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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2011 06:06 PM
The overall comments on St Mary's Hotel were very favourable so I have booked 10 rooms for next year's event. The manager has promised me that all rooms will be at the end of the hotel, well away from any wedding reception that may be taking place!
If you are thinking of doing this event next year and want to stay in a hotel that is very conveniently located to the start/finish, let me know.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 24/01/2012 05:54 PM
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U364206

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From: Shortlands

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 08:13 PM
Mike,
Please can I reserve a place as I am definitely signing up for next year's Dragon?
Thanks, Michaela
No Pain, no gain - keep pedalling.
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sausage


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 08:26 PM
Mike,

Can Garry and I baggsy no 2 again please.

D.
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Hugh


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 08:40 PM
I've retired from Dragon Riding. I will never be able to beat my time of 0 hours 0 seconds.
We're milling through the grinder, grinding through the mill. This is not an exercise, could it be a ... drill.
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Demonty


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 08:44 PM
Rachael & I would like to give this a go next year so if available we would like a double Mike
Thanks
Den
" it's only a hill, get over it "
Edited by Demonty on 06/06/2011 08:50 PM
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Phil_B

Posts: 87

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 08:47 PM
Thanks Mike - My legs are still recovering, but count me in please!

Cheers,
Phil
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MartinSandra


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 09:27 PM
A double for me and Martin please. Thanks Mike

M&S
"Never sacrifice style for speed"
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mixee

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From: Wherever

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 09:31 PM
....and a double for me and Michelle please

Thanks Mike

Mike !!
Mike C
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mixee

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From: Wherever

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 09:33 PM
Demonty Rachael & I would like to give this a go next year so if available we would like a double Mike
Thanks
Den


Sorry Den, but the days of me and B2B Mike putting on any kind of show are long gone!
Mike C
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akoura


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From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 06/06/2011 10:42 PM
Mike,

One single for me please too.

Thanks
Allan
aka Allan
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 07/06/2011 07:39 AM
I should have pointed out I have booked 10 twin rooms.
Regards
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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JimH


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 07/06/2011 02:22 PM
May I have a bed for next year please,I'm so looking forward to re-visiting Neath and toiling up that long climb through the council estate and hearing a 7/8 year old boy leaning out of his sitting room window shouting w**nkers at us again,happy days
Welcome to Wales
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akoura


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From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 07/06/2011 02:57 PM
B2BMike I should have pointed out I have booked 10 twin rooms.
Regards
Mike


Mike, happy to share twin.
aka Allan
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U364206

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From: Shortlands

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 07/06/2011 10:51 PM
Can you please reserve a Twin for Lisa and myself.
Thanks!
Michaela
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njrallen


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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 08/06/2011 02:48 PM
JimH May I have a bed for next year please,I'm so looking forward to re-visiting Neath and toiling up that long climb through the council estate and hearing a 7/8 year old boy leaning out of his sitting room window shouting w**nkers at us again,happy days
Welcome to Wales

Please can I have a bed for next year? I am also looking forward to the delights of Neath 2012.

Nick

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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 08/06/2011 03:24 PM
Could be persuaded next year if anyone's willing to share and give me a lift..
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neilm

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 08/06/2011 05:44 PM
johnah Could be persuaded next year if anyone's willing to share and give me a lift..


I would hate to upset your Bromance with Richard and therefore cannot offer you a lift or share a room.

Neil
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johnah


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 09/06/2011 11:20 AM
I can't say too much because of the gagging order, only to say we were only ever friends....sort of..

Ryan G
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 09:36 AM
Many thanks to Matt for letting me know that there are big changes to next year's Dragon Ride:
Venue Change
From 2012 the Dragon Ride will be based at Margam Park near Port Talbot, South Wales.
From riders feedback two main areas that will be improved are car parking and the start procedure. Car parking will be situated within the deer park only a few hundred metres from the start/finish area, the spacious eastern area of the park will accommodate a more expansive start facility in order to reduce waiting times for riders to get underway.
http://www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/default.aspx?page=1325

Date of event
Due to the Queens Diamond Anniversary Holiday weekend and a potential clash with another established sportive, the Wiggle Dragon Ride will be moved back a week to Sunday 10th June 2012.
Also changed is the date that entries open, this will now be the 14th December 2011 at 09.00.
Other changes will see amalgamation of the online booking fees into the entry price, significantly more toilets and further improvements to the food on offer at the feed stations. Changes to the organising team will also be made.

Route
For 2012 the routes avoid the coastal section used this year and once again concentrate on the superb climbs South Wales has to offer. The Medio Fondo Ride will include the Bwlch, Rhigos and Cimla climbs as well other ascents. The Gran Fondo Route, will in addition to the above have one new major signature climb and possibly the return of an old favourite not used since 2007.


I have therefore booked rooms at the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot for those who have indicated a wish to participate. Doubles are £50 and twins are £60, both including breakfast. The hotel is about 10 mins cycling from the park and has secure bike storage.
I will be cancelling the booking at St Mary's Hotel & Country Club.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 10/08/2011 10:48 AM
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GarryG


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 10:03 AM
Many thanks Mike for sorting this out.

G
I Live To Ride :-)
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MrRiley


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 10:08 AM
Hi Mike, just to let you know, I have booked a single room for Saturday 9th June at the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot. The single cost is £40 if anyone else wants to book. I missed out on the Dragon this year, but am making sure that it is on my list of "to dos" for 2012. Steve Riley

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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 10:11 AM
I have booked 3 doubles and 7 twins in case anyone else needs a room.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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Demonty


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 10:47 AM
Mike,
Can we reserve a double please, if not let me know and I will contact hotel

Thanks
Den
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 10:51 AM
You have previously posted that request Den and all previous requests will be carried over from St Mary's Hotel unless of course you now want two rooms?
Mike:-))
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 10/08/2011 11:01 AM
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Demonty


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 11:20 AM
Cheers mate & wasn't that an album by Sir Elton (two rooms)

Den
" it's only a hill, get over it "
Edited by Demonty on 10/08/2011 11:29 AM
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mixee

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From: Wherever

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 11:53 AM
Great, our request for a double carries over then

Thanks Mike

Mike and Michelle
Mike C
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Protti

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From: Wimbledon

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 11:59 AM
Mike - can I also reserve a twin room? If anyone is interested in sharing, please let me know (once room is confirmed).
Many thanks,
Michaela (Protti)
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richardb


Posts: 142

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 12:14 PM
Mike, If I have a room will i have to have the club Haslam? RB
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 01:01 PM
Protti Mike - can I also reserve a twin room? If anyone is interested in sharing, please let me know (once room is confirmed).
Many thanks,
Michaela (Protti)

All previous requests for a room have been carried over to the new hotel
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 01:02 PM
richardb Mike, If I have a room will i have to have the club Haslam? RB

My dear Richard. If Asbo can stand another night with you I am sure I can find a room for you two lovers.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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Domwho

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From: Bickley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 01:22 PM
....and me please.....I have goals for next year!!!
pain is just weakness leaving the body
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 01:52 PM
B2BMike
richardb Mike, If I have a room will i have to have the club Haslam? RB

My dear Richard. If Asbo can stand another night with you I am sure I can find a room for you two lovers.
Mike


Careful!!!!! All this slanderous mockery......I'm not deaf you know???
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AlexB

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From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 04:47 PM
I wouldn't mind a room if there is still one going.

