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    SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

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    anti-climb max

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    SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:07 am

    Next week sees the return of Saturday riding regardless of the weather.

    Usual meet time for a ride to Bristol to watch the Tour of Britain stages.

    The gotta get back option this week takes in the time trial, this starts at 10am and finishes at around noon. For those who want to make a full day of it the circuit race begins at 2:30 and should finish around 5, so we'll be leaving Bristol at around 6 if we stay for the ceremonies.

    If you have a lock please bring it as it'll be nice to be able to walk about without the bikes (though we could organise a guard rota if there's enough of us - Martin....)

    Promises to be a great day out (but it's a Saturday......!!!)
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    Post  anti-climb max on Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:25 pm

    Official Jerseys please.

    We'll try to get some shots with Hugh Porter, that'll ignite his burners.

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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  Laser light on Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:04 am

    Just to note - there is a lot of glass on the road on our cut through from St Georges at the start of Bourton Lane. I picked up my bike and walked through it on Wednesday night to avoid a puncture. It is right down at the St Georges end so if anyone lives close and has a broom... Otherwise it may be worth heading out on the 370 tomorrow.
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:06 pm

    If the pro tour team can put men on the front to pull back the break through St George's with just 36k to go we should be OK. Especially if the young Motorola rider who used to ride for Youskadi Youskaday who won a stage in the 2014 Tour de Spagnia ignites the burners.

    We can sail past him and his team mates at the (non-contested) yodel sprint point on Kenn Moor as they pull said glass from their tyres having been let down by the not so neutral service vehicle who drove by hissing spick spick spick.

    We'll get on the wheel of Jack Rowsell all the way into the finish. Jack, the brother of blind Paralympic javelin thrower Joanne came 3rd to Jack (24) Bauer on the stage into Bath hotly pursued by a marauding peleton.


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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  showmethecakes on Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:24 pm

    What's the route likely to be? Suspension bridge is part of the circuit and might already be closed by the time we get there? Are we aiming for a particular spot?
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:12 pm

    It's all in the plan Rodders, oh ye of little faith, (as Boycie would say.)

    We'll be approaching the course via Portishead and the M5 bridge, affording a hilltop finish through Sneyd Park.

    Initial route will be the usual ST GEORGES, Congresbury, Yatton....

    Race faces on please Mad
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  showmethecakes on Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:29 am

    There's a plan? That's a novelty.
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:55 am

    Non sheakespear quote of the day........

    To canyon or not to canyon?

    That is not really a question......... given that it's rained in the past two months within a 500 mile radius.
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    Unofficial ride report.

    Post  Martin on Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:47 pm


    Finally back to a Saturday ride. With rain overnight the going was soft. The assembled riders split into two groups - those heading for the ToB in Bristol and those who needed the reassuring sights of Sweets. Before we could set off there were 2 mechanicals - Wayne had turned up with a big buldge in his rubber and Phil started pumping his rubber.
    The ToB group headed north packing comfortable shoes while the rest of us head for the Bicycle Chain where Wayne got his buldge fixed by Merion. Just as we were about to set off Phil decided he would get his inner tube changed :-). We then set off down the dual caridgeway and down Winterstoke road towards the A370.
    At Sweets it was pretty quiet but there was a small hicup when they lost mains power for a while until the generator kicked in. Luckily there wasn't much of a delay.
    All in all a good day out for the B team.

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    Del Boys Day Out

    Post  showmethecakes on Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:41 am

    Derrick, Rodders, Boycie, Uncle Albert and Trigger had decided to explore beyond the reaches of Peckham and head for the Tour of Britain in Bristol. Leaving Nelson Mandela House, Trigger helpfully reminded everyone of where the glass was just after everyone had ridden over it. Sure enough, within a mile or so of getting onto the A370 there was the inevitable shout of 'Marleeeeen!' Boycie had a flat which on the face of it seemed to be caused by the 3 inch split in the centre of his tyre.
    "These tyres you sold me are rubbish, Derrick".
    "What do you mean Boycie. Top quality Mavics they are."
    "Precisely Derrick."
    Trigger suggested swapping the spare wheel from the back onto the front.
    After some time in the drizzle the offending object was found which turned out to be a tiny piece of glass and not the 3 inch split in the tyre. Meanwhile Uncle Albert was having a slash in the bushes to make room for another cup of tea.
    They all rejoined the main road again and 30 seconds later there was the tell tale sound of pssss.
    "Can't you hold it in for more than 30 seconds Uncle Albert!" shouted Del Boy.
    Derrick then realised his tyre rapidly deflating.
    "I told you they were top quality tyres Boycie. None of that rubbish like I've got." Del Boy searched among the Rolex watches he'd recently lifted from Switzerland for a spare tube.
    "Oi Del Boy. What you putting a tube in for?" asked Trigger. "It says on your rim that your wheels are tubeless."
    "You dipstick Trigger."
    8 and a bit minutes later the Trotters were up and running again and arrived at the Cumberland Basin just in time to see the early riders on the time trial circuit. Not wanting to miss out on the action Derrick led the boys onto the racing circuit.
    "Let's get behind that car with all the bikes on the roof. It must be going to the race as well."
    "You can't do that Del, that's a team car following the rider in front!"
    "Don't be a plonker Rodney. Why would they allow cars into a bike race?"
    A few hundred metres later the police outriders convinced Del Boy that he should be on the pavement.
    "You should learn your Highway Code. You're not allowed to ride on the pavement you dipstick."
    After a long walk along the pavement Uncle Albert was starting to complain. "We never had to walk this far in the war. I remember......".
    An enjoyable 2 hours standing in the rain then passed by as one by one the riders came up Bridge Valley road.
    "Who's up next Del?" asked Rodders.
    "Some geezer called De Mullin."
    "Is it over yet Del Boy? I remember in the war we had to stand up for hours...."
    "I thought this was the Tour of Britain Del Boy?" asked Trigger, "It's full of bloody foreigners."
    After some lunch in the pub Boycie led them to his lock up where they left the bikes and walked out to watch the race.
    Some guy was walking around with 20 suitcases. "Who's that?" asked Rodders. "You plonker Rodney, that's Huge Porter. He does all the commentary".
    Uncle Albert was disappointed to see a German on the front for five of the six laps. Eventually it all came together on the final lap before disintegrating into small groups on the final climb. Wiggins and Cav coming home together about 15 minutes after the winner and just in front of the broom waggon.
    "Oi, Del Boy. Do you think I could get a new broom. Apparently there's a van coming round soon selling brooms."
    Everyone ignored Trigger and returned to the lock up before returning home to Peckham.
    Great day out.
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:33 pm

    I'm sure I heard Taylor Phinney saying 'I think we're onto a winner here Trig', play it nice and cool son' as he approached the Cumberland Basin roundabout.
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    Post  anti-climb max on Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:11 pm

    Hugh Porter's quote of the year.....

    'i think that's the SS Great Britain'
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  showmethecakes on Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:01 pm

    Another Hugh Porter special from today's ToB Stage:

    No American has ever won any classification in the Tour of Britain apart from when they came second in the team competition.
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    Re: SATURDAY 10th September - ToB Bristol

    Post  anti-climb max on Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:08 pm

    Hugh's polishing this broadcast off with a sprint finish.....

    'there's the spectacles we were speculating about'

    .....speculative

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