- Bedgebury Insomnia
Back in the day…… D2D used to be on during the summer. As veterans of those early races will tell you, the dawn laps were, as they say, ‘to die for’. The lucky ones on the course got to see the sun rising over the forest, animals waking up etc etc. Brilliant.
If you get the same experience on this race you will be a lucky man!Posted 4 years ago
What an excellent event and thanks very much to the Bedgebury Boars for all their hard work.
There wasn’t a lot of competitors which was a shame but it did make it a bit more of a ‘family affair’. The prize presentations appeared to have most riders there which was nice.
I’ve only done D2D which is obviously a different kettle of fish both in terms of scale and the type of riding.
Insomnia used parts of the ‘red route’ which were pucker single track trails and a hoot on every lap. The interconnecting fire roads were dull but a necessary evil to get you back up the hills. They were mainly drags but certainly sapping in places.
We were blessed with balmy conditions and DUST! which was great. Had it have been wetter and mushier I suspect the fire roads would have been more welcome to recover on.
This is now a must do event for me and I hope they get more takers next year.Posted 4 years ago
Where you solo or in a team?
As a roadie the fire track suited me 😉 but yes it would have been nicer to have had some more twisty bits to ride through.
I guess the trail rebuilding and amount of help available would have dictated the course layout?
Had to laugh that the fastest solo rider was ‘male vet’ Emma Cutler 😀Posted 4 years agombl1Member
great event. loved every minute of it. I agree that more singletrack would have been nice but the fire road section made sighting the rider in front easier.Posted 4 years ago
great marshalling too. loved the guy with the didgareedoo and the two guys on that sharp little climb at the end of starvegoose.
Tried very hard to rustle up some more competition in the female class, but in the end the organisers kindly let me change category and race against the men. Turned out to be a good move M1kea
Nice one Emma 8)
Now, what is it about Rye Wheelers that you churn out excellent endurance racers? – I’m thinking of Bronwin’s efforts at the 2011 National 24 TT.Posted 4 years agoboriselbrusSubscriber
Only just seen this as the company I am H&S Manager for had a major fire on Sunday morning and it’s been a bit busy!
First of all thanks for your kind comments – it makes all the work worthwhile!
The second half of the course was originally supposed to have more singletrack in it but after last year when we had to cancel due to lack of marshals I took some of the singletrack out to ensure we could go ahead (less singletrack means fewer marshal points are needed). If it had been wet a couple of the interlinking bits of narrow path (just before and just after the Helter Skelter section) would have been bypassed.
Really glad you all enjoyed it ad despite what I said two weeks ago (“Never, ever, ever, ever again!”) I strongly suspect we will be back next year.
BorisPosted 4 years ago
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