UPDATED: Good Friday Club Run, 6th April 2012
7:00 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Duration: 5hr 45
- Ride the Peak District Hills on the Blue Train
UPDATE: THIS IS AN 80 Mi RIDE ON RATHER LUMPY TERRAIN, THEREFORE A DIFFICULT, LONG RIDE; SO, CAN EVERYONE MAKE SURE THAT THEY TAKE SUFFICIENT DRINK, FOOD, BIKE REPAIR KIT WITH THEM & A PHONE, AND ARE VAGUELY FAMILIAR WITH THE ROUTE/REGION, SHOULD THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY? 03/4/12
CLUB COLOURS ON DISPLAY (AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE) PLEASE.
In the tradition of previous years when we had a real good club turnout, probably the largest in the club's early days, I would like to propose the Good Friday Run 2012 on the 6th April, heading for the Peak District with a possible cafe stop mid way or at least on the way home.
In recent years we have visited Carsington Water, Wirksworth and come back via Crich to pack a few good hills at pace in a group. Again suggestions for a route are welcome. ETD will be 08:00.
More details to come (10/12/11)
This club ride is a training ride that is for Beeston CC riders but might attract riders from local clubs plus riders not yet affiliated to a/the club. Beeston CC requires that its members ride responsibly at all times, with due regard to the rules of the road and with consideration to all other road users. Each individual rider is responsible for their own behaviour on the road. Beeston CC cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of individual riders.
70 mile 2012 Challenge ride route?
8:01 Thu, 2 Feb 2012
70 mile 2012 Challenge ride route?
8:01 Thu, 2 Feb 2012
like it :-)
16:23 Tue, 7 Feb 2012
like it :-)
16:23 Tue, 7 Feb 2012
Discussed yesterday and sounds like a good idea indeed.
13:40 Tue, 14 Feb 2012
Discussed yesterday and sounds like a good idea indeed.
13:40 Tue, 14 Feb 2012
I fancy a go at this.
22:19 Tue, 13 Mar 2012
Done the 47 mile route so bring on the 77 miler!
20:23 Mon, 19 Mar 2012
21:44 Wed, 21 Mar 2012
I have wangled some leave for this so look forward to getting dropped on the first hill.
15:52 Mon, 26 Mar 2012
Suppose I'd better come to keep you company Julian
7:58 Tue, 27 Mar 2012
Are we going to finish at the Crown, Beeston for a few jars?
17:51 Sat, 31 Mar 2012
That sounds like a very civilised suggestion Jon!
19:33 Sat, 31 Mar 2012
@Jonm & Will -it would be rude not too!
18:53 Sun, 1 Apr 2012
Looking forward to this one, looks a good size group.
Could you please edit the original post and link to Mikes route so people can check the route out.
6:23 Mon, 2 Apr 2012
looking forward to this, and its looking like this "cold snap" will have passed.
13:41 Mon, 2 Apr 2012
Everyone checked the route out?
I'm familiar with most of it, but travelling the opposite way.
Looking forward to Rowsley Bar, plenty to do before and indeed after that though!
20:43 Mon, 2 Apr 2012
At least we don't have to go up Hindersitch f****** Lane :-)
20:57 Mon, 2 Apr 2012
where is a good cafe stop?
there is the one in crich (well there are 2 in crich) not sure of any others at a suitable distance?
7:50 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
I don't normally stop, that would be a nice treat, as long as its not at the bottom of a hill, I get terrible cafe legs.
8:35 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
The one that we stopped at with Phil R the other week was good. It was just after Crich although it was off the route and at the bottomo of a hill.
8:52 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
It's only a short hill back to the route from the cafe we stopped at the week, or the other one in Crich (on the route at the top of the hill) is fairly good, we stopped there on last years Good Friday run.
9:47 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
I don't normally stop either. It'll depend a bit on what we've got planned on the home front for me.
10:25 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
i would prefer a brief stop mainly due to the extended nature of the ride - the route is nearly 80 miles. Crich would probably be ideal as its 2/3rds into the ride and at the top of a hill!