Cheers

Alex
Alex Beaton
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 06:25 PM
All rooms are now booked. These are the names I have:
Dave North, Garry Gayle
Lisa Ketteringham, Michaela Prottengeier
Jim Hanley, Alan Koura
Richard Biddle, John Haslam
Nick Allen, Matt Schneller
Alex Beaton, Dominic Lucas
Phil Binney, Mike Ward
All the above in twin rooms.

Martin and Sandra Godwin
Dennis Montgomery & Rachael Haley
Mike Casey & Michelle Johnson,
all in double rooms.

If anyone wants to drop out please let me know asap.
Thanks
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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njrallen


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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/08/2011 08:19 PM
Mike,

That's brilliant. Thanks for sorting this so promptly!
Nick
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 06:59 AM
Thanks Mike, much appreciated.
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silverfox

Posts: 114

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 08:41 AM
I have just booked a twin room as well , so there is one spare bunk for somebody .
John B
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richardb


Posts: 142

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 06:33 PM
Mike, thanks for organising. While I'm prepared to share with the Haslam for 2012 to start things rolling I do think other club members could share the burden in future years. Could there not be a rota as with level 1 leaders? An active secondry market would develop with the next incumbent paying good money to defer their duty. Just a thought R. ps I'm not sure I still ride a bike!
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 07:02 PM
Richard
How about the member who has the most accidents or falls off their bike the most. That would ensure that Asbo has good company and has someone to share tales and stories with?
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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richardb


Posts: 142

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 07:15 PM
B2BMike Richard
How about the member who has the most accidents or falls off their bike the most. That would ensure that Asbo has good company and has someone to share tales and stories with?
Mike


Good idea, that way he always has a single room/kennel/cardboard box etc etc R
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 11/08/2011 07:40 PM
I SAID I'M NOT DEAF!!!!!!

PS Fell off my bike tonight just after Dave N shouted "Watch that stump"......don't worry I won't talk aout it.....
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MartinAC

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From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 17/08/2011 12:37 PM
Please can I be added to the hotel booking

... and if there are any spaces I am happy to share with another club member or take a single room if that is all that is available.

many thanks
Martin
Martin Cunningham
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 17/08/2011 05:21 PM
As per my posting on August 10th all rooms have been taken. I can start a reserve list in case anyone withdraws if you wish.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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mikeje

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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 17/08/2011 08:40 PM
I'm going to do the Medio Fondo. Even with 10 months to go, I'm not sure I'd last out the Gran Fondo. Are the new routes documented anywhere?

Mike
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silverfox

Posts: 114

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 17/08/2011 09:51 PM
Martin,
I booked a twin room the other day, you are welcome to share.
Cheers
John B
John B
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MartinAC

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From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 18/08/2011 07:42 PM
Mike

I was away on holiday in Ibiza until Sunday so could not reply on this post sooner but thank you John B for the offer to share a room! Its a long time away but the recent email sounds positive in terms of addressing the issues from last year particularly the starting queue and timing (or lack thereof)

Thanks
Martin
Martin Cunningham
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MartinSandra


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 03/09/2011 07:11 PM
Hi Mike, second thoughts, Sandra and I do not now feel we shall be doing the Dragon Ride 2012, so will not need a room. Sorry for any confusion caused.

Martin.
"Never sacrifice style for speed"
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 03/09/2011 08:03 PM
Any one want a double room? If not I will cancel this on September 17th.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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philr

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From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 10/09/2011 08:23 PM
Would love to do this one next year - can you put me onto a reserve list (if the bookings are still all taken). I am happy to share (twin not double!)...
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 30/09/2011 06:06 AM
Entries open December 14th, for those who haven't done it yet, here's a little taster...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6NX1exRbOw&feature=youtu.be
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 02:12 PM
Just been reading the Dragon Ride website. After the complaints they received with regards to the lack of toilets, yet again, I am not confident that the organisers have addressed this issue:
•Online entry and secure credit card payment facilities.
•Entry transfer, if you have to drop out (available until April).
•Regular online newsletter.
•Climb videos.
•Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride.
•Free car parking at the start venue.
•Electronic timing with disposable chip that you don’t need to return after the ride.
•Route signage, en-route information.
•Mechanical support from Mavic.
•Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK.
•First aid cover by St John Ambulance.
•Feed stations with water, energy drink sweet and or savoury food.
•Course recovery for rider and bike.
•Gold/Silver and Bronze timing standards for age and gender.
•Finisher’s medal.
•Goody Bag.
•Pasta party.
•Showers.
•Live music and entertainment at event village.
•SMS results.
•Online results in alphabetical order.
•Downloadable finisher’s certificate.


No mention of toilets there at all!
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 03:24 PM
B2BMike Just been reading the Dragon Ride website. After the complaints they received with regards to the lack of toilets, yet again, I am not confident that the organisers have addressed this issue:
•Online entry and secure credit card payment facilities.
•Entry transfer, if you have to drop out (available until April).
•Regular online newsletter.
•Climb videos.
•Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride.
•Free car parking at the start venue.
•Electronic timing with disposable chip that you don’t need to return after the ride.
•Route signage, en-route information.
•Mechanical support from Mavic.
•Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK.
•First aid cover by St John Ambulance.
•Feed stations with water, energy drink sweet and or savoury food.
•Course recovery for rider and bike.
•Gold/Silver and Bronze timing standards for age and gender.
•Finisher’s medal.
•Goody Bag.
•Pasta party.
•Showers.
•Live music and entertainment at event village.
•SMS results.
•Online results in alphabetical order.
•Downloadable finisher’s certificate.


