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Dosent the advance in technology like GPS spot trackers make this sort of race redundant ? Look at the excellent 400+mile race round the Highlands last weekend, it was devoid of marshall etc and basically free to do.
Couldnt others do something like that for these long distance events. Afterall they are hardly for novices, so the participants would not mind being a bit more self supported ?Posted 4 years ago
That would appear to be the obvious solution. Is there somewhere that would rent out 200 or so SPOT trackers?Harry_the_SpiderSubscriber
“Perhaps there needs to be an incentive to enter events early? 20/30% off type of thing if you enter before X date?”
Or, how about enter the event early or it will fold?
Most of the people who stage events do it for no money and get a load of stress. Why not have a bit of faith and show some support? – Not specifically aimed at you BTW Michael, just a general comment.
Without a cash backer events need pre sales to cover projected costs. If pre sales are low then the event gets pulled.Posted 4 years agopostierichSubscriber
Gutted I,m one of the not entered yet people £50 was a great vfm for what you got!
Been meaning to do this for a couple of years so I guess this is going to be my big biking gig of the year
Anyone else fancy it starting and finishing in Staveley!
RichPosted 4 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Rides like the Highland Trail Race or Cairngorm Loop are free to enter (cost a bit to get there from England though) but there is no course marking, no insurance, no bag drops, no feed stations or anyone to meet you at the end with a t-shirt.
Also limited numbers as on public rights of way. Was thinking of entering but may go and tour round said Cairngorm loop instead.Posted 4 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
Right…. For those of you in the south, how does 100miles round the Surrey hills sound on the same weekend?
I’ve got a GPS route I can amend a little so you won’t all turn up at my house.
I think you should modify one of your Surrey Hills Epic rides and set it as a Strava segment so we can see just how slow we are compared to you!Posted 4 years ago
Here you go. http://connect.garmin.com/course/3793635
Modified so it starts and ends at Lightwater Country Park.
The last bit is a bit rough – basically it’s the climb from the canal through Porridge Pot along the fenceline then out onto the ridge fire road at the top, down the hill and back into Lightwater.
Be good to get a few people riding it on the same day as Kielder was going to be.
GBPosted 4 years agopjm84Member
Down South and might be up for that one Gee.
Doing a 2up at the Pufferlite and looking forward to this one in July. Also SDW in July
Looked at the Kielder but thought it too pricy. I’ve ridden across there solo, unsupported, and always found it bleak, particularly in November, and the logging lorries very scary in the dark.Posted 4 years agowenanwhereMember
Anyone doing the Manx 100 at the end of July?
YES. I’m entered (amongst only a handful I understand as they are trying and get it off the ground), done kielder a couple of times but that’s probably enough. I like to support local races as much as possible particularly when organised by locals but think things like the manx100 just offers something a bit different i.e. more of a technical challenge and is a bit less of a corporate machine that some events have (in some cases necessarily) turned in to.
Details here: https://www.manxtreme.com/event/manx-100 get involved…Posted 4 years ago
There is another 100 mile in the British Isles, a point to point on the Isle of Man. Much tougher than the end-to-end, and not just because it’s about three times as long.Posted 4 years ago
The Manx 100 is 100.90 miles, so about 3 miles shorter than Kielder, but it does feature about 3,000ft more climbing at 15,335ft in total. Despite taking me an hour and half longer than Kielder it somehow felt faster.
It will be back in 2014 for it’s third running.
If anyone is interested there is a write-up of it here http://www.andrewhowett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-manx-100-and-bit.html
Cheers Nonk.Posted 4 years ago
Yes, it was a big day, but oddly didn’t feel as long as Keilder, even though it was longer, in terms of time anyway. I think the fact that it was sunny and pretty much midge-free just made the time pass so quickly.
Would be good if we could get a few more Brits to go over next year, maybe share ferry costs and suchlike, it’s worth the journey.
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