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  • Longer Rides?

     got-to-get-fit updated 11 years, 1 month ago 11 Members · 20 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    24 December 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I’m mulling over the idea of longer rides…………. 😯

    I know at present we enjoy, or have enjoyed, rides of a moderate length on a Sunday or Saturday morning usually around the 2-3 hour mark averaging about 30-45 miles in distance.

    However, I was wondering if there was an interest from any quarter in completing longer rides, at a less intense pace obviously, probably of about 60-80 miles once or twice a month. I would see these taking about 4 -6 hours, being at a more sedate pace, and with a stop if required, although I must admit to not being a “stopper” myself.

    On the other side, if interest was split, I’d rather continue to ride in a bigger group over a shorter distance as we already do, at a slightly higher tempo, in order to allow us as a group to socialise more, and learn from each others riding abilities.

    Anyone any thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    Member
    25 December 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hi Gunner if you are ever in Bansko Bulgaria we do mtb rides up to 130km. most of are rides are between 40/80km lots of fun finishing with a beer and a soak in the hot tub.

  • hugo15

    Member
    25 December 2009 at 8:24 pm

    My initial thought is that I could probably get out for a longer ride once every six weeks or so but I would be looking to be closer to 50-60 miles/4 hours. The other thought that springs to mind is to start the longer rides in the summer at either 0700 hrs or 0730 hrs so we would be back before lunch. I am also not really a stopper as would prefer to spend the 30 mins or so spent sat in the cafe putting in some extra miles.

    While I would prefer to ride with the group every week, if everyone else is happy to do the extend rides more often then if that means some weeks I am out on my own, or I do part of the ride with the group and turn back early to fit with my personal circumstances then that is fine.

  • Gunner

    Member
    25 December 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Good idea Hugo.

    I’d be happy to start at 0700hrs or thereabouts from somewhere local and do about 4 hours.

    Even at a steady 15 mph that would give us our/my Metric Century total.

    Totally agree with the not stopping, think of the miles we’d get in. 😉

    I think it would be excellent as you suggest to strike some sort of balance with the longer rides and the “usual” rides so that we can accomodate as many riders as possible.

    For my part, I see this as developing some of the sites riders to achieve their potential. Such as Shinsplint, MikeBoro, and JohnRocketfuel, and others who have, in my opinion, come on in leaps and bounds since their initial rides with MTBE as a group.

  • grant

    Member
    26 December 2009 at 9:04 am

    I would be happy to do this a couple of times a month .

    grant

  • vince

    Member
    26 December 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I’ll be up for some longer routes once the weather gets a bit better.I also prefer the early starts as suggested by Hugo,leaves me the afternoons for a bit of family time 😉

  • Gunner

    Member
    26 December 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Excellent, at least it seems there is a demand for some longer routes.

    Hopefully then, we will look at getting these up and running early Spring. 😀

  • HarryB

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 6:42 am

    I know this sounds really selfish (probably because it is) but if some of these longer rides could be on Saturdays I’d be up for them.

    Also I’m planning to re-introduce the Friday rides with Colin. OK, they may actually be without Colin but my plan is for a 10am start from Wolviston Village and heading west through Thorpe Thewles, Redmarshall, Bishopton.

    If we do it as a regular thing with a regular start to the route (with picjk-uo points on route) it would mean that anyone who happens to be off on Friday would know there’s a ride sorted. What doers everyone think?

  • Gunner

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 9:39 am

    I know this sounds really selfish (probably because it is) but if some of these longer rides could be on Saturdays I’d be up for them.

    You’re OK Harry. 😉

    I was hoping to schedule these rides in for a Saturday as well as a Sunday through the year.

    Also, the Friday ride idea is excellent by the way. 😉

    I work all day Friday unfortunately but if I’m ever able to get along I will.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Gunner, try going out with your local CTC.

    Relatively slow pace and they seem to get about 6-7 hours in, with a lunch stop. Might be a good try-out for you.

  • MikeBoro

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I’d be up for this, I would be ok for either the Saturday or the Sunday.

    At the moment I’d be happy to get out on any kind of ride.

  • Gunner

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I’d be up for this, I would be ok for either the Saturday or the Sunday.

    Excellent, looks like a decent sized group interested

    😀

  • HarryB

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Gunner, try going out with your local CTC.

    Relatively slow pace and they seem to get about 6-7 hours in, with a lunch stop. Might be a good try-out for you.

    Steve, don’t take this the wrong way but Gunner . . .

    a) doesn’t have a beard

    b) doesn’t have one of those massive brooks saddlebags on his bike

    c) doesn’t own a 1960s steel bike covered in rust

    d) has never been seen in Tesco wearing sandals and socks

    e) is actually quite fast on a bike

    I see CTC members when I’m riding and TBH they look like tramps riding bikes that they’ve found in skips. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Gunner

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 7:04 pm

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    27 December 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Must be the poor lot up there, Harry.

    One of our lot comes on a De Rosa King 3 and another on a Spesh S-Works Tarmac Pro SL. 😯

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