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Thread: Today's Bike Ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett View Post
    As an aside

    I stopped going to the Cavendish Pavilion many years ago after a long ride Gaz Shaw and I asked for Cheesy beans on toast.

    We were told that the Pavillion only did cheese on toast or beans on toast

    Stuff the Duke!
    I must test that in Betty's.
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    Mr Strava gave me cup for being 3rd fastest over an 8k section of gravel today 💪 and only 36 seconds behind the king!
    I admit it is not the most hotly contested section, but with my age and ability I am happy to take any cups going.
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    I am always pleased to see my son but I do have mixed feelings when he invites me for a ride. After all he is doing the Fred Whitton - plus lots more things before that. He also stops at the top of climbs and when I am not looking takes pictures of me for "relive my ride".

    Coming from Otley he is nicely warmed up after the 7 miles to Ilkley and ready to blast off from my gate towards the rocks and gravel track that on maps is mendaciously referred to as Keighley Road. The descent from the mast at the watershed (River Aire or Wharfe) towards Riddlesden, and which is a tarmac road, is however a pleasant 40mph+ freewheel descent, particularly since the recent resurfacing to eliminate the potholes which used to provide added bounce to one's descent. The climb is one of Simon Warren's chosen and although it only peaks at 15%, at nearly 5000 metres (278 m) it does go on for a bit.

    Since I was on the ADVenture bike it then seemed appropriate from Riddlesden to follow the Leeds-Liverpool canal to Silsden which is so handy for the Brunthwaite Lane climb (Wharfedale Harriers' "Murder Mile" hill climb) but only after we had advised two ladies of a certain age that the "noise" they were hearing on their brand new e-bikes was the shrieking brake discs.

    Pausing to survey the splendid view at the top of Brunthwaite Lane we waited for an elderly lady to arrive on a Pennine e-bike at some speed to be informed that her e-bike tackled said climb without even breathing hard. She then extolled the virtues of e-bikes (she also had a carbon fibre, skinny tyres road bike back home so there were no questions from her for us about odd noises) for their flexibility to eg whisk you home at 15 mph when the rains came.

    She recommended that I might consider one "when I get old" - which I thought was rather sweet.

    So I am taking her to Barbados next week.

    So: son-bonding, 16 miles +1870 feet and a new friend for life. Isn't cycling great!
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; Today at 03:59 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    She recommended that I might consider one "when I get old" - which I thought was rather sweet.
    On getting old: is it a sign of getting old when you get overtaken twice by the same cyclist on a ride? And last Sunday wasn't the first time that this has happened to me. The lady who did this to me one day last year had only taken a slightly longer route in one of the flatter parts of Leicestershire; but the bloke who did it last Sunday was seen turning off shortly after passing me the first time, and his route to the point where he passed me the second time can only have been along Priory Lane, which I have previously noted on this thread as being a road suitable for those cyclists who like to maximise their climbing.

    The other notable incident on last Sunday's ride involved a large tractor with a trailer full of hay. After it had overtaken me and disappeared round the next bend, I heard a horrendous screech. When I arrived at the scene, one of the tyres of the trailer was hanging off, and the driver was manoeuvring his rig to turn it round.

    Anyway, a ride of about 38 miles, southward through Newtown Linford and Newtown Unthank (but no other Newtowns) to Littlethorpe, and back through the middle of Leicester -- but along the Great Central Way and Forest Way cycle paths, from which one sees very little evidence that one is in a major city.
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