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Postby dw300 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 17:54 pm

Could this be the most epic Strava ride in the Belfast area? Does anyone know this person?

45 miles, 3,500ft of climbing, 6 KoMs and two 2nd places .. he's extremely fast for a guy on a bike, but it seems too slow for a car .. maybe a 50cc scooter?

Nothing there that wouldn't be possible on a bike that I can see, but all in one ride is very good going! Proper mountain goat.

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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Sun Jul 29, 2012 17:56 pm

dw300 wrote:Could this be the most epic Strava ride in the Belfast area? Does anyone know this person?

45 miles, 3,500ft of climbing, 6 KoMs and two 2nd places .. he's extremely fast for a guy on a bike, but it seems too slow for a car .. maybe a 50cc scooter?

Nothing there that wouldn't be possible on a bike that I can see, but all in one ride is very good going! Proper mountain goat.

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Possible but if it's a one off on the account I'd call moped.

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Postby dw300 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 18:03 pm

I did some further investigation and he is followed by a lost of the fast guys locally, and has ridden with big groups, so it seem kosher. Blinding ride.
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Fri Aug 03, 2012 03:58 am

It's Friday - It's Northern Ireland - 4hrs of work left

Going cycling later! might buy cake

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Postby PedroJake » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:07 am

It's Friday - It's Northern Ireland - 4hrs of work left - its pi$$ing down again......

Going cycling round Lough Neagh tomorrow- going to get, yet another, soaking

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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:08 am

PedroJake wrote:It's Friday - It's Northern Ireland - 4hrs of work left - its pi$$ing down again......

Going cycling round Lough Neagh tomorrow- going to get, yet another, soaking

Yes this is the unfortunate truth.

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Postby dw300 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:07 pm

Seasons in Northern Ireland

November - May : Winter
June - October : Monsoon Season
Those 3 unseasonable days in April that never fall on a weekend : Summer
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:48 pm

dw300 wrote:Seasons in Northern Ireland

November - May : Winter
June - October : Monsoon Season
Those 3 unseasonable days in April that never fall on a weekend : Summer


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Postby Vino2007 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:50 pm

Who was it? Peter Hawkins, 5th overall in british premier calender points? You'd be surprised by the standard of some of the belfast area guys who race, some of the best in Ireland. Added that many of the A1s aren't even on strava

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Postby dw300 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 15:30 pm

Vino2007 wrote:Who was it? Peter Hawkins, 5th overall in british premier calender points? You'd be surprised by the standard of some of the belfast area guys who race, some of the best in Ireland. Added that many of the A1s aren't even on strava


If you're referring to my link then no, it's not Hawkins, I follow him already. Unless of course racers have alternate accounts for their own reference, and use the 'official' ones for a bit of mis-information .. ?
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Postby Pinno » Fri Aug 03, 2012 19:52 pm

On the OP: My name is Rob and I am trying to be an alcoholic...

Meanwhile, you can have yer Narden Ireland weather back.
Went out on Wednesday evening. Forecast said it would clear up by 4ish. After 127 bananas and wired to the moon I decided to go out 'cos there was no way I would have slept that night. Straight into gales and wind and after battling against a headwind thinking I was going to be blown home, the Isle on my left somewhere in the gloom. The sun came out, not a breath of wind and I looked like I had crawled out of a slurry pit by the time I got home. The lump underneath me was just discernable as a bike.
Nows its pi$$ed down since 4pm. I have a stinking cold and my broadband is slow as a week in Barlinnie. I'm banjaxed.
The worst of it is: that the bloody weatherman/woman always gives you a cheery smile at the end of delivering more news of the monsoon. If I could just catch one of them...
No idea why i wrote this, just blethering.
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Sat Aug 04, 2012 07:39 am

pinarello001 wrote:On the OP: My name is Rob and I am trying to be an alcoholic...

