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  • Hob Nob
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    Couple of guys I ride with went & did it, don’t think they had anything positive to say about it either.

    Glad I sacked this one off.

    scottfitz
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    I Liked stage 1 and 3 apart from the danger death corner.
    Not keen on 2 it didn’t have any flow.
    I think we run 4 the wrong way.
    Real shame we didn’t do any of Black run, root canal or S2A.

    Weather was good and didn’t fall off so I happy with that.

    P.S Downhill tyre were a bad idea.

    06awjudd
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    danger death corner.

    I had to hike a bike after over shooting that one twice 👿

    Stage 2 was difficult to maintain momentum on I thought.

    boxxer7
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    I had a funny feeling that Aston wouldn’t be a good place for a gravity enduro, I’ve raced DH there in the past and its a great venue but Its not a particularly big place for a enduro. Wonder where the next round will be.

    Danno
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    P.S Downhill tyre were a bad idea.

    I hear you on that one!

    Premier Icon p7rich
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    Always nice to be out on the bike for a day but can’t say i ‘enjoyed’ it. Don’t really understand the format change – riding stages untimed was a bit weird and can’t really pass off as practice/sighting as we’ve done more extreme stuff blind in other rounds. Uphill stage was unnecessary and stopping for an hour in the middle of the session grated. I’ve had a ball at other rounds so maybe this just wasn’t the one for me. My mate loved it (but he’s a bit of a climbing perv’). Got round fairly cleanly except first run of S3 when some tape was moved so i missed a turn, lost time and missed my R1 finish time.

    Overall is was deffo the most physically demanding Enduro1 i’ve done by quite some margin. Shattered now.

    06awjudd
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    P.S Downhill tyre were a bad idea.

    +2, my high rollers were bloody dangerous on the bottom section of stage 3, not too good climbing in the mud either.

    scottfitz
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    I think Aston is a great venue for Gravity enduro. We only rode 50% of the trail today.

    …it’s not like there’s going to be much pedalling mileage…

    How wrong was I?! Just saw your Strava Rich – weird course… Think BC should be better, even if it’s more a mini-DH without uplift! 😉

    I can see most of the points above more or less but there is nothing wrong with Aston hill as a venue, just needs refining a bit. Slightly longer transitions, maybe less of climb on stage 2 maybe another proper stage. Nothing that can’t be fixed.

    lbjones
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    I kind of agree with you Scott, think it could have been a great venue, just a really weird event. Too many climbs in stages, some of them not reall neccessary IMO, and what was stage 4 about? If I wanted to be climbed up a climb I’d ride an XC race, surely missing the poing of a gravity enduro here. Shame because Ive really loved some of these events but this one just felt odd. Bit of an adjustement to some of the stages, add a couple more stages in and do one loop, loosen the trasistion times and you’d have a kick ass event I reckon.

    Organisation was tops as always, stages well signed etc so some good points too, just hope the next one is a bit more like the previous races.

    Premier Icon p7rich
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    Nothing against AH. Would happily have traded half the climbing for some more of the DH there.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    in other , better news

    from facebook

    The UKGE 2014 dates will be announced later today, including a British Enduro Champs.

    I cant do both (enduro1 and ukge) series next year and a southern series would be my preferred option but the UKGE is just so much better (even though its more expensive, takes me away from family more and has a heftier petrol bill)

    scottfitz
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    a southern series would be my preferred option

    I might be able to help you with that one 😉
    What sort of thing do you want all venues within an hour ish from London 😉

    Premier Icon bedfordrd
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    I actually enjoyed Aston Hill yesterday – definitely the most tiring round! Not the hardest though – that goes to Round 1, which was my first Enduro race.

    I did feel that yesterday’s transition times were very tight! But we knew this before the event. And as an Enduro, which I think is supposed to be ‘how we ride most of the time’, I don’t mind the XC/uphill parts during a timed stage. Just wish I had grippier tyres for all all those damp roots! Would come across them, slip, lose all traction and have to get off and push – whoops!

    Think I missed my eventual finish time by about 6 mins – double whoops! But I finished, with no crashes (clearly not trying hard enough!) so I’m happy with that. Legs are feeling it today though – more fitness training required!

    #47

    scottfitz
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    I actually enjoyed Aston Hill yesterday

    Me too I just wanted to ride some of the Technical stuff too. Maybe we should of swapped tyres my DH dual ply’s were a bitch on stages 2 and 4 😉

    06awjudd
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    Great pictures Scottfitz. Does anyone know who else was taking photos? The ones on roots and rain have have a gap between about 11:30 and 12:00 and I know there was definitely a photographer when I did Stage 1 Rd 1 at 11:56.

    Many thanks

    scottfitz
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    I love this one, when I shouted style it up for the camera I didn’t expect him to get off and break dance!! http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/537759

    paul123
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    Thanks Carlos for organising another race when few find the time or can be bothered to do something for others. If conditions were dry It would have felt like a very different race with much higher speeds and therefore fun. There was some good little additions which extended some of the downs.

    The transitions were tough but they were always going to be just because of the fact Aston is on the side of quite a steep hill and covers such a small area.

    Having said that I thought stage 4 was a bit odd and it would have been good to know that stage 1 of round 2 was going to be so different to round 1. I got onto the new section, doubted myself, turned around, realised I had got it right first time and turned around again, so a chunk a time gone there.

    Thanks again Carlos for putting on a good event.

    Paul thank goodness it wasn’t just me that did that on round 2 stage1! I must admit my head went down slightly after that!

    scottfitz
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    Thanks again Carlos for putting on a good event.

