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HOWLOWEEN: FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER

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We hope you will join us on Friday for HOWLOWEEN We’re taking you on a dark tour of select spots in London.

We’re going to be hosting competitions with prizes throughout the evening.

Follow the link below to the facebook event. If you are not already part of the group, we may need to add you first/

https://www.facebook.com/events/371340193013371/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

It looks like we’re set for good weather so no excuses. We’re meeting opposite Brick Lane Bikes at 8pm.

After party is yet to be decided

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Track side 85 exhibition @ look mum no hands tonight

So Saturday we teamed up with Ass Savers and saved their Ass for a change and helped throw up some posters around the city for their collab photography exhibition “Track side 85″

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Both mysef and Lina ELF Team rides paired up with Matt and Ryan of the community and split off for the day and hit as many bike shops, restaurants and cafes as we could to try help get these posters out onto the streets. We had a good day bombing about and we managed to stay dry and shift all the posters. We hope you saw them pinned up around the East End and most of all we hope we see you their tonight.

All the details can be found here http://trackside85.com/ or the ass saver website http://ass-savers.com/

6pm @Mare Street Look Mum No Hands Tonight!

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FRANCE DAY 3: COL DE PIERRE CARRÉE

After a decent rest day I fancied a bit more of a challenge. Morzine was great fun but I now wanted to really test how far I can push my bike…so I decided to climb 1,400m up to the Col de Pierre Carrée and back, totalling 84km.

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For a start, the original route I had planned a bit misleading as GoogleMaps said this was a suitable bike path…IMG_4073

Adding an extra 7km to my journey, I turned back and began the climb up the main road leading to Flaine. The road started on a 6% incline and it soon became clear that it wouldn’t get any easier other than going through the two towns en route to the summit. About 15 minutes in and already looking out over the valley from a decent height, I started to doubt whether this would be possible. The maps showed that I had barely begun and I was already shattered.

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I continued on the relentless climb with the Black Angels as my soundtrack and found my second wind. I was soon up in Arâche-la-Frasse where I stopped for a break of electrolytes and belgian waffles. The road continued uphill from here shifting between a 6 and 8% gradient but I was motivated by the route signs indicating the altitude constantly increasing.

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I’d soon cleared the majority of hairpin corners and was on the final ascent up to the summit. The weather took a slight turn for the worse with rain putting doubt in my mind whether it would be safe to eventually descend the roads. By this point my body was screaming with pain but all I could do was soldier on.

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The roads continued to get worse but at least the rain had stopped and the roads dried just enough by the time I reached the top of the mountain at 1884m. The total climb was 1400m over 20km and I was ecstatic.

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I’ve never experienced such a rush of looking out over the valley of mountains. I’ve only ever been so high up with a snowboard and the Alpes had a dreamfully eery air to them.

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The descent down was a hell of a lot more intimidating than I imagined it would be. Having to contend with cracked and rough roads I had to hold back on my speed maintaining a speed of about 25mph and constantly speed checking but it was a huge rush nonetheless.

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After a number of hairy turns I was back at Arâche-la-Frasse and I needed a rest to catch my breath and ease out a motherfucker of a cramp. A quick cigarette and pint later and I was feeling right as rain for the final descent back down to ground level.

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Now things became a little more fun with intense hairpin corners, super narrow straights, terrifying cliff drops a lot more speed…skiddy skiddy!!

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Finally at the bottom, I counted my blessings and headed back home.

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It’s always a perfect end to a day riding off into the sunset, with a little rain shower to keep you cool.

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Needless to say, I have paid the price of such a ridiculous climb. I’m now on my third day of recovery and my legs are just about back to normal.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking it easy now that my brother has joined me and we’ll be heading out for a long 100km odd ride to Annecy, around the stunning Lac d’Annecy to take in some sights, and back.

 

 

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FRANCE DAY 2: LES GETS AND MORZINE

After a pretty relaxed first day I wanted a bit more of a challenge so decided to ride to Les Gets. Morzine was potentially on the cards depending on how the first major climb went.

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The start would be going back over the same flat bike path as before through Marignier before the first hill heading through Thyez. The incline was about 6% and consistent which didn’t stop me from cruising past a couple of riders on road bikes on the way up. There was then a great descent down to Taninges in the valley before the main climb began for 11km up to Les Gets. I was treated to some incredible views of the valley and mountain rivers. The roads on the whole were pretty rough but a good mix of winding bends and straights.

