Ah, cheers for that trail rat.
Worth keeping an eye on http://www.highlandtrail.net.
Wondering if Aidan and Phil are in a pub on Shore street Ullapool
They are really covering some ground out there ! i feel i would be one of the back markers.... i reckon thats the real race, who will be last
Will the leaders be done by Monday night ?
It would be a real shame if those who finish at or near the back were to feel that their achievement was in any way diminished
ANYONE who manages 425 miles through the Highlands, on thier own steam, deserves respect.
I am just gobsmacked at how freaking quick the front guys are...
They are covering some ground still !
Interest is switching to back markers Kevin and Steve
From the comfort of my sofa with a big bottle of red wine next to me, and about to slam a roast in the oven.
I looked at this and reckoned if i could do 50miles a day i would be going some. Anything over 50 is a bounus.
I am old'ish, unfit'ish don't train, not sponsored etc etc excuses excuses.
I hope they all finish. i reckoned 8days for me, if i competed. Hope the mag can get some sort of group photo. And a bloody good write up.
Loving the spot marker info.
I just met one competitor at Orrin reservoir. I just lifted the bike over a gate and he appeared behind me so I helped him lift the bike over it.. some weight with all the kit hanging off it. This is the first I have heard about the event so when he told me where he had come from, I was amazed! I think he said he was about mid way through the pack. Super fit dudes.
I'm guessing he was either Arno or Gian.
I ride a bit with Mark Goldie - he is a machine, but three years ago when I first met him he was as slow as me on a bike. Just shows what some hard training will do, quite an inspiration.
I would struggle to do 100km in a day.
Oh, and hes only got one gear !
So does aidan- who seems to be pulling a gap....
Torn here.... Who to root for......
A Harding is over halfway now !
A couple of back markers might have stopped and turned off the GPS, Oliver Webb has been still for a while but spot still active.
How many are running SS i demand the mag do a profile on first and last runners, bikes, the rider the works.
Might have a winner late on tuesday at the rate their going.
Olivers my current favourite, he's either stopped for the day, or fixing something, or just broken out the emergency half bottle and is enjoying being where he is for the hell of it
Paul e in shock turn around
Not feeling the love so is heading home tomorrow.
Lets see what tomorrow brings.
Just checked the leader board, Kevin and Steve are "Scratched"
Found Paul E and a few others off course.
Looking like Oliver is back marker.....take your time...make it round !
Maybe it's harder going than we can imagine from the sofa in front of countryfile with an empty bottle of red and demolished roast.
I know its hard... Ive been saying that since the start of the thead. Ive ridden/walked/pushed alot of the trails they are hitting. Wuldnt fancy much on a loaded bike !
And countryfile weather report on now.
Rain, lots of rain, bearing down fast on them !
Around Orrin/Strathpeffer it was around 12c and a nice temp for riding in short sleeves. Still snow on the hills but it was warm through the night so they haven't had it bad. Yet.
Im loving the replay feature on the tracker, the leaders will still moving (fast) well past midnight when all others had stopped. Feel sorry for the American dude who seemed to take a wrong turn at the start, unlucky.
Good spot stato
Team Jmc , phil seems to have stopped very early today. - any ideas ???
The Spot trackers (and the website tbh) seem to be a bit flaky. I'm guessing various reception problems. If you have a look at folks history you can see all sort of bit where there was no logging for a while. I'd assumed that Phil Simcocks signal would spark into life at some point and show him close to Aidan.
hope thats the case - he hasnt moved for a long time , aidan seemed to keep going till the wee hours - and was back on it again at early doors this morning.
youd never guess he has previous in this stuff
aidans pulled a 30 odd mile lead over Mark now- over tough terrain. Aidans speed last night would indicate its walking terrain - which would be my thoughts IF its the trail i think it is with a loaded bike !
no idea where phil is - surely not still where his tracker says - he hasnt moved for 14 hours.
The Spot trackers (and the website tbh) seem to be a bit flaky.
I think its down to personal set-up and positioning on the bike, they are not really designed for exact path tracking, just close position at intervals.
