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by Richard G
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

One thing I didn't note... the fitness required to ride all the hills on this one isn't that far off competitive athlete level. The difference that makes to being able to get through in any sort of reasonable time is HUGE. Because of just how much steep stuff is in this one, no-one should feel bad a...
by Richard G
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown

Lazarus wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:29 pm
carry your driving licence and explain its a lease car
Sure, but it's resulting in far more stops than otherwise should be happening.
by Richard G
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown

The ANPR stuff is annoying for me. My car is registered in Wigan. :lol:

That aside, not long before the lockdown starts. I kind of feel like we should have some sort of Purge style sirens going off. :shock:
by Richard G
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Wales "Firebreak" Lockdown

Might be worth noting that police are planning on setting up checkpoints over the next couple of weeks... and the last line of this article specifically mentions mountain bikers! :shock: Speaking at the time, Inspector Williams said: "We have had instances certainly down in the Chepstow area where p...
by Richard G
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

I have not walked a tarmac climb in about 20 years. It was bugging me, so I returned ;) I did have a crack at the next stupid one in the forest too but the segment finishes higher up than I thought and I had stopped pushing on by then. I've ridden all of that first one, but never the nasty one bene...
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

I honestly believe that if you change / limit the terrain you ride, stick to doing it on a mountainbike. Switching to a gravel bike will simply make things feel harder / rougher / worse. Anyway, never say never. Like you said earlier somewhere - don't ever quit until you have to. To be clear... I m...
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

Oh, and they'll obviously never see this... but I feel like I should thank my NHS surgeons in a public forum. I asked them to focus on getting me back cycling over all other things, and that they have managed without question. I'll never be able to do the splits again, and there are certain exercise...
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

So I was going to write up my thoughts on the route, rather than the rambling that follows... but I just can't seem to bring myself to in any meaningful detail as I'm still in a bad place mentally thanks to bailing. I will say that the failure to complete was all my own, and entirely avoidable. I ha...
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

Just checked, and at the point I bailed (2/3rds in) I had (including stops) averaged 6.9mph. I could have walked 40% of the remaining distance and I'd have still got around sub 24. Sigh. I had done all of these sections (altitude gain)... - 3,225ft - 3,125ft - 2,075ft - 3,045ft Just had these two le...
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

This is the strava segment for that stupid steep climb we were talking about earlier in the thread.

https://www.strava.com/segments/16596144

Edit - LMAO, I see "our" Matt Page is KOM. Absolute madness. :lol:

Seems he went back after not enjoying that bit so much on the BB200!
by Richard G
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

Landslide wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:23 am
I'm quite pleased that "ability to sleep" is seen as a useful skill. Just off to update my CV...
It really is though. I'd pay hundreds of quid (maybe more) to be able to buy that skill.
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

I'd have finished had I not had to be somewhere the next day, but I'll explain all that when I finish scribbling some thoughts.
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

Yeah, I very much wouldn't want to do the gap on a gravel bike. My arms would be destroyed by the bottom.

With the right tyres I still felt I was plenty quick on the road sections.
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

And here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4SH7WI168&feature=push-u-sub&attr_tag=48Hu_r2UgpyAUWi-%3A6 I skipped through that and realised that we both took the same wrong path at some point. :lol: I think you've dealt with a reasonable amount over the last 12 months Richard, so all things co...
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: For the self employed. URGENT
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: For the self employed. URGENT

It's not a dig at anyone, aside from the wankers that came up with the system. I very much didn't appreciate being classified as some sort of millionaire being excluded from gaming the system, when the irony was that had I used tax avoidance I'd have paid less in over the previous years, and actuall...
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: For the self employed. URGENT
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: For the self employed. URGENT

As I recall I wasn't eligible last time because I dared to actually pay my way and not hide most of my income as expenses.

Doubt anything has changed.

Edit - It hasn't, and was too late anyway.
by Richard G
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

So having had a few days to mull it over, I'm pretty embarrassed / annoyed at my decision to bail. To my knowledge I was still on track for sub 24, I just couldn't be arsed any more (I think partially because of being harangued by farmers, partially because I was burned out on stress from the descen...
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

The Gap is nothing compared the that descent off Black Hill or whatever its called. I'd argue the rocky descent down to Brinore Tramway is harder too, first couple if drops aside (mostly because it's always wet).
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

I'm genuinely struggling to work out how anyone could ride all of that. Well it isn't too bad really... just didn't fancy it when fairly tired with a up-the-arse post and bag on the back. Still made the first page! :lol: Full sus MTB, dropper post and some balls and it would be OK I think. Still th...
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

sean_iow wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:10 am
From looking on strava, is it this bit?

https://www.strava.com/segments/9350747

Olchon Valley Full Descent. -15.9% seems pretty insane to me.
I'm genuinely struggling to work out how anyone could ride all of that.
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

I've ridden that church climb in the past (and can prove it via strava!). I couldn't yesterday. It was a bit of a double edged sword for that as I knew so much of the route that I couldn't help but get pissed off at myself for not riding a lot of it. Does anyone know what that utterly insane descent...
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick-link tools
Replies: 24
Views: 461

Re: Quick-link tools

Borderer wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:33 pm
Richard G wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:52 pm

I could have done with that idea the other day. I really should get something small to carry on training rides just in case.
Joe has some of the wire pliers in his shop

https://www.weirdosonbikes.com/product/ ... ick-links/
Handy, cheers.
by Richard G
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

Bailed, a few reasons. What a very strange route.

Will elaborate sometime over the next few days.

Oh, and got guilt tripped by no less than three farmers, so that was fun.
by Richard G
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).
Replies: 174
Views: 4303

Re: My BB200 2020 (may contain spoilers).

Holy sh*t. That's quite some time. :shock:
by Richard G
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200/300 packed bike weigh-in thread
Replies: 57
Views: 1216

Re: BB200/300 packed bike weigh-in thread

I'm aiming for ~18kg with water. We'll see. ...and no opinion on light vs, heavy, just checking the "rules". 13.7kg bike weight. 4.4kg bag weight (including water). 18.1kg in total. I guess I know what I tend to carry. lol I have a sh*tload of food packed so that'll be a good chunk lighter by the e...