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Archive for January 2011

A taxing weekend: 80km of rough stuff

Posted on Monday 31 January 2011 by Martin Hayman

A taxing weekend was in prospect: Saturday’s appointment with HM Customs & Revenue was certain to be mentally strenuous; Sunday’s with the Woodcote Cyclocross Sportive promised a deal of physical exertion.

With the first task out of the way, I turned my attention to prepping bike and self for the rendezvous on the morrow with the south Chilterns landscape. The event had seemed like a great idea when I signed up for it, but as it drew on, so my apprehension grew. What with one thing and another, I had put in very few miles over the winter, and none offroad. I realized in fact that I had done no serious offroad since the Chilterns 60km Offroad Audax … in 2008. more »

When they actually do turn up …

Posted on Sunday 23 January 2011 by Bob Davis

An iron rule is that people who e-mail/text/ring up to ask about a ride never actually turn up on the day – or generally don’t. For this ride I had enquiries from Tash (would her hybrid slow her up too much for a 3 star?); Jim and Phil (should they meet me at Tally Ho corner?).

All three turned up!

The ride started at Golders Green where James met me. We arrived at Tally Ho to find Phil inserting a replacement wheel which Jim had found for him – an advantage of Jim living walking distance from the meeting point. The Finchley RT was meeting next to us – fifteen tough roadmen in identical team kit. I knew a couple of them from when we were in the Paddington CC 25 years ago together, so chewed the fat with them while Phil inserted the new wheel. more »

The Chilterns and a new toy

Posted on Friday 21 January 2011 by John Aizlewood

There were only six at Euston, but Peter Turner and four others were waiting at Watford.

It was a cold damp ride through the Chiltern lanes to lunch at Bourne End by the canal. The pub had welcoming open fires, and Paul Lohr’s new GPS toy became the centre of discussion amongst the nerds.

Back at Watford we found a cafe in the park, and took tea outside in January drizzle.

Little Green Ride for January

Posted on Tuesday 18 January 2011 by Andrew Cornwell

It was a good start to the year for the ‘Little Green’ on Sunday with 13 riders turning out, ten at Finsbury Park and three having already joined the train at Kings Cross. Along with veterans such as Sue Dorey and John Ackers we welcomed several newcomers.

I had opted to head west of the A1(M) hoping that the slightly more open roads here would be in better condition than among the high-hedged lanes of east Hertfordshire. more »

Hawksmoor Churches

Posted on Monday 3 January 2011 by Charles Harvey

This ride nearly didn’t happen. I was ill before Christmas and was considering canceling the ride but, in the event, I was fit enough by the New Year to go ahead. I had my doubts if there was much of a demand for an urban ride on church architecture in the middle of the winter. I wouldn’t have been surprised if no one had turned up. I was wrong. We had ten on the ride.

The ride covers the five churches north of the Thames designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor [1661-1736]. He was from humble origins in Nottinghamshire. He was for many years Sir Christopher Wren’s assistant before becoming an architect in his own right as well as collaborating with Wren and Sir John Vanbrugh on Greenwich Naval Hospital, Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. more »

Jon McColl’s Mole Trap ride

Posted on Saturday 1 January 2011 by John Snuggs

Now it’s official – Jon’s excellent NYD ride to this “proper pub” near Epping is on the runs list.

Seventeen met at Highbury station at the civilised hour of 1015; mostly 3-star regulars and a few new (to me) faces.

We set off through the familiar streets of the north-east suburbs, losing two of The Sick at Clapton roundabout (they’d only come to say hello).

Surprisingly, we came across a few comedians making silly comments on the way through the Grey Blur between London and The Countryside. You’d think most Londoners were used to cyclists riding around by now (after 140 years); perhaps they were yokels who’d come to visit the family for New Year. more »

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