Today was the official soft opening for the new 1.5km Odd Down Cycle Circuit in Bath.
The official first lap was taken by the local MP Don Foster along with some school competition winners and representatives of the local clubs VC Walcot, Bath CC, and Somer Valley CC, following that there was a 2 hour long open session which I was helping marshal. Plenty of riders turned out from young families through to club racers and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
There will be a bigger opening festival and family fun day on 13th July.
More photos: Odd Down Cycle Circuit Soft Opening
road.cc: Odd Down circuit opens in Bath + video
BBC: Bath cycling circuit opens at Odd Down playing fields
Back in the dim and distant past, an Adam and the Ants single, possibly Prince Charming, was the first record I recall buying with my own money, I’d have been 8 at the time. It’s taken me another 32 years to finally get around to seeing Adam Ant live. He’s played locally a couple of times over the last few years, and each time I managed to talk myself out of it on the basis that I’d only come away disappointed. How wrong I was.
Barely stopping for breath between tracks the band whipped through the first 9 songs before even speaking to the audience, and when we got to what he referred to as “the hits” section, the 10 year old me nearly died and went to heaven. One of the best gigs I’ve been to for a long time, and I don’t think that’s just the nostalgia talking.
Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter
Dog Eat Dog
Beat My Guest
Stand and Deliver
Kings of the Wild Frontier
Whip in my Valise
Stay in the Game
Desperate But Not Serious
Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)
Vive le Rock
Goody Two Shoes
Get it On (T. Rex cover)
Physical (You’re So)
After some gentle persuasion, I finally got around to joining Velo Club Walcot, and today dragged myself out of bed in time for my first ride with the Easyriders. Give or take a few minor changes, today’s route was my normal Chew Valley ride. This meant that when I disappeared off the back on the climbs I still knew where I was going. We stopped for a much needed tea and cake at Chew Valley, then a coffee at Chelsea Road before making it home in time for the last couple of hours of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The only downside was a bit of chainsuck on the Singular Firebird, probably as a result of using a 10-speed chainset on an otherwise 11-speed drivetrain.
This has been sat on the side for a fortnight waiting for me to find time for it. Given that I’ve been asleep on the sofa most of the afternoon, I’m not convinced I’ll make it all the way through in one go, but I’ll give it a shot.