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  1. 10 points
    chung

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    First of all, Thank you Darryl for suggesting/organising this Sportive & all the Wheelers & friends for another very memorable day indeed on the bike! I wouldn't have thought about doing this if it wasn't for Darryl's idea, since all I do these days are flat & cobblily :-) ............. but I'm glad I did this even though as everyone have said - it's brutal ! It's been a long time since I've done a "local sportive", probably have to go back to 2012 now, so it was a great reminder that there are still some brilliant events to be ridden without crossing the Channel. It might not have the glitz & glamour of bigger, more internationally recognised foreign events, but what it lacks is made up for by the warm reception (everyone I met, locals/marshalls helpers etc all had a smile on their faces) friendly atmosphere ........ & less riders to elbow out the way at feed stations In my opinion, this was an extremely well organised event with some lovely scenery & some of the hardest climbs I've ever done I've lost count of the times 20/21% gradient reading shown on my Garmin & these were always at the end of some long constant 10,12, 14, 16% slopes. Every time I ask Darryl, how many more climbs, he just said "........... only 1 more" ........ I know full well that it was not true ........ but somehow want it to be so! What also pleasantly surprised me was the conditions of the roads we drove & rode on, it was actually quite good without too much pot holes or broken surfaces, that was very welcome indeed, especially the brilliant & long but fairly technical descents. Which was great because after everyone climbs, the long down hills would munch away the km's, bringing us closer back to the finish! It goes without saying that I had a great time - thanks also to Gerard for pick-up & drop off & to my travel companions ............. P.S We were lucky with the weather, because I dare to think what it would be like if it was windy & wet Cheers
  2. 9 points
    Darryl Gunson

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Thanks Gerard - that’s the JWCC bunch at the start of the ride - all looking relatively fresh. It was a different story at the end though! There were 7 JWCC and two friends - Scott (just back from a weeks training in Majorca) and Glynn who was always going to be good on the hills given can’t have weighed more than 55kg - wet through. The intention was to ride ‘as a group’ at a very conservative pace. This proved to be a very good decision. Group was intact when after 30 miles or so Linda peeled off to follow the 60 mile route - sterling effort Linda! After that the fun and games began. I’m sure some of the others will want to add their own experience, but suffice to say that this is a very very hard ride indeed. In a word, brutal. It is every bit as hard as the Fred in my opinion. Anyway, our policy of keeping the group intact and stopping at the feeds served us well. Everyone was in good spirits with no mechanicals or mishaps (we saw a few which served as a salutary reminder that the course can be dangerous, especially the downhills). I’d ridden quite a few of these roads before so I had an idea what to expect, but I kept that to myself to preserve morale , as each climb was as hard or harder than the next, with a few 25% sections thrown in for good measure. We regrouped in Hawes for the last time and had a welcome coffee before tackling the very last climb - Fleet Moss. I hadn’t ridden this before, but Graham had, just the previous day (yes he cycled down!). He told us with a solemn look on his face that it was just as hard as anything we had already done. He wasn't lying. Overall a great day out, which will no doubt gain epic status in our memories, once we forget about how hard it was. It was a long day though, with the drive back to Glasgow. With hindsight, staying another night would have been good. Thanks to all who participated - JWCC and friends. Cheers!
  3. 8 points
    Alan Michael

    Chaingang 16 May 630pm

    Good to see everyone again... was a struggle though. Burst
  4. 8 points
    Glorious night for the Frank Lauder, 9 riders and check out the brilliant times all round... all very tight except for the 5 times in a row Champ 1st. and JWCC 10 Mile TT Champion : Richard Montague - 20.50 (pd) 2nd. Stuart Tennant - 23.05 3rd. Colin McPhee - 23.09 (PB) (pd+1) 4th. Gerrard Deeley - 23.16 (PB)(pd) 5th Scott McIntosh - 23.18 (PB) 6th James Snodgrass - 23.28(pd) 7th Colin Sales - 23.34 (PB) 8th Alan Thomson - 23.37 (PB)(pd) 9th Joseph McIntosh - 26.35 (Jet) Well done all the riders... a lot of very good testers this year .. Alan T collected a few quid for the coffers, but I don't know how much.. Cheers McGinty
  5. 7 points
    martin