Just caught up with this.
I agree with scotroutes although it seems to be a minority opinion. The concept just seems plain wrong.
Obviously wish them all well and good luck to pedalhead (Mark).
The concept just seems plain wrong
What exactly is wrong? the idea of following them via web or just the idea of poor tech?
The idea of following someones location via the web is a regular issue on the bigger races (where same tech is used) as some people have actually had race interference due to knowing where riders are. Ive read stories of some riders turning tracker off for last hour of riding in hope of ensure a undisturbed nights sleep.
Poor tech cant really be resolved easilly, especially when you consider the very fact you are watching them is because the racers have forked out money for a tracker (£120) and a subscription to the service (99eruo a year) or have hired one (maybe £50 for the week?). Short of having people on the ground posting updates what else can you do?
STATO : I think c_g was referring to my discomfort over the whole event
i think scotroutes means the concept of racing through some of the most beautiful and remote scenary scotland has to offer.
Yes, the whole event. I dunno, really find myself in a quandary these days with people treating the world as their playground and, yep, confess to being a bit of a hypocrite.
What is worrying, imo, is that this concept could flourish with others being organised along a similar route.
its only worrying if someone tries to profit from it and sent hundreds of riders out into the abyss.
10-20 riders doing it once a year - no issue.
Big companys organising "challenges" and other such races getting involved and sending hundreds of riders out with no respect for the country side. WRONG - bit of rain and they leave alot more than foot prints - more of a scar
Just for balance - I've also pointed out that I'm pretty much in awe of all the participants and I've been glued to the tracking website.
But how can you stop companies organising this? If there's an opportunity to make money, can you blame them? Should morals/personal responsibility come into it?
A bit like stopping climbers going up Everest or going up Ben Nevis as I did, which I bitterly regret.
I dunno, need coffee me thinks.
I'm not sure anyone is making money out of this particular event (other than the pubs and cafes )
Looks like some more folk are heading for home this morning.
i guess it comes down to us boycotting their attempts.
lets face it , you send out half the people that sign up to the etap caledonia - as a challenge who then pick up a bike a couple months before on this route and all you have done is provide your self with the headache of mopping up the aftermath - its an expensive taxi
Multi day rides like this are beyond just "picking up the bike"
you have to train almost specifically for it or be a very keen cyclist anyway.... therefore the onus is on us to boycott folk trying to organise events like this for profit and support grassroutes controlled "challenges" such as this and the cairngorm loop , there is a reason these guys limit the number of entrants - these could easily spiral out of control. - you have to justify your entry to the tour divide these days and almost "qualify" your place.
EDIT* I realise this event is non profit , non race but the hypothetical is that as these get more popular....
oops, still a bit dumb this morning sorry all.
I dont think events like this will really raise the profile of multi-day events, they are still very niche. Having said that there are plenty available already, especially walking/running ones or even "multi-sport" ones.
While more people are entering them i think there is a limited pool of competitors who are willing (lets not say capable!) to take on events of that nature. One thing that separates those 'organised' race/events is support, which is not allowed on this type of event. I think this needs to be clearly pushed on all these remote events or challenges.
looks like paul E ,, paul pomphret and john russell have all defaulted to the road for the trip back to base at drumnadrochit.
looks like brian dawson has either gone well off route into dingwall for repairs/supplies or to catch a train.
Phils still stationary , tracker has to be broken.
I did an audax this weekend..... there was support cars ! ..... ok a mate was greatful of this as his wheel exploded but its not in the spirit of the audax.
noticed from when i started 4/5 years ago a 300k audax taking in some of the biggest hills around got an entry of 30/40 riders... now it reaches cap at 130 riders.
jump to a 600k on a similar route and that drops to 30-40 riders again.
trail_rat » looks like paul E ,, paul pomphret and john russell have all defaulted to the road for the trip back to base at drumnadrochit.And Keith Pitcher
Alasdair McLean (AlasdairMc on here) has just posted on FB to say he's out too.
Wow, very high attrition rate. Aidan still looks to be going well.
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