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    A 25 miler and 2,700 feet from home for me and Hester on Sunday. We followed the B6479 (our main road), which wasnt busy, to Helwith Bridge and then headed for Settle on Stackhouse Lane which was even unbusier.

    From Settle it was, Id like to say, a swift zip up High Hill Lane but it was in fact a lung bursting, blowing it out my ass, quad smashing, full bollocks, dribbling and wheezing through gritted teeth, climb up fricking High bastard Hill Lane*, then over the tops to Kirkby Malham before dropping down to Malham itself. (Malham by the way had a two thirds filled Visitor Centre car park and about 40 other cars parked for free along the grass verge.... so it was quite quiet for Malham as it goes)

    We then went up to Malham Tarn, around the back of the Field Centre and then over to Henside before going off piste on Moor Head Lane to pick up the B6479 again and whiz back home.

    *I also managed a 5,990th equal Strava segment placing (0.44 of a mile, 13.8% gradient) on this climb Id like to smuggly add, as well at a 176 bpm heart rate. Its a very widely used cycle route - the Way of the Roses goes that way and Im sure the Tour de Yorkshire will have done - and 15,100 or so Strava riders have recorded the segment. So if you squint your eyes a bit Im very nearly in the top third on my first go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post

    *I also managed a 5,990th equal Strava segment placing (0.44 of a mile, 13.8% gradient) on this climb I’d like to smuggly add, as well at a 176 bpm heart rate. It’s a very widely used cycle route - the Way of the Roses goes that way and I’m sure the Tour de Yorkshire will have done - and 15,100 or so Strava riders have recorded the segment. So if you squint your eyes a bit I’m very nearly in the top third on my first go
    I used to be in the top 25% of some of the Strava segments on my local hills. However, I've been slowly dropping down the rankings. This may be in part due to increased numbers of cyclists but are all these newbies going to be quicker than me? Unlikely, so the other factor has to be the number of e-bikes on the road these days and I don't think Strava classifies these any differently - some of the KoMs around our way are highly suspect. So you can probably squint a little harder and elevate yourself to much higher!
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    Took the gravel bike out on the road today, before the bad weather moves in again. Managed a loop of 52k and 1027m ascent. A handful of cars and farmers trucks but no cyclists round here!
    Hard work on my bike, felt like I was riding a donkey 😤 where I want to be on an Italian Stallion like Graham - one day 😉.
    I read this as you are hung like a donkey and feel like an Italian stallion...but then re-read more carefully.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    18 hill reps, 52km, 1059m, 2:45

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    I read this as you are hung like a donkey and feel like an Italian stallion...but then re-read more carefully.
    Possibly my subconscious was typing that post whilst I dozed.
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molehill View Post
    Possibly my subconscious was typing that post whilst I dozed.
    Perhaps you'd benefit from a course of cycloanalysis
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossdog View Post
    Perhaps you'd benefit from a course of cycloanalysis
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    Whilst thoroughly enjoying Eurosports coverage of both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico I am surprised that they are continuing to race with the rise of Coronavirus in both France and Italy.

    There are even thousands of roadside spectators and I think our Government should certainly think again about allowing the Euro's football matches to take place here later in the year.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Sorry. Crossed to The Dark Side and gone and got an E-MTB. 30 miles in the Forest of Dean. Did not raise a sweat but the daft grin wont depart my chops!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheeze View Post
    Sorry. Crossed to The Dark Side and gone and got an E-MTB. 30 miles in the Forest of Dean. Did not raise a sweat but the daft grin wont depart my chops!
    Er, isn't the Forest of Dean in England? As in you must have crossed into England, and then crossed back into Wales - like those of us in England are not allowed to?

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