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For your viewing pleasure Dave tackles 90 miles and 2600m of climbing

It's a lovely day for a ride which is why we've sent Dave off to recce the route of Round 1 of the Gore Bike Wear sportive at Llanwrtyd Wells and we're traking him live so you can follow his progress over the 90 mile route with its 2600m of climbing including the Devil's staircase.

It'll be just like being there… without the pain.

He'll be reporting back later with words and pics, but in the meantime enjoy the ride.

You can have a go at the real thing on 4th of July entries are still open and there's the choice of 50 or 90 mile routes.

 

Click on the marker to see the current ride stats, the map will refresh every two minutes.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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this is very snazzy, I like! Wish id checked my emails eariler and had been able to join dave on the ride though

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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appears to have stopped

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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yeah, I noticed that… early lunch perhaps  39

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 7 years ago
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He appears to have been missing out parts of the route using teleportation.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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maybe dave found a great cake shop?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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Must be some cake

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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what system is he using?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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News just in! He hasn't been eating an enormous cake it's just that there's no signal up there in the hills - hence the straight lines on the map every time he does get a bit of signal.

Word from the big man is that it is an "amazingly beautiful' ride… and "very hard" he's done the Devil's Staircase and now watch his average speed grow suspiciously rapid as he hoofs it along to the end of the route to do some filming at the military range at the route's end.

Might have some pics to post in a mo, if and that's very much an if, Dave's remembered his USB cable…

As to what system he is using? We're tracking him via the GPS in his phone (so no phone signal - no track) combined with some software whizz-bangery that sticks it into the road.cc database and from there on to the site.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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very cool stuff. Hoping that I am fortunate enough to ride this event...sounds great, looking forward to the pictures guys

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 7 years ago
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wow! that map is a *mess*. should have turned the gps off before i set off home  1

like tone said i said, it's an awesome route, lots of hard climbing and some unbelieveable scenery. The Tawe valley is just incredible, what a road. The two climbs at the start (the Devil's Staircase and the other one) are really tough too

we didn't make it all the way round sadly as we were trying to film and take pics too and we kind of ran out of time. so we got in the van for 25 miles and rode the last bit across the Eppynt range which is one of my favourite rides (and descents!)

below some pics to give a flavour of the ride, video (and more pics) tomorrow.

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 7 years ago
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Good going Dave, what a fantastic day for it too!

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 7 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

we didn't make it all the way round sadly as we were trying to film

What camera you using on the bike?

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 7 years ago
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i had a cameraman en route in a support van!

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 7 years ago
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Ahh, I have yet to meet someone else with a handlebar cam like mine!

got it from mx1.co.uk if anyone wants to look.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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it looks like a beautiful ride, will have to do it sometime.