Strathpuffer 2010 and all this snow
cullen-bay – Member
woohoo! 4-5 degrees on the run up to the puffer? looks like were in for a lot of mud…. NOOO!
Yeah, there's no way we're going to be lucky enough to keep this weather.
Mud it is.
Take plenty spare disk pads 🙂
(or get a set of drum brakes)
Never seen Metcheck accurate for the 'Puffer though.Posted 8 years ago
cullen-bay – Member
lucky Epicyclo? how would this weather be better than mud?
By the time of the race there would be some nice hard grooves worn into the snow – mainly by yourself – we're relying on you 🙂
Mud's fine too.
BTW couldn't fit my Snow Studs onto the Pompino with enough clearance at the rear, so that idea is out. Not willing to risk riding it without them.Posted 8 years ago
EXACTLY! forecast is for 5 degrees the week leading up to the event!!! WOOO!Posted 8 years ago
EDIT: just checked metguess and apparently it will be around -7 to -10 leading up to it… Hah, i love that site. http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/14days.asp?zipcode=IV14
After a nice 4 hour walk round today, I don't think anything other than full summer temperature rain and wind for the next fortnight is going to make much of a dent on that snow. It's likely to still go sub zero every night so the best we can hope for is icy slush I reckon. It was mental. I couldn't even ride the descents as the front wheel kept digging in and pitching me over the bars.
Whoever is going round the course on XC skis should keep doing it.Posted 8 years ago
So, either it's knee deep snow and we're walking (what's the criteria for a "bike"? Can I carry my 2 y.o's bike round 😉 )
OR it thaws and it's MUD. Cold, gritty mud that eats disk pads.
OR it's in the process of thawing and it's a repeat of 2008 – start ice, thaw overnight to provide 24h of the world's slipperiest surface. That was horrible. At least the gales look unlikely.
Last year was perfect. Apart from me breaking my knee at 2AM. Still, I raised £1000 for Sick Kids Hospital.
Say those prayers!
Cheers, al.Posted 8 years ago
With no sign of a thaw over the next 7-10 days the main question should be ,has the puffer finally fallen to the weather?I know people are getting out there and pushing their bikes around.This will only make the course worse if there is a thaw as the compressed snow will turn to ice which will take even longer to clear.Best to keep of the top rocky section and hope nature takes it coursePosted 8 years ago
I was planning building something like that Moots last year, but commonsense dictated otherwise – why have a snow bike for a few days a year?
That sound effect is me kicking myself….
Like JoJo I found that even where I could ride, there was always a large hole lurking to swallow my front wheel.
I think if it stays like this we need to send out the heavy riders first – a few hundred of them will soon have the track compacted into nice shiny ice 🙂Posted 8 years agojemimaMember
Whoever is going round the course on XC skis should keep doing it.
That's one of my friends from work :o)Posted 8 years ago
Shall I ask her to take this week off as well to keep tamping the course down for us?
I'm am kinda hoping for ice as I have a set of these:
Two years ago the access to contin was sheet ice and remained so for the weekend.At the last minute the medics got a quad in thus allowing the race to go ahead.The marshells had to walk to their post at the top of fire road.It is access to the campsite that is more likely to scupper the race,becauce if they cant get campervans and the like parked on the fireroad(due to sheet ice) the campsite cant cope with the volumePosted 8 years ago
All this speculation's killing me. We can't even travel unless we can offload the 4 kids to 2 sets of relatives, and getting them there safely in this weather is a challenge in itself. Then the drive up to Contin. As niterider says, the campers were parked all the way up the 1st climb, perhaps for a mile or so? If that road can't be used then could a nearby field be used? In 2008 we were dead lucky that the farmer was so accommodating – after the marquee blew away (1 metre tent pegs and all), he emptied the barn to let the event organisation in. Then he spent the weekend dragging people's vehicles in and out of the field. I seem to remember a 6 or 7AM meeting to announce whether the race was on. I arrived on Fri evening to be turned away and camped at the shinty pitch with loads of others, where my car promptly sank into the mud. I never moved the tent, and commuted through Strathpeffer to the start line for the duration of the race. The BBC's Dougie Vipond with his physical, dietary, mental, mechanical trainers & support and great big warm camper van on site beat me by 1 lap (very low numbers : my 6, his 7).
Somehow I entered again the next year. Hmm. And again this year.
All we can do is plan to travel and wait.
Cheers, al.Posted 8 years agobedmakerSubscriber
Any 29er riders looking for a set of ice tyres give me a mail, I've got a set of bonty jones with studs in
I would sell.
Been round the puffer course successfully a few times on glassy ice. Not much help when you stray into 400mm deep snow though 🙂
Can meet at Strathpeffer day before the race or whenever suits.
I'm not doing the race this year so don't mind getting rid of them.Posted 8 years ago
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