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Introduce Yourself - Welcome to new forum members

Welcome to Justcycling

Started this thread to allow you new members to introduce yourselves before plunging headlong into the debate, look forward to your contributions. The Justcycling Forums started when the BBC cut the last batch of chat boards about 5 years ago it's fitting that we maybe come part of the solutiuon to the loss of 606 as well.

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Mrs John Murphy

Hello new posters. Hope you enjoy it here.
kathy

Hi to all new posters - look forward to getting to know you.
Bartali

Hello.  

My name's Bartali and I'm a cycloholic! Wink
MAILLOT JAUNE

Welcome to all new members. I'm MAILLOT JAUNE, or MJ to most folk on here.

Hope you enjoy your time on this forum as much as I do.

There's a great crowd here.
Fontfroide

My name is Fontfroide, after the toughest col in my neighbourhood, Herault in the South of France.  I am old, but still ride quite often, just not so far and not so fast.  I am an American, a Brit and now getting to be a little bit French.  Welcome to the list.
berck

I'm from the USA. More specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

This is a great peloton to hang with.

I like to bike.


(To Bart, I wish I thought of that comment first! Wink )
Bartali

I see our newest member is barryroubaix .... great name!!
barryroubaix

Thanks for that Bartali. I have been trying to use it somewhere, but the name always seems to be unavailable, even though I have never seen anyone actually use it!
Refugee from 606, browse more than post, but hope to change that ratio here.
Cycling mad-following, watching and touring (just finished the Southern Tier route across the States). Now looking forward to the Manchester Track World Cup, the  Spring Classics, and to get back up to the Lake District to ride the passes again.
Nolte

welcome barry Smile
Guiness

Welcome Barry. Do you know how much a polar bear weighs? "Enough to break the ice". Hi, nice to meet you. I'm Guiness. I have a favourite drink. Can you guess what that is?  Wink

I'm in my 40s. I have:

One cat.
One kid.
One wife (soon to have).

But possess quite a few bikes  Laughing . Ms Guiness also cycles. Great partnership in many respects.  Very Happy
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Bartali wrote:
I see our newest member is barryroubaix .... great name!!


When I saw it at work, I nearly wet myself ... BRILLIANT!

Welcome mate, look forward to you contributions
kathy

Oh, for new members - I run a year long competition where you can pick the likely - or unlikely - winners for most of the top races.  Check out the Smarauder Memorial Trophy threads.  We start with HeT Volk (or whatever it's called now - can't spell it Laughing ) at the end of February.
Mrs John Murphy

Welcome also to Goblinf and King of the Wolds who also joined.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Is it worthwhile explaining McQuaids Office to the newbies?

In short, any controversial stuff should be discussed there.
Slapshot 3

Some more new members, Malcolm, IOM Nigel and Barryonabike, welcome folks!!
bbnaz

Well done to have this.  Best of luck and welcome to the new members.  A warm fuzzy place indeed.
Snaplegs

Guten Morgan

I'm another refugee from 606. Not the worlds biggest cycling fan but since being guided by the regulars on 606 through TdF and the Vuelta I'm now making an effort to watch more and more races (Thanks Eurosport). But I have to admit I'm stricly an armchair racer.

Reason for that is that I am a full time House Husband with two small poeple to look after (Mini Snaplegs 1 is 5 and Mini Snaplegs 2 is just 8 weeks old) whilst Mrs Snaplegs serves Queen and Country with the Senior Service.

My main interests are Land Rovers (have two, one off-road at the minute as it blew up it's engine) and I'm in the middle of a full rebuild of a vintage caravan (Nicknamed Rosie). We have an aspiration that the caravan will be on the slopes of one the major climbs of the TdF - one day.

I'm not a prolific poster but the assistance given by the 606 elite has given greater enjoyment of the sport - hope you guys/girls can do the same when it expires, I'll try and contribute too. Hopefully some more of the 606 regulars will migrate to here too (See Goblinf and King of the Wolds are on here Wink ).
MAILLOT JAUNE

Nice introduction. Welcome to the forum snaplegs.
kathy

Hi, Snaplegs, and welcome!
Fontfroide

What is 606?
Slapshot 3

Fontfroide wrote:
What is 606?


It's a BBC forum style chat area that's about to have the plug pulled on it
chardon

Guten tag!

