VC Walcot were back in charge for the racing up at Odd Down Circuit. As per normal the womens race was cancelled due to a lack of entrants leaving the Youth, Cat 3/4, and E123 races.
More photos: Odd Down Circuit Racing – 2013-07-23
We’ve got a week off while Bath CC organise a race, then it’s three weeks on the trot for VC Walcot.
This looks to be a rather strange late-70s Russian sci-fi film. It’s taken me the first 10 minutes to work out what aspect ratio I should be watching it in, and I’m still not convinced I’ve got it right.
I’ve had my Singular Pegasus for a little over a year now, and to be honest it’s not had a great deal of use. Partly because I’m spending most of my riding time it’s brother, the Singular Firebird, and partly because it was set up as a singlespeed. In an effort to make more use of it, I bought it a present of a 2×10 Deore XT drivetrain.
This has been sat on the side for a few weeks, and due to a lack of inspiration we’ve ended up watching it tonight because we couldn’t think of anything better.
We had a quick trip down to Yeovilton yesterday to see the sole remaining airworthy de Havilland Sea Vixen doing some practice displays to get it’s display authorisation before the coming weekend. After a cup of possibly the worst coffee I’ve ever had the misfortune to drink we got to see it fly for 20 minutes or so, however it was very hazy, flying at quite a height, and we were shooting towards the sun so the photos were noting special.
More photos: de Havilland Sea Vixen – “Foxy Lady”
After it landed we went for a wander round the Fleet Air Arm Museum, my first visit for what must be 25 years or so. Plenty to look at, but a bit of a maze to walk around and keep your bearings.
More photos: Fleet Air Arm Museum – Yeovilton
Resisting the lure of another coffee, which wasn’t too difficult, we called it a day and headed home again.
Several months after it actually opened we finally had the “official” opening up at the Odd Down circuit. Dani King was to be the official guest, and for once we had perfect weather up at Odd Down. Hot, sunny, dry, and just for a change there was no wind. Just after 10:30 everyone gathered at the entrance to the circuit and Dani cut the official ribbon, and then the track was opened up to riders before an afternoon of racing started.
More photos: Dani King opens Odd Down Circuit
20 years ago today I started a 6 week work placement. I haven’t quite got around to leaving yet.
We’ve nearly come to the end of an almost perfect summer weekend.
It started off with a trip out on the Singular Pegasus singlespeed on Saturday morning to ride the Two Tunnels/Canal route with a slight deviation to check out the surface on the Collier Way out towards Wellow.
The afternoon was spent lazing in the neighbours garden trying not to get splashed by Ben in his paddling pool, combined with a brief break indoors to watch the last 10km of the Tour de France stage.
Sunday started off with another ride, this time aboard the Singular Firebird on the VC Walcot Easyriders trip out to Neston Farm Shop. Due to a slight navigational mistake we ended up doing an extra 10 miles or so with the cake stop at 20ish miles actually coming at 35 miles.
Despite the added distance we were back in time to watch the last hour or so of the Tour. Not long after the Tour coverage finished I thought my AV Receiver had died as it suddenly went silent. However after resetting it, turning it off for a bit, swearing at it a lot, and pricing up a replacement, I resorted to looking up the symptoms on the internet. A quick blow into the headphone socket and all was back to normal.
I’m now rather tired, very sunburnt in places, and not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.
The weather was back to normal for Odd Down tonight, cold, windy, and wet. Yet again there weren’t enough entrants in the Women’s race to be able to run it, so the two that did turn up rode with the 3/4cat riders.
Fortunately my camera and one of the lenses are weatherproof, so the rain wasn’t too much of a hindrance to the photography, but by the E/1/2 race it was too gloomy to get decent photos, and those of the finish were almost unusable.
More photos: Odd Down Circuit Racing – 2013-07-02
Cat 3/4 finish
Not to be confused with the Fierce Panda compilation album, Dial M for Merthyr.