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3 week stage race for amateurs...
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=193240

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:12 am ]
Post subject:  3 week stage race for amateurs...

And its free!

There is a catch however...

Well a few.

Bad bits:

1) You need to ride your bike for at least 10 days to end up with a GC place.
2) The 'Grand depart' looks strangely like your front door. Every day.
3) Unless you have a helpful other half, the 'team car' will probably sit on your drive a lot.

Good bits:

1) The Parcours is your own design
2) You can ride any bike you choose AND have the saddle at a wonky angle if you wish. AND run 650c wheels. etc.
3) You can cancel the stages you wish if its a bit cold, CBA, etc


Here it is:

www.peoplesgrandtour.com



updated 9/5/12 - next edition thread here: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=200720

Author:  paininthe [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:28 am ]
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What a great idea - anything to assist you getting of your arse.

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:31 am ]
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paininthe wrote:
What a great idea - anything to assist you getting of your arse.


Have we met? you seem to know my sloth like habits quite well ;)

TBH I haven't even signed up yet

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:32 am ]
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I like it!

already doing 30DaysOfBiking in April, so why the hell not!

Perhaps keep a log in here too?

*edit*

Joined the strava group too

Author:  paininthe [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:55 am ]
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DA-EVO wrote:
paininthe wrote:
What a great idea - anything to assist you getting of your arse.


Have we met? you seem to know my sloth like habits quite well ;)

TBH I haven't even signed up yet


That came out a bit weird didn't it. In "you" i meant "me" and everyone else not you as in DA-EVO. The collective you of all you's out there.

IYSWIM

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:33 pm ]
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paininthe wrote:
DA-EVO wrote:
paininthe wrote:
What a great idea - anything to assist you getting of your arse.


Have we met? you seem to know my sloth like habits quite well ;)

TBH I haven't even signed up yet


That came out a bit weird didn't it. In "you" i meant "me" and everyone else not you as in DA-EVO. The collective you of all you's out there.

IYSWIM


I know that ;) however I ccertainly resemble the remark so no offence taken :) However, I have now signed up so technically I have to get on my bike some days and stuff.

Probably.

Author:  paininthe [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:09 pm ]
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Bit of a plug for Strava, just signed up and loaded my first. It compares sections of your ride with others that have travelled that same section. I'm King Of the Mountains on a Cat4 climb in Temple Newsam! (only me ridden it)

here

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:42 pm ]
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Yes thats a good feature, looks good and has an Android client as well.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:51 pm ]
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been on it for a little while, but not used it very often. Quite a lot of the local Morvélo crowd use it, i think.

sportstracklive.com for me, as i got the bluetooth HRM for my birthday last year. I just transfer my routes once i'm done to see how I compare (not many up yet though)..oh yeah, and i'm on mapmyride.com too :oops: they're all good for different things, honest!

Will post up usernames for any that want them :?

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:09 pm ]
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BobCatMax wrote:
been on it for a little while, but not used it very often. Quite a lot of the local Morvélo crowd use it, i think.

sportstracklive.com for me, as i got the bluetooth HRM for my birthday last year. I just transfer my routes once i'm done to see how I compare (not many up yet though)..oh yeah, and i'm on mapmyride.com too :oops: they're all good for different things, honest!

Will post up usernames for any that want them :?



Why not start a 'retrobike' bike club on there?

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:14 pm ]
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Hmmm, it seems so disarmingly simple...It'll never work!

I'll run it by the big man JV first, his product after all :) good idea though D

Author:  John [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:23 pm ]
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No problem with me.

We (well me) are already on Strava > http://www.strava.com/clubs/retrobike-4539 .

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:26 pm ]
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faster than a speeding milkman!

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:38 pm ]
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Added

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:33 pm ]
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Right, here is my plan for 'The People's Grand Tour' (tm).

Saturday - Prologue TT (Will ride my Gitane lo pro for a bit, with Tubs on)
Sunday - MTB excursion day (Mountain Goat perhaps)
Monday - Road ride (Roberts)
Tuesday - Rest day or seafront cake race (TBC)
Weds - er..

I also hope to do:

A big hill - probably the one to the pub.
Some cobbles (if I can find some).
A grand finale, probably stopping at the Pier for doughnuts. (Its got a big wheel near it so that sort of counts).

