Bristol Bike Fest Oktoberfest. Roll call.
Who’s in then ?Posted 5 years ago
Looks like there’s only five of us doing 8 hours solo single speed.
Graham Phillips, Vegan Cyclists.
In as an old gits pair. Probably the most under prepared I have ever been (Not that i am ever ‘well’ prepared). But should be fun anyway
Wonder if they are doing anything with those big heaps of ‘soil’ on the dirt track climb before the final descent.
David B – one optional wooden ramp at the end. Wheels on the ground all the way round if you so desire.Posted 5 years agoBristolPabloMember
I’ll be there with the other half of “100% British BFe” in the 8 hour race, we’re riding um, well, BFes…. 🙂 I was up there on Saturday morning and it was ok, a bit wet in places but it still seems to drain really well. I’ll ride up there one evening and see if those mounds of dirt are there, thats going to make that climb interesting for sure…Posted 5 years ago
Hello! I found some friends this time! Sorry to say I won’t be soloing this time… Cyclist No.1 and Velocite bikes have teamed up for a mixed team of four in the 8 hour.
Course is looking alright, with it mostly dry Friday and throughout the race according to the forecast, it should be running quite nicely most of the way round.
The campsite will be a little bit of a slog, the birdleway at the bottom is a bit ‘icky’ but it’s solid rock underneath so it won’t turn into a bog fest and runs quite quickly, so it’s just splashy. Otherwise you’ve just got the bottom of the Barn Wood climb (pic below) and the short field section before the climb back up to the arena that are a bit mucky. Otherwise it’s all well drained stoney singletrack or solid fireroad.
As always, don’t bring mud tyres, you don’t need them. It’s fast rolling and singletrack traffic will negate any benefit from running big, tacky trail tyres too. Just bring something made of rubber, whatever you’ve got fitted will do.
Rode up there tonight, it’s mostly fine and even if it rains on the day, it’ll be fine. Best all weather course in the country! The stoney singletrack can be a bit slick to the uninitiated, so take your first lap steady if it is wet. But otherwise, my bike was just a bit splashed with spray and remarkably clean considering it was pissing down tonight while I was up there.
If it is wet, this will claim some victims. It’s not hard but under racing conditions, someone will bin it hard down here. I think one guy managed it quite badly in the dry this summer so you’ve been warned! Running wide offline in the mud isn’t easier and more likely to cause crashes, so tackle the rocks head on!
This was about 5:45pm, if we have a grim day it really could be a case of lights on for the last lap!
There’s lots of this. Bit greasy when wet but fast and reasonably clean. It’s gentle on brake pads too it would seem.
This is probably the worst bit of the course right now. Looks worse than it is, the ground is again very stoney underneath so once you reach the bend up the hill in my shot, it’s cobbly stone rather than mud.
Should be good, fingers crossed for the weather!Posted 5 years ago
Bunged up with the evil man cold, so desperately trying to rid myself of it before Saturday.
That said, I haven’t touched a bike since last week after CyB enduro, Llandegla and Cannock, so should be fairly fresh ready for a serious outing for Team Hommestrong.
Just debating whether to use the Zesty or the Soul…Posted 5 years ago
CyB was an awakening to just how much I have to go before I’m able to call myself truly fit.
93rd out of 266, and 5,33hrs – but this included a few hours in a dark place, a bit of pushing, a sit at the side of the trail to eat my flapjack and a lot of swearing at the course designers…
I’ll stick to smashing out the short stuff around AC/LW 😉
We doing to beer thing every lap? Isn’t that the done thing?Posted 5 years ago
Thanks Gary, it’s good to have an update from a local.
MT graham FTW
After a 2nd and 3rd SS solo at the last two events, and with Mark and Aidan not on the entry list, the pressure’s on.Posted 5 years ago
I don’t recognise the other names in SS category. Are they fast ? 😕
I only took the Rohloff hub off and converted to SS this morning. Three days training and one day tapering should be OK, shouldn’t it ?thebunkMember
As a first time racer, how does this work then?
Are team racers hammering the course as fast as they would on a one/two lap after work ride, or pacing themselves? If I’m slow then do I get elbowed off into the bushes? Do I do the same to people slower than me? 😕
What happens at the start? When does the beer tent open?
Edukate me!Posted 5 years ago
Are team racers hammering the course as fast as they would on a one/two lap after work ride
The top 3rd probably are.
If I’m slow then do I get elbowed off into the bushes?
Probably not, it does happen still but Bristol’s gotten much cleaner in terms of people knowing it’s a sningletrack heavy course and traffic is something that affects everyone, so deal with it. Most will call which side and usually in a reasonably appropriate place. It also settles after about 4 laps. Oktoberfest has far fewer riders on course compared to BikeFest which helps.
Do I do the same to people slower than me?
Act as you wish to be treated ta 🙂
What happens at the start?
Le Mans style start, run like a bastard, expect a bottle neck if you’re slow…
You’re welcome, see you there!Posted 5 years agoMilkieMember
In the briefing it does say Drinking water and toilets with hot washbasins are located in the event village. 😉Posted 5 years ago
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