- Strathpuffer weather – what to expect?
first year was flipping’ freezing, only the single speeders stood a chance (then their brakes froze).
Next it was rain for 24 hours with bit snow thrown in, brake pads disappeared in a lap, and bad luck if you had rim brakes.
Since then has been windy as ****, so icy that ice tyres finally made sense (as I understand it), and quite mild I think last year.
Only certainly is it’ll be dark, ash. Prepare for anything, really. Worst case is above freezing I’d have thought, best case is just below freezing and calm..Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
See if there are archive clips from The Adventure Show (BBC) online, they did it (a couple of times I think) with a halt called mid-way when one of the guys had an off with suspected concussion..
One of the archive Singletracks had an article by Ed Oxley doing it as well, worth looking out..
Have marshalled, helped out as crew, no way would I take part 🙂Posted 4 years agotwinklydaveSubscriber
It doesn’t really matter about the weather as it’s usually too dark to see it 🙂
It’s generally wet. In fact it’s always wet, just sometimes it’s frozen at the same time! The main climb can freeze quite readily (making those who’ve forked out on studded tyres very smug), but the course is generally rideable whatever the weather’s doing (and if it isn’t, due to deep snow etc, the local heroes tend to sort it out)Posted 4 years ago
Weather can do what it wants this year afaiac …. Due to the womenfolk putting their foot down we have aquired a 7 berth camper for 42 quid each……
Not that the women folk will see inside it much as they are racing in pairs.
Still got the love wagon ( lwb hr transit) for getting changed in. No one in shoes or cycling clothing of any kind will be getting inside the camper.
We are in a fun team of 4 but also supporting the ladies in their first crack at pairsPosted 4 years agogwaelodMember
what the weather is like generally makes no difference unless you are intending doing it every year for the next 20 years. What it will be like specifically this year is too early to say. When I lived in North of SCotland I experienced temperatures of -20c and +20c in January (although it wasn’t in the same january).
Anything from fine, sunny teeshirts and shorts to cloudy with enough rain to depress an otter, to thick snowplough stopping snow is possible this year.
Which is why the North of Scotland is AcePosted 4 years agobrantMember
I rode it last year with Shaggy. I barely survived a lap with ice tyres due to the slippy surface, and he kicked my ass on a fatty with Floaters.
The drive up was amazing in itself.
I think it basically nearly killed me and took me three months to get over it.
Glad I did it. Never again.Posted 4 years agobreadcrumbSubscriber
This year was icy but relatively dry, couple of showers but nothing horrendous.
Last year was very muddy, nasty gritty mud at that.
Looking at the long range forecast it says low of 2° and a bit of rain. TBH you’ll only know on the day.
We’re currently looking for a 4thPosted 4 years ago
idiotmember as we’ve lost one already!
T-RPosted 4 years ago
Yeah that was the year, G was trying to get my tent up as well when his turned into a kite. We were all ushered to a car park in town to overnight, turns out the car park was effectivly an ice rink. One of our quad had his steerer tube snap on the fast woody descent and he facplanted quite badly. Next guy down found him and called me, as he was out cold. We spent a warm few hours at the Raigmore.BrickManMember
Take a good few sets of disc pads, get mudguards,go SS/fixed/ fat tyres, the whole skinny tyres sinking in and finding grip… erm… no.
Take a van or big tent that you don’t mind getting minging, and lots of changes of cloths.
waterproof boots + gaitors are required for survival.
make sure your drivechain is new or nearly new, no dodgy joining links etc.
I think the best weather is prob 0>-5c Cold enough to keep the mud frozen but not so cold you loose toesPosted 4 years ago
dunno – looking about i spotted more folks on skinny tires and its certainly worked for me for both solos and teams and really only go fixed if you dislike your knees – its very uppy downy with some insanely fast freewheeling sections.
and although shaggy made a fatbike look good last year – remember shaggy could make a shopping cart look competitive on the puffer course. For mere mortals a fat bike is just more drag on the fireroad.Posted 4 years agospecializedbearMember
I’m a Puffer Solo first timer. Why am I feelin excited and Scared Sh*tless at the same time?Posted 4 years ago
Plannin on running 29er hardtail with hub gear, 2.25 tyres and a van load of brake pads. Plus every bit of cycling clothing and warm gloves I own. Also every set of proper lights I can beg and borrow.
What you Puffer Vets reckon? Any other advice for this virgin.
P.S. Did over 12hrs through out Wednesday night, up the forest and felt ok.
Any tips for the last few weeks of prep etc.
Cheers for any help/Advice.
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