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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:04 pm 
MacRetro rider
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I note that the last official Retrobike Road Series run of the year is November 2nd in the Cotswolds which for us in MacRetroland is very far away. Since Mr Pandas Road Run Reprise is looking unlikely to occur I thought maybe trying to kickoff a return to Arran for early November might be an idea. The road circuit is 55 miles, has a good selection of hills and flats, good scenery and quiet roads and the bonus of a ferry ride it might be good to do again. Plus its close to the central belt and being in large chunks close to sea level, unlikely to suffer from extremes of weather other than fog/wind/rain, normal Scottish lowland climate in fact.

It has of course been done before in 2011, see aftermath thread : viewtopic.php?t=155104

Saturday Timing
For anyone leaving from Glasgow

There’s a train from Glasgow Central at 08:34, arriving at Ardrossan at 09:20 in time for the 09:45 ferry. Check-in is at least 10 minutes before departure, it looks like the cost is £11.05 return, and the bike goes for free. Car parking is not expensive (less than £5 for the day?)

You can take the precaution of leaving a bag of dry clothes etc. in the "Left Luggage" at Brodick Ferry terminal, at a cost of £1 per bag. Walking around and climbing stairs on the ship in cycling-shoes can be tricky, and uncomfortable in wet clothes (said he, optimistically).

Return ferry time is: Brodick leave 16.40 (17.35 Ardrossan arrive) Train 18.00 for Glasgow 18.44

"Just in case" later ferry leaves
Brodick 19.20 (20.15 Ardrossan arrive) Train 20.31 for Glasgow 21.14 but hopefully we wont need this one


I'm not proposing a strict retrobike ruling, ride what you like, I have a hybrid that needs an airing.

I propose either 2nd/3rd/9th/10th of November, weather and sea conditions permitting.

If interested post up and state preffered date.

Cheers :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:55 pm 
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Can't do the 9th but so far everything else is clear for me


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:41 pm 
P.o.T.M. Winner / MacRetro Rider
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Location: In the foothills of the foothills of The Cairngorm Massif :D
Start new job in Aberdeen on 4th Nov so unsure of availability - probably nil. It is a nice route though :D


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:04 pm 
MacRetro rider
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Location: Roamin' in the gloamin'
Never mind Mr P, welcome to the North East.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:19 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
The 2nd for me Velo.
Lets get this organised and firmed up ;)

Jamie


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:16 am 
MacRetro rider
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So far 3 for 2nd Nov.
C'mon peeps lets be having you !


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:39 am 
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Location: Falkirk! But I am a Fifer so that's OK...
Make that 3! Enjoyed it the last time, and those basturt midges will be deid an aw.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:55 am 
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So thats:
47p2
Jamie
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Me (velo)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:31 pm 
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no bike and in edinburgh that day but have fun lads :D


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Working on the 2nd and I dont have any time in the book.
Pity as it has been my intention to get over to Arran this year either with the road bike or mtb but it hasn't happened.


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