The SOTA International Cycling Weekend 2014 will take place on 28/29 June. The objective is to encourage activators to use a bicycle for some or all of their journey to do one or more activations. It’s a fun way to do activations that requires some slightly different solutions to most activating. Last year we had about six takers - surely we can do better than that?
As usual, photographs and accounts will be welcome. Please post them in this reflector thread.
If you like that sort of thing, post your cycling stats using Endomondo - I can be found there.
That clashes with the Friedrichshafen weekend - shame that, as Nick G4OOE and I
will be there as part of an EU Tour by car and on foot and will be unable to >take part.
You can hire bikes cheaply in FN Phil, 8Eu for the day ISTR. I did that last year or the year before. Loads of excellent cycle routes around the countryside with plenty of places to stop for a plate of pig&chips and a glass of foaming brew.
I’ll introduce you to my mate Phil at Blackpool and he can tell you about him meeting Michael Miles when we on our bikes by the lake!
Now I’m not what you would call a regular operator, but this sounds like a little challenge I could join in. Not much in the way of hills around here, but currently trying to inprove my cycling ready for the Coast to Coast later in the year. So perhaps a weekend out doing some hill training / Sota operating.
You’ve also put given me the idea of including some SOTA whilst on the C2C. Will have to look at the route again.
Cycling does require a bit of rethinking of your operating approach - and a careful choice of summit. You don’t have to cycle from home either, you could put the bike on the train or even do part of the journey by car.
In reply to G3CWI:
If wx good that weekend I have a summit in mind with a 3km granny gear climb to the saddle. So I will save that summit until then my other bike to summit was burnt out during the summer and the forester has it closed off till further notice. 73 de Ian vk5cz …
Yes - 001 isn’t that difficult to mistake, unlike last nights. Mountain bikers generally have the same rights as walkers on most Bridleways although coming down the odd dive out of the way by walkers is never a good idea, in the peaks there is a big debate going on presently about access to bridleways by MTB’ers.
It would be HF, so it would suffer without a pole although it works amazingly well with the antenna on the ground. Its a good idea though Richard.
Yes I was reading that before, sensible really. Timing would be tight
though for a good activation in the morning before going back down. The fewer people about the better, both activities are probably seen as anti-social by most.
Before 07 it was very popular for Downhiller’s to push up can come back down the pyg track, the Fort William of NW !.
I don’t understand why this “agreement” has been applied to the bridleway heading east from Rhyd Ddu, as I remember it, it is a good, in fact a motorable track for much of the way, and very rarely busy, unlike Snowdon Ranger, where IMO the agreement is a good idea as it is a busy (though rather boring) track.
I don’t know the paths and bridleways on Snowdon but I can hazard a guess that the agreement covers all the bridleways.
Ease of enforcement.
If you have some bridleways where it’s ok and some which are banned then you will get a million and one chancers testing their luck. When caught they can protest innocence and claim they thought “it was ok on this bridleway and I must have read the map wrong.” Ban it on all of them and a load of excuses are removed.
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