London Skyride

missmarple
missmarple Posts: 1,980
edited September 2009 in Commuting chat
Is anybody doing it this year?
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  • Big Wib
    Big Wib Posts: 363
    Yes.

    My son & I are popping down to the big city specially :)
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Yes.

    I'm trying to get my brother and two mates to come along.
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  • _Brun_
    _Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    edited September 2009
    Do you have to register or can you just show up on the day?

    If I'm out of bed early enough I might saunter down, but last year it was full of absolute pillocks by 10:30.
  • Might show up - specially given brother works for Sky...
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  • I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )
  • _Brun_

    The British Cycling site say this on their FAQ page:

    Do you need to register to come along?

    We would love to know if you're coming along before the day, so we can roll out the red carpet treatment for everyone, and make sure everyone is going be kept safe and sound on the day. If on the day you make a last minute choice to come and join us, we'll s
    ee you there
    .

    Has anybody tried cycling on a red carpet?
  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    edited September 2009
    I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )

    what's this??? I've got a massive session on the Saturday but could do with a little cycling local style on sunday

    this one?
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local/event/566/Along-the-Downs-to-Downe

    2 hours for 17 miles? really?
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  • I'd be suprised if Team Sky aren't present on the day.

    Maybe a Twiggo?
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  • Big Wib
    Big Wib Posts: 363
    & don't forget Miss Brookes will be there :lol:
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )

    what's this??? I've got a massive session on the Saturday but could do with a little cycling local style on sunday

    this one?
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local/event/566/Along-the-Downs-to-Downe

    2 hours for 17 miles? really?

    Erm I refer you to my earlier post, just say and will get an intervention team on standby, the first step is admitting you have a problem.....

    You're amongst friends here :P
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  • Yes, I think I'll go along to this. I generally work a night shift in Camden on Saturday night which finishes at 8am, so I'll pootle down for coffee, breakfast and a ride.
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  • spasypaddy
    spasypaddy Posts: 5,180
    ive signed up but i dont know whether i want to go or not last year was a major let down with how busy the roads were even very early
  • Clever Pun wrote:
    I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )

    what's this??? I've got a massive session on the Saturday but could do with a little cycling local style on sunday

    this one?
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local/event/566/Along-the-Downs-to-Downe

    2 hours for 17 miles? really?

    I know... Maybe they're going to take us up Succomb's Hill (6 times)
  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    itboffin wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )

    what's this??? I've got a massive session on the Saturday but could do with a little cycling local style on sunday

    this one?
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local/event/566/Along-the-Downs-to-Downe

    2 hours for 17 miles? really?

    Erm I refer you to my earlier post, just say and will get an intervention team on standby, the first step is admitting you have a problem.....

    You're amongst friends here :P

    I don't have a problem, I know where the bar is
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  • Cafewanda
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    I'll be there too.
  • stuaff
    stuaff Posts: 1,736
    Yes, I'll probably be in. Did think about doing Cycle the Wight instead, but I've done the IOW once this year, SCR ride mooted as well, and I'd like the chance to give the Italian carbon some welly on the Embankment. Annoyingly, for the second year in a row there's engineering work on the line into Waterloo so I've got a two hour train journey (either that or ride 15 miles to avoid the replacement bus). I should, touch wood, have the Viner back, so if I come across DDD we'll see who the slowest carbon owner is ;)
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I'd be suprised if Team Sky aren't present on the day.

    Maybe a Twiggo?

    I'd be surprised if they were
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  • I'd be suprised if Team Sky aren't present on the day.

    Maybe a Twiggo?

    I'd be surprised if they were


    Why?

    Is it because they are all still with other teams?
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I'd be suprised if Team Sky aren't present on the day.

    Maybe a Twiggo?

    I'd be surprised if they were


    Why?

    Is it because they are all still with other teams?

    That, and:

    -Vuelta is on
    -World Champs are later in the week

    Sky won't have any riders until January the 1st, until then any riders they have signed will still have to train/ride in their current trade team kit.
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  • I bow to your greater knowledge
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  • Sky won't have any riders until January the 1st, until then any riders they have signed will still have to train/ride in their current trade team kit.


