What’s the hardest ride you remember being on??
I was just trying to remember which was the hardest ride I’ve been on.
Its a toss up between:
a Monster day out we did in the Quantocks or
a Northern mincing Peaks route to scare us southern shandy drinkers or
Penmachno and Llandegla back to back as fast as I could or
a Sheldon FOD Special
I think the award just goes to the Northern Mincing Peaks route
What’s been yours and why was it so hard?Posted 9 years ago
“Doing all 3 of the old CyB routes in a day, twice. 98 miles, 16000ft of climbing at 11 hours. For obvious reasons.”
That’s just silly…
I don’t know about any particular ride, but ones where I’ve been cold, wet and miles from home aren’t favourites.
Actually, one where I cracked a rib, about 20 miles from home, was probably the most painful (front wheel jacknifed, end of bar straight into chest). Had to ride all the way home, in quite a bit of pain, and fell off another 3 times, because I couldn’t control the bike properly. That didn’t help.
Had to take 2 weeks off work, and couldn’t ride for nearly a month.Posted 9 years ago
It wasn’t as hard as it sounds RB, the 2 laps of the Karrimor were boring, but by the time you’ve done them you’re well over half way! It was a slightly stupid scheme hatched the night before, hardly a well planned epic! Didn’t get overtaken the whole day though, which was good!Posted 9 years agoaPMember
Riding out from Ealing to Newlands Corner at 6am on a borrowed mid 60s Roberts short wheelbase tandem, entering a 200K audax, having bearded audax riders pull out of our slipstream on the drop down to Shere pedalling like mad as we coasted at over 50mph before they stopped infront of us and we discovered that the front brake had slipped as we rode over them. Discovering that riding up Pitch Hill with a bottom gear of 53/21 was a bit tough. Having enough after about 120K of the audax and riding back to Ealing getting back at 8pm.Posted 9 years agoslugwashMember
The 1999 Paris-Brest-Paris. 1200 kms in 92 hours with about four hours sleep in total, the longest amount of continous kip being about 40 minutes. I tried to give up several times but something deep inside me made me ride it to the end. I declined to purchase one of the official photos of riders on sale at the end of the ride ‘cos i looked like a mustard gas victim.Posted 9 years agopantsonfireMember
Riding on the Cairngorm plateau in scotland during the heatwave in 2003 we had never ridden in such heat before and didnt take enough water. It was only when I sucked the last drop out of my drink bladder did it strike home we were about 2 hours away from our next drink. I ended up hallucinating and babbling about cats. Took the rest of the week to get over it.Posted 9 years agoUncleFredMember
2008 La Ruta De Los Conquistadores.
4 days of mud, climbing, mud, 20km technical rocky decents, rail road. More Mud. Bit more climbing. Some heat & humidity. bit more mud, bit more climbing. Some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen and did I mention mud?
2008 Etape was pretty tough with the cold.
2007 Etape was horrible. Bonked on Port De Bales.
I’d like to Paris-Brest-Paris and then the RAAM but I don’t think my body will last.Posted 9 years agosimonralli2Member
Last year Roper set up a ride along the Straights of Gibraltar in June/July. The idea was to set off early, so as to avoid the mid day sun. Well it turned into a 6 hour epic in 33c heat and I was an absolute wreck at the end of it but I made it. I was woefully under provisioned in the food side of things but ended up with two of JanetStreetPorter’s chicken, cheese and coleslaw rolls.Posted 9 years ago
1200 kms in 92 hours with about four hours sleep in total
Ladies and gentlemen; we have a winner.
I can’t even begin to comprehend why, let alone how, you could do such a thing.
All other tales pale into insignificance, next to that.
But I bet some nutter will be along to try and top it…Posted 9 years agodevsMember
Laggan black as a novice. I carried down 2 of the obstacles but stubbornly rode the rest. Twice over the bars and off a few times. Refused to give up and ended up cut, bruised and with tendonitis in my arms wondering if this mtb malarkey is really for me. Strangely I was so angry at the end of the run I had red mist and cleaned the Devil’s Chessboard which is the main gotcha for most people. I’ve done a 108 miler off road in a day since then but it was a walk in the park in comparison.Posted 9 years agoslugwashMember
‘1200 kms in 92 hours with about four hours sleep in total
Ladies and gentlemen; we have a winner.’
I was one of the last people to finish before the cut-off time, and the last Brit to finish. Some folks did it in half the time I did it in, some with no sleep. So there were plenty more people more hardcore & nutty than me! It was particularly hard for me ‘cos my pre-ride preperation & training was a complete shambles. Luckily I’ve failed to qualify for the two subsequant PBP’s.Posted 9 years agodevsMember
We’ve got a bit of an ice storm going on just now. Because we’ve had silly temps like -10 for a week the ground is so cold that even though the air has managed to reach the dizzy heights of 3 deg, the melted hoare frost and rain has frozen solid on contact with the ground. The result is sheet ice over everything except the main roads. I thought the woods would be different – WRONG! I have just done 10 miles of the hardest, most sphincter twitching, mind focussing icy trails ever. Only 2 offs but a few sliding tripods. One of the offs was a motorcyle style slide alongside the bike for what felt like miles. If it isn’t my hardest ride ever it’s only a gnat’s cock off it!Posted 9 years agoahsatSubscriber
My first epic for sure. 50km over High Cup Nick and the side of Cross Fell. Have done longer rides since, but had only been riding for about 8 months and I was so trashed at the end I couldnt even take my socks off or pick my bike of the ground after I dropped it on my mates bike. Otherwise, the second day of the W2W this year – managed to get heat stroke, but after some rehydration and peanuts I finished it; or Selkirk and Innerleithen – I got the fear after blood came flooding out my arm, was the most technical riding I had ever done at theat point; or Skiddaw Figure of 9 – first ever MOUNTAIN bike ride and I was broken mentally and physically; havent done it in the 2 years since, but I know I could def now have it!Posted 9 years agosamuriMember
Transpennine trail in a day on a fixie. Not that I completed it but I did 180 miles of it before finally giving up. Made hard not by the distance but by my stupid choice of shorts which rubbed my arse ragged. I’ll try again sometime, maybe with gears, it’s perfectly doable as far as I’m concerned though.Posted 9 years ago
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