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  • Premier Icon simmy
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    It always rains.

    If its the same route as the previous years, it goes straight past my front door, about 1/3 way in so if you need anything let me know before the day πŸ˜€

    I’ve never done it as I struggle with my bodyclock as it is, but it is busy and looks a good laugh.

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Anyone else doing this?
    Planning on riding back home to Rochdale afterwards to make a round trip. Not done it before so any pointers?

    MrSparkle
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    Here’s a link for the interested: http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides/manchester-to-blackpool-night.a

    I would but I have an appointment with some big hills in Yorkshire on the Sunday…

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Rain does look likely I’ll admit! The ride itself shouldn’t be that hard on the body clock – its the 60 miles home afterwards that might be a bit odd…

    If it’s anything like the London To Brighton night ride I did last year there’ll be fixie riders expecting to see their way with single LED backup lights and folks on all manner of inappropriate bikes.
    Don’t treat it as a race. Cruise, chat with strangers and enjoy being out with so many other people on bikes.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Rain does look likely I’ll admit! The ride itself shouldn’t be that hard on the body clock – its the 60 miles home afterwards that might be a bit odd…

    I do a lot of overnight rides. I find my lowest ebb is usually around 4 to 5am, when I really struggle to stay awake (yes, it is possible to fall asleep on a bike!). That said, the distance is short so you might be in Blackpool by then.

    I’ve not found the next day to be too bad in general, once I’ve had a fry up and a couple of coffees. I reckon you’ll find that ok.

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Ransos – plan is BIG breakfast in Blackpool then ride home before the coffee wears off! Thinking of heading back via west pennine moors but might be a bit much, not sure.

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    That’s a point – lights.
    Ive an exposure flash/flare set, enough or should i take the MTB lights?

    crikey
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    Ransos – plan is BIG breakfast in Blackpool then ride home before the coffee wears off! Thinking of heading back via west pennine moors but might be a bit much, not sure.

    I’m really tempted to join you, like really, really tempted, but I’ve been struggling with a hamstring strain for ages and a big ride might well kill me off.

    When I’ve ridden to Blackpool before, the best way back has always been straight back down the A6 then either cut off past the Reebok and skirt around Bolton then Bury but you have to climb out past Fairfield hospital, or A6 to Pendlebury, past the old childrens hospital, down past Agecroft and the prison, but then you have to climb out to get to Heaton Park, Middleton, Rochdale.

    You can go out over the moors, but it’s a climb from Preston all the way to the drop into Belmont…

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Ive got a bolloxed ankle, currently strapped up and sore. LOTS of ibuprofen being consumed…

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    muddydwarf, I might be up for this (if I can get the time off)

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    More the merrier, me and a female friend (just a friend!!) doing it at the moment. Just hope i can ride it, the ankle is damn sore right now.

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    Ransos – plan is BIG breakfast in Blackpool then ride home before the coffee wears off! Thinking of heading back via west pennine moors but might be a bit much, not sure.

    That’s the way I’d go – lovely cycling round there. Head towards Chorley, then Rivington, Belmont, Edgworth, Affetside, Bury, then Rochdale Old Rd. IIRC, it’s hilly but not stupidly so.

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    I live not far of Bury Old Road so it would be my way home πŸ™‚
    Apparently you can get a cooked breakfast at the finish, hope it’s a decent size !

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    It would probably have to be a round trip for me as I live a few minutes ride from the start point

    Premier Icon simmy
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    Have we got a list of riders off here then ?

    I’m on the route as the signs went up last weekend so, if anyone needs any topping up of bottles, some gels let me know

    milkyman
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    im doing it :-), if its not chucking it down, live in marple bridge and was going to cycle to the start

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Well there’s me and two of my friends πŸ™‚ think I’m ok on the gel front as i went a bit mad in Halfords the other day and bought 12 high5 gels – either I’m going to fart my way round or my teeth will dissolve!

    sleepless
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    we did it last year. drove down from cumbria. my brother joined in on the night, met us in Blackpool. he was pissed up and did it on his mountain bike. it rained only on the prom. our mate was dragged off her bike by a pissed up manchester clubber (not my brother) and broke her wrist, but carried on to the finish.

    It was a good laugh.

    pendlechris
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    There are 5 of us from Burnley on this doing it on mountain bikes, weather looks alright, really looking forward to it.

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    I’ll look out for you then, route is pretty flat so should be a nice run. Its the run home uphill into rising winds that worry me πŸ™‚

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    Well I will be the bystander on the A6 just after the car sales places and will be stood with a labrador so give us a wave

    milkyman
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    Will do simmy, and I will be riding with a red carnation in my lapel so you can’t miss me πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Nice to meet you and your dog Simmy πŸ™‚

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    Yeah cheers mate hope everything went OK for the rest of the ride πŸ™‚

    Some were still coming through here at 2am and I was only 11 miles in so it was a long for for some.

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    We arrived on the seafront around 4am, set off at half twelvish and had took 3hrs 23min to ride the course. We set off back at around 6am and people were still coming in when we left.

    Its OK for regular riders like us lot but some of the riders had clearly never done anything like that before and its them i take my hat off to, much bigger deal for them and the sense of achievement was clear on the shattered faces πŸ™‚

    Really nice event, fantastic having the roads to ourselves – plus we had a barn owl fly right in front of our faces along the sand dunes at Lytham St Anne’s!

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