Growing old disgracefully

  • Dropped!

    Can’t remember the last time that happened!
    Riding over the climb from the cross of geet bridge towards Wray and a kinesis rider overtook me! Fair enough he’s an elite roadie and I’m not, but still! Didn’t like that at all!

    He said hello as he went past, which was nice and polite (but made the experience no less galling). He and his acomplice – who was the most beanpole like skinny thing i’ve ever seen outside of a morgue – cruised off up the hill at a speed slightly higher than I wanted to go at (while making it look easier than i could) and opened up a gap of about 40 seconds at one point. I managed to claw them back a bit without going too far outside my comfort zone (I was out for 7hrs and wasn’t going to kill myself on one hill), got to the top feeling good and realised they’d disappeared completely.

    I have no idea how they got down the descent so quickly, I wasn’t hanging about and was hitting 50 between the corners but when i finally caught sight of them again they were tiny dots in the distance! Impressive stuff.
    I managed to claw them back in a bit again over the next couple of miles until they took a different route, but the fact remains they caught and dropped me up a climb. Boo.

    The rest of the ride was quite nice, even the ‘diversion from hell’ (the council have closed the nice road following the river past the ‘inn at whitewell’, sending us road users up a massooff hill instead – the one leading up from the hotel on this map…the one with the arrows) 92 miles in was dispatched easily enough. In fact i got home feeling fresh as a daisy…and I’m not ill today, Woo!
    Well, I’ve got a tickly cough thing going on, but i think that’s just my lungs going into shock from being used a couple of times this week after weeks of slacking off 😉


    9:31 am on July 11, 2008 | 7 Comments | # |


  • Richard 3:17 pm on July 11, 2008 | #

    I know that hill you had to go up on the diversion, luckily I have only ridden down it.

  • Lee 9:54 pm on July 14, 2008 | #

    I wouldn’t beat yourself up over it. You say you were out for 7 hours?? How long were they out for?? They may have been having a short blast out where you were endurance training.

  • Tom 10:11 am on July 15, 2008 | #

    And there was 2 of them.
    But then again they might have been out for a 10 hour pootle ;0)

  • matt 12:05 pm on July 15, 2008 | #


    that said, those Kinetic boys are fast, I’ve seen them somewhere before, and mr miserable*, Roy Hunt rides for Kinetic, so might have been him.

    * although I did get a Hello out of him for the first time a few weeks ago, it only took 3 years of seeing him maybe 15 times a year, to get a response… I like to think he’s “in the zone” although he didn’t look like he was riding fast enough to be hurting.

    Oh back to the point.. could you hear the broomwagon approaching?

  • non elite roadie 2:34 pm on October 7, 2008 | #

    I know those two . Way too young to be Roy Hunt , but they’ ll still rip your;legs off if you let them.

  • Matt Cronshaw 2:19 pm on October 8, 2008 | #

    it was ashley finn and myself!

    as far as a bean pole out of a morgue, i have to disagree, he is tall, but its common knowledge that he’s the next Andy Schleck.

    i remember that quite well, because on the decent we near killed ourselves by pushing just a little too much!

  • dgpowell 9:11 pm on October 8, 2008 | #

    well at least i know you were giving it some down the hill, god knows i was while trying to find where you’d gone!

    of course, it would have been even nicer if you’d said you were giving it some up the hill too 😉