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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:57 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is 606?


It's a BBC forum style chat area that's about to have the plug pulled on it
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guten tag!

Welcome snaplegs!

cheers!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Snaplegs - the more the merrier and please join in when you can drag yourself away from the little snaplegs!
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welcome snaplegs Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

Welcome Smithy!   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the JC forum L'arriviste. Any friend of Slapshot's is a friend of ours!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome upstart!!! Smile

As MJ says, a friend of Slapshot's is a friend of ours!
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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
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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!
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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.
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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!


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