OK, just over a month to go and the Kielder 100 will soon be a reality.
I thought it would be useful and informative for those doing this for the first (or second) time to get as much prep as possible to ensure that the event is a success for everyone. I've looked to put everything in one place here so that before the event I can print off this thread and use it as a checklist.
THINGS TO TAKE
(from the official site pages: http://www.sip-events.co.uk/kielder-riderinfo.html)
You must carry the following items:
Enough fluid for 15 miles of riding (at least one large bottle); - I'll be using my CamelBak with 1000ml of fluid (SIS to start), with the aim of topping up the CamelBak at each filling station with energy drinks. Is this doable?
pump; - check
spare inner tubes (even if you run tubeless); - check
basic toolkit; - I've got some pliers and a set of allen keys, and puncture kit. What else? I'm not expecting to rely on the mechanical assistance points.
spare brake pads (maybe 2 sets, trust us!); - check
space blanket; - check (from the RAC)
spare food; - how much? Is this *spare* i.e. to keep to the end of race, or is it fuel for the trip? Bananas (too heavy?) or energy bars? Probably the latter for me.
emergency whistle; - need to get one.
windproof jacket/gillet; - Hmm, I have a lightweight hi-viz - not breathable, or an Endura all weather. Any suggestions on something lightweight? Might just compress the lightweight hi-viz.
Race Passport (supplied by Event Organisers); - yet to get.
money to Pay the Piper (optional - but it does go to charity.) - must remember
Skin-so-soft midge repellant. See the other thread on midges here: http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/kielder-midges-1
Chain links and chain tool (tbc - would others carry this?)
Mobile phone? - is there any usable signal in case of emergency anyway?
Some kind of mossie net to cover head and neck. Does anyone know of such a thing that could be worn over a helmet?
I've got some Kenda Small Block 8's (after reading this report: http://www.oneblackdot.com/ride/index.php/2009/09/07/montane-kielder-100-race-report/
… but will take some Panarace XC Pro if the weather isn't so great
Strip everything off the bike that isn't necessary.
Lock - so that I can secure the bike overnight on Friday.
Bin bags etc. to keep the car clean when taking a muddy bike home
Feed station summary and distances: (+15) 15W (+10) 25F (+~15) 36to42W (+~10) 50F (+15) 65H (+~15) 80F (+20) 100 miles (W=Water, F=Food, H=Hot Food).
Is there nothing for the last 20 miles or so? On the site the last feed station is labelled as 75/88 - Feed station 4. So it is anything from 10 miles from the 65m station, but with 25 to go, or 23m from the 65m station with 12 miles to go?
Rider bag drops - am I missing something here? If fuel is provided, what might go into a rider's sandwich box? Some SIS powders?
THE COURSE AND PACE
Time to checkpoints.
Assuming a 0640hrs start (0637hrs last year) the times to the checkpoints and required pace is:
CP 1 - 1400hrs - 55miles = 7h20m = 7.50mph
CP 2 - 1530hrs - 65miles = 8h50m = 7.36mph
CP 3 - 1700hrs - 78miles = 10h20m = 7.55mph <--- NOTE THAT THE PACE HAS TO INCREASE TO MAKE CP 3!!!!
Finish by, say, 2000hrs latest = 13h20m = 7.50mph
According to this route plot… http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-kingdom/kielder/334125906216417169
The course undulates quite frequently up to the 72 mile mark, then a nice downhill / level section before a climb around 86 miles for 3 or so miles. Fun
Total climb is around 6,000ft according to mapmyride, 60ft/mile
I've never been to Kielder so have no appreciation of the terrain and hills. Is the riding quite easy going, but with long continuous climbs or are the climbs less frequent and steep? For my own comparison the CVMBC west of Huddersfield in the Pennines is 2,500ft over 30miles = 83ft/mile.
Google Earth map route here http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showthreaded&Number=1254461&#Post1254461
If you haven't started your training yet: http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/training/training.php
Riders will not receive an entry confirmation other than the Paypal online entry receipt and can check their entry on the event Entry List on XCRacer.com.
Confirm your entry here: http://www.xcracer.com/raceentry/currententries.php?race_id=147
Be at Kielder BY 2100hrs Friday 3rd for race briefing.
Petrol stations? Anything quite local for fuelling up the car?
From last year's event
Anything there that I might have missed, any hints and tips welcome.
Oh, and if you feel like sponsoring me, and giving me a reason to carry on when all hope is lost: http://www.justgiving.com/kielder100