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We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014, 4:24pm
by [XAP]Bob

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014, 7:07pm
by Mick F
Wow!

I've rode through the Clyde Tunnel many many many times, but it isn't as far .............. or as iconic.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014, 8:37pm
by 661-Pete
Most of the road tunnels hereabouts - cyclists aren't allowed into anyway. Not sure I'd fancy a ride through 31 miles of totally monotonous tunnel though - especially since it would take me 3 times as long as Froome!

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014, 8:45pm
by iandriver
Can you do the downhill bit then get the train? I love the Greenwich foot tunnel for reasons I can't explain, no cycling allowed though.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 14 Jul 2014, 8:58pm
by Mark1978
661-Pete wrote:Most of the road tunnels hereabouts - cyclists aren't allowed into anyway. Not sure I'd fancy a ride through 31 miles of totally monotonous tunnel though - especially since it would take me 3 times as long as Froome!


Once you've done the first mile the next thirty are identical. Would be one of the worst rides imaginable.

On the subject of cycle tunnels we have one on Tyneside but it's closed until the middle of 2015.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 9:59am
by reohn2
In answer to the thread title,who would want to?
Yes there'd initially be an influx of ''I've ridden through the channel tunnel'' list tickers,then what?
It's a publicity stunt for a high end car maker/media mogul.
Cynic,me? never :wink:

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 10:54am
by [XAP]Bob
I'd rather tour through northern France without spending time on a ferry...

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 11:00am
by NUKe
I'd love to do it, I find tunnels facinating in their own right.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 12:14pm
by [XAP]Bob
NUKe wrote:I'd love to do it, I find tunnels facinating in their own right.

And bridges (Despite not dealing well with heights)

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 7:31pm
by Mr. Viking
Mick F wrote:Wow!

I've rode through the Clyde Tunnel many many many times, but it isn't as far .............. or as iconic.

Clyde Tunnel is great fun. Not sure if it still is,but at one point it was the steepest tunnel in the world

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 16 Jul 2014, 2:03pm
by Mick F
Yes, I remember it well, and I remember my first time through it.
It's sort of banana shaped and you ride though the banana. Steep at either end, and you can't see very far because of the curve "upwards". Eye-line is a hundred yards away on the ceiling. I imagined being able to see the far end, but all you can see is an upwardly curving road.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 17 Jul 2014, 1:38pm
by LollyKat
There is also quite a sharp chicane near each end, presumably to slow riders down. A friend of mine once hit the wall and broke her collarbone.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 6 Aug 2014, 5:21pm
by iviehoff
I wonder what the longest tunnel you can cycle through without special permission. I've been through the longest tunnel in Iceland which is called Vestfjarðagöng and is near Isafjordur in the Westfjords, and it is 9km long. For added amusement, it is a single track tunnel with passing places, and has a T-junction in the middle. 9km is the total length of all three arms, it's only about 7km between the furthest two portals.

I rode a bicycle along a section of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel back in the mid 80s, before it was filled with kit. But it wasn't very interesting, and you couldn't go all the way around to say you'd done it, so we only cycled a couple of km. The local who took me down there said it was quite normal for the people working there to get around it by bike while you still could.

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Posted: 6 Aug 2014, 6:42pm
by Mick F
I cycled through the tunnel through the Rock of Gibraltar from the Royal Dockyard to the east of the Rock via a communications centre. The tunnel is MOD only, even now. Last time I was there was 1989. :shock:
Perhaps a mile long.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty_Tunnel