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MCT - Lhasa Kathmandu Cycling

Anonymous
Thu, 05/05/2011 - 21:21

Anyone booked want to meet up for a pre-trip ride and a beer?
Simon
(UK south coast)

Anonymous
Tue, 05/31/2011 - 16:43

Simon, I do not live in the UK but am coming that way soon. Where on the south coast do you live? Paul

Anonymous
Fri, 06/17/2011 - 17:31

Hi folks, at last, I'm not alone. Good to read you.

 @Alison, although a keen cyclist, I'm afraid I'm going for the hire bike option, therefore, my choices are, erm accademic, read: nil, however reading the trip reports suggest a lot of the highway has now been paved thus, if I did have the choice, I'd rather be packing somehting like a "Schwalbe Marathon XR" touring tyre. They weigh a ton, but are bomb proof. I've never used tubeless, so can't really comment on specifics, however bring some tubes too, just in case! Reading you website it appears you're doing more training than me, I got to get on my bike! I'm feeling generous today, so I've just gifted you a tenner.

 @Paul, I'm near Southampton, where abouts are you?

Time to go cycle home in the rain.

 Cheers,

-Simon

 

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Anonymous
Mon, 06/20/2011 - 19:35

Hi, I am booked on this trip and realised that it is now less than 12 weeks away.  Really need to get some training in!  I went to Jordan cycling in April however think the trip to Tibet will make that trip seem like a lazy Sunday afternoon bike ride.  Also have treked up Mt Toubkal in Morocco which was 4,100m and did not have too much trouble with the altitude.  It seems random as who will be effected, although I was told that women are less effected than men, no idea why!!!

 I am also hiring a bike out there, the bikes we had in Jordan were okay and the team that supported us were really good.  You can take your own saddle, pedals etc and they will fit them for you.

 I live in Farnborough, Hampshire which is about half way between Simon in Southampton and Ali in Oxfordshire. It would be really good if we could meet one weekend perhaps the new forest for a bit of off roading and on road cycling.

I am now going to start cycling part of the way home from work (which is in the centre of London) just to get some miles on the clock.

Beverley

Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 09:49

Hi Beverley,

Good to read you,  I'll be taking my own saddle/pedals, this I've done before in Morocco/Vietnam/Mongolia and gives you some comfort (Although I think in one or two places I didn't bother with my saddle) this time I'm considering tyres for the long road days (I beleive there is a 150Km day).

 My calendar's looking pretty busy leading right the way up to Sept, but I'm sure we can slot something in, the new forest works for me ;) also quite a few of my MTB riding mates live up near Fleet/Farnborough and ride regularly around there, occasionally I make the trip up, we could tag on an evening ride there... or organise something to suit us all around there, there are lots of off road tracks in your neck of the woods.

 -Simon 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 12:21

Hi both,

Nice to chat Beverley...  Im up for whatever, whenever :-)  as long as its not too technical cos dont want to risk injury prior to the trip ! 

 Ali x

Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 12:21

Hi both,

Nice to chat Beverley...  Im up for whatever, whenever :-)  as long as its not too technical cos dont want to risk injury prior to the trip ! 

 Ali x

Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 12:21

Hi both,

Nice to chat Beverley...  Im up for whatever, whenever :-)  as long as its not too technical cos dont want to risk injury prior to the trip ! 

 Ali x

Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 20:20

hi simon can u tell me more about the sort of cycling conditons out in mongolia as i am going there in september,also is it adviseable to take warm clothes can u get get access to beer on the trip as it would be nice to relax with a cold one after a hard days riding.

thanks steve

 

Anonymous
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 20:53

sorry all, I didnt post three times ! honest ! :-)

Anonymous
Wed, 06/22/2011 - 09:22

@Ali,

I'm sure you didn't mean to post 3x times, but I note you've earned a gold star in your post activity now;)

@Ali/Bev: I happen to be free this coming Sunday if you fancied a ride sooner rather than later.

 -Simon 

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Anonymous
Thu, 06/23/2011 - 17:18

did a 12hr non stop spin as a practice for my forthcoming 24hr fundraising event mid July. 

4310 cals - 297 kms = one f*cked IT Band !

Cant cycle now for another 3/4 weeks :-(  just hope it fixes and I can regain fitness/strength in time !

Sunday sadly no.......  

