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by WorcsPhil
01 Jul 2014 10:26
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: National Road Championships
Replies: 2
Views: 1179

...and on a different tangent from around Europe...can we get this new national champion onto the Beacon hill climb in September? Judging from the photo, Andy Craddock has delivered his Beacon jersey to him, which may persuade him. http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/vincenzo-nibali-arna...
by WorcsPhil
26 Jun 2014 07:58
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result KC32/20 25th June
Replies: 10
Views: 1925

Yes, thanks Chris...right decision, but would have been interesting to have a 600m Paris-Roubaix section on a time trial! If Simon is wondering about how to adjust handicaps for a shortened course, I think the exact distance was 17.85miles (by my Garmin), if you want to pro-rata the times back to 20...
by WorcsPhil
24 Jun 2014 22:07
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: National Road Championships
Replies: 2
Views: 1179

National Road Championships

It's the Nationals this week in Abergavenny of course, and I was idly looking at the Men's Time Trial starting list, which takes place on Thursday evening. Amongst the knights of the realm and MBE holders at the sharp end, lower down the list I noticed some familar names from a Beacon perspective......
by WorcsPhil
18 Jun 2014 16:28
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Tour De France Stage 2
Replies: 23
Views: 3976

Be keen to join you, Nick. I rode most of the route yesterday and note you're saying Langsett Reservoir as a viewing spot. I don't know if you mean the general vicinity or exactly at the reservoir, but the road past Langsett is fast downhill...In fact it's downhill and fast from the top of Woodhead ...
by WorcsPhil
04 Jun 2014 08:52
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: A fan's view on Mont Zoncolan
Replies: 7
Views: 1987

A fan's view on Mont Zoncolan

I know there was an idiot in a World Championship top who went too far, but the attached link shows the beauty of just being a fan of cycling on a tough, tough mountain stage. http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/giro-ditalia/film-fans-eye-view-zoncolan-125270 ...and Adam Hansen looks a great bloke...
by WorcsPhil
12 May 2014 17:51
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The Fred Whitton Sportive 2014 - 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3233

...and I was about 10mins after he crashed on Wrynose...there was a first aid tent round him at the time. Mark is right, the ultra-steep descents on wet tarmac meant most people (including us) went down them on full brakes at about 5mph (hence our apparent slow averages compared to say a club run), ...
by WorcsPhil
07 May 2014 17:52
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Autumn Epic Sportive: 5th October
Replies: 16
Views: 2775

I'm in also...I enjoyed it last year despite a stonking cold, so hoping for better health this year. It seems as if it is mandatory for Phil's to be there Mr Gameson, Field etc....
by WorcsPhil
30 Apr 2014 17:56
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The Fred Whitton Sportive 2014 - 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3233

Mark..ahem...your post has not helped! :(

Let's hope it's dry!
by WorcsPhil
28 Apr 2014 21:42
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The Fred Whitton Sportive 2014 - 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3233

The Fred Whitton Sportive 2014 - 11th May

On Sunday May.11th, myself and Mark Patton are Beacon riders in this mega-sportive in the Lake District after we were successful (?) in the entry ballot. This ride has 4000m of climbing in the 180km event and climbs over all the named passes such as Kirkstone, Whinlatter, Honister etc with the Hardk...
by WorcsPhil
23 Apr 2014 11:39
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Santini Cotswold Spring Classic
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Santini Cotswold Spring Classic

Myself and a friend did this sportive last sunday. It's based in Cirencester, and seems to be sponsored/run by Performance cycles in Poulton, so not a rip-off sportive by any means. Over 650 riders, most of whom did the easier 100kms route, but the 160kms is a very interesting course. Starts off qui...
by WorcsPhil
14 Apr 2014 17:25
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Yr Elenydd / The Elenith: Now with Beacon Members
Replies: 23
Views: 3531

My congratulations also - a top ride.

