Monday, 29 March 2010

The Battle for Clause 6

What Doug failed to point out in his post about yesterday's ride is that part of the reason we went to Hoxton Square, dressed as hipster douchebags, was to try and find some couriers to annoy.

We failed, but we did see some people on fixies, wearing hi-vi, struggle to get up the 'hill' from Smithfield to Charterhouse. Luckily we had derailleurs, so we could ride away from them whilst laughing. Just as we did later when I stealthily swept out from behind Doug in an attempt to run over a tramp in a New Yoik Yuckees cap.

But I digress. What prompted this mission into fixed wheel territory was the huge number of cycling videos I've been looking at lately. I take clause 6 of the club constitution very seriously, and go through occasional bouts of bike porn gluttony. Last week was one of those weeks, and I was inspired to invent the evening ride in the city mostly by watching this:

Empire from Empire on Vimeo.

Which is a nice video with a drummy soundtrack by some Williamsburg trustafarians, and this:

It's Your Ride from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

Which is a completely beautiful video featuring two cyclists who are both prettier and better than us. The soundtrack is 'The Hustle' by Alan Wilkis.

So we didn't get a nice east or west coast sunset to close the day, which was a drizzly shame, but we did get a new Trois V greeting. From this day forth, whenever members of the Trois V meet each other (en velo), we shall point at our bicycles and say 'brakes'. Here is why.

All of this makes it seem like we hate couriers and fixie riders. This isn't true, we're just jealous that 66.6% of Trois V riders only have space for one bike and so have to choose the one with gears, and we're jealous of people who can do tricks near cars without dying.

Trois V!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Ride to the BST!

The two nonvacationing members of the TroisV took advantage of the change to British Summer Time to gather at 5:30pm this evening for a (for some, post-prenatal class) mosey around London. Our route took us through the Barbican over to Hoxton Square, where the member who had previously never visited this much ballyhooed part of town found it distinctly underwhelming, whereas the member who used to live nearby was reminded of part of the reason he left. From there, through the City, over Blackfriars Bridge (the eastward view blocked by construction/advertising hoardings), along through various types of tourists and past the London Eye, back over the Thames for a jaunt around Parliament Square (hello, Winston! Hello, Abe!) and along the Mall, through Green Park and into Hyde Park, taking advantage of the traffic-free zones for a sprint up Constitution Hill along the way (and another back down on the return trip). After a meander of the park, we came back down the way we came, but then through Trafalgar Square, along the Strand, up via Aldwych and back up to Bloomsbury. It was a total of 17 point something leisurely miles, without resorting to the headlights. Hooray for summer! Hooray for TroisV!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Ep(ping)ic Loop!

This morning at 8 a.m., two members of the TroisV met for a training ride in preparation for the Tour of Wessex. We met not at the TroisV Meeting Point, but at the Drum and Monkey (the pub wasn't open yet; we didn't start with a pint), and rode Epping Loop, with a few inadvertent alterations. In Walthamstow we dealt with a flat, but it was smooth, if hilly, riding thereafter. Somewhere along the line we passed the same guy twice within about ten or so minutes, which was confusing and made us feel like we were stuck in the Twilight Zone. Around the halfway mark we encountered one of our enemies (Team Cinzano!), and Matt yelled, "Cutters!" Upon our return to Archway we stopped at the bakery and went to my house for coffee and doughnuts. We also decided that the next club ride will be a leisure ride involving coffee and cake, somewhere within the confines of London.


3967 calories
13.5 average
70.8 miles
Max 35.1
Ride 5:10
147 bpm average

Two songs! One for the title, one for the doughnuts. TroisV!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Is a Ride by Yourself Still a Club Ride?

This morning at 8:45, the one in-town member of the TroisV met at his front door and rode a short, sharp hilly route in North London. The route ran from Pemberton Gardens in Archway, up the cavernously potholed Fairbridge Road, then up Hornsey Rise (being careful to spill sports drink on myself) into Crouch End, where for the first time, I cruised through without hitting a red light (which I paid for by getting every single red signal from the bottom of Alexandra Palace Park onwards). After Crouch End, the route climbs up and over the hill to Alexandra Palace, then runs back behind the park through a series of climbs ranging from very short and steep to longer and less steep up to Muswell Hill. From Muswell Hill there's a gradual climb up to Highgate, then across Archway Road and another climb up to Highgate Village. The reward is that you get to descend West Highgate Hill, carry along a nice flat stretch of Highgate Road to the turning for Gospel Oak, where instead of heading westward, I turned left, climbed up to Darmouth Park Hill, then a little way up that hill before descending down to a pub called the Drum and Monkey, where I will likely end up later this afternoon. 38 minutes of riding at an average of 13 mph. Not great; not bad. Un, Deux, TroisV!

Time to battle the loneliness of the long distance cyclist with two musical numbers:

Friday, 5 March 2010

Three Parks for Your Birthday!

Today the nonworking members of the TroisV celebrated the anniversary of the birth of one of its members by gathering at the Meeting Point at 10:30 and riding a half-lap (which we completed on the way home) of Regent's Park before heading through London via Hyde Park to Richmond Park, where we rode a counterclockwise lap followed by a clockwise lap, and then, depending on who we were, ate a bacon sandwich or a baked potato smothered in cheese. We battled a faulty brake, a minor case of major calvescramping, a member of our archrivals, several incidents of idiotic driving and a difficult decision concerning which basin to use in the toilets. The ride was notable for being the first of the year without full winter layers.

For the first time ever, we post the stats of our ride. Hooray!

2hrs 30 ride time
1932 calories
35 miles
14 mph average
48 max (this stat is contested; I suspect that the spinning of the wheel to check the brake repair recorded this speed; my computer recorded a max of 32 mph. Then again, Matt is a faster rider than I am.)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Matt!