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  • There’s a roadie that cycles around the local moor in circles, for hours…
  • Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    ..every single day, without fail.

    He’s on a nice bike (Storck), has all the gear and is an absolute machine – sometimes I can hear the shhhhusshh shhhhushh shhhhush as he grinds the tyres into the ground, in huge gears , past my window.

    And then a few minutes later, again. And again. And again.

    For hours.

    Every day. Rain, wind or 30 degree heat.

    I’m in admiration of the guy as he’s obviously very good at what he does (he’s bloody fast and not deterred by anything), but all he does is ride around in small circles. For hours. Every morning. Surely if he’s training / keeping up fitness, he’d vary things up a bit?

    Yours, confused but mildly aroused by monotonous-Storck-man-machine of West Yorkshire.

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    Have you tried stalking him down on Strava?
    Maybe set up a segment to capture his activities?

    Premier Icon brads
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    Was he at it before the kung flu lockdown ?

    Premier Icon jam-bo
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    Glitch in the matrix.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Well I have only noticed it since the arrival of our Covid-19 situation, but then I’ve not been sat in my living room every morning before either.

    I shall disappear off to Strava to see if I can find anything.

    Just seems a bit odd.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Is he riding in a circle with a 5 mile radius?

    Premier Icon ta11pau1
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    They just go round, and round, and round…

    Premier Icon Duggan
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    Not quite the same but I know a guy who rides the same 100 mile route every Saturday without fail 52 weeks of the year. Never deviates at all. I can kind of see the appeal in a weird way but my other mates think he’s bonkers.

    Premier Icon stevious
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    Pretty sure all of us have wee rituals that we do every day and are very comforting. You know, like always using the same kind of mug for your tea or always waving at the same person on your commute.

    Perhaps this is his.

    Premier Icon jonba
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    Training?

    I have friends who pretty much exclusively use the turbo outside of racing. It is efficient and easily controllable to follow a training program and get the results you want.

    Some people like familiarity, it gives them comfort so ride the same routes. It also allows comparisons over time.

    Premier Icon TiRed
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    When training normally I have a standard 100km loop I will ride several times per week. Sometimes I ride it in the opposite direction. Standard routes allow judgment about how you are going. It’s a roadie thing. I also have quite a few shorter loops that I will ride multiple times (say 10-12) with garmin lapping. Again standard measurement.

    Some of the loops are on designated road race circuits, hence it adds to the familiarity come race time as well. Chobham Common is my stalking ground if anyone is interested.

    Always nicer than the turbo.

    I’ve heard that some people ride the same loop at Swinley multiple times too 😉

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Pretty sure all of us have wee rituals that we do every day and are very comforting. You know, like always using the same kind of mug for your tea or always waving at the same person on your commute.

    Perhaps this is his.

    Could be, and I’m not criticising him, but someone that’s clearly so fit (more signs of man-love) and dedicated – wouldn’t he do something a bit more varied? How does he block out the boredom of doing the same tiny loop, day-in day-out?! And why? I know we’re not quite up to Northern Powerhouse promise yet, but we’re not short on tarmac.

    He’s also becoming kind of my routine. Get up, make coffee, watch man cycle past. Watch man cycle past again. Go out to car, miserable man obviously don’t say hello because he’s a roadie. Get shopping. Come home. Put shopping away. Watch man cycle past.

    Premier Icon captainclunkz
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    Maybe do what Remi does?

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Can you start putting out random signs for him?

    Go on, Storck Man!
    You again?!
    We should stop meeting like this!
    Other roads are available…

    Or what might be quite amusing is to find him on Strava then set a faster time on “his” loop. 😂

    Premier Icon FB-ATB
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    Maybe it’s a ghost.

    Premier Icon thegreatape
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    He’s probably just married to a total ratbag.

    Premier Icon sargey
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    Stop storcking him!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    You should definitely put up signs. A few words on each one as he comes by, so it takes lots of laps to read the whole message. Or invite him in for a cuppa, via sign. He might need it.

    I have a few local loops, one of which I ride very frequently. Sometimes I look forward to it because I don’t have to think about it at all, just ride. Having said that it is a great loop packed with features – challenging climbs, singletrack, and it finishes on a glorious descent. The people in the farm on the top must see me come by three times a week.

