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A ride from Hell!!!

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I Just Don’T Know What To Do With Myself!

Read the title a la Dusty Springfield. For the youngsters,stick it in you tube to be enlightened!!! Anyway, 2013, I am a bit aimless from a cycling point of view. The last two years I did the Etape so my cycling was mapped out with that in mind and plenty of rides/sportives lined up. This year I have nothing, owing to a holiday most of my spare cash has to be put in the pot for that. So that puts the mokka’s on the more interesting rides further afield. I also find it hard to part with cash

Ashley_Webb

Ashley_Webb

 

Another Ride In The Clouds!

This time in France. Apology’s for the length, but I felt it needed to be!! I chose this because of the descent from Col D’Aubisque to Col de Soulor being really spectacular. In my opinion one of those climbs that you have to do, so was really looking forward to it! Day started at 0500hrs, out of bed, muesli and natural yoghurt for scoff a cuppa and got dressed, ticked off everything on my ride list, then off to the start. The pens were 3 km away so as we got nearer more and more riders joined

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Ashley_Webb

 

A Ride In The Clouds.

A workmate of mine who is doing the Etape with me this year, found this ride from an article on Bike Radar I think. It is called the Leith Hill Octopus. Info can be found here, leithhilloctopus.org/. I thought that it sounded interesting so we arranged to do it. Unfortunately on the 11/06/12. As I am sure you are all aware the weather forecast was for rain. Although not when we scheduled it! However we decided that it could rain in France so went ahead and travelled to Dorking which is the start

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Ashley_Webb

 

Another Long-Un!

I went for another ride on Monday around East Hampshire and West Sussex as part of my Etape prep. I rode with my work colleague who is going to France as well. The Hills we had in mind were Hinton Manor Lane, Harvesting Lane, South Lane, Compton Down, Uppark, Harting, A283 to Haslemere, Blackdown Hill, Easebourne, Houghton, Duncton, Long Harting and Ditcham Park. Harvesting Lane is definitely easier as a first climb!! We were delayed by some escaped cows and shouting/swearing farmers! It stayed

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Ashley_Webb

 

Top Left Hand Corner Of Wales!

Now there's a title for the older ones in the club!! What TV programme is it from? Anyway onto the blog! Last weekend as part on my Etape training I spent 2 days cycling in Snowdonia. It was arranged with this mob http://etape.org.uk/ . Stayed in the YHA at Swallow Falls near Betws Y Coed.The rides are led by some local chaps who know the area like the back of their hand. Day 1 started in Y Bala with a very cold wind blowing across the valley, but at least the parking ticket machines were br

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Ashley_Webb

 

Le Tour 1994 Act 2!

I was going the write this yesterday but was too knackered! Yesterday, as part of my Etape preparation a chum and I went for a ride following the route taken by the Tour from Portsmouth in 1994, an undulating route, but I daresay a flat one as far as the pro's are concerned. We need to get 100 miles in our legs for the Pyrenees. The route was Pompey - Winchester - Andover - Basingtoke - Alton - Petersfield - Havant -Pompey. It is a nice route but with a couple of bits that you have to chose a d

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Ashley_Webb

 

Cheshire Cat

Well, I had a trip up North at the weekend to have a go at the Cheshire Cat sportive. I entered the 76 mile one as it is a bit early for me to do a 100! I completed it in 5.48, with 2 stops, but forgot to put my computer on and haven't done the maths to work out my average! As a consequence I didn't have a clue where I was on the course (roughly)! Until I asked a photographer what hill I was on, I was surprised to find myself on the last one!! The course was 2 thirds flat with the central 3rd b

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Ashley_Webb

 

New Forest Rattler Report

I took part in the New Forest Rattler last weekend with a colleague from work, and got around ok!! However, on the Saturday evening before, I was out socializing, not drinking I hasten to add, I was designated driver, unfortunately I was not in bed until 20 past 12, and I was up at 0530! So tired before the start! Check in was all ok, but I was given the short route map even though my pack came out of the long route box. A long queue when I got back so I didn't bother to change it, thinking th

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Ashley_Webb

 

Etape 2011 Acte1 Part Two. Planes , Trains And Automobiles!

After what I thought was a well deserved coke in one of the cafe's in Alpe D'Huez, we loaded the bikes up, popped into a shop to get me an Alpe D'Huez jersey, and started back to the start. We had to go back over the same route taken on the ride, The climbs looked steeper going down then when I came up them! Got stuck on Galibier by a herd of sheep, had to wait a while until the dogs came along and rounded them up! Otherwise an uneventful journey. Rather knackered but went for some scoff the

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Ashley_Webb

 

Etape 2011 Acte1 Part One.

Well Chaps, I have returned from the successful completion of Act1 of this years Etape. Modane to Alpe D'Heuz. Here is the spiel! I was with one other in the car and meeting another chap at first stop. Ferry crossing and drive down to first stop at Reims (pronounced Ras) was uneventful. Had a very convivial evening sampling French cafe culture, probably had one beer too many. Had a twin room, during the night I had one arm outside the covers when all of a sudden I felt another arm caressin

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Ashley_Webb

 

I've Never Bought A Bike Before!

Well, I thought my next bike purchase would have been a well researched and time consuming affair. How wrong I was. The 2nd hand bike that my wife bought me in 2003, a Giant OCR, served me very well commuting in all weathers and a few sportives with only the usual wear and tear items needing replacement. So I thought that it would be ok for the Etape as well. How wrong I was, in the last 2 weeks a creaking started which sounded like one I've had in the past which was cable ends rubbing, a bit

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Ashley_Webb

 

My Cat & Fiddle Experience

Well, It turned out to be a very wet and hard day's ride for me. I met up with two friends at the station. Started out and headed up the hill which started straight away. I was a bit breathless for the first quarter mile as there is no warm up time, after that all was well. The climb itself is not difficult even a couple of downhill bits. At the pub we stopped for a photo, and whilst there the rain came in. and lasted about 20 minutes and soaked the road so the ride down into Buxton was very wet

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Ashley_Webb

 

Legs Like Lead!

Did the ride in link after working Saturday morning, It was quite pleasant until I went up Harting twice! I had to get out of the saddle on the second time up. Then saw 2 Ferrari's going though Petersfield, buy the time I got to Stoner my legs went "heavy". The same happened last time I went up there. Must be psychological. Also found Old Winchester Hill hard going when I don't usually. Anyway, will be visiting Harting most weekends now. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/29985956

Ashley_Webb

Ashley_Webb

 

A Ride From Hell!

Skived off the Saturday ride this weekend. Perhaps I shouldn't have. Was off today so went for a ride hoping to do 50 miles. On my first descent I noticed that my jacket zip was coming undone, from the bottom! Fixed that. Tried to go up Harvesting Lane, but turned into a headwind and gave up about a 3rd of the way up, walked and then rode the top 3rd. Carried on happily but it was a lot wetter than expected. I got covered in a solution of mud and horse manure. I think the farmers and horsey type

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Ashley_Webb

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