10:33 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
I would like a stop but also fear I'll be in for another trip to the doghouse when we get back if we're out for ages. How about just stopping at a shop and getting a massive stash of mars bars and coke as a compromise.
Also, I was thinking that by the time I've got to Beeston and back I'm looking at the thick end of 90 miles. Ignoring how much I was blowing after 60 last week, it seems silly to go so far and not do a 100. Does anyone facny an extension once we get back to Beeston?
10:41 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
By the time I catch you up you'll be just settling the bill. I'm hoping a 'laughing group' will form and we can play it by ear.
I hope it doesn't turn into the usual BCC group ride with casualties strewn across the countryside, getting lost and bonking!
10:43 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
"bonking" hence the cafe stop.
Personally the attraction of a cafe stop is a hot coffee so i'd be happy to stop anywhere that serves hot (real) coffee.
Lets just see how we get on, but people should be aware that this will be a long and lumpy ride so make sure you all have plenty of food. sympathy/assistance reduces upon comments like;
"i've got a box of gels at home, i just didn't think that i'd need any!?"
i eat a banana on my 15 mile commute home!!
10:54 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Sure, everyone must make sure they take food & drinks with them. I think that it is fair that everyone takes some responsibility. I'll add this to the main msg.
A short stop might be fine but anything extended might not be great for everyone; I'd like to be back for a late lunch with the girls I'm sure.
10:57 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Yup, that includes you Fenchie, you always end up pinching my banana!
I never normally stop but this isn't a normal ride.
Tell your wives and girlfriends/partners that this is the one off big Good Friday club run, they'll understand.......
11:01 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
I have plenty of food, thank you; getting better at managing it. I don't like to see food go to waste so I sometimes volunteer to pinch the odd, battered fruit!
11:03 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Last year's Good Friday run was certainly one of the more enjoyable rides I've done ..... now I feel like I'm missing out! I wonder how much Ryanair charge for a carrying a bike? Probably have to pay extra for the brake blocks.
12:57 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
I shall think of you all as I tackle the short sharpness of Cornwall.
15:27 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Club colours on, as much as possible chaps: Remember this is the blue train!
Barry, you will be missed! So will you Guy.
16:21 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Just off route, great place.
Coffee, buns and all your usual deli favourites.
16:55 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
On second thoughts not for me I think,so have removed name. Maybe next year when I've got some more miles in my legs
20:42 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Thats a shame, why not join us for part of it?
The ride to Alport heights is good, you could then turn and retrace that route, it's a nice roll back down to the A6.
20:53 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Ok, I'll do that, sounds like a good idea for me. I did really want to come for all of it, but big mileage and time constraint = :(
Every time I say I'm not coming on a ride someone convinces me otherwise...good stuff! ;)
21:23 Tue, 3 Apr 2012
Good Idea I'll stop for Alport hieghts, not been out since Saturday & starting to go stir crazy!
7:17 Wed, 4 Apr 2012
frenchie, your joking, right?
7:18 Wed, 4 Apr 2012
16:04 Wed, 4 Apr 2012
I hope the snow has melted by Friday!
21:32 Wed, 4 Apr 2012
Frenchie-ref the blue train livery, been painted the wrong way ;))
8:32 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Is this going to be a fast one as I was thinking of coming on my cross bike?
11:34 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
We'll have to crack on a bit or we won't be back in time for tea
11:49 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Tea? No one mentioned anything about tea?! I thought we were finishing at the Crown!
12:26 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Tea as in northern tea i.e. the evening meal
12:30 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
You mean lunch Robert, right? I am counting on a continental lunch...
Jon, knowing you, you'll be fine.
12:51 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
@ciccione I know that I am on leave this week and have most probably left my brain at the office, but I am not following, sorry!
12:52 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Frenchie , the amount of explaination required of one line quips is inversely proportional to their entertainment value ! - I'll tell you tomorrow
12:59 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
13:17 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Ah, I grew up in Kent and Gloucestershire, I'm still not up to speed on the local northern vocabulary (and yes, Nottingham is northern!)
13:20 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
just make sure you bring some snap,... me duck!
