flipping weather

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by davek, May 5, 2006.

  1. davek

    davek Guest

    Why? That's what I want to know, why the muddy flip it's being warm and
    sunny /now/, but threatening to piss down all weekend - the same
    weekend I've got my first attempt at a 400 lined up...

    pah!

    d.
     
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  2. Roos Eisma

    Roos Eisma Guest

    "davek" <[email protected]> writes:

    >Why? That's what I want to know, why the muddy flip it's being warm and
    >sunny /now/, but threatening to piss down all weekend - the same
    >weekend I've got my first attempt at a 400 lined up...


    My prediction is that the fine weather will last here until 16 may 11 am,
    when I finish my last exam...

    Roos
     
  3. In article <[email protected]>, davek
    ([email protected]) wrote:
    > Why? That's what I want to know, why the muddy flip it's being warm and
    > sunny /now/, but threatening to piss down all weekend - the same
    > weekend I've got my first attempt at a 400 lined up...


    Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere. Worked for me on the Upper
    Thames last year.

    --
    Dave Larrington - <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/>
    Drugs are good, except when they kill you.
     
  4. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    Dave Larrington wrote:

    > Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    > the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere. Worked for me on the Upper
    > Thames last year.


    The variety you can get surfing around is very handy. You can often
    choose any weather you want, thus enabling one to justify either staying
    in or going out as convenient.

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  5. In article <[email protected]>, Peter Clinch
    ([email protected]) wrote:
    > Dave Larrington wrote:
    >
    > > Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    > > the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere. Worked for me on the Upper
    > > Thames last year.

    >
    > The variety you can get surfing around is very handy. You can often
    > choose any weather you want, thus enabling one to justify either staying
    > in or going out as convenient.


    Even if the weather would make sane people stay in, this'll be the third
    part of a National Series SR. DNS is not an option...

    --
    Dave Larrington - <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/>
    It is not possible to call a complex number from a phone box.
     
  6. davek

    davek Guest

    Dave Larrington wrote:
    > Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    > the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere.


    Yeah, that's better, but can anyone point me to a forecast that says it
    will be dry and sunny, please? ;-)

    d.
     
  7. davek

    davek Guest

    Dave Larrington wrote:
    > Even if the weather would make sane people stay in, this'll be the third
    > part of a National Series SR. DNS is not an option...


    Please don't remind me that I packed on the only National Series 300 I
    had any chance of riding. <gnashes teeth>

    d.
     
  8. In article <[email protected]>,
    davek ([email protected]) wrote:
    > Dave Larrington wrote:
    > > Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    > > the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere.

    >
    > Yeah, that's better, but can anyone point me to a forecast that says it
    > will be dry and sunny, please? ;-)


    I expect so, just not for Kent and Sussex this weekend.

    Next question: apart from meeting MartinM in El Supremo mode, why do
    They send us on a detour to Highbrook when staying on the B2028 through
    Ardingly seems to be both shorter AND less Scenic? Do the natives of
    Ardingly eat cyclists or something?

    --
    Dave Larrington - <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/>
    My other motto is in Latin.
     
  9. MartinM

    MartinM Guest

    Dave Larrington wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > davek ([email protected]) wrote:
    > > Dave Larrington wrote:
    > > > Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    > > > the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere.

    > >
    > > Yeah, that's better, but can anyone point me to a forecast that says it
    > > will be dry and sunny, please? ;-)

    >
    > I expect so, just not for Kent and Sussex this weekend.
    >
    > Next question: apart from meeting MartinM in El Supremo mode, why do
    > They send us on a detour to Highbrook when staying on the B2028 through
    > Ardingly seems to be both shorter AND less Scenic? Do the natives of
    > Ardingly eat cyclists or something?


    shoot them more like.

    the B2028 is horrible at the best of times, even more so at dusk; it
    used to be a favourite ton-up spot in the days of Nortn Commandos, so
    probably now a TGV beating section on a Zazozuzi GDFXR 2000. Highbrook
    is idyllic, you may actually between you all double the amount of
    traffic for the week.
     
  10. MartinM

    MartinM Guest

    MartinM wrote:

    >
    > > Next question: apart from meeting MartinM in El Supremo mode,


    speaking of which; does the great man put in an appearance? wouldn't be
    an AUK event without Dave's flashing lit eatery in the middle of a dark
    lane somewhere.
     
  11. davek

    davek Guest

    MartinM wrote:
    > speaking of which; does the great man put in an appearance?


    No mention of him on the routesheet, and none of the controls seem to
    be likely spots for him to park his van, so probably not.

    d.
     
  12. Mike K Smith

    Mike K Smith Guest

    davek wrote:
    > Dave Larrington wrote:
    >> Try uk.weather.com - their forecast is better. Still "showers" but not
    >> the torrential wossnames forecast elsewhere.

    >
    > Yeah, that's better, but can anyone point me to a forecast that says it
    > will be dry and sunny, please? ;-)


    Dry and sunny in the Ogwen Valley would be excellent.
     
  13. MartinM

    MartinM Guest

    davek wrote:
    > MartinM wrote:
    > > speaking of which; does the great man put in an appearance?

    >
    > No mention of him on the routesheet, and none of the controls seem to
    > be likely spots for him to park his van, so probably not.


    if you can get a car down it he can park there.

    oh well; will just have to go and get some Lidl Stollen, and in true
    Invicta style I shall sit guzzling Chianti (1) and Harveys (2) as you
    drink your tea ;-)
    (1) Chichester on the 400 in 2002
    (2) Underriver on the Grimpeur
     
  14. davek

    davek Guest

    MartinM wrote:
    > if you can get a car down it he can park there.