Welcome snaplegs!

cheers!

chardon

Very Happy
Bartali

Welcome Snaplegs - the more the merrier and please join in when you can drag yourself away from the little snaplegs!
Nolte

welcome snaplegs Smile
Snaplegs

Very Happy Thanks for the warm welcome Very Happy
smithy

Joined a while ago - only posted recently so I think I fall into this category. The first race to get me interested in cycle racing was the Duclos-Lasalle win in Paris-Roubaix in '93 when living in the Pyrenees. I could not believe that cycling was being shown live on national TV and got hooked on the story. Then cycled around the Pyrenees. Then got hooked on Le Tour in '96 and really hooked in '98 when I recognised all the places where Marco and co. were protesting. A great spectacle but what a farce... Since then assorted rides around the UK and Belgium culminating last year in a fund raiser around the route of De Ronde. Cobbles are great, punctures are bad and wet tram tracks are the creation of the devil. Plans for the future include more Monuments and a big Alpine col before I get too old...
kathy

Welcome, smithy.
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smithy wrote:
Joined a while ago - only posted recently so I think I fall into this category. The first race to get me interested in cycle racing was the Duclos-Lasalle win in Paris-Roubaix in '93 when living in the Pyrenees. I could not believe that cycling was being shown live on national TV and got hooked on the story. Then cycled around the Pyrenees. Then got hooked on Le Tour in '96 and really hooked in '98 when I recognised all the places where Marco and co. were protesting. A great spectacle but what a farce... Since then assorted rides around the UK and Belgium culminating last year in a fund raiser around the route of De Ronde. Cobbles are great, punctures are bad and wet tram tracks are the creation of the devil. Plans for the future include more Monuments and a big Alpine col before I get too old...


Nice to have you join us smithy...enjoy!
MAILLOT JAUNE

smithy wrote:
Duclos-Lasalle win in Paris-Roubaix in '93....

Wow, he was a great cyclist and his son is pretty good too. He works for ASO, so I usually see him waiting to drive some VIP at the start or finish of the TdF.

Glad you've joined us smithy. Looking forward to seeing you making some posts soon.

I started on the BBC forum. Been watching the TdF since about 1996 on Channel 4 in the UK, but my horizons have been broadened since moving to the Netherlands in 2003 and have been to see several TdF stages and some of the Classics, mostly on mainland Europe - that's whyI love it here. So easy to see cycle races LIVE, but also european TV stations tend to have good coverage compared to the UK.
Guiness

smithy wrote:
Joined a while ago - only posted recently so I think I fall into this category. The first race to get me interested in cycle racing was the Duclos-Lasalle win in Paris-Roubaix in '93 when living in the Pyrenees. I could not believe that cycling was being shown live on national TV and got hooked on the story. Then cycled around the Pyrenees. Then got hooked on Le Tour in '96 and really hooked in '98 when I recognised all the places where Marco and co. were protesting. A great spectacle but what a farce... Since then assorted rides around the UK and Belgium culminating last year in a fund raiser around the route of De Ronde. Cobbles are great, punctures are bad and wet tram tracks are the creation of the devil. Plans for the future include more Monuments and a big Alpine col before I get too old...


Wow. Well done! And welcome. There is no such thing as getting too old! http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/blog/bikes/old-men-on-bikes/  Wink
chardon

Good to see another hooked cycling fan like the rest of us here.

Welcome Smithy!   Very Happy
L'arriviste

Hi, folks!

I had a PM from Slapshot, whom I've known in an online sort of way for a while, so I figured I should do everyone here the courtesy of introducing myself. Smile

Some of you may know me already, others not:

I'm a Brit and I currently live in Belgium but after working for the Man for five years, I intend to take a year off soon. My first stop should be the Hérault region of France in the New Year where I will stay until Spring. And when springtime arrives and it's time to move on, then what? Who knows? Very Happy

As a teenager, I was a modestly successful rider up in Yorkshire but in those days "modestly" was not enough, and I fell out of love with cycling and in love with alcohol, drugs and girls.

Fast forward to 2009 and having just arrived in a small hotel in Arles, I turned on the TV and the rain was falling hard on Heinrich Haussler up in Alsace. It was the Tour de France and I was suddenly hooked again. I didn't actually buy a bike until midway through last year but I've been riding when I can ever since.

I'm a moderator at Velorooms and that's where I spend most of my time. I'm "dormant" at the CyclingNews.com forum, which was the first one I ever joined. I post on Twitter as @L_arriviste and @DopeologyDotOrg.

That leads me on to my last note: I am responsible for Dopeology.org, a strictly non-commercial website I started in 2011 to document doping in European pro cycling. Dopeology is a reference site without an editorial element: there is nothing on it that has not been published elsewhere by reputable media sources. People do write to me with rumours and stories but I always reply that I can't publish them. I work on the site alone but I always welcome comments and corrections.

I'll dip in here as and when I have anything useful to offer ...

