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  1. Thought it worth mentioning another astoundingly brilliant day on Arran where 5 of the 7 riders were JWCC members (although one missed the memo to wear the jersey😀) 3 new inductees to the Hall of Fame were Sean Delaney, John McGivern and Mark Cushley who are all regular Saturday bunchers, repeaters in the Hall of Fame were David Archibald, Richie Provan, Garry Dunn and myself so chapeau to all, 5 of our number finished a bit ahead and took the Island Loop KOM by a chunky margin on a near perfect day with virtually no wind. The weather was so brilliant it was a shame all we could really view was a 700x25 GP5000 and a rear hub !! The legend grows and I see another double taking shape in my crystal ball. Get training hard because you know you want to, Forza Arran Forever !
  2. Just to add to the colourful debate - it was Jan who dreamt up this one a good few years ago - big day out. As you can see on his Strava link we did the Mennock pass from the South which I reckon is best as psychologically you are a bit closer to home after the descent. Café stop at top of Mennock was very nice. I reckon when you get to Dungavel returning via Galston is best bet (don't listen to Archibald and his Eaglesham ) for simple reason roads are known and by that time you are thinking shortest way home ! Second café stop in Muirkirk always an option at the Greasy Spoon - home of the chicken burger. When we did it we didn't have a 2nd stop but did raid a supermarket in Darvel for as much chocolate and biscuits as we could eat. Have fun
  3. Hi Kenny Yes for me for any slots that become available thanks
  4. Yes for me Kenny - very late to this thread !
  5. Sorry, no, that sounds like a tricky one. I'm sure you've checked out google for solutions
  6. Just saw this, great memories, also made me think just how many decades I have been habbling down the Westferry 😁
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    Hello Ramsay, hope all good with you both I have used Espresso's for a few years now, would recommend them, they are very good. I reckon go for the first one in the range which has the metal wear plate - last time I bought a pair it was the Espresso 4. Only small downside is cleats wear out a bit quicker than others. cheers
  8. Would be heading to Calpe in summer Billy as I have a villa booking transferred from July 20 to July 21. The thought of the silky smooth mountain roads and sunshine is what is keeping me going. And trying to beat my PB on the Col de Rates 🌞
  9. Update on this thread and the banter on the WhatsApp thread, Been time limited this week but investigating RGT it looks like you need to subscribe in order to upload a route. I thought I would suss out the free version first to see how it works. On the subject of a UA, basically the established 20mph challenge for the SA and DA is the exact same for a TA or QA, ie you need to average 20mph from when you get off the boat to get back on. I reckon 2 challenges might qualify for a UA, 1) Just doing 4 laps in a day regardless of time, you would need to stay overnight as if you don't average 20mph for the 224 miles then you can't do the ferry thing in a day. 2) Perhaps a better one would be a 50TA, this would be 3 laps of 50 miles over the Ross so 150 miles and the target speed to catch the ferry would be 18mph. I reckon this would work out harder than a DA. So there you go George, if you are looking for an Ultra Arran the scene is set ….
  10. Of course, I really hope to get a trip in the summer as well
  11. Guys Just wondered if anyone has any experience of RGT platform which is a competitor to Zwift. Reason for asking is I read that you can upload a route and by 'chance' I thought of Arran and we could add a new category to the Hall of Fame - the VA Virtual Arran - time limit would be about 2h45m Just as a reminder of better times and challenges to come the current categories are, SA - Single Arran SSA - Solo Single Arran WA - Winter Arran 56+50 - Double Arran with 'minor' shortcut over the Ross The mythical DA - Double Arran cheers
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    Here's some more Davie
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    Hey Davie I think its great that you did post this message especially if it helps you come to terms with your reality. Please do fight it head on and make the very most of whatever time you have which may be longer than you think. Seeing the pictures from our Roubaix trip ( with the other crazy Paul! ) really brought it all back. Seem to remember going to bar for a 'coffee' late morning beside the velodrome and ending up spending the whole day watching the big screen - I'll see if I have some other pictures. Also remember getting up about 3am to ride 1 hour to the bus down to the start ?! Perhaps you can be the Derny pacer for a cyclo cross / gravel ride when you get the new steed, All the best
  14. Would anyone have a Di2 rear mech I could borrow to use on my Zwift bike for a few weeks until I get a warranty replacement, the one I have has broke at a very awkward time ! Realistically it could be late January before I get the replacement with holidays etc cheers Paul