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  • Dirty Reiver entry Open
  • tazzymtb
    Full Member

    Anyone else planing on a 200km pootle next April? Was a right old laugh this year, although the campfire at 100km was a bugger to leave. 😀

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    I’m in

    wavy27
    Full Member

    Me, too. Almost 400 entries already so be quick!

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    Yup this year i aim not to be the last over the start.

    scud
    Free Member

    In, did the shorter distance last year, so stepping up this year!

    grebcrelien
    Free Member

    I am in, as is my wife. Both in the 60+ category. Third time for us.

    warton
    Free Member

    I was all set to enter, then I saw the price 😯 😯 😯

    sboardman
    Full Member

    Ooh thought entries wouldn’t open until next week.

    Going to be my first time doing it so “just” the 130 for me. Will be hankering for tips (training and kit) if anyone wants to share some hard won wisdom!

    Pyro
    Full Member

    In for the 130km. Aiming to actually make it to the event this year, unlike last year where entered and then crocked my back a couple of months before.

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    sboardman – Member
    Ooh thought entries wouldn’t open until next week.

    Going to be my first time doing it so “just” the 130 for me. Will be hankering for tips (training and kit) if anyone wants to share some hard won wisdom!

    Change tonthe 200. The 130 is an escape route anyway so you can see how you feel.

    sboardman
    Full Member

    😯

    I had considered, but I think mentally I’d cope better with aiming to “complete” the 130 as opposed to having the big target of 200 and feeling like I’d “failed” by stopping out at the 130.

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Will be hankering for tips (training and kit) if anyone wants to share some hard won wisdom!

    ride up every hill you can find for the next four months, also buy a wider range cassette

    Fit bigger tyres
    go tubeless
    enjoy the feedstations, they are amazing.
    go tubeless
    go tubeless
    go tubeless

    sboardman
    Full Member

    Cheers jonnyboi!

    Tubeless is definitely on my list. I’ve got WTB Nano 40cs which I believe should be fine with some tape and sealant (etc).

    Based in Yorkshire. Love a hill or two.

    Wider range cassette has been on my “to buy” list for a while. A perfect excuse.

    I shall commence training on enjoying the feed stations immediately. 😉

    Yak
    Full Member

    Ta for the heads up. Informed Mrs Yak and she’s in the 200 again to set a better time after a few mistakes with her feeds last time.

    Fwiw – she used a 29er hardtail with 2.25/2.35 racing ralphs.

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    Its not “difficult” none of the climbs are “hard” its totally achievable with a modicum of fitness its just how quickly you want to push it.

    If it rains though… Well i’m not going to think about that.

    sboardman
    Full Member

    Yes rain doesn’t bare thinking about…

    I think I’d be aiming for between 7-8 hours for the 130. I’ve not ridden that far off road before so it’ll be a bit of an unknown unless I manage to practice it specifically.

    hodgynd
    Free Member

    While strictly speaking it isn’t on tarmac ..its not really off road ..its forest roads and marketed towards gravel bikes ..the majority of the roads you will be riding on are wide and reasonably well surfaced .

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    ride up every hill you can find for the next four months, also buy a wider range cassette

    or go singlespeed and just mash up stuff and have less to worry about if the weather craps out (couple of spare links and some brake pads was my emergency kit)

    definitely tubeless, I’ve never seen so many punctures in the first 20km or so and if you use a bottle cage make sure it can actually hold a bottle. It was like a CX fragmentation mine on some early downhills with exploding wheels and bottles in all directions. 😀

    wide and reasonably well surfaced

    apart from the grey cobbly brick stuff that eats narrow cx rubber

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Take it from me, last year was a doddle compared to the first year. weather (and wind) can make a huge difference

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    Take it from me, last year was a doddle compared to the first year. weather (and wind) can make a huge difference

    I’m hoping for snow/ice/drizzle next year

    Ive started growing me beard* in already for it

    * to be used a woolly storage device for energy gels, mini pork pies and saves the weight of needing a buff

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    year one we got snow, hail, rain, wind, and sunshine.

    To top that you’d need frogs or something to rain down, or a few excitingly close lightning strikes

    jimdubleyou
    Full Member

    I am tempted, I need a challenge to motivate me. But it’s a long way from London…

    hodgynd
    Free Member

    If there is a large group of you looking for accommodation ..may I suggest ..
    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18760670
    It’s a place I know rather well ..not sure if it’s available that weekend though ..

