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    Straightforward 35 miles (1800ft) trip along a fast running Wharfe and encircling Harewood House. The only excitement was the warm come-to-bed smiles I received from two young ladies in the middle of nowhere but before I forgot my Covid responsibilities I noticed their Porsche Boxster was broken down and so suspected their motives. A Boxster? Perhaps they were hairdressers? Now every man has his price and I think mine is a 928 GTS 5.4 litres, which surely Mr B will agree is the most seductive car ever built, apart, of course, from the Citroen SM with the Maserati engine. Oh My!

    It was a bright, blue-sky day and I saw more cyclists out in the country than since the Tour de Yorkshire. They didn't look like local farmers so must have a broad view of "local area". Certainly the guy dressed in black who was doing around 40k on his De Rosa didn't look as though he would be happy pootling round the car park in Ilkley.

    He wasn't followed by a police car though so it cannot have been Boris.
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 12-01-2021 at 06:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Come to Yorkshire Marco, where we have enlightened police.
    I would very much like to come up to West Yorkshire for a days cycling, when it is safe and legal to do so. Of course to fully experience the best of the area I would need a cycling guide. This person would need to be a cultured cyclist and connoisseur of the West Yorkshire road network; but where can I find such a person? Mmmh ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I would very much like to come up to West Yorkshire for a days cycling, when it is safe and legal to do so. Of course to fully experience the best of the area I would need a cycling guide. This person would need to be a cultured cyclist and connoisseur of the West Yorkshire road network; but where can I find such a person? Mmmh ...
    If such a person exists he may have his own tests eg devotion to Bob Dylan, absolute knowledge of the 55 films of Claude Chabrol, owner of the complete recordings of Maria Callas,...and intimate knowledge of every page of Stud Marks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Straightforward 35 miles (1800ft) trip along a fast running Wharfe and encircling Harewood House.
    Of course you will be appalled that we are now allowed to pronounce "Harewood" as it is spelt: http://worldfitt.com/2021/01/02/earl...arewood-house/
    Imagine the chaos if this sort of idiocy ever gets as far as Keighley, never mind Loughborough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    Of course you will be appalled that we are now allowed to pronounce "Harewood" as it is spelt: http://worldfitt.com/2021/01/02/earl...arewood-house/
    Imagine the chaos if this sort of idiocy ever gets as far as Keighley, never mind Loughborough!
    Fortunately Anthony I have never needed a taxi to go to Har-wood and my bike happily goes to where it is pointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    ...The only excitement was the warm come-to-bed smiles I received from two young ladies in the middle of nowhere...
    Lockdown must be really getting to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    Of course you will be appalled that we are now allowed to pronounce "Harewood" as it is spelt: http://worldfitt.com/2021/01/02/earl...arewood-house/
    Imagine the chaos if this sort of idiocy ever gets as far as Keighley, never mind Loughborough!
    Hope that doesn't catch on in Wales 🤔
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    Hilly ride around Charnwood Forest, with 400 metres of ascent in 95 minutes. Much of the ride was in clag, with the cloud base around 150 metres.

    Started on the road over Whittle Hill, then Oaks-in-Charnwood, Warren Hills, down to Agar Nook (which sounds so much better than "down to a housing estate on the edge of Coalville"). Up past the highest pub in Leicestershire (The Bull's Head at Abbots Oak) and on to the highest road in Leicestershire (245 metres) at Green Hill; frustrating to see the sun shining weakly through the cloud, indicating that if it was possible to get maybe 100 metres higher, I would be above the cloud. Back via Priory Lane in Ulverscroft, where I took the two steep descents very carefully in the wet road conditions.
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    Eight degrees C when I started, and with very little wind and overcast. Temperature dropped a bit, and the wind got up a bit too, so the shorts and arm warmer approach was only just about viable for 35km (155m of ascent). No snow, ice or anything wintry, but the roads were soaked with big puddles everywhere and the ditches were full of water with mini lakes in the fields.

