- Gorrick 100 – Is it a toughie?
Does anyone know much about the Gorrick 100 course this year? I’m tempted to go for the 5 lapper but wondered whether it’s a tough 10 mile lap or a fairly gentle one. By way of context I’m mid-training for Bontrager 24/12 and long-ride wise, I can do c100 miles on the road around the Mendips (c2,100 mtrs of climbing) without feeling like I want to die and, offroad wise, last week did W2 plus another loop of White’s Level without my legs giving out (I appreciate that is far less than 50 off-road miles but it does involve a fair bit of climbing). If the Gorrick lap involves mahoosive amounts of climbing / leg-sapping bone jarring sections I might rethink my weekend strategy.
On the other hand I see that pre-entry has closed. If on the day spaces fill this might all be academic. In which case, apologies for wasting your time in reading this!
MPosted 6 years ago
I went a rode the venue last night – there are some new bits of trail that are very fresh and quite bumpy – there will probably be a lot less fire road and smooth trails than there were at Swinley. I think it is going to be a lot harder and a lot slower than it was at Swinley for this reason. It’s bone dry at the moment and very dusty. There are no ‘ginger trails’ at porridge pot – so again this will make it slower and more tiring to ride on. The hills are very short and sharp compared to Swinley.
My guess would be 6.5hrs for 7 laps as opposed to 5.5hrs when it was at Swinley.Posted 6 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Doubt whether entry for the 7 hour will overfill, I’m not even sure there’s a limit (within reason). Only challenge is to get there early enough so you’re not still queuing when the race starts.
There’s plenty who enter the 70m as a challenge, just aiming to get round. The course will be big enough, and if I know the gorrick / ACU boys, well enough laid ou, that there’ll be plenty places for the fast boys to get past without you needing to worry about being in the way. Good luck!!Posted 6 years ago
Well that was tough! Limited fire road and loads of loose, rooty and bumpy singletrack made for a hard course.
I pre rode the lap a couple of times yesterday and it was really dry, dusty and bumpy. The Spearfish was definitely the bike of choice! From the start I rode quickly to try to drop everyone else – this seemed to work, although Ant White stayed a bit to close for comfort for a couple of laps. I hoped I wouldn’t pay later for the early speed, but I kept munching on bars, gels and jelly snakes and all was well. It was hard to eat on the first 7 miles, so it was a case of down the drink and food on the road section and fire road towards the end of each lap.
The race itself was quite uneventful as I rode it all on my own. Thankfully just as I was getting bored I rode through the start just as the 3 lap race was starting and so hung onto the leaders of that for my last 2 laps, which made them go a bit more quickly.
I have wanted to win this event since I first did it in about 2006. With a new job next year I probably won’t be quite as competitive and so wanted to give it everything to win this year. In the end I was about 12 mins up on Ant in 2nd and 20mins up on 3rd.
Sometimes all the training, early nights and not drinking feels like it’s all worthwhile.Posted 6 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
What time Gee? I did 4 laps which is a stretch for me in a bit under 5 hours, I know your first couple were sub 50 mins so I’m guessing your 6.5 hour estimate was underambitious, how you can do that pace AND sustain it – I find it amazing. Particularly as I’m in tatters now.Posted 6 years ago
5hrs 40mins. I think all laps were 47-50 mins. I felt great today – only fail was forgetting to apply minty arse lard – thinking maybe the local curry buffet isn’t the best plan but that is the usual celebratory dinner… That was paced of sorts – full on XC pace would have been 44/45mins but I could only have done 2/3 laps at that speed. There’s quite a difference between 44 and 48mins laps in terms of heart rate and amount of attacking. It’s also easier to ride quickly when there are two of you (or more). Last year Ben and I were ripping each other apart for 6 laps then I died a death. This year I was on my own so it was harder to keep pushing on.
GBPosted 6 years ago
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GBPosted 6 years ago
I know it sounds typical from a sponsored rider but that Spearfish was amazing. I’d love an SWorks Epic 29 really – 4lbs lighter but ££££….
I had a wee on the road section – no need to stop! Freewheel at speed, hoik up shorts and try not to piss on your own shoes.
Thanks for all the congrats.
GBPosted 6 years agoJasonMember
Lou here (I am hacking Jason’s account!).Posted 6 years ago
Great course today, feel battered now and I only rode 3 laps. Really enjoyed our little blast at the end Nick, but judging by your cramp attack you probably didn’t feel the same way. It’s been a long time since I managed to get a man on his back that quickly! Hope you are feeling better now!TurnerGuyMember
I went down there Saturday afternoon having not really noticed that the gorrick was going to be there the next day.
Forgot the bar mount for my GPS so started trying to remember where I had to go, then noticed the red/white tape and followed that, and had conversations with the guys putting the tape out.
Had input to the course marking at one bit near the canal where you came up out of a dip and it was ambiguous which way to go as you were unsighted, so advised as I rode it a few times – just before that little log jump!Posted 6 years ago
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