Anonymous
Fri, 06/24/2011 - 10:44

Ouchy ouchy ouch ouch. That's no fun. I think there's a danger of too much training for an event and erm, the consequences are, well, you've discovered.... I really hope it gets better in time!

Neh mind, I've busied myself for Sunday now, its set to be a glorious 25degC day, I'll ride 45miles to Fleet to visit a mate and get a lift back.

 Put your feet up!

 -Simon

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Anonymous
Wed, 07/06/2011 - 12:50

Thanks to a certain member of this group who shall remain nameless! :-) joking !

I used a piece of gym equipment in order to try and retain a little fitness whilst not being able to cycle.  Result = blonde moment and a chipped elbow !!

Comes in three's ?   Noooooooooooo!  so dont need anything else !

So, Im praying that both injuries fix in time but figure that you guys are probably gonna have to tow me up them there hills! :-) 

Anonymous
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 15:04

Just keep wearing your helmet, even when you go about day to day things, then you can be sure it won't be your head. Actually ignore my advice, that'll probably lead to more trouble.

 -Simon

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Anonymous
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 07:16

Ha ha! I see you got a gold star too now! :) 

No Helmet but just got my leg Kinesio taped by Matt Plested, Paralympic Gold Medal winner cyling.  Cool work of art too :)  pic on my website!  First time today that my leg doesnt hurt which is amazing since its only been on since last night! 

Matt is going to supply me with pre cut tapes ready for the trip too!  Can see this is going to be amusing remembering which tape goes where!!

Helmet on full time just in case!

Anonymous
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 17:55

Sorry to hear about your injuries Ali however you seem to be bearing up well.  I started reading up on Tibet to educated myself about country, lifestyle and what to expect.  It was a little scary reading at times but it had an effect of concertrating my training efforts which has lead to a little too much training and with work being really busy meant that this morning I nearly collapsed on the train.

 I am now in the camp of too much prep work may lead to complete exhaustion before the holiday and impact on the holiday!!!  Anyway Ali I hope you are well on the mend.

It would be good if we could meet before the holiday but I do not have much free time over the next few weeks as I have booked a week sailing at beginning of August as a relaxation / de stress before the trip.  At present my only plans for the bank holiday in August is ensuring that I have everything for the holiday.  Even if we do not cycle it may be good to meet for a drink / meal in a pub somewhere.

Enjoy the weekend.

Anonymous
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 19:30

Hi Bev,  do do what I did and overtain cos that is what caused my injury!  I havent been able to cycle for nearly 4 weeks and Im losing fitness big time!  really worried about capability of this trip now?

Im working  days/week virtually up until we go..  got a government deadline to meet!  doubt if I can get to see you before we go...

Are you on FB?  Steve and I take the proverbial now and again...

What about you Paul?  are you on FB?

Wonder who else is coming with us?

Have a great weekend all...

Anonymous
Tue, 07/19/2011 - 14:29

Hey Bev, don't go crazy! I'm not, I think a general good fitness level will do, superman(or woman!) fitness not required! That's it now every weekend between now and 3rd Sept booked up, so looks like the first meal we might share together will be curtosy of Heathrow airport. Hey ho.

 Take it easy and don't damage youselves.

 -Simon

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Anonymous
Fri, 07/22/2011 - 19:22

Its a full house! 16 of us!  ranging from under thirties to seventy..  10 boys and 6 girls...

Sounds like it could be a great group :-)

Anonymous
Fri, 07/22/2011 - 19:22

Its a full house! 16 of us!  ranging from under thirties to seventy..  10 boys and 6 girls...

Sounds like it could be a great group :-)

Anonymous
Wed, 08/03/2011 - 17:06

For those of us who don't like cycling with a bacpac, like me, Ollie has told me we can take a pannier and rack as all bikes they hire will take these. The baggage limit to Lhasa is 30kg including our bikes and 8kg hand baggage, anything more we pay extra. Paclite!!! A bientot, Paul

Anonymous
Wed, 08/03/2011 - 19:46

Hi All,

I just got an answer yesterday from Joanna/Exodus re costs and thresholds.