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Still 34 miles were achieved following Mr brightside's formula that anything with a LS postcode counts as local area which includes Harewood and its House.
    Some of us have the misfortune to live in a WS (Walsall) postcode , so I wasn't going to follow the above formula. Just down the road, however, in Tamworth they have the magical B79 postcode, so I used this as the basis of today's ride. The B79 postcode covers the North side of Tamworth (Staffordshire), but then it gets completely carried away and contains parts of Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire.

    Crossed the West Coast mainline at Tamworth on the new bridge that replaced the nearly new bridge. Twenty plus years ago it was a level crossing with a busy road which was considered a safety issue. A bridge was built to the side and when completed the road was kinked to the side over it and the level crossing was shut. Ten years later they widened the West Coast mainline from two tracks to four, and in order to do this they built another new bridge to the side (directly above where the level crossing had been) and then demolished the ten year old bridge. It brings a smile to my face every time I go over the new, new bridge - and now you know why HS2 is going to cost so much!

    Rode around the top of Tamworth to the B5493, formerly known as the A453(T) Birmingham-Nottingham road before the M42/A42 was built. What it has left is a fairly straight, gently rolling road almost wide enough for three lanes but with hardly a car on it. Turned left by Thorpe Constantine to pass Thorpe Hall (who needs Harewood Hall, however you pronounce it, anyway) and back to my more familiar territory of Clifton Campville and the Mease valley.

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    The minus 2 degrees also suggested today was the day to break open the wrapper on my new dhb Extreme Winter Gloves which would serve one well in the Antarctic (with or without a bike) although perhaps less well in finding the right gear lever (not a problem with Campagnolo of course, just equipment from the Japanese fishing reel company).
    Not strictly true Graham. I re-geared my 249 bike with old Shimano shifters from their 5th tier range and these feature the thumb-shift used by Campagnolo. Looking back through the old catalogues it would seem they only offered it on the low-end kit, and have now stopped using it. It's only good if you always ride on the brake lever hoods, and I don't like it as you can't reach* the thumb shift from the bottom of the bars. SRAM, considered the masters of cycling innovation at present, don't use a thumb shift either

    (* I understand the electric shifting version Campagnolo developed has a longer thumb shift lever, which you might be able to reach).
    Last edited by Marco; 16-01-2021 at 08:14 PM.

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    Crossed the West Coast mainline at Tamworth on the new bridge that replaced the nearly new bridge. Twenty plus years ago it was a level crossing with a busy road which was considered a safety issue. A bridge was built to the side and when completed the road was kinked to the side over it and the level crossing was shut. Ten years later they widened the West Coast mainline from two tracks to four, and in order to do this they built another new bridge to the side (directly above where the level crossing had been) and then demolished the ten year old bridge. It brings a smile to my face every time I go over the new, new bridge - and now you know why HS2 is going to cost so much!


    2004 to 2008 works (Wikipedia)

    Prior to this work being carried out, the West Coast Main Line had four tracks between London and Rugby, comprising a "fast line" and a "slow line" in each direction (the slow lines diverting via the Northampton Loop Line). Similarly, there were four tracks north of Stafford. Although parts of the Trent Valley line previously had four tracks, there was an 11-mile (18 km) long section of track between Tamworth and Armitage that had only ever been double track. When plans for the modernisation of the WCML were being developed in the 1990s, it was realised that these arrangements could not accommodate the faster Pendolino trains as well as slower local services. It was therefore decided to increase the number of tracks between Lichfield and Armitage to four; later it was decided to extend this from Tamworth as well, giving four tracks throughout from Nuneaton to Colwich Junction, north of Rugeley. The two outer tracks are "slow", while the "fast" lines are the two innermost tracks.[4]

    Work started in 2004, and access roads were built on the eastern side of the line. Substantial earthworks were carried out and 37 bridges were replaced. A level crossing at Hademore was replaced by two road bridges in early 2007. The four-track railway between Lichfield North and Armitage was brought into use on 29 May 2008. Concurrently, Lichfield Trent Valley signal box was closed and within a month had been demolished. On 8 September the same year, the four-track railway between Tamworth and Lichfield came into use and Tamworth signal box closed.

    So 37 new bridges? Don't you just love civil engineers?
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