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Transcontiental Race 2015 anyone following this?

1 hour 26 min ago
In its third iteration the race is about 6 days through. It looks absolutely brutal just following it on spot tracker but what an amazing tour and really inspirational.

http://www.transcontinental.cc/
http://trackleaders.com/transconrace15f

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

3 hours 53 min ago
Thanks for the helpful responses.
Looking forward to my ride!

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

4 hours 32 min ago
The most straightforward scenic route would be ferry Ardrossan to Arran, ferry Arran to Claonaig, ride up Kintyre to Lochgilphead & Oban, ferry Oban to Mull and Mull (Tobermory) to Ardnamurchan, ride to Mallaig, and ferry to Skye.
It is possible to take a west coastal route from Tarbert to just north of Lochgilphead - there's a reasonable track between Ellary and Kilmory. Mull is worth an explore if you've time.
On Skye, the old road is worth diverting onto from just after Kinloch Lodge to a bit before Broadford, rather than just following the A851 (not that that's busy).


If considering the longer ferry crossings (eg to Islay), bear in mind that there may only be one or two sailings per day, and you can lose quite a lot of time waiting, or that the times may not suit well (eg arrive 8pm, which makes finding a campsite awkward).
The tickets onto and off Mull are available as an "Island hopscotch" package, and it wouldn't surprise me if on & off Arran as the same - check on the Calmac website.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

5 hours 2 min ago
22camels wrote:I have a feeling these Welsh 25% gradient signs are a slight exaggeration, based on riding up one of them a few weeks ago (the devil's staircase) which registered no higher than 20% on the basic (possibly not very trustworthy) barometric altimeter on my cateye cycle computer .

Hope you enjoy your traverse of the Beacons - it's all more or less downhill after you crest the ridge - and looks like the sun will be out.

I don't trust altimeters on cycle computers. On the Devil's Staircase my ankles (in walking mode) registered a very trustworthy 25%. Between Brecon and Cardiff (at least, on the route I would take) there is just one "get off and walk" incline of about 20% just after the Talybont Reservoir. The NCN8 route across the dam bypasses this. After that the main problems are to do with trying to follow the mish-mash of tracks branded "Taff Trail". Weather today (Friday) set fair.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

6 hours 38 min ago
Read the first one Grace. Thank you for your generosity. I've shared your link too.

Free bicycle touring eBooks

6 hours 50 min ago
I'm on my third one now. Fantastic. I've said it before on this forum, but as a dad with 2 daughters I'm really pro female empowerment. Lots of these articles on World travel are by women. If anyone was ever in doubt about the strength and independence of our young women (and some not so young) then get reading!

I just hope that if my daughters decide to saddle up and disappear over the horizon one day, they might ask their old dad to ride with them just some of the way.

Inspirational. Thank you...b

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

13 hours 41 min ago
Or there is the Kintyre Express ferry. Gets you to either Campbelltown or Islay.

http://www.kintyreexpress.com/ferry%20service.html#

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

14 hours 37 min ago
mcallaghan wrote:james01 wrote:Did do a little walkaround town but sore legs require rest, especially with my longest mileage day tomorrow - 60 miles including crossing the Beacons! I am honestly a little worried I won't be able to make it the whole way, given how the legs are starting to feel (sore back especially) but will see how the day fares out. Will be a PITA to sort out the lodging situation if I break early.

In case you read this before you set off...

Following NCN 8, you'll cross the dam of Talybont Reservoir then take the old railway track up the south bank.

When you rejoin the road at the top of the hill, given that you're pushed for time, stay on it past the reservoirs to Pontsticill (where there's a sharp left-hander dropping down below the dam). The two sections of rough track on the official NCN 8 are fun, but they'll wear you out and you've still got all the way to Cardiff to go.

Rejoin the route at Pontsticill and enjoy - it's 35 miles of downhill all the way. Don't get lost in Pontypridd!

