Brighton Big Dog 2013 General Chat
Clipless is definitely the way to go – some hard technical climbs this year and the descents are fast but not too tricky (from what I understand about this years course). As has been said, if it rains, mud will stick to tyres like, well.. mud and clearance will be an issue. Two years ago I had to give up mid-lap when I couldn’t clear the mud :(. Useful to have set of Mud-X just in case…Posted 4 years ago
Started with the Lions and moved seamlessly into the Ashes before an impromptu meeting with General Malaise means training has been limited to a couple of rides. On the flip side my boozing has improved beyond my wildest dreams. Still 1 1/2 weeks is plenty of time to get fit, right?
The choice is the 150mm f/s which needs new bearings and bushes or the SS. As it is fully working I will be on the SS. And I am already regretting it.
Tyres: ignitors haven’t let me down yet, but only 20 miles old. Have mud x just in case.
All I want is to not come last…but if at all possible ahead of dark cyan would keep me happy 😉Posted 4 years agoc_klein87Member
SS is ok around the Big Dog course, the section over the bridge is quite hard in traffic but its rideable, I’m sure Al from Singular will be racing and chance’s are he’ll podium. The entry looks big this year, seems to have turned into a classic, hopefully the trails can cope with the trafficPosted 4 years agoPacemanSubscriber
darkcyan – Member
Anyone been training specially. what have you done.
let me know.
Had a little swim in the sea today, and the climb up the hill back into town was tough in my flip flops… my training’s being going great out here in Croatia. At least the carb-loading is going to plan 😀
6hrs solo round Stanmer was gonna hurt either way, at least I’ll be rested. Looking forward to seeing you guys then.Posted 4 years ago
Been with the kids all day, roasting by the Pells pool in lewes.
Very boring but the flip side is the trails will be drying up.
Did a scoot around the internet but not that much chatter about Big Dog. I guess there are other things going on in the world.
Like new wheel standards – wonder if there will be any 650b’s at the race.
Also will there be a mystery guest like in some of the previous years.Posted 4 years ago
Have put some ridiculously narrow 711mm bars on the bike (it feels like it’s tottering around on high heels), looked up Stanmer Park Tea Rooms on maps, and am intending to join you Sunday AM. That’s the plan anyhoo.
We’re going to be hemmed in by the Surrey Classic here on Sunday so it’ll be an early start before the roads close. I’m not at my best early Sunday mornings …Posted 4 years ago
Nick if I can haul my a*** out of bed at 6 on a Sunday, and I don’t get caught in the road closures (bloody roadies!) I’ll be there at 9 ish.
Look for an old dented Saab 900 and a MAMIB (Middle Aged Man in Baggies) on a 29er HT, stealth build. The bike that is not the rider.
Will txt either way. Thx for the directions.Posted 4 years ago
.you are doing a great public service…please keep us updated on trail conditions – preferably for all of next week as well
nah you get what you get, chill out & take what comes. was a time I used to get all in a tizzy over snow reports before going skiing, but it was a total waste of time really, it didn’t make any difference!Posted 4 years ago
nah you get what you get, chill out & take what comes. was a time I used to get all in a tizzy over snow reports before going skiing, but it was a total waste of time really, it didn’t make any difference!
i get your point, but I’ll be travelling 5 hours each way, am pretty skint at the moment, and wouldn’t hugely fancy pushing my racing ralph shod bike around a slidey muckfest for 6 hours getting my rage on 👿
that said the forecast for the next week in the southeast is looking more promising so hopefully all will be rosy…..Posted 4 years ago
for sure, I went on the recce ride today (thx Nick), it’s near optimal I’d say, a tiny bit drier but not too much would be perfect
the descent from the top back to the meadow is fun, one of those trails that feels longer on the way down than the climb to get to itPosted 4 years ago
if the race was today ralphs would be sketchy in a few places but generally ok.
personally i prefer something with a little more grip on the front – but that’s me being cautious.
bit of rear spin on the damp grunty climbs as you go over roots. if its really dry no problem. fingers crossed.Posted 4 years ago
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