- Grassington CRC marathon
… and 20 miles away in Leeds, everything is bone dry. No one will believe what it was like out there.
50km was considerably less, a good ride but in better weather I would have felt a bit cheated. Probably due to the Kilnsey start instead of Grassington?
Also, no one announced times for the pasta party, so we turned up at 8.15 to be told it finished at 7.30.Posted 7 years agomafu26Member
had a really good ride on the 70km. don't remember seeing the signs for 70 or 85? bit worried i might have gone the wrong way. awesome place to ride though. had a mosey over to watch the climbing on the crag, also very impressive!
was anyone else on pins watching the photographer run around at the top of the crag as the race started? he was making me well nervous!Posted 7 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
I turned up to do the 70k got to the second feed station and found out i'd nearly finished the 50k. 😳
It was ok, i felt it a bit much of a drag from the first feed up the road then across all those grass fields.
The amount of fields and roads annoyed me a bit. but the weather was worse.
Think i did it in just over three and half hours, which with the traffic, weather and a SS bike i was happy with.Posted 7 years agoblades2000Member
Did the 85km route almost, (less 5km) due to me being slow. Great time as always, fantastic people, rubbish weather. For all those on the 85km route pushing the top of the 3rd descent was not so much fun. Thanks to all the marshalls who stuck it out at the gates through the wind and rain 🙂Posted 7 years agoNezboMember
I second blades2000 – Thanks to all the marshals and who stuck it out at the gates through the wind and rain.
85(ish)k done in 4:55, was great ride the 2 hills in the middle was killers though the head wind was a killer as well. In a lot of pain now though from the crash a couple of weeks ago 🙁 hope I am right for the Trans Wales.Posted 7 years agoBenjiMMember
3.13 for the 50k It did seem a bit short especially when they said 4 miles to go at the last feed station. Was a great ride though I always like riding up there. Great to chat to folks on the way up. My missus wants a reasonable bike now and she wants to do the 25k next year to get a T Shirt!
Aye anybody not there won't believe how foul the weather was, luckily there was no mud and the rocks were just slick, a bit hairy on Ralphs though! Thoroughly enjoyed it being my first event 🙂Posted 7 years agojonbMember
Did the 85 although I don't think it was 85 as they changed the routes. Did it in 5h6min. It was a little damp but the downs were good, it was character building stuff and the riding consistent enough to not need a waterproof. Saw a couple of spills, one guy with a bloody face and another with a collarbone break. Hope they're ok.
Didn't think it was as good as the Selkirk one, too much road but still a good event, I'll be going back next year.Posted 7 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
Yup, myself & Ms Dwarf will definitely be going back next yr. Too much tarmac on the 50K IMHO & Ms Dwarf says 25K as well, but we both really enjoyed our weekend. Great scenery, great atmosphere at the event site & great riding. Ms Dwarf says the marshalls were excellent with everyone on the 25K ride, especially when she had an asthma attack somewhere on Mastiles Lane! 😯Posted 7 years agoCoorooMember
How do you all know where you came home? Results not on MTB Marathon page yet. I only hope I wasn't last in the 50k – well, you have to have something to aim at! Came in at just before 3, which is about 5 hours. I walked that middle moorland crossing in pouring rain and a very bad temper. Perked up considerably when I took off my glasses and could actually see where I was going!
As always a privilege to cycle in the Yorkshire Dales, fantastic limestone features everywhere.Posted 7 years agoTi29erMember
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The signage was wrong on the 70 / 85km. So I made an executive decision after 5 riders turned left on the road by the cattle grid instead of straight across up that col. It was probably just as well I had 2ft clip ties upon my person and a knife!
That's where battled the elements (I was also down by the water crossong) – soaked doesn't even come close to how I ended up! I eventually packed it in after one lens fogged up (for the 2nd time), one flash simply refused to work even with me screaming at it & new batteries (another was wet even though wrapped and taped up in 2x sandwich bags & stopped working after 30 mins) and the Nikon stopped working for about the 10th time.
I confess I had as sense of humour failure about 4pm and stropped back to the car & home!
Congratulations to all who braved the low cloud, driving wind & rain (I was down to ride with 2 pals who did complete the 85km but I’m out for the summer with a muscle strain). Woe is me! 😉Posted 7 years agowillsimmonsMember
I did the 85 and was dissapointed. Knowing what else is on offer in that area I thought the route was crap. Particularly the descent on the road and then climb back up offroad after pen-y-gent. I'm sure they have their reasons but it could have been so much betterPosted 7 years agostanleyMember
Hey BWD, was talking to you on the road bit before the BIG climbs (Black Handjob), hope I wasn't one of the grumpy ones !
The weather was a bit grim. Felt like quite a slog for the most part, didn't really enjoy the descents much either. Could have been my riding though…. found the wet (lime ?) stone a bit challenging !
Fair play to the marshals and helpers for staying out in the wind and rain.Posted 7 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Hello mate, you were quite cheery and you know it. I was really nice to catch up, sorry I didn't remember you very well, I have an event horizon of about three minutes in both directions – drop me a line if you fancy hooking up for a local ride some time, I ought to get to know the trails on the other side of the hill a bit better 🙂
Maybe it was just the conditions, but there were an awful of folk out there with tight race faces on and a proper grump going. Anyway… I quite liked the descents, bar the one into that bloody headwind, which I found really disorientating – I think it's the wind noise that does my head in. The road sections, on the other hand, were rubbish. And my legs ache this morning, I think from the pushing up that second big climb's top section rather than the riding 🙁Posted 7 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Completed the 85k after a lifetime and I hurt today! 1,000 yard stare is now down to about 120 yards now that I've dried out.
A big thanks to the marshalls (how many stopped to ask the one wrapped up in a silver body warmer on top of that god-forsaken hill if he was OK?!). The 85k extra loop was pretty rubbish as it was basically just a long walk, but the rest was fine. I was for once though very happy with the road bits as they were a good rest.
Off to stare blankly at another wall now.Posted 7 years agoTeaBoyPaulMember
The 85k would have been more fun had I not managed to somehow wrap my rear mech round the back wheel after 5 miles and snap the hanger… BUGGER! After 20 minutes of swearing and bodging I rode the remaining 45 miles on probably the worlds first singlespeed Santa Cruz Blur.
Good ride, but VERY wet and cold…brrr!
Thanks to all those who chatted along the way and kept me company as I spun/grinded/walked my way round!Posted 7 years ago
Think i 'won' the 50km in 2:19 – enjoyed the superfast descents it but a bit too much road (and wind) for my liking.
Finding my way on my own after the 2nd feed station was a bit tricky – apparently a lot of the signs blew down.
Felt sorry for the poor bugger who's tent was destroyed when the big inflatable marquee blew away!Posted 7 years agozempySubscriber
A quick bit of messing about with filters on excel gives you an indication of the results. The riders with race numbers in the hundreds were doing the full marathon, the 1000's doing the middle, 2000's the half and the 3000's doing the mini
I understand about rights of way and races, but I thought the point of doing a "race" is to pit yourself against other people and end up with a ranking. They should have just displayed the results filtered into the catagories like I had to do myself.
I dont think i'll be doing one of these events again. In future i'll stick to riding with my mates and an OS map. I'll just spend the £30 entry fee on beer and pies.Posted 7 years ago
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