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Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 5:06pm
cracking and very watchable stage anyway, some terrific cycling and cycle-sport though poor Froomy must feel pretty rotten right now

Re: Wiggins not riding TdF.

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 4:53pm
Hey we've got two team members who have won the last two tours and are possibly capable of winning again. Let's work really hard to make sure we can get them both of them in the team, and to work together, that'd be a good idea wouldn't it? You know, just in case.....

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 4:51pm
I'm delighted you have introduced me to this lovely looking route - Thanks!
As I implied earlier I'm in the lucky postion of owning a GPS device and have just downloaded the entire route to use on it however, I like paper maps too and am sympathetic to your original question, so here's my tuppence-worth.
The french Michelin 1:150,000 do have some cycle routes on 'em and you'd need only 2 (303 & 309) - they're a good price at Stanford's (buy 1, get the other half price!). All you need to do is check whether they've got the TdM on 'em - and even if they haven't, I'd buy 'em and spend an evening in front of the computer with a yellow highlighter.
My ony concern is that I'd worry that they don't have enought detail on - some of the minor roads in Normandy and Brittany are very minor and almost certainly won't be marked on these maps. This has caught me out in the past, and I've tended to take maps with larger scales, IGN Top 100 is my fave) but I'm sure that all but the tiddleyest roads will be on the Michelins - you get used to spotting the ones that don't show on maps. Plus if you going to mark the maps up in the comfort of your own home you may well have the opportunity to spot any omissions...

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 4:44pm
Hey!

This week I had the worst nights sleep of the trip followed by an unexpected few nights at a House music festival after meeting a few DJ's. Not what I expected when I set out six weeks ago.

I've also passed 2500km, meaning I am noe 1/8th of my way around the world

Read all about my horrible night and unexpected party here (http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/07/09/an-u ... ival-2014/)

Re: TdF SPOILERS WARNING 09 JUL. Attention all sports fans

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 4:35pm
Is there any 2013 champion who's managed a successful defence?

Man Utd, Andy Murray, Seb Vettell, Chris Frome etc
All failed to defend their title.

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:54pm
it just take common sense not to 'spoil' your own TV highlights of sporting events

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 3:36pm
Which used to confuse me a LOT when I was young. My parents used to shake their heads a lot at the English approximation of the sound!

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:34pm
Look at my "highlights" post

And consider that the "today's posts" page shows all titles...

search.php?search_id=newposts

Link top right on my theme, other similar links spread around the header:
View unanswered posts | View active topics ... View unread posts | View new posts

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:34pm
DP

TdF SPOILERS WARNING 09 JUL. Attention all sports fans

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:22pm
Now Froome is out as well as Cav, Murray did squat at Wimbledon and the England football team didn't show up in Brazil, can I draw your attention to the Cromer World Crab Fishing Champoinships: http://www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk/ I wait with baited breath. As a spectacle I'm hooked..........

Re: helping team leader in the mountains

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:19pm
jawaka wrote:I haven't found an answer to this by searching, but I understand slipstreaming and can see what an effect it has at speed, but I can't see that it can be effective at mountain climbing speeds. So is there an effect or do teams try not to leave the team leader isolated for psychological reasons or just for pacing and encouragement?
Yes. Some of the climbs are long, and not all sections are at such slow speeds. Where the incline is low, staying together can have significant benefits. It also may have (as above posts imply) tactical or strategic advantages.

Slipstreaming at 10 mph make not seem like much, but if it reduces tiredness / energy consumption of a key person by even a little, it can make a big difference to the day's results.

Also, staying together with a team has psychological benefits.

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 3:04pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:nicmarsh wrote:Is this really necessary ......
YES - some people don't get to watch the race live, and some catch up on several days worth at a time.
avoiding several days results and be browsing the race forum !?

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 2:48pm
nicmarsh wrote:Is this really necessary ......
YES - some people don't get to watch the race live, and some catch up on several days worth at a time.

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 2:42pm
It's clearly not -ck, but then there is no english version of that sound.

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 2:36pm
Gearoidmuar wrote:Lough = Loch.
Pronounced the same.
Rhymes with lock in English and Northern Irish, with luck in Munster and Connemara Irish.


Collops. The -gh is lough is not the same as the -ck in lock. The English pronounce it that way but that doesn't mean anything.

Re: Normandy Queries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 11:34am
Regarding (2), if you mean Les Pommiers, I'm expecting to stay there this coming Saturday night.

If no one else has posted anything, I'll provide feedback when I return.

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 10:39am
I'm doing Cherbourg to Roscoff using that route in a couple of weeks time. I've downloaded the gpx files onto my phone and Garmin thingy. I also bought the memory maps for france at 1:100,000. These are on the phone and I've printed them with the route marked on it. If you pm me I might be able to help....

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 10:17am
BSRU wrote:Postboxer wrote:You'd think they'd be far more careful passing horses as a horse will do a lot of damage to a car.
And the driver would have to pay for their own repairs(own money or own insurance).
Yeah right - they'd claim against the rider.
They might lose their protected no claims for 6 months...

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 10:09am
This was my bike earlier this year before sliding it into the CTC bag. The blue stuff was a stiff foam which was used to protect the edges of a worktop which we had had delivered. I guess you might be able to blag some off a builders merchant or buy the foam insulation you get for wrapping round pipes. It is not essential, stiff cardboard does equally as good a job of protecting the vulnerable bits. The only bits I removed apart from one pedal (the other was reversed, see picture) were the bottle racks which fit on the front forks. These were stowed in the frame bag. My panniers travelled in an 80 litre Bergan liner with a webbing luggage strap around them. The Bergan liner is very light and folds up small for stowing in the bottom of a pannier. It is useful as the airline charged per item of luggage so the two panniers in a bag only counted as one. My bar bag was my carry on luggage. Note tyres were deflated as per the airline's rules although no one checked them at Bristol when I checked it in.

I only needed the CTC bag for a one way flight as we came back by ferry but if you need a bag for the return journey I would recommend buying a second one and leave it unopened. It will take up a lot less room on your bike than if you try and fold up the bag used on the outward journey.

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