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Fat Albert

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1,135 posts

64 months

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Anyone on here doing the Palace to palace next Sunday (14th)?

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support_us/events/...

i am doing it as part of the Hewlett Packard team, we normally raise about £32,000 each year, but it will be my first year taking part.

Not done a charity ride like this before and certainly not done 45 miles on my MTB. I have switched to Slick tyres and up to 35 miles in training, which feels OK

The main issue is that our Team start time is 07:46!! which makes getting there quite tricky, so I plan to drive to Windsor and dump the car, then cycle to Slough Railway station and get the train to Paddington

MadDad

2,973 posts

144 months

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Missed this one, shame as I quite like the look of it.

Good luck, I am sure it will be a walk in the park!

TKF

5,277 posts

118 months

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Fat Albert said:
The main issue is that our Team start time is 07:46!! which makes getting there quite tricky, so I plan to drive to Windsor and dump the car, then cycle to Slough Railway station and get the train to Paddington
Are the trains running that early on Sunday morning?

I'm doing it in a team and we've got a coach taking us and the bikes from TVP to the start line for our start time 10mins after you.

Here is the route from last year. http://app.strava.com/segments/2393826

Gibby78

148 posts

68 months

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I considered doing this, also as part of the HP team but it's the good Lady's Birthday and it's a fair trek down from Sheffield so have put it off for this year.

I cycle in to the office on my MTB and 1.5" slicks at 80psi and it makes a world of difference, ok I'm no Bradley or Sir Chris but I can do the 10 mile commute in just under 40 minutes whilst with low pressure knoblies it took me an hour, you'll be fine with the MTB and slicks I'm sure, especially with those training distances

Mr Gear

8,929 posts

73 months

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I'm doing it. And I've done it before.

You won't look out of place on a MTB, there is good food and drink provision, and there is an extremely mixed ability among participants.

Fingers crossed for good weather! It was lovely last time I did it.
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Jimboka

3,480 posts

87 months

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Fat Albert said:
Anyone on here doing the Palace to palace next Sunday (14th)?

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support_us/events/...
i am doing it as part of the Hewlett Packard team, we normally raise about £32,000 each year, but it will be my first year taking part.

Not done a charity ride like this before and certainly not done 45 miles on my MTB. I have switched to Slick tyres and up to 35 miles in training, which feels OK

The main issue is that our Team start time is 07:46!! which makes getting there quite tricky, so I plan to drive to Windsor and dump the car, then cycle to Slough Railway station and get the train to Paddington
In previous years the train was rammed with bikes by the time it got to Slough. Try to get to Reading or Maidenhead if you can.. Enjoy!

Fat Albert

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Thanks all, there is a train running through Slough that gets into Paddington at 7:22, so have 20 mins to do the 2.5 miles to the start...

Doing a 35 mile training ride tomorrow with a mate (on his road bike) so will be interesting to see what average speed I end up doing...

Fat Albert

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Hard training ride today having not ridden for a week, still maanged 32 miles in 2hrs 18mins, so a whisker under 14mph, so on course to do the P2P in under 3.5 hrs....

Fat Albert

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1,135 posts

64 months

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Did a quick 10 miler as my last training ride this evening, I have exceeded my fundraising target and last tuime i looked HP were in 3rd place in the Fundraising table, we will hopefully hit our team target of £40,000

mig25_foxbat2003

2,184 posts

94 months

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Fat Albert said:
Did a quick 10 miler as my last training ride this evening, I have exceeded my fundraising target and last tuime i looked HP were in 3rd place in the Fundraising table, we will hopefully hit our team target of £40,000
Top work on the fundraising fella! Good luck for the ride.

Mr Gear

8,929 posts

73 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Weather is looking OK now too!

Fat Albert

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Thanks! I was wondering whether the weather was going to play ball and it looked a bit iffy a few days ago, but cloudy with funny smells suits me!

TKF

5,277 posts

118 months

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I'm hoping it dries up overnight as it's been chucking it down over Windsor for hours now.

4:30 alarm call tomorrow morning. Eurgh!

Fat Albert

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Yep alarm set for 4:30 too...yeuch! probably should go to bed then...

swerni

21,710 posts

93 months

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You guys had a great day for it.

I passed lots of you heading in the other direction.


Mr Gear

8,929 posts

73 months

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Weather was lovely, but since I was playing "domestique" to a bunch of oldies I never really warmed up and froze half to death! Still, it was a good ride and beat sitting around drinking tea with them.

TKF

5,277 posts

118 months

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Weather was nigh on perfect for it today.

Spooky riding through a foggy Richmond park with a stag roaring.

Fat Albert

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Great fun, although a bit cold to start (especially riding from Windsor to Slough Station at 6:30 this morning in the fog!)

The train was hell with about 80 bikes on board, I got wedged between 2 bikes and had an old lady leaning against me inappropriately... :¬O

Did it in 3 hours 9 minutes riding time, about 3 hrs 30 mins elapsed as I stopped at the first watering point for the toilet, missed the second stop and then stopped at the third (34 miles) to top my water bottles up. I managed an average if 14.3mph!

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/100038615?countr...

Bike behaved itself, which I was really pleased with as it is a self-build.

The thing I found odd was that the roadies would pile past me on the flat and then I would whip past them up the hills...
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