Show me your Dirty Reiver bike setup…
PS those whose done it, im thinking of 2.1 rocket ron front and 2.1 thunderburt rear, whats your thoughts?
Pretty much whatever bike / tyres you use will be right for some of it and wrong for some of it!Posted 11 months ago
I’d take a spare pair of gloves and the best waterproofing you can muster for your feet. Even if it is dry there is at least one river crossing.stumpy01Member
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stumpy01 – You tell Bryan with all his training and his new fancy carbon wheels he can tow us around!!
Are you both going to be at signing on the Friday night?
With all his training…!? By training, do you mean redecorating the house!
Do you know him, then?
I’m not going. He tried to persuade me to come but I’m way too unfit at the moment for wheezing around on some gravel tracks! Perhaps if it was a bit nearer to home…Posted 11 months ago
Yes I know him. He has commuted to work a couple of times!!! We will look after him and make sure he does the full 200km
See everyone bright and early Saturday morning. Will be traveling up from Cheltenham tomorrow and we are staying at The Calvert Trust.Posted 11 months ago
I’m ready… ish
This, pretty much.
John climber, I’m just packing as much food as I can (preferably into my belly beforehand), and using the food stops to top up.
To be honest this is the first event like this I’ve ever done, I’m taking all my cycling kit with me in my van, and will decide what to take on the day depending on the weather/tips I may pick up on Friday/ how I feel Saturday morning/ randomly.Posted 11 months ago
I’m starting to think we need signs for our backs so we can identify each other and take appropriate action. Mine would read something like:
I am Hannah.Posted 11 months ago
Please tell me to eat and drink. Please don’t tell me to smile. I am happy to talk if you are happy to hear me swear. I am happy to receive trailside technical assistance.
If I look like I’m flagging please:
-sing hey Jude out loud until I eat something. I’ll do anything to not listen to that.
-lie to me if I’m less than half way
-remind me I’ve promised myself a new bike if I finish the 200kmYakSubscriber
You lot are impressively organised. Mrs Yak is out in town on some client pub quiz thing. Given the lack of prep, and her sparrows fart start from here in the south downs tomorrow, I’ve taken action and put some air in her tyres and packed a camelback. Whether it’s what she would pack is debatable. Look out for another sweary Scottish lady – probably in a pink altura jersey or Pedal 2 Pedal team kit.Posted 11 months ago
Phah, you lot of sandbaggers.
Bet you all finish, finish higher and faster than you expect too to.
Have fun, hope the weather holds out, hope you get to look out at the fabulous scenery through that red misty fug in your eyes as you climb that bugger of an 18% through the tree lined avenue of awesomeness.
Post pics.Posted 11 months agowavy27Subscriber
I would suggest well-padded speedos, joshvegas
Picking up on Hannah’s theme, heres mine:
I am DavePosted 11 months ago
I’ve told my legs to shut up but they wont listen.
If your’re thinking of overtaking me – can I have a tow?
If you carry me across the river you can have a jelly baby.
If you give me a croggy to the finish you can have this bike.tazzymtbMember
On the theme of name badges/signs mine should be:
I’m taz, yes I’m suffering, but some twisted ideology means I’m stuck with a bloody one geared contraption and secretly I’m yearning for the clicky flicky joy of a multi speed cog pile thingy.Posted 11 months ago
Yes the hip flask has nice booze in and if you closely observe you see that my cadence matches that of the cheeky girls song “touch my bum” on all climbs.
I think thus was a stupid ideaPosted 11 months ago
I’m hating everyminute.
Ofcourse I’m signing up for next year.
Yes i’m definitly doing more training.
No I won’t actually do more training.
I wish I’d bought two soreens.
I hope the various bodges hold out.
I have a mini bottle of rioja will trade for a tow.dazhSubscriber
I’ve so far been in complete denial. Now I’m worrying a bit. Last year was brutal, this year I’m a stone heavier and have done about half as much riding as I did last year. And I’ve got to go to a stag-do in Newcastle on Saturday night. Quite frankly if I manage to ride past the 130km checkpoint without wimping out it’ll be a miracle.Posted 11 months ago
Turned up, signed on, handed in a meagre drop bag.
Place looked pretty busy.
Lots of very fancy, very clean bikes about.
Just eaten my pre-ride fuel (chip butty).
Good to go for the morning, after the 50 minute drive from my b&b in Hawick…
If I die out there, will someone kindly drag my lifeless body across the line, so at least I can RIP.Posted 11 months ago
Dust! So much dust! And I have sunburned legs in the gap between socks and knee warmers. And I bloody finished in 11:53:53. So I am happy. Obviously I am never doing it again because yesterday’s glorious weather will never be repeated!
No sleep though. Think toothache in your knees radiating up and down your legs. Ow. But didn’t really suffer on the ride apart from when I ran out of water 10km before the last feed stop, the last 20km I’d had enough, the last 10km I’d really had enough.
Sorry I don’t think I got to put any faces to any forum names.Posted 11 months ago
The weather really was superb.
I’m doing it next year.
We yad a torn tyre and a crash on the nasty little ridges in the centre of the track.
I almost bonked on the lakeside way.
My only niggle really was the lack of actual food at the feedstations i didn’t really need snacks but i’d have killed for a sausage roll.
Don’t think i’ll ever have such a dusty bike.
I saw Bryan and made a comment about hipflasks to some singular speedersPosted 11 months ago
Brutal. Some of the downhills had me considering suspension (or bigger tyres than the 35c I was using).T
wo water bottles bounced out in the first few miles, never to be seen again (my final bottle disappeared around the 80mile mark), I wasn’t the only one.
At one point there was a person every 50yards fixing a puncture.
Finished in 12:10, I put this down to me stopping to help some poor soul who’d run out of innertubes 😉
Still, not bad considering I’d never ridden further than 80miles before.
Tubeless tyres work (I had no punctures).
Double wrapped bar tape was a great idea.
I need better bottles/cages that actually hold onto the bottles.
Don’t forget to eat (the last 15k I was running on empty).
I’d do it again next year thoughPosted 11 months agoTheOtherJamieMember
Frig that was tough, but I’m an outlaw!
Yup me too – 9hrs 56mins. Considering I was only supposed to be doing the 130 but decided to make the most of the nice weather I’m pretty pleased with that.
I’d recommend it to anyone but wouldn’t do it again, if that makes sense?Posted 11 months ago
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