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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:03 pm 
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Saturday 30th January 2010 Dunkeld Loch Ordie Rideout

This inaugaral Retrobike 2010 Calendar ride started of with a fantastic turnout - a record 14 for the Macretro rides. Sunny Clear Skies, inch thick ice and crusty snow on the very frozen ground.

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We started of with a short swapmeet exchanging bits of old metal for bits of old rubber. After an hour of admiring each others bikes and the requisit group photo we set off up the icy trail.

After about a mile of climbing and skitting about on the ice, the first casualty of the day was Dyna-Ti - shortly after his wipeout he decided it was time to retire as he was too unwell to continue. He waited in Dunkeld keeping the seats at the pub warm for our return.

We continued upwards towards the first loch - an old mill pond. A few riders tested the ice for photo opporunities.

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One of our riders, Boxxer, was on a modern bike - a Lapierre, lovely colour scheme, maybe there is hope for modern bikes after all.
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The ride continued - the ice had its affects on all off us with the odd slip and dismount but nothing serious.
As we continued a lone rider on a Karakoram shot past our back markers. The rest of the group stopped to let us catch up, but Radoslaw, not knowing any of the group, shot on after the Karakoram. About 1/2 a mile up the road he realised he was alone and returned to us for the now traditional "for those about to rock" photoshoot.

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We reached the main destination, Loch Ordie, and as it was busy with walkers eating lunch, we decided to plow on - But which way? 2 choices... half the group shot off down one route as we were remounting our bikes, cue comedy crashes and yells - the group returned - lets go the otherway.

This was the final climb of the day with out the ice it would have been easy, but the recent re-freeze made things very difficult and walking was the only option in places.

We started downhill at last, the track had recently been re-graded and was a bit of a mess and frozen solid. Top speed of the day was only 23 mph which showed how cautious we had to be not knowing how much traction each corner was likely to provide.

Well I found out the hard way dropping like a brick onto the icy ground. I lay there for a while trying to milk the sympathy a bit - some chance with this lot, just prolonged the slagging!

Back at the millpond we said good bye to Kaiser and did the final downhill section - a bit wetter, but patches of what appeared to be water were occasionally sheets of crystal clear ice. Gazz nearly had an off in exactly the same location as last year.

At the end of the hill there were smiles all round - a shot slog back along the road and through a forest back to the cars.

We finished the day at the Taybank Bar where Dyna-ti was waiting patiently - he had even constructed a Macretro Marquee for our arrival

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- 10 versions of stovies available and fine beer.

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After a bit of banter the vote was cast for the bike of the day - Radoslaw walked it easily with gazz's Fat coming a distant second. A grand day out with many new faces, roll on the next meet!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:17 am 
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Just what the doctor ordered! Top day out gents, great to put some more faces to names. Think we got lucky with the weather and all things considered the trail was mostly alright... well apart from the corrugated ice section. I can't believe we didn't recruit that mystery retro rider either :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:21 am 
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mikee's photos...

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our glorious leader
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:29 am 
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Radoslaw's Photos:
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....and more http://picasaweb.google.com/retroridermaniac/Dunkeld#


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:32 am 
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Good work fellas - although we had more snow in the NW!

Mr K

PS. Loving that Stumpjumper!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:22 am 
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Location: Near a tree, by a river in a hole in the ground....
Wasn't snow, it was Ice!!

Snow you could have ploughed through, this stuff was pretty difficult to even get anywhere near!!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:19 am 
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Sorry guys but we stole all the snow :lol:

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Looks like you guys had a great ride. looking forward to the next one. Shall we try and break that record turnout?? 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:37 pm 
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feck me- that is indeed snow- we had more beards which was just as scary :twisted:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:42 pm 
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That was the beergarden at the pub. Here's another shot of the front. Took them days to themselves out.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:55 pm 
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it only took them days because they kept Lion Inn :)

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