    It's not that so much as the nature of the locations - motorway
    services, tesco car parks, etc - which don't seem like the kind of
    places El Supremo would frequent.

    > (2) Underriver on the Grimpeur


    I remember that. IIRC Rob had crashed a wedding reception at the church
    over the road from the control point and was being liberally plied with
    free BEER while we all suffered.

    d.
     
  15. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    Dave Larrington wrote:
    >
    > Next question: apart from meeting MartinM in El Supremo mode, why do
    > They send us on a detour to Highbrook when staying on the B2028 through
    > Ardingly seems to be both shorter AND less Scenic? Do the natives of
    > Ardingly eat cyclists or something?
    >


    Its curious how detours on long distance rides become frustrating like
    that but when you think about it, it shouldn't make a difference. You
    are deliberately setting out to ride lots of miles so whether they are
    built into a detour or an extension at the end really doesn't matter.
    If you want a shorter distance its a shorter ride you need ;-)

    --
    Tony

    "The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the
    right."
    - Lord Hailsham
     
  16. MartinM

    MartinM Guest

    davek wrote:
    > MartinM wrote:
    > > if you can get a car down it he can park there.

    >
    > It's not that so much as the nature of the locations - motorway
    > services, tesco car parks, etc - which don't seem like the kind of
    > places El Supremo would frequent.
    >
    > > (2) Underriver on the Grimpeur

    >
    > I remember that. IIRC Rob had crashed a wedding reception at the church
    > over the road from the control point and was being liberally plied with
    > free BEER while we all suffered.


    and when I threatened to report him to the the European Court of Human
    Rights he merely said that I was perfectly at liberty to go and buy a
    pint.....
    before One Tree Hill
     
  17. davek

    davek Guest

    Tony Raven wrote:
    > Its curious how detours on long distance rides become frustrating like
    > that but when you think about it, it shouldn't make a difference.


    Depends on what /type/ of long-distance ride you are doing - it most
    certainly does make a difference on Audax rides because all these loops
    and diversions create the necessity for more control points.

    This particular ride, the Invicta 400, has 14 controls, including a good
    number of information controls - one of which comes only 4km into the
    ride. That's a fairly high number of controls for the distance and
    suggests a route that hasn't been planned too carefully. (Compare the
    Invicta 300, which has just 6 controls.)

    It also makes the routesheet much longer and more convoluted - and
    therefore harder to follow. (Compare the Dean 300 on which you
    occasionally go for 14km between instructions.)

    I wouldn't mind so much if it were a "classic" route with great scenery
    (that's scenery with a small s) but it seems to include large stretches
    of busy main road and goes straight through the middle of Maidstone town
    centre, which is a rough place at the best of times - I dread to think
    what it will be like late on Saturday night...

    And before you chide me for entering such a ride, I entered it based on
    the expectation that it would be using the same route as previous years,
    which was /completely/ different!

    Maybe it won't turn out to be so bad, but I do kind of wish I'd entered
    the Severn Across 400 instead. We'll see...

    Anyway, must go and get on with preparing - I need to set off for the
    start about an hour from now. Hardly slept at all - feeling just a wee
    bit anxious...

    Martin, see you probably some time in the region of 9-10pm (unless it's
    raining heavily by then, in which case I would expect you to be doing
    the sensible thing and staying at home instead).

    d.
     
  18. MartinM

    MartinM Guest

    davek wrote:

    > Maybe it won't turn out to be so bad, but I do kind of wish I'd entered
    > the Severn Across 400 instead. We'll see...


    perhaps the weather will vindicate my choice of that ride too;
    re the route; you are getting a broadly similar but of scenery with a
    small s thru Sussex; but the classic out and back to Winchester would
    have been better and will probably be my 2007 400

    > Martin, see you probably some time in the region of 9-10pm (unless it's
    > raining heavily by then, in which case I would expect you to be doing
    > the sensible thing and staying at home instead).


    not I, us AUK organisers are made of sterner stuff ;-)
     
  19. Adam Lea

    Adam Lea Guest

    "davek" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Why? That's what I want to know, why the muddy flip it's being warm and
    > sunny /now/, but threatening to piss down all weekend - the same
    > weekend I've got my first attempt at a 400 lined up...
    >
    > pah!
    >
    > d.
    >


    It's because today I decided to use the bike instead of the car to do the
    ten mile round trip to get the weeks food shopping.

    I was impressed at how much capacity my panniers had.

    Adam
     
  20. "Adam Lea" <[email protected]> wrote:
    | It's because today I decided to use the bike instead of the car to do the
    | ten mile round trip to get the weeks food shopping.
    |
    | I was impressed at how much capacity my panniers had.

    I remember when I used to be able to do the Big Shop with just the two
    rear panniers. After all, how often do you buy more than 72l of stuff
    in one go? But that was when I was a carefree flat-dwelling batchelor.
    How things change (mutter)! As the volume crept up I got warier and
    warier, and started carrying a 60l pair of front bags (or rather, a
    60l pair of bags which I foolishly carry on the front) which often came
    back from the market empty. I was starting to worry about what I would
    have to do when I got close to filling all four bags, but presumably by
    then the child trailer will be empty, and at the present rate of growth
    that should carry everything until I need someone else to pedal the
    hearse for me.
     
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