Meanwhile, you can have yer Narden Ireland weather back.
Went out on Wednesday evening. Forecast said it would clear up by 4ish. After 127 bananas and wired to the moon I decided to go out 'cos there was no way I would have slept that night. Straight into gales and wind and after battling against a headwind thinking I was going to be blown home, the Isle on my left somewhere in the gloom. The sun came out, not a breath of wind and I looked like I had crawled out of a slurry pit by the time I got home. The lump underneath me was just discernable as a bike.
Nows its pi$$ed down since 4pm. I have a stinking cold and my broadband is slow as a week in Barlinnie. I'm banjaxed.
The worst of it is: that the bloody weatherman/woman always gives you a cheery smile at the end of delivering more news of the monsoon. If I could just catch one of them...
No idea why i wrote this, just blethering.

Must be the fever talking

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Postby Vino2007 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 23:52 pm

dw300 wrote:
Vino2007 wrote:Who was it? Peter Hawkins, 5th overall in british premier calender points? You'd be surprised by the standard of some of the belfast area guys who race, some of the best in Ireland. Added that many of the A1s aren't even on strava


If you're referring to my link then no, it's not Hawkins, I follow him already. Unless of course racers have alternate accounts for their own reference, and use the 'official' ones for a bit of mis-information .. ?


haha you never know! I'm "C H" on strava, try to find me and I'll follow you!

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Postby dw300 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 17:20 pm

Ha .. I've seen your name plenty!

Usually in front of mine .. o_O
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Postby 20eyes » Mon Aug 06, 2012 20:58 pm

Must have been very disappointing for her, but I'd say give it a few days and she'll regret that.

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Postby dw300 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 22:32 pm

Wasn't following that .. but if all those facts are true, what's wrong with saying what she did?

Am I right in saying that if she'd ridden in an earlier round she'd have got a medal even if she'd not ridden the final?

If so that seems a bit of a sh*tty decision by Sutton given their dominance, doesn't it? And considering she was planning retirement too. I don't think it can be justified by saying they won, because my granny could have probably managed them to a gold medal.

Sounds like the others didn't speak to her because they understand how fuming she'd be.
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Postby WheelieBad » Tue Aug 07, 2012 00:36 am

I understand where you're coming from but to say because they are favorites to win and a team member is retiring they shouldn't put out their strongest team isn't right. If they were to do that and then fail to achieve gold then the coaches would be asked serious questions.

However it does seem a strange one that she believes her training was actually better than some of the others (although of course she would say so..), was told that she would get a ride, and even when another member was vomiting shortly before the race was still not selected. It sounds as if Sutton wasn't entirely truthful with her about his plans so you can understand her anger. Not really the most professional way to go about dealing with it though.

I could be wrong, but was it the female team pursuit semi final that the GB had a really tough fight or am I getting mixed up?

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Postby dw300 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 01:15 am

WheelieBad wrote:I understand where you're coming from but to say because they are favorites to win and a team member is retiring they shouldn't put out their strongest team isn't right. If they were to do that and then fail to achieve gold then the coaches would be asked serious questions.

However it does seem a strange one that she believes her training was actually better than some of the others (although of course she would say so..), was told that she would get a ride, and even when another member was vomiting shortly before the race was still not selected. It sounds as if Sutton wasn't entirely truthful with her about his plans so you can understand her anger. Not really the most professional way to go about dealing with it though.

I could be wrong, but was it the female team pursuit semi final that the GB had a really tough fight or am I getting mixed up?


Yeh, it sounds a lot like she involuntarily took one for the team, by being kept on edge and hyped up making her the ultimate super-sub if required, when there wasn't actually much chance of her getting a race. I presume she suspects this, but no one will ever know what was in Sutton's head. He may well have done the best for the team, but it's a sh*tty way to be treated.

Bearing in mind her situation, even if the right decisions were made, I'd still be kicking off if I was told I was going to be racing.

A rule that non competing members still get a medal, or all team members must take part in at least one race would easily sort out this situation. Focusing your whole life of something for a minimum of 4 years and having the rug pulled from under you 30mins prior to the final event would be immensely galling.
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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Tue Aug 07, 2012 03:56 am

Not sure why Sutton would dream of changing a lineup that has ridden multiple WR's to include a rider old enough to mother the entire team.

They have a winning formula,Wendy knows this. And let's face it she's only there because her event was removed.

Nothing more than bitter,and given the interview with Watson, nothing is going to change so well done to her for hammering in the final nail. Should never have raced and the team reflected that.

Then again, all there is to go on is one side of a story that has many.


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