Brass Monkeys Round 3 Roll Call
Entered, hoping to be there. 2 hour vets.
I’m making my racing debut at this race. Any help or advice would be gratefully received.
I’ve done 1 so I’m an expert:Posted 5 years ago
* go as quick as you can out the gate to minimise the choke once the pack enters the woods
* bottle & bumbag/shirt pockets not Camelbak
* don’t be shy about asking to pass if you are held up
* keep an ear out for fast folks coming up behind you
* enjoy the race-within-the-race
* respect your elders 😉theotherjonvSubscriber
dawning clear and bright here. Was on TH last week and it was very rideable, not much mud then, so by the time Pants and his crew have cleared the course and added drainage where needed, I expect it will be fantastic. Have fun all, wish i was doing it with you!
Which one is Tunnel Hill…? Is it the venue with the lake?
Er, no – unless you mean some of the fireroad puddles which should come with tide tables. It’s the one where the railway goes under the hill, through a tunnel. Are you getting a clue there….Posted 5 years ago
Good course with some lovely trails in it, especially the ridge at mile 1 and the trench-warfare bit at mile 3. Nigh on optimal conditions. The run in to the finish was fun too. Mile 6 to 7 seemed very short!
My bloody phone went on lap 1, I have to answer it at the mo, cost me about 20 places and right back the the back of the train I’d worked so hard to pass. And it was Vodafone finally delivering a voicemail from an hour earlier when my friend rang to say “are you here yet Matt”, grrrr thanks Vodafone. NOT.
The chain on my buddy’s brand new never ridden XX1 broke on the fireroad climb just after the 2 hour start. Oh dear.Posted 5 years ago
Er, no – unless you mean some of the fireroad puddles which should come with tide tables. It’s the one where the railway goes under the hill, through a tunnel. Are you getting a clue there….
A fair point 😆
Enjoyed todays race but really struggled with lap 3 – was totally shattered!Posted 5 years agoSparky77Member
Cracking fun this afternoon! Was doing the 2hr and wish that I had done the 4hr as the conditions were so nice!! Hats off to pants and the crew, even riding some of the trails regularly there was a good mix of new and old in the course that made it jolly good fun. Look forwards to AYTE in July!Posted 5 years agorichPSubscriber
Another great event. Really enjoyed the course, lots of flowing singletrack and pretty much bone dry for the most part.
Did find it hard work though, not sure the Christmas ‘taper’ helped…
I think the brass monkeys series is one of the best of the year let alone winter.Posted 5 years agoMbnutMember
My first xc race for 12 years and I was no great shakes then… much more of a Enduro type really.
I have to say that the atmoshpere was great, all the riders were polite and friendly from the impressively fast leaders to the very hard working normal riders.
I enjoyed the course, I found it quite unrelenting but it was in super condition.
I started around mid pack but my blooming chain came off some 150 metres in so that put me at the back…. turned my planned steady first lap into a mad dash up through the field and left me plum tuckered for the 2nd lap which I slogged around before a better last lap… all good but sooo painful.
Overall I prefer my Enduro type stuff but I had a great day and top respect to everyone involved, riders and Pants and the crew.
ThanksPosted 5 years ago
Really enjoyed my first race. Came about halfway in the 18-39 2hr cat.
Great course, pretty relentless and about 90% singletrack which was great.
I’ve got massive respect for the top runners. Their speed is unbelievable. My 3 laps averaged about 50 mins per lap. The leaders were doing it in 35 mins over 7 laps. Astonishing.Posted 5 years ago
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