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6th Edition - Blackwood to Peebles & Back

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: 6th Edition - Blackwood to Peebles & Back Reply with quote

Reminder that this popular social event will take place on Sunday, 12th May 2013 – 5 weeks on Sunday.

The route, distance and profile can be seen by following this link - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2317717

HOW AND WHEN & WHERE – Meeting at free car park next to Blackwood Primary School, off Southfield Road, Blackwood at 9am. Departure is at 9.30am sharp. More sophisticated banter guaranteed!

If coming from the north, leave M74 at J8, onto A71 for Kilmarnock, quarter mile to Canderside roundabout and take first exit on B7078 to Blackwood for 3 miles. A half mile after entering the village (after St John’s Primary School and a park on the left), turn left at small crossroads (Shopsmart newsagent facing you on the corner) into Southfield Road. Car park is on the right after100 yards.

[Alternative route from the north, leave M74 at J9 (Lesmahagow) and turn left onto B7078 and almost immediately enter villages - follow route through the villages as below.]

If coming from the south, leave M74 at J10 (Lesmahagow) onto B7078 and follow signs for Blackwood. After a mile, enter Kirkmuirhill (both villages are joined at the hip) then on into Blackwood, where you will see the brand new Blackwood Primary School on the right. Turn first right after that school and the car park is on the right after 100 yards.

ABOUT THE RUN - As usual, the main feature of this run is to keep the bunch together throughout, apart from the bigger hills, where we go our own pace and always re-group at the top. Using the latest in infrared laser technology, no one is encouraged to shoot off the front! We’ll all ride for each other, which means that we all check the back for tail-enders and don’t increase the pace at the front.

A nice, steady pace also makes this run inclusive, and provides any rider who has never ridden this distance before a great opportunity to ride a 100 miles for the first time. Spell changes are frequent, which makes it more enjoyable for all, and has the added bonus of ensuring that all the riders finish as fresh as the day they started! And know wot? It usually works!

A benefit of this enjoyable Borders run is that it helps riders to ‘get to know themselves’ over such a long distance, without worrying about being dropped. This is useful experience for tackling the long sportives, audaxes etc, particularly at someone else’s pace. There will be some fairly challenging climbs included in the 6000+ feet of overall climbing and the average overall speed will probably be about 13/14 mph so, although not super-fast, riders still have to ensure that they are fit enough so the whole group is not held back unduly. As well as being fit, it’s very important to eat and drink regularly during the run to avoid cramping up, hitting the wall or, as we older cyclists used to say, getting the bonk!. This can’t be stressed enough…

WHO’S COMIN’ – As well as local foks, we again hope to welcome riders from the Johnstone Wheelers, and some riders from Hawick (and possibly East Lothian) will also be joining us this year.

WHERE THE GRUB IS – Lunch will again be at the Scots Pine, near Eddleston, at just under the half-way point. As usual, sustenance will be provided at the end, after we drop down into Blackwood, at 'Morag's Cafe' in Vere Road. The event and the grub afterwards is free, but riders will have to fork out for the lunch!

HANDS UP! - For catering purposes (lunch and post-run grub), can we please have a show of hands from those who are coming. Many thanks.

Dennis
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still in.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: subject Reply with quote

HI Dennis iam going
Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Sunday 12th may . Reply with quote

Hi Dennis Ian and Jim doing it as well Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weather forecast for the Blackwood/Peebles and Back 100 this Sunday is not too bad so far - 14C and enough wind to have an easy ride each way. Remember, this is a controlled-pace and keep-together run (in fantastic countryside) to allow everyone to finish as fresh as the day they started! With a halfway lunch stop and grub at the end.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dennis, unfortunately I can't make it due to work Crying or Very sad
Have a great day.

Ian
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dennis - I'll be along.

I have been out of it for three weeks with whooping cough and am just back on the bike this week, so this will be ideal to get back into the swing.

I have been out a few times this week and am going OK so don't think I'll be holding the group up.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be good to see you, Peter, and don't worry about the pace. The group will look after its own!

Dennis
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 7:27 pm    Post subject: Peebles run Reply with quote

Hi Dennis sorry to say that the guys from Carluke will not make tomorrow. as well all something on in the afternoon and need to be back . So sorry have a good run and stay safe Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, sorry about that Denis Sad
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for that Dennis , great run in trying conditions.

Thanks also to the Johnstone Wheelers guys and others for making up a great bunch and not forgetting Morag for the very welcome hot soup after what was more like a winters day.
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