    Women’s Only Ride 22/05/19

    Someone called Katie asking if the run is on every week...
  6. 6 points
    Elaine Muirhead

    Women’s Only Ride 22/05/19

    Thanks to everyone for tonight. It was a great team effort from all involved. Special thanks to Alan T and Martin for the chat at the beginning and to Charlie for his support on route. Perfectly placed to encourage folk up the hill! Also thanks to my fellow female wheelers. Couldn’t have done it without you. Definitely going to work out a plan so we have a ride next Wednesday to keep the momentum going.
  7. 6 points
    ginty001

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    I agree with the guys, this was a very well organised event, in a stunning part of the country on great roads... we stayed in a quaint wee village called Kettlewell in 4 different lodging all within about 100 yrds of each other and had a meal in the local hotel, food was great and for once we went easy on the pints, only 3 or 4 max .. as for the ride itself, no-one has exaggerated how tough this was, easily as tough as anything I've done before including the Fred and the Marmotte Pyrenees, it seemed that every single climb had sections in the high teens or low 20's plus a couple of 25 percents that seemed to go on for ages... as usual the company was great, so despite the pain it was a really enjoyable day in a masochistic kind of way.. Slept like a baby when I got home.. mcginty
  8. 6 points
    We should have taken some pics. A great night. The Clyde was looking epic and so was I! Got home, PB recorded, thinking this is the fittest I've ever been. Best open a bottle to celebrate. Meantime Stuart with a 23 02, getting dropped on a Thursday chain gang is embarrassing. Us TT'ers have a reputation to keep. I do think he might be roasting us all very soon.
  9. 5 points
    Lc1

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Hi A huge well done to all the guys a fantastic achievement those hills were brutal. I felt so proud when you all got back. I wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who looked after me. Chung you gave me the best laugh he hadn't got on his bike and felt sick due to Gerard taking the scenic route to Kettlewell This was my first sportive and I loved it. Next year definately the full distance...anyone interested I recommend the wheelers skinsuit definately makes you go faster
  10. 5 points
    Scott D

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Thanks everyone for making Glynn and myself welcome. And Darryl, you were right about needing low gearing for the event.. on the last climb (think it was Fleet Moss) I needed to get off the bike for a breather.. unable to keep a 34x27 turning, even standing on the pedals! There was a man and a woman sitting on top of the grassy embankment overlooking the road on the climb, encouraging me to keep going as I passed. I called out to them, "I imagine you've seen the full range of human suffering today". Their eyes twinkled briefly, before smiling politely in response.
  11. 5 points
    Gerard Deeley

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Great stuff from Darryl, an epic Wheelers day out in some stunning scenery. Very glad of my decision take each hill as steady as possible for such a long route with a couple of steep climbs. I am a rubbish climber but based on how I fine feel today it has paid off. Many thanks to everyone there, it was a memorable weekend. When do start planning the next one...?
  12. 5 points
    Alan, I’ll come down to hold / assist
  13. 5 points
    Ooo matron
  14. 5 points
  15. 5 points
    PaulL

    Volunteers

    Happy to help, Would be more than willing to do a talk on map reading and route planning
  16. 4 points
    Camped last night, family has got a cottage in port Ellen so staying there tonight, camping again in Tayvallich
  17. 4 points
    KarenG

    Women’s Only Ride 22/05/19

    Well done for organising this tonight Elaine. Lovely route in glorious weather, and great banter in the bunch. Thanks to Alan T and Martin for helping out, and Charlie for the roadside encouragement. Lots of enthusiastic riders tonight-here's to the first of many Wednesday evening rides!
  18. 4 points
    martin