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Before long I was at Les Gets, and decided to push on the extra 7km to Morzine as the resort looked a bit dead and I was craving a beer and a view.

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Fortunately there was a perfect descent down to Morzine with nice wide roads and stunning views.

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Needless to say, I was pretty stoked by the time I got to Morzine, especially having never been to a ski resort in the summer time.

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After a couple of beers I decided to head back home with a nice “warm up” up hill to Les Gets before the main descent started. Having already ridden up the same route, I pretty much knew what to expect. There were no major turn offs the main route and hardly any dangers other than dodgy roads so I could tear it back down the mountain.

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After one last climb out of Tanignes my legs were pretty knackered so I mixed things up a little attacking the corners and cruising the straights.

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I arrived back in Bonneville feeling surprisingly alright. The flat bike path on the return leg definitely helped me wind down. This had to be my best days riding to date. Nothing quite beats mountain roads!

FRANCE DAY 1: LA MOLE

I decided to plan a trip out to my parents’ place in East France, near enough at the foot of the Alpes, bringing my Condor with the aim of doing as many Alpes climbs as my legs would allow on 49x17t. Arriving on Thursday 27th September, I gave myself a day to chill and set up the bike before a warm up ride on the Friday. The first day would be a relatively short 360m climb up La Mole, the small mountain opposite my parents’ house.Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 19.34.54

In spite of starting on the hill almost immediately, the climb was pretty easy and I got up no problems, and was greeted with a great view out over the valley. The descent was exactly what I was hoping for, quite gradual at about 6% with a number of nice bends and small areas of flat. I didn’t expect to come across a dirt path (thanks google maps!) but soldiered on nonetheless.Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 15.48.22Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 15.50.21

On the route back, after taking a slight wrong turn onto a major D road allowing me less than a shoulders width of room between trucks and a gravel hard shoulder, I found my way onto a bike path. It has to be said, the French really know how to do bike paths! So many interesting tight turns and features…such as narrow tunnels with blind corners.

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I soon arrived back at the house feeling good and warmed up. (Cue gratuitous shot of the house which I love)

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PLUME MUDGUARD LAUNCH PARTY

On Friday night Tokyo Bike hosted the launch of Plume Mudguards, an innovative and beautifully designed piece of kit harking back to the days of  slap bracelets. Patrick, inventor of the Plume, had set up a brilliant Puddle Dash contest where you played along to a virtual ride through either London, New York or Tokyo. The course was strewn with virtual puddles where you had to extend the mudguard or get sprayed in the arse with water, duck flying objects, fight off Godzilla and sing along to Mariah Carey. It’s probably the most fun you can have stationary on two wheels!! Here’s Jack approaching his first puddle and extending the mudguardIMG_3856

Charles was stoked to get the top score which remained undefeated for the remainder of the night

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Sadly Charles will be away cycling his Condor in the around the Alpes come Friday but we strongly encourage you to get down to the Protein Magazine Block Party happening in Shoreditch this coming Friday 28th and we’ll see who can knock him off the top spot.

A huge congratulations again to Patrick on a super successful launch and all the best for the future of Plume!

http://plumemudguard.com/

 

 

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DUNWICH DYNAMO

So, better late than never…

 

This year a small group of us decided to run the Dunwich Dynamo. It’s a 120 mile ride through the night from London Fields to Dunwich. The set up itself couldn’t be more stripped down and beautifully simple with electric tea lights illuminating the right turnings at each junction, although half the time there are plenty of other riders to follow. Our only concern was the forecasted storms but somehow we managed to stay dry.

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The ride itself was quite amazing, going along winding country roads for the most part with rolling hills and beautifully murky scenery. For the first couple of hours we thought best to get into the spirit of things and make the most of the dozens of pubs which stay open late for the occasion. We soon knuckled down and the miles ticked over seamlessly.

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We stopped for some food in a massive church hall for a solid refuel of soup, bread, muffins, coffee…all the good things, and soon enough the sun started to come up.

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Three punctures and many miles later we were within the final agonizing mile of the beach front. The mileage paled in comparison to the intense fatigue and general mind fuck caused by riding through the night but the brief few minutes of sun when we reached the beach itself made everything worth it. The pebbles provided a comfortable enough bed to rest our weary heads for a bit before we all separated, some grabbing the coaches back and others getting in a few pints and a pub breakfast in.

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Big ups to the train service for providing bicycle carriages!

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Bring on next year!