Classic Weekender Strava Palava

by Ben Haworth 8

So the Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender crew signed up to the turn-every-ride-into-a-race GPS-y website Strava. It seems the thing to do these days.

Our profile page is here. We even set up a Classic Weekender Club page, feel free to join it if you’re thinking of coming along to the event.

On a very soggy* Friday last week on a brand-new test bike** we recorded a segment down the Downhill course. Here’s how we did…

(*excuse #1, **excuse #2)

Those of you with a bit of nouse and a fancy phone and/or a GPS device can have a go at the DH segment. We’re sure it won’t be hard to claim the KOM from us and our time of 2m 50s. (Did we tell you it was lashing down with rain? And we were on a box-fresh unfamiliar test bike?)

Watching Matt from 18 Bikes‘ chestcam footage (below) from the dry-run event from t’other week will help you work out where the exact course start is. The finish line is pretty obvious when you’re there. The gap in the fence in the video isn’t a gap anymore so you’ll have to go over the dinky cattle grid thing and then turn left (which is what we did when we recorded the Strava segment).

Lee Quarry, Lancashire, July 14-15, 2012

A weekend of Downhill, Trials and XC racing
.
Three different races
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One Bike.
The ultimate “all rounder” event

Only £40 for the whole weekend!
Includes camping.
Entry to all three events.
Each race MUST be completed on the SAME BIKE.

ENTER NOW!

Comments (8)

  1. I hope the paramedics are ready.
    You know… what with Strava being the work of the devil and all.

  2. “Racing downhill on open trails is only going to end in tears. Cut it out, Strava heros”

    😉

  3. Top idea, I like it 🙂 Gathering a decent list of tracks around the country would be good fun. Strava’s biggest failing is how easy adding segments is, the regular ones have all been added 20 times over with different sets of times on each.

  4. Rigid hardtail it is then!

  5. Umm, isn’t there an article in the mag saying that DH strava’ing is a bit daft?

  6. wwaswas & timbur: I think the point Jenn was making in her article was that mindlessly racing on bridleways and similar could well end in tears.

    You being the lovely people that you are, we know you’ll be respectful and considerate to other users, even when thrashing down a bike-specific bit of trail…

  7. You’re right Jon, I’ve always found that screaming in fear on anything downhill and remotely fast gives other users plenty of opportunity to move out the way 😉

  8. No risk of me racing. Just not my thing. Oh, and I’ve no idea how the phone/gps/computer thing works. Ludite? Me? :O)

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