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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    it's hard to completely avoid hill round here.
    Boy, how much I envy you. It's extremely difficult where I live to do hills. And impossible to climb more than 60m in a single hill.������⛰️

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    On Thursday I did a 30 miles (2400 feet) pootle on the ADVenture bike - low milage because I wanted to take in two bridleways including the one from Bardon Moor cattle grid to Bolton Abbey - around 2 1/2 miles. It was drizzling and nobody was about and I went slightly off-route. I realised I had diverted from the one true path of righteousness but then had to choose between riding back up hill and getting back on the right line or continuing down a farm track to the main road - and it was a pretty miserable day, so hey!

    Today my son did the Tom Pidcock sportive: 116 miles taking in a lot of the classic Yorkshire climbs. So to display father-son empathy and all, and being a little pigheaded, I rerode Thursday's route but taking a bit more notice of where I should point my front wheel - it wasn't raining - and I got it right. Of course doing the right route didn't really matter - a ride is a ride - but it mattered to me.

    Perhaps I am just proud?
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 02-08-2021 at 08:05 AM.
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    Very, very, very nearly crashed the fancy bike this afternoon. First sprint of a HIIT session and I'm out of the saddle applying maximum torque, on the big chainring and the smallest sprocket (13t), when a bump in the road must have bounced the chain off.

    Very, very scary, falling forward and belting my Cinelli 65 handlebars with my left knee. The sudden large-scale weight transfer, and big blow to the handlebars, caused the rear wheel to lift and the bike to turn right sharply at a GPS verified speed of 22.3mph.

    I don't know how I didn't go over the handlebars, which is the normal outcome in cases like this, or crash the bike due to over-compensation. Someone, somewhere obviously likes me ..

    Just to show what normally happens in cases like this, below is a clip of the late, great, Laurent Fignon having a similar incident in the 1982 Blois-Chaville race, which he was leading at the time. Note to Graham: this is the moment I stopped buying Campagnolo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeNU2HM6iOY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Very, very, very nearly crashed the fancy bike this afternoon. First sprint of a HIIT session and I'm out of the saddle applying maximum torque, on the big chainring and the smallest sprocket (13t), when a bump in the road must have bounced the chain off.

    Very, very scary, falling forward and belting my Cinelli 65 handlebars with my left knee. The sudden large-scale weight transfer, and big blow to the handlebars, caused the rear wheel to lift and the bike to turn right sharply at a GPS verified speed of 22.3mph.

    I don't know how I didn't go over the handlebars, which is the normal outcome in cases like this, or crash the bike due to over-compensation. Someone, somewhere obviously likes me ..

    Just to show what normally happens in cases like this, below is a clip of the late, great, Laurent Fignon having a similar incident in the 1982 Blois-Chaville race, which he was leading at the time. Note to Graham: this is the moment I stopped buying Campagnolo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeNU2HM6iOY
    I compliment you on your video research.

    I liked Fignon.

    Although I'd have preferred a film of Cavendish (falling on his face).
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 03-08-2021 at 09:49 AM.
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    Luckily Fignon was wearing a bandana... could have been serious otherwise

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    Road ride to include a new section, met by "Road Closed" sign - ignored that obviously. It wasn't closed, just falling to pieces and not very car friendly (and steep).
    Totalled 54k with 1300m - plenty for me today. Stopped bike for a mole waddling across the road, had a chat to very friendly Mole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    And today 40 miles (2400 feet) through Harrogate. Harrogate believes it's posh but with beer at 1.99 a pint - not that posh.
    And today 39.8 miles (2413 feet).

    It was 20 degrees C and sunny when I left the car just outside the Shugborough estate and headed in a northerly direction. The forecast was for sunshine and light cloud and no rain. After crossing the Trent at Little Haywood I reached Hixon in 14 minutes and it started to rain. A quick look at the sky revealed a large dark cloud moving northwards was the culprit.

    I'd almost outrun the rain by the time I reached Stowe by Chartley, but then I turned to the west and it caught me up again. Heading north again through Fradswell I was still getting wet, and it required a 32 mph descent on a narrow wet road to break clear of it.

    Crossed the river Blithe at Field, and then took the Church Leigh road, passing a farm with two immaculate vintage Western Welsh buses in the yard (I've no idea, either). Went slightly wrong in Church Leigh, but found the bridge under the A50 and then the beautiful Tean Valley appeared in front of me.

    From Lower Tean I started the 2400m long climb to Hollington, the road following the highest point of a very narrow ridge. To the North I had excellent views of the Weaver Hills, whilst to the south (where I was about to head) I saw the distinctive grey fog caused by heavy rain

    I reached Bramshall without getting wet, but after crossing the A518 it started to rain hard. Heading south the conditions got worse and worse, with the sides of the road having 2 metre wide troughs of water. By the time I reached Blithfield Reservoir it was difficult to keep the bike on the road, and upright, with rumbles of thunder overhead. Heading west now, on a slight downhill, I managed to escape the rain with a prolonged 28mph effort down the middle of the road, as the troughs of standing water were now 3 metres wide.

    Perhaps not too surprisingly, I didn't see a single cyclist after leaving Little Haywood

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    Marco, I now see what I'm doing wrong. When it rains on me while I'm cycling, I slow down. Clearly I need to speed up to outrun it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    Marco, I now see what I'm doing wrong. When it rains on me while I'm cycling, I slow down. Clearly I need to speed up to outrun it.
    It all depends on the speed, direction, and size of the rain cloud. If you're travelling north, and you spot a rain cloud ahead moving from the west to the east, (the usual general direction inland), then unless you're very quick the best advice would be to slow down and let it pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    It all depends on the speed, direction, and size of the rain cloud. If you're travelling north, and you spot a rain cloud ahead moving from the west to the east, (the usual general direction inland), then unless you're very quick the best advice would be to slow down and let it pass
    I think Noel is being disingenuous.What he would actually do is summon his driver, who will have been dutifully following behind in the Mavic Bentley, and instructs the valet to prepare high tea while the driver dries off the bike, irons his riding kit and generally pampers him... until the sun returns.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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