It was hard as you might imagine. To commemorate his ride we run something similar appropriately named the Hard Day in January. This is the 2020 edition. In the past the roads used were around the Chilterns, however this year the ride will be taking in the Kent Downs. It should be good fun!

    This is intended as a fixed gear / single-speed ride. It is a little hillier this year, but still but still nothing too steep to cope with on a reasonable gear, say 67-75gi. The idea here is that it's a winter ride and so a fg/ss ride should make it hard enough to be worth getting out whilst still being fun. Also don't let the title mislead you, it's not about 'suffering' on the day or any such bullshit - it's about running a fun but hard ride in the winter.

    Start time and location
    Maybe subject to change but regardless will start in West Kent and the ride will head East before looping back. Provisionally start near Maidstone East station - I'll round up a suitable place to stay warm and get some pre-ride food closer to the time. There are plenty of trains from London, or ride out if you're feeling particularly strong - it's +30 miles. I'll update this thread nearer the date with the most useful train times.

    Route
    TBC but will have ~4.5k ft (1400m) of climbing. There will be a stop for lunch. Mudguards and flaps are strongly encouraged.

    1st ed
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    5th ed and winners
    6th ed and pictures from the winner
    7th ed and winner
    8th ed and winner

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    I agree the cafe stop shouldn't make us too comfortable. I think Sheppy is a one way in one way out situation, but I can't speak to the route yet. I'll attempt to find something in keeping.

    As for the winds I can almost guarantee there will be a forreal headwind on the way back so no need to worry about that.

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    Thats sounds incredible. I'll let you know, although it would be hard work getting this lot back out on their bikes.

    I'm based in Whitstable - mind if I run the draft route past you to see what you think? Local knowledge is always welcome!

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    I did once. Big mistake.

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    Yeah it's about 6-7 miles further than Staines

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