    +1 its good to have a series in the south, Hope he fines a venue for round 4.

    06awjudd
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    Thanks again Carlos for putting on a good event.

    +2 Difficult, but loved every second of it!

    paul123
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    Struggled with motivation a bit too Simon tbh after my brain fade but kept telling myself that as long as I made all the transfer times it wouldn’t be too bad. I’m sure when the results are out I’ll be annoyed again.

    Big props to all the marshals for sitting in the rain while we were all “enjoying” ourselves. Especially the dude at the start of stage 2 – PEDAL! As someone who is reasonably fit, I found the transitions tough, but OK. Biggest problem was excess of ambition on the wet roots near the top of stage 1. Fell off 3x on round 1, twice on stage 2. Could barely walk into maccy d’s in the service station on the way home.
    Thanks to Carlos for putting it on. However, was very disappointed not to ride S2A, came to Aston in June and has a blast on it. If this was supposed to be a showcase for Enduro, then slightly scary downhill should be part of it as well as pedaling. It would also have held up in the wet. I don’t think the weather helped the atmosphere. We’d all have been hanging around by the burger van if it was sunny at lunch. Rather than huddled in our cars…
    Anyone got any news on a round 4?

    scottfitz
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    Anyone got any news on a round 4?

    This was pinched for another forum:
    “I was speaking to Carlos after the event and he confirmed round 4 will be at UKBP but will use none of the existing DH runs and all stages will have to be freshly cut.”

    I spoke to Carlos at the end too and he said UKBP on 20th Oct, which rules me out, I will be doing this one: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/99203/Gravity-Project-Autumn-Race-1#entry

    06awjudd
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    Sounds like that could be interesting, with only fresh cut tracks 🙂

    Scottfitz – don’t suppose you know if there are any photos about, other than the ones on Roots and Rain, I’m trying to hunt mine down. #117.

    scottfitz
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    Not sure, I know these guys some times take pics at Enduro1’s but I don’t think they where there: http://visualise.morephotos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp

    I only saw that one guy (apart from me).

    Might be worth emailing him: http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/dan-harmer/

    06awjudd
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    Cheers, I’ll look into it, Carlos might link some up on the race report.

    Danno
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    I guess the debate will flow about stage four but, to my mind as a newbie to all this expecting the unexpected and having to deal with it is all part of the Enduro ethos.

    That said I wish I hadn’t put a set of DH mud tyres on! But that’s all part of it right, you have to take a punt on set-up etc and sometimes it’ll pay off and sometimes it won’t.

    Whatever the thoughts on the course can we say three cheers to all the marshals and organisers though – course marking and organisation seemed top notch and though it’s easy to moan there were a lot of people gave up their time to sit in the rain and let us race.

    Hip-hip hooray, etc…

    Dan

    Warning: Contains lots of swearing and shouting.

    Comedy video of a mate cramping on Stage 4.

    Enjoy.
    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwcH6dhkvQY[/video]

    scottfitz
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    Comedy video of a mate cramping on Stage 4.

    Epic vid!

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Haha, I’m not a doctor but I think he might have been suffering from a touch of cramp there.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Surprised they didn’t use a couple of the DH runs as stages, they’d have been spot on for an enduro I reckon – especially DH3 if it stuill exists.

    Did the organisers say why?

    06awjudd
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    They did use DH3 in the end, but they added in an annoying uphill bit before the fire road.

    I think the XC descent is also supposed to be the red DH, which they used as well.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Ah right. The Xc descent does have that good new bit with the switchbacks at the end. What bike was the winner riding, out of interest?

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    the switchbacks were used on the first run but for run 4 they changed the track and threw in a climb b4 the switchback/boardwalk

    scottfitz
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    They used a couple of the DH runs:

    Stage 1: Red Run starting on the start ramp and ending on boardwalk. (Different end for run 2)

    Stage 2: Started near the start of the 4x track in a bombhole, down half the 4x track, small up & down XC loop, finished at the end of the 4x track.

    Stage 3: DH3 with climb bit before the fire road crossing.

    Stage 4: Up hill sprint from near the bottom of DH3, up the xc climb, past the short cut sign and finishing at the top of the fireroad.

    scottfitz
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    What bike was the winner riding, out of interest?

    results not out till later today.

    Results are up, stage 4 was where it was won.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Was won on a NP mega

    The climb was the decider, shame it took me over 10 mins !

    kimbers – Member
    Was won on a NP mega

    Was that Joe or Chris, who ride for Nukeproof? It’ll be one of them.

    treemagnet
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    Almost 10 mins for me on that bummer of a stage 4!
    Both legs cramped to hell too!
    Don’t know how I would have made it to the finish if it wasn’t for that banana kimbers gave me. Lifesaver man! Cheers!

    superfli
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    This is what I was trying to say to our team. We knew that stage 4 was a climb. descents are great, but in an XC race, they only make up for a few secs. The climbs are a lot longer in time and therefore the most time will be made up here. Which is why an XC bike would have been far better for this “Enduro” round.

    scottfitz
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    Which is why an XC bike would have been far better for this “Enduro” round.

    Agree if a did it again it would be on my XC Hardtail, would lost a couple of seconds on the on Stage 1 and 3 but take minutes of my Stage 4 time.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing 😉

    Still unsure if I want to do round 4. We will see closer to the time.

    Edit: Well-done to Swindon Gravity Team, Good Job guys. Stage 4 won that for you, that cramp was worth it.

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