Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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I did a charity road ride last year, and there were quite a few grades of riders and grades of bikes. All the "serious" roadies had top grade bikes and down at the other end there were 10 year old mountain bikes and even some twats on a mountain Tandem. That tandem was fast- except uphill, but we were just about our peak fitness 3 weeks before our ride we train for. Good fun showing the top road bikes that they had to get out and be ridden occasionally to keep the rider in trim, but as I say we were fit.
There was one bike though that stood out from the rest and that was the specialised Cirrus. Hopefully the one you are talking about, but we spell differently in the UK. This ride was a bit different as there were 6 points on the ride where everyone congregated until the group was together, then off to the next meeting point. There were 6 of these Cirrus on the ride. all ridden by the older Ex roadie's that no longer rode competitively. Other than the flat bars- you could not tell the difference between it and a normal road bike. These things flew, and they even went up hills which came as a shock to me, considering the type of rider. The riders of these bikes, as I have said, were experienced bikers and the reason they had got them was that they still wanted to ride- but wanted something with a bit more comfort for the gentler rides they were now doing. It handled and performed just like a road bike, but the bar position was more suited to the style of riding their body had put them into. All of them had purchased for the same reason, but only 3 of them had bought on recommendation. The other 3 had looked at the spec- had a test ride and bought. I can asssure you that this bike is definitely worth looking at, and I have not even ridden one-Just seen them perform.
That gentle ride by the way and I only did the first day, was 5 days of riding of around 60 to 70 miles a day across very hilly terrain in Sussex- visiting all the police stations in Sussex. Funny how policemen look normal when out of uniform, and how unfit they get when sitting behind a desk all day. Those Cirrus bikes did all 5 days, and even the Chief Constable was using one.
Pic by the way is of the last bike to climb Ditchling beacon on this ride. A big hill that even the Tandem got fed up with and rises about 500 ft in just under a mile. Bit of a soft hill though as someone has put tarmac on it, but not one of the riders walked it.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
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