    Premier Icon Crag
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    I think I know the moor you’re referring to and if so, the local road club are running weekly Strava segment challenges and there’s a few of them spending a load of time chasing the top spot so that could be the reason.
    I think I know the guy on the Storck (used to ride in the club with him) and you’re right, he’s a pretty strong rider so he’ll be trying to get bragging rights for getting his virtual trophy

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ve heard that some people ride the same loop at Swinley multiple times too

    Yes, for a while I commuted through Swinley. A short section of blue on the way out, and the rest of blue and red on the way home. I absolutely loved it. Because I was doing it every day I got faster and faster and honed the lines on everything tighter and tighter. It was brilliant. But again, none of that applies to road really.

    Premier Icon CraigW
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    Maybe he’s an on-call firefighter.

    Premier Icon fatoldgit
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    Interval training ?

    Just guessing, but if the loop takes him up a hill and round to do it again, then maybe…..

    Premier Icon singletrackmind
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    Is there a lack of velodrome s locally
    Maybe he dosent have a pump or tube and doesnt want a long walk
    Maybe he is scared of turning right so takes all the left turnd
    Maybe his wife is pregnant very vey pregnant
    Maybe he loves you and wants to meet up and by riding past your hpuse he massively increases his chances obvs

    Premier Icon oldnpastit
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    As above, could be on call.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Can you start putting out random signs for him?

    Go on, Storck Man!
    You again?!
    We should stop meeting like this!
    Other roads are available…

    Or what might be quite amusing is to find him on Strava then set a faster time on “his” loop.

    Heh 🙂

    I don’t want to upset him, he’s doing what he loves- I just find the ridiculously short circuits and frequency really confusing.

    I think I know the moor you’re referring to and if so, the local road club are running weekly Strava segment challenges and there’s a few of them spending a load of time chasing the top spot so that could be the reason.

    Possibly, but I’ve never seen another roadie go past more than once. Lot of ‘runners’ go around in circles, and lots of MTBers cycle across the moor, but only see him just pound past in endless circles around and around.

    He doesn’t wear the village cycling club jersey either, but that’s probably no accurate assessment of anything.

    Maybe he loves you and wants to meet up and by riding past your hpuse he massively increases his chances obvs

    Don’t tease me.

    Premier Icon FB-ATB
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    Maybe he loves you and wants to meet up and by riding past your hpuse he massively increases his chances obvs

    If he’s called Dave then he’s definitely flirting with you.

    Premier Icon stgeorge
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    The people in the farm on the top must see me come by three times a week.

    Do it in reverse, dare you! It will freak them out.

    Premier Icon stgeorge
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    Because I was doing it every day I got faster and faster and honed the lines on everything tighter and tighter. It was brilliant. But again, none of that applies to road really.

    Wanna bet?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Wanna bet?

    Well, I ride road as well, and I bring the same level of skill to that. But pinning it on road to that extent is simply not safe, so I don’t do it and I don’t think many other people do. Of course you’re only here to say ‘yeah roadies go fast too rarr’ but whatever, the lines on road are far easier to work out, there’s far less detail to consider.

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    the lines on road are far easier to work out, there’s far less detail to consider.

    I’m not convinced that is true. Picking a line to avoid road imperfections when cornering at 70+kph while also trying to avoid ending up piling into a dry stone wall is for me far more taxing than ragging a mtb through a forest.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    As above, absolutely signs, changed each time he passes.

    If
    You’re
    Finishing
    This
    You’re
    Too
    Repetitive

    Or

    I
    Have
    Cake
    And
    Espresso
    Every lap
    So you don’t
    have too but now I’m hyperactive

    That sort of thing.

    Premier Icon YoKaiser
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    Go out and cut your grass or trim your hedge or whatever. Everytime he goes past run in the house and get a new outfit on, freak him oot.

    Premier Icon Haze
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    Hand him up some bottles

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    Maybe he’s lost
    My sister once did a whole lap of the M25 because she missed her junction

    Premier Icon tomvet
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    Paint a line on the road and go out there and time his laps, you could stand forward or backward from the line like a track coach and give some encouragement, I am sure it would be appreciated!

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    Countdown laps to go board, last Lap bell and helper with a chequered flag.

    Hide in the bushes then sprint him on the finish with full no handed victory celebration.

    Premier Icon binman
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    He’s not one of those tags that tells the police if you leave the area 😁 ?

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I think we have to allow for on call for work carer first responder for a relative or friend who could need him at short notice

    Premier Icon w00dster
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    I’m a roadie, I age a 1.5 mile triangular circuit, two hills, I use it for hill repeats, actually quite a few people do the same, someone even did 500kms on the same segment over solstice.
    There’s no houses on my little segment but your man is possibly doing the same as me?

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    Training for a return to the Track?

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