Was that you in the Merc Sefton? Seemed a bit extreme when they said they were off to get a 4x4 to pull you when one had even tried a bit of manhandling
Malham Tarn Challenge - 28th April - Roll call
OK, the weather detracted from the fun of the day but it was a nice ride out in the hills. I did both loops, some of the second loop several times thanks to the poor course marking (the wind may have accounted for some missing markers) and had a bit of a chat with a few other riders on the way round. Do the people saying they had to pull out half way round due to being so wet and cold think they were perhaps under prepared for a ride out in some fairly testing terrain on a day with a weather forecest saying strong winds, low temperatures and showers/rain?
I heard some very strongly worded comments (one full-on tirade of four letter foulness too) in the car park at the end and overheard one of the 2 girls collecting the number boards from riders saying to the other "just cut the number off and let them shout at you for a few minutes". As (I think) it was their first try at putting on such an event, was only £7 to enter and they've asked for feedback via email in the pre event blurb, why not pass on some constructive comments and maybe any subsequent running of the event will go more smoothly?
Fatboyjon, I was as prepared as I thought I needed to be....thermal jersey, waterproof, survival bag, long finger gloves; my downfall was that the gloves weren't waterproof and I wore Lycra shorts.
If my hands had been warm I'd have continued but was at a point that if I had a mechanical my hands would be no use so better safe than sorry.
I've already emailed the organiser to say good effort and I'll be back next year
Seemed like a good circuit, albeit I jacked halfway round as I was too cold and wet to continue safely. I did not moan to the organiser's, it was well organised re. numbers and start times etc. Maybe some of the markers blew away but if you cable tied then to the gates they would not. As Arnie says "I will be back"
The downhill at the start was superb!!!
I thought it was great particularly the descent into Kilnsey and the climb back out of settle over Stockdale Lane. Agree with some of the points on signage but was fortunate to have riden the various sections of the route on previous social rides.
One of the most amusing things was at the start of the ride where a guy came over to our van asking if we had any spare kit as his wife had packed him a single leg warnmer and a single arm warmer (which had mistakenly been paired up in the washing).
Anyone know if finishing times are being posted?
I'd love to meet this guy who gets his wife to pack his kit. He must be one very attentive husband... or a newly-wed. I bet she does his butties for him too. If he complains to her about the leg/arm warmer mix-up he'll be sorting himself out in future - mark my words.
hi ben, no I was stuck in a black civic
Was me with the single knee and single arm warmer combo
Looking like a triathalope!
Truth be know, she was helping me pack, well when I say help i.e mithering me to death after she had been on the sherry Saturday night at daft o'clock saying I don't need this, I need that etc. So she caused the confusion when I said I did not require knee warmers but arm warmers it went wrong from there. She needs to keep out of my kit bag.
I'm one of the event organisers, Will. You may have chatted to me via email or in the carpark, I was the bedraggled looking bloke with the rubbish beard. I'm not a forum user but I figured I'd put up a post to explain why we organised it, what it was for etc.
We're currently on a sports course (but in Outdoor sport) and one of our modules is "Events" where we are to organise an event. In recent years, small events have taken place where just other students are involved but we wanted to push the boat (bike) out a bit!
As students, we aren't operating a commercial enterprise and as such any profit will be split between the Trust (to cover the costs of toilets etc) and the Craven College Student Hardship fund, which provides for students who fall on hard times (not being able to afford the bus, or groceries etc).
Unfortunately, the weather was definitely not on our side, with a lot of very cold faces and hands riding through that gate at the end of the first loop! As outdoor students, we understand that when you're wet, cold, and miserable, it can be difficult to maintain a cheerful demeanor, and we didn't hold it against anybody who wanted to throw a few swear words around.
I do understand there was some problems with signage. As the person that organised those signs, I take responsibility for this, and I'm very sorry. There were a few that I suspect blew away, but alas they should have been tied down better. Laminated, clearer maps would have additionally been useful, as would making available a .gpx file of the route beforehand. We will endeavor to keep that in mind for future events.
I'd like to say well done to those who completed both loops - and well done to those who made it back! I wasn't particularly envious of you guys on the ride up from Arncliffe cote - that hill in a headwind must have been a nightmare.
My next day in college, where I will have access to the times, websites etc, will be Wednesday, where I will try and get all the results together and post them on http://www.malhamtrackattack.co.uk.
I will also do the same with the pictures we got, which I will put in a gallery. We'll also find out the fastest time and send them their little trophy.
It'd really help me with my coursework if anybody who has a spare 5 minutes could fill in a quick survey I've made here:
You don't need to register or put in any details, just fill it in. All questions are optional.
Also a quick plug for the guy who donated our first place prizes: http://www.od-designs.co.uk/odpod.html
We know the weather was absolutely appalling and I'm a bit gutted about that, but we hope you managed to eek some enjoyment out of the day!
Thanks for attending guys it made months of planning worth it!
Cheers Will, as I have stated before good event and well organisation, only to be severely hampered by the grim weather which spoilt it some what.
Hope you organise it for next year(and organise better weather), signage was an issue but again due to it being a bit windy they could have gone anywhere.
I have been winding people up on the other thread about racing etc. Not aimed at your organisation or any others, just some sticks in the mud on this forum.
Will do the survey later.
Thanks for organising it.
Aye Will, good work. When I left Leeds there were blue skies and I think a few of us learnt a lesson about being better prepared for the ever changing weather on high ground.
Will do the survey later and hope it happens again next year when they'll be a thread on here full of people moaning they were too hot in their three thermal tops and waterproof jacket
Cheers Will. I didn't do the event, but it's fantastic to hear that it was being done as part sports course. Well done all for coming up with such an idea.
Thanks again Will. We'll fill in your survey.
At least we were moving, special mention must go the poor souls abandoned on the hills to fend for themselves marshalling for hours. Now that must have been grim... I was concerned that Jane had gone out for the second loop, so yes I was the mad bugger that cycled back along the route after finishing to make sure she was ok only to find her more than happy after changing into dry kit at the mid point.
Peter and Jane. In the black van chatting to you at the end.
Well done Will, was great and well organised, will be up for it next year.
Hopefully it will be on again. Weather was the only real downer,
Survey will be filled in later this evening, thanks again for all your hardwork
Aye Peter, I remember you guys.
Thanks for filling in the survey ladies and gents.
I've emailed Finance to put in a procurement order for a "Giant Sunshine Machine" but I'm not sure it'll be in our budget
Alright Will - Nicely done on the event, I for one really enjoyed it. For £7, you can't really complain, but either way, it was awesome fun battling through the wind and rain! Yeah, the weather wasn't great, but it is England we live in after all. Really looking forward to next year, keep up the good work mate!
survey completed - well done for having a go and organising such an event.
I completed both loops in what I strongly suspect was the slowest time of the day, about 4 hours 26mins on an entry level hardtail 26er. It was my first race. I only went wrong once on route on the second part. My main issues with the route itself aside from minimal signage was the amount of road and the lack of technical tracks although, The second loop was far better than the first especially the last track over the tops. I don't know if this is normal with xc racing but I didn't enjoy it much it makes it all a bit boring. The event was low-key but relatively well organsed though and I have filled in the survey. Unsure on weather to do it again next year. I don't think racing is for me. Thanks for the kitkat though lol
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