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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:26 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

You guys should be pros, how the hell can you cycle so long, and take on such big rides. Much respect to you!!!!!!! My ride from the gites I am in to the top is roughly 50K

Cheers for the advice, it's really appreciated. I can't wait to pretend am Robert Millar, even if I get there 2 hours after he would, and with a few more stops.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good on you Alan. There's still a lot of climbing in that 50k - chapeau!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it doesn´t matter how long, is how much you enjoy it! Quality over quantity!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And cheers for the granny gear tip. Always feel like a skinny runt child asking about triple chain rings, but am not going near france without one!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You won't feel like a 'runt child' when you are spinning past all the macho 'i've been up ere on the big ring' boys with there locked out legs zig zagging all over the climb! te he!
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No real time this year, but I'll spend some time ambling around the Apuseni Mountains avoiding the pyscho sheepdogs.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tootling along the seafront in be meil/fouesnant by the beautiful white sand beaches...
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just back from a week in the Pyrenees - first cycling trip since having the nipper 5 months ago. Having missed a season's traingin and riding last year through being pregnant I was a bit out of form, but got in some cols - very SLOWLY.

Also managed to see a stage of the Espoir race 'le Ronde de l"isard' with a summit finish at Guzet Neige.

Could barely fit the little one in the car with the bike though.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After having Tom, I became the classic 'get me a large car NOW' mother and traded in a perfectly decent, economical little Volvo for a Honda CRV with loads of boot space for the kid and all his gear...
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this was a little peugeot hire car. would be fine if we just got a bike rack!

he seemed to take it quite well though! perhaps spending all that time close up to a bottom bracket he'll grow up to be a bike mechanic - that'd be handy i'm useless with an allen key



i'm training him up to be a little DS - driving round behind his mum offering me energy bars and a tow up any steep bits. just need to wait until he can reach the pedals.

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cute kid Very Happy how old is he?
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex is nearly 5 months now. I'm training him as a future tour winner - we've weaned him onto bananas.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alanmcn1 wrote:
And cheers for the granny gear tip. Always feel like a skinny runt child asking about triple chain rings, but am not going near france without one!


No shame in having a triple - I ALWAYS have one for mountains and I've beaten plenty of people without them up hills as they zigzag in pain.

Alan - I would set off really early for the Ventoux if it's summer as it's really exposed after chalet reynard so it could be very hot. Grit your teeth and play 'i-spy' with other riders on your way up. that's how i got over my first 2000m col (Port de Pailheres). takes your mind off the pain. Hope you enjoy! There's a cafe on the top so have a beer to celebrate.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

naspa wrote:
No real time this year, but I'll spend some time ambling around the Apuseni Mountains avoiding the pyscho sheepdogs.


Looks like a beautiful place:



I have heard Transylvania is beautiful.

Here's where I ride:



Here's where I live:


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

doc, so quintissentially New England - and so beautiful - love it there and have many happy memories. Looking forward to taking Tom to meet the NYC godparents and spending some time on the Cape and in Northampton, my old stomping ground.

Have come over all nostalgic now...

Naspa, one day I will make it to Hungary and neighbouring parts as have this hankering to visit the 'New' Europe Wink

tourmalet, Tom is largely fuelled by bananas, kiwis, dried apricots, broccoli, lentils and smoked fish...Very Happy
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bianchigirl wrote:
doc, so quintissentially New England - and so beautiful - love it there and have many happy memories. Looking forward to taking Tom to meet the NYC godparents and spending some time on the Cape and in Northampton, my old stomping ground.

Have come over all nostalgic now...

Naspa, one day I will make it to Hungary and neighbouring parts as have this hankering to visit the 'New' Europe Wink

tourmalet, Tom is largely fuelled by bananas, kiwis, dried apricots, broccoli, lentils and smoked fish...Very Happy


You must come to visit us here! BB will vouch for my sincerity. We are a child-friendly family as well.

And, btw, since you know about bananas, kiwis, dried apricots, broccoli, lentils and smoked fish, I think we'll need you at l'Etape next year!
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we'd love to - I'm definitely planning a nostalgia trip to my old stamping grounds (UMass Amherst 1983 - Amherst then Northampton then Boston then NYC)
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tourmalet wrote:


Hey ... that little guy is too young to drive!

Seriously - good on you for getting back on the bike ...
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from Provence where I did the Mt ventoux sportif up the Malaucence route of the climb. 150 kms and 3200 meters of climbing in all. Sun, mist, thunder and pissing rain all in one race.

Also did two 80 km races with a local cycling club from Bedoin, which was cool actually racing up big mountains attacking and pretending your better then you are.

All very cool.
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Got any pics crash?


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