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    Reply to: Bottom end car manufacturers, how far have they come…

    Why an SUV? SUVs emit aprrox 10% more emissions than an equivalent hatchback (due to weight primarily). I know you said hybrid, but why not consider a hybrid normal car?

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    Reply to: Hip flexor exercise.

    I do a lot* of hip flexor flexibility work as i have persistent hip issues but nevr targeted strengthening them. It seems a valid point to me and I’ll look into doing some.

    *relative to the zero flexibility work i do for other muscles

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    Reply to: Can you get anglesets for cx bikes?

    @wzzzz – nah integrated, I think I’m on a hiding to nothing tbh.

    @mashr – interesting idea but tyre availability and maybe UCI rules mean that’s a no-go

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    Reply to: Can you get anglesets for cx bikes?

    bump for lunch… humour me, last week I couldn’t ride due to an infected toe, now I have manflu, the only thing keeping me sane is overthinking minor problems πŸ™‚

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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-10/-170-billion-and-counting-the-cost-of-brexit-for-the-u-k

    According to Business Insider this is more than we paid to the EU over the last 40 years.

    It also doesnt seem to include the money actually spent on the various deal – no deal planning etc.

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    Reply to: 2020 XC Training & Racing thread

    As if they heard my plea.. πŸ™‚

    I’m hoping round 1 in FoD will get the series off to a bang since recently entries in Wales have been low but given FoD is borderland it should pull in a few entries from that there England.

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    I heard an interview with TP afterwards and his goal had been to lap everyone but the top ten and he was a bit disappointed he’d not managed that!

    I’m hoping there is something at Pembrey again next season since its close enough its worth racing even being pulled after 3 laps. Guess they will announce next seasons dates in the next couple of weeks.

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    They’ve had practice running big races at that location and it showed

    i read that as ‘They’ve had big running races at that location and it showed’ πŸ™‚

    The videos and photos make it look epic. In a couple of years when I’m a Vet and no longer bound by the 80% rule I’m definitely planning on a riding a few more national events as all the courses have looked so good.

    The Belgian course looked amazing. Good racing too.

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    Reply to: 2020 XC Training & Racing thread

    Hoping to do some of the Welsh series but dates/venues haven’t been announced yet and my diary is already filling up quite a bit; of the two that are already on BC I know I can’t do one of them. Can’t see me doing any nationals as nothing close enough to be doable in a day.

    Not XC but I’ve got Battle on the Beach and Battle in the Bowl lined up so will get my racing fix even if the Welsh series doesnt align.

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    Reply to: TrainerRoad – STW approved sessions

    @whitestone, robbo, thats my general thought… also all my planned workouts till I finish my season are vo2 max orientated where whether I’m actually doing 120% rather than 130% is neither here or there so long as I feel the burn.

    Looking forward to making use of the ‘ride outdoors’ feature when I start base in mid-late feb.

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    Reply to: TrainerRoad – STW approved sessions

    Did the ramp test this morning. Changing from TR virtual power to a real power meter for the first time. Unsurprisingly there was a massive change (downwards!); but it means I’m no longer elite level on Coggans scale and instead top end of Cat 4 which is more reasonable!

    Being time constrained I did it as soon as I woke up; figured it was so short it wouldn’t matter but I wonder if I’ll get a better number in a few weeks if I do it at a better time and better fueled. Doesnt really matter as I just needed a number to work on for a week or two of CX type on-off intervals before my last race and I’ll re-test after that before starting base.

    One thing i noticed is my power is much more variable on a real power meter despite adding 2s power smoothing (on virtual I had raw). Will have to get used to that or add a bit more smoothing in.

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    Reply to: Wave Bristol – anyone else been?

    How much does the wind affect it? Some pics look like it has a bit of a ruffle to it. Guess it’s so small an area it can’t make loads of difference? Just thinking about booking in advance etc.

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    Reply to: Goofy or Regular, not just for Snowboarding…

    Thing is, you can be a regular footed surfer and be front foot dominant or back foot dominant. I imagine that it is the foot dominance that affecting biking more than natural or goofy footedness?