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

30 July 2015 - 11:50pm
Thanks for that. I stumbled across the discover Rutland site earlier today. Baffles me why all these places insist on making accessing them for anyone coming any distance so expensive.

Having said that, I've paid London prices before now so everything's relative

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

30 July 2015 - 11:21pm
I have a feeling these Welsh 25% gradient signs are a slight exaggeration, based on riding up one of them a few weeks ago (the devil's staircase) which registered no higher than 20% on the basic (possibly not very trustworthy) barometric altimeter on my cateye cycle computer .

Hope you enjoy your traverse of the Beacons - it's all more or less downhill after you crest the ridge - and looks like the sun will be out.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

30 July 2015 - 10:50pm
Not knowing whether or not I turned the cooker off before I left home.

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

30 July 2015 - 10:45pm
There aren't any of the western isles not worth visiting so your route will depend on how much time you have and how fit you feel.
Train options are Glasgow, Oban and Fort Wiilam
There are however plenty of no train options. If you get the ferry from Larne to Troon. The ferry to Arran leaves from Ardrossan just up the coast. You have the option of going clockwise the long way round or anti clockwise the short way to Lochranza. Ferry to Claonaig then either cycle to Oban or take the ferry to Port Ellen on Islay then cycle to Port Askaig and take the ferry to Oban. From Oban you have a road option (fairly busy) or take the ferry to Mull or to Barra. From Mull you could get the ferry to Lochaline then cycle up to Mallaig and take the ferry to Armadale. From Barra cycle to Lochmaddy then get the ferry to Uig on Skye.

Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

30 July 2015 - 10:11pm
Not long ago forestry roads were being surfaced with crushed scallop shells from a local scallop processing plant. To be on the safe side I would make sure you have a good puncture repair kit and a spare tube.

Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

30 July 2015 - 8:32pm
Should be ok, some bits might be a bit bumpy on 25mm tyres but pick your line to avoid the worst, assuming they haven't had it resurfaced for logging trucks with the large sharp stones they use for that, two years since I've been on it.

Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

30 July 2015 - 8:29pm
Dunno what sort of route you want, but if were doing it, I'd follow my recommended LEJOG route as far as Taunton, then peel off through Othery and Somerton and back roads to Warminster. Maybe Street, Shepton Mallet and Frome instead up the A361, and thence to Chittern and Shrewton to Stonehenge.
Done most of those roads over the years.

LE to Taunton:
A30 to Penzance and Hayle.
Old A30 through Hayle, Connor Downs, Camborne and Redruth to Blackwater, then a mixture of A3075 and/or the A30 and minor roads to St Newlyn East, then St Columb.
A39 through Wadebridge to Camelford and Davidstow and turn off east onto the A395 (I was there only today)
Peel off through Egloskerry to Launceston (there today too) and then onto the Old A30 for Okehampton.
From there, head out through Copplestone and Crediton to Tiverton.
Via Samford Peverell to the A38 and head north through Wellington to Taunton.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

30 July 2015 - 8:09pm
maxglide wrote:hounds.

I thought it was just me. Believe it or not, dogs are one of the biggest considerations, giving me qualms regarding a possible E to W trip across Turkey.


Well given this pleasant looking beast, the Kangal dog, is common in rural Turkey it's very wise to have some qualms. They can run at 30 mph and have much stamina.


Land's End to Stonehenge

30 July 2015 - 8:08pm
Does anyone have a good cycling route from Land's End to Stonehenge?

Thank you in advance

Cycling to Skye from Troon

30 July 2015 - 7:35pm
Hi All,

I am meeting friends for a hiking trip on the isle of Skye and have decided to cycle. I live in dublin so will probably get a ferry from belfast or larne.

I am looking for general advice on the route, whether I should get a train part of the way and if any of the other western islands are with visiting en route.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

30 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Being hit from behind or the side on a busy road.

Owt else i could cope with.

Re: car hire v train prices

30 July 2015 - 6:15pm
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