- Whinlatter – Altura Gravity Stage Race – Who's in?
So I know that all of the real Enduroists are at the EWS this weekend, but who else is in the Altura Gravity Stage Race at Whinlatter on Saturday?
It’s my second Enduro after loving the ND(H)uro at Hamsterley a couple of months ago and I can’t wait.
I’m in Vets and will be mincing around on this:
It’s just been cleaned and prepped, after all of the rain this week and last will probably put the mud tyres back on tomorrow as it’s currently running Butcher front and Purgatory rear – if there are natural stages then they’ll be no good in the mud.
If you spot me come on over and say hello 😀Posted 3 years ago
I’ll be carrying my Camelbak Mule NV – with spares, tools, mini-pump, food, 2-3 litres of drink etc.
In my mind it’s just like a big ride in The Peak with my mates, in that I ride slowly uphill then try to beat those mates downhill – so I’ll be carrying just the same 😀Posted 3 years ago
Sounds great – a winter of off-piste in the forest has made me love the loam, mud and roots.
I guessed there’d be a mix of trail centre and fresh-cut but thought that the fresh-cut might be muddy because of the rain – you must’ve had it dryer than us here in Manchester!
But at least it won’t have been churned up by practise (except by locals in the know 😉 )
Existing tyre set-up it is then 8)Posted 3 years ago
The fresh cut sections look superb 8)Posted 3 years ago
Yep, im in, and ive got ‘Wooden Spoon’ written all over. Having never done any event like this in the past, and having a knee injury which means i’ll be riding flats for the first time in about 15 years, and having approximately no skill whatsoever, I reckon the odds on me finishing anywhere higher than dead last are, well, remote. Looking forward to it though.Posted 3 years ago
Ha Smogmonster, I’m in (almost) the same situation in Vets – I’m 49 later this year and up against 40 yr olds…. Bring on Grand Vets 8)
I see on the entry sheet that there’s 241 people entered, wonder if it’ll be the same amount of DNS/DNFs as at the ND(H)uro at Hamsterley – 250 people entered and there were only 170odd results shown on roots ‘n’ rain.
If so (and I finish) then I’ll be counting those people as being defeated by my majesty (or is that my mincing)…..Posted 3 years ago
Well who enjoyed that then?
I thought it was absolutely superb, a great blend of 4 natural stages and 2 trail centre ones.
We started with 4, 5 and 6 (second group down it after some of the Cyclewise lot) – all of our group fell off on stage 4 at least once each but absolutely loved it!
By the time we got to stage 1 it was a bog-fest of sticky mud – I certainly regretted the Rockguardz front mudguard down that because my front wheel wouldn’t go around half-way down, until I cleared off some of the clag…. Saw a few people carrying their bikes across the line for that very reason.
But I guess that Stage 4 was like that for the guys that started off on 1, 2 and 3?
My favourite was stage 2 – steep, fast, then techy.
Quite pleased with my result as well, 159th out of 232 overall and 36th in Vets. Better result than at Hamsterley, so can’t grumble.
I now want more, PMBA at Gisburn in Sept looks favourite 8)Posted 3 years ago
Had a great day, finished 71st overall, which considering I was firmly anticipating the wooden spoon, im very chuffed with. A mate came second overall which was an awesome result. Stage 1 was just terrible, and I cant say I enjoyed stage 4 a huge amount, but the rest was great. Id definitely have another go though, and of course the beer went down very well.Posted 3 years ago
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