13:32 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Nottingham so isn't northern
13:38 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Nottingham is central, trust me!
13:42 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Nottingham is practically Southern!
14:06 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
My mate SteveD will be tagging along, that makes 19 so far....
14:10 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Is no-one up for the 100 mile challenge?
15:02 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
I think I'll be in pieces and a long way behind by the time we roll back into Beeston.
15:17 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Anything north of Watford Gap services is officially northern and to be treated with a certain amount of trepidation
15:45 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
16:31 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
What Guy said!
16:32 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
I think we should build a border control and not let you lot in without an official northern visa
16:33 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
That would suggest the country is run from the north... ;-)
17:45 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
See you at bottom of cov lane
17:46 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Sorry, gonna have to take a rain check. Looking forward to reading the post ride comments
18:14 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
It looks to be dry tomorrow but it'll be cold with rising wind levels throughout the morning.
Again, please ensure you take the necessary clothing and kit with you for what will be a tough ride. Over the past 2 years we've managed to stay together for a good half of the course but groups then formed esp. on the way back. I do not know what it'll be like tomorrow; we can aim to regroup at the top of the big hills at first but I suspect that we might not be able to wait for all if the group is stretched for it'll be cold.
Take money & phone as well and familiarise yourselves with the route. Like Richard I tend to do it anti-clockwise for example.
I have loaded the course on my Garmin but the damn thing is already misbehaving...
Enjoy the day & remember to wear your club colours.
18:18 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
I have the route in my Garmin too
19:15 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Will also meet at Cov Lane, Stuart see you at Bramcote Park entrance 8:05ish, with SteveB and me mate SteveD. I also have route in Garmin.
19:35 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
meet you at bramcote park around 8.10 (Adi too)
19:39 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
I only have a ss Beeston jersey but I'll see what I can do. One of those nice warm winter jerseys from the new kit order would have been perfect...
19:46 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
19:57 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
@adi see you there
20:32 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Afraid won't be coming sorry, am shattered from work and lots to do tonight - travelling up north tomorrow (if scunny isn't north I don't know what is!)
Enjoy. I will eventually make it out again when time permits...
21:07 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
People are getting a wee bit excited about this. If we stop to drink coffee then that is eating into drinking time at the crown, surely, beer or coffee? No contest! Coffee for work, beer for bank holidays (and any other time you are not at work)
22:05 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Scunny isn't north either
22:13 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Too many hours at work has now caught up with me. Hope to be there for 8, but if im not don't wait for for me!
22:19 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Scunny isn't north - its the back of beyond!!
22:32 Thu, 5 Apr 2012
Looking nice out there. Only a light dusting of frost!
6:30 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
3 minutes of inspiration.
Then off to Argos.
6:31 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
As it's closer for me I may as well head to Bramcote park to start as well.
6:31 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Looks like a great day, enjoy the ride guys! And take some photos of the route for the website please!
6:37 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I'm cornish. As far as I'm concerned Nottingham is pretty much as north as it gets....after that... it's just wilderness....
8:11 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Well I'm back, anyone else?
12:56 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I've made it, we finished with 5 riders, any award for biggest group to make it home?
A memorable ride anyway. Was ride leader Frenchie first to get lost!? (sorry Frenchie)
13:11 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Well that was a balls up, i thought the ride started at 8:30 and was sitting at the mini roundabout in chilwell until it dawned on me that you wouldn't even pass there, d'oh! I then pedaled like mad trying to catch you and eventually caught up with Stewart near Worksworth, but you guys has turned off near there. I cycled up to Crich thinking you would pass by as I sat in the coffee shop there. I was halfway through my second cup of coffee when Mark flew past, I waited thinking the others would be close behind but no one appeared. I cycled back to Beeston and then caught up with Adi at Bramcote island. Went to the Crown and nobody was there.
13:28 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Not a good Friday!
13:31 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
13:38 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
13:59 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Sorry to bail on you Richard, did you have a good ride? Apart from a spate of punctures we had a pretty nice roll home.
