Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Iroadie

Today, I should have been out on the mountain bike with a couple of friends.  In the usual slack way it didn't happen and i spent the early part of my day off farting around on the interweb, reading other peoples blogs and tweets.  After well I'll just have another brew and there was that thing I meant to look into, I decided to shake myself.
My riding slackness seems to be never ending at the mo. I have every intention of riding far and fast, it just never happens. 
Today though I turned to friends for a kick up the arse.  last month big Steve wrote about faux belgian-ness. This seems to be my go to. After a quick recap of this I stumbled across Jenn's blog about riding with Ipods.
I had a plan, a quick 45 minutes on the road bike and dammit I'll take my 2 months old Ipod. (luddite).
I seem to be ending up out on the road alot these days, all be it, on jake the snake with his big tyres and mudguards. It just seems less hassle than the mountain bikes.
It's cabbage picking season down here.  Every back road, the type cyclists like, is covered in mud.  Big chunks of mud at the edges and greasey compacted mud under the car tyre tracks.  it was muddier than most cross races.
My ride intensionally took in all the short steep Burgs I could find whilst having to battle the winds coming straight off the sea. ( just like Belgium) and to top it all, it was grey, drizzling and then raining.  It was quite enjoyable.  Another thing I was revelling in was the music.  I happened to be listening to Hoppipola by Sigur Ros as i climbed one of the many Cornish burgs.  It reach the crescendo perfectly as I summited  (If you don't know it, watch the BBC trailers, eh Grant).  Another treat the shuffle function provided,  I had forgotten about was Motorcrash by The Sugarcubes was on there.  How nearly apt the words could have been.  One more thing i gleemed from my musical journey was the drumming of Maureen Tucker provides an excellent metronome for pedalling.

So the 45 minutes turned into a musically fed hour and a half of filthy dirty roads, crappy weather and short steep climbs.  All it needed was some cobbles. Faux Belgian indeed. Help, I think i'm turning into a roadie.

23 comments:

Simon said...

You'll be shaving your legs next ;-)

MP3 player on, tyres pumped, off to work I go. Thanks Mike (and Jenn and Steve)

Mediocre Pete said...

Dust fest is coming. Dust fest is coming. Fast and crunchy, dry (ish) and dusty.

Anonymous said...

Mud eh you didn't get it like I did.7 hrs of muddy "cols",back lanes with grass up the middle.I was muddier than many cross races,dry chain for half of it.Only sounded better when it had more water and mud on it.Back was worse than ever,still the feeling is back in the hands now.Camborne,Helston,St Keverne,Gweek,Mabe,Stithions,Devoran,KH Ferry,Ruan something,Probas,Laddock,Mitchel,Newlyn East,St Agness,Porthtowan,Bridge,Camborne. Don did the full 200 but I cleared off early as we were off to Coaville early the next day.See you on Sat "Green Been".jm.

grant said...

Ace post.

Shaving legs? You need some Veet. :-)

I'm not really gay said...

hmm, sometimes it just works, sometimes it doesn't, can't be great all the time eh ?

VeloCake said...

Simon, have you continued to "trim" after the cross season.
How come everyone seems to know alot about leg shaving hmmmm?

Simon said...

Veet? Fuck off! :)

Mike, yes, of course.

VeloCake said...

i've just realised my ipod has an icelandic sound to it doesn't it

al said...

Yes your Binatone beatbox does seem to have some good stuff on!

Did you pick the wrong one up when leaving the house?

Green been for me,John's giving his purse an airing!!

No that's not a euphemism.

Anonymous said...

My mum told me not to take it out in public very often.jm.

jm said...

I'm back.

Mediocre Pete said...

Having just used new 2.1 with restrained and considered anger I can emphatically attest to its multifaceted superiority over an aged 1.2. Climbs better, rolls schmoover and brakes with more surity. It is soiled now, so I can't take it back. Not that I want to. Oh it corners well too.
Nice.

Mediocre Pete said...

Having just used new 2.1 with restrained and considered anger I can emphatically attest to its multifaceted superiority over an aged 1.2. Climbs better, rolls schmoover and brakes with more surity. It is soiled now, so I can't take it back. Not that I want to. Oh it corners well too.
Nice.

Mediocre Pete said...

Thats a nasty stammer

jm said...

Glad you like the bike are coming to Exeter next Sun for a 200k Audax with me and Mike.

VeloCake said...

save your breath Pete, Trek aren't biting.

spec alized will be my next target.

i don't know, you spend years befriending them, send they stickers and stuff and what?
a big fat nothing thats what. thank you Trek, thanks for nowt.

the big pisser is if your called dave barman you get a free remedy coz your mates with Stirl and Shandrew. I've sat next to Travis in a cafe dammit, and Big Steve said good job to him, thats gotta worth something. If it was ned endoverend well......

Mediocre Pete said...

Regrettably, I dont think I will ever be able to attain such an outrageous kileage in one day. It would be another embarrassing episode of watching you have a rest somewhere off in the distance whilst playing catch up. Its tough at the back. I can but dream. 100 might be more realistic.
I would be happy to be a pace-setter in the woods in April tho. I could offer encouragement as you lap me.

Don't give up Mike. Whats your USP?

I'm not really gay said...

don't forget our secret weapon, Ms Punkass, if all else fails Chris wont let us down ;-)

VeloCake said...

secret weapon she may be, but they've all been very quiet in milton keynes since the velocake jiffybag dropped.

she better have some stops to pull out :)

Mediocre Pete said...

Is it 200k? If it was the standard run of the mill 106 I would be up for it. Are you going round twice?

Mediocre Pete said...

UK Outlook for Saturday 6 Mar 2010 to Monday 15 Mar 2010:
Although a weakening band of rain and sleet with hill snow is expected to spread southwestwards across the UK on Saturday, much of the week is expected to be dominated by an area of high pressure. This will give predominantly dry and settled weather with often sunny days but cold and frosty nights. Some wintry showers at times near North Sea coasts, and across southeastern areas of England as well but amounts of snow are expected to be mainly small. Temperatures still rather cold with sharp overnight frosts although for much of the time winds will be light. The trend for the following week is towards more unsettled, wetter and windier weather. Although less cold conditions should spread to southern areas, the cold weather may persist in the far north.

Updated: 1128 on Mon 1 Mar 2010

Dust fest. Might be short lived.

jm said...

http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/dayforecast.asp?zipcode=exeter&day=6 Check this out pete.jm.

Mediocre Pete said...

that wind looks a bit keen. time get some sun block. there might be a window coming up, albeit a narrow one, when the land will be dry and crunchy and dust shall rise up from the rutted sun baked former slime.
Some time between next thursday and following tuesday.
I would like to do the short route if there is a spare space.