No mention of toilets there at all!
Mike


I heard that thieves have stolen the toilets...they have an idea who did it but they've got nothing to go on......
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 03:31 PM
Probably the same gang of hardened criminals that broke into the Pfizer factory and stole a consignment of Viagra.
If you brake you don't win.
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 03:34 PM
I know the police are busy...they discovered a hole in Cardiff police station....they're looking into it......
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johng


Posts: 464

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 04:08 PM
Hey! Who said Cardiff was a hole? This is enough to make this Taffy go potty.
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
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Hugh


Posts: 472

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 04:27 PM
My Meldrewish analysis of the DR:

•Online entry and secure credit card payment facilities.[Hoo xxxxing rah]
•Entry transfer, if you have to drop out (available until April).[At a price]
•Regular online newsletter. [An email asking you to buy more stuff]
•Climb videos. [Like on YouTube?]
•Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride. [I cannot imagine how they would cope with registering x thousand riders before the 7:30 start]
•Free car parking at the start venue. [Not required]
•Electronic timing with disposable chip that you don’t need to return after the ride. [Why not throw it away before you start and save weight]
•Route signage, en-route information.[Great innovation]
•Mechanical support from Mavic.[This may be true]
•Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK. [As may this]
•First aid cover by St John Ambulance. [I'll sign up now]
•Feed stations with water, energy drink sweet and or savoury food.[Undrinkable water (quite a feat), energy drink with no energy in it, terrible food]
•Course recovery for rider and bike.[Preferable to leaving them to die by the roadside]
•Gold/Silver and Bronze timing standards for age and gender.[Only if the timing chips work]
•Finisher’s medal.[Of no conceivable use or value]
•Goody Bag. [Adverts Bag]
•Pasta party.[Sludge in a cardboard box - in a tent]
•Showers.[For x thousand? Makes up for there being no toilets]
•Live music and entertainment at event village.[Not bad as I recall - event village is tents in a muddy field]
•SMS results. [Only if the ...]
•Online results in alphabetical order.[Not in height order?]
•Downloadable finisher’s certificate. [Now really you are spoliing us]

We're milling through the grinder, grinding through the mill. This is not an exercise, could it be a ... drill.
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johng


Posts: 464

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 26/11/2011 04:33 PM
On the plus side, you will be spending some time in Wales.

[This post was sponsored by the Welsh Tourist Board!]
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
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akoura


Posts: 279
From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 09/12/2011 06:34 PM
Just a quick reminder to all that entries for next year's Dragonride open online at 9.00am on 14th December, and if it is anything like last year they will also close on 14th December.

Enter Dragonride Here

You have be warned!!
aka Allan
Edited by akoura on 09/12/2011 06:36 PM
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 09:23 AM
Tomorrow morning at 9.00am be ready and standing by your PCs if you want to get a place on next year's Dragon Ride. Especially the following who have all asked me to hold a room for them at the Grand Hotel:
Dave North,
Garry Gayle
Lisa Ketteringham,
Michaela Prottengeier
Jim Hanley,
Alan Koura
Richard Biddle,
John Haslam
Nick Allen,
Matt Schneller
Alex Beaton,
Dominic Lucas
Phil Binney,
Dennis Montgomery
Rachael Haley
Mike Casey
Michelle Johnson

Good luck
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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Demonty


Posts: 956
From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 10:01 AM
Thanks for the reminder Mike :)

D&R
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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MartinAC

Posts: 44
From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 12:45 PM
silverfox Martin,
I booked a twin room the other day, you are welcome to share.
Cheers
John B


Please can you add me to the hotel list per the above confirmation....
Many thanks
Martin
Martin Cunningham
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 12:53 PM
MartinAC Please can you add me to the hotel list per the above confirmation....
Many thanks
Martin

Martin. John B has made a separate booking for a room. That booking is not part of my reservation which is for those I have listed above.
Mike (One Short Of a Thousand!)
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 13/12/2011 12:54 PM
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 03:58 PM
A member has had to drop out of the ride and there is now a single bed available in a twin room if anyone wants it. (First call to PhilR if you still looking for one.)
Mike
For my 1000th posting that was exciting wasn't it!!!
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 13/12/2011 04:00 PM
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Demonty


Posts: 956
From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 04:09 PM
B2BMike
For my 1000th posting that was exciting wasn't it!!!


Riviting ..........
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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MartinAC

Posts: 44
From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 04:37 PM
B2BMike
MartinAC Please can you add me to the hotel list per the above confirmation....
Many thanks
Martin

Martin. John B has made a separate booking for a room. That booking is not part of my reservation which is for those I have listed above.
Mike (One Short Of a Thousand!)


As the event registration opens and probably closes tomorrow (even after last years shambles) I will assume I have a bed for the night ...
Martin Cunningham
07973 322 317
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 13/12/2011 08:51 PM
B2BMike Tomorrow morning at 9.00am be ready and standing by your PCs if you want to get a place on next year's Dragon Ride. Especially the following who have all asked me to hold a room for them at the Grand Hotel:
Dave North,
Garry Gayle
Lisa Ketteringham,
Michaela Prottengeier
Jim Hanley,
Alan Koura
Richard Biddle,
John Haslam
Nick Allen,
Matt Schneller
Alex Beaton,
Phil Binney,
Dennis Montgomery
Rachael Haley
Mike Casey
Michelle Johnson


Set your alarms, tell the boss you're incommunicado, send the dog for a walk, put the Do Not Disturb sign outside the door. At 9.00am you will have only one thing on your mind!!
The website will be very busy so be persistent. Good luck.
Mike
(1001 - Well Known Carpet Cleaner)
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 13/12/2011 08:52 PM
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:00 AM
I'm in:-)))
If you brake you don't win.
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njrallen


Posts: 173
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:01 AM
As am I
RULE #5: Harden The F**k Up.
Velominati: The Rules
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JimH


Posts: 292

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:02 AM
I'm still alive if anyone was wondering
And entered too
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stewclev


Posts: 562
From: Home of the big black cat

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:05 AM
Just entered for full ride
As fast as the slowest rider
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ianhamilton


Posts: 297
From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:06 AM
I've just entered. Went through without a hitch.

Just need to sort out accommodation.
Do let me know if there are any rooms still available.

Cheers,

Ian
You never forget the most important things in life - like how to ride a bike
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AlexB

Posts: 280
From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:09 AM
I'm in, 200k
Alex Beaton
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:11 AM
ianhamilton Do let me know if there are any rooms still available.
Cheers,
Ian

See posting above. Mike
B2BMike A member has had to drop out of the ride and there is now a single bed available in a twin room if anyone wants it. (First call to PhilR if you still looking for one.)
Mike


If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 14/12/2011 09:14 AM
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MartinAC

Posts: 44
From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:18 AM
My entry has completed and the website was very quick
Martin Cunningham
07973 322 317
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LisaK

Posts: 20

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:18 AM
I'm in, after two attempts! The drop down menus did not work for me.

Lisa
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Rachael


Posts: 153
From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:19 AM
we're in !!!!!! :-)

R&D
Hills will always be a challenge, but don't let them get in the way of a good ride. In fact, no good ride is complete without them!
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ianhamilton


Posts: 297
From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:20 AM
B2BMike
ianhamilton Do let me know if there are any rooms still available.
Cheers,
Ian

See posting above. Mike
B2BMike A member has had to drop out of the ride and there is now a single bed available in a twin room if anyone wants it. (First call to PhilR if you still looking for one.)
Mike



Thanks Mike.

