Bristol Bikefest Roll Call
Fully booked social calendar for me this weekend.
I can’t get away from work till about 10pm at the earliest tonight, so that’ll be me waking everyone up with a V8 Land Rover arriving on the camp site at about midnight. 😛
12 hour solo single speed on Saturday, then 3 hours on the tandem with Mrs MTG on Sunday.
I’ll be the tall, good looking guy in the Vegan Cyclists kit. 8)Posted 3 years agorondo101MemberjonnoukMember
Stay loose in the corners; the SW limestone has continued to polish up nicely & is interesting when moisture is added.
Is that the run down along the road all the way to the gate? I was up there a couple weeks back after a few months hiatus. I thought I’d forgotten how to ride. Even in the dry I was crapping my pants and had a few front-end tuck and both tyre washout moments. I used to be able to flow through those corners leant over. Not really sure what to do about it now.Posted 3 years ago
19 laps on Saturday got me 3rd single speed.
I could barely walk on Sunday morning, but Paul suggested we swap from the three hour to the six hour race so that we would be in direct competition with the three other tandems.
Half way round the first lap, I knew it was a mistake, we were right at the back.
We got lapped by the lead tandem on our third lap. I was so tired by then that I was making mistakes and risking a crash, so we retired at the end of that lap.
Thanks to Loco for the use of his trackside gazebo so I had somewhere to stash my food & drink and Mrs MTG had somewhere to sit to do her knitting.Posted 3 years agomonkeypSubscriber
19 laps and 4th place in the 12 hour solo category riding for Qwerty Cycles. Really pleased, although annoyed I didn’t make podium.
The Cannondale Scalpel 29er was absolutely amazing in its first race, but, my god, those bends were sketchy on the first wooded section!Posted 3 years agogooner69Member
Being local helped, it was very sketchy all day. Guess that’s the way with “armoured” trails.Posted 3 years ago
Only grip was low down off the berms on the bit that got resurfaced lately.
Good day tho, only disappointment was the red bull section being on a climb through a sticky boggy section:(purbeckianMember
First ever 12 hour race and managed 8th in the old gits solo category with 15 laps. The tight right hander between trees as you exited the campsite got worse and worse as the roots became more exposed – that alone gave me loads of “moments”. The rest of that first section became less grippy as the day went on, or more likely my meagre skills deserted me as I became more tired.
The biggest surprise for me was how weak my arms felt after 11 hours riding the course. I guess the surface plus the unremitting twistiness was to blame for that.
Great event though and absolutely loved the jump action at the very end. Honestly never expected to see anybody crazy enough to lie down and let (knackered) riders jump over them, let alone 4 people willing to lie down together to be jumped! Big applause for the chap who successfully jumped them then crashed on landing, hope he and his bike were ok.Posted 3 years agogarySubscriber
Great event though and absolutely loved the jump action at the very end. Honestly never expected to see anybody crazy enough to lie down and let (knackered) riders jump over them, let alone 4 people willing to lie down together to be jumped!
I set myself up for the jump at the end of our last lap and only realised there were legs to clear at the last moment. If they knew about my jumping skills they would have been getting out of the way real quick. I managed to stay upright 🙂
That was the 4th time I’ve ridden there and I don’t recall feeling this broken before, my arms are still dead.Posted 3 years ago
My CX seemed to find some grip 🙂
Conditions were pretty skittery at a few sections of trail where it wouldn’t normally be but I thought given the wet/dry weather it held up really well.
Only four laps for me in the Steve Worland event but many more ciders than that and had a brilliant day.
Oh, and I was going to do the jump at the end until I saw people lying down and didn’t fancy ending the race in a pile of broken bones… 🙂Posted 3 years agoAndrewJMember
That was my 4th time soloing at Bikefest and was by far the toughest! I managed 18 laps in Proper Old Gits category and have some serious aches and pains! I feel like a Proper Old Git today 😉
I didn’t have too many issues with grip on the first section but I was running about 18psi in the front so that may have helped. Plus I’m not exactly the fastest on twisty singletrack.
I looked at the jump at the end and didn’t think it was a good idea as I was just about managing to stay upright! 🙂Posted 3 years agoMarkBrewerMember
I did the jump at the end a few times but nobody was laying on the floor at the time……………………luckily for them 😆
Did the 3 hour solo and was aiming for 5 laps but trying to go round the outside of somebody on the first lap and unseating the tyre on some rocks then going over the bars cost me a lot of time 🙁 Managed 4 laps but felt like hard going on the lower section of the course and I was a lot slower than last year.Posted 3 years agosoma_richMember
We did the 12 hour on Saturday and I loved every lap, from the torrential rain to the scorching sun later in the day. I never get tired of riding round Ashton Court, such fun well except the Red Bull timed section.
Shame they couldn’t stump up for a few porta loos to!Posted 3 years agotomdSubscriber
This was my 4th June bike fest, great fun as always. It’s been dry the last 4 years so it was nice to get some greasy conditions for a change. Not sure what’s happened to the results, when it was the timelaps guys sitting in a hut they were always up pretty quick. These new fangled electronic chips are obviously more complicated. Oh and +1 for some portaloos. Those two toilets in the clubhouse took more than their fair share of a pounding.Posted 3 years agohughjenginMember
Its a great event, which I would do every year, but in a way that doesn’t take away from the fact, that there is some shortcomings in the venue that should be looked at. Mainly toilet and shower facilities are woeful. Two toilets in a cricket club changing rooms about 300 yards walk away, just isn’t enough for the amount of competitors. To be honest people were making like bears in the woods, and just peeing by their tents in broad daylight. just to avoid the queues, that cant be right surely. I’d still do it every year though, because I think the course and the atmosphere is ace, but this doesn’t mean improvements in some of the basics shouldn’t be addressed by the organisersPosted 3 years agoegb81Member
I think were ninth in the team event. The constantly changing track condition made things a little interesting. A guy in front of me at the start of the Red Bull section went from full speed to stop in an instant when he hit the mud on the first lap! Kudos to the guys on the tandem, it looks pretty scary watching them go over the jumps on the upper-quarry trail. All in all, a great day’s riding with everyone being very friendly and well behaved.Posted 3 years ago
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