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    After the trauma of Year 1, no way!

    muzz
    Free Member

    Would a carbon 29er be ok over this distance and terrain?

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    Yes.

    I mean you are going to be over biked. But you’ll be absolutely grand.

    stevious
    Full Member

    I’m in for the 130km because I can’t be arsed riding a bike for 200km. Looking forward to a nice ride in some cool scenery.

    I have some setup questions:
    – Bike has 34-28 as lowest gear currently. Bad idea? (I’m ok at riding uphill but don’t want it to be a total ordeal)
    – I have the choice of bottles & apidura saddlebag or a camelbak. An reason one would be better than the other?

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    I have some setup questions:
    – Bike has 34-28 as lowest gear currently. Bad idea? (I’m ok at riding uphill but don’t want it to be a total ordeal)
    – I have the choice of bottles & apidura saddlebag or a camelbak. An reason one would be better than the other?

    I used 34-36 on my CX bike and that was OK. I’d have hated to only have a 28.

    My hydration was water bottle and small Camelbak.

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    If you are confident your bottle stay in the cages.. i didnt lose any but i am definietly adding straps/bungee keeper this year.

    Bottle. Its a longway to carry anything on your back.

    There are plenty of water refills.

    jonnyrockymountain
    Full Member

    I’m in 130 last year 200 this year

    jonnyrockymountain
    Full Member

    Last years bike

    This years bike

    crimsondynamo
    Free Member

    I’ve signed up. I have a tent pitch for Fri and Sat.

    Is there a shindig on Sat evening? Or does everyone head home?

    butcher
    Full Member

    Have done it the past 2 years and wouldn’t hesitate to enter again. But given it was already one of the more expensive events, and it’s had a significant price hike on top of that, I think I might be out. It’s a good day, but it’s difficult to justify that kind of money on a bike ride.

    downhillfast
    Free Member

    go tubeless
    go tubeless
    go tubeless

    That’s the best advice I can give, I was Soooooo glad I was running tubeless last year 😀
    But like many, my water bottles ejected themselves at some point 🙄
    Thankfully the feed stations were excellent, so I didn’t die of dehydration.
    Entry is £60 and I think that’s good value compared to some of the other Sportive events I did last year.
    Out of all the events i did last year the DR200 was the best organized, best feed stations, and best atmosphere by far 😀
    Roll on 2018 :mrgreen:

    moorsey72
    Full Member

    Entered for the 200km when I got back from the pub on Friday night feelin all indestructible 😯
    Now ‘the fear’ has kicked in and will be my motivational tool for training my ass off over the coming months, any training tips from DR veterans?

    Also bike choice time, have a genesis vagabond with alfine which would mostly prove too heavy and a high latitude steel 29er, concerned neither will be suitable in current form. Do I modify the vagabond or go n+1 (rondo ruut/cannondale slate/niner rlt etc), the n+1 is obviously more appealing but might result in selling some of the fleet or finding another wife as a consequence.

    Booked into the kielder campsite for fri&sat, looking forward to it (when ‘the fear’ subsides)

    joshvegas
    Free Member

    Vagabond will be fine.

    Just enjoy it.

    downhillfast
    Free Member

    training tips from DR veterans

    Just ride.
    Enjoy the day.
    You can do it just about any bike. Last year I remember some chap had forgotten to bring his SPD shoes, so rode the 200 in his thin soled trainers on SPD pedals 😆 had to hurt. Was quicker than me as well 😆

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Now ‘the fear’ has kicked in and will be my motivational tool for training my ass off over the coming months, any training tips from DR veterans?

    It depends, do you just want to finish or do you have a target in mind? If you want a descent time, say sub 10 hrs then you need regular training at 20kph and above with lots of climbing blocks built in, say 400m every 20k. And slowly build up your distance whilst maintaining pace. Try do do at least one long ride of 160k before the event

    moorsey72
    Full Member

    sorry didnt mean to hijack thread 🙄

    good advice, no plans to race round just make it round while being able to enjoy it.

    bikes, trails, camping and beer. whats not to like!

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    If you’re camping take a tarp to put under your tent. The camp ground can get very, very boggy.

    And wellies.

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