Jump to content
Hank Scorpio

Official P&b Cycling Thread

Recommended Posts

2 hours ago, Sigma said:

However, the thing I am most grateful for, is some of the amazing views I have experienced while cycling around Loch Leven

This is making me jealous :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Retirement celebration at Leslie Bike Shop this Saturday with Andy and Fiona retiring, Andy has had the business 38 years! At least the business isn’t going to a major chain as one of the employees has bought it so it’ll still retain the atmosphere and reputation. After all these years he’s still not sold me a Bianchi! I’ve walked in to buy one and came out with Cannondales and Meridas amongst other things!

 

Edited by statts1976uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Anyone else doing the Tour o' the Borders this Sunday?
I'm not but my sister and her husband are going back again as they really enjoyed it last year. Seems to be very well run with fantastic scenery. They did say the big hill (Talla?) is an absolute killer though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎27‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 16:53, Sigma said:

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.

Superb stuff, really glad it has made a difference to your life. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, Archie McSquackle said:
On 28/08/2019 at 20:44, Gnash said:
Anyone else doing the Tour o' the Borders this Sunday?

I'm not but my sister and her husband are going back again as they really enjoyed it last year. Seems to be very well run with fantastic scenery. They did say the big hill (Talla?) is an absolute killer though.

Yeah, it's tough. Short but very steep ramps.

19 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

I'm doing the Bealach Mor event this weekend. I think it's going to hurt emoji23.png

Talla isn't as tough as Bealach na Ba though - enjoy!

Edited by Gnash

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Dunfermline Don said:

Any other P&Bers doing the Pedal for Scotland next weekend?

I was going to at least do the Classic but my son wants to do the Wee Jaunt again this year. A question of etiquette though, is it the done thing to drop him for being too slow😂😂😂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Gnash said:

Yeah, it's tough. Short but very steep ramps.

Talls isn't as tough as Bealach na Ba though - enjoy!

I was hoping for something like "It's not actually that bad" 😂

I'm theorising that it will be no worse than Cairn o'Mount - twice the ascent but over three times the distance. The other 83 miles in shit weather will be challenging also 😂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

I was hoping for something like "It's not actually that bad" 😂

I'm theorising that it will be no worse than Cairn o'Mount - twice the ascent but over three times the distance. The other 83 miles in shit weather will be challenging also 😂

If you're doing it from the east, Bealach na Ba is an easy 5% or so for the first half (in terms of distance, not time).  But it ratchets up and there is a murderously steep section of 1km at 16%.  That's the closest I've come to getting off the bike and walking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Gnash said:

If you're doing it from the east, Bealach na Ba is an easy 5% or so for the first half (in terms of distance, not time).  But it ratchets up and there is a murderously steep section of 1km at 16%.  That's the closest I've come to getting off the bike and walking.

I've driven it a few times, but I can't remember that section. Is it just before the switchbacks?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

I've driven it a few times, but I can't remember that section. Is it just before the switchbacks?

Yes, the switchbacks come as a relief after the really steep bit.  There's a Strava segment of 700m at 19%, but that might be a slight exaggeration by the GPS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Aye, booked in for 8 to 830 departure.

Looking forward to it

Any other P&Bers doing the Pedal for Scotland next weekend?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yes, the switchbacks come as a relief after the really steep bit.  There's a Strava segment of 700m at 19%, but that might be a slight exaggeration by the GPS.
Didn't do it

We were staying in Annat, forecast was shite. Set the alarm for 6:45, took one look out the window at torrential rain and wind and went back to bed. f**k that . We passed a few finishers on the way home through Glen Torridon, they looked fucking shattered.

Went out today on a local Audax, 105 miles at 15mph and 5800ft ascent. Wrecked after it. Glad I didn't do the Bealach, I'm not as fit as I was a month ago.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Finished Tour o' the Borders and got in the top 10 I think, but annoyingly the official results include folk who registered for the long course but switched to the short course, so my 'official' result is outside top 10.  

I was in the front group but just starting the penultimate climb I dropped my chain, which got wedged into the frame and I spent almost 5 min fixing it. 😢

Anyway, overall I was delighted as staying with the front group as long as possible was my aim. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Day of the Lords said:

Didn't do it emoji23.png

We were staying in Annat, forecast was shite. Set the alarm for 6:45, took one look out the window at torrential rain and wind and went back to bed. f**k that emoji23.png. We passed a few finishers on the way home through Glen Torridon, they looked fucking shattered.

Went out today on a local Audax, 105 miles at 15mph and 5800ft ascent. Wrecked after it. Glad I didn't do the Bealach, I'm not as fit as I was a month ago.

Good ride - was that solo / mostly solo?  I need to do an Audax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Good ride - was that solo / mostly solo?  I need to do an Audax.
We were a group of three. One last trying for his first ton. Just took turns on the front, or tried to

There seem to be quite a few Audaxes around the borders.

Nice ride in the TotB btw

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...