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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Only 500 riders? They must breed em big in America. Problem over here is that most bike rides start with a staggerring system, so you rarely see that number of riders in one go- let alone serious riders.
I have mentioned it but shortly there is a London to Brighton Bike ride. 30,000 riders and they use a staggerred start from 6 am with about 200 riders at a time and 5 minute intervals. Well you can imagine the chaos of all that lot blocking the roads round London- at leat with the staggerred start they only have to close one side of the road for the 56 miles. Problem is that if you want a clean run- you have to get a start time before 7 am, otherwise every hill is blocked with bikes being pushed- Not only hills but even most of the slopes.
I have a problem shortly in that I did my big ride a few weeks ago and This will be reported in all the Cycle Magazines. This year was the first time I noticed the professional photographers on the route- They actually got out onto some of the rough stuff and as our Tandem was the only one on the ride, and it is a mean machine in any case- I will have to buy all the Magazines for the next couple of months to see if we are being portrayed as the nutters every one was calling us.
My rides, that are not yet planned for this year- will not take in the serious events, They just do not seem to exist over here. It must be fantastic to ride with so many people- most of whom up to standard, and the thrill that it gives you. I do envy you on your rides, but Will have to try France to see if I can get some decent riding.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.