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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:26 am    Post subject: Marmotte 2012  Reply with quote

Entries are now open for the 2012 European Weekend Warrior Convention in Bourg D'Oisans on 7th July.

Team Wallace and Gromit is already signed up.

Anyone else? There's 7 months and plenty of time for some "Rule 5"... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

link?

might be something for the hubby to shoot for after missing out on PBP last year.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.sportcommunication.inf...uve2.php?langue=1&trophee=128

It's a great event and in a great area for a holiday as well if time permits. It certainly gives the winter training an extra edge.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!


I thought the all time greats did 7  . . .  and moved on to harassing bouncers in Hertfordshire Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five Giri for Coppi, five Tours for Hinault .... and five Marmotte for me Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biosphere wrote:
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Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!


I thought the all time greats did 7  . . .  and moved on to harassing bouncers in Hertfordshire Wink


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's everyone doing this summer? Feel free to make me very jealous when Mrs G and I are at home with Baby G ...  Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today represents a significant milestone on the route to the Marmotte.

Firstly, the Weather Channel's 10 day forecast extends to race day for the first time, and the omens are not unfavourable at this stage. Something between warm and hot with a risk of a thunderstorm is definitely manageable. I don't think the thermals will be needed. Smile

Since 5pm yesterday I have no more turbo sessions to endure before signing on. <<Champagne cork popping icon>>

Much as I like pain and suffering whilst training, turbo sessions with the doors and windows shut in the quest for heat acclimatisation is a bit much, even for me. After yesterday's session, I could wring sweat out of my socks, which is not something I've ever needed to do before. <<Apologies to Mrs SR for being gross icon>>

I now need to find some way of avoiding exploding from excessive excitement for a week, which could be something of a challenge.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be fair to say the SlowRower household is one big box of excitement. The little Rowers are away for the weekend and have been packed since Monday so they are just about ready to explode.
Mr SR, from the look of the floor beneath the turbo last night already has exploded so that just leaves me to bring calm to the whole situation  Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two pals of mine who did the Ardechoise and then did the route of the Marmotte.  And the one, who had never before done these things, was very stunned, excited, and wrote a blog.  Loads of photos too.  Good writer too.

http://thinkingaboutcycling.wordp...com/2012/07/10/cycling-in-france/
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cave just interviewed on ES and made the point that the grupetto the other day finished 20 minutes faster than the quickest etape time for the same route
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made the same point a couple of days ago in my blog.  I was curious.  And the bus is not riding for glory either, just cruising along trying to miss the cutoff.  And the grupetto has ridden for many days, not just one.  Those pros are truly something else.

They are the best riders on earth.  Still, doing well in the Etape takes a bit of work too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a fair point, but in fairness to the Acte 1 etape guys they did have much tougher weather conditions and it isn't anywhere near as 'pro' as the Marmotte SR just completed.

Yesterdays Acte 2 was won in 6 hours something in atrocious conditions.  I suspect the Tour stage will come in an hour quicker.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doing the Marmotte is fun. Look at these guys exhibiting extreme post-event euphoria...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a classic team kit - hope to see it on the Tour one day!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

classic.. like a DS shouted "Smiiiiile" after the Marmotte and thats all you guys could muster Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bloke on the right is obviously a bounty hunter, yes?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
The bloke on the right is obviously a bounty hunter, yes?

I think that was just his reaction to me reminding him that the loser always buys the first round. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In answer to FF's question on the other thread ... the forecast was dry and warmish so like most of the other 5000 I set off with arm warmers and a light gilet.  The reality was rain on the Aubisque and Tourmalet and freezing fog on the descents.  I've never been so cold ... ever!






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