    I’m a regular foot surfing, used to be very front foot dominant, less so now. always start a race with left foot clipped in and ready to go. I’ve not noticed otherwise, will keep an eye out next time I ride.

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    Reply to: Wave Bristol – anyone else been?

    Enjoy, my wife has bought me a session for my xmas present, think I’ll wait till springtime when it starts to warm up. My mate went and enjoyed it, but he said you have to wear boots from an H&S perspective so mid-summer could be a bit annoying!

    Sounds like they’ve set it up as a nice day out with viewing platform and good cafe etc.

    At the cost I’m more likely to surf as much as possible in the sea as a tune-up for the wave rather than go to the wave for a tune-up for elsewhere πŸ™‚

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    does anyone know if the nat champs are being televised this year like they have in the past?

    Seems like the answer is no πŸ™

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    Good luck at Shrewsbury @Garry_Lager – does anyone know if the nat champs are being televised this year like they have in the past?

    I raced Western League yesterday after a few weeks of overindulgence, although the gluttony didnt seem to affect racing that much. Had a cracking day out on a really fun course in the cotswolds, a bit greasy to start becomming very slippery when a misty rain started to fall. Increasingly I’m of the opinion that racing other leagues is the best way to have fun, with no pressure to match past results its nice jut to race whats in front of you. Not gridded but a wide start line meant a second row (last row) start, didnt have a great start but picked quite a few people off and was in a nice postion towards the end of the first lap, before sliding out one corner after a drop, getting my chain badly jammed and loosing all the ground I’d made up. Kept things steady and slowly overtook a few people again, was starting to get into a groove and speed up towards the last quarter of the race untiln my mech got too clogged and was stuck in the easiest gear. Luckily it didnt snap and I nursed it to the pits to grab my spare bike for the last half lap.

    Don’t think i can make the mid-jan western league race so one more race for me now at the start of feb and that will be it for the season.

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    Reply to: Controversial cycling opinions? Let’s hear ’em!

    Racing bikes is one zillion times better than just riding them. If I didn’t race I don’t think I’d ride at all

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    Reply to: Best CX shoes for racing + 3 Peaks?

    The shimano xc7’s are great for cx, they have a good sole and are flexible enough for running in. However they have a new version out so don’t seem discounted anywhere yet (I got mine half rrp online a couple of years ago)

    I would buy a shoe focused on normal use not the three peaks as you may not even get in!

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    Reply to: Best towns in Wales for a winter hol

    Actually, Abergavenny area might be a good option? Only been there for races but have stayed the weekend (we actually stayed in Crickhowel, itself nice but small) and the town seems nice.. enough to occupy my wife wile I’m sliding round a muddy field anyway. Plus los of hills nearby.

    Guess it depends if you want inland or seaside.

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    Reply to: Best towns in Wales for a winter hol

    Aberaeron also a good option on the west coast. Nice habour and shops, some nice pubs and good walks etc.

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    I feel like I’ve seen more issues at races with tubs than tubeless; whether punctures or rolled tubs.

    Personally, I have not had any issues tubeless but I am quite light.

    @shedbrewed told me he thought tubeless vittoria wets had more grip than Limus tubulars, but as this was mid-mud-race I have no idea if he was just trying to confuse me πŸ™‚

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    I watched a video of the north of england cahmps over the weekend and thoguht of you πŸ™‚

    I also struggle with the running. I’m planning on running once a week from now on. I also think working on flexibility and the supproting muscles probably helps – my back and knees hurt when I run which I’m sure is glute related. I probably need to chuck in some running up steep hills with the bike on my shoulder too.

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    Reply to: TrainerRoad – STW approved sessions

    @13thfloormonk – you mean you just had a one off session not set up with a coach long term? That sounds pretty useful.

    I’m going to start base for cx in Feb. Still planning on a couple more races before then but just messing around not structured training st the moment

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    I think it highly possible we won’t be leaving on 31st Jan. From what I’ve read the timetable is ridiculously tight, requires parliment to sit over the weekend of the 21st/22nd to have a chance and any hold up will scupper the deadline.