If PhilR doesn't take it I'll gladly snap it up.
You never forget the most important things in life - like how to ride a bike
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MrRiley


Posts: 840

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:21 AM
It opened 5 minutes early !!. I'm also booked. Looking forwards to this. Steve
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johnah


Posts: 948
From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:24 AM
I'm in....after much faffing, a phone call to change my password, a very nice chat with a bloke from Belfast....I think the ride itself will be quicker.....
Look after your broom
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akoura


Posts: 279
From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 09:32 AM
I am signed up too!
aka Allan
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richardb


Posts: 142

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 10:22 AM
Just registered. RB
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 10:40 AM
So far, for those I have reserved rooms at the Grand Hotel, we have confirmed places on the ride for:
Lisa K
Jim H
Alan K
Richard B
John H
Nick A
Alex B
Den M
Rachael H

What about the rest of you - any joy?
Dave North,
Garry Gayle
Michaela Prottengeier
Matt Schneller
Phil Binney,
Mike Casey
Michelle Johnson
Phil R


Mike


If you brake you don't win.
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Skatergirl


Posts: 223

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 11:06 AM
Hi Mike,

Lisa Gray here I'm in too although like Asbo I had difficulty registering and have had to sign upto the long route although I only intend to ride the medium one.

:))
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 11:35 AM
Hi Lisa
Have you sorted accommodation?
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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GarryG


Posts: 217

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 12:24 PM
I'm in :)
I Live To Ride :-)
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Ridin8ude

Posts: 265

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 12:40 PM
I wish these organizers would realize that some cyclists have day jobs and don't have time to sit on websites all day long to enter their silly events.

The event sold out in 2 hours - crazy considering how badly it got bashed after the debacle last year.

Anyway end rant. I managed to get entered and yes I still need my room sharing with Nick...
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Skatergirl


Posts: 223

Accommodation
Posted on: 14/12/2011 01:23 PM
Hi Mike,

I thought I was sharing with you (only joking). Angela Manser and I are sharing a twin room at The Grand Hotel.

Thanks for asking though.

:))
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njrallen


Posts: 173
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 03:16 PM
Mike, I work with PhilR - both sitting at our company Christmas do. Phil would like that roonm if it is still available.
Nick
RULE #5: Harden The F**k Up.
Velominati: The Rules
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sausage


Posts: 364

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 03:24 PM
B2BMike So far, for those I have reserved rooms at the Grand Hotel, we have confirmed places on the ride for:
Lisa K
Jim H
Alan K
Richard B
John H
Nick A
Alex B
Den M
Rachael H

What about the rest of you - any joy?
Dave North,
Garry Gayle
Michaela Prottengeier
Matt Schneller
Phil Binney,
Mike Casey
Michelle Johnson
Phil R


Mike


Mike,

I missed it due to work meetings this morning, will talk to you tomorrow night if we're out.

David.
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Phil_B

Posts: 87

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 04:15 PM
Thanks Mike. Yes registered (well my folks did for me!) this morning. With the Tour of Wessex the wknd before that'll be 450miles over 4 rides and 8 days!
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 05:07 PM
AN UPDATE
We have confirmed places on the ride for:
Lisa K
Jim H
Alan K
Richard B
John H
Nick A
Alex B
Den M
Rachael H
Matt Schneller
Phil Binney
Garry Gayle
Phil R

Dave North missed out on the first tranche.

What about Michaela, Michelle and Mike - any joy?
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 14/12/2011 05:08 PM
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silverfox

Posts: 114

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 05:49 PM
looks like I am in via the Prostrate charity , not confirmed yet though.

Totally forgot about it until 11.30 am ...grrr
John B
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stewclev


Posts: 562
From: Home of the big black cat

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 06:02 PM
I'm also in, not sure where I will be staying as going up for a few days but will meet at your hotel on the morning
Stewart C
As fast as the slowest rider
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 14/12/2011 06:46 PM
silverfox Totally forgot about it until 11.30 am ...grrr

What? After all my reminders!! Next you will be asking for a 10 minute reminder by phone as well:-)
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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ianhamilton


Posts: 297
From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 15/12/2011 08:15 AM
I managed to book a single room at the Grand so I'm sorted.
Looking forward to it, never been to Wales before.
You never forget the most important things in life - like how to ride a bike
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philr

Posts: 6
From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 15/12/2011 10:11 PM
Hello all - I am in! Thanks Mike for the room. After 2 months out with injury (IT band and patella) I am intending to start training again in a few weeks. I've missed Sat morning rides with BF.
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Protti

Posts: 55
From: Wimbledon

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 16/12/2011 08:44 AM
Hi all,
Sorry been a bit slow off the mark - have registered today for the ride through the ballot so will find out if I am on end of Jan. Fingers crossed.
Michaela
No pain, no gain - keep pedalling!
Edited by Protti on 16/12/2011 11:21 AM
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akoura


Posts: 279
From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 16/12/2011 10:01 AM
Protti Hi all,
Sorry been a bit slow off the mart - have registered today for the ride through the ballot so will find out if I am on end of Jan. Fingers crossed.
Michaela


Michaela you may be able to get a guaranteed place through the prostrate cancer charity. You need to email them on

cycling@prostate-cancer.org.uk
aka Allan
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MartinSandra


Posts: 1419

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 19/12/2011 03:48 PM
For those of you out there who like a list, here is a list of some colours.......

Red
Blue
Green
Orange
Aquamarine
Dark Blue
Navy Blue
Brown


Martin.
"Never sacrifice style for speed"
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neilm

Posts: 271

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 19/12/2011 04:58 PM
MartinSandra For those of you out there who like a list, here is a list of some colours.......

Red
Blue
Green
Orange
Aquamarine
Dark Blue
Navy Blue
Brown


Martin.


Here is a list of some lists.....

• Catalogue
• Checklist
• Lineup
• Manifest
• Records
• Register
• Roll
• Roll call



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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 19/12/2011 05:21 PM
As some days may happen that a victim must be found
I've got a little list, I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground
And never would be missed they never would be missed

There's the beggars who write letters from the Inland Revenue
And the gossip columnist, I've got him on the list!
Comedians and weightlifters and opera singers too
They'd none of 'em be missed, They'd none of 'em be missed.
All traffic wardens, bankers, men who sell Venetian blinds
All people who wear silly ties, Australians of all kinds
And nasty little editors whose papers are the pits
Who fill their rags with gossip and with huge and floppy... writs
But anyway I think by now you must have got the gist
They'd none of them be missed, They'd none of them be missed!

With thanks to Eric Idle.
If you brake you don't win.
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bobd


Posts: 546

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 19/12/2011 05:38 PM
neilm
MartinSandra For those of you out there who like a list, here is a list of some colours.......

Red
Blue
Green
Orange
Aquamarine
Dark Blue
Navy Blue
Brown


Martin.


Here is a list of some lists.....

• Catalogue
• Checklist
• Lineup
• Manifest
• Records
• Register
• Roll
• Roll call


If there were to be a list of lists which didn't include itself, would this list include itself?

