Dear all 

I’m keen to keep up some longer rides over the colder months, this is my draft timetable, but changes may have to happen later on just because. Each month I will test a route, so it’s not rubbish when it comes to doing it for real, and leading a ride on that route, I'm sort of doing this with my Dulwich CC hat on, but I know some of you enjoy a big day out too, so come along.

Rides are planned for Sundays so I can have fun at HHV on Saturdays. All rides will be a nominal 200km, but I’ll not force the distance, and I might cheat and make you do a bit more than 200km by putting the start a bit further away. Routes may feature a bit of dull straight road to get us out of town faster; it opens up areas we seldom visit. 

Not sure you can do 200km? Give it a go, you can always jump on the train when you have had enough. Pace will be what works for the group but I'd like to keep the moving average over 25kmph, actual average will depend on faff and lunch of course. I’d expect everybody to turn up with enough food to get through the first 100km, and the group can decide if it’s a day for warming up in a pub or grabbing a sandwich from a petrol station on the day. 

I’ll keep this thread up to date for the duration. I’ll post GPX files up before each ride, and it would be marvellous if some of you had the route loaded on the day so I can sit in out of the wind. Most Garmins will not do 200km of navigating on one charge, so you may need to get creative if you want Strava to validate your life choices, I am that shallow.

It would be greatly appreciated if you fitted proper full length mudguards if rain is likely as 200km can feel a long way if you are getting icy water in the face the whole time, and sitting on the back is only half way polite! Lights take the stress out, stuff happens, it will go dark, please fit them. Please don’t fit continental supersonics and expect everybody to stand about in the cold whilst you fix multiple punctures. I hate crashing so will cancel if ice is likely. 

That all sounds a bit serious, it’s not, it will be lovely, riding in winter is brilliant, you see different stuff, and after a week in the office and not seeing any natural light from Monday to Friday spending that long out in the sun is magical.

Thanks, 

Hector 


October 

Test ride – 15 

Main ride – 29 

November 

Test ride – 12 

Main ride – 26 

December 

Test ride – 3 

Main ride – 17 

January 

Test ride – 7 

Main ride – 21 

February 

Test ride – 11 

Main ride - 18

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The long route for Sunday 15 October is ready. It has ended up a quite lumpy 208km, and a good proportion is on quite small roads so will not be particularly quick so make sure you have lights and its probably worth bringing two tubes too as some of it looks grubby. I'm looking forward to it, my new bike that will wear mudguards hasn't yet arrived though, if it's wet, sorry, I'll sit at the back.

If you fancy coming along please be at Cadence for an 8am departure. 

See you there.

Hector 

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Thanks for organising these Hector. Definitely up for joining you on some of these a little later in the season...
Enjoy Sunday
Frank

Great initiative, not sure if I am on 200k as yet! But keen to join one of your ride in the future.

How can I open a GPX with a MAC / PC?

You need to download the file to your desktop. You then have two options, either open in Garmin Connect, and save as a course in your profile. then you can open in the app on your phone and Bluetooth to your head unit. Or, connect head unit to PC with cable and drag and drop file to head unit (external storage) in Windows Explorer. For detail YouTube... I don't much enjoy this sort of technological fiddling so it always feels like a small victory when I get it to work. Last option, if a friend has the route on their 820,1000,1030 and you have one of them too you can Bluetooth device to device. If you use something other than Garmin, dunno, never had one.

I don't know, but when you do know please let me know..

Francesco S said:

Great initiative, not sure if I am on 200k as yet! But keen to join one of your ride in the future.

How can I open a GPX with a MAC / PC?

Ah actually have you got a ride with GPS account ? that works when you down load onto the platform you can view the route  etc etc. 

Paul Warren said:

I don't know, but when you do know please let me know..

Francesco S said:

Great initiative, not sure if I am on 200k as yet! But keen to join one of your ride in the future.

How can I open a GPX with a MAC / PC?

Hector that sounds great. I've blocked those that I can do into my diary. (26 Nov, 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 18 Feb).

[have my kids every other weekend hence extreme diary congestion throughout the year!]. will get in touch nearer the date

Nice one hector. I'm keen to join - Sounds like fun. I have a Garmin and as long as I kill the Wifi/Bluetooth/pacer Than it just about lasts for 200km.

Will be with you on the following dates;
December 17th
Happy to join you for your test ride on the 7th of Jan
January 21st
February 18th

Looks awesome hector! will pencil the dates in! can't do this Saturday unfortunately! 

Hector,

This looks really interesting and will hopefully join you on one of the forthcoming rides.

Out of curiosity what is your new 'Winter Bike'??

Currently having my annual fitting Mud-Guards or New Winter Bike Debate.

Becky, it's Sunday!

Shane, there are two answers to this, but only one you want...

I have a bright orange Rose Pro Cross Ultegra on order, but it's a few weeks away yet. I'm such a fashion victim, big tires and disks.

Not to mention orange, colour du jour, at least in the Oval Office.

Pro-Cross worries me Hector. Are you planning to take us down cart tracks?

May join you on Sunday, depending rather on what happens Sat evening. Otherwise a gentle pootle to the Surrey Hills is in order.

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