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    P McDonald got a reaction from George in Saturday 26/06/21   
    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
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Saturday 26/06/21   
    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
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    P McDonald got a reaction from George in JWCC chaingang!   
    Just saw this, great memories, also made me think just how many decades I have been habbling down the Westferry 😁
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Ramsay in Pedals   
    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
     
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    P McDonald reacted to thejanullrichdietplan in Zwift TT - Wed 17th Feb 1800   
    Tonights results - Jamie with the win and i think also PBs for this TT series for Eric and big Al. Well done!
    Jamie - 9:20.5
    Me - 9:25.1
    Richie - 9:52.4
    Eric - 10:17.4
    Alan T - 10:33.0
    Alan C - 10:41.0
     
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    P McDonald reacted to martin in Arran - Again !   
    Yep, cracking facility in Lamlash. We got mates rates for the jets, let me know if you want me to make enquiries. 
     
    https://m.facebook.com/arranoutdoor/
     
     
     
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    P McDonald got a reaction from XXX in Spain Training Camp (sort off)   
    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 🌞 
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    P McDonald reacted to ginty001 in Arran - Again !   
    Great idea, we could all book into the Bunkhouse in Lamlash     an old JWCC favourite
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    P McDonald got a reaction from George in Arran - Again !   
    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 ….
     
     
     
     
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    P McDonald got a reaction from XXX in Spain Training Camp (sort off)   
    Of course, I really hope to get a trip in the summer as well  
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    P McDonald reacted to Darryl Gunson in Arran - Again !   
    Hi Paul
    No direct experience yet, but I have been looking at it. You need to download 2 apps and there is a free version with reduced functionality. Arran and other classic routes would be good to do on this. Either as a group or solo.
    Cheers 
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Codg1e in Strava flyby   
    Yip, bit of a bummer that one. I plan to re activate so I can watch SA's
     
     
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    P McDonald got a reaction from EricL in Saturday 10th Oct   
    From what I can decipher, outdoor non contact sports are still ok, so.....there is a run leaving Houston roundabout 9.30am Saturday round coast to W Kilbride, company welcome, I will take names for track and trace register. Decent tempo, short stop at Largs toilets
    Post up if you plan to join.
     
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Gerard Deeley in Saturday 2/10/20   
    Arran this morning, DA21 starts right here right now 😁

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    P McDonald got a reaction from Codg1e in Saturday 2/10/20   
    Arran this morning, DA21 starts right here right now 😁

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    P McDonald got a reaction from thejanullrichdietplan in Saturday 2/10/20   
    Arran this morning, DA21 starts right here right now 😁

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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Saturday 2/10/20   
    See General Forum under Saturday 3rd October - Jan has got the date right, I quoted Sat 2nd!
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Sunday 4th October   
    Yip
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    P McDonald reacted to thejanullrichdietplan in Saturday 3rd October 10am Zwift ride   
    Weather forecast for Saturday doesnt look good so how about a Zwift ride up Ventoux? It's a long climb, aiming for 3 w/kg all the way up.  If this is too hard, or too easy then you can adjust your weight
    Then the fun bit. After a regroup at the top (if you want to smash it up the climb and then have a break feel free to do that) it then becomes a race to the bottom. Descent will take about 15 minutes.... DQd if you start ahead of the beacon.
    Remember to follow Johnstone Wheelers on the companion app if you want an invite
    Before the event is due to start make sure you have opened up the game and can see your avatar and bike - you can ride about on any course or just sit waiting. When it is 5 minutes to the start of the meetup a dialogue box will appear on the bottom left of the screen  - select that and it will take you to the start of the group ride.
     
     
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    P McDonald reacted to Ramsay in Cross/gravel ebikes   
    Afternoon all,
    Has been a while. 👋  Hope everyone is well.
    After nearly 8 years of knee problems (with multiple re-injure, rehab, recovery......) I have decided it is time to get an ebike to help take the strain out of climbing.  I’m looking at crossers (or gravel bikes as they have been re-invented as) and there are quite a few options out there.
    Does anyone have any experience of any e road/cross/gravel bikes?  Particularly in terms of hub drive v mid-drive. Any thoughts would be welcome.....unless they are too cheeky!  😄
    Ramsay
    P.S. - as climbing was what I used to consider my main strength on a bike, the irony of now needing a battery to help is not lost on me!! 🙄🤷‍♂️😂
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Sunday 20th   
    Change of plan - me and Andy will meet you at ferry 0930  
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Sunday 20th   
    Plan to join at Kilmacolm bridge 0845/0850  
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Gummers in Sunday 20th   
    Plan to join, health permitting.
    Andy - will be in touch tomorrow afternoon as might go via Largs if I'm out

     
     
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    P McDonald got a reaction from Darryl Gunson in Sunday 20th   
    Plan to join, health permitting.
    Andy - will be in touch tomorrow afternoon as might go via Largs if I'm out

     
     
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    P McDonald reacted to Tommy in Camp 2021 Dates 26/2-5/3/2021   
    Me. 5/7 days depending on flight times and work. I Will need to order spare inner tubes.. 
     
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