I'll let you know how I get on ;)

Author:  DA-EVO [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:54 pm ]
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So, current updates (I will complete my info for this in this post).

24/3/12 50k road - Brighton to ferring and back.
25/3/12 24k Road / offroad - big kudos to my son for doing 24k with me.
26/3/12 25k road - Brighton. Seafront. (again). I feel this will be a recurring theme.
27/3/12 25k road - Brighton. Seafront. (again). Not very insipring but a nice eve on the undercliff.
28-31 - Work comittments means I am off the bike for a few days :(
1/4/12 - 42km road Brighton - Worthing via seafront.
2/4/12 - 32km road Brighton modest hills and seafront.
8/4/12 - 23km Seafront incorporating Minor Time Trial! Yay!
10/4/12 - 26km - Chattri Route offroad.
12/4/12 - 32km Brighton. Near the sea bit. Again. MTB
13/4/12 - 22km Brighton. secret route near small patch of water.
14/4/12 - 17km "" Tired now.

10 days gets me a GC place.

more to follow, hopefully :)

No More Time Trial Excuses!

Author:  paininthe [ Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:13 am ]
Post subject:  Sneaking into the South East

I'm on night shift but sat afternoon 24th did back and forth to work and 7.5mls around the local wood.

25th did a longer trip home at 5am in the fog and dark. eerie 6mls
26th some road miles 23mls
27th going to Portsmouth on the train with brompton so Kings Cross to Waterloo via Fulham and Chelsea17mls
28th heading back up north so Portsmouth to Southampton 2x ferries :) 23mls

That all went to plan - nearly - Did Portsmouth to Southampton because it was such a nice day. The Brompton took it all in its stride and comfy

29th Local park and canal 15mls
30th to and from work - 18ml
31st to and from work 9mls
1st mtb from home 16mls
2nd Alan Cross - Road and park land 30mls
3rd Rest day
4th enforced rest day (snow and car to work)
5th to and from work
6th Harewood?
7th?
8th Hole Of Horcom - Retrobike

Author:  DA-EVO [ Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:44 pm ]
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I am enjoying this - theres one in May aswell. Join in yeah?

Author:  DA-EVO [ Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:49 pm ]
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Its over! Complete! If you managed 10 days or more on the bike send the results in to their website. Apparently there are prizes and stuff.

I have transcribed my feeble efforts via the 'contact info' page on the following link. The following link also shows what you need to send them.

http://www.peoplesgrandtour.com/how-to- ... ification/

Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:52 pm ]
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thanks for the reminder D,

got mine in, it read like this..

Number of days ridden between March 24 and April 15: 17
Total distance (in km please): 304km
Total time in the saddle (in hours and minutes): 18hrs 25mins
Longest ride (in km and hours and minutes):36.33km, 1hr 30m

Author:  paininthe [ Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:42 pm ]
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Got mine in, very suprised at how much it drove me. When a little a doubt crept in this was the spur.

Will certainley be carrying on and joining the may one. Strava is is compelling, went out of my way to do someone else's segments.

Wont be long before I'm down in Brighton :)

Even at 6am on my way to work I can have a race with someone.

I have privated my commute so they do not clutter up.

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:45 pm ]
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Hey! I wasn't last!

(I was nearly last however).

http://www.peoplesgrandtour.com/spring- ... e-results/

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:17 pm ]
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wow! I was 14th! :oops:

Author:  paininthe [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:11 pm ]
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The next one,

People's Grand Tour II
Corsa Rosa
May 19 to June 10, 2012

Well done to all for dragging yourselves to bike!

Author:  DA-EVO [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:30 pm ]
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paininthe wrote:
The next one,

People's Grand Tour II
Corsa Rosa
May 19 to June 10, 2012

Well done to all for dragging yourselves to bike!


I am looking forward to the next one and will hopefully have completed a few bike rides in the meantime.

Hopefully we can get a bit more Retrobike interest on there. I managed to forget putting my 'bike club' on there else we would probably have been the most numerous team.

Hope some more can join in for the next one.

Author:  DA-EVO [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:31 am ]
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BobCatMax wrote:
wow! I was 14th! :oops:


show off ;)

Author:  BobCatMax [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:23 am ]
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only a little :lol:

highest placed low milage though, gotta be happy with that :D

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