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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Why did you start racing a bicycle?  Reply with quote

And when?  And the highlights of your racing career?  Tell us all about it HERE.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To get to and from school is why I started, and later to get to and from work and college, racing in my childhood and teenage years was unheard of particularly in my area. So today I do mostly sportives, besides my work pretty much prevents me from all competition. I always kept and eye on cycling thanks to Kelly and Roche in the 80's. I cycled and swam to back up fitness for thai boxing and rugby and simply to enjoy an alternative recreational activity, then I got really stuck into cycling.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started going out with the CTC at 11, then racing as a schoolboy right through to a Vet......... I'd do it all over if I could, but with the knowledge I have now  Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An I miss read the thread title, I took it as start to RIDE a bicycle  Embarassed   no harm  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why?  For the rock and roll lifestyle Wink

When? 1976

Highlights?  Maybe some Cat 3 races back in the day, but nothing beats the elation of finishing my brace of Marmottes!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Why?  For the rock and roll lifestyle Wink


Very Happy
yes, I did for the drugs too
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Re: Why did you start racing a bicycle? Reply with quote

CapeRoadie wrote:
And when?  And the highlights of your racing career?  Tell us all about it HERE.


It's always been a natural part of my life, living in the countryside my brother and I used to race the other boys to get to the nearest village to go to the shops. When I was about 9 I was in big trouble with my dad because one of the neighbours had seen us tearing around the wrong side of the roads round blind bends  Shocked  Sometimes timetrials, usually 'en ligne' races, up and down the 3 miles course to the shops, load up on sweets and Coke and race back again. Awesome.

A few of us took it up properly and joined clubs: the most keen two of us deliberately joined different clubs so that we could race against each other every week. The race result was irrelevant: the main event was who finished first out of us two, and there was more venom in the training burn-up on the Rhondda mountain roads than in any of the races. Me as Ullrich, the steady power-monster, my buddy as Pantani, light-weight attacker... in truth he was much better than me, and could maybe have reached a fairly high level if he'd had the breaks, but he had a lot of bad luck with crashes and non-cycling life-issues. Being a climber he didn't fit in to the track scene that dominates here, and he's drifted away from the sport. Big shame - I know that he still loves the sport itself but doesn't want to ride anymore and hasn't really found a way to still be a part of it.

My racing highlights have all come later on, as I approach 30. I've won two races recently, winning both the hard way after race-long breaks on tough courses. I've done 20min4secs for a 10m TT, and in my favourite mountain TT I've had 2nd, 3rd and 2nd again in the last three seasons. A big highlight has been helping to bring a very good junior into road racing, showing him the tactical and training ropes over his first year. It's really re-energised me for the sport.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Why did you start racing a bicycle? Reply with quote

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...  load up on ... Coke. Awesome.


See ... Rob likes the rock and roll lifestyle too Wink

Seriously - nice story Rob and good to hear of your recent success!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, great tale.  Where is the Og?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rob, great tale.  Where is the Og?



Very Happy  Ogmore Valley, in the land of the flag in your avatar.

What I forgot to add was that on a few of our later battles up and down the valley roads we were joined by a 14yo girl who turned out to be quite useful on a bike. She's done alright since and is now World- and Olympic road champion.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rob of the og wrote:
CapeRoadie wrote:
Rob, great tale.  Where is the Og?



Very Happy  Ogmore Valley, in the land of the flag in your avatar.

What I forgot to add was that on a few of our later battles up and down the valley roads we were joined by a 14yo girl who turned out to be quite useful on a bike. She's done alright since and is now World- and Olympic road champion.


I happen to know who that is...  Very Happy

My time spent climbing Yr Wyddfa is a fond memory.  You people can sing, too!

Ahhh...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I happen to know who that is...  Very Happy

My time spent climbing Yr Wyddfa is a fond memory.  You people can sing, too!


hmmm, I'll stick to cycling not singing, it's better for all of us that way.

We have great roads here for cycling, the only problem is that it takes hours to get anywhere. I've actually only been to Snowdonia a couple of times, because it's a 5 hour drive on really windy roads. It's funny, when I'm on holiday I'd think nothing about driving that far to get somewhere... but when it's your home you don't go.

This is our local mountain pass, the Bwlch y Clawdd. You can see the road at the bottom, and also at the top-left (you can just see the cutting where the road goes). It's also one of the top places in the world apparently for hang gliding and model aeroplane flying; people come from everywhere to go flying there. It's only about 500m altitude at the top of the pass, but of course the sea is only a few miles away so it's a fairly sharp rise.





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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great pics rob!
indeed - that must be good cycling country......
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got interested in racing when I was really young - 10ish - read about it, saw little bits on ITV - put some "drops" on my little 24" wheel bike.  Parents bought me a Sun "racing bike" at 12 and I went on rides with a schoolmate and just fell in love with getting out and about in the countryside.  One day I saw a road race at West Hanningfield and thought it incredible - didn't think I could ever do it.  Hated sport at school 'cos I was such a weedy little child - but cycling seemed something else entirely.  Lots of touring, YHA, CTC b+b etc - happy times!  Started racing in 1970 I think.

Highlights - not really!  Scrubber as a junior, but got faster round about aged 20.  Best 25: 56.40, best 10: 22.37.  Won quite a few club events, mostly hilly TTs and hillclimbs.  Rubbish at road racing.  However I used to go out with the local hardmen on their chaingang bashes and realised how fast I was on the hills.  Shame I lived in Essex!

Looking back, although I enjoyed racing I wished I'd toured more - might not have knackered my knees quite so much, too many cold mornings on big gears I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pity you missed out on Road Racing.

As a schoolboy we were restricted to 72 ( was it 76) I think and 86 as a junior, so never really got into big gears.

On a Thurday night there was an Australian Pusuit where you would be riding on 86 as a junior until the first cats caught up, there would be some top guys in those races, Doug Dailey, Pete Mathews, Kenny Hill.

You sure learned how to twiddle in those events........
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i love speed.. ciao
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i love speed.. ciao


That is absolutely perfect TT - sums things up wonderfully!! Laughing Cool

Rob of the Og - the countryside has a lot to do with the whole spirit of cycling, after all what would the TdF be without the stunning scenery?  
Sooty makes a mental note... "must visit Wales again sometime soon..... "
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, where's that middle picture?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i love speed.. ciao


If you love speed, race with Valentino.................... ciao
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paperman wrote:
thunderthighs wrote:
i love speed.. ciao


If you love speed, race with Valentino.................... ciao


Isn't Rossi driving in the Welsh Rally GB next month? Chance to at least see the man for our Welsh posters, though probably not a great idea to go racing with him. Now if someone was to lend him a bke....

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