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Ian Archibald

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Ian Archibald last won the day on August 12

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  1. With 2 new roundabouts and fast cars approaching the Bishopton Rd from the M8 new slip road I’d argue the Erskine route is a no brainer. Erskine much better. Not interested in a weekly APR myself but would enjoy a hard training session and trying to keep groups to 12 or less.
  2. The fast group wasn't fast but it was smoother and safer. When you see the big variation in speeds up the Clune it should be obvious that some riders need to sit in at times for the sake of the overall bunch speed. The main benefit I guess was the bunch size. Twelve was perfect - not too long soft pedaling on the wheels between efforts. I'd be for keeping the split groups for a few weeks and see how it goes. I think it would encourage weaker riders to join this session and enjoy the fun!
  3. There is a Couriers WhatsApp Saturday group that is winding me up. The change in the Thursday format has been posted up but it seems there are some people (John Craig and Garry Dunn) who want the ride to be a social ride operating at about 32kph (20mph for the old timers). The joy for me in the chain gang is cooperating to go faster than you can on your own. In a low grade Cat 3/4 race the average speed for 2hrs+ of an un-cooperative bunch of cyclists is 38-40kph. If we can't cooperate and achieve 40kph for one hour we aren't cooperating! Gregg O Malley has won races on long solo breaks averaging this speed on his own. And no way should Gregg beat our determined chain gang who are working for each other. Smooth and fast. When a chain gang is in full flow there is nothing finer! 45kph down the Westferry should be a breeze.
  4. Air density of 2.07kg:m3 is highest I’ve seen this year. Probably 30s slower than last years perfect conditions PS I’ll check the Strava flybys. Were you up on us at half way?
  5. I fancy a 2up to Largs on our winter bikes. First really rainy Saturday of the winter when going hard is the only option. Last to Largs buys the coffees. These guys can’t do aero. Can they do mindless grunt? I’m fancying we can beat em. Just leave the pink shoes at home Iain.
  6. Iain desperately wants this trophy but he has been persuaded to risk all and sacrifice our superior aero knowledge and intellectual advantage. Road bikes it is! Road racing gear only. So if you wouldn't wear it in a road race you can't wear it tomorrow night. Iain will probably wear his Rapha gear and pink shoes but that's OK as long as he never turns up to a road race in them.
  7. I think this is a psychological trap. The safe riders will do the slow group, the racers will do the fast group which leaves the dodgy riders in group 2. We looking to reduce our membership roll?
  8. If anyone is running a book I'm good for a tenner Paul won't make it. He's going to need Galeb and Richie at least.
  9. Iain McT and I are planning to race. Last year Charlie couldn't make it so the authorities on the day decided to postpone the event until the following week. Iain was very distressed and he has only just got over it.
  10. I’m up for joining a second bunch. Not as if the fast Bunch is fast! Don’t understand why there is so much testosterone flying about. Slow Bunch could have a rule no one gets dropped until the Georgetown...
  11. Is Richard Montague eligible this year? He'd be a perfect man 2 now I'm a low 15 minute man.
  12. Seems we have gone back to a bunch ride for the first part. I preferred a chain gang from the start that gradually winds up. Saves having to free-wheel / brake and worry about the swarm around you. My suggestion is the folks that are wanting a social ride stick to the back and chat. The whole ride only takes an hour.
  13. Clip-ons and a skin suit and you will succeed. You'll need them for the Georgetown Cup. Plan to pop over myself for a crack in the full rig...
  14. Mega performance. Not just winning the Sam Robinson Trophy but also some great Strava trophies on the Dukes Pass. Who says Cedric climbs like a wee girl? I apologise.
  15. It was a beautiful day back in August 2015... My biggest regret was not doing the x2x56 instead of the 1x56, 1 x 50: https://www.strava.com/activities/364250158 And make sure you have the full scottish breakfast on the ferry (both ways). Good luck.
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