As for your next stupid idea, there was talk on the club run yesterday of a plan for the Montgomery Madness and the Kidderminster Killer on successive days...Something for you Elenith boys to take on?????
by WorcsPhil
30 Mar 2014 21:13
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Good stuff, Andy - out of interest, what time did you estimate in your application,? If you know, we might put something similar to get a similar start time.
by WorcsPhil
29 Mar 2014 22:16
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Excellent, Martin...no one else has stepped forward and there's been plenty of time so I reckon you're the elusive fourth man. Team finalised...Again, I'll email separately to avoid boring others, with just points of general interest posted here. No actions as yet until further notice.
by WorcsPhil
29 Mar 2014 10:20
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Beacon are in...I've just received this message: We are delighted to tell you that Beacon RCC application for teams into the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Club Challenge on Sunday August 10th, has been successful. You have been allocated: 0 Female team – please note this cannot be swapped fo...
by WorcsPhil
22 Mar 2014 09:40
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Andy, individual entrants do not need to be members of BC, just team entrants.
by WorcsPhil
21 Mar 2014 09:35
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

James, I think Laurence has covered it all, and you will see the cost is £48 each, but no actions yet until we're in. There will be logistics costs also, of getting down there and overnight costs on the Saturday night as we'll probably be off before 7am. No arrangements have yet been made...it is qu...
by WorcsPhil
20 Mar 2014 17:51
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Everybody has had long enough to view this thread now. Last day for entries for teams is tomorrow, so to avoid any last minute issues, Beacon RCC have entered one team, with the team self selecting as me, Laurence Cooley, Tim Egan and Alistair Hey. Hope no-one is put out with that! I have our one te...
by WorcsPhil
15 Mar 2014 22:21
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

I'll do it this week, Laurence. You're right that the team is self-selecting at present...marvellous. This is the last call for any other participants - for a potential second team entry, which isn't guaranteed.
by WorcsPhil
04 Mar 2014 19:02
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Thanks, Laurence - good spot. So how do we select who's in? As I said, I'm happy to organise our entries but fully recognise others have an equal or stronger right to be included.... Perhaps those who entered but were turned down? Quickest riders to uphold the reputation of our club? Other criteria?...
by WorcsPhil
28 Feb 2014 23:59
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Toaster down?
Replies: 27
Views: 3991

whisper it quietly, but I think bikeroutetoaster is back. It looks a bit different, but all my old routes are there, all exportable and there are maps, undo buttons and altitudes. Just successfully uploaded a route to my garmin...
by WorcsPhil
24 Feb 2014 11:58
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Buried deep on their website is the following...so we're guaranteed one team as we entered last year, so perhaps we could put in for two...update next week. We are again offering British Cycling affiliated clubs the chance to apply for team entries for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 which take...
by WorcsPhil
23 Feb 2014 16:39
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

RideLondon100 Beacon Club entry

It's clear that there are a few independent Beacon riders who have successfully got through the ballot for this August sportive but is there a chance for the Beacon Club to enter a team or two? I know there was one entered last year. I'm happy to organise if there's interest and/or we need an offici...
by WorcsPhil
12 Feb 2014 22:45
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Ride 100 London
Replies: 15
Views: 2722

It's true that you need to register beforehand to pick up your timing chip etc, but last year you could pick it up anytime from Thursday morning at the Excel Arena, which makes it easier than a Saturday pick up. My possible work entry is fading due to a large number of people not making it through t...
by WorcsPhil
06 Feb 2014 00:01
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Ride 100 London
Replies: 15
Views: 2722

Good one, Andy. My ballot application was unsuccessful this year, but have a Plan B with a potential work connection, so still hope to be there....
by WorcsPhil
24 Jan 2014 16:30
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: The Tour Down Under
Replies: 5
Views: 1580

I'd agree Andy...I enjoyed yesterday's stage, with the climb and descent over the Corkscrew. Impressed with Cuddles and it seems as if he's lost some weight this winter and looks pretty fired up already...perhaps he's peeed off with falling away to the likes of Nibali, Froome and Quintana on the mou...
by WorcsPhil
01 Dec 2013 20:38
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Mad March Hare Sportive 2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5192

Also entered...I think this sells out in a week and is a third full already, so if you're wavering...enter sooner rather than later
by WorcsPhil
26 Nov 2013 23:24
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Mad March Hare Sportive 2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5192

