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rob_speddingrob_spedding Posts: 442
edited November 2017 in The cake stop
Where is it? And why?
Rob Spedding, Editor, Cycling Plus
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  • jc4labjc4lab Posts: 1,055
    Pendle .. ..Sabden..Newchurch...Barley...Downham..Worston...Up to then down the Nick of Pendle into Sabden...Only 15miles by narrow road encircling pendle hill enabing you to photo it from many angles.. short vicoius climbs followed by some nice freewheeling down to Downham...makes a it a toughie with great views..The witches at Witches galor + the witches grave at Newchurch.add the character
    jc
  • Callander to Pitlochry (in Scotland); a 60 mile ride passing the Falls of Leny, Loch Lubnaig, the fantastic climb up Glen Ogle, the fast downhill section to Killin passing the Falls of Dochart, along shores of the very picturesque Loch Tay, through the very idyllic village of Kenmore, the fast flat roads through to Logierait before the final undulating section through to Pitlochry…..quite simply superb
  • nolfnolf Posts: 2,016
    A sticky favourite ride eh?

    giggity.
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  • Loop through the Royal National Park south of Sydney early on a Sunday morning. It's about 75 km round trip, usually very little traffic, through a forest. WHen you come out of the park about half way round, you arrive at this place, for a drink stop:

    wollongong_bald-hill-stanwell-tops.jpg

    Always a good trip, enough hills to be a challenge, and a nice fast run home for the last 15 km.
  • TLDNMCLTLDNMCL Posts: 2,779
    Any! Haven't ridden for nearly nine months because of illness and injury :cry:
    So now I'm unfit, fat, and mildly crackers. My next ride will be my favourite!
    Mac
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    Where is it?

    80 miles around West Wales
    And why?

    cos that's where I live..?

    Apologies for the lack of detail, but I've tried to keep my answer inline with the vagueness of the original question......
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,708
    Mrs. Hopper1!... :twisted:

    Well, someone had too! :wink:
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  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    Debbie, when she did Dallas a few years back... and I was there on holiday.
  • http://ridewithgps.com/trips/81503

    on an evening ... perfect, just perfect
  • crumbschiefcrumbschief Posts: 3,412
    Today,on the Black Train Song.
  • PepPep Posts: 501
    Kamakochi to Nakamura in Japan, through Norikuma (highest raod in Japan, 2700+ m above sea level).

    Closed to motorized traffic.
    90ish miles.
    One hill.
    2400m elevation gain.
    Good scenery.
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,033
    I would love to ride up Mount Fuji!

    My favourite ride in Hong Kong was up this:

    http://de.academic.ru/pictures/dewiki/1 ... shan_3.jpg

    Limburg's not so spectacular...
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  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    Mine used to be Abergavenny - Usk - Llangwm then up the Wye Valley to Monmouth, through to Rockfield and back to Abergavenny via Cross Ash. It has some beautiful scenery, decent gradual climbs mixed with shorter, steeper efforts and a flattish section alongside the River Wye. I still love the route although the Wye Valley road is bit too busy these days. I'm lucky that I have so many possible routes and even after all these years I can end up on a club run that follows roads I've never ridden before.

    I also went on holiday to Donegal a good few years back and used to do a ride based in Ballyhoorisky and around Port Salon, only about 20 miles but some beautiful unspoilt countryside, views over the Atlantic and some nice hills (with gravelly corners that left me with a few cuts, grazes and stones stuck in my hands :oops: ). I wonder if it is still an unspoiled part of the world? Would love to go back.
  • AndyF16AndyF16 Posts: 560
    Any now the snow has gone! I tend to vary routes as much as possible but today's was:

    Huntingdon - Offord Cluny - Toseland - Abbotsley - Gamlingay - Potton - Guilden Morden - Bassingbourne - Shepreth - Barrington - Cambridge - Histon and a few miles on our lovely new £116m cycleway! - Fen Drayton - St Ives - Houghton Mill - Huntingdon

    Nice mixed 70 miler with a few "hills" and half an hour outside King's College taking coffee and watching the talent go by :wink:
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  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.
  • jc4labjc4lab Posts: 1,055
    pottssteve wrote:
    I would love to ride up Mount Fuji!

    Visited Mount Fuji last year as a break from a Cherryblossom tour of Japan..You can hire bikes locally easily from hostels or shops near train stations.Found it best seen from afar to be honest as it loses a bit of defintion as you ride up to it..Pottered by bike round the roads and farm fieldss around it..its about 120km to circumnavigate it by road.prob more than a days ride cos of stops, route checking etc.. Its very shy and often covered by cloud..so a weather check is essentrial a day or so before you head there.Didnt do any Mountain biking or go higher than the base of it
    jc
  • PepPep Posts: 501
    freehub wrote:
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.

    Too short :?
  • bagpusscpbagpusscp Posts: 2,907
    Scrumple wrote:
    Debbie, when she did Dallas a few years back... and I was there on holiday.

