- Brighton Big Dog – worth a go?
A search of the forum shows the Big Dog has been popular in previous years and it’s only a few miles away so I’m tempted to enter. Anyone done it and care to give me an idea how hard it will be for someone who can’t remember ever riding six hours without a pub stop? As a solo are you allowed to leave the circuit for a pint/chips and return for another lap or two?
Looking at the entries so far I could enter as a retro pair or solo female and be on the second step of the podium 🙂Posted 3 years agoJoBMember
yes, it’s definitely worth a go, one of the friendliest and fun events out there
it’s as hard as you want to make it (although the course is quite up/down hard and technically tricky in places), as a soloist you can do what you want want regards to laps and time out, it could almost be encouraged to stop for a pint and some chips if the sun’s outPosted 3 years agosirromjSubscriber
Did it in 2014, 6 hour solo, was my first race longer than 1hr. With hindsight I didn’t train enough. I finished it, but felt destroyed, including appetetite… so went to a Greek restaurant in Brighton for the worst greasiest meal I’ve never eaten. Luckily fractured my wrist last year so couldn’t enter again. Probably do it again this year, this time more effort training.Posted 3 years agomccraqueSubscriber
The most fun event in my MTB calendar, although I do hate leaving the arena to do another lap when such quality 80s cheese is being spun by the DJ.
Based on the last couple of years you can nail a solo lap in anything from 26mins to an hour. You can leave the course to pop to the gents, look at the trade stalls or whatever! Just do what you can and have fun.
Assuming it’s a similar course to the last 3, some fun rooty singletrack, some nice climbs for the lycra boys and a great drop back into the arena for the end.Posted 3 years ago
and a great drop back into the arena for the end.
Particularly given it’s a ‘short’ 6 hour race; ie: what isn’t done before the 6 hours is up doesn’t count. Last lap finished at 6:00:01? Tough shit, chalk it off.
Which means you get to watch people hooning down the hill trying to get in in time and then celebrate / take the piss straight after, based on whether they made it or not. I know in a ‘long’ 6 or 12 hour there’s also a chase to get in in time, but if you do then usually it means you’re buggering off for another lap (otherwise why bother trying so hard) or if you don’t, you’re just happy you finished anyway.
There’s no finer example of schadenfreude than that of watching a bloke empty himself for no reason whatsoever, when he could have spent the last 40 minutes refuelling at the excellent food stalls and getting in line for the beer 😉Posted 3 years ago
I’ve actually found pairs is better than solo. You get to enjoy the ‘event’ as well as the riding.
Having said that riding solo and planning not to just ride for a solid 6 hours would be good.
If you’ve ridden Stanmer you’ll know what it’s like but I’m always surprised how knackering riding it at full gas for a lap/40 minutes is when I can do a 2 hour Sunday ride there and not really notice it.
Anyway, do it – you’ll have fun.Posted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I’ve never done it solo but have ridden pairs, threes and one lap (and marshalled) over the years. Pairs is great because you don’t have to pace yourself to survive 6 hours, you can go at 40 minute flat out pace, then have a rest and repeat. Threes I kept getting itchy wanting to ride before I seized up!Posted 3 years agotimburMember
I’ve never ridden a single lap of the race and I’ve only managed to miss one year IIRC.Posted 3 years ago
I am the official unoffical car park beatch to the stars. I got promoted last year to solo parking. Either that or they wanted me further away from the main entrance.
Splendid atmosphere and so well organised.
Prizes are off the scale as well. I got to bag them last year and was gobsmacked at was was being given away.
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