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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:52 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

all the way over there to a big ole iron pole, putting some splendid fizzymess into a can of rubbish-beer in the bag.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just the usual, up a hill with some beer. not too far, as bike equipped with 175mm cranks when 170mm would obv be preferable. gps reckoned 680m asl. found the right way down this time.


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Lovely countryside where you live Maffy.

today's dolphin helichopper of scenerypix (which, incidentally, did an excellent job today, marred only by the director's interest in ag2r falling off) went off up the skislope and i thought "bloody hell that looks just like here."

it's not though. they finished at 1114m asl, below the treeline. the towerthingy's at 1630m asl or so. suppose there's fewer moutons and them there pesky euros don't bother burning heather to farm ptarmigans.

sheep of temptation, thursday


skislope, today


some moors, today


l'headbutt action d'moutons, sunday
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I repeat my comment about lovely countryside Smile

Have had very little leisure time on bike for last few weeks. Donner und Blitzen, weekend shifts and weekend trips have conspired against me. Two day's vacation next week since the TdS is local (Monday, Tuesday) may rectify that! Weather is not nice forecast though Sad
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Who would have thought that an obsession with sheep and cycling could lead to more wanky bike clothing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did somebody mention summer? Heavy rain came yesterday. Again. Luckily I was home early for a parent teacher meeting thingie but all of the below were taken directly along my normal commute route at about my normal commute time

We're friends with the family who live in the house with the safety mirror in front (she's from Dublin) whilst the flooded underground car park is next door to one of my sister-in-laws. Most of the water found that car park first so that there was only about 10cm deep leftover to go into her block of flats car park and she had anyway gotten her car out in time! The farm fields are a bit messed up with the impromptu streams forming in them and similar happened a few weeks ago a washed away a lot of freshly sown corn seed my inlaws had planted!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes! Hope there isn't too much damage done, and that everyone was safe.  Hopefully, that's the worst of it and that it runs off quickly enough.  What's the forecast? The power of nature is immense indeed, stay safe Bio...

For a little light relief, you might take encouragement from the Carrigaline response to their flooding last winter.  A couple of lads didn't seem over perturbed by the rising levels in their local.  A high stool has more than one benefit sometimes...



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. No harm to anyone - just frustrating for my farming inlaws. They had put right the damage from a few weeks ago and then more rain comes along. They've been farming for generations and have never had sustained weather like this. Remember though, climate change is a hoax Rolling Eyes

Anyway, compared to the flooding a few years ago in Genoa / Cinqueterre  when about 13 people drowned over the course of a week or so it's manageable.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about the flooding. Though trust Gerry to link a pub scene to it!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

solstice sunrise and sunset were somewhat meh, but solstice stwabewwy moonrise was ok


bonus behind a wattyfall shot for no particular reason.


it was a wet warm windy winter, and a dry spring here. midges now abound. the bogs atop the fells have got wetter again the last few weeks, so no more stalking sheeps wearing mesh shoes.

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http://us.blacksheepcycling.cc/collections/be-a-black-sheep

got a jumper allegedly made out of coffee-ground leftovers, my 47th favourite brown beverage. it was cheaper than an order in a high-street-brown-drink-franchise-emporium. reckon there's maybe a gap in the market for see-thru-empty-bottle-rattly-stoppers at maybe €47.95 or so a pop. or fling 'em and watch them smash, like gel-wrappers don't, whilst not actually racing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I am hardly riding at the moment (you don't want to know), I am putting my bike on the back of the car, driving three hours to a village called Modene, right near Ventoux, where I will meet up with some old pals from Lancaster in England, who rent a gite in France somewhere, every summer.  They go and ride bikes for a week, eat, play cards at night, drink and have a great time.  They are all younger and fitter than me, the oldest being 56, the youngest in mid thirties.  Might go out to a lunch 15k away, pootle around the flat bits, and maybe be a support vehicle for the climbs of Ventoux.  Some of the fitter lads want to do all three routes, or maybe two climbs in one day.  Nice countryside around there.  Should be able to get on the bike two or three times, maybe inspire me to ride in the morning during the Tour.

