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Stage 1 of the Women's Tour of Scotland = Cancelled.   

With the rain this morning I was surprised it actually started. I had been looking forward to seeing the finish as it was practically going past my house.
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Signed up for the Highland Perthshire Challenge on the 24th (insert placeholder for PerthshireBell gag here)

 

Anyone else doing it?

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I have a week away from the salt mines so I’ve taken myself off on a wee tour of central Colorado. 100 miles in, a bit sunburnt but loving life.

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Day 4: Royal Gorge Park. The highest bridge in North America

 

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On 13/08/2019 at 10:06, NewBornBairn said:

Signed up for the Highland Perthshire Challenge on the 24th (insert placeholder for PerthshireBell gag here)

 

Anyone else doing it?

I'll leave it until the last minute to check the weather. You doing the 50 or the 100? 

I'm not sure I trust these c***s after their hilariously false total ascent description for the Cairn o'Mount challenge and route selection 😂

ETA: Does ThisTimePerthshireNonce spend all day waiting for someone to post on this thread? Fucking tragic 😂

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17 minutes ago, NewBornBairn said:

The 50, not fit enough for the 100. Fancied this as an alternative to PFS

The 100 has something like 6500 feet of ascent. I'll prob just do the 50 if i can be arsed and the weather isn't too shite

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On 14/08/2019 at 21:39, Shotgun said:

Day 3 of the Tour de Colorado.



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Why do you keep the luggage on the front wheel, thought it would be more stable steering on the back? Probably showing my ignorance here.

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Why do you keep the luggage on the front wheel, thought it would be more stable steering on the back? Probably showing my ignorance here.


It’s a personal preference but I find it better to balance the weight by taking some of the load off the back wheel. Kind of academic on this trip because I’m not carrying that much anyway but I usually have a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and whatnot and I put those on the back rack.

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Looks awesome, you jammy b*****d


It really has been great although...today was a bit of a pig. Grinding uphill for miles on the shoulder of a busy highway with artics buzzing by just feet away. Still, the beer at the end is hitting the spot.

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Lost my only Strava KOM (which has stood for 3 years), which was beaten by 13 seconds, with the rider averaging 34.6 mph for 0.7 miles , on a slightly uphill gradient  :o

This guy was either ;

A. An absolute beast, ( in that case chapeau) 

B. On an electric bike 

C. A cheating Cnut in his car 

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14 hours ago, Unleash The Nade said:

Lost my only Strava KOM (which has stood for 3 years), which was beaten by 13 seconds, with the rider averaging 34.6 mph for 0.7 miles , on a slightly uphill gradient  :o

This guy was either ;

A. An absolute beast, ( in that case chapeau) 

B. On an electric bike 

C. A cheating Cnut in his car 

Or he had a 20 mph tailwind.  I got one today for the same reason. 😎

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19 minutes ago, This time Perthshirebell said:

You are a beige wannabe edgelord. 

Your crapness as a human being means we can unite as people from the hard Corbyn left to the Boris right, from the most Rangers are awesome to supporters of the smallest clubs in Scotland in agreeing you are just shite. 

I do not hate you. You do not make me angry, I just feel sorry for you and treat you like an alcoholic on a park bench. You are in the way but you need our sympathy.

I actually respect Magee more than you. 

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65 mile ride out of Biggar today. Peebles, climb up to reservoirs, Meggatt and something else, and back to Biggar. Sleety rain and a headwind all the time! It was awesome!

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On 17/08/2019 at 07:33, Unleash The Nade said:

Lost my only Strava KOM (which has stood for 3 years), which was beaten by 13 seconds, with the rider averaging 34.6 mph for 0.7 miles , on a slightly uphill gradient  :o

This guy was either ;

A. An absolute beast, ( in that case chapeau) 

B. On an electric bike 

C. A cheating Cnut in his car 

I lost a KOM today but a quick check of the ride that beat it showed it was done in a car, or at least the section that beat the KOM was.  Quite often I see rides where someone leaves their GPS on after a ride while they're on the drive home.  

If you can be bothered, check the ride data and it should be pretty obvious if it was done in a car (eg 60 mph speed on the flat).  You can then flag the ride and get your KOM back.

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I got this second-hand bike for only £30 today. I am 15 stone, and I have been suffering from Anxiety for 10 years. I think this is going to help me out a lot, and I feel like I am ready to take a big step in changing my mental and psychical health. I'm looking forward to being one with nature and seeing a lot of great views. 20190628_182554.thumb.jpg.b441c7a2f7f98c0d7280f5379ea9ca12.jpg
An update.

I have been doing this for two months now. And I am pleased to say that I have lost 3/4 quarters of a stone, can cycle around a 13 Mile Loch daily, and my stamina has improved greatly.

However, the thing I am most grateful for, is some of the amazing views I have experienced while cycling around Loch Leven. There is something so peaceful mentally about witnessing these views after a good cycle. It does your mental health wonders to get through long cycles, and keep a history of the trails you have cycled on a GPS map app (I use MapMyWalk).

Getting a bike was the best decision I have ever made. And I plead to anyone who is on the fence on buying one to get themselves one immediately. Your mental and physical health will thank you for it. It is greatly satisfying to see yourself progress from struggling to cycle 10KM a day, to cycling 20KM a day easily.

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