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judenonesuch

Member since Jul 2010 • Last active Mar 2019
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    Feel weirdly somewhat psyched out by the Fenland Friends ride report :s I've never done an X-rated event that's longer than 24 hours and think my main issue will be not stopping&eating enough in the way I would if there were traditional "cafe controls"; perhaps unnecessarily worried about leaving my bike unattended; at the same time, is it really necessary to stop at EVERY wetherspoons, mcdonalds and petrol station you pass on the route?? Maybe..

    I'm riding out from Colchester so a nice early start for me, coincidentally after having to get up at ~5 tomorrow morning to get to Oxford for a job interview; should be fun.

    Just feel a bit stupid and underprepared about it all tbh

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    Gee, if only we could look at the context in which he said it and figure it out one way or the other! O to have that luxury!

    The usage is "people who showed up to a speech by the Palestinian ambassador under the pretext of being pro-Israel". Now, does that sound like one usage, or the other?

    Like, he's not even saying "Zionists don't understand English irony". He's saying "these people in the audience of this speech don't understand English irony". Fucking bizarre that everyone has latched on to it as tho it's the first of these despite how blindingly obvious it is that it's the second

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    Replace "Zionists" with "members of the Labour Friends of Israel"/ name of other zionist political group? Doesn't take a great deal of comprehension to see that that's exactly the sense in which he means it and it's a frankly ludicrous reach to conclude he's characterising Zionists in general as a group, let alone Jewish people in general. He's referring to the specific complaints of specific people who were presumably at a speech by the Palestinian ambassador under the pretext of being pro-Israel - hence "the zionists in the audience"= "those people who showed up to the speech by the Palestinian ambassador specifically under the pretext of being pro-Israel" – and saying that their specific complaints about the speech showed a lack of understanding of irony. It's an absolute piss-take that anyone is managing to read anything else into this.

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    Wait are there stricter conditions for DIYs than for organised events then? I've never considered doing a DIY but that surprises me.

    In my view an audax is just riding your bike a long way for the sake of riding your bike a long way. Don't mind whether there are controls with cake and mechanics on hand, whether you're riding on the wheel of a dozen Swedes, whatever. The difference between an audax and a race is not how spread out the participants are but that the aim of a race is to win. The 24hr TT is an interesting anomaly! The fact that it was a validated long distance ride before there was a UK-based long distance ride validator I suppose means it has a place in the history of UK audaxing.

    As far as self-sufficiency goes - which, sure, is a key part of the audax idea, I guess I think of it in terms of self-sufficiency on the bike, i.e. carrying with you what you need to keep moving forwards. The rules for the self-sufficiency ultra race things obviously need to be much stricter than what I think is needed for a ride to be an 'audax'.

    I mean people take all kinds of different standpoints on stuff like this and I'm not hugely invested in it either way. I just hadn't heard about DIYs being more strict.

    In other news, I'm planning on ECEing the Mildenhall Festival 200 next saturday (from Colchester) to try and build up some condition for the Fenland Friends - having not done >=100 miles yet this year :s

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    In one of the effusively advertised "5-star audax hotels" along the route

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    ^ so frustrating – fans&riders have been saying the same thing for so long – what are the factors that are impeding progress on this?? I genuinely don't get it

    (eta – the 'flattening out' of women's parcours vs men's)

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    relentless pedalling

    Do u even fixed?

    Dunno how similar the route is to LEL but that's the kind of thing I'm expecting. "East Anglian hills" and all that

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    Have just signed up for Fenland Friends 600 with a view to entering PBP next year. Haven't done a long ride for.. years.. so should be interesting :D

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    ^^this is only 2 squares off 15x15, surely worth doing? (together with the rest, I mean)

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    as my aim for the year, if I started doing these more regularly, was under 24 minutes.

    ftfy

    J2/1 is the course I did my first 10 on :) 26.19 on 86" fixed

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