Bob Ding
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johnah


Posts: 948
From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 19/12/2011 06:47 PM
Sorry I don't know any lists....in fact I'm listless.....
Look after your broom
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MartinSandra


Posts: 1419

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 20/12/2011 04:24 PM
Isn't it annoying when you scroll all the way to the bottom of these long threads to find somebody has written something not worth reading?

Martin.
"Never sacrifice style for speed"
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Demonty


Posts: 956
From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 20/12/2011 04:33 PM
Yes ..........
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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johnah


Posts: 948
From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 20/12/2011 04:48 PM
MartinSandra Isn't it annoying when you scroll all the way to the bottom of these long threads to find somebody has written something not worth reading?

Martin.


Everythig I write is worth reading....
Look after your broom
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 01:23 PM
Just got back from a ride and have a message on my answerphone from the Grand Hotel advising that they will be closed on June 9th so have cancelled my booking for 10 rooms. I will update as soon as I get further information.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 04:11 PM
Have been trying to call the hotel without success. However I have found this article which may explain why the booking has been cancelled.
http://tinyurl.com/7k4gff7
I will see if there is availability anywhere else locally but I am not hopeful.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 04:29 PM
I have managed to get a provisional booking for 7 twins and a double at a hotel in Porthcawl, which is about 7 miles from Margam Park. Details to follow. Twin Rooms are booked for the following:
Dave North, Garry Gayle
Lisa Ketteringham, Michaela Prottengeier
Jim Hanley, Alan Koura
Richard Biddle, John Haslam
Nick Allen, Matt Schneller
Alex Beaton, Dominic Lucas
Phil Binney, Mike Ward.
A double is booked for Dennis Montgomery & Rachael Haley.
If you don't want the room/bed please let me know asap. Likewise if you require a room/bed.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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johnah


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From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 04:44 PM
Much appreciated for your work Mike.

John
Look after your broom
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Angela

Posts: 11

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 05:35 PM
Hi have booked myself and Lisa grey in also :-)
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride!!
Posted on: 24/01/2012 05:51 PM
Hotel is the Porthcawl Hotel:
http://www.porthcawlhotel.co.uk/
Rate is £65 per room including breakfast. Waiting for hotel to confirm that they can do breakfast at 6.00am.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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MrRiley


Posts: 840

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 24/01/2012 10:05 PM
Just saw this note ref hotel closing !!. I hate to be a "miserable bugger" but trip advisor says that the Porthcawl Hotel is right next to a nightclub, which is playing load music till 3 in the morning !. I'm not a good sleeper at the best of times !. Have booked myself into the Atlantic Hotel, which is owned by the same company, but 5 minutes walk up the road. Apparently they only have one more room available for that Saturday night, if anyone still wants a room. Steve


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Angela

Posts: 11

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 25/01/2012 10:50 AM
ive just called them, and myself and Lisa are already at the top of the hotel which apparently is very quiet,apparenlty guaranteed to not here the club. They have marked our booking as "do not move" so if you call they should be able to either move you to the top (if we're not already there) and get them to mark the group as not to be moved
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B2BMike

Posts: 1403
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 07:45 PM
Good news everyone, the Grand Hotel at Port Talbot has re-opened under new management. I have secured one double for Den and Rachel and 7 twins for the following:
Dave North, Garry Gayle
Lisa Ketteringham, Michaela Prottengeier
Jim Hanley, Alan Koura
Richard Biddle, John Haslam
Nick Allen, Matt Schneller
Alex Beaton, Dominic Lucas
Phil Binney, Mike Ward.
Price of room is £49 including breakfast. As this hotel is only a couple of minutes away from Margam Park I have cancelled the reservation at Porthcawl.
If you don't want the room please let me know asap. Likewise if you need a bed/room please let me know.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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njrallen


Posts: 173
From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 07:58 PM
Wonderful - thanks Mike. That other place looked decidedly dodgy...
Nick
RULE #5: Harden The F**k Up.
Velominati: The Rules
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johnah


Posts: 948
From: Mottingham Mottingham, so good they named it twice

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 08:15 PM
Thanks Mike.
Look after your broom
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AlexB

Posts: 280
From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 09:00 PM
That's great, thanks Mike
Alex Beaton
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Demonty


Posts: 956
From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 09:33 PM
Good news Boyo, thanks for sorting this out for us :) I don't think you will have to buy many drinks that weekend !!!

D&R
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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silverfox

Posts: 114

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 09:46 PM
hmmm...just reconfirmed my booking . Surprised they don't ask for a cc number .

Hey ho , lets hope for the best !!
John B
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GarryG


Posts: 217

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/02/2012 10:50 PM
Many thanks Mike
I Live To Ride :-)
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Angela

Posts: 11

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/02/2012 10:47 AM
Also rebooked myself and Lisa - awaiting confirmation before cancelling the other place though.
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philr

Posts: 6
From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 22/02/2012 06:21 PM
My recent absence from club rides is this time due to a back injury sustained sledging, and I have just found out that I have a compression fracture in one of my vertebrae. So in short I wont be able to make the dragon ride, and therefore have an entry up for grabs if anyone would like to impersonate me for a weekend. Give me a call on 07581519990 if you are interested, and I can forward the email confirmation to you. Best of luck, Phil Roberts
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gazzaputt


Posts: 369

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 22/02/2012 06:48 PM
philr My recent absence from club rides is this time due to a back injury sustained sledging, and I have just found out that I have a compression fracture in one of my vertebrae. So in short I wont be able to make the dragon ride, and therefore have an entry up for grabs if anyone would like to impersonate me for a weekend. Give me a call on 07581519990 if you are interested, and I can forward the email confirmation to you. Best of luck, Phil Roberts


Phil what distance are you booked for?

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sausage


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 22/02/2012 11:23 PM
I'd like a place please.

David N.
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/04/2012 06:46 PM
Just pushing this up again and checking that everyone is a definite as Kevin has a place on the ride and is looking for a room and a lift.
Can you please let me know if, on the list posted above, you are NOT needing accommodation at the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot so I can cancel that part of the booking!

Kevin, I am guessing that Matt probably won't be needing his room due to his accident. That was a share with Nick Allan. I am sure there will be plenty of lifts available. Most of us travel there on Saturday afternoon, returning Sunday evening.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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Kevsy

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/04/2012 08:20 PM
B2BMike Just pushing this up again and checking that everyone is a definite as Kevin has a place on the ride and is looking for a room and a lift.
Can you please let me know if, on the list posted above, you are NOT needing accommodation at the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot so I can cancel that part of the booking!

Kevin, I am guessing that Matt probably won't be needing his room due to his accident. That was a share with Nick Allan. I am sure there will be plenty of lifts available. Most of us travel there on Saturday afternoon, returning Sunday evening.
Mike


Ok Mike, who do I need to pay? And how much? Any spaces in cars? If not I can drive and take one other person.

