Wednesday, 27 July 2011

TDF Social: Gallie wins stage 14

30 odd riders took part in the Tour de Bathgate Alpes club run on Saturday 16th July. The route took in 19 climbs in the Bathgate alps with the bunch split into two groups.

Steve McCaw pipped Brian Mcllelan to be unofficial king of the mountains .

After the ride everyone headed over to the Linlithgow Sports Club to watch stage 14 of the Tour de France.

The club was packed with Clarion members and guests, either in 'civvies' or or still wearing their mucky jerseys.

Organiser Stephen Henley had sorted out a superb spread for lunch - pizza, salad and lasagne was washed down with a few pints form the bar.

Stephen also sorted out a sweep for the stage winner so we were all glued to the TV in the last 20km to see if our selection was in with a chance.

Angus Gallie even surprised himself by winning the sweep, he didn't realise that he had the winning name in his possession until the final kilometre, as Jelle Vanendert crossed the line he was presented with a magnum of wine.

Stephen said "Thanks to everybody who made it today. There were about 25 riders out for the Tour of the Bathgate Alps and nearly 40 members were able to make it for the social afterwards in the Linlithgow Sports Club. It was great to see such a good turnout."

Thanks go to Neil Heyes who sorted out the venue and to Simon Fagan who helped out in the Kitchen with Stephen and Neil. Andy Weaving and Mark McCabe were the ride leaders so thanks to them also.

What you said:

A big thanks to Steve, Neil and all who contributed an excellent event. As far Matt and his torturous route around the Bathgate Alps I merely repeat Octave Lapiz's proclamation to the 1910 tour organisers...assasins
Ian Robertson

Great run today, good to see new and old faces again. thanks to Stephen and crew for all the grub, cheers.
Andy Weaving

Was a great social yesterday, good to see everyone again. Thanks to all the organisers, great venue too.
Ali McQuillen

It was a great day, we had a new rider out on the active group - Malc Webb from Winchburgh who I hope was not put off by such a hilly route, and decides to join up ! The social after was good fun with food, drink, conversation and Tour coverage.
Steve McCaw

As for the route, 3500 feet of ascent in 36 miles. 3 hills with 18% gradients plus, even going up Kingscavil was not the steepest part at a mere 16%. A great training loop to keep in mind, but hopefully not a regular club run route!!
Jim Macdonald

Big thanks to Stephen and all who were involved in the organisation of this great day. Magic!
Also, initially posted on another thread, but more appropriate here.
My new best friend...JELLE VANENDERT !!!
Angus Gallie

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