- South Downs Double attempt under way
Rob Colliver set out from Winchester at 6am this morning for his South Downs Double attempt. He has just gone past QECP.
Track him on http://www.tinyurl.com/robdodgingbears
Only a handful of riders have completed the 200 mile South Downs Double ride on the South Downs Way between Winchester and Eastbourne.Posted 4 years agorollindoughnutMember
Tell him I’ll be rooting for him on the return leg.
Looking at Gfs forecast (local windsurfers favorite), the rain will be between 5-10pm, probably peaking around 9pm.
After 10pm looks like the rain will stop and the wind will drop noticeably.
So once it gets dark and the rain is lashing down in his face, tell him to tough it out, it will get better and we’ll be watching his progress.
EDIT:Posted 4 years ago
Looking at the radar I don’t think he’s got more than an hour before it hits….
…Which is good, because it’ll be over earlier. 🙂
Rob has had to call it a day just before Eastbourne. His gear cable frayed and he had no spare, at least he gave it a go, but CARRY SPARES.
Incidentally, my gear cable snapped on my South Downs Double, so I fixed it. http://richardsterry.blogspot.co.uk/p/big-day-south-downs-double.html
Hopefully Rob will try again soon.Posted 4 years ago
The South Downs Double can either be done Alpine style with no support or it can be done supported.
It’s a tough challenge where in 2011 there was only a 30% success rate. I’m not sure how many people have tried this year.
Where do you go after the Double – take on the Triple 😀Posted 4 years agojonny1867Member
Shame Rob had to abort his ride.
beacon2 – I completed the double in 22 hours 23 minutes unsupported on 29th June this year, blog is here, maybe some useful info for people wanting to give it a go http://jonnydouble.blogspot.co.uk/
BTW If any of you out there are old timers and want a bit of inspiration… I’m an ancient 51 years old!Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Support crew meeting him every 5 miles and no spares? Whoops! If it were me I would have a whole spare bike in the back of the car/van!! Easy to say in hindsight though of course. Hope he tries again and is successful, it’s a challenge I’d like to do myself one day (when a lot fitter!)Posted 4 years agospacemonkeyMember
Do people normally carry a spare cable? Maybe if I were touring I might carry one, or put a new cable in before something like this, but I’ve not snapped a gear cable in 15 years of mountain biking. Am I living on the edge?
Nope. I snapped one at Afan years ago but was lucky the shop had stock. We all know how sh1t we feel when we get a ride-ending mechanical 🙁Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
It’s one of those things you never think will happen- really bad luck!
I snapped a rear cable half way in to one of the SPAM Salisbury Plain events but luckily could finish thanks to a triple up front which made the 11T bearable in most situations…
Now I always carry a spare cable… but stupidly no means to cut it! Thinking about it, maybe I should go and cut it to a reasonable length now 😀Posted 4 years agorobcolliverMember
Just for a chuckle, I thought it’s time to have another bash at this double game, so, if the weather plays ball, I’m going to have a bash at the double double next wekend.
I think it makes about 400 miles and a few feet of climbing, should be done in about 54 hours.
Bike is in good shape, though last times half distance attempt was curtailed by a busted shifter rather than just a cable. XTR shifters don’t break often, so I feel lucky this time round.Posted 3 years ago
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