- What cycling discipline are you strongest at ?
It is pretty niche I will admit, but if I say so myself, I am pretty good at the old Mountain Bike Orienteering, including things like the OMM Bike events. Many wins over last 5 years, never out of top ten and usually top 3. Have won the Midlands championship and have come 4th overall in the British Championship a couple of years running. No doubt one of the key factors in my success is the relatively low numbers of people competing, although an ability to ride relatively competently while reading a map does help. Being quick helps, obviously, but is not the be all and end all thank goodness. Stick me in any sort of circuit race/time trial and I would come plum last for sure.Posted 11 months agow00dsterSubscriber
Allfankledup and me have similar skill set. I’m a bit more niche though, I specialise in buying bikes that all look the same so Mrs W has no idea when a new one enters the fold.Posted 11 months ago
And real answer, road crits, especially when the pack decides to stick together and doesn’t get too frisky early on. My weakness is recovering from multiple sprints out of corners. And according to Sufferfest I’m a sprinter (mainly because everything else is so bad)
I’d like to think XC as well, but the few races I’ve done have been sick inducing hell! I blame being on a 16kg full sus on flattish fields and not my lack of fitness!
(My first Crit of the year is 06th april, hoping everyone else has put 10kgs on since last summer season….)welshfarmerSubscriber
@welshfarmer was it you who led us on the wrong way by the canal 2 minutes in to the Cotswold jennride?!
lol bloody hell, I will never live that down will I? In my defence it was the first time I had ever tried to follow a route on the Garmin 520 which is about 1 inch square and only tells you when you are off route and not how to stay on it! Reading a proper paper map fixed to the handlebars is a whole different ball game.Posted 11 months agotaxi25Member
Pretending your in a race when doing a sportive ? Had a few good age related results. That aside Cyclocross and mtb xc. I didn’t start riding properly untill my late 30’s so everything is age related. Never riden a proper downhill bike, a bit to close to MX which I’ve done on and off so not bothered with it.Posted 11 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
Mine is Advanced level mincing, while grinning
I’m actually a reasonably succesful endurance downhill racer, it’s just that endurance downhill is barely even a thing. But it suited me perfectly- stomping out competent, undramatic, reasonably quick but not actually quick runs for a long time while faster riders break themselves or their bikes and drop out. Wish it’d come back.Posted 11 months agokiloSubscriber
That’s probably the ace-est prize I’ve ever heard of. Was it a single cheese, like a really good block of cheddar, or a 5kg cheeseboard? Imagine the pickles and crackers to go with that!
Five Kilo lump of cheddar, had to give colleagues lumps of cheese to get rid of it all in the end!Posted 11 months agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
IF I was to do any competition it would probably be XC racing that was most in my comfort zone but maybe that makes it not the best choice.
The concept of Enduro appeals a lot but I’m not convinced I have sufficient (man made) drops and jumps skills to not look a total tit/be an obstruction based on how I imagine courses are.Posted 11 months agothomthumbMember
I might actually do OK at that – certainly better than a proper race in any of those disciplines!
I’m not fit but certainly spread my self thinly in terms of disciplines. I’m good a bike collecting – indeed I only need the DH bike and i’m sorted + a big team bus to travel them in…
Right now, nothing, have a baby so time is limited
but +1 to this.Posted 11 months agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
I quite like climbing (on road). When I am at my fittest, I can come close to being a good climber although I don’t have what you might consider a normal “climber’s body” (i.e. skinny as a rail). I should be a decent sprinter, but I’m not.
And I suck at mountain biking.Posted 11 months ago
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