If it's hurting me, it's killing them....
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njrallen


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 12/04/2012 11:44 AM
Mike,
I am a definite.

Kev,
Let's make a weekend of it. Happy to give you lift there and back - assuming you are OK with the somewhat stately progress my Fiat Panda makes on the motorway.

Nick
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 12/04/2012 12:54 PM
Kevsy Ok Mike, who do I need to pay? And how much? Any spaces in cars? If not I can drive and take one other person.

No need to pay up front Kevin. Just pay the hotel on departure otherwise I will be landed with a large bill!
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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silverfox

Posts: 114

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 30/04/2012 05:56 PM
This will be my first real mountain ride , and at 120 miles my longest ride(by 1 mile) to boot!!

I know there are a few peeps who have not ridden the Dragon Ride before , does anyone fancy getting some hill climb practise in over the next few weeks ?...I was thinking either some Toys Hill reps , or maybe riding the H.o.A route which is lumpy and 75 miles round trip from the shop.

I felt I was on track weight and fitness wise , unfortunately 2 weeks in Florida has seen the wheels come off :((
John B
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AlexB

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 30/04/2012 06:55 PM
Hi John,

I'm up for that, my diet has come to a juddering halt as well!

HoA route sounds good to me.
Alex Beaton
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JimH


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 30/04/2012 07:58 PM
The north side of toys hill from the A25 southbound (think its called chart lane) is ideal preparation,being about 7-8% avg gradient.the 2 big climbs in the dragon ride are a similar gradient but are much longer maybe 6 miles of climbing.
A few of us also used chart lane as preparation for last summers etape and we all found it useful
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 09/05/2012 07:32 AM
There is one spare bed at the hotel for a female as someone has had to drop out. If you have need accommodation please post here.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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silverfox

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 14/05/2012 02:26 PM
Just got my Rider pack for the Dragon Ride....hmmmm..

I am a late starter 8.40-8.53 .
More worrying is a comment in the notes

'Please note that riders should carry sufficient supplies of food and nutritional supplement, feed stations should be regarded as a back up if riders own supplies run out'

I do not fancy carrying 11 hours worth of nosh on a ride like that , especially given the cost of entry.
It will probably rain just to add to the fun ;-)
John B
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AlexB

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 14/05/2012 03:14 PM
I'm 8.30-8.45. Even more worrying is the finish area closes at 7pm, 11 hours riding and everyone will have gone home..
Alex Beaton
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richardb


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 14/05/2012 03:22 PM
Based on how they ran it last year I suspect you will go with whatever group you choose to barge into! R
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MartinAC

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 07:48 AM
AlexB I'm 8.30-8.45. Even more worrying is the finish area closes at 7pm, 11 hours riding and everyone will have gone home..


I got a slightly better start time of 07:45 - 08:00
Martin Cunningham
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johnah


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 12:29 PM
11 hours of riding?? What, are you thinking of riding it twice??
Look after your broom
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 07:23 PM
johnah 11 hours of riding?? What, are you thinking of riding it twice??

..........and then coming back to give you a tow!
Hi Asbo, how're you doing?
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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johnah


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 07:28 PM
Hey Mike I'm good thanks, long time no see......well you know me I like to show some encouragement and if I can do it in 8 hourS 20 I'm sure we all can. LD
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andrewcolvin


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 07:32 PM
I have a spare number if anyone wants it. Entered but cannot do it now! Send me a note and will get it to you,
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 15/05/2012 08:10 PM
andrewcolvin I have a spare number if anyone wants it. Entered but cannot do it now! Send me a note and will get it to you,

Be prepared to be in the elite pen, right at the front, where all the other riders will be setting off at 30mph!!!!
Sorry to hear you won't be there this year Andy:-(.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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andrewcolvin


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From: Kenley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 25/05/2012 09:17 AM
Hi Had a note from Andrew who wanted my numbers, just need your address or details where I can leave them for you.

Apologies cannot put face to name. Club to big.

Let us know.

Andy
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akoura


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From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 25/05/2012 10:53 AM
Got space in the car if you need a lift down on the Saturday. Drop me a note.

You can have a lift back as well, but you will have to put up with me whilst I pick up my son from the in-laws in Bristol or Chepstow on the way back.
aka Allan
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Wazza


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 27/05/2012 12:50 PM
Hi
Andrew Colvin has kindly offered me his entry for the Dragon ride.
Just wanted to check if anybody has any space in their car or alternatively would like a lift to Wales?
Also can anybody recommend anywhere to stay ?
R
Andrew
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 27/05/2012 04:10 PM
Andrew, try the Grand Hotel at Port Talbot where most of us are staying. You might get a cancellation. Alternatively, there are a number of Bigfoot members who have made their own arrangements to stay at the Grand Hotel and may have a spare bed if they booked a twin room.
Sadly, all the rooms I booked are taken.
Regards
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 07:20 AM
Andrew
I have got you a single room at the Grand Hotel. I have dropped you a note.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 07:26 AM
I have booked a table for dinner for the 18 Bigfoot members at 7.00pm Saturday night at the hotel. Anyone else want to join us please let me know.
I have also managed to persuade them to serve breakfast at 6.00 on Sunday morning.
See you all there.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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njrallen


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 08:25 AM
Mike,

As always you are a scholar and a gent. Thanks for sorting all this out.

Nick
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richardb


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 06:30 PM
Mike, as always a top man. I shall make sure ASBO has his bowl first as I don't think begging at the table is nice. R
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stewclev


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From: Home of the big black cat

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 06:32 PM
Mike ,
Not staying at the hotel but would like to join you all for dinner but not for breakfast.
Stewart
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johnah


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 28/05/2012 09:33 PM
richardb Mike, as always a top man. I shall make sure ASBO has his bowl first as I don't think begging at the table is nice. R


It's not Richard so don't do it!!!!!!!

Thanks Mike, echo what Henri said :D
Look after your broom
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Wazza


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 29/05/2012 10:10 AM
Hi Andy
Sent you a note with my address, happy to pop round to pick up from you if more convenient.

Regards
Andrew



andrewcolvin Hi Had a note from Andrew who wanted my numbers, just need your address or details where I can leave them for you.

Apologies cannot put face to name. Club to big.

Let us know.

Andy


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njrallen


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 11:42 AM
Kev I have sent you a note regarding travel arrangements for Saturday.
Nick
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john

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 04:58 PM
Mike, whilst I have made alternative accommodation arrangements I would like to join for dinner if that is ok. John Michaelis
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 05:20 PM
Not a problem John, be great to see you there.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 06/06/2012 05:21 PM
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silverfox

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 06:36 PM
See you all in sunny Port Talbot for dinner, if this nagging sore throat relents.

