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Reminder that this Sunday 13th April sees the Pelotons Hard Men take on Paris Roubaix, otherwise known as The Hell of the North or a Sunday in Hell.
Our very own homage to this great classic starts at 9.30am from the Fermain Club. Its about 50miles and takes in 18 'secteurs' (see below) which are all rideable unless it really rains from now til Sunday. Terrain is pretty much flat apart from Swiss Hill at the end!
I have photocopied marked up OS routes for those who wish to have one / ride at their own pace etc etc.
Last year riders completed the ride with no problems on road bikes (Winter/Spring bikes not your best Summer bikes). A cross bike or MTB with slicks would be fine too.
See you there
Secteur 1: Peter Van Petegems Playground; 1000m; “Gnarly then cobbled”. *****
Secteur 2: Tafi’s Track; 1300m; “Quick”. ***
Secteur 3: Tom Boonen’s Thoroughfare; 1000m; “Loose”. ***
Secteur 4: Magnus Backstedt’s Bumpy Boulevard; 2200m; “Bumpy”. ***
Secteur 5: Cancellara’s Concrete Par Course; 1500m; “Grass to start”. **
Secteur 6: Walter Godefroots Wooded Way; 600m; “Twiggy”. ***
Secteur 7: Rik Van Looy Lane; 1100m; “Fast”. **
Secteur 8: De Vlaeminck Drive; 2500m; “Variable”. ***
Secteur 9: Stuart O’Grady’s Gravelly Grind; 900m; “Gravel” ***
Brereton Country Park - WC and possible Tea Stop
Secteur 10: Franco Ballerini’s Bomb Holes; 1100m; “5 MPH through grumpy farmers yard”. ****
Secteur 11: Peter Post Passage; 800m; “Decent Descent”. **
Secteur 12: Van Steenbergen’s Straight; 1000m; “Pan flat”. *
Secteur 13: Marc Madiot Street; 400m; “Simple”. **
Secteur 14: Johan Museeuw’s Monster Mile; 1600m; “Leg Sapping”. *****
Secteur 15: Eddy Merckx Avenue; 1500m; “Pave!” ***
Secteur 16: The Jan Raas Road; 800m; “Narrow” ***
Secteur 17: Moser’s Tricky Trail; 600m; “Steady” **
Secteur 18: Sean Kelly’s Cobbled Swiss Killer; 900m; “Glorious Pain” *****
Hi Marcus, As there's no Saturday club ride organised this weekend due to the Open 25 TT (marshals still required) you should get a great turnout for this Sunday ride - count me in.
Let's hope we get good weather.
Is there a GPX for this?
Sounds like a fun ride if I am not too tired from not riding on the (not/un/dis)organised Saturday club run.
Sorry Simon for not responding. GPX would be a great idea. Today though we had the very latest technology in the form of 5 sheets of OS Map. The UCI are investigating however after the peloton were taken off course numerous times by the leader!!
Thanks for coming out today guys - it was a good ride. We had one too many mechanicals and cut short the route as time was getting on. Plus conversation kept returning to food which just made us want to get home all the sooner!
Very well done to Gill, Roger and Fred who did the ride after racing in the 25 yesterday. Chapeau.
Can anybody let me have a copy of the route as I'd like to drag my aged body (and my nearly as aged wife) around it one day soon.
I will put a (all be it dog eared) copy in the post to you today. If you get round by making less than four U turns then you've got the job of ride leader next year!
Great ride Marcus,
Highlight of the ride was your map reading and Fred's puncture overseen by the puncture master Greg
Mick O' C
Taken from Gordon's Strava route.
is there a club run this saturday? if not i'm happy to do l'en fer du nord homage on the sunday…
Yes there is a club run on Sat, which I am leading as Simon has the lurgy. This should not of course divert members from marshalling or otherwise assisting at the club open 25 if they feel called to do so. Reckon we'll just mosey on up to Ye Olde Chestnut Centre outside Chapel-en-le-Colin Firth to check out them otters (or failing that, eat their cakes in their dining room, conveniently located on the free side of the turnstile).
I can't make Saturday I'm afraid but would be up for the Roubaix tribute on Sunday if anyone else is?
I'm going to be late for Sat club run. Any chance of a GPS of the route? Then I can play catchup
Sorry Darren, I am running out of time to produce a GPX file, whatever that might involve (got the Garmin, must learn how to use it). Flexibility in club run leadership is the key discipline I learned at the knee of old master Jackson, so no promises but I plan at this stage to go through Kerridge to Pott Shrigley, up the Brickworks (Bakestonedale Road), left at the top onto Macclesfield Road, left up Moorside (actually called Higher Lane, which becomes Midhurst Lane), right at T-junction onto Old Buxton Road which becomes Whaley Lane down into Whaley, right under railway bridge onto A5004, left at bike shop onto Old Road, sharp left up Bings Road, right into Western Lane, which becomes Back Eccles Lane, right at T-junction into Whitehough Head Lane, left into Charley Lane, under A6, right at T-junction onto A624 Hayfield Road, first left under railway bridge bearing right twice up the Wash to the Chestnut Centre. Or more directly if we are suffering a surfeit of hills.
In any case your heroic part-solo effort on the Three Loops means you should be chasing the fast group, and I have no idea which way Paul may go (probably Chestnut Centre via Chester).
How late are you going to be Darren?
I haven't really thought about which way we'll go yet.............I don't always make it up as I go along! I'll pm you my mobile number just in case
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