Weston Chain Gang

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    The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

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    anti-climb max

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    The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  anti-climb max on Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:15 am

    Sorry guys, I knew I shouldn't have joined Strava.... I've become a geek (leave it!)

    I've just set my winter training loop as a Strava segment, all welcome to join in with the frosty fun. I used to ride this regularly after work when I taught in Uphill, it's a great route in the dark.

    The start/finish is at the Uphill junction, just above the cutting on the A370. From there it follows this route...

    - Down A370 then right at Anchor then along Accommodation Rd
    - Over railway bridge then right before Lympsham, stay on road all the way to Brean
    - Left at T-junction, past the leisure parks into Berrow
    - In Berrow, turn left at the Triangle and past the RSPCA
    - Over railway bridge then around sharp left hander then stay on Rd as it skirts around Brent Knoll
    - Left just before East Brent into Lympsham
    - Left at T-Junction in Lympsham and through to Accommodation Rd
    - Left at the Anchor, back up the A370 to the finish at Uphill junction

    Try this link, it might work...

    http://www.strava.com/segments/8451352

    All of these are roads that we know, so I think it's a pretty easy to follow route.

    16.5 of yer best English with 46ft of climbing, so you can see why I like it! The roads are just about the safest I know of in winter conditions, pretty wide and quiet and, given that most of us live a few miles from the start/finish, you can warm up/cool down before and after the loop and get a good 20/25 in.

    I'd suggest an 19mph average as a good par in cold, damp, dark winter conditions, I managed 22's a couple of years ago (according to my Cateye oracle) but that was on a warm, still summer's evening. I rode it today as a steady recovery ride and managed 18.5, 3rd overall to Rob Spurling (well done Rob.)

    You'll need good lights but the road surface is pretty reliable and most of the junctions are left handers so you can maintain speed pretty well; also, being flat, you can control your effort evenly, making it great for endurance training (unless it's windy  Crying or Very sad )

    ... beats the turbo!!!

    So roll up, roll up; let's give ourselves something to hasten those horrid winter months and maintain what little fitness we have, ready for next Spring.
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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  Martin on Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:03 pm

    Saw your sneaky ride today on Strava. I'm going to give it a go this week if it stays dry. How about we do it the same day and i ride behind you all the way around and then nip out at the end to get the KOM? :-)

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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  BaronBanana on Tue May 26, 2015 4:57 pm

    Whens the summer segment appearing?
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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  anti-climb max on Tue May 26, 2015 5:20 pm

    October

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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  Guest on Tue May 26, 2015 7:24 pm

    anti-climb max wrote:October

    Which year?
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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  anti-climb max on Tue May 26, 2015 7:58 pm

    1999....
    The year of the prince

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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  BaronBanana on Tue May 26, 2015 8:02 pm

    anti-climb max wrote:October

    I should have seen that coming!
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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  Martin on Tue May 26, 2015 8:51 pm

    1999 - thats the year i'm going to party, oh wait I missed it.
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    Re: The Weston Chain Gang Winter Challenge

    Post  showmethecakes on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

    Yeah - dead safe that route. I've only come a cropper twice in 5 years and one of those was on the T junction in East Brent. Having said that I was going the opposite way round so I can only assume that was the problem! Nothing to do with the black ice all across the road.

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