Best wishes to all!
L'arri Cool  Smile  Smile
MAILLOT JAUNE

Welcome to the JC forum L'arriviste. Any friend of Slapshot's is a friend of ours!
berck

Welcome upstart!!! Smile

As MJ says, a friend of Slapshot's is a friend of ours!
JohnD

Hello L'arriviste - dopeology is a great site!  I was never a racer, but like you i discarded my Raleigh Grifter for drugs, girls and, er, other peoples cars Wink
Fontfroide

PM me when you settle in Herault.  We could get together for a coffee.  I live where there are medium hills (Hauts Cantons), so you could ride out here, climb a few hills, I could ride a little that day and we could meet up and look like serious cyclists at a cafe.
L'arriviste

Fontfroide wrote:
PM me when you settle in Herault.  We could get together for a coffee.  I live where there are medium hills (Hauts Cantons), so you could ride out here, climb a few hills, I could ride a little that day and we could meet up and look like serious cyclists at a cafe.


That would be very cool, thank you!

It took me a while to choose where to go when I had a choice of almost anywhere. I wanted to find somewhere in France that was very dry, sunny and reasonably affordable with a young, international aspect and big city elements.

I thought seriously about Toulouse for a while but I wanted to be next to the sea. I never much liked the area between Nice and Marseille, so that left me the Golfe du Lion or the Atlantic side. In the latter case, I figured I wouldn't get anything much out of the proximity to the Pyrenées at that time of year.

Meanwhile, friends of mine said great things about Montpellier. I was a little concerned about the effects of the Tramontane and the Mistral on my ability to ride most days but I finally decided to settle on it subject to a different coup de coeur. Wink

We'll see anyway, but if all goes well, I should be out there in January sometime!
Fontfroide

You have made a fine choice.  In fact, Toulouse might have been good too.  The two of them have been trading honours as the fastest growing city in France for the last ten years or more. In other words, the young and old of France and Europe agree with your choice.  Montpellier is the one I know best, so I am sure you will have a fine time.  As for cycling, best thing to do is live about half an hour's drive east, west, north of Montpellier, then you already have some hills.  But still, it is near the sea, and the climate is fine.  The wind is definitely there, very windy area, no doubt about it.  But I lived in the north of England near Lancaster for decades and there is also a bit of wind there.  You can almost always ride in the wind, it really is no big deal for a Brit.  Very lively city too, very lively.

PM me when you settle, we can start with a long coffee in the centre of town.
kathy

L'arriviste, I lived in the same area as Fontfroide for several years, and I can definitely recommend Montpellier, a very vibrant lively city.  And on the coast nearby are some wonderful sandy beaches, not yet discovered by the masses!  I lived in the Parque National du Haut-Languedoc, where there are hill aplenty, and wonderful scenery too.  Yes, it can get a bit windy, but nothing like the area around Perpignan, or the area around Marseille, in my experience.

Just read another post of yours.  I also have an old Festina jersey - and a Champion supermarket KOM spotty jersey, which we won by being faithfull customers of said supermarket in Paris!
L'arriviste

kathy wrote:
L'arriviste, I lived in the same area as Fontfroide for several years, and I can definitely recommend Montpellier, a very vibrant lively city.  And on the coast nearby are some wonderful sandy beaches, not yet discovered by the masses!  I lived in the Parque National du Haut-Languedoc, where there are hill aplenty, and wonderful scenery too.  Yes, it can get a bit windy, but nothing like the area around Perpignan, or the area around Marseille, in my experience.

Just read another post of yours.  I also have an old Festina jersey - and a Champion supermarket KOM spotty jersey, which we won by being faithfull customers of said supermarket in Paris!


Thanks for your comments, Kathy! Very Happy

I'm counting the days now. I have to move house in the meantime and then get the paperwork for my year off work. Here in Belgium it's raining and I'm stuck in the office, so it's nice to read some more about Montpellier.
BerwynBald

I'm BerwynBald!  I live outside of Chicago and really enjoy cycling to and in area parks and taking photos of ducks!
Slovakia

I just got back from a cycling trip in Slovakia. Exhilarating! But my toupee blew off on a downhill. lol

Go USA!
BerwynBald

Slovakia wrote:
I just got back from a cycling trip in Slovakia. Exhilarating! But my toupee blew off on a downhill. lol

Go USA!
Heh!

We have something in common, my hairless amigo!  I gave up the rugs a few years back---Now I'm more aerodynamic. bigsmurf
Biosphere

Welcome to the two of you Smile
Slovakia

Thanks for the warm welcome.
Fontfroide

Welcome to you both.  Gross avatar, hope it changes sometime in the next few weeks.   Shocked
Slovakia

Fontfroide wrote:
Welcome to you both.  Gross avatar, hope it changes sometime in the next few weeks.   Shocked


My avatar area is blank. This was supposed to show up beneath my posts. No clue why it's there.
Nolte

welcome:)

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