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I was mainly thinking about driving standards on windy roads. I think Nottingham in the time I've been road cycling (10 or so years) seems to have got a lot more accommodating and respectful towards cyclists. Cross over into Lincolnshire and those who do actually manage to f*cking see you make sure they give you some abuse. This is of course an unquantifiable generalisation but the moment you get the other side of Newark the world just seems to disintegrate. I put this down to the amount of cycle events in Nottingham so a lot more people have taken part/know someone who has taken part so are less keen to run someone over.

The plan would be to fill the Friday so get the train up to Coleraine or Portrush, cycle some of the North West 200 course, get the Greencastle ferry before cycling down the coast to Derry* and get the train home from there. I've just ran an elevation profile on the route as I didn't know it was that hilly, the wind and rain we are expecting. It's 45 miles which is a distance would should be fine with given we'd normally look at 80/90 for a days challenge if it was flatter. I think beer stops would creep in as we got nearer the pin.


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Re: Travel Thread

Reply #436
I was mainly thinking about driving standards on windy roads. I think Nottingham in the time I've been road cycling (10 or so years) seems to have got a lot more accommodating and respectful towards cyclists. Cross over into Lincolnshire and those who do actually manage to f*cking see you make sure they give you some abuse. This is of course an unquantifiable generalisation but the moment you get the other side of Newark the world just seems to disintegrate. I put this down to the amount of cycle events in Nottingham so a lot more people have taken part/know someone who has taken part so are less keen to run someone over.

The plan would be to fill the Friday so get the train up to Coleraine or Portrush, cycle some of the North West 200 course, get the Greencastle ferry before cycling down the coast to Derry* and get the train home from there. I've just ran an elevation profile on the route as I didn't know it was that hilly, the wind and rain we are expecting. It's 45 miles which is a distance would should be fine with given we'd normally look at 80/90 for a days challenge if it was flatter. I think beer stops would creep in as we got nearer the pin.


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Sometimes you've just got to stay "f*ck it" and just go ahead and do it anyway. This is one of those times. At the risk of sounding like a Fast Show character, it will be brilliant. Enjoy. Oh, and Irish drivers are clueless c*nts, but then everyone who is not me is a clueless c*nt on the road...

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Reply #437
I've cycled the South East section of the WAW: https://www.wildatlanticway.com/explore-the-route/map# . It was breathtaking. Annoyingly the two people I was with weren't big drinkers which was frustrating as we ended up in some amazing little Irish towns by the coast with some really traditional pubs.

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Reply #438
Just got back from a long weekend in Copenhagen. I know Copenhagen probably isn't representative of the rest of Denmark, but from what I saw - I like the cut of the Danes Jib.

Great sense of civility, easy confidence, social order - we were wandering streets in evening and it was pleasant, full of people of all ages socialising without being pissed up and shooting / stabbing / fighting each other.

Expensive mind!

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Reply #439
Just got back from a long weekend in Copenhagen. I know Copenhagen probably isn't representative of the rest of Denmark, but from what I saw - I like the cut of the Danes Jib.

Great sense of civility, easy confidence, social order - we were wandering streets in evening and it was pleasant, full of people of all ages socialising without being pissed up and shooting / stabbing / fighting each other.

Expensive mind!

Yes, it's a great city.

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Reply #440
It is. But I think Stockholm is even better.



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Reply #443
I liked Copenhagen too, although it's no Southwell. In other Scandi news, Helsinki is also a nice place to go.


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Reply #445
I've never been to Helsinki, but Oslo is nice. Frighteningly expensive mind.

I lived in Helsinki as a student back in mid 90's. I can agree Helsinki is a great city, with way above average amount of fit burds. Also its a great base to get across to Russia and also explore the Baltic states.

My abiding memory wasn't the cost, but the ball droppingly cold winter.

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Reply #446
I have also been to both Copenhagen & Stockholm, and I agree Stockholm edges it.
Gothenburg also great fun.

And the reason no one is fighting drunk in public is because you would have to be a squliionaire to afford it over there.



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Reply #447
I have been to Helsinki and Stockholm, but not Copenhagen.

Stockholm is ace

Helsinki is a crappy land of the fish faced

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Reply #448
Off to Swansea again tomorrow
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