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danstuff

Member since Jul 2012 • Last active Jun 2017

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    I did, thanks to a Norwegian registered campervan. I pulled out a gap by the food stop half way up, but @Cycliste pulled a blinder by turning up just as I was about to leave and saying 'Hold my bike', as she went off to forage at the food station.

    However, I pulled out another lead through the hairpins in the forest, but @Cycliste was playing a waiting game as we entered the last third of the climb, hanging back about 50m behind me. But then we came across the Norwegian campervan - a huge twin axle thing being driven really badly, getting stuck on every corner. I managed a quick sprint to get past it, @Cycliste was stuck behind it until the last few hairpins. So an easy ride to get to the summit first.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Day 3 today. Naturns to Bormio via Stelvio.

    The figure for metres climbed is wrong. It was actually just over 3000m, but my Garmin had a wobbly so that figure is Strava's overestimate.

    It was dry when we left, started raining shortly afterwards, stopped for the climb up Stelvio and then started again at the top, with rain for most of the descent. @Cycliste beat me on the descent down to Bormio. In the dry her descending is OK, nothing more, but in the wet she's a demon.

    Longest stage with the most climbing tomorrow. Bormio to Livigno via Umbrail.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Possibly. That might work. Last time I went off hard from the start, and got a good gap, but she came past me with 1km to go and I had nothing left. We'll see... Of course, we're supposed to be racing everyone else rather than each other, as it's a team event, but bollocks to that.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I know the one you mean. We did Stelvio last year on our Col-bagging holiday. @Cycliste was faster than me up the Stelvio last year, and I suspect tomorrow may be the same.

  • in Rides & Races
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    @Cycliste and I started the Tour Transalp 2017 yesterday in Sonthofen in Germany. Yesterday's stage went from Sonthofen to Imst over 90km of rolling terrain and then the very unrolling terrain of the Hahntennjoch, topping out at 1,894m. It was raining hard when we started, and carried on raining hard for the next 4 hours. It'd be nice to have some Strava data to share, but my Garmin Edge 1000 objected to being rained on and died. It's now doing a very convincing impression of a brick, but slightly less good than a brick as a building material. Anyway, total stats were 136km and 2,352m of climbing according to the race handbook.

    Happily, I'm aware of how unreliably shit Garmins are, so I brought an 810 as well which I used today. Today's stage was fairly simple - leave Imst, go over the Timmelsjoch, go down into Naturns. 142km, 2,526m of climbing:

    Tomorrow's stage goes from Naturns to Bormio over Stelvio. A mere 97.8km, but a bit more climbing at 3,025m. At the moment we're solidly mid-table among the mixed teams. @Cycliste is still refusing to acknowledge it's a race.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I'm going to end up pointing at Danstuff and shouting "car friend!" aren't I?

    Unless you get an M5 touring or a Merc, absafuckinglutely.

  • in Epping Forest Honey Badgers
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    Have fun y'all. I would join you, but I'm in Sonthofen for the start of the Tour Transalp today. Maybe one day I'll actually be at home one Badgers ride weekend.

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    And to think that she was a genuine contender in the Tory leadership campaign.

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    Also anybody have any spare m5 rivnuts?

    Hundreds. Only in steel serrated open-ended format, but I've got plenty of them. FWIW I've drilled water boss holes in my probably-a-Dawes-Galaxy and fitted rivnuts and it hasn't exploded yet.

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