Malham Tarn Challenge – 28th April – Roll call
Well that was freezing!!! low cloud, sideways sleet and poor signage meant along time spent on top of the moors freezing my tits off.
Figure of 8 loop and passing back through the start area with blue lips, legs and hands so painful I was struggling to hold the bars I happily quit.
Still took some 4th and 5th overalls on Strava though so not a wasted day, with good weather it would be a nice fast race.Posted 4 years agonaffriderMember
Was there on me singlespeed (which was a mistake!)
I dropped out halfway, hands were froze, almost threw up sitting in me car from the pain of them warming up!
Signage was an issue, few occasions of ‘I reckon its this way’ and then got lost with a few others in a bog, sorta lost my mojo by then and so wussed out of the second loop. I stand by my decision 🙂
Think its the first event they’ve put on (could be wrong) and I said to one of the organisers that it was a good effort, can’t do much about the weather but hopefully can about the signage.
Well done to everyone who did the whole thing!Posted 4 years agodawsonSubscriber
yep, I bailed at halfway too 🙁 I couldn’t brake or change gear properly.
I ended up in that bog as well.
@ben – sorry I didn’t speak much – I was in a bit of a state when got into the car – violent, shaky shivering for a good 15 minutes.
Pissed off that I didn’t complete it, but given the condition I was in, in the car, I think made the right decisionPosted 4 years agostufieldSubscriber
I bailed half away also, rigid singlespeed wasn’t best idea, should have taken the pannier off the rear as well.Posted 4 years ago
Route marking was discrete, could have been a little more obvious especially at road t junction and start of off road climb when leaving the road.
Another one here who jacked after first loop. I started the 2nd but was shivering so violently that I was nearly crashing. Turned back in a surprisingly sensible move. I was well on my way to hypothermia. It took a loooong time to warm up and get some sensation in my hands. It was a shame for the organisers I thought. They certainly did a good job keeping an eye on me after I’d finished and pushing cars out of the mud etc.Posted 4 years agostavromullerSubscriber
Well done to everyone that rode as survival was the name of the game today, had to lend a towel to a guy whose Whippet had hypothermia, well it is Yorkshire. Wind chill was absolutely crippling on top of horizontal rain. Hopefully next year the weather will be kinder and it was the organizers first event, so all part of the learning curve.Posted 4 years agoMargin WalkerMember
Road T junction = no sign.Posted 4 years ago
Gate in middle of moor with a Turn Left sign on it resulting in lots of riders near me turning left on track BEFORE gate rather than continue through then bear left.
Realised when I met my teammate (KKF)coming the opposite way through a bog that had gone wrong way. Could no longer feel FACE/FEET/HANDS at that point. Gutted I quit but would have been ill otherwise. Shame as was quite nice when we set off.
3 of us packed up halfway round. Still not got warm. Don’t think I have ever been as cold on a bike. 🙁
Cheers to everyone that put the event on, will be back next year. That return loop over the top and into the wind was horrendous. Walked as much as I rode.
Well done to them that did the full routePosted 4 years agokeavoMember
completed the 1st loop. felt reasonable except for numb hands. then promptly took a (wrong) right hand turn at the crossroads about 200 metres into the 2nd lap. shortly afterwards it was clear that I wasn’t on the correct route anymore. irritating but I soon got over it and just rode back to the car. shivering badly for a long time once I stopped. shit day really.Posted 4 years agopypdjlSubscriber
I made it round both loops! Was tempted to jack it in as my hands and feet were freezing by the half way point but I thought I might as well carry on. 2nd half much easier, mostly hard surfaced and the weather improved a bit, plus a big tailwind back up from Settle.Posted 4 years agominer29erMember
I’m in good company with the half way bailers. Felt bad about wimping it but it was tough one today. That moorland climb into horizontal rain & sleet will live with me for a long time. Sort of lost my mojo when I ended up lost in downtown Arncliffe. Agreed that the signage was a bit ambiguous in places and the paper maps were a bit hard to read even when dry, but all in all this has the makings of a great event. Well done Craven College and well done to those who completed both loops.Posted 4 years agoseftonSubscriber
I didn’t see the turn and carried on up the rd (6miles in), stopped was going to turn back and then 2 more riders came down the rd, so we all carried on through a few unmarked junctions. ended up on the top of the moors in some pretty serious conditions. luckily a craven college van came by and told us to keep on the rd for around 7 miles back to the tarn. it was a tough 7 miles in extremely serious conditions. hands had gone and speech was going by the end. hopefully all 100 got back safely.
they should have posted the map on the website pre race (if they didn’t plan to put many marshals out), signage was very poor too.
if they get the marshals/signage sorted I’ll give it another go next year as I reckon it could be a good un (if the weathers kind)!Posted 4 years agoseftonSubscriber
thanks for all who tried pushing my car free! (got out in the end..took 4 blokes though)! learnt a few lessons however…I was underprepared should have had a plastic bivi bag, whistle, mobile.
shame really some good weather and a marshal at every critical junction and it would have been a cracker!Posted 4 years agorsvktmSubscriber
Agree re signage and that the weather was appalling. However route was good and for a first event by students was for me a success. Added to the fact that both my wife and I finished the whole route, after finishing I did however go back to find her as was bit concerned re weather but she was having a right laugh. Which was even better.Posted 4 years agofatboyjonMember
OK, the weather detracted from the fun of the day but it was a nice ride out in the hills. I did both loops, some of the second loop several times thanks to the poor course marking (the wind may have accounted for some missing markers) and had a bit of a chat with a few other riders on the way round. Do the people saying they had to pull out half way round due to being so wet and cold think they were perhaps under prepared for a ride out in some fairly testing terrain on a day with a weather forecest saying strong winds, low temperatures and showers/rain?
I heard some very strongly worded comments (one full-on tirade of four letter foulness too) in the car park at the end and overheard one of the 2 girls collecting the number boards from riders saying to the other “just cut the number off and let them shout at you for a few minutes”. As (I think) it was their first try at putting on such an event, was only £7 to enter and they’ve asked for feedback via email in the pre event blurb, why not pass on some constructive comments and maybe any subsequent running of the event will go more smoothly?Posted 4 years ago
Fatboyjon, I was as prepared as I thought I needed to be….thermal jersey, waterproof, survival bag, long finger gloves; my downfall was that the gloves weren’t waterproof and I wore Lycra shorts.
If my hands had been warm I’d have continued but was at a point that if I had a mechanical my hands would be no use so better safe than sorry.
I’ve already emailed the organiser to say good effort and I’ll be back next yearPosted 4 years ago
Seemed like a good circuit, albeit I jacked halfway round as I was too cold and wet to continue safely. I did not moan to the organiser’s, it was well organised re. numbers and start times etc. Maybe some of the markers blew away but if you cable tied then to the gates they would not. As Arnie says “I will be back”
The downhill at the start was superb!!!Posted 4 years agoMK IIMember
I thought it was great particularly the descent into Kilnsey and the climb back out of settle over Stockdale Lane. Agree with some of the points on signage but was fortunate to have riden the various sections of the route on previous social rides.
One of the most amusing things was at the start of the ride where a guy came over to our van asking if we had any spare kit as his wife had packed him a single leg warnmer and a single arm warmer (which had mistakenly been paired up in the washing).
Anyone know if finishing times are being posted?Posted 4 years ago
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