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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    you’re desparate for someone else to buy that bike so you don’t have to ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good luck to him with the ride – a really good challenge.

    druidh
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    Good luck to him. Weather doesn’t look too great though ๐Ÿ™

    I take it this will have to go down as a “supported” ride ๐Ÿ™„

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    I take it this will have to go down as a “supported” ride

    not really. the van is a safety measure. I’ll only be riding my bike to go and hide in a ditch with a camera. He won’t be drafting me or anything like that.

    druidh
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    Oh I know. It’s just that there was a thread on here recently, started by someone claiming to hold the records database, suggesting that even all you are doing was somehow deemed as “support” because the rider had an emergency bale-out/safety option (not a stance I agree with btw).

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    wow I wish I could be awesome enough to get into the hallowed records database ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LoCo
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Good Phil!

    Re. ‘supported’ it’s got to be people riding with you and support van supplying food/drink, shirley?

    paul78
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    Good luck Phil … this is a tough challenge rode it in one direction on way to east coast and was happy I didn’t have to make the turn at Fort William and ride back.

    I think the rules people are having a go at weren’t made by Steve but adopted from the US guys … in those regards it would be considered ‘supported’ argument being your approach differs to one with slightly less regard for personal safety if you know you have a lift close by… anyway doesn’t detract from the enormous task ahead.

    Premier Icon shaggy
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    The Spot link on the On-one site doesn’t work for me. The correct one is here.

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    cheers Shaggy.

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    On-One site now updated with the correct Spot URL.

    surfer
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    Daisy Duke is doing it this weekend also. Starting at 7am, unsupported

    Hope he doesnt mind me mentioning it on here 8)

    Good luck!!

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    Daisy Duke is doing it this weekend also

    the double?

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    My mate Phil is having a crack at this at the weekend, following months of training and planning. He’s going for a quick time.
    I’m going up with him to drive the van a bit/take photos/send tweets/ride my bike a bit/shout motivational slogans at him at 2am.

    details here (including a Spot Tracker link)
    http://www.on-one.co.uk/news/teams-and-riders/q/date/2012/09/14/phil-is-doing-the-double

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    surfer
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    He is my hero!!! swoon…..

    Rorschach
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    Ben from our club (could be daisy duke on here) is doing the double this weekend aswell-after doing one way a couple of weeks ago!
    Seems all the rage :0)

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Spot tracker is not updating…?

    Windy day here, cloud lowering, best of luck to them both..

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    My bad, tracker is working…

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Phil is nearly off the nasty bit by Loch Lomond and is ahead of schedule.

    Terrahawk is offering support by being sat in a pub miles away eating tatties and mince.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Good luck everyone.

    I’ll be offering support by sniffling manfully into a hanky, checking the feed and feeling sorry for myself.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Heading into Fort Bill soon. Quick McPoo with Lies in Maccy D’s (yeah, ‘course I’ll buy something) then turn around and head for home.

    anus
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    goo on lads

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Couple of miles from half way. No idea what the conditions are like or how long until the turn.

    Previous record was 41 hours (I could be wrong, I’d had a drink when this was explained). He has been going for just over 11.

    Target is 26 hours.

    Terrahawk has seen him a couple of times and got some photos. Hopefully he can post a few on here once he has finished his own 10 hour training ride. They are not doing this together, Jason is just within an hour or so with the van should it all go “Kates Up”.

    glupton1976
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    I hope he does it, because that route needs a proper high standard record set on it.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Through Fort William in about 12h 30m.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    By ‘eck lad.

    Doing an awesome job in some horrendous conditions… just seen him passing and flashed my lights in salute!!

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Previous record was 41 hours (I could be wrong, I’d had a drink when this was explained).

    Has been done in 38
    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/west-highland-way-double-1

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Seriously impressive

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Back at Loch Lomond in 22 and a bit hours.

    Weather – Rubbish
    Phil – Knackered but still going strong

    BTW Phil won Strathpuffer solo this year, so he knows what he is doing. Impressive stuff.

    birney29
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    If he is at Loch Lomond already, he must be on course to smash the record.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Whilst Phil suffers Jason is tweeting pictures of his own epic task. http://twitter.yfrog.com/mm9s9vmj

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Text update from Phil to Jason. He is out of the Loch Lomond bounder field. Back of the ride broken. One big climb left.

    Jason is about to tackle his second breakfast.

    5teve
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    wow I wish I could be awesome enough to get into the hallowed records database

    Why don’t you gents just step up and give self-supported riding a go instead of just being elitist and belittling about it. Put a few times down on here:
    http://www.bikepacking.net/ultra-records/

    You don’t own these big (by UK standards) rides, and are far from the only ones out there riding them.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Eh?

    Terrahawk, along with TwinklyDave, holds the record for the Trans Cambrain Way and The Way of The Roses.

    Trans-Cambrian Way

    http://wayoftheroses.info/news/story/ragley_riders_break_the_way_of_the_roses_record

    Premier Icon twinklydave
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    Why don’t you gents just step up and give self-supported riding a go instead of just being elitist and belittling about it.

    OR we could all just stop being finicky about giving ‘riding a bike for a long period of time’ so many rules, regulations and excuses to behave in a ‘elitist’ way.

    Jeez, it reminds of of the whole ‘solo vs “super” solo’ 24hr racing silliness that nearly started a while back.

    You don’t own these big (by UK standards) rides

    Eh?

    glupton1976
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    Right – what “support” has anyone given the person doing the riding? If it’s merely being in a van somewhere in the highlands incase everything goes horribly wrong then it can be considered support in any meaningful sense. For many stretches of the WHW there is no road access and no mobile phone signal and the bits where there is both are so bloody easy to ride that nobody will ever have a problem on them.

    If the guy in the van are preparing meals, fixing and swapping out bikes, towing the guy along – then it’s a supported ride. Anything else is just nonsense.

    Did the stupid interpretation of unsupported come from across the pond per chance? If so that might explain the pure knuckleheadedness of it.

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