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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    You can buy matured tyres, otherwise know as old stock

    Earlier in the year I bought some of these from a reputable retailer at a very good price



    I won't say how much I paid in case someone makes me an offer! (Only available in Red, 23mm and Slick)
    With graphene?

    I pondered punctures today as I laboured up the side of Great Knoutberry Hill between Dent Railway Station and Garsdale Head thinking that it would be a long walk back to my car parked in Dent. I first went to Dent 50 years ago (a rich friend owned a second home there!) and then for a few years the wonderful Whernside race was organised by Lyon Equipment. The main road to Dent is from Sedbergh but the route from the south is glorious along a narow road, adjecant to Deepdale Beck and deep in its valley, that includes four road gates that have to be opened (and closed) - so not for those in a rush.

    The B6259 from Garsdale Head to Kirkby Stephen is another magical ride. It shares a valley with the Settle-Carlisle railway and the road and railway criss cross and one sees the splendid viaducts (not the hyped Ribblehead) along the way. And the ride back to Sedbergh from Kirkby Stephen has its diversions if you look at an OS map.

    And would you believe that a Castle Cement train pulled by a 66XXX pootled by to mark the occasion of my visit? Oh my.

    So 35 miles, 2400 feet (but most of them within a couple of miles) on a glorious autumn day.
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    My Father is always telling me he doesn't buy green bananas anymore...

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Noted.

    Being as old as I am, buying tyres for use in 5 years time might be somewhat optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett View Post
    My Father is always telling me he doesn't buy green bananas anymore...
    My mother is 99 in December and I changed a battery in her smoke alarm this week and told her it had been in for 4 years.

    She looked at me a bit thoughfully.
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    Today I broke 100,000m of cycling elevation gain for 2021. If any Brits here, that's about 300,000 feet

    Probably the first year that I managed, on any sport. "Help" came from covid (home office gave more time and flexibility, plus didn't swim so I cycled more), and the fact that I've been running injuried for a very long time (I could run, so I cycled more).

    I'm very happy.
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    And so you should be!
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    I took on the Cambrian Coast Sportive Big Dog route on Saturday which was one of my main objectives this year. I was a bit apprehensive prior to the event, having only done 500 miles on the bike since my shoulder op in March, but decided to give it a go thinking I could always divert to one of the shorter routes.

    A cloudy but dry Aberdyfi saw me set off at 8am. A flattish trundle to Tywyn and on to Arthog. The usual route goes over the bridge to Barmouth and then back over the Mawddach estuary on the rickety wooden bridge at Penmaenpool. The Barmouth bridge is closed so the route was diverted along the Mawddach Trail which is an old railway line. No problem for me but when I got to Penmaenpool and headed back towards Arthog on the road I saw dozens of cyclists heading in the opposite direction. This caused me to doubt my nav skills but I carried on and turned left up to Cregennen Lakes which was a steep 15% + series of hairpins.

    Once at the lakes at the first feed station it became clear that the reason that I had earlier seen cyclist going in the opposite direction was that they didn't want to take their precious machines on the trail so did an out and back on the tarmac to Penmaenpool and back to Arthog.

    A ride down into Dolgellau and then up to Cross Foxes and feed station 2. It started to rain on the way up to Bwlch Oerddrws so I stopped, with others, to put a waterproof on. They were amused that I put an OR hooded running jacket on rather than a fancy skintight expensive cycling one and their amusement increased when I passed them on the drop into Dinas Mawddwy sounding like a yacht with billowing sails!

    Once in DM the jacket was off as was the rain and I took it steady up to Llanymawddwy as I knew what was coming. At the bottom of Bwlch y Groes I selected my lowest gear and ground it out. Two young lads came alongside me, one of whom pushed on the other saying "he's a machine". I replied " don't try to keep up with him as its a long drag" but off he went dancing on his pedals. Guess what. Three quarters of the way up I passed them both, sheepishly pushing their bikes. They weren't the only ones.

    Whilst there is no shame in running out of steam I was quietly amused as I passed some very expensive bikes, which included Bianchi, Pinarello and a Specialized Tarmac, being taken for a walk by their riders!

    I found BYG a lot tougher than on my recce but I had 3'000feet in my legs this time but once over the top, and half way around, the drop into Llanwychllyn was lovely. The next 15 miles of single track gated road towards Trawsfynedd was fantastic. Very lumpy and remote, apparently known as "The Ranges". Views over to Arenig Fawr and Rhobell Fawr. Shortly before reaching Trawsfynedd a left took us into Coed y Brenin, fantastic views of the Rhinogs, and over more lumpy terrain to the picturesque village of Llanfachreth, start of Ras Rhobell Fawr which I shall be at on Nov 6th.

    Downhill to the main road and then steeply up through Brithdir to Cross Foxes before a short climb and then a fantastic downhill and predominately flat run in through Tywyn and the finish in Aberdyfi.

    A total of 100 miles, 9'850 feet in 7hrs 32min excluding feed station stops. All hills climbed without stopping and really chuffed to get around considering how little cycling I have done. Shoulder a bit sore though now, mainly from pulling on the bars and also from the numerous cattle grids!

    A really well run event with great feed stations supplying Sausage Rolls, Bananas and Flapjack. I carried my own food but all I consumed from it was one gell on the climb up to Brithdir but I wish I hadn't as it made me feel sick!

    If a tough scenic ride floats your boat then I would recommend this.

    I just need to get around the 3 Peaks in a decent time now and this years goals complete.
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    Good luck at the 3 Peaks Llani... i shall be spectating... running over from Ribblehead via Ingleborough to the finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post

    Whilst there is no shame in running out of steam I was quietly amused as I passed some very expensive bikes, which included Bianchi, Pinarello and a Specialized Tarmac, being taken for a walk by their riders!
    Ah those Pinarello riders - more show than go.
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    Great effort Llani, taking in some of Mid Wales finest scenery. Love the Llanymawddwy Valley. Have you ever been up to the source of the Dyfi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    I found BYG a lot tougher than on my recce but I had 3'000feet in my legs this time but once over the top, and half way around, the drop into Llanwychllyn was lovely. The next 15 miles of single track gated road towards Trawsfynedd was fantastic. Very lumpy and remote, apparently known as "The Ranges". Views over to Arenig Fawr and Rhobell Fawr.
    That road is called Dol-y-Moch according to the list here: https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/...Roads_in_Wales . It is indeed a great ride. I particularly liked the view of Moel Llyfnant: on the Arenig Fawr race (which I ran the day before cycling over Dol-y-Moch) you just go up and down a steep, grassy slope on the north side of the mountain, but from the south it's a much more dramatic scree slope.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattPo View Post
    Great effort Llani, taking in some of Mid Wales finest scenery. Love the Llanymawddwy Valley. Have you ever been up to the source of the Dyfi?
    I have: on a very hot day last Summer, I had finished my water on the walk up Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllyn, and descended where the crags end on the ridge to Drysgol, to refill my bottles from the headwaters above Creiglyn Dyfi.
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