does it really matter if its not a race but an event??. Same goal, to get round in the fastest time. You get placed accordingly and win stuff if your one of the quick ones. No BC points which is the only discernable difference between the 2.
For alot of people its looked upon as a good season opener to see how training has went. The course itself is a tough 31 miles, great descents, tough tough climbs and alot of them. As previously said, stay in top 50-100 to avoