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Sunday May 10th Club Run

PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 12:24 pm
by Don
All,

We seem to be slap bang in the middle of Sportive season now. We have the Etape Loch Ness under our belts, the KOM Sportive on the 16th and this weekend will see Ythan CC represented at the Etape Caledonia. However, for those of us staying nearer to home, there is the club run to look forward to!

The weather forecast doesn't look too bad, so I propose our very own Sportive event, tracing a 90km route to YthanWells. There's a bail-out option from Rothienorman back to Oldmeldrum that would knock a significant distance off that total, but it's worth noting that the planned route gives us the potential option of refreshment at Morgan McVeigh's (though that will involve a brief foray onto the A96).

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/9529185

Who's coming out to play? :D

PS; For the full Sportive Experience, give me forty quid before we set off and I'll ensure you get a bottle of (tap) water, a banana, and a cheap medal at the end!

Re: Sunday May 10th Club Run

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:19 am
by Col
Only £40? Bargain! Heading over to Knockburn for the youth event but enjoy the route or the sportives guys and girls.

Re: Sunday May 10th Club Run

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:27 am
by Don
Thanks to all who braved the less-than-ideal weather for today's run! Until late Saturday evening, I'd been thinking I was on my own for this one, so thanks to Mike, Mark, Chico, Graham, Riitchie and Zak for the company. We were getting wet from the outset, but kept with planned route through Fyvie and over the climb toward Rothienorman. However, with the wind picking up and conditions proving to be particularly grim, there were no hints of disappointment with the decision to cut the route short and head directly for Rothienorman and the familiar route home via Oldmeldrum and Tarves. We did a pretty good job of keeping our group together until we'd passed Tarves when we parted ways with Mike & Mark and the last five of us taking the direct route home. Despite the road closure, there was plenty of room to get through on bikes (though the Landrover coming the other way was a bit of a surprise). We should be looking forward to some good times on the Confined 10 course as there is some nice smooth tarmac going in there! Our pace picked up a bit as we got closer to home; the scent of blood must have been in the water as we crossed the Ardlethen bridge with a clear race to set up for the sprint to the 40mph sign on the edge of town... It was only ever going to go one way though, as Zak played it tactically and sat on Ricthie's wheel until the last few meters with muggins here coming third by a good 20 meters. OK, 30.
YthanWells eluded us this time, but the route (and a coffee at Morgan McVeighs) will be back on the agenda sometime this summer! Assuming we get one...