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Bath Two Tunnels - canal ride

posted 22 Apr 2013, 03:24 by Mike Stead   [ updated 4 Jun 2013, 02:05 ]

Thinking of doing the excellent child-friendly 13-mile Bath Two Tunnels ride? Here's a photo essay of the route: https://picasaweb.google.com/109247196413999078456/BathTwoTunnelsCanalRide

Ardennes expedition

posted 16 Apr 2013, 01:24 by Mike Stead

Mike Stead recently took his support crew to the Ardennes for a great week of cycling - here's the low-down: http://gateauvelo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/in-gods-cycling-country.html

The B.A.D night ride - 30km, Tues 19 March 2013

posted 20 Mar 2013, 06:25 by Mike Stead   [ updated 27 Mar 2013, 12:57 ]

4 blokes, 3 flat tyres, 2 degrees, 1 moon.

Just how may blokes does it take to change a flat tyre? what about three flat tyres? At least it didn't rain. It was a cold but clear night, and with the lights off you could ride by moonlight - if you trusted HCC to have repaired all the potholes that is (not recommended). The route went through Binley, over the Andover-Newbury road and up to Ashmansworth, then back via Dunley, missing out the notorious pothole-and-flint-fiesta lane leading from upper Woodcott down to Egbury. 

If you feel like riding this yourself, it can be downloaded or printed at  http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTY1NjQ= 

Being only two degrees, good kit was essential, and clearly gloves still need some work for everyone except Min 'HotHands'. During repair of the second flat at Ashmansworth a rather bemused farmer tramped out of his house to find out what the dogs were barking at. Four middle-aged guys in tights and hi-viz, as it turns out.

This ride will be cracking when it's warmer, lighter and less prone to flints all over the road - there's new Continental tyres on order right now to avoid this sort of thing in future.


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