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Right then, new year, new challenge.

For 2013 I present the Road.cc Tourist Trophy - ride in a different county each month of the year.

Basically an excuse to travel round this country and remind ourselves how beautiful it is, visit some places you’ve always wanted to go, and maybe see far-flung friends you’ve been meaning to ride with for ages.

The rules are pretty simple – aim to ride in a different county every month of 2013.

You’re not allowed to count your home county as a tick for a month.

You can start from your home county and ride into a neighbouring one, but only to claim a maximum of two counties so that those within striking distance of many aren’t at an unfair advantage.

You’re allowed one Wild Card foreign destination for a month should you be lucky enough to travel overseas. A ride must be what you would normally class as a proper ride and not just a quick spin round the car-park to claim a county. A race will count as a ride.

There won’t be a trophy. Maybe just some socks.

Sign up and send a postcard each month below.

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mooseman [87 posts] 3 years ago
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Socks, ooooh. Always need socks...
(disappears to match address book to maps...)

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Bez [594 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, I've already got the socks, so maybe I can take them on tour. Count me in.

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Blackhound [439 posts] 3 years ago
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I will try for this, could be fun.

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lob [18 posts] 3 years ago
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Might give this a go also, and should get an overseas inclusion  1

Does London count as one county?  39

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Bedfordshire Clanger [344 posts] 3 years ago
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I'll have a go. I thought that I was going to be in for an easy ride as I could do six counties in a day without having to go too far. Then I read the rules again. I still think that I can do it. It should be fun.

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Bez [594 posts] 3 years ago
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We're going to need a bit of clarity before we get arguments - what's our definitive list of counties? Wikipedia's map of ceremonial counties?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counties_of_England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_counties_of_England

Though that lists Hampshire and the Isle of Wight separately, and they're more often conflated. Greater London and the City of London are spearately listed, too.

Still, since London's a bit of a pain to get round and the ferry's arguably more effort than just riding over a boundary, maybe that's fair.

Do we go with that then, the Wikipedia list? Your call, Jo...

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 3 years ago
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i say go with whatever your conscience/pedantry is most happy with

i'm treating Sussex as the one county for my home shire because i live right on the East/West border so bagging the other half would be too easy

don't get too carried away with it or i may just class the Isle of Wight as a foreign destination Wild Card  3

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Bez [594 posts] 3 years ago
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The IOW isn't a foreign place.

It's a foreign time.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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great idea!

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Carlucci Cannondale [25 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in for this. And started yesterday with West Sussex (I live in Derbyshire)

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Blackhound [439 posts] 3 years ago
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I did Powys (and Ceredigeon) yesterday. I live in Derbyshire.

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themanfromicon [21 posts] 3 years ago
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hey Jo, cracking idea. I'm in!

I'm claiming my first "ride to neighbouring county" county. Couple of weekends ago I was meeting friends in Surrey, so decided to ride up from Brighton. We were meeting just over the border from Sussex, so did a quick(ish) lap of some of the Surrey Hills - Leith, Ranmore, Box - so it would count as a proper ride.

Next month: Kent. Maybe.

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Sam Alison [25 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in - already got Italy and Wales in Jan - can I carry one of them over to Feb  1

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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Sam Alison wrote:

I'm in - already got Italy and Wales in Jan - can I carry one of them over to Feb  1

Italy is definitely a country not a county, not sure about Wales though  4 4 4

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Thor Beverley [49 posts] 3 years ago
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Count me in too - Leicestershire (in the snow on a mountain bike) is my January entry.

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Carlucci Cannondale [25 posts] 3 years ago
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Carlucci Cannondale wrote:

I'm in for this. And started yesterday with West Sussex (I live in Derbyshire)

Think I'm gonna start a list...

8th Jan - West Sussex
23rd Jan - Cornwall (plus a bit in Devon)

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mooseman [87 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident county: Gloucestershire

January: Lincolnshire.

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident county: Sussex

January: Surrey

a quick nip up the road to play on the cross bike round the Surrey Hills.
was just getting into it when there was that horrible noise from the back end of a branch ripping the rear-mech into the spokes.
somehow a spoke was between the two jockey-wheel in between the two plates of the mech, and the bottom jockey-wheel bolt had stripped the rear cage thread.
a quick rummage around in the mud for the bits, and a bodge using a water-bottle bolt to hold the bottom jockey-wheel in just to get back to the car
not much mileage at all but soft-pedalling home while the gears are all over the place hoping the bodge will hold up the last hill means it's a ride yeah?

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 3 years ago
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Home county: Manchester

January: Derbyshire
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I can think of how to keep up with this until about May or June, after that I'm going to have to invent reasons to go away for weekends with the bike in tow!

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jpj84 [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Home county: Greater Manchester

January: Cheshire
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Think I'll have to make a visit to our kid in Kent at some point - preferably around the 31st of a month!

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themanfromicon [21 posts] 3 years ago
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going to be blogging this at http://milltag.cc/tourist-trophy/the-tourist-trophy-2013 which means i'm going to have to make sure i plan a ride for every month...

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 3 years ago
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OK, I'm claiming an easy Wiltshire this month. Here's my thing: http://nickrearden.tumblr.com/post/41939100958/having-just-discovered-jo...

Home county: Somerset

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I'm doing the 'ceremonial' counties route

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Carlucci Cannondale [25 posts] 3 years ago
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Update for the end of January:

8th Jan - West Sussex
23rd Jan - Cornwall (plus a bit in Devon)
31st Jan - London

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Bedfordshire Clanger [344 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident County: Bedfordshire

January: Middlesex

A late meeting at work gave me the chance to pedal down to the London office in the West End. I used to cycle in London every day and was inured to the chaos. Now it seems like total madness.

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Thor Beverley [49 posts] 3 years ago
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Home county: Devon

January: Leicestershire
February: Wiltshire
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Where will I go in March - I am saving Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for later in the year.

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mooseman [87 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident county: Gloucestershire

February: Somerset.

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themanfromicon [21 posts] 3 years ago
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Home county: East Sussex

January: Surrey
February: Kent
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Headed over to Kent today. Train to Ashford, rode up through Canterbury to Herne Bay and Whitstable, and then looped back down to Ashford for the train home. Used up my second neighbouring county. I may regret this come November  22

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Bedfordshire Clanger [344 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident County: Bedfordshire

January: Middlesex
February: Derbyshire

Sheffield, Bradfield, Holmfirth, Holme Moss, Glossop for bacon, cake and espresso, Snake Pass and then a left after the Yorkshire Bridge and back home. All in the late winter sun showing the Peaks in their glory and with the best company imagineable. Now that's what I call a ride. The descent from Snake Pass to Ladybower had me grinning all the way.

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tc345 [18 posts] 3 years ago
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Lets give this a go.

Resident county: Essex.

January: Cambridgeshire.
February: Gloucestershire

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Resident county: Sussex

January: Surrey
February: Wiltshire

'cross bike play round the woods near Longleat and up and out onto the bleak Salisbury Plain for a bit

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