    Women’s Only Ride 22/05/19

    Smashing start to this series of rides. Wheelers Elaine, Jann, Jane and Karen were joined by 12 other women. More people on Facebook asking if they can join in. Well done for organising this, just cracking. @Codg1e here are a couple more pics if you want to share on Instagram or Twitter.
  19. 4 points
    KarenG

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Well done folks. Sounds like you did the Wheelers proud on a tough course
  20. 4 points
    Galeb

    Sunday Training Ride 19/05 @ 9.00am

    Nice solo at the end with mild dry weather. Steady hard ride with some quite roads today especially through old largs road me the bike road and hills, not a sight of a car!
  21. 4 points
    Elaine Muirhead

    Chaingang 16 May 630pm

    Made it to the end of the Georgetown and lost it! Fastest 3 miles I’ve ever done! Is that a record for the quickest person to be dropped
  22. 4 points
    PaulL

    Chaingang 16 May 630pm

    I was third on the sprint! Not one wheel was sucked... Charlie would be proud
  23. 4 points
    Codg1e

    Wednesday 15th May

    Tommy & I had a great wee run round the coast to Largs today. The Millport ferry just arriving around the same time as us, so we hopped on and took a wee jaunt round the island, refuelling at The Ritz cafe. We cracked on up the middle of the island then back round from Millport to the ferry. I couldn't pass the BB without stopping so popped in there for a coffee and a cake, then we hit the Haylie back to base. Lovely warm day and tan has got even better Cheers Tommy!
  24. 4 points
    George

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Good luck guys/girls
  25. 4 points
    Iain67

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Good Luck to all doing the Etape Du Dales this weekend. Would love to be joining you but ion holiday. Good luck, take plenty of photos and the usual excellent update from Chung
  26. 4 points
    i'm a possible timekeeper/hawder upper … working in Edinburgh so hopefully be back in time … i'll post up if it looks like i'm going to struggle
  27. 4 points
    PaulL

    Chaingang 9 May 630pm

    Due a busy UCI race schedule this year for me this will be my first chaingang... I expect the same amount of leniency shown to McCusker when he is having a bad day... Obligatory GIF below
  28. 3 points
    Seeing if there is anyone else interested in doing a bit of touring with wild camping flung in. Next summer hoping to do 5 nights or so with approx. 50/80 miles a day, possibly heading over to Orkney / Shetland Isles. This year thought I might do a taster with 2/3 nights a bit more local, probably a long weekend in July. Anyone else have a similiar interest?
  29. 3 points
    thejanullrichdietplan

    Chaingang 23 May 630pm

    Lots of attacking tonight with a strong wind. New sprint king in town with Sam being the first to beat Marc in a head to head this year. Admittedly it looked a bit close to call but i figure cant have Marc winning all the points every week Also Richie is now a member and eligible for points! kom Marc - 5 Sam - 4 Richie - 3 Galeb - 2 Ian A - 1 Finish Sam - 6 Marc - 4 Me - 3 Richie - 2 Ian A - 1
  30. 3 points
    JaneF

    Women’s Only Ride 22/05/19

    Thanks Elaine for taking the challenge on! Good to see it so well supported. Other wheelers ladies, Linda C and Carol C also present! J
  31. 3 points
    Five riders, blue skies, but a wild north-westerly wind. In the order they went off: Tommy - 31:06 (PD) Alan T - 25:14 Scott - 24:50 Gerard - 24:55 (PD) James - 24:46 (PD) Good efforts on a stinker of a night. Cheers to Colin for holding up. £9 collected in cash, which I converted to a trip on the Renfrew ferry and a fish supper on the way home. If we had more riders, I could've had pickled onions. I'll transfer the equivalent dosh to the club account in a minute. Cheers!
  32. 3 points
    P McDonald

    Etape du Dales 19 May 2019

    Excellent stuff, sounds like a belter
  33. 3 points
    Elaine Muirhead

    Sunday 19th May

    Galston Transmitter route this Sunday. Meet at club rooms at 9am. Bowfield, Stewarton, Galston, transmitter loop and back. 55-60 miles.
  34. 3 points
    martin

