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    Sarah wrote:

    Have entered the Epic but didn’t quite realise how far it was, so might go for a girlie wimp-out and ride the standard route instead… (which is still a flipping long way in my book!)

    I’m down for the Epic too.. and it’s going to be tough! Not been out on the roadie for a few weeks so I’m counting on last week’s altitude training in the Alps to pull me through (although not sure if it counts if it’s mostly down-hill!) 😆

    Can’t help thinking I’ve shot myself in the foot rather by praying for good weather… will be making the most of the 7:15am start interval to get some miles (and Coombe Gibbet / Vernham Dean hills) in before it warms up too much…

    Mr Woppit
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    Last-minute bumpy. (Is excited)

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    If you see someone shuffling around looking lost on a white rocky mountain, that will be me 🙂

    maxtorque
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    I’ll be the epically overbiked one (160mm lapierre complete with DH tyres after a week in the alps, and i can’t be bothered to swap back to my normal setup!)

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    Salsa clown-bike for me…

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    Hmm, got a bit too frazzled at Goodwood yesterday so I’m out.. have fun y’all!

    maxtorque
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    In a shock move today, STW members were actually photographed on real bikes and not just online:

    Cheers Guys & Girls, that was fun!

    dashed
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    Good ride – cheers all 😀

    Bit warm though – that cold beer when I got in hardly touched the sides 8)

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    So what’s the sp? Was it one huge testosterone fuelled orgy of writhing bodies?

    maxtorque
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    You’ve seen me attempting to clear a double then footflaps?? 😉

    It was HOT & SWEATY however!

    missnotax
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    Great – albeit damn hot – afternoon 🙂

    Lovely to meet everyone!

    Mr Woppit
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    Terrific day. My first go at the “new” Swinley trails and I think they’re really impressive. Challenging for me through the twisty-turny stuff on the “Labrynth”…

    Cherry on the cake was the helmet-less alien biker flying down the most extreme bit of red-trail downhill. He seemed to be turning corners in the air. HOW did he do that?

    Photo – from left to right: “gary”/”Woppit”/”dashed”/”missnotax”.

    maxtorque is behind the cleverly-disguised camera.

    Big thanks to dashed for organising and guidance. 😀

    Mr Woppit
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    Also, I think a special mention should go to maxtorque’s impressively lacerated lower limbs and seeming fondness for collecting an extensive range of niche biking injuries…

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    Yes, thanks for kicking off the idea here, great to check out the new trails on a fantastic day with good company. Will definitely have to go back to revisit some of those jumpy sections 🙂

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    Me too 😯

    How did you get on? I foolishly stuck with the Epic route and baked.. got round in just over 9 hours (with one puncture).

    missnotax
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    Ahh… Brave man! Standard route for me – *only* 80 miles which we did in just under 5 and a half hours. It was absolutely roasting!! There’s no way I could have done an additional 40 miles or so on top of what I did!!!

    Slogging up some of those hills in blazing sunshine and what must have been 30 degrees was an interesting experience…!

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    I presume the riders coming through Stockbridge were doing the Magnificat? Saw lots going through while I roasted gently outside the tea room. My garmin was reading 30 degrees from about midday.

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    gary wrote:

    I presume the riders coming through Stockbridge were doing the Magnificat?

    Yup, that was us… about 35 miles in.

    Sarah wrote:

    Standard route for me – *only* 80 miles which we did in just under 5 and a half hours

    Bloody good effort! I was feeling good up to the split (including 50km/50 mile PBs) but then just blew up in the heat from 60 miles on..

    dashed
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    You’re both mad!! 😀

    Mr Woppit – did I read another thread where you said you could now claim winter fuel payments?? Clearly a benfits cheat – no way the bloke I met on Saturday was 60!! 😯

    Mr Woppit
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    62 end of the month, aksherly old boy.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV4Ie6IcL0c[/video]

    missnotax
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    Crikey Mr Woppit!

    You’re both mad!!

    Yes – I can only speak for myself – but quite possibly 😆

    Bizarrely my feet hurt the most from stupid shoes rubbing – that’ll teach me for trying to look all smart and roadie-like, I should have worn my manky but comfy MTB ones!!

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    I was mad not to take the 80 mile split, I’ll tell you that for nowt! Soles of feet and palms of hands (no gloves) are a bit tender but other than that I was surprised how bad I didn’t feel this morning…

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