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Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 25 August 2014 - 1:03am
Si wrote:Looks like itv4 are doing highlights at various random times.
It seems to settle down to a regular 7-8pm slot from Friday from what I can see.

Rick.

Re: Santander hotel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 12:27am
When you arrive in Santander cross the road from the ferry to the Municpal Tourist Office (Oficina de Turismo) in the park at the far end - Jardines de Pereda. In October open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00. Ask for an accommodation list and city plan, get the staff to show you where two or three places not too far away and cycle round and inquire at reception - take you 30-45 mins. I do this in most cities in Spain. The street map helps you get out the next day.

Or you can use this site Infohostal.es for comparing establishments, price and location. I find it very reliable and a good source for accommodation across Spain.

The regional tourist office is located two streets further back in the market at 4 Hernán Cortés, (Mercado del Este).

Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 11:44pm
My bikes have been abroad three times on ferries and from memory they were left on a low level deck on channel crossings. Pannier bags were left on apart from personal stuff for in the cabin and a bungy cord secured them to a convenient rail. I can remember one return crossing into Portsmouth where a side door was opened as the bow doors were opened and a fellow travellers helmet was blown across the deck.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:42pm
LollyKat wrote:gaz wrote:Ide Hill trophy.
???

More years ago than I care to remember a bunch of us were taking part in a TRT, 100 miles in 9 hours IIRC. Ide Hill was the last major climb, time was pressing and a few of the group were flagging.

One of our number decided he wanted to be sure of completing the event within the time limit and surged on ahead.

This was considered a dastardly deed so a plan was hatched to teach the dastard a lesson.

A small cycling trophy was purchased at a boot fair and a new plate attached "Ide Hill". At lunch on a subsequent club run it was secreted amongst a number of other sporting trophies that the pub had on display. We perused these innocently and upon spotting the cycling trophy began to speculate with the dastard about what it could have been awarded for and why it was the only cycling trophy in the pub.

After lunch the trophy was spirited away discretely until we reached tea.

By means unknown a passing friar of the Carmelite order was persuaded to present this to the dastard, who by this time didn't really have much clue as to what was happening or why and assumed he was being given stolen goods.

Ide Hill Trophy.jpeg

Whilst he accepted it from the friar he was extremely reluctant to take it home until the true purpose of the trophy and our frame up were explained.

Everafter the "Ide Hill Trophy" was awarded annually at the Christmas dinner to the rider who had shown the greatest lack of esprit de corps over the preceding year by abandoning his friends in their hour of need. The original trophy stayed with it's first owner and was replaced with a shield for future years, there weren't that many contendors.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 11:27pm
theDaveB wrote:It's Lucozade Sport if it makes a difference -

Water, Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Stabiliser (Acacia Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Flavouring, Vitamins (Niacin, Panthothenic Acid, B6, B12), Colour (Beta-Carotene). Contains a source of Phenylalanine

http://www.lucozadesport.com/products/sport/

Dave
Sounds fairly toxic to me. A pint of bitter probably healthier. That's what I'd have if it came down to a choice.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 11:14pm
It's Lucozade Sport if it makes a difference -

Water, Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Stabiliser (Acacia Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Flavouring, Vitamins (Niacin, Panthothenic Acid, B6, B12), Colour (Beta-Carotene). Contains a source of Phenylalanine

http://www.lucozadesport.com/products/sport/

Dave

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:13pm
I'd suggest that when it's suggested by that buddy is a reasonable line - but in various places wouldn't do it then.

Even non buddies can get this treatment - doing the WWC today a bunch of us ended up cycling as a group, and we didn't let people really drop (OK, different people were faster ascending/descending - so we kept splitting and regrouping)

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:11pm
If I wasnt dieting I wouldnt be counting anything. After 8 months you are well aware of whats what. I havent actually counted anything for weeks until today. Dont like the sound of your diet Garry, you are welcome to it. Thought you all lived on spuds?

