- Average loop time for Cwmcarn?
Agree that under an hour is a reasonable/ good time and tells me I am getting reasonably fit.
At peak fitness and in optimal conditions I have broken 50 mins three times.
I find getting to 55 mins relatively easy, after that it tends to be pretty hard to make incremental progress.
Wet vs dry can make a big difference as does wind direction (much easier if you get blown most of the way up!)Posted 8 years ago
1 hour on my full suss 26er( i have to get off and walk the gnarly bits)
30 mins on my drop bar ss 29er ( but i have to get off and walk the climbs and any sharp bends)
now if i had a fatbike i reckon i could ride it all in under 45 mins but i wouldnt enjoy it cause theyre just the latest fad in biking and are crap so ive heardPosted 8 years agostgeorgeMember
Hard to imagine it taking any longer than hour and half with even the most shocking lack of fitness
That’ll be me then! Been there 5/6 times and usually just manage 1.30.
Funny thing is though, only been overtaken once, but have caught up with 3 or 4.
All these fast people must go at different times.Posted 8 years ago
a 37 has been done. he was an alien though.
Who was it? I thought that other thread either suggested people had heard from people who had heard, or that it was done when it first opened and wasn’t the same trail!
Fairly irrelevant, as I did a 22, would’ve been quicker, but I broke both my legs on the freeride area.Posted 8 years ago
Magnus Backstedt, apparently close to when it first opened, I’m pretty sure Ant O’boyle did a similar time too, sure one of the other locals will confirm or correct me on this
Correct, the course has changed a bit and it’s FAR rougher than it was when it opened and I reckon it’s a lot slower.
I take it you haven’t been to set a time, njee? 🙂Posted 8 years agotaxi25Member
I agree, a sub 40mins with the track as it is seems way quick. To put Ant O’boyle into perspective. I can just squeak under an hour, but if I’m in a cyclox race with A O’b it takes him about 5 laps to lap me. Not the 2 and a bit a sub 40 mins around Cwmcarn would suggest. ❗Posted 8 years ago
I take it you haven’t been to set a time, njee?
I used to go all the time when I lived in Bristol, my quickest would probably have been in the BUSA race I guess, which according to the results here was 51:37.109.
It was a bit wet that day, and we’d already done a lap up the road, and had another lap to go, so I could probably do a 47-48 minute lap at a guess. Not ridden there since mind, so don’t know what it’s like now!Posted 8 years agoDT78Member
I’m no superfit XC racer but I’ve managed it in under an hour last summer on my charge duster. I know this as my wife was having a cup of tea waiting for me in the cafe with a stop watch. That was with 2 quick runs at the top section
Normally I ride the nomad so would expect to be 5-10mins slower.
I also disagree about it being harder/rougher – I think the climb has got quite a bit easier (still a real challenge to get all the way up without dabbing)
50-60mins should be easily doable – I have a gps now so will be interested to record the times this summer (I expect to be slower as I have half a stone to shift from a broken collar bone over winter)Posted 8 years agorainbowMember
I think the average is around the 1 hour mark on a good day.
Anyone who did in 30 mins, I bet they have no energy to do another loop afterwards! lol
Who cares about timing, just ride what you feel comfy and enjoy the ride, try get more than one loop, I always do aleast 2 loops before going home to make the drive worthwhile.Posted 8 years agoDT78Member
Who cares about timing
Obviously a few people as there is a thread of people saying how long it’s taken them!
For the same reasons as molgrips I like to challenge myself when riding alone. When I’m in a group I don’t bother.
I think my Garmin 800 is brilliant to motivate me on solo rides. I can race against myself and chase my best timesPosted 8 years ago
I’ve only done 54 and 55 laps back to back last year, I think my team mate did 49 and 50. I’d say we’re both considerably quicker this year, but the route is again considerably more eroded in parts… hmm.
I’d be interested to see…. LoCo – fancy a race? I reckon I’d be faster on the ascent, but when you hit the top on that Ariel you’d be proper nipping at my heels.
Top Gear challenge?Posted 8 years agodaiboyMember
This magic 37min that is always bandied about – I think it’s impossible on the current loop in its current state. I’ve managed 44min (starting at the archway, finishing at the final style before re-entering the carpark) by taking the climb at race pace and descending rapidly but not balls to the wall (ie. puncture avoidance!). I’d imagine sub40min is possible but only for the top elite riders.
And another thing, I don’t get all this cynical ‘I did it in 12mins on my niche to the power of rad bike’ : it’s only a bit of competition – the sort that is apparent in every trail centre every weekend!Posted 8 years ago
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