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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:52 pm 
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Brilliant brilliant day !!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:26 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Top day out, this road malarkey ain't half bad, great route Ed, though Haugh woods climb three times in one day was certainly enough ! Highlights apart from the great company where of course Dave getting lost leaving the car park :shock:,seeing Dave slide across the road and a very special thanks to iwasgoodonce for lunch,very kind of you. bikes stinking and still in the van, so cleaning it will be tomorrows job.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:09 pm 
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I really enjoyed today. The route was excellent; I even managed to get up the climbs without nearly passing into the afterlife.

The route was a little wet and muddy but, when you consider the weather on the runup to the ride, it was surprisingly rideable. I was able to get some motor pacing in, (behind Ed and Markyp) and saw numbers on the GPS that I don't usually see!

The ride was followed by a meal and first rate pint of HPA. Thanks to Dave for the prize giving and Ed for sorting some excellent rides this year.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:48 pm 
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Top ride peeps - well chuffed with bike of the ride (as is my Dad).

Hopefully I won't be quite so far off the pace next time - picture of me rolling in, by which time the bars are already off for routine adjustments...

And ta for lunch to Iwasgoodonce - much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:46 am 
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Top day out chaps and thanks to all for coming, particularly the ones who had quite a way to travel.

A couple of thoughts:
- already mentioned above, but credit to Dave for managing to get dropped and lost in the carpark, a special talent.
- Mark showing up on a Gazelle low profile sans pedals but also lacking glue on the tubs.
- one mechanical only. Ok, so it wasn't a mechanical but a stem set up to give a position that only a priest in a cassock could love. Most modern bike there too. Easily rectified but turning up to a knife fight with a gun and the wrong sized bullets........
- only two people rocking non-indexed shifters and only one also with toeclips. 'Hat', as the French say, to TedC and his/his dads Freddie Grubb, older than anyone there and clearly Bike of the Ride.
- the boys with the compacts proving that low gears aren't in themselves the secret to climbing.
- the clatter behind that could only mean a chute. First one on a road ride and thankfully slow speed so only a skinned knee and a cracked mudguard (although perhaps cold comfort for those involved).
- many thanks to Dave and James for ride and season ending awards.
- many, many thanks for Mark standing us all lunch. Your bartape was still shit though.

Final thanks to Dave, James and Adrian for putting on such a great series of rides this year, hoping for more of the same (and different) in 2013.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:27 pm 
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Looks a great day, sorry to have missed this one!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:44 pm 
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top ride gentlemen! Sorry for missing the pub meal and prize giving.

Big apologies to Dave for my manouveres...I've got a scabby knee, if that's any consolation. I will hang my broken mudguard on the wall as a memento of my shame.....

...and remember Ed, as a drug fiend once said, "it's not about the chainset!"....


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Fantastic ride to end the season with a great turnout of fine machinery and gentleman , Could not of asked for a better day weather wise either.

Have to say even by my standards managing to fanny around while everyone took off to exit the carpark with three options and not a rider to be seen not one of my greatest moments :lol: :lol:

Totally fell in love with Marks low pro he brought along , was gagging to have a go hopefully will have a chance in the future 8)

Wouldnt really class it as a highlight (Cheers James!! :? ) but had my first chute on a road bike .... To be fair I could not of picked a finer cyclist than Markyp to slide down the road and lose my cherry with :lol: . Feeling pretty stiff today but not sure if thats from the off or seeing Ed arse in his see through bibs!! :lol: :lol:

Quite pleased to clamber back on and shave 7 mins off our last time up the mast climb :shock:

Big thanks to Mark (iwasgoodonce) for dinner :D

Thanks to everyone who came and Ed for again hosting a great ride
Roll on 2013 !!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Sounds like absolute carnage!!!


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