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CraigParticipant5 March 2013 at 13:23Post count: 279CraigParticipant15 January 2013 at 11:53Post count: 279CraigParticipant12 November 2012 at 15:30Post count: 279
Four of us set out for Blaze Farm, Ian, Martin Paul and myself. Went out via Marton, managing to dodge most of the muddy lanes. The Remembrance Service closed the road in Goostrey so we had to back track and use an alternative route. Paul left us after about an hour in the saddle. The fearless three headed for the hills. It was the first time I had climbed the Hanging Gate from this side and I think this route is the toughest, the climb starts in Sutton and does not relent. With just the Allgreave climb to do I thought when I had arrived at Blaze Farm I had well and truly earned my beans on toast, how little I knew.
We decided to go back down the main A54, a steep drop from the farm chilled our already cold bodies and then all hell broke loose and the hail started. Tired cold legs being lashed by hail as you climb to the Wild Boar Inn, not my idea of fun. The hail turned to rain and kindly lubed the road for a slippery descent of the Dumbers, most definitely a white knuckle ride.
The ride back was punishing with a constant annoying headwind, but we worked together well sharing the work load. We all went our separate ways in Byley. I was just descending into Winsford and the heavens decided to open, the climb up Winsford Bank was like riding up a river. On the plus side all the mud that was on my bike was washed away.
An excellent route and ride by Ian, just what I needed to blow out the cobwebs after a week of NEC torture.CraigParticipant11 November 2012 at 17:20Post count: 279CraigParticipant6 November 2012 at 18:57Post count: 279CraigParticipant4 November 2012 at 16:18Post count: 279
The middle run did a long loop to the Candle Factory, then back via Chapel Lane. Riders list is a long one, Steve & me. Thought the windtex needed an outing, but the day proved warmer than I thought and I cooked. Going to put it on standby for those sub 5 degree daysCraigParticipant31 October 2012 at 09:25Post count: 279
I put the idea up for discussion, see who was in favour, who was against and what the reasons are on both sides. I am for it being 9.30 all year round, gives continuity and in the winter months an extra half hour of light at the end of a ride just in case of mishap, puncture, mechanical etc. I am one voice as is anyone else in the club, if the support was strong to change the start time I would suggest it was discussed by the club at it next meeting. At the moment 3 for and 1 against in a club our size is not worth pushing the issue.CraigParticipant31 October 2012 at 07:01Post count: 279
Don’t understand you last statement. A 930 start works for the majority for 7 months of the year, what changes in the winter months. Not suggesting this for one run, but all. This has no impact on the middle run, just thought it would be simpler with one start time all year. Also all because we have always done something one way does not mean alternatives can’t be discussed, that’s how democracy works.CraigParticipant30 October 2012 at 08:44Post count: 279
There were only two runs, short and medium. Long run did not happen. Medium run went to two mills via the refinery and Eastham. It was very muddy and those people without mudguards should hang their heads in shame. Fairly uneventful with the exception of Carol taking a tumble on a corner thanks to a wet and shiny manhole cover, hope your not too badly bruised. Only a few minor GPS mishaps, you should know men cant multi task and I was talking at the time, I said it was to assist a regroup, not sure who bought the weak excuse. Decided at the Mills that we would come back as two groups so the faster riders could stretch their legs. I took the steadier group back down the cycleway, which was most pleasant and autumnal.CraigParticipant30 October 2012 at 08:36Post count: 279CraigParticipant22 October 2012 at 12:36Post count: 279
Thinking of a meandering route over to Two Mills, based on the wind direction forecast, some new lanes and pretty flat route, only two climbs to mention, Kingswood on the way out and through the Forest on the way back.
Looking about 63 miles all doneCraigParticipant22 October 2012 at 11:36Post count: 279CraigParticipant19 October 2012 at 08:17Post count: 279
I’m with Kris on this one.
I don’t doubt that he doped I just want to see the evidence tested in a law court. Last time I looked we lived in a democracy and this offered us the protection of being assumed innocent until our guilt was proven beyond reasonable doubt. I understand the difficulty of getting a positive drugs test, but this is what is needed, something that would stand up in a court of law.
Yes, all the riders testimony is important (not sure much of it would stand legally due to conflicts of interest), but so is hard evidence, the smoking gun.
I am not saying that Lance is innocent, I believe quite the opposite, but I won’t crucify a man based on postulation and heresay. USADA need to do a better job and provide the hard evidence that this case desperately needs.
The way this has been handled by the media has done no favours to anyone, everyone involved looks bad.
Also if people think sport is clean now they are living on another planet, whenever money is involved there are people who will cheatCraigParticipant13 October 2012 at 11:54Post count: 279