I will try to take a few photos.  Probably a lot of lads on bikes and of Ventoux, which will not be too original.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds fun ff. the chaps may like a picture of their far off hills from the other way.

there's some suspicion that i may have been cheating, but there was no skiing available.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give you a report on how many times they climb Ventoux.  The other lads should be arriving today, me not til Monday.  I am looking forward to the company although I do hope to have a few little ridelets now and again.  Some good restaurants in the area, and a few bike shops too, so I should be able to amuse myself.  Might even buy a new tyre or something.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday's bike ride. Did a metric century and more climbing than I'm optimised for. Went deep into the Jura hills south of where I live. Up close to a 1000m a few times (we live at 300m) which is about as high as the Jura around here go.  The first harvest was busy being brought in - wheat and hay. Amazed at some of the gradients that get farmed around here. Also amazed at the sunset. Everything was red. I've done nothing to the photos to enhance. Last one is the sun disappearing behind the Vosges.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

twelfth was a bit wet'n'wild.

it cleared and got vaguely splendid for an hour or two later enabling a trip to the shop, after the shootists had blown on down to the pub.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few piccies from our recent family jollies to Les Gets. These are the more unusual ones given that many are simply repeats of last year i.e. blue sky, beautiful landscapes, and bikes/marker posts!

We were there for two weeks and during this time, Mrs SR and I bagged the Joux Plane (both sides), the Ramaz (both sides), the Columbiere, the Joux Verte (scenic way to Avoriaz) and the less than scenic main road to Avoriaz.

Mrs SR also bagged the Joux Plane from Samoens a second time, whilst I bagged the Ranfolly (en route to the Joux Plane when on road) running and on MTB. For the record, running is by far the hardest way to gain altitude and the worst to way to lose it as you still have to work pretty hard running downhill. None of this soft cyclist free-wheeling malarkey!

I actually spent most of the holiday clattering downhill on my new MTB with Elder Little Rower. I don't think the Athertons will be losing much sleep following our efforts but we did improve a lot and were moving with something approaching style and control at times! I actually managed to impress said daughter - and 13 year old daughters are not easily impressed by their Dad - by wiping out in spectacular fashion one day. I flew over the handle bars, then had the bike bounce off my ribs before standing up, dusting myself down and casually carrying on back to the chalet for lunch! Immediate injuries were minimal, thankfully, but new whiplash damage seems to be emerging every day at the moment.

My climbing form was good, approaching 2012 levels at times, though dropping below last year's levels when tired. (The MTB work, although only downhill, does takes its toll.) I was denied a duel on the upper slopes of the Joux Plane when I started to reel in a guy who'd slowly overtaken me lower down. Just as I caught him and was fishing around in my saddle bag for my largest ladle, he punctured, so I continued in "Billy No Mates" style to the top. Best of all, my back had benefited from my climbing exploits in June and didn't give my any problems at all during our two weeks of action. Smile

The plan for next year is something similar, albeit with a further addition to the MTB stable, so Mrs SR and Younger Little Rower can join in the fun more often!

Ramaz - The top appears to be getting rebuilt


Avoriaz marker - 3rd time here; 1st time I've dared to get out my camera


And with good reason - Avoriaz is seriously ugly


MTB slalom courses from the chairlift


Col de Ranfolly a VTT
(Actually on the ridge just above the Col itself.)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would post the piccie I had taken by the guy in named Sky kit at the top of the Joux Plane but as I didn't manage to overtake him on the way up (and the piccie contains me) I won't.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

still breezy. now autumn.


nifty looking vtt, sr. what's with the newfangled decking bridge?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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nifty looking vtt, sr. what's with the newfangled decking bridge?


Thanks. It's a fairly low spec vtt - a Giant Stance. Far too good for me all the same! The ladies' Giant Intrigue is a much nicer device.

I think the decking is part of a restaurant rather than being part of a bridge. It had just shut when I finished labouring my way up for that photo!
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[mjm] what with there being no racing on the telly to complain about, went out looking for some fucking pennines. pointy fucking twatbastards were there alright, with fucking millions of fucking sheeps that they were shagging. fucking windy anarl. fun. [/mjm]





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[mjm] what with there being no racing on the telly to complain about, went out looking for some fucking pennines. pointy fucking twatbastards were there alright, with fucking millions of fucking sheeps that they were shagging. fucking windy anarl. fun. [/mjm]


You only got such good photos because you used a doped up camera you c***. You're f***ing talentless and wouldn't be able to get your camera out of its bag without the f***ing dope you f***ing c***.


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