Al

Grooving tonite… War on Drugs, Imagine Dragons and Alcest

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:09pm
gaz wrote:Ide Hill trophy.
???

Bwlch y Groes

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:08pm
Crikey - that's a hill and a half! (from the south)

GREAT fun going down the north side though...


(97 miles today, can't bring myself to go out for another 3 ;()

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 11:01pm
To make it clear I mean some ladies, and I agree about many young women, they seem scared to be over the wrong side and will often cut in sharply causing you to brake hard. Most ladies are very careful and courteous. Two months ago I got ditched by a blond in a 4wd. First time I have ever had such a problem. Drove off before I got her number.

Al

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 10:42pm
Or couldn't you use the horse? "Jingle bells, jingle bells...."

Re: Santander hotel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 10:38pm
BeeKeeper wrote
We found getting a hotel which could take bikes in Santander a bit tricky.

A few years ago I booked a room at the Hotel Cabo Mayor in Santander but when I arrived they flatly refused to allow me to keep my Roberts anywhere in the building and insisted I should leave it in the bike rack in the bus station opposite. This I refused to do so I left and found another hotel nearby (forgotten the name of it) where they were happy to put my bike in a storeroom. I was still charged for a night at the Cabo Mayor as I had not given them 24 hours notice of cancellation. Best to check that the hotel you choose will take bikes.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 10:24pm
lisap wrote:I live in a very hilly place, my 4x4 is covered in mud from being on the farm every day AND when it snows I wouldn't get off my property without it.



You could try walking . I'm being slightly facetious but the description of a farm or village being cut off is now used in the press simply when motor vehicles can't get through. It used to mean when people on foot couldn't get through - now that's what I call being really cut off .

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 10:14pm
al_yrpal wrote:The worst drivers are undoubtably the ladies.
I was afraid to state the same but now someone else has...........
For some years I though the worst offenders for close overtakes were young ladies, often in small cars. I wondered why that should be the case. I sort of came to the conclusion that they were the group most likely never to have ridden a bike and hence treated it more as an inanimate object.
The reason why this was the case? I thought that because young women have become sadly more vunerable in society in general they were(sort of) understandably less likely to go out on a bike.
I do feel that with something of a renaissance of cycling in the last 5 years or so (more cyclists about generally) this is less the case than formally and perhaps as a group they are not so likely to put fear into me anymore.
Just IMHO

Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 10:08pm
Thanks everyone. Most reassuring. I have put gear cable wire in a loop on the panniers to act as opportunist deterrent, with the padlock cable through them and round seat tube. That just stays on like that until we need to take panniers off. Chris's are more easily removed than mine though.
Yes valuables always go every where with me when ever I am traveling by car, foot, canoe or bike ) So far so good, keep fingers crossed!

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 9:40pm
In the years I have been cycling, I think it is down to pot luck who is on the road when you are out on bike, a few weeks back me and missus had a Land Rover towing a Land Rover overtake us coming up to bend causing the car in the opposite direction kick up dust by pulling into and braking hard into the bank.

Only last week I shot off from missus to get home to have a cuppa ready for her, i had a car overtake me between two bends only to indicate at last minute to turn right followed by another car who thought the car in front was going to keep going, the driver braked and was in middle of road.

As for pecking order on road I think it is true with some people in there minds, its the same as most things some people think and care and some think and don't care.

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 9:19pm
Gearoidmuar wrote:I don't count the calories at all and eat as much as I want. That's me.
I'm lucky that I eat what I want when I want it, and it varies depending on how much exercise I've done.

Note the word "done".

I need to have done the exercise before I replace the calories expended, rather than eat the calories in the hope of doing exercise.

Reivers Way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 August 2014 - 8:42pm
I'm planning to cycle the Reivers Way from Carlisle to Tynemouth next month as a solo ride - not sad just interested in the challenge. Can anyone recommend good stopping points. Will be riding a hybrid and am bike fit but not into heroic distances.
Thanks in advance.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 August 2014 - 8:39pm
lisap wrote:........Am I excused

From what?
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