Portsmouth GPS Challenge - two spots left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm guessing that this is a race of sorts.

Penny has decided that Myn is beatable and she will be the person to crush him.

 

(ha ha ha Wai! When did you write this? Too funny :))) Myn is unbeatable! Penny

The challenge is simply to get to The Old Customs House pub in Portsmouth before she does. Ideally you will be equipped with some kind of GPS or mapping system.

The roads are pretty traffic free and the roads fast rolling, with one large hill to tackle.

I'm not sure how this will pan out but as an incentive, I will buy pints for all those who finish behind me. But not if you decide to draft me all the way.....you know who you are!!

Please amend your RSVP if you can no longer attend the selected date. Many Thanks.

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  • Richard of Y.

    I'm riding with you, next time, Alice. With Penny as navigator and team leader, there was no lunch, no beer, no afternoon tea and no stopping without a letter from your doctor. I even had to pee while riding.

    6 · May 20, 2013

    • Alice C.

      How about a chicken and bacon triple decker sandwich and 70p coffee refills? Have a heart Penny! Richard is a real boy, not just a cycling machine!

      May 20, 2013

    • Daniela Di G.

      I'm with you on this Alice: he got half of my short espresso as a reward at the station :-)))))

      May 21, 2013

  • Ellen

    Thanks for a fab ride! Haven't had such a great day out in a while! Great to meet so many lovely people....although google maps wins over GPS any day!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Alice C.

    We took a somewhat more leisurely approach to the journey, but we weren't as far off your pace as we feared in the end. Hats off to your insanely competitive spirit! That hill training is paying off Penny, we were knackered when we got to Portsmouth! Here's my Garmin data: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1334976

    2 · May 20, 2013

  • Daniela Di G.

    Final results: 1st) Myn Machine 2nd) Mark MO 3rd) Penny Lane 4th) Sir Richard 5th) Ali 6th) 7th) 8th) Ellen, Eilish and Faro (group riders) 9th 10th) Alice and Luke C (group riders). Craig withdrawn

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Daniela Di G.

    Fantastic day out, sprinting all the last 19 miles with Richard literally biting my calves, so close he was.. Epic! My highlight of the day is Ali attacking South Hurting hill like a pro.. Superb! Sorry about your mechanical problem Craig :( Great chat with Mark at the end on the slowest train in England :)

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Ok, managed to figure out what was going on today...turns out my "Jetwash" idea yesterday was a big mistake because as great as it was getting muck off, it also stripped the grease from my hub, bottom bracket, headset and pedal bearings...bike did not sound happy after 20 miles and only got worst. My 2nd puncture of the day was the final straw, after noticing glass had slashed straight through and left a big hole! Hope you all a great ride! See you soon!

    May 19, 2013

  • Myn

    Awesome, 125km done!

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Wai

      Left them for dead hey? ;-)

      1 · May 19, 2013

    • Myn

      Not sure, started to rain etc, will upload onto Strava to check :)

      May 19, 2013

  • Daniela Di G.

    At customs house since a while! Nobody here??

    May 19, 2013

  • Luke C

    At Haselmere having a coffee and sandwich. Haven't seen anyone else so we're either flying at the front or bringing up the rear.

    3 · May 19, 2013

  • Craig S.

    I've had to bail peeps, another puncture, realised I have a hole in my back tyre and bike is making strange noises. Enjoy the rest of your ride. Shame too as was making good time :(

    May 19, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Morning all, good start to the day as already had a puncture. I've use my spare innertube and co2 canister...can I buy spares at Richmond park or if possible does anyone have a spare innertube I could purchase? Craig

    May 19, 2013

    • eilish

      I have a spare also. We can buy more on the way e.

      May 19, 2013

    • Craig S.

      Brilliant...that's a relief! Thank you.

      May 19, 2013

  • Daniela Di G.

    Guys, when you arrive, wait by Portsmouth Harbour Station (or a pub nearby) as group savers go from Portsmouth Harbour and we must travel back together groups of 4. I dont have a ticket for Jorge Corrales and Myn Van Der Merwe as no reply. Current cheapest single is £16.50
    See you at 9.45

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Ellen

    what time do you reckon we'll get back?

    May 19, 2013

  • Myn

    I'm getting excited...it's been a huge buildup to this... The time has come, it's the showdown everyone has been waiting for... BOYS V GIRLS

    May 18, 2013

    • Ellen

      can't wait...excited and nervous...hope i can keep up and weather stays good

      1 · May 18, 2013

  • Fastas A.

    weather outlook is improving :)

    3 · May 18, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Hey, do we have a final GPX file for the route on Sunday?

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • eilish

      Like ur thinking, what else can I do (hahaha)

      May 17, 2013

    • Myn

      We have to find this enemy and eliminate it... This is a race of epic proportions! Ha

      May 17, 2013

  • Meghan

    Free spot open as I have to cancel. I did the Portsmouth route last Friday... It is a good one! Enjoy!!

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Richard of Y.

    Would love to come along if only to witness the Penny v Myn playoff (and get a free beer from Wai)!

    3 · May 9, 2013

    • Myn

      Haha Joe!! Excuses excuses :) summer sure will be long but not long enough if you don't get out there and do the miles in the saddle! Clipping my wings will only make me faster, so you might need a different tactic... Lol

      May 16, 2013

    • Jai

      Summer is long?! I'm holding you two to that Joe and Myn! ;p

      May 16, 2013

  • Ali s.

    hi, is their a team I can join as I not have a GPS ?