    Sunday 19th May

    Jeezo that was hard work: haven't been up the transmitter hill since Greg Balden was a boy (2007 Braveheart run, since you asked). Wasn't meaning to be antisocial missing the cafe stop, just needed to go home for a lie down :-)
  35. 3 points
    Great bunch ride to get back into the swing of things. Weather, coffee stop, hills and pace all spot on. Hope my BB didn’t spoil the day for anyone!
  36. 3 points
    Thanks for the run today chaps and was a good pace, came home and went to my bed haven’t felt that sick on the bike in a very long.....hoping a nice beer will help me out
  37. 3 points
    Nice ride in the sunshine, sorry Glen for turning right when in fact I was being told I was shite not to turn right.
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    AlanT

    League of 10 #3 Tuesday 7th May

    A better night than expected, with 5 riders going off in cool, but dry and very light winds tonight Sam (Jet) 27:40 Joseph McIntosh (Jet) 27:26 Gerard Deeley (pd) 24:43 Scott McIntosh (pd+ last week) 23:44 Colin McPhee 25:04 Well done to all the riders tonight. Stuart T. also paid his arrears from last week tonight, so I have £12 to transfer, with Colin owing £3 Transferred 8/5/19
  40. 3 points
    martin

    Sunday 5th May

    Intermediate bunch is back :-) Elaine and DC of the Amstel (Hamoc) party, Andy Ross and me managed 50 odd miles without any wrong turnings today. Some great views from the top of the Fairlie and then a tailwind up Brisbane Glen and the Whin. Thanks for the route and the company.
  41. 3 points
    GrahamF

    Saturday 4th May

    Great, James MacLaren will probably be there too, so that makes 6 of us so far, should be a good ride.
  42. 3 points
    Gummers

    TRIBES – CYCLING NONSENSE AND SNOBBERY

    I don’t know XXX I believe that your public image, profile and likability could be seriously improved by more liberal use of Gifs in your postings xxx
  43. 2 points
    Ian Archibald

    Chaingang 23 May 630pm

    I did the North Side Chain Gang on Monday which had 3 groups of 12 to 15 riders. That worked perfectly. I guess people join in along the way but when you get to 20+ riders we become a hazard to the motorists and it's harder to get a training benefit. What's your objection to splitting the group?
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    charlie p

    Chaingang 16 May 630pm

    Chain gang is great and everyone is welcome. Not official Jwcc night just so happens was started by Jwcc members as alternative to Renfra bunch to give us lesser mortals a taste of chain gang. Iain Mctavishes’s introduction of World Cup has just made it better and more popular but whilst an open event Jwcc do have their own points table which is great for me i also pained and discombobulated as being a Jwcc worthy thought me and gang were doing alright. Healthy senior and jet membership regular main & 30 miler bunch runs. Recent resurrection of intermediate bunch ( see Sunday coming) Wednesday women’s only ride. Confined events when members give up their time to allow other members and on occasions guests to ride and get a time.maintenance classes about to start again with members giving of their time and experience for others. Discounts on your nosh @ Amaretto. Fancy new kit etc etc. Sorry I am a bit crotchety just now as have been laid up with chest infection and being old a hypochondriac & asthmatic only heightens my despair
  46. 2 points
    Etape lol
  47. 2 points
    Enjoyed that - kinda. Necessary pain after a bit of a layoff. Thanks for the wheels guys.
  48. 2 points
    AlanT

    New Calpe (Spain) thread

    I thought you were bringing beer on the basis of getting a bunk for the night? After all, some of us will be pensioners......
  49. 2 points
    XXX

    Sunday 5th May- Dukes Pass & Loch Katrine

    Monday Morning
  50. 2 points
    AlanT

    League of 10 #2. Wednesday 1st May

    Good turnout again tonight, and a couple of PBS for Ian A. and Stuart. I have £15 to transfer, with Stuart not having any cash tonight. Thanks to Scott for timekeeping and Charlie putting his strength work to good effect in holding.
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