2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

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2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 16 Feb 2011, 1:39pm

I'm having another go at my aborted 2009 tour.

This time, I'm joining up with other members of CycleSeven http://cycleseven.org/ on a historical ride north of Skipton.
http://cycleseven.org/west-yorkshire-cycling-weekend

To this end, Sunday 17th July will see me heading north via Bridgwater, Yarkhill (Herefordshire) and Big Sis's place in Wrexham and then to South Manchester to visit Daughter1 for a couple of days.

From there, I'll be crossing Manchester up to Skipton to do the 100mile West Yorkshire Ride on Saturday 23rd July.

I'll stay in Skipton for a second night and head back to South Manchester then move on south via Hathern (just north of Loughborough) and make Bedford to stay with Daughter2 for a couple of days too.

Then home via Uffington (NW of Swindon) and Bridgwater again. 925miles in two weeks, making it home on Saturday 30th July.

All accommodation is now booked.

Most of the route, I'm happy with, but crossing Manchester from south to north could be problematical. I don't want to use any cycle tracks or anything off road. I like roads, and any advice would be appreciated.

Leaving Baguley area and heading out via Rochdale/Todmorden?
Any good routes?
About 60miles I reckon.
Should I go straight through the city centre, or go round the outside?

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby aek » 16 Feb 2011, 1:59pm

That sounds like a great tour Mick. Just out of curiosity, which bike are you going to tour on ? Is it your Mercian ?

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby horizon » 16 Feb 2011, 2:30pm

No. He's told me privately that he's acquired one of these from a local man and will be attaching the Carry Freedom trailer to it for the trip. The only change will be Campag gearing:

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 16 Feb 2011, 2:54pm

I'm going on my RSW16.





NOT!

Of course, it will be my Mercian, complete with trailer and alu box. :D
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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby aek » 16 Feb 2011, 4:37pm

horizon wrote:No. He's told me privately that he's acquired one of these from a local man and will be attaching the Carry Freedom trailer to it for the trip. The only change will be Campag gearing:

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Hahaha, that was so funny!!!

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby geocycle » 16 Feb 2011, 5:34pm

aek wrote:
horizon wrote:No. He's told me privately that he's acquired one of these from a local man and will be attaching the Carry Freedom trailer to it for the trip. The only change will be Campag gearing:

hobbyhorse.jpg


Hahaha, that was so funny!!!


wot no concrete block!

This might be useful. It is a bit slow but shows suggested routes:
http://www.cyclegm.org/cyclemaps/cyclem ... eight=1024

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 16 Feb 2011, 9:11pm

No, I won't be taking any concrete - well, not deliberately anyway!

Still want advice on crossing Manchester.
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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby mattraisin » 17 Feb 2011, 10:55am

I did a route that went N/S through the east of Oldham, Lees Road then west of Stalybridge. I'm not entirely of the route as it was a diversion to try and regain time so was making the route up as I went. Obviously this is through the suburbs of Manchester but it was busy enough to be a massive relief to get out the other side. Came across an odd road which was apparently "Cyclists Have Priority", couldn't work out what on earth this meant though. I went Buxton direction after this route and came in from Hebden Bridge direction. I will try and get more information if I can dig out my torn out Atlas sheets from somewhere, however, I think I tuned to throwing them away after use to keep organised.
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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Big T » 17 Feb 2011, 12:45pm

Do you really have to go through Manchester? So many great rides bypassing it - Holmfirth - Holme Moss - Glossop for example. You could just make your way to the centre of Manc and then follow the A6 into the Peak district (all the way to Hathern if you like). Depends on which bit of south Manc you're heading to.
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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 17 Feb 2011, 1:11pm

Sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear enough.

I will be in Baguley, near Altrincham and want to cycle to Skipton. In the absence of any advice, I intend to head into the city centre and off on the shortest route. Perhaps going via Rochdale and Keighley.
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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby mr bajokoses » 17 Feb 2011, 1:28pm

If you can get from Baguley to Bury (I would just ride up the A56, but that's just me!), then go through Edenfield, Rawtenstall, Waterfoot, Burnley, Colne, then take Skipton Old Road to Skipton.

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 17 Feb 2011, 2:23pm

A56 sounds good. I don't mind A Roads at all, far better to get through the city environs asap. These A Roads tend to follow the contours too and take the easiest route.

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby in4time » 17 Feb 2011, 7:21pm

avoid the A6 around Hazel Grove - Stockport. Its awful, particularly on a bike!

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby drossall » 18 Feb 2011, 12:02am

When will you be in Bedford? I've ogled your Mercian for so long, and mine will be back from its Mercian respray any time now :D

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Re: 2011 Two Daughters Tour (plus)

Postby Mick F » 18 Feb 2011, 7:48am

Due in Bedford late afternoon 26th July, leaving early on 28th July towards Swindon.
Two nights with Daughter2 and her husband.
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