My newly purchased rain jacket should ensure a dry day for all Sunday ;-))

John B
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B2BMike

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 08:37 PM
John, Martin C was asking if the bed was still available in your room?
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 06/06/2012 08:38 PM
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silverfox

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 09:17 PM
Yes, there is a space available . I'd better just check it is a twin not a double !!
I'll confirm first thing.
Cheers
John B
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stewclev


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From: Home of the big black cat

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 06/06/2012 09:54 PM
Weather looks poor, at the moment I might take my mountain bike up and go cycling at Afan forest unless that is a wash out.
Hope this weather improves, cold wind and rain, still it is Wales.
As fast as the slowest rider
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silverfox

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/06/2012 09:46 AM
Just checked with the hotel , I have a family room so there are 2 beds in the room , I baggsy the double!!
Joking apart , Martin is more than welcome to share .
cheers
John B
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MartinAC

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From: Chislehurst

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 07/06/2012 07:26 PM
silverfox Just checked with the hotel , I have a family room so there are 2 beds in the room , I baggsy the double!!
Joking apart , Martin is more than welcome to share .
cheers


That sounds great and I will see you there on Saturday afternoon Thanks
Martin
Martin Cunningham
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sausage


Posts: 364

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 02:30 PM
Due to the recent horrible weather and the forecast of more heavy rain on Sunday I may decide not to travel to Wales tomorrow for the Dragon Ride. If anyone one has an overwhelming desire to take my entry and bedspace please post here.

David.
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Kevsy

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 02:55 PM
sausage Due to the recent horrible weather and the forecast of more heavy rain on Sunday I may decide not to travel to Wales tomorrow for the Dragon Ride. If anyone one has an overwhelming desire to take my entry and bedspace please post here.

David.


Forecast for Wales looked ok last time I checked!

If it's hurting me, it's killing them....
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richardb


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 03:02 PM
BBC has us being washed into the sea,The met office says dry but overcast. I'm going whatever. R
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 04:03 PM
sausage Due to the recent horrible weather and the forecast of more heavy rain on Sunday I may decide not to travel to Wales tomorrow for the Dragon Ride. If anyone one has an overwhelming desire to take my entry and bedspace please post here.

David.


Hi David.
As per note from Garry, I have cancelled the room.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 08/06/2012 04:33 PM
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MrRiley


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 06:21 PM
We were being told that we were going to get "washed away" at the Tour of Wessex last Sunday, and in fact it was a great day, we even had some sunshine. The forecast for Sunday is showing rain, but nothing like the bad weather we have had over the past 2 days. Certainly not a reason to pull out, as far as I can see !. Its a question of taking the right clothing.
Steve
Edited by MrRiley on 08/06/2012 06:22 PM
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sausage


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 06:24 PM
Hi Mike,

Thanks. I wouldn't have left you out of pocket either way.

I was undecided but now I see the decision has been made for me. The latest forecast on both BBC and met office is for rain most of Sunday.

Have a good trip, and I hope that by not going I have fated the rain to stay away for all those who do take part. Good luck to all.

D.
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HLeP

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 08:28 PM
Monsieur sausage, a sad day. I was looking forward to meeting you at last. HLeP
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JimH


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 08/06/2012 09:09 PM
Mr sausage,who will supply the scotch eggs in your absence?
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silverfox

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 09/06/2012 08:00 AM
I am afraid I will have to pull out .
I have had a sore throat all week and it has developed into a heavy cold , not feeling up to even a little spin locally , let alone Wales.
Good luck to everyone , I am really disappointed as I had been building up to this all year.
Jb
P.s my hotel reservation is still valid Martin C, I will share the cost with you.
John B
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stewclev


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 09/06/2012 08:55 AM
No rain forecast for Sunday, mud guards are off but staying with Winter tyres, see you all at 7 for dinner.
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 10/06/2012 06:35 PM
3rd attempt to complete the Grande Fondo, third failure. Ended up doing the Medio Fondo again:-(
Legs and spirit were not up to it today. Well done to all those who managed to complete the longer route. By all accounts it was the hardest route that the organisers have used.
Thanks to Ian for both the lift and the company on the ride.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
Edited by B2BMike on 10/06/2012 06:36 PM
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Wazza


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 10/06/2012 10:07 PM
Completed my 1st dragon ride, the 80 mile Medio, I think all that climbing was fun......maybe the 120 mile route next year. Fortunately the rain stayed away. Thanks to Den, Rachel and Stewart for your company on the ride, Allan for the lift and Mike for sorting the hotel.

Andrew
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akoura


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From: London 2013

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 10/06/2012 10:18 PM
Just got back home, put the bike away and not even made a cup of tea yet. Utterly exhausted but so pleased to have finished. They texted me my ride time of 7 hours 40 include breaks. I am sure everyone else was quicker but I'm just pleased to have got round the Medio Fondo.

For those who did the long route I raise my hat to you.

Also thanks to Mike for arranging and Jim for putting up with me.
aka Allan
Edited by akoura on 10/06/2012 11:45 PM
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Demonty


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From: Bromley

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 09:50 AM
Well having read all the hype about the dragon ride from previous years, i.e. bad feed stations, poor organisation, waiting around at start, toilet facilities etc etc, I'm pleased to say that this year being my first experience of it, I thought it was excellent, everything about it from the hotel organisation from Mike to the excellent company on the ride itself

We did the Medio Fondo which ended up at 81 miles in near perfect conditions after expecting heavy rain, it was hard but enjoyable, having said that, I have no desire to attempt the Grand Fondo

Congratulations to all the Grand Fondo finishers and also all the Medio finishers including Mike who said he failed by doing the shorter route !! After last weeks Tour of Wessex I'm amazed he even attempted it

Den
" it's only a hill, get over it "
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richardb


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 09:59 AM
A special thanks to the youth of Port Talbot for the rousing cheers and shouts at chucking out time (3.30am) to make sure I was up early for the ride. R
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JimH


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 11:03 AM
3 day tour of Wessex last weekend and the dragon ride gran fondo yesterday.
A total of 771.6 km covering 4 days riding spread over the last 9 days
Total of 9755m of climbing,including 23 catorgrised climbs,by far the toughest few days cycling in my life.
The dragon ride gran fondo is 211 km not the advertised 206km,those extra 5km were not needed after the endless climbing and descending that had gone before,there was hardly any flat riding yesterday.
My total time was 9h10m yesterday,last year I took about 7h30m for the gran fondo course,it wasnt because I was having a bad day but that the course this year was really tough,I would put it right up there with doing the etape acte 1 last summer.
I would also like to say the new owners of the dragon ride put on a really good event yesterday as opposed to last year,the timing system worked,the 3 feed stations were excellent and the organisation at the start was very good.
Anyone contemplating the etapes or marmotte in the future should consider the dragon ride as a good test,the length of some of the climbs is as close as you will find in this country to what awaits in the alps or Pyrenees.
Lastly my highlights yesterday were:
The company of Nick Allen for the whole 211km
The decent of the black mountain and
Salted new potatoes at all 3 feed stations
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 11:28 AM
Hey Asbo, back off there. That is aggressive talk:-).
Any one who manages to complete either of the Dragon Ride routes should be congratulated; they pose a challenge for any rider and it was great to see some level 4 and 5 riders giving it a go and succeeding.
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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njrallen


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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 01:30 PM
Erm taking the subject back to cycling the Dragon Ride again...

