24hrs of Exposure. The UK 24hr solo championships.
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What a cracking set of riders and support crews and staff.
So much was nigh-on perfect, I'm still finding it difficult to organise my thoughts on the event, and what an epic battle for the title!
Matt, your race win was quite astonishing to witness, huge congratulations to you and your crew; in fact, congratulations to everyone who raced – we lucky few!Posted 7 years ago
At 24 hour races when you see someone whizz past you its easy to assume they are team riders. This event we were all solos but people were still whizzing past!? Respect!
It was a truly amazing experience to be in the same race as these top athletes. I feel proud to have been on the same course (despite feeling more like a moving obstacle for them than a competitor at times;-))
Big, big thank you to the team who put it together!
Bigger thank you to all the people on the day(s) who all contributed to the fantastic, laid back, supportive, un-intimidating atmosphere.
Cant wait til next year!Posted 7 years agokevonakonaMember
Ditto all of the above. Even when i thought i was moving and flowing through those berms i could still hear a racer catching me. No shouts of "racer" just a "on your left fella" followed by "come on, this is great you can do it". To be told you're doing great by a guy whose not been off the bike for 23hrs and is still travelling at twice your speed is humbling.
Of course there was one kn0b but there always is.Posted 7 years agoFAILMember
What a fantastic race. The course was great, very tough to race on for 24hrs but nothing nasty enough to catch you out when your brain was fried.
I struggled with the heat on saturday and had to have a lie down in the evening.
Big thanks to sip, the sponsors, the marshalls, rock uk, the locals who were full of encouragement, and all the supporters/pit bitches.Posted 7 years agoObi_TwaMember
Truly magnificent event. The atmosphere was not unlike a singlespeed event in that it was incredibly laid back and folk were just there to ride bikes.
I would like to thank everyone who asked if I as OK when I fell off my bike sideways at the bottom of the last long grassy climb and didn't get up. I was comfy and couldn't be bothered to move. 😀Posted 7 years agotwinklydaveSubscriber
It was a great idea to use the trails at Newcastleton – they're perfect for that sort of race and made it a lot of fun.
The atmosphere in the 'arena' (it was a little small to be a real arena, but you know what I mean) was great all weekend, as it was out on the course. I had a great laugh even after dropping out…once I'd finished feeling sorry for myself.
I was a bit shocked to see the timings being done by a bloke and a clipboard – I'd expected, what with these being the National Championships, to have decent electronic timing/live updates…but it seemed to work well enough (though having to call your number out each lap at night wasn't exactly briliant).
And just who organised that weather? 😀Posted 7 years agoSaintlyMember
I can only echo all the comments above, I had a fantastic time, met loads of lovely people, was overwhelmed by the amount of support i got from everyone involved. Very humbling but inspirational all at the same time.
Good to meet you too Tim, had a few conversations with you, I was the chap in the Arragons Cycle top, think you got a picture of me on one of the grasy climbs:)Posted 7 years ago
Obi_Twa – Member
Truly magnificent event. The atmosphere was not unlike a singlespeed event in that it was incredibly laid back and folk were just there to ride bikes…
Bang on. There was a good sense of fun about the whole race. Like you say, just like a SS event, or the 'Puffer.Posted 7 years agotwinklydaveSubscriber
You can guarantee that if I turn up next year then it will be lashing down all weekend – none of this warm sun malarky! ;o)
Good!Posted 7 years ago
I demand you do it now!
That was waaay too hot – I got complaints off my pit helper that there was no way to keep his beer cool 😆
What's good that whatever's said on line, or whatever comments are posted up, once out on the trails and racing, we're all the best of friends. It really was a great pleasure riding with you all.
I was surprised, give the nature of the course, that more mechanicals weren't an issue (or did I miss them?) although both my bikes need some £ throwing at them before I ride them again.Posted 7 years agograntMember
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Here's some pics.
Help yourself. If you want the full size just ask. Chucked the lot in, even the low quality because you never know what may be of interest. If anyone doesn't like a pic being on display, just contact me and I'll remove it.
There's some nice pics in there and loads of smiles. Sums up the event nicely.Posted 7 years agoDaveb575Subscriber
Echo all the comments about this being a fantastic event. Great course, great atmosphere all the way through and lots of words of encouragement. These were most welcome, particularly at the times I was blowing out of my a**e, which would be most of the time in that heat.
It has to be the best event I've done and by far the toughest. The pro riders were amazing to watch. How you keep going for so long at that pace on a course like that is so far beyond my comprehension its untrue.Posted 7 years agoChiselMember
Just like to say a big well done to all that competed. It was great to watch as the pedals kept turning through the night & to see the smiles at a bit of heckling. Also a a big thank you to all the organisers and sponsers as it was the one event that the UK has been missing.
Well done Mat as much as i'd have liked the result to have stood at 17 hrs you played a blinder…..:O)Posted 7 years agoSTATOMember
Great event, heat was too much for me and i only got 7 laps, wanted more but couldnt eat anything. Everyone was great, nice to get encouragement off the top riders as the blast past you 😆
Bring on next year as long as they can sort out more camping, toilets and showers.Posted 7 years agonobberMember
Fantastic weekends racing, brutal course but so much fun attacking the man made stuff every lap regardless of tiredness as it was so good..and that final decent was a new level of pain,
Thanks to the organizers and everyone who cheers on and helped us out (USE man fixed my flat when my hands stopped working) as we were riding unsupported, some great banter in the timing tent throughout the night, (If your shoes creak you didn't pay for them apparently), then good food and beer in town after…. Thanks to Torq for the very handy bottle top up for each lap that saved the day in that heat.. and sorry to the rider who got caught up in our sprint finish, was a bit childish but had to be done.Posted 7 years agoNapalmSubscriber
Brilliant, brutal and beautiful.
A competitive race with a friendly and co-operative feel. How did they do that?
Excellent stuff. My first Solo 24 but I'll be back for my second next year. Top event, top course & great to meet and ride with everyone there.
The pot-luck showers were fun too.Posted 7 years ago
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