Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 May 2017, 10:34

ekjdm14 wrote:
Stickyfinger wrote:Whiskey then :)


elma wrote:That'd do me.


It "did" Tom Simpson as well, if what I recall about his death on Ventoux is true... :(


No, his downfall was brandy and amphetamines ;)

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CitroJim wrote:You'd be amazed at what us cyclists can do :wink:


As was my uncle one year when he was spectating the PruTour & got a faceful of low-flying 20mph urine! :rofl2:


I've not perfected that 'art' just yet...

We have been warned that doing it on the Tour of Wessex will result in our disqualification....

Rightly so too...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 23 May 2017, 12:05

CitroJim wrote:We have been warned that doing it on the Tour of Wessex will result in our disqualification....

Rightly so too...


Banned ?

Well that is just taking the.......oh wait a .........
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 May 2017, 13:01

Stickyfinger wrote:
CitroJim wrote:We have been warned that doing it on the Tour of Wessex will result in our disqualification....

Rightly so too...


Banned ?

Well that is just taking the.......oh wait a .........


:rofl2:
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 28 May 2017, 05:29

An excellent weekend has just been enjoyed :)

Gabriel did a fantastic job to taking me to Somerset, very possibly for the last time ever, to take part in the Tour of Wessex cycle sportive which started and ended at my old school and rode around my old childhood haunts and then some...

For the very first time in my life I visited Cheddar Gorge and rode up it on my bike ;) That experience was utterly awesome and will live in my memory for ever :D Cheddar Gorge is steep!

I was just one of a few very long, steep climbs on the ride!

It was a cracking good ride and here it is on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1008502257

80 miles of ferocious hills and technical descents! The stuff of cycling pleasure :D

This was the scene at the start: Barely 10% of the total of the riders taking part!

ToW1.jpg


Glastonbury Tor from one of the Tour Feeding Stations:

ToW2GT.jpg


And the awesome machine that did it:

ToW3.jpg


Many thanks to Alasdair (Stickyfinger) for looking after me on Friday and generally acting as my soigneur and cooking the most fantastic meal on Friday evening :D One of Alasdair's secret talents... He is a chef of some repute ;)

Alasdair, without your splendid assistance I could never have done it!

And that's it for travelling... I will not not be straying far from home again... A fitting end and one that'll live on in my memory for ever :D
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 28 May 2017, 11:05

Well done Jim, that's quite a trek on the bike!
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Post by bxzx16v » 28 May 2017, 11:35

Looks like you had a good day Jim .

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Post by myglaren » 28 May 2017, 19:23

As you like owlses:
First chance to take a photo.
Was actually out taking photos of the eaves above my bedroom, millions of bees there - there is a hive in the attic.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 28 May 2017, 19:50

Corrr....look at the Owl on that !
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by van ordinaire » 29 May 2017, 00:50

Good for you, Jim. It might've been a good day for you but for many of us, I suspect, it was an inspiring achievement - of which you should be justifiably proud.

For all that, & in no way wishing to detract from it, somehow your post left me feeling rather sad but also realising that seeing those cyclists toiling up the 1 in 4 (sorry, 25%) hills on Dartmoor will never be the same again.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 May 2017, 05:47

Steve, love the owl 8-) :-D Thanks for that. immensely enjoyed!

van ordinaire wrote:seeing those cyclists toiling up the 1 in 4 (sorry, 25%) hills on Dartmoor will never be the same again.


Van, hills are what sportive cycling is all about and I love hills - I search them out.. Cyclists are very much divided into roles depending upon their build and particular skill/preference... Big cyclists tend to be sprinters and little, lean gazelles like me are generally climbers... I'm the latter and have a climbing bike - very light and agile... I'm also a good endurance cyclist too... Not tremendously fast but I can keep going and going and going... I'm the same when running and swimming... Hare and tortoise stuff ;)

Ratios are the only way to measure hills and all these newfangled percentages are meaningless!

1 in 4 is a good challenge but take it from me, any cyclist you see on such a hill is loving every minute of it! It's painful but incredibly pleasurable at the same time!

I'm doing a sportive in Cambridgeshire in August - the Wiggle Steeple Chase - goodness knows where they'll find decent hills for that one :lol:

I'm sure they'll do their best!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 29 May 2017, 07:10

Theres 2 hills in Cambridge, both are rail bridges. I lived there for 2 years and they were all I found.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 May 2017, 07:48

elma wrote:Theres 2 hills in Cambridge, both are rail bridges. I lived there for 2 years and they were all I found.


:lol:

That does not bode well for my favourite discipline then James!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 29 May 2017, 07:52

Haa !....you will have top come down here again for your "Fix" then Jim. You now know you can relax and eat without me killing you :)
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 May 2017, 08:02

Stickyfinger wrote:You now know you can relax and eat without me killing you :)


Absolutely :D It really was a fantastic Friday Alasdair and that meal was beyond awesome... Again, I cannot thank you enough :D

If OK with you I somehow get the feeling it won't be my last visit down that way despite my assurances that it was :roll:

I also get the feeling that my bond, however much I try to deny it, to Somerset is just too strong to break...

I may not go anywhere else but Somerset - maybe :wink:

I did the bike ride in memory of dad and having enjoyed it so much I can't see how I'll be able to resist doing it next year...

I meant to say, on Friday Gabriel's fuel gauge started to play up and was reading very low at one point, saying my tank was only half full not long after brimming it! I was worried I had a big leak but all was dry and good...

Since then the gauge has been behaving itself perfectly again. In fact after the trip home I still have three-quarters of a tank of diesel left...

Gabriel is wonderfully frugal... She just sips her diesel :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 29 May 2017, 08:34

Well I will keep nagging you :)
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