14:03 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
That was pretty brutal, the southern party got scared at the sight of some rain and ran for home leaving the rest of us to suffer a lesson in climbing at the hands of the young maestro and then to laugh at a lesson in blowing out of your ring put on by my goodself. Off to Sainsbury's now to buy food, I thinking it might not be the healthiest shop ever.
14:09 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Well I got 5 miles in and heard a 'ping' a front spoke had gone had to loosen the cable as it looked like a pringle! ended up doing prep work for the patio :-(
14:28 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Well I got round. Rode most of it on my own but repsect to Mike - a crackin' route worthy of a "Challenge" ride. How many wimped and took various shorter routes? I clocked 83 miles after a faux-pas near Matlock had me descend all the way. I then rode along to Cromford and back up through Holloway - god I hate that climb!!
Geat day!! :-)
15:25 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
My longest ride ever. The middle bit is a blur after getting lost after walking through snow! Managed to find small group of 6 and had an enjoyable but tough ride. Rowsley Bar - Oh my god! a very impressive KOM up there by Tom (aka the young maestro). Enjoyed the TT finish chasing RichB and Tom who were going like bullets. Nice Burger in Bramcote Park to finish! Awesome. Feeling sleepy now.....
15:29 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Hey Will, don't suppose you could remove that comment please? Don't really want my private life broadcasting on the web. Cheers.
15:31 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I turned short somewhere with six others, not quite sure where, we ended up at the bottom of Nimblejack, then down the Via Gellia (where we had our first of three punctures), coffee in Cromford and then rejoined the route on the climb up to Crich, down the hill along park lane (second puncture) and then up the Arenberg Trench (third puncture).
Just been to TFN for replacement cleats (ruined walking through the snow and a few meters up Bridle lane after the last puncture), then I had a coffee in Beeston and realised I'd locked myself out of the house. (Managed to break in with the aid of a baguette so it's all good).
15:35 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Sorry Jon, done.
Jim, maybe time to upgrade the home security if all you need is a french stick!
15:44 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I don't know about anybody else but it feels like unfinished business, I'd like to give it another go soon (without so much stopping and starting!)
15:44 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Yes! Luckily my housemate hadn't locked the second lock on his way out (to Belgium for a week) just the yale, otherwise I would have been in trouble :-)
Julian I'd already thought about that, going to do it properly in a few weeks!
16:02 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I'm certainly finished.
OK it got a bit messy, 23 riders by my reckoning from the photo. above + me and JonM.
We did stop to regroup before the climb to Dalley lane, sorry to have lost Frenchie and Graham, we met a few riders half way up that climb who had been 'dropped' not sure if they were following Stuart or had gone off course.
Didn't see Stuart again.
We kept a smaller group together. A top tip is if you don't know the way, stick with someone with a working GPS or even better a home-made route sheet.
Benefitted from Russ and his route sheet on more than one occassion. Good to hear you got round Russ, admired your metronome approach to getting on with the miles and the hills.Great stuff.
After the group split as people cut the ride short we got into some of the best bits of the ride, across the top to Winster and some nice fast descents. As a group of 6 we were able to pull each other along.
The climb to Stanton Peak was a bit brutal and the descent needs care.
Rowsley was the final brute and a bit wet and slippery.
You're almost home by that point, give or take a couple more climbs.
Missed out the cafe stop and Bridle lane, today after all that grit and water on the road why would you want to ride that?
From then on it was a case of hanging on toms wheel, and keeping the pace up for a 2 o'clock finish, met Frenchie at this point who had ridden solo. A last blast up Cat and Fiddle lane and home.
That is a great rewarding route, I'd be happy with a sportive route like that, but I like the hills!
Good to hear everyone is home.
16:11 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
@Richb - cheers mate!
16:19 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I was at the back but not dropped as I had stopped to take my top off, I had only just turned onto cat and fiddle lane!!!!
16:27 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Hey Stewart, did you get back Ok or did you need to call international rescue?
16:36 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
@Russ, I manged to get back, but the wheel was bent out of shape so had to completely disconect the front brake. I've checked the other nipples from under the rim tape and it looks like the nipples are corrodedm which is why they keep snapping, so I have ordered a new front wheel and am going to get the old one re-nippled and keep it as a spare! Gutted I missed out on a good days riding!