That was the toughest ride I have ever experienced in a single day. All I can do is bow down to the stamina of Jim for keeping me company the whole way - and less than a week since the 330 miles of Wessex!
Much better organised than last year, but 20 miles longer and definitely more climbing. Enjoyable but tough. Well done to all who completed it, thanks to Kev for the company there and back and thanks to Mike for arranging everything yet again.

Am now feeling a great deal more positive about riding the Etape in 4 weeks time.

Nick

RULE #5: Harden The F**k Up.
Velominati: The Rules
Edited by njrallen on 11/06/2012 01:31 PM
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john

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 03:04 PM
I am glad some of you guys found it tough too; I can only describe all my 12 hours on the course as a trial. I was really glad not to finish last and did actually quite enjoy the hills on the long loop once I got into my usual slow grind. Congratulations to all who did the medium and long routes- the results are available; my quick assessment is that everybody from Bigfoot should be pleased with what they achieved; hats off to Allan for conquering the medium route with minimal recent distance experience, to all the riders who rode the Wessex last week and finally to Kev and Phil who achieved silver times on the long route.
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Andy

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From: Hayes

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 03:17 PM
Well done to everyone who tamed the Dragon! I left the country to avoid doing it this year. On a previous occasion I was kept awake all night by the sound of rain pouring from a broken gutter at the Travelodge. In the morning the cloud was so low you couldn't see the tops of the hills, but amazingly it stayed mostly dry for the ride. If only I could arrange some dry weather for next year's Brighton trip...
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MrRiley


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 03:35 PM
That was the toughest ride I have ever done !. My Garmin's says we did 131.4 miles on the long route, with the published 11000 ft of climbing. Hat off to John for completing the "big one" I rode much of the ride "solo" if that's the right term. Came across some of my Avanti club members on the early stages, but then managed to lose them, so jumped from group to group (sometimes slower, sometimes faster). Spotted a Bigfoot jersey ahead of me at the 90- mile mark, and had a chat with Richard for a short while, then pushed on up Bryn Melyn, which was a real so and so. Out of the saddle all the way for nearly a mile, with sections of 20%. Quite a few were walking. Hope that you made it back ok Richard. Rhigos, the 2nd to last climb was a low point for me. I really was questioning what I was was doing, but after a "top up" at the feed station, and hearing that there was only one big climb to go, then a 17 mile descent, I perked up. Met up with another Avanti friend on the last 15 miles to the finish, and with a group of about 6 others we did out best to hammer our way to the finish. Ended up at a total time of 9 hours 50 minutes, with an average moving speed of 14.4 mph. The event organisation was, I think exceptional. At the last feed stop they had even pre-peeled the bananas !!. Now think that I should be doing the Marmotte or something !. (maybe next year) Still, I'm well prepared for my week in the Alps.
Steve
Edited by MrRiley on 11/06/2012 03:38 PM
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AlexB

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From: Beckenham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 03:48 PM
Well that was the toughest day in the saddle I have ever had! The Devil's elbow was just brutal.
According to my Garmin - 131.3 miles, 11698ft and an average moving speed of 13.5 mph, total time of 11 hours but I did spend a bit of time at the second feed station with friends who had come with some tasty treats.
Thanks Mike for organising the hotel and well done to all.

Star Hill will only seem like a slight bump from now on!
Alex Beaton
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johng


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 04:31 PM
Well done all. Sounds like a ferocious day. Steve, if you can do that then you must surely be able to take on an etape.
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
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MrRiley


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 04:44 PM
If anyone does not want their orange wiggle tyre lever, then I'd be happy to take them off your hands !. Might be something to do with the colour !!. Ta Steve
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richardb


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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 11/06/2012 06:03 PM
You can have mine but I reserve the right to think of you as a bit sad. R
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B2BMike

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From: West Wickham

Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 12/06/2012 08:57 PM
JimH 3 day tour of Wessex last weekend and the dragon ride gran fondo yesterday.
A total of 771.6 km covering 4 days riding spread over the last 9 days
Total of 9755m of climbing,including 23 catorgrised climbs,by far the toughest few days cycling in my life.
The dragon ride gran fondo is 211 km not the advertised 206km,those extra 5km were not needed after the endless climbing and descending that had gone before,there was hardly any flat riding yesterday.
My total time was 9h10m yesterday,last year I took about 7h30m for the gran fondo course,it wasnt because I was having a bad day but that the course this year was really tough,I would put it right up there with doing the etape acte 1 last summer.
I would also like to say the new owners of the dragon ride put on a really good event yesterday as opposed to last year,the timing system worked,the 3 feed stations were excellent and the organisation at the start was very good.
Anyone contemplating the etapes or marmotte in the future should consider the dragon ride as a good test,the length of some of the climbs is as close as you will find in this country to what awaits in the alps or Pyrenees.
Lastly my highlights yesterday were:
The company of Nick Allen for the whole 211km
The decent of the black mountain and
Salted new potatoes at all 3 feed stations

Jim, great ride and great result. I hope everyone can comprehend the rides that you have put in over the last 7 days. Awesome.
Like last year's Etape, but harder!
Mike
If you brake you don't win.
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Phil_B

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Re: 2012 Dragon Ride
Posted on: 13/06/2012 07:40 AM
Firstly thanks to Mike for organising the hotel.

The route this yr was far more enjoyable - varied and challenging. The metres climbing was actually as advertised at 3300m but the extra 3miles was unnecessary.

For a ride with 4500 people taking part I rode a lot of it myself. Probably because I got disgruntled of people wheel sucking and limited communication.

The organisation was very good and the allocated start times worked well. Signage was good mostly although some hazards could have been better for such a large event. The highlight going round a corner at 45mph to be confronted with a red traffic light!

The feed stations were very good and people helpful. So good in fact I camped out for about 15mins, so maybe without doing so and it being one century ride too many in 8 days I would have achieved gold and come in under 7:15 (it would have helped if they published the target times). (Edit: Scrap that idea....it looks like the gold target was 7hrs 10mins...well more achievable atleast than the rediculous targets at Wessex). Instead I ran out of puff at the bottom of Rhigos and took it easy up to the top of Bylch to be glad to have a final 30miles of descent! Still, happy with 7hrs 32mins and being pipped by Kev by one second ;)

Certainly a good chance to try and get used to longer alpine style climbs. Well better fit that compact as 4miles of 6percent starts to grind!

Recommend the event.
Phil
Edited by Phil_B on 13/06/2012 08:06 AM
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