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    Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

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    anti-climb max

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    Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  anti-climb max on Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:05 pm

    just spent a thoroughly frustrating time (2 minutes) exhaustively researching the saturday morning local forecasts for locations NSE of here in an attempt to find that elusive dry ride..... we're probably buggered for the journey home wherever we go!

    on a brighter note, forecast for last wednesday morning was awful and apart from a few spots, it remained dry... so there is hope.

    only real certainty, other than the showers from 11-12am is the SSW wind, so lets revert to type and aim for bridgwater to see nick's cousins.

    if weather is crap we can go to cannington, if ok we could get up to pines and if good we could go on to doniford..... see you at the walled garden then!

    PS: i've just received delivery of a new pair of bib-shorts from belgium. these special shorts are festooned with a monogram to reflect their wearer's personality; let me know what you think on saturday and perhaps i could take some orders!!!
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  showmethecakes on Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:25 pm

    Are your new bib shorts similar to the Colombian womens team kit? If so they have probably got a large arse on them!
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  anti-climb max on Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:13 pm

    Not colombian. Though I can see the appeal of a brazillian design...
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  Pirate on Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:17 pm

    The Colombian Women's team kit might be suitable for someone with a surname like . . . . uhm . . . .

    Beaver?

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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  anti-climb max on Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:58 pm

    today's ride in numbers...


    - 15 riders
    - 2 riders latched on
    - 3 riders had a slash at brent knoll
    - 1 rider had lots of slashes throughout the ride
    - 1 rider waited for another (who was ahead of him) in bridger
    - 14 riders waited patiently for 1 rider, who was waiting for a rider (who was ahead of him)
    - 14 riders got impatient and left the 1 rider who was waiting for a rider (who was ahead of him)
    - 0 of nick's cousins were out today
    - 9 riders went on to pines
    - 6 riders went to cannington
    - 2 riders got lost on the way to pines
    - 2 riders moaned about the ramp up to pines
    - 20% gradient
    - 1 rider had change at cafe
    - 0 cafe had change
    - 0 riders crashed on dodgy descent into spunkton monkfish
    - 1 rogue rider from another team made a tempting carrot on road to burrowbridge
    - 2 riders reached him
    - 7 riders couldn't
    - 1 rider moaned about cutting up through moorlynch
    - 8 riders smiled
    - 2 riders got lost between burtle and mark (you go on ahead, you'll get lost!!!)
    - 2 riders got home dry
    - 7 riders got home wet
    - 78 english miles
    - ? km (whatever they are????)
    - 0 riders put in an order for my new short design

    ojc: getting tricky these days due to autumnal layering, but 2 or 3
    ttc: 4/10 no change, pretty costly and no smiles from the chef
    kf: 6/10
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  Martin on Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:26 am


    I love a ride report that contains stats :-)

    We made it to Cannington only to be turned away by the builders who said the cafe was closed on the weekends.
    The alternative was Poppy's portakabin on the A39 where we enjoyed a small english breakfast with coffee for £3.75 including a free refill.
    The journey home was punctured by Richards puncture near BoS but apart from that it was a pretty fast ride.

    Stats - http://ridewithgps.com/trips/3617506
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  showmethecakes on Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:47 pm

    In reply to the A Team ride report: who, how, where, when, what?

    Who - got lost on the way to Pines?
    How - is it possible to get lost on the way to Pines? (just keep going uphill until there's no more hill left!)
    Where - is it possible to get lost between Burtle and Mark?
    When - will they learn not to go ahead and get lost!
    What - a shambles!

    Great report Ivan. Who were the lucky two that got home in the dry?

    I blame my puncture on Paul and Tracy - too much speed caused my tyre to overheat. I was watching F1 today - I think it's called tyre degradation. At least that's what the drivers say when they can't keep up.
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  anti-climb max on Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:54 pm

    i can't explain the nuances of getting lost as i have no experience in this field (or road, for that matter.)

    for an expert opinion on losing bearings, please talk to nick.

    in this justice free world, he managed to get home dry.

    on punctures, i've always felt that slower speeds allow debris more time to latch on to the rubber, therefore the best defence is to keep your average speed above 150mph (or whatever the average was in sotchi today.)
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    Re: Saturday 11th October - raindodging through bridger

    Post  Pirate on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:17 pm

    You should know that this was a particularly good ride, one that I would wholeheartedly endorse. Those that heard my rantings will fully appreciate that I did 84 miles and not 79 which my Garmin recorded on Strava (not anal in the slightest).

    I did a marginally different (unplanned) route from Ivan and I dragged Chris with me, who in fairness didn't complain at all. However, I do predict that he will not follow me ever again, unless he wants to get extra miles in his legs at a fairly brisk pace. On a positive note, we nearly logged Dead Woman's Ditch as an alternative route up to Pines.

    The moral of the story here then is to follow the leader. "Don't go shooting off or you'll get lost" . . . .

    . . . . but, yes, I did get home in the dry!

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