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by pistonbroke
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Canyon sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Canyon sizes

Might be worth getting in touch with James Hayden, he's 1m86cm so taller but if he rides a large, I'd suggest a medium. Given they're sold mail order, distance selling regs allow you to swap sizes unless it's a custom build but clearly you'd prefer to avoid the hassle.
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain

Though if course the casual sexism in your statement appuals me
Perhaps you should read the post properly then and then learn to spell apalls.
Edit, apology accepted, :-bd try looking up the use of too too :grin:
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain

I think James's description of a trip that involves a clover-leaf of overnight or 3 day trips works very well, especially in an area that's not well known to the visitor. I spent a considerable time researching such trips before we started doing our thing and now have at least 10 multi-day routes th...
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Gravel/Adventure/MTB in Southern Spain

We've been doing exactly what James talks about for coming up for 3 years here in Southern Cataluña. https://casatomillo.wixsite.com/home We offer guided or diy trips around the mountains surrounding the Ebro river, day trips or multi-day bikepacking, airport pickups from Reus or Barcelona etc. Tbh,...
by pistonbroke
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid

Managed to unearth a photo of me on one of the more photogenic sections of the route. Wasn't quite sure but MrsPB recognised my "hunched over the bars" position, I prefer the attack position :grin:
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by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Good tough stuff sacks / bags for fork mount cages?
Replies: 13
Views: 274

Re: Good tough stuff sacks / bags for fork mount cages?

Try the Decathlon stand up paddleboard section, brand name Itiwit or somesuch, they do a very robust one in a range of sizes, the 5l one is perfect for sleep kit and clothes. Hi viz as well, cost about a tenner. Here's a pic of my setup.
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by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Netherlands routes
Replies: 10
Views: 181

Re: Netherlands routes

My wife did a few days touring straight from Hook of Holland North on the North Sea Cycle Route which I think is the Eurovelo Route 12 thing that ends up in Norway! She said it was surprisingly hilly and scenic, she stayed in hostals as is allergic to roughing it but I'm sure there are plenty of opp...
by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid

This article shines a light on the abuses going on in what appears to be a modern European country. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/aware-slaves-greenhouses-191015093821140.html It came to my notice after a Simon Reeve documentary as he travelled around the fringe of the Mediterranean, du...
by pistonbroke
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Badlands 2020 Racing in a time of Covid

I learned of this event from Phillipa Battye and Ernesto Pastor, the guy behind the Montañasvacias project in Teruel. Advertised as a 700km Gravel ride around the deserts and mountains of Andalucia. They had both signed up for the original start date in May which was postponed until September due to...
by pistonbroke
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Logging roads in Wales?
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Logging roads in Wales?

If by logging roads you mean the fireroads that appear on OS maps as dashed parallel lines within the confines of a forestry area, crack on, I've ridden hundreds of miles of them unhindered over the years. The only issue with planning a route using them is that if actual logging operations are being...
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking bike buyers guide
Replies: 26
Views: 624

Re: Bikepacking bike buyers guide

I actually find the mug danglers quite motivating, having it attached to the rear pack if I come up behind one it redoubles my efforts to pass them. There were a few at the Badlands but they disappeared after the first 40km which wouldn't have been out of place on a cross country mountainbike race.
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

Sat here at home studying the time splits, the final checkpoint was at Pico Valeta then the route fell 1,500m before climbing 500m on a forest road to descend back to Granada. It was torture as I could hardly grip the bars due to blisters and numb fingers and rode standing up due to reasons I won't ...
by pistonbroke
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

I'll try to cobble together a report when I'm recovered. Currently suffering numb and blistered hands and will spend the morning searching Granada for a rubber ring for the drive home :shock: My abiding memories will be riding in the deep canyons of the Gorafe Desert as dawn broke on the second morn...
by pistonbroke
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

Finished at 3pm, won the battle of the old codgers. Been neck and neck with Peter Force, a Canadian who lives in Girona and is just over 60 as well. Early start worked today, the 500m gravel climb after Pico Valeta was an unwelcome sting in the tail.
by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

It's all to play for in the mid pack, all the main contenders are hunkered down at 1,500m in the village of Trevelez with another 1,800m straight up Pico Valeta in the morning. I'm lying 21st with about 60 still running. Depends if I want to start at about 5am and do 2 hours of rough uphill in the d...
by pistonbroke
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

Made up a couple of places today, seems I'm ahead of Liam Yates, son of ex team Sky and US Postal legend Sean. He's an ex neo pro and about 1/3 my age😀 177km and another 3,000m of climb on what looked a flatter day today. Tomorrow's very up and down then the 3,200m ascent of Pico Valeta, knees need ...
by pistonbroke
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

James Hayden has a broken seatpost and is knackered, Christian Meier got heat stroke yesterday. The course is brutal, glad I chose a mountain bike and 2.1 tyres, miles of dry canyon beds which you have to keep up a momentum to avoid digging in and going otb. 10km rocky downhill at the end of today w...
by pistonbroke
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

I had to record this sight at the sign on earlier. Bike on the right is Lachlan Morton's Cannondale Topstone, not sure of the one on the left but the square taper triple chainset, rim brakes, panniers, and cutting edge frame and forks are particular highlights. Rather sums up Bikepacking https://i.i...
by pistonbroke
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

I typical Spanish last minute style, the organisers have sent a more detailed note on some of the trickier parts of the route. This section wouldn't look out of place on the Silk Road or Atlas.
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Glad I went for the mountain bike now.
by pistonbroke
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A very off topic plea for help
Replies: 86
Views: 8481

Re: A very off topic plea for help

Sorry to hear this Dave, sounds like she was a real fighter. 18 months since my mum died, I think of her most days.
by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

A young bull and an old bull are stood in a field watching the farmer unloading a herd of cows into the next field. Young says to old, "let's run over there and shag some of those cows" Old says to young, " let's walk over and shag 'em all" Even on a 5 day schedule, it's 3,000+m of climb per day and...
by pistonbroke
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

Re: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

Thanks for the good wishes guys. James, no way I'm taking the gravel bike, my rigid Van Nicholas Zion Rohloff seems the ideal tool, not least for the water carrying capacity. The food resupply and font location info from the organisers has been scant at best so I'm taking 3 litres on the bike. There...
by pistonbroke
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar
Replies: 31
Views: 1079

An Englishman, An Aussie and a Canadian Walk into a Bar

This Sunday, the 6th, sees the inaugural Badlands Gravel Race around the spectacular desert scenery of the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia. 700 km around the area used in many spaghetti westerns and, apparently, Game of Thrones. Looks like it will be a showdown between James Hayden, 2x Transcontinental w...
by pistonbroke
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mike Burrows Article
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Mike Burrows Article

I had some dealings with him in the late '90s when he worked for Giant. I was sponsored to ride/test the carbon framed MCM race hardtail which he had designed. They reckoned that me racing 5hr Trailquest events was a stiffer test of real world durability than employing ex roadie whippets to ride aro...
by pistonbroke
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 3428

Re: BB200 2020

Route will be somewhat south of us Gabe.
Shhh! I thought the new route was our little secret Stu :wink:
Hasta pronto todos!