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Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

23 January 2015 - 3:46pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:It's been about 17 years since I was last on the IoW. Considering there's possibly going to be 2000+ cyclists doing their randonnée what will the campsites be like?

Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

I've never camped for it but one of the check points is on a campsite at Wootton Bridge and while busy it never seems crowded.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

23 January 2015 - 3:25pm
It's been about 17 years since I was last on the IoW. Considering there's possibly going to be 2000+ cyclists doing their randonnée what will the campsites be like?

Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

23 January 2015 - 3:13pm
Picked up my OS map today. Looking forward to it. Anyone know what the weather's doing on that weekend? [emoji274]

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

23 January 2015 - 1:57pm
Sweep wrote:Thanks for that, bicycler, i should have checked. I only wondered as I cycled past a year or two ago and at the entrance there was something that looked like a corporate sign.
There is an external link on that site for corporate bookings. I assume that they have third party arrange the letting out of meeting rooms etc.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 January 2015 - 1:35pm
iviehoff wrote:syklist wrote:3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg
Harwich-Esbjerg has now ceased, so you can't do that any more.

It looks like another operator is going to run a similar service. Has anyone else heard about this?

http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm

There is the story about Norwegian Seaways starting up a Newcastle - Bergen service. They are still trying to raise capital to get going. One of the main sources of capital was the Offshore Oil industry particularly in Stavanger which is now cutting back a lot due to the low oil prices.

Here is the story in Norgleeze courtesy of our favourite auto translation service.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 January 2015 - 1:19pm
iviehoff wrote:syklist wrote:3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg
Harwich-Esbjerg has now ceased, so you can't do that any more.

I am obviously not keeping up. When I lived in Utrecht we used the night train service to Copenhagen to start/finish tours in Norway and Scandinavia. I have not been able to find that service on db.de today.

An alternative would be to get to Amsterdam (Harwich - Hoek van Holland or Hull - Rotterdam or Newcastle - Ijmuiden let me know if any of these no longer run) take trains to Denmark... or Germany. It looks like there is a 09:01 from Amsterdam with two changes to the ferry Puttgarden - Rødby Havn where the train takes the ferry with you and end up in Copenhagen. Night boat to Oslo.

I think I'd still be more inclined to go from Amsterdam to Hirtshals by train. Would a bike be covered by an Interrail ticket?

Try the DB website for planning such trips http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml

Re: Touring in Norway

23 January 2015 - 12:57pm
syklist wrote:3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg
Harwich-Esbjerg has now ceased, so you can't do that any more.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 January 2015 - 12:33pm
jakobpoffley wrote:Vorpal wrote:The only faster way over the central mountains is by other means of transport.
Couldn't I go further south? My bike doesn't have very wide tires so i don't think the Rallarvegen would work.

1) I am not sure how narrow your tyres are but we've done it three times twice on touring bikes with 38mm wide tyres and once on our Bromptons with 38mm tyres. There are a few sections that are always rough, but the condition of the track varies from year to year and which part of the season you cycle the route. In my opinion well worth doing Then again it is local route for me.

2) Look at joining WarmShowers. We're hosts, there was another one near us in Hemsedal. There are not that many in the interior of Norway but a few round the coast.

3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg and local trains to Hirtshals then take the Colorline boat to either Kristansand (start of the Setesdal route) or Larvik (start of the Numedal route, which joins up nicely with the Rallarvegen) or the Fjordline boat to Bergen.

The other option is a freight ferry that runs between Breivik (Sandefjord/Larvik area) and Immingham. I believe it is possible to book this as a non-commercial traveller although children are not allowed on board). A couple of people I know have used this ferry. From Breivik it would make sense to cycle to Larvik and go north up the Numedal route.

4) alternatively take the Harwich boat to Esbjerg, trains to Copenhagen and then the night boat to Oslo (DFDS or Colorline?), or trains to Frederikshavn and day boat to Oslo (Stena this is a night boat in the other direction). Only useful if you want to visit Oslo.

5) http://mistymornings.net/travel for some trips we took before and after we moved to Norway.

6) In support of the comment made by botty about the climate. Not only can it be cold during the summer the weather can also turn unpredictably. Especially on the coast. We've had sunshine on the Rallarvegen at Finse (1222m above sea level) which turned into a gale five minutes after we'd finished our lunch (2007 travelogue). The missus and I generally use 3 season sleeping bags with liners at night and take plenty of thin woollen layers for use in the daytime. On a bad weather day you have to know when you are getting too cold. It is not always obvious. It is easier if you are travelling with other people. When you notice someone else is not responding to banter as usual then maybe it is time to stop and get warmed up. We now take a storm shelter on our tours for such eventualities.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

23 January 2015 - 12:26pm
robing wrote:I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

For me it is not good value. The advertised speakers have nothing of interest beyond my own experiences for me to want to take time to listen. The lunches would prevent me doing day rides. That only leaves the cycling there, the actual meeting up with others and the camping. These, which first interested me about the event, would be poor value at £75.

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

23 January 2015 - 9:46am
Zem Barefoot shoes.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

23 January 2015 - 8:24am
pedalsheep wrote:Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

You're not biased. It's a brilliant event even when the weather isn't.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

23 January 2015 - 8:14am
pedalsheep wrote:Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

Thanks for the heads up [emoji1] That'll be good spectating. I'll be down on the south west coast on Sunday I think. I'll be doing very low mileage and speed and probably eating crab sandwiches and supping something wet. Holiday mode...hc

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

23 January 2015 - 7:20am
You have made the same mistake as myself and chosen countries where 3's "Feel at home" does not work.

Depending what you want, I have often found it cheaper to buy a local sim card

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

23 January 2015 - 6:58am
Bicycler wrote:Their website is very much Guide branded: http://www.waddow.org.uk/about_us.aspx

As a long term member of both the Scout Association and YHA (though not the Guides for obvious reasons), I think the strength of a lot of these organisations lies in some of the wonderful places they own. Many of which were donated in the last century or sold at a discounted rate. .

Thanks for that, bicycler, i should have checked. I only wondered as I cycled past a year or two ago and at the entrance there was something that looked like a corporate sign.

Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

23 January 2015 - 12:58am
3p a minute/2p a text/1p a megabyte from Three, if I’m in France or Italy or Austria or a few other countries, looks hard to beat. But it’s still around 20p/minute & 20p/megabyte in Netherlands or Germany, where I might be heading in the spring. That seems to be about the going rate – any better deals around?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

23 January 2015 - 12:09am
All down to disposable income really, was only trying to help. John

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

23 January 2015 - 12:08am
It's more than 20 yards nearer a hundred.
As to why it has taken so long, well our local Gwynedd Council Highways Department had some hand in it all, so that explains a lot.
They are professional incompetents - I exaggerate not.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 11:45pm
I think I saw a picture of said bridge on a newsite. It looks like its only about 20 yds long...all the more perplexing as to why its taking so long etc.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 11:41pm
mcallaghan wrote:Not that a pound and a half is much to pay for a train ticket, but it seems rather silly to have to ride a train for 1 minute to cross a bridge to the other side! I could probably wade the river faster!

It depends on a couple of factors like how much it has rained and whether the tide is in or out.
I really hope the bridge has re-opened by then. It will be over a year behind schedule.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

22 January 2015 - 11:32pm
Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

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