16:42 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
bridle lane was ace.... roubaix-esque, perfect for this weekend.
16:49 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I thought we should go up Bridle lane just so those who hadn't had the pleasure before could see it for real :-) It turns out Will thought that the photo someone posted previously was just a joke, how wrong he was......
16:53 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
It's an interesting challenge but I don't think I'd want to do it in a crowd on my best bike, especially in the rain, will be very tricky for less experienced riders too...
17:24 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
You weren't quite so polite at the top of it Will!
17:28 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I had a lovely solo ride guys, cheers.
Went after Graham to Duffield (yelling we were of course, having noted the mistake, but he was faster than me going downhill); lost him after the junction; came back up; waited and then was & went on my own. Cut some of the course off but didn't stop and rode 5h40 solid (well minus the odd food stop) doing ca 80 Mi in total I reckon. Regrouped with the lead 4 late in the ride and went home with them.
I am like Julian: I'd like to do it again in a smaller group, and stick together and to the course proper.
I eventually enjoyed my solo ride (It was a great day out in magnificent landscapes) but it certainly did not feel like what I expected nor like the previous Good Friday runs. I am sure someone will do a better job and can organise something next year.
17:43 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Maybe 77 miles was a bit ambitious, I put my hand up to that, quite a big and varied group of riders as well.
Of course weather and road conditions weren't ideal either.
18:09 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I was just going to say I think we might have been better sticking with 50 odd miles, slightly steadier pace, add in a leisurely cafe stop and it's probably easier to stick to a route we all know.
I did enjoy having to get off and push through the snow though!!!
18:12 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
It was perhaps a big ask for a large varied group to stay together over this length of route. I still want to do the full 77 but will hopefully bring my legs with me next time. For me the shortened route was a good call.
18:18 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
It was ambitious but we gave it a go, I could have kissed Markn when he suggested taking a short cut home via the cafe though....
18:23 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
@frenchie everyone seems to have had a real epic and enjoyed themselves, I would say that is some pretty good organising. Cheers for making it happen
18:29 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Yeah I don't think it was a failure, we had a great morning. It will be good to revisit the route soon too, maybe we could recce an alternative to Bridle Lane...
18:44 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
I think Mike has reluctantly accepted the hill up to Heage as an alternative, it's longer and takes more time.
I did try and encourage the others up Bridle lane today with a shout of 'Roubaix, Roubaix, Roubaix' but no joy!
As Jim said a shorter more familiar route might have been a better option to keep people together.
I was really keen to try this route out though, especially as on the day of the sportive I'll be helping out.
18:54 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
It wasn't such a bad day for such a ride all in all; I enjoyed the challenges I faced, the distance and... the views!
I kept beating myself up for missing out with the group, for I felt good (at my own level) & it would have made the ride more interesting for me. That's why I was a bit grumpy at the end (plus that damned chain let me down as I was chasing Richard & Steveb to add insult to injury!).
PS I am only a catalyst at best @roberth ; the guy who looks at the calendar & tries to make suggestions to you. That's all.
19:07 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Next time we do this I will not stay up drinking till 3am and balls up the start time :-(
Was looking forward to this all week.
19:12 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Great outing in varied conditions, glad we decided to do the full route (albeit without bridle lane). It was worth it just to see young Tom's climbing abilities! A Bientot...
19:59 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Hi people I had decided to bail at the malt shovel anyway I seem to have some sort of chill high HR and no power so I grovelled home down the A6 picked up Canti John for a bit then he went up Crich Id better be better by Monday FFS x
21:56 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Fingers crossed, expect you to be flying when you get back.
21:58 Fri, 6 Apr 2012
Never before been called Canti Jon maybe If you swap the vowel in the first word!
15:04 Sat, 7 Apr 2012
Do you use Conti nental tyres then Jon? ;-)
15:23 Sat, 7 Apr 2012
KOM on Bridle Lane! Ha!
(I know it won't last long now I've drawn peoples attention to it)
18:10 Mon, 9 Apr 2012