    We’ve already had people interviewed on TV saying if Boris doesn’t do it we’ll be coming with violence (pretty dumb thing to state on national TV IMO!). Could be an interesting few months!

    I think it will take over 5 years for people to realise the unicorns have deserted the sunlit uplands though

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    if so, it’s not really a clear mandate for anything particularly useful is it?

    See previous post re. tory proportion of vote (hint, its 45%)

    I’m not convinced independance would win a second ref., but I think its fair enoguh for them to try. I fear for Wales’s status in the union if they do become independant, as we’d jsut be an even more minor concern at westmister

    Sinn Fean (sp.?) also want a referendum for NI given the NI MP composition.

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    Reply to: New Labour leader/ direction

    Its a valid point about positivity – Corbyns key message this campaign, or rather the message that got across, was negative: ‘Don’t let him sell the NHS.’ There needed to be a ‘We will XYZ’ to combat the ‘Get brexit done’ bullshit.

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    Reply to: Conservative Government, 2019 to 29(ish). Predictions?

    Agree with nickc- Michael Heseltine was saying as much on the radio the other day. In some ways a Tory landslide is better than a slim majority as he doesn’t need the hard liners…. that’s assuming the moderate tories are still moderate.

    We’re still by and large **** though

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    Cheers @kimbers – I know how to vote (labour) – my constituency (Gower) is a straight two horse race. I was just slightly surprised at the predicted levels of support of Lib Dems. My fist thoguht was ‘shit.. but if the lib supporters vote labour we’ll be ok,’ now wondering if the accuracy of a constituency level poll is such that the actual result could be either way

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    I’m a bit confused about some o the nubemrs I’ve been seeing. One of the tactical vote websites had an advert on Facebook for my constituency showing tories on 43% labour on 30% and the lib dems on 16% – Can they really get to a consituency level that well? I looked and in 2017 the libs had 2% and in 2015 3.5%, while in 2010 they had 19%, I can’t really see them jumping up again.

    I’m wondering whether it total rubbsih fiures designed to try and get libs to vote labour as they would be able to block a tory take? Annoying I can’t remember which website the advert was from.

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    Reply to: A question regarding racing .

    Well it seems I’ve got a power meter coming for Christmas (+birthdays!) so we’ll see if I can get benfit from it. I try not to look at metrics when actually racing as it can be dispiriting (and cx is such a variabile sport over a short duration its probably pointless).

    For me a lot of my training is cross specific micro-burst, 100yard sprint, hairpin, 100 yard sprint, hairpin etc when a HRM doesnt give the info I need (doesnt respond fast enouh, hr drift etc) so I can never tell if I’m hitting the right zones.

    I’m hoping to use the trainerroad ‘ride outdoors’ option to follow a plan strictly while commuting by bike. We’ll see next October if it’s made a differnece!!

    you just need to be fit enough to have fun racing

    This is the thing. For me racing isnt fun if you end up doing a timetrial around a course surrounded by other people a minute either side of you also doing a time trial; which means you need to be a similar fitness to others to have a close race. I guess that varies by region, but this season we’ve had fewer entries in the senior cx races, and other people seem to have got faster, so I know I need to do everything I can to get fit enough to keep up with people for more of the race.

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    Reply to: A question regarding racing .

    @crikey comes across as a bit of a dick! great if you can make it work for you, but I feel sorry for your partner if you have a full time fixed hours job, young kids, arent rich enough to have a cook, cleaner and maid for the housework, and still have time to put in the minimum 10-15hrs per week it is generally accepted by sport scientists that you need to become competitive.

    Personally I struggle with the time, the only time I have been vageuly competitive on a bike outside of my teens was a few years ago when I rigourously followed a training plan on traineroad (turbo trainer) for a year. You just get so much more bang for your buck, you can be properly beasted after an hour on the turbo in a way I’ve not managed to replicate in the real world outside of races. I tend to have 5-7hrs a week to train which I’ve done mostly in the real world just using an HRM hte last couple of years on the way to and from work, but my fitness and results are not as good as when i was more structured and used a turbo. As above, its hard to find good outside training environments close to home (espeilly if like me you rule out riding on the road).

