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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    It is said that, in terms of weather, March comes in like a lion and the Garmin record for today's 36 miles (2700 feet) trip via Burnsall, Linton, Grassington, Cracoe etc showed an average temperature of 32.3 F. I suppose it was the 0.3 F that meant icicles did not form from the tears in my eyes from the cold....
    What the heck? 32.3 Fahrenheit? Surely you mean 273.317 Kelvin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    What the heck? 32.3 Fahrenheit? Surely you mean 273.317 Kelvin
    Oh yes. That sounds much warmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Around Ilkley I saw dozens of cyclists but as I moved North virtually none, apart from a small group of ladies in a virtually deserted Burnsall. It was in Burnsall on my last trip out that I met a polite couple who were both riding Bottecchia bikes - the brand Greg Lemond rode, and famously in the Paris time trial when he, to my annoyance, beat Laurent Fignon to deny Laurent his third Tour.

    I guess if you ride a Bottecchia you are partly saying "look at me" (or us) which is perhaps not the case on a Boardman. Yet Boardman markets a model that retails at £2300, although whether one would recognise that out on the road is perhaps debatable.
    Yes Graham, but how many times did Boardman win the Tour de France? Ottavio Bottecchia won two, and finished second once, and he only completed the race 3 times. I've seen his 1925 race winning bike too.

    And, as I'm sure you know, he was the first Italian to win the Tour de France

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    Today: distance 48km, climb 897m, 15 hill reps.
    I'm local legend now with 54 efforts in the last 90 days (actually last 8 days), second is a guy with 27 efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambatte View Post
    Today: distance 48km, climb 897m, 15 hill reps.
    I'm local legend now with 54 efforts in the last 90 days (actually last 8 days), second is a guy with 27 efforts.
    Have you found a different hill to last year? The Falkensteiner and Waseberg are 65 and 73m respectively, so if you're going to be a local legend we do need to know which hill it's on

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambatte View Post
    Hey Marco, the Waseberg you mention, 0.66km 73m Strava, is actually barely half a mile off my fav Falkensteiner, 0.57km 65m. I do both regularly. Although Waseberg is bigger I prefer Falkensteiner because more space and less traffic for U-turn at each end.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/4340590902

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    14 and a bit miles and 1,325 feet for me yesterday lunchtime. Straight up the road from home to Ribblehead, right on the Hawes road but only to just past Gearstones, where I went off piste on the Dales Way (the first bit of the Cam High Road). This pretty immediately turns into a fantastic dirt and stones 450 foot climb to the top of Cam End, where I then hooked right following the Pennine Way. Here it was now mostly gradual down hill bouncy rubble until Ling Gill, where the going became grassier and softer before picking up tarmac again at High Birkwith and a fast undulating 3 mile run in to home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yes Graham, but how many times did Boardman win the Tour de France? Ottavio Bottecchia won two, and finished second once, and he only completed the race 3 times. I've seen his 1925 race winning bike too.

    And, as I'm sure you know, he was the first Italian to win the Tour de France
    I also know he was found by the side of the road apparently beaten and died at 32 which may have been connected with his reluctance to support the fascist cause.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Have you found a different hill to last year?
    No. Falkensteiner, same hill as last year I'm afraid
    I live in flatland and I hate it. The only possibility of climbing is by doing hill reps on this minuscule hill. Bigger hills are hours of driving away.

    I remember at the time I applied for this job thinking "the job will be great, but damn I will be living in flatlands and I will hate it". Now 10yr later I can confirm at least the job is good.

    My next race is in the dolomites, over 4000m of climbing.

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    I did exactly the opposite moving from Birmingham to the Peak District leaving a great job for one I knew I wouldn't like. Job lasted 6 years I was made redundant, the hills are still here so its all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambatte View Post
    No. Falkensteiner, same hill as last year I'm afraid
    I live in flatland and I hate it. The only possibility of climbing is by doing hill reps on this minuscule hill. Bigger hills are hours of driving away.

    I remember at the time I applied for this job thinking "the job will be great, but damn I will be living in flatlands and I will hate it". Now 10yr later I can confirm at least the job is good.
    Just be thankful that you don't live in Bremen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._German_states
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