    Say NO more.other than a classic. :shock: Did you have a walk on :!:
    bagpuss
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.

    Too short :?
    It's 23%.... It's not too short if you push hard up it.
  • any ride that gets me out of the town on them country roads
    going downhill slowly
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,033
    jc4lab wrote:
    pottssteve wrote:
    I would love to ride up Mount Fuji!

    Visited Mount Fuji last year as a break from a Cherryblossom tour of Japan..You can hire bikes locally easily from hostels or shops near train stations.Found it best seen from afar to be honest as it loses a bit of defintion as you ride up to it..Pottered by bike round the roads and farm fieldss around it..its about 120km to circumnavigate it by road.prob more than a days ride cos of stops, route checking etc.. Its very shy and often covered by cloud..so a weather check is essentrial a day or so before you head there.Didnt do any Mountain biking or go higher than the base of it

    jc4lab,

    Thanks for the info. I visited Fuji in October last year and drove up to the Fifth Station in a coach, hence the interest in riding up. I was very lucky, it was cloud free on the flight to Japan so I got some fantastic photos as we flew past, and also on the day we visited. I agree it looks better from a distance, at the top it was freezing and blowing a gale. :D If I win the lottery I'll be back!
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  • PepPep Posts: 501
    freehub wrote:
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.

    Too short :?
    It's 23%.... It's not too short if you push hard up it.

    Steep like hell I agree. (well, like paradise maybe...)

    But still too short for my taste.
    I would sell my soul for 23km at 10% rather than 23% for less than 100m.
  • markyonemarkyone Posts: 1,021
    I like wales up the bwilch and rhigos and through to breacon nice scenery.
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  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.

    Too short :?
    It's 23%.... It's not too short if you push hard up it.

    Steep like hell I agree. (well, like paradise maybe...)

    But still too short for my taste.
    I would sell my soul for 23km at 10% rather than 23% for less than 100m.

    Well you'll have to move to a different country for that.
  • andy162andy162 Posts: 656
    Sennen Cove to St Ives along the coast road. I was on holiday in May & the weather was hot & the skies were a cloudless blue. I stopped at a cafe in St Ives for coffee & then rode to Penzance. I followed the coast to Mousehole & the swung inland & rode along narrow, shaded lanes back to Sennen Cove. At the bottom of the hill it was a sharp left into the bar of The Old Sucess for a few cold Rattlers(simply the best cider I've tasted).

    I loved every single mile. If I was to have a "Groundhog Day" on a bike, it'd be that ride.
  • PepPep Posts: 501
    freehub wrote:
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pep wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Pyms chair, cause it's steep.

    Too short :?
    It's 23%.... It's not too short if you push hard up it.

    Steep like hell I agree. (well, like paradise maybe...)

    But still too short for my taste.
    I would sell my soul for 23km at 10% rather than 23% for less than 100m.

    Well you'll have to move to a different country for that.

    I'm afraid I DID move to the wrong country then. :(

    From my mum house a good route is 21km one way, ONE hill, 2000m climb. Turn and back. Not 23km at 10% average but still pretty good.
    Get up early and have early breakfast with mum. Go for the ride. Home for lunch. Could life be better?
  • andy162 wrote:
    Sennen Cove to St Ives along the coast road. I was on holiday in May & the weather was hot & the skies were a cloudless blue. I stopped at a cafe in St Ives for coffee & then rode to Penzance. I followed the coast to Mousehole & the swung inland & rode along narrow, shaded lanes back to Sennen Cove. At the bottom of the hill it was a sharp left into the bar of The Old Sucess for a few cold Rattlers(simply the best cider I've tasted).

    I loved every single mile. If I was to have a "Groundhog Day" on a bike, it'd be that ride.

    I NEED TO RIDE THIS ROUTE!!. My dad lived in Mousehole and now lives in Redruth and I live in the West Midlands.

    I know the area very well from when I used to visit my dad but since taking up road cycling I haven't had a chance to go visit him but remember the lanes round there being steep as hell and the scenery amazing!.

    Did you ride through Mousehole with the sea on your left...if so did you go up the ridiculously steep hill coming out of Mousehole?...ooh I want to go!!
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Anything involving Slochd summit between Inverness and Aviemore. It's a stuggle to get up there and always brings a sense of achievement. It always feels a special place.

    And going back down is huge fun ;-)
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  • Dunk_911Dunk_911 Posts: 239
    Best ride I ever did was around Loch Levin and Kinloch Levin. Did it years before i had a road bike but I loved the road.
    I discovered it when i was about 18 and i was doing a quarter of the distance of the days stage in the TDF. everyday. Id love to take my road bike up there sometime and just roll through the miles.
  • pshorepshore Posts: 61
    Wales. Llanidloes to Machynlleth.

    censored of an ascent on a fully loaded touring bike but the descent into Machynlleth is simply gob smackingly stunning.
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