- 10 Under the Ben
I'll be doing it again solo. Very, very hot last 2 years- take and drink lots of energy drink to replace the loads you will lose in sweat. Great atmosphere, loads of other friendly riders and a very good course. ENJOY 😀
Northwind- i should be on my Soul also, I'll keep a lookout for you!Posted 8 years agoboxelderSubscriber
Expect to be tired. There's not that much climbing (steep anyway). You can stash a bag/box of kit and food etc at the transition area (solos have a separate lane. There's good long fire road sections where you can eat (unlike K'Tree). It's never as hot as folk claim. The first lap will be 4-5 miles longer than expected and every other lap is over 11 miles!Posted 8 years ago
There'll be a bunch of blood thirsty spectators below the rocky drop. You get to go up the gondola for tea on the Friday. It's ace.Barney_McGrewMember
Doing it as a 3. Team 'Fire and Nice.' Me, a mate from work and Mrs McGrew.
Did our first event ('puffer) this year and enjoyed it that much I signed us up for 10UTB.
When are the camping passes on sale?
I see 'The transition area' mentioned. Does this mean it's not like the 'puffer where you can base yourself from your camp?
PaulPosted 8 years ago
see 'The transition area' mentioned. Does this mean it's not like the 'puffer where you can base yourself from your camp?
The transition area is at the base station for the Gondola.
The camp site was further down the road at the cattle market. The course does pass by it but if you stopped at the campsite that would be eating into your laptime.
I went up on the Friday last year and they wouldn't let me into the car park at the gondola station as I was camping so I set up my tent at the campsite and used that as my transition area.
In hindsight I wouldn't have camped at the official site. I would have camped at a site in Fort William and driven up to the transition area in the morning and parked my car there, using that as my supply point. Instead my car was boxed in at the campsite so I couldn't get it out and up to the transition area.
The official campsite is basically a boggy field with zero facilities. I think there were some portaloos but that was it. You'd definitely be better off in a proper campsite with proper facilities.
The actual course itself felt like about 70% fireroad/ 30% singletrack.Posted 8 years agoJ0NMember
Obviously Boardinbob's first time.Posted 8 years ago
I've found the best thing to do re. camping is unload your car at the camp site, setting up your tent and sleeping kit then take the car down to the main carpark where it will be there with all your race kit come the morning.
Go up the Gondola for dinner then cycle back up to the campsite to Drink and sleep as you see fit.
Granted the camp site has been a bit moist in the past and a bit noisy for those that want sleep.
Also agree that much of the course feels very fireroad based to make up the distance but the single track sections are good.Barney_McGrewMember
You'd definitely be better off in a proper campsite with proper facilities.
Hmm, think I'll make a phone call to get my usual Fort William port of call. Thought the camping would add to the experience but somewhere with a roof, showers 'n' stuff will no doubt keep the wife happier. 😀Posted 8 years ago
Obviously Boardinbob's first time.
It was and therein lies the problem. I was also doing it solo.
I had emailed the organisers a couple of weeks before looking for the kind of information that would have avoided the situation I experienced but they didn't suggest anything like that. I turned up at the campsite about lunchtime and parked my car at the side of a fire road next to the field but pretty soon there was a line of cars parked behind totally blocking the road meaning there was no way out. There was nobody from the organisers at the campsite to give out any information about where to park etc and any other advice.Posted 8 years agoislanderSubscriber
Did solo last four years. Very long day, found the fire road stuff the hardest if hot as you get no shade and no breeze. Singletrack all good fun but try and pace yourself. Get there very early if you want your car near the course/transistion area. Last year was in overflow carpark which was actually fine as not that far of course and was shaded and quiet. Be prepared for big hold ups on first lap as things sort themselves out, after that you will be wondering where everyone is.Posted 8 years ago
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