    Excuse my newbie-ness

    If riders sign for a new team, but dont actually race for that team officially until Jan 1 does it not cause problems for team tactics/ opportunities for allegiences with future team mates


    Haven't expressed that thought coherently but hopefully you get my point
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  • prj45
    prj45 Posts: 2,208
    StuAff wrote:
    Yes, I'll probably be in. Did think about doing Cycle the Wight instead, but I've done the IOW once this year, SCR ride mooted as well, and I'd like the chance to give the Italian carbon some welly on the Embankment. Annoyingly, for the second year in a row there's engineering work on the line into Waterloo so I've got a two hour train journey (either that or ride 15 miles to avoid the replacement bus). I should, touch wood, have the Viner back, so if I come across DDD we'll see who the slowest carbon owner is ;)

    did you go the year before?

    I think the only peson I saw manage to get any speed up ended up with a badly bleeding nose.
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Sky won't have any riders until January the 1st, until then any riders they have signed will still have to train/ride in their current trade team kit.


    Excuse my newbie-ness

    If riders sign for a new team, but dont actually race for that team officially until Jan 1 does it not cause problems for team tactics/ opportunities for allegiences with future team mates


    Haven't expressed that thought coherently but hopefully you get my point

    Sort of, but generally it's the riders themselves that would suffer through announcing that they were leaving to another team, with the team not selecting them for races for the rest of the year (generally would only affect the more junior riders though)

    Riders often used to announce their team change around Tour time, but this year an embargo on information was put in place til the 1st Sept.
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  • I'll be going again this year and will be taking the eldest along with me so if anyone gets passed by a little ginger haired girl on a MTB and a chap on a Giant SCR do say hello, not that I've passed on my competitive streak :evil:

    I'm only expecting to get a couple of laps in and speeding will be strictly off limits (although I'm not sure I'll be able to resist a blast through BF tunnel!). I think it's going to be a good day out and the entertainment on The Mall should keep her attention, especially if the trials riders are there again :-)

    IIRC last year it was fairly clear when me and DDD got there early doors but it got silly busy later on, this along with regular crossing points for pedestrians controlled by marshals, so no RLJing, meant that speed was difficult to maintain around the course.
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  • Clever Pun wrote:
    I'm going to the West Wickham , Kent one this Sunday... :)

    (after a mamoth dinner party the night before... 8) )

    what's this??? I've got a massive session on the Saturday but could do with a little cycling local style on sunday

    this one?
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local/event/566/Along-the-Downs-to-Downe

    2 hours for 17 miles? really?

    It was 18.28 miles and took 2:04 actual pedalling time or 3:30 if you include the 2 food stops and 2 tyre changes :D
  • stuaff
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    prj45 wrote:
    StuAff wrote:
    Yes, I'll probably be in. Did think about doing Cycle the Wight instead, but I've done the IOW once this year, SCR ride mooted as well, and I'd like the chance to give the Italian carbon some welly on the Embankment. Annoyingly, for the second year in a row there's engineering work on the line into Waterloo so I've got a two hour train journey (either that or ride 15 miles to avoid the replacement bus). I should, touch wood, have the Viner back, so if I come across DDD we'll see who the slowest carbon owner is ;)

    did you go the year before?

    I think the only peson I saw manage to get any speed up ended up with a badly bleeding nose.

    Yes, I went to both Freewheels..last year it was actually pretty easy to get some speed up at 10ish (didn't get there any earlier than I will this time).
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  • DonDaddyD
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    StuAff wrote:
    I should, touch wood, have the Viner back, so if I come across DDD we'll see who the slowest carbon owner is ;)

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  • stuaff
    stuaff Posts: 1,736
    Well, if you wear the suit you're bound to get the wooden spoon ;)
    Otherwise, it's me, matey!
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  • DomPro
    DomPro Posts: 321
    Isn't this for families and kids pootling around on hybrids?

    Will be giving it a miss.
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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    DomPro wrote:
    Isn't this for families and kids pootling around on hybrids?

    Will be giving it a miss.

    Get there early enough 9 - 10am and it might be empty enough for a 20-25mph blast around the route... though I'm not recommending, endorsing or encouraging that.
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    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game