    There are people I know that dont seem to follow plans, use turbos or power meters but they are the sort of clean lviing poeple that have been cycling for 20 years so have a huge amount of base to work with. Those of us having a mid-life crisis after years of no exercise and too many fags and Mcdonalds need all the help we can get!

    Doesn’t really matter waht approach you take though does it, so long as you race and enjoy it I don’t think anyone really cares

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    Gutted to see last night that my constituency is being predicted to go tory in the election. We’ve had a really hard-working (or so it seems) labour MP who has been vocal in Westminster for the benefits of the area and she is predicted to be beaten by a girl who has been outed as a racist and someone who has publically put on her facebook that anyone on benefits should be shot.

    Labour can stick in their current direction as long as they like (I support most of their policies), but until they find a way to get into power it is meaningless. I don’t think that waiting till next GE after the brexit hits the fan and everyone feels the squeeze will make a blind bit of difference as so man people equally blame Corbyn for what is/has happened.

    On that note, the tories plan to repeal the fixed term parliment act – what replaces it or do we go back to the previous way?

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    Good work Plop-pants, well done.

    Thanks @Mick_r I’ll give that a crack and hopefully it will be ok. I had another look last high and I am pretty sure it is something in the shifter end as if I push the mech up with my hand and then release it shifts down instantly and all the cable goes back up housing quickly, but if I use the shifter it is still sticking, even when clean.

    Don’t know about you @shedbrewed but my legs are in agony today after all that running. Also developed a stinking cold yesterday arvo whcih probably explains why Sunday wasnt as good as I’d been hoping.

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    Reply to: TrainerRoad – STW approved sessions

    Anyone making much use of the ‘rideoutdoors function in TR? I hopr to buy a power meter and then try and stick more rigourously to the plans next year by making use of it. My garmin is old and so I dont think I can ‘psuh’ workouts to it, but so long as I make a note of the durationsa and power i hope I’ll be ok

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    Thanks Mick. My shifters are also 105, I would be shocked if they arent half full of mud! I will try stripping down the shifter – was it a pain to do? Sometihng to look at on youtube and try over chrsitmas!

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    @mick_r agreed the clutch really hleps with bumpy courses. If you guys have had no shifting issues with the mech I’ll have to have another look at my set-up. I guess something might be sticking in the shifter itself or maybe I need to tweak the cable routing to reduce friction as much as possible as shifitng with increasing cable pull is fine, but with mud the shift when cable should be pulled back with the mech spring just isnt happening. Seems a consistent issue too.

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    Reply to: power meter q’s: does LH crank model matter and Stages v 4iii

    Cheers all. Thanks, backs up what i was expecting. Need a 170mm crank which seems out-of-stock in probikekit unfortunately but will google away till I find whatever is cheapest!

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    CHeers Thom, am hatching a plan to buy a power meter to improve training quality for what time I have!

    The shifting is weird, I was having half lap changes so should ahve been ok, coming out of the pits onto the grass straight it was shifting down fine, but by the time I’d got through the woods, remounting after the run-up onto the road it wouldnt shift down… every bloody lap! it seems to be as soon as the jockey wheels are clogged the shifting fails, but that doesnt make sense to me.

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    Reply to: Cross 19/20

    @Garry_Lager sounds pretty brutal. Agree short sharp runs are msuch more palatable than long jogs. Sounds like you did well in the conditions.

    16th senior for me, which sounds ok but there were only twenty starters.
    In general it seems this year the guys I used to race against have got faster (or I,ve got slower!) and the field sizes have dropped a fair bit so fewer mid-pack and tail-Enders racing. Means I’ve not had as many close races as in the past. Had better racing when I’ve gone to other leagues.
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    Really need to up my training but am really struggling for time with work and a toddler. Also being a bad workman, I’m getting fed up with my tools. The ultegra RX rear mech seems to refuse to shift down the block when there is the slightest bit of mud, I re-cabled two weeks ago so think it is the mech itself. Also getting frustrated with my frame, finding the focus mares frame is clogging up a lot and realised I actually prefer the steeper head angle of my pit bike. Unfortunately as the bike is still no the paid off yet there is no way I’m changing it!

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