I did some of it last year but retired due to being ill. It starts with a long fireroad climb, which finishes with a massive queue for the singletrack sections to begin. Very up and down. Good event, just couldn’t finish it. Good job I havn’t entered again this year, ill again 🙁Posted 5 years ago
I’ll be there.Posted 5 years ago
Not done it before so no idea what to expect. Is it one long lap or lots of little ones? If it’s one big one does it have a drink station?
Also, what tyres will you all be using? 😉 Serious point though, I don’t know the terrain, choice of Nobby Nics, Mountain Kings, Race Kings or Speed Kings, in order of wet to dry preference.
It’ll be dry, so tyres aren’t really such a biggy – I’d go MK front, RK rear.Posted 5 years ago
It’s one big lap, which might have a couple of drinks stops.
As above, all up or down – mostly middle ring climbing.
Start fast to avoid the queueing.
I may go up and holler for a while.
doing it again this year. A very tough 33 miles, alot of climbs, most very steep and long. Conditions are generally good, think Glentress type of trail conditions with alot of slate. Deffo need a good set of legs though.
Tyre wise, although i’ve punctured past 2 years, will be running racing ralph front and ritchey wcs shield rear.
Also, if its same course as last 2 years, a good start is neccessary or you’ll get stuck by the first singletrack after about 2 milesPosted 5 years ago
Cheers Box.Posted 5 years ago
One more question, do we get gridded with fastest guys at the front or do we do it ourselves on a ‘first-come basis’?
This is a really important question as the answer will determine whether I need to drag myself out of bed early, and having lost an hour’s sleep too (small price to pay for the clocks going back to sensible time though)paulrockliffeMember
Just bled my front brake and discovered a seal has gone, so if you see someone locking their rear wheel and overshooting the turns on the descents, that’ll be me!
It’s two laps, a 17 and a 14 and the start has changed this year. The finish might have changed too, where you cross the road and enter the forest for the last climb isn’t accessible.Posted 5 years agobangermooseMember
ive just moved up to cumbria from the midlands
boxelder, cockermouth, loving the riding on the door step up here!
though not happy today, a spring went in my rear mech so had to pull out after 6 miles!… not cool.
hope you all had a good ride though, and out of interest what sort of times did people put in?Posted 5 years agoredfordriderMember
2:38:25 43rd. I’ll be keeping my triple chainset, thank you. Great conditions – dry, fast and with sections that rewarded good bike handling skills ie not mine! But the day belonged to the climbers. The first section did a good job of stretching out the field before the single track began. Overall, a great event. Looking forward to seeing the photos.Posted 5 years ago
Great event enjoyed being Tailendcharlie giving encouraging words to the back markers and bringing them home the last guy on the full enduro was a fit lad(rider 29) but bonked really badly and was determined to finish so I coaxed him along he ate all my bloody food to!!!! Thanked me @ the end which was good.Posted 5 years ago
Good to meet up with old and new faces 🙂
Wow, that was a hard 30 miles! I was really phased by how slippy the rock is there. I thought I’d buckled my back wheel at one point where my back end was all over the shop!Posted 5 years ago
Johnclimber, you passed me on your fun-bike just after some swoopy stuff where we were held up on the jumps and berms. I had a few squeaky, squealy moments 🙂
Was worth the 8 hr drive South as I came 1st Vet lady and 3rd lady overall in 3hrs 5.
My sister was doing her first ever MTB event, chose to complete the full Enduro and completed it in 4hrs 20. Very proud of her 🙂
great weather, great day. Worst part of the course being the singletrack leading to the main road beside the visitor centre. Like riding on ice.
Finished 3rd after blowing with 2 climbs to go. First lap pace was incredible for the 3 of us, pulling out a massive lead. After that some cat and mouse games before my legs gave up. Really enjoyed it though.
down at 2:14:50 but ticket time of 2:13:24 after 2 guys in front of me got sent wrong way. Neal actually done 3 laps whereas Rich turned back down the trail before he went too far. :(. All got sorted in the end though it meant mixing the times up a bit by looks of itPosted 5 years agoPosted 5 years ago
Pleased it wasn’t just me struggling on that bit just before the road! I was cursing my tyres for whole race (Conti RaceKings FWIW), maybe should have gone for MountainKings. Snapped a chain too. Still fairly happy with reult though and really enjoyed it, didn’t feel like 30 miles though, very fast!Posted 5 years ago
Many thanks to those responsible.BenjiMMember
Does anyone have a gpx of the route they could send me please? My Sports Tracker won’t sync and it didn’t seem to pick up the whole route properly. I was chuffed with my time, although it could have been faster if my back brake didn’t keep binding :(. Seemed to be a lot of folks with snapped chains! I’m the bloke behind the fella in the star spangled top in the above pic!Posted 5 years ago
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