- I’m doing the Strathpuffer!
I rode the course yesterday and thought it was in great condition. The rocky descent after the deer fence was pretty icy but totally rideable. The rest was superb, hard and fast.
Only one thing to watch out for, there’s a pair of rather large, red, very lacy womens knickers which have been discarded in the car park. I wouldn’t want to be pitching my tent near them…
Good luck to everyone who’s doing it. I’ll be riding that area again before the race so I’ll post what the ice situation is like if anyone’s interested.
(I’m not doing it btw, back to Spain that weekend)Posted 9 years ago
its a little bit muddier now, the frost has thawed!!! expect 4 inches of mud, water and gloop all over the course except a couple of short firetrack climbs. add 10-15 minutes to whatever times you first expected! i live 1 minute from the track and this is the worst ive seen it all year, including last years puffer.
see you all there, say hi when you pass me wheezing. im the 14 year old dressed in black with a giant trance x3!Posted 9 years ago
4 days to go until things get under way, il try and post what the conditions are like every day if its a help.
anyway… today there was a brief but heavy rainfall, and the course is 4 inches deep mud in some places. with the thaw now almost over, there are parts of the course already muddy that i have never seen muddy before! up the top of the firetrack, at a place we (locals) call harribo hill, there is sloppy mud that has never appeared before, not even during the ’07 puffer. squarewheels is selling strathpuffer buffs for Â£10 each, good deal seeing as normally buffs are Â£11. brake pads are selling like hot cakes. the FC has repaved a lot of the course (near the 08 start point) which has all turned to $hit, hard to cycle on and will destroy bikes faster than rob warner! 🙂Posted 9 years agoallankellySubscriber
Thanks for this. The bike shop were talking me into Ice Spikers, and after last year I was for it. A scary-accurate forecast from Metcheck for last weekend had us up Glentress black in t-shirts on Sunday at 7AM. But the ice remained even at 10C air temperature… uh-oh.
So, great to hear about gloop. Gloop I know. Gloop I wear with pride. Gloop I lie in, laughing.
Ice… you know, it’s kind of foreign… Ice hurts.
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Cheers, al.Posted 9 years ago
Not enough room on the event site. I think (but don’t know) that they’ll let you drop off your stuff and then go park at the designated parking area.
However it’s a very narrow track with soft edges when it’s been raining, so if you can, park your car and carry your stuff in.
I suggest you get a folding trolley if you have a heap of heavy stuff. It’ll save a lot of faffing about.
I’m not sure what’s happening about campervans – probably the same as last time – on the laybys on the course.Posted 9 years agokennypSubscriber
I’m doing it too, in one of the teams that Rickmeister (above) is supporting. First ever time we’ve done a 24 hour event, so we thought we may as well start with the toughest.
We’ve got two teams of four, and four support crew, so for once we’re pretty well organised. Pop in and say hello if any of you are about.Posted 9 years ago
update on the course conditions, these are based on pictures a friend of mine (who is riding the course pre-puffer to tell us what the bikes should be set up like) has sent me. he says that after today, the ground is getting a little crisper, forecast for the next few days is light-heavy rain al day =) lucky us, and lucky steve when he sells a record 2’500 brake pads in one day,Posted 9 years ago
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