Longhaul with Jet Airways max is 32 kgs and 7 kgs hand luggage - £10/kg excess

Internal is 20 kgs and 5 kgs hand luggage US$13/kg excess

Im wearing my bike gear in the evenings too then and my pockets will be stuffed with Spd'S, tools, and anything I can cram in for the flights!

ha :)

Anonymous
Thu, 08/04/2011 - 17:15

Hi Paul, the trip notes read, on page 7

"The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is subject to a weight limit of 20kg (plus 5kg hand luggage)." 

 30Kg sounds like luxury.

 I'll be taking a varierty of cycling tops - wear it clean in the evening, and erm, dirty it up the next day.... 

If Jet Airways let you have 32Kgs, you'll be fine Ali, your bike can only weigh about 10Kgs right? So 20Kgs should be enough for clothes! 

 -Simon 

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Anonymous
Thu, 08/04/2011 - 20:09

Simon, I only quoted word for word what Ollie Townsend, Exodus Ops Manager told me recently. Remember my figs include the bike. He was quoting from his own experience of a year ago. Guess we'll just have to wait and find out. Hope the training is going well. Bit worreid about you carrying that bottle of ketchup on your training rides but only 4 chips to go with it! Best wishes, Paul

Anonymous
Thu, 08/04/2011 - 21:12

bike weighs 28lbs, bike clothes weigh about 30lbs, bike bag weighs 22lbs, then there is my clothes, bike shoes, spares, fuel bars, drink stuff - min 40 kgs!!  

I am going to write to Jet Airways and tell them about my fund raising efforts for cancer and see if they will cut me some slack on the rate?  I cant afford to insure my bike (circa £400) so I have to protect with a semi hard case so I pay the penalty on weight!  cant win!

Cant now opt for hiring a bike cos of my injury.  My bike now bio mechanicalled for me to assist in non recurrance of injury and, dont you dare laugh cos i'll be riding permanently with the TAPE.  I cant risk it without haha!  no choice on colour - its gonna be Pink, Blue and Black!  Art Deco or wot! 

Anonymous
Fri, 08/19/2011 - 21:08

Getting nervous, excited, ......... count down guys! :-)

Anonymous
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 20:51

Hi Diana

Gosh, you sound a fit lady ? :-)  I was 6 weeks ago but then I did my IT Band on some daft fundraising 12 hr non stop spin class!  stopped me training for 5 weeks and I have only just got back into the saddle!  Still, Im bringing some tow ropes with me to hook on to some unsuspecting male species haha!

I am very sorry to hear about your sister and what you are doing for the charity is lovely.  No doubt you have already seen that I am also raising funds for charity as an outpatient of the Royal Marsden...

Anyway, Im excited, scared, brickin it! you name it, Im it!  Paul, Simon and I are also friends on FB. If you are on too, message us.

Look forward to meeting you too,

Ali x

Anonymous
Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:50

anyone else ? :-) 

T-5 yikes!

Anonymous
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:32

Hi all,  have been really busy lately as I decided whilst on a week's break in Turkey sailing along the coast that I needed a change in career!!   Therefore handed my notice in and have spent the past 3 weeks clearing the decks so I could have this week off as a gentle wind down to our big trip!!!

I have to say that the week break sailing and deciding to just cycle to and from either Clapham Junction or Wimbledon to work has been really good.

 I was wondering what time everyone was planning to get to Heathrow on Saturday evening?  The flight is 8.40pm. I am planning to be there at 5.45pm depending on traffic (I know I am only about 40 minute drive away but the M25 can be unpredictable!)

I thought it would be really good to meet up and enjoy a drink before we board the plane.

Beverley

Anonymous
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:43

Good idea Beverley!  take a note of my mobile number 07825 212882.  I may be there a little earlier cos I will have my bike to sort out with Jet Airways Gen. Mngr ! everything xd!

Text me folks when you get there :)

Ali x

Anonymous
Thu, 09/01/2011 - 09:48

Ali,

No problems will text when I get there.  Really excited now - only 2 days to go.

Checked the weather and it appears to be thundery and showery with temperatures in high 20's.  I must say it has been like that for the past few weeks.

See you Saturday.

Beverley

Anonymous
Thu, 09/01/2011 - 23:40

Hey all, I'm rolling it at 16.50, mighty early, but there were not many choices of bus, southampton direct to T4, will catch up with you there...

Simon

Anonymous
Fri, 09/02/2011 - 07:09

Ill be rolling in around that time too avec megga luggage !  Yay!  excited now :-)

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