that sucks! there were only about 5 people around when I finished and we were all watching each other's bikes whilst we went to the loo or for food. it's a very open area where you finish - wonder if it was an opportunist.
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When we finished it was bedlam, there were bikes and people everywhere, an easy steal for the little toe rag. The only reason I noticed him was because he wasn't dressed like he'd just done 76 miles.
When i finsihed the very shouty man on the PA was reminding people every couple of minutes. I finsihed at about 5ish so there were plenty of people aropund in the mizzle!
Discovered changing your elixir pads the morning of the ride may result in a draggy back brake that you do not notice until the end! Wondered why i struggled getting a rhythm on the downs link!!(that is my official excuse and i am sticking to it!)
Oh good! At least they listened to me. The message must have got through to the guy on the PA after we left.
Draggy anything is bad on the downslink, it's mind numbingly dull.
there was some security on this year to keep an eye out, after last years bike theft, but I guess with 3,000 bikes coming and going...
Changing Avid pads is a 'mare at the best of times. I almost enjoy the first bike of the Downs Link, but then it does drag on. Chasing and weaving between riders helps.
Was my first time doing the ride this year. I would say that I enjoyed it but I wasn't feeling too well last week, thought I'd give it a go anyway. Found myself out of energy before we got to the top of Winterfold and then it was a long boring slog from there to the finish.
A great event, very well organised and sorry to hear about the bike theft at the end.
My only gripe was nothing to do with the organisers but the standard of some of the riders!! People were stopping to go over tree roots and generally holding up large amounts of other participants. I'm talking about things I wouldn't hesitate to push my 4 month old son over in his pushchair. I wouldn't expect everybody to ride like Danny Hart but it's an off road cycle event, I'd expect people taking part to know how to ride off road!!
Yeah I got held up in one big queue, some guy said "yeah theres a technical uphill up ahead". Turns out there was about 3 roots about 10cm high!
reading this makes me SO glad I went off early.
did anyone ride up the steps on the bridge over the road?
I gave it a go and was surprised how doable it was.
We set off around 7.30 but still experienced hold ups. Mind you, everyone was going at a reasonable pace.
I managed to ride about halfway up the bridge and then had to stop as everybody was walking it. Then had to ride down the other side with the front brake on as nobody else seemed capable of going above walking pace.
One amusing moment around there was in the woods, everybody taking the same line to avoid getting too muddy etc. A mate of mine got fed up so took a different route and forgot he has 740mm wide bars on his Yeti, ended up clipping a tree and doing an unplanned dismount.
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