Mad March Hare Sportive 2014

I read that entries open for the Mad March Hare sportive on sunday (1st December). The event itself is on March 2nd 2014, a week after the Sunrise/Snowdrop Beacon Audax...two 75milers in 2 weeks to kick-start the spring. There were a few Beaconites on this event earlier this year, and it would be go...
by WorcsPhil
10 Oct 2013 22:54
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Prescription Cycling Glasses
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Hi, I do indeed have some cycling sunglasses, but they are not prescription, merely bifocal reading glasses. They are bifocal wrap around glasses at the (very) cheap end of the market, with a +2.0 reading bifocal which enables me to read my garmin...without them, the damn computer is a blurry set of...
by WorcsPhil
07 Oct 2013 22:25
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Autumn Epic this Sunday from Knighton
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Compared to the other audaxes/sportives last weekend, I think I was a Billy Beacon No-mates on the Autumn Epic, but that should not distract from what a top event this is. A flattish first 15kms leads onto seven big climbs on roads with virtually no other vehicles, most climbs getting to over 400m e...
by WorcsPhil
01 Oct 2013 22:36
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Autumn Epic this Sunday from Knighton
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Autumn Epic this Sunday from Knighton

I'm doing this ride on Sunday, which is a lovely but tough 155kms in the Welsh borders from Knighton, with big climbs on the Rhyader Mountain road, Glascym (25%) and Presteigne...any other Beaconites venturing into the wild west this week? ride details here... http://www.cyclosportives.co.uk/epicHom...
by WorcsPhil
13 Sep 2013 12:53
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: La Vuelta (spoilers)
Replies: 13
Views: 2157

Proportionally to other threads, there seems to be a lack of comment on pro racing, but the Vuelta has thrown up a number of good talking points, namely: - Chris Horner's amazing standing-up climbing tactics. Let's put aside suspicions of illegal substances here, but a 42 year old dancing up these s...
by WorcsPhil
28 Aug 2013 23:17
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon bottles on tour
Replies: 58
Views: 13238

About time this was resurrected before 2013 is over...recognising that Claire's picture trumps everyone....48 hairpins and a beacon bidon.

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by WorcsPhil
05 Aug 2013 22:40
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The RideLondon100
Replies: 16
Views: 2881

http://www.flickr.com/photos/99870064@N05/9444887417 Although I was not in the Beacon official group, I still wore our new kit and proud to do so...many highlights, but the glass-like surface on Box Hill was an experience after the Worcestershire re-surfacing of the last few weeks, and hurtling thr...
by WorcsPhil
04 Aug 2013 18:42
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The RideLondon100
Replies: 16
Views: 2881

Just got back home from a fast day on the bike in London...read about the rain and crashes on the Beacon run today so don't hate me when I say it was perfect conditions in London, dry and 20c. The closed roads, excellent organisation (which meant there was little or no bike congestion on the course)...
by WorcsPhil
08 Jul 2013 21:21
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Marmotte 2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3731

Excellent description of the day, James...congrats for even finishing...By my reckoning, when you conclude by saying "I don't think I want to do it again"...that means give it a week and you'll sign up one more time...unfinished business and all that. Well done to all the Beacon Marmoteers
by WorcsPhil
08 Jul 2013 13:31
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Marmotte 2013
Replies: 22
Views: 3731

I'm reading on another forum that it was a brutal day at the Marmotte this year, with temperatures touching 40c and riders scattered at the side of the Alpe d'Huez seeking shade, water and the will to live, so hearty congratulations, Gary on completing it in a good time, in fact completing it at all...
by WorcsPhil
04 Jul 2013 22:23
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Club Challenge
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

No worries...Yes, it's an early start for us amateurs. I'm off at 06:38 and need to get lined up before 6am. Luckily, our hotel is only a 10min cycle away...The things we do to get out of the way of the pro cyclists, huh.
by WorcsPhil
04 Jul 2013 10:07
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Club Challenge
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Nic, I'm driving down to Stratford next to the Olympic Park on the saturday and back on the sunday afternoon and will have space in the car for you and your bike, but I'm already booked into a dirt-cheap hotel with a mate, so can't offer a room, I'm afraid. A lift to/from the event is open if you wa...
by WorcsPhil
27 Jun 2013 08:36
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Handicap 20 championship Wed 26th June
Replies: 13
Views: 2061

Well spotted, Laurence. I'll take any additional seconds with gratitude, but it doesn't get me anywhere near the podium. Well done to Steve, Laurence and Martin in particular (as well as Chris for being the fastest on the night of course) Andy, you're getting a reputation for 'loose' route finding, ...
by WorcsPhil
02 Jun 2013 22:57
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: To Weston and Back: "The Weston Run"
Replies: 196
Views: 27738