    May 15, 2013

    • eilish

      Ellen u are very welcome to ride with me.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Ellen

      thanks!!!!

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Richard of Y.

    Wow, the girls have really got it in for you, Myn. Now not only do you have to win, you have to wear drag! Don't forget to shave yr legs!

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • eilish

      Lol ....... and u think ur getting off lightly....... me thinks fuchsia leg warmers are definitely your colour ;))))

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Luke C

    Are we all sticking to the same GPS route or can we go any way we want?

    May 13, 2013

    • Myn

      Haha. I love the bit where your friend actually ended up on the A3!!! Made me crack up!!! Mark, fancy bombing down the A3 drafting big style?? ;)

      May 14, 2013

    • Daniela Di G.

      Michael s route is proven, tested and car-free.. just empty country lanes and quite hilly too

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Siamak

    I'll stick to the park this weekend. Have done all the rides to the coast in the last few weeks. Too much competitiveness is not healthy for the Bromance anyway :)

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Jai

      Are you around on Saturday for a ride dude? I'm doing the Mitie Revolution on Sunday, therefore can't make either of the rides organised for this Sunday.

      May 14, 2013

    • Siamak

      I am guessing a Sigma stop will be on the schedule as usual...I might be away, but if not I'll give you a shout.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Ellen

    omg!!! I'm in. Please be nice to me!!! I'm quite liking the sound of drafting!

    2 · May 14, 2013

    • Wai

      Then I recommend that you to get onto the coat tails of that man mountain they call Myn.

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • Siamak

      Myn the merciless :)

      3 · May 14, 2013

  • Simeon

    I'm going to give up my place to another person as I may not be able to do this ride at the moment. I'll see you guys and girls on the next ride.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Ellen

    soz to hear that....does that mean there's a spare space?!

    May 14, 2013

  • Myn

    Yes please Michael and post it EVERYWHERE so there is no confusion ;)

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Michael

      Pompey GPX file posted on facebook, skydrive and meetup. Anywhere else?

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Michael

    Full route here from Richmond park to the old customs house. http://sdrv.ms/ZX9t8U

    May 14, 2013

  • Alice C.

    Wahoo! :-D

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Anyone have an idea on how much train tickets back will be?

    May 13, 2013

    • Luke C

      Quick search says £30 for a single ticket. £20 with a Network Railcard. £34 for 4 people (£8.5p/p groupsave) on the 2 hr slow train or £60 (£15 p/p) for 4 people on the 1.5hr fast train....or ride back for free

      1 · May 13, 2013

    • Craig S.

      Cool, forgot about group save. That's a relief as trying to save my pennies for Rome!

      May 13, 2013

  • Ellen

    would to luv to come. 23.35 time!!!

    1 · May 12, 2013

    • Ellen

      nope. why and what's that?! I'll check it out too.

      May 13, 2013

    • Myn

      We're all on strava, to log rides and segments via GPS

      May 13, 2013

  • Richard of Y.

    Penny, I just put £200 on you at William Hills this morning so you'd better be up for it. According to Jai, Myn's put on a lot of weight recently - plus the Brittany altitude training should give you the edge!

    1 · May 9, 2013

    • Daniela Di G.

      If you gave the £200 to me, I would have guaranteed you a 20mph speed along the whole route :-) But I'd be happy just to beat some of the guys on the big hill by South Harting (hurting? :)))

      1 · May 9, 2013

    • Myn

      I'm not even faster down the hills but extra slow going uphill, so it is a problem! If I was to win the £200 it will pay for a weight loss course definitely ;))

      May 10, 2013

  • Fastas A.

    Boo Hoo, I've not been invited, guess i need to pedal harder...

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Fastas A.

      Will get a bungee cord to attach to Myn to keep up :)

      2 · May 6, 2013

    • Myn

      With the times Mark has been posting lately, my money is on him to take the nr1 spot :))

      May 10, 2013

  • Ali s.

    any places going, happy to join :)

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • tel

    Can't make this ride now.. Sorry guys!

    May 6, 2013

  • Alice C.

    I have a GPS, a free weekend and a thirst for a bit of light competition...

    May 6, 2013

  • Myn

    I have to say Penny has been relentless, but I will rise from the shadows and pedal my heart out on this! :) see you there Luke!

    May 5, 2013

  • Luke C

    Can I come please? I'm sure with all the training Penny's been doing recently, she'll give Myn a run for his money.

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Myn

    I'll be riding with sealed bottles and puncture resistant tyres :))

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Daniela Di G.

    Guys, you need to have your own GPS to load the GPX file. Or borrow one for the day. Or buddy up with one other cyclist of similar speed and pace to yours that agrees to pair up till Portsmouth. Elevation map http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/195262878

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Wai...what is Portsmouth Paradise by the way?

    April 26, 2013

    • Wai

      Or put another way - it's the Gumball Challenge on 2 wheels! :-)

      2 · April 26, 2013

    • Daniela Di G.

      Wai, no way I can beat Myn unless we put some sleeping pills in his water bottle and throw nails under his tyres!

      2 · April 28, 2013

  • Meghan

    yep, add me to the wait list will ya!

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Room for one more?

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Jai

    I thought this was going to be the 11th or 12th of may?

    April 22, 2013

  • tel

    Room for one more?

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Jai

    I was hoping to join in on this, but I have signed up to the Mitie Revolution ride this weekend.

    April 22, 2013

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