Glasgow-Edinburgh brief report

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Tim, Sep 11, 2011.

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    Tim Guest

    By 'eck that were tough! ;-)

    Also, I failed. Just couldn't get up the megasteep hill at 60 mile, not
    even on my 42. I did at least gasp my way up as far as the cameraman before
    I dismounted so it could have been worse. ;-)

    Lots of hills, lots of wind, quite a lot of unpleasant rain. On balance,
    wind probably helped more than it hindered - not often I hit 41 mph. One
    puncture just 5 miles into event which was very annoying. Very cackhanded
    tube change took me 10 minutes. 5 minutes also spent helping another rider
    with a broken gearchanger.

    Finished 94 miles in 6 hours 47 minutes.

    Tim, Sep 11, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    Well done - I kept an eye on and it looked pretty
    Looks like a big cycling day in Scotland today all round.
    Simon Mason, Sep 11, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Well done. That hill's a stinker, isn't it? Saps the legs.

    Dry start was nice, but the rain soon came on, and the headwind all
    the way to Galston was unpleasant. I was the numpty who didn't wear
    a waterproof (more on that in a minute).

    There was a lot of RLJing (cheaters!). In fact, there was a lot of
    traffic lights. There can't be many sportives that start, and end,
    in city centres. I was riding solo, skipped the Loudoun feed stop,
    but didn't make it into a decent group till the Strathaven-Muirkirk

    Then, a couple of miles before the Douglas feed stop, I came across
    a rider lying in the road. Knee skint to the bone, suspected broken
    wrist, badly shaken. I waited with another rider for the ambulance,
    a good 20 minutes. Cold and wet, I was already shivering in my shorts
    and short-sleeve jersey. Luckily the other rider (also called John!)
    had a spare base layer I borrowed.

    He and I rode together to the end.
    John Dunlop, Sep 11, 2011
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    Peter Parry Guest

    2009 Glasgow Skyride
    7,500 participants. City target is 15,000 for 2010.

    2010 Glasgow Skyride
    13,000 participate. Forecast for 2011 is "there will be thousands

    2011 Glasgow Skyride
    6.000 participants

    freshnlo Pedal for Scotland

    2009 - 7,000 participants
    2010 "over 9,000" participants, "will be over 11,000 next year"
    2011 - 8,400 participants
    Peter Parry, Sep 11, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Simon Mason:
    The weather was dreich; we were drookit. Haven't heard "dreekit"
    before, but it nicely expresses both senses. I like it!
    John Dunlop, Sep 11, 2011
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    Tim Guest

    I think I saw you! Certainly weren't that many jacketless, short wearing
    numpties out there. ;-)

    Well done on finishing.

    Just out of interest, given the forecast, why did you set off so ill

    Tim, Sep 11, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Peter Parry:
    They combined the PfS Family ride and the Sky ride this year. I don't
    think they were on the same day in other years. And they also held an
    Edinburgh Family ride for the first time. So that, and the foul weather,
    might help explain the numbers.
    John Dunlop, Sep 12, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    I was too optimistic about the weather. Thought we could stay ahead of
    the rain. And my waterproof is too bulky to stash away in a back pocket,
    otherwise I'd have taken it. I had it with me in the car at the start,
    but decided to leave it. Because I'm a numpty, in other words. :)
    John Dunlop, Sep 12, 2011
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    Tim Downie Guest

    Don't suppose you noticed what day the results come out in the Scottish Sun
    did you? Website is hopeless.

    Tim Downie, Sep 12, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Tim Downie:
    Tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos (not yet) at

    That has to be the strangest goodie bag I've seen. Tea bags, porridge
    oats, and some dental hygiene product.
    John Dunlop, Sep 12, 2011
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    Tim Guest

    I hereby declare that henceforth all such crap goody bags will be known as
    "baddybags". ;-)

    Tim, Sep 12, 2011
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    Tim Downie Guest

    According to the Sun, you weren't there. ;-)

    I also can find *any* of my family and friends who were in the challenge
    ride which is odd as there were at least half a dozen of them.

    Pleased to see that I finished in the top half of the field (267 out of

    Tim Downie, Sep 13, 2011
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    geomannie Guest

    Yo Tim

    Where in the Sun can I find the results? As you say website is hopeless.

    geomannie, Sep 13, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    My time isn't in the paper. Maybe mine was a body bag. :-(

    But my name's in the 50-mile columns. Now I'm wondering whether I was
    meant to do something extra with the timing chip. Did you just attach
    it to your bike and ride, or did you register somewhere? I've e-mailed

    I saw your name as I scoured the columns. 06:47 is good going. Back next
    year to beat it?
    John Dunlop, Sep 13, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    There's a pull-out in today's dead-tree paper.
    John Dunlop, Sep 13, 2011
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    Tim Downie Guest

    It's in a pull out supplement in today's Scottish Sun.

    Tim Downie, Sep 13, 2011
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    Tim Guest

    That depends on what you did with it! ;-)

    I attached mine to my front fork but we were then told that it shouldn't be
    applied tightly which meant I had to redo mine (which I successfully did
    after a comedy moment when I cable-tied some spokes to my front fork).

    Did you just attach
    No, you didn't need any aditional registration. My race number was manually
    logged at the start and finish so if your's was too you may get a time yet
    but I wouldn't hold out too much hope
    Maybe. I didn't much enjoy the first 50 miles but now I know the route I
    reckon I'd enjoy it more next year. I think the wind helped more than it
    hindered so I'm not sure I'd find it that easy to improve on my time

    Tim, Sep 13, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Mine was pretty tight, at the bottom of my forks. So maybe it didn't
    register. They're looking into it now.

    Ho hum. I'm not too bothered. I know my overall time was roughly 6 hours
    and my moving time was exactly 05:15.
    No one enjoyed the first 50 miles!

    I think finding someone to draft is a bit hit and miss. If you can, it
    really helps. I hardly turned a pedal the first few miles of the A70.
    John Dunlop, Sep 13, 2011
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    Tim Guest

    Wow! Good going. Don't think it could have been you that I saw then.

    Tim, Sep 13, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    I had a white helmet, gold specs, and brown top, until the Good Samaritan
    lent me his black top. Then my bike and I were completely black & white.
    John Dunlop, Sep 13, 2011
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