Just to add my thanks to Phil and indeed everyone for the camaraderie which made the day and ride more manageable that I ever thought it'd be. It was true as Phil says that a lot of people had never ridden this distance before (including me...my longest had been 130miles), and yesterday proved that ...
by WorcsPhil
02 Jun 2013 22:45
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: LEJOG 2013
Replies: 57
Views: 7872

Good luck to you both and enjoy the ride(s)...1000 miles, 9 days and 50 excuses for cake, what could be a better way of spending this week?
by WorcsPhil
30 May 2013 18:13
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: To Weston and Back: "The Weston Run"
Replies: 196
Views: 27738

Can I please nominate Les's post as Post of the Year 2013...most amusing. So a pint of Double Diamond it is. Alternatively 50% of us could eat porridge and 50% not and submit our findings to the Lancet...I'll take the risk. I guess in most of these things, it's a personal thing, but I agree a great ...
by WorcsPhil
04 May 2013 23:42
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULTS Club 25 mile TT Sat 4 May 1400
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Bad luck today, Harry...what was your mechanical? Saw you looking forlorn at the roundabout at Spetchley. ...and a big congrats to all, especially Chris and Ed, great times in that nagging wind. Ed came past me (unsurprisingly), and it's almost a pleasure to hear him first, them solid aero wheels pu...
by WorcsPhil
21 Apr 2013 22:48
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Shenstone Audaxes
Replies: 10
Views: 1906

on the 160kms, the controls were at Ipstones on the way up and Wyaston on the way back. Wyaston is a couple of kms after the Ashbourne hill, but Ipstones is up on the moors somewhere...where the locals warned us to "stay on the path lads, don't stray onto the moors" (straight out of American Werewol...
by WorcsPhil
21 Apr 2013 18:32
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Shenstone Audaxes
Replies: 10
Views: 1906

Shenstone Audaxes

Rode with a friend from Lichfield CC today on the 160kms Derbyshire Dales audax. A good ride into the Peak district so not roads I'm too familiar with, but it was worthwhile to get onto the moors with light(ish) winds. The controls were excellent with free tea, cakes, tiffin and maltloaf, and plenty...
by WorcsPhil
16 Apr 2013 17:51
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: To Weston and Back: "The Weston Run"
Replies: 196
Views: 27738

only 7 weeks to go till Weston...gulp. Training in terms of longer runs is being stepped up now, but Phil (and other long-distance regulars), what advice would you give for the post 10-hour fatigue and motivation loss? ...and by the way, can you assure everybody that we're finishing on the prom, and...
by WorcsPhil
26 Mar 2013 20:49
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Cancellation of Cheshire Cat
Replies: 5
Views: 1185

Nick, it looks as if you've put them in some sort of priority order! Yes, The organisers of the Cheshire Cat have dropped a goolie there, I think. For every person that couldn't make that reserve date, they could have refunded and then sold on again, still selling out, and enhancing their reputation...
by WorcsPhil
04 Mar 2013 23:33
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Bikes on the Beacon Club Runs
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

New Bikes on the Beacon Club Runs

I read somewhere that bikes are renewed every 5-10 years on average by club cyclists, and therefore I guess there are 20+ new bikes purchased every year by Beacon riders. I see from a similar thread that Paul's Spesh Roubaix and Keith's Trek Madone 4.7 have made their debut this week, and my new bik...
by WorcsPhil
03 Mar 2013 19:57
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Mad March Hare 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1107

Good ride James...my Strava shows 4:20 cycling time (4:28 with the stops), and pleased with this given my normal weakness in hill climbing....Not sure I could get the sub 4-hour you're targeting though. That big climb would have been nasty in wet weather, luckily all the mud had dried off! Hey Clair...
by WorcsPhil
26 Feb 2013 16:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New bike advice
Replies: 51
Views: 7669

Many good recommendations here, and can back up the comments from Philip and Laurence in that Epic, Echelon and Cult Racing are good choices for this issue (Speeds not mentioned in this breath?...er...no). Had test rides from Epic in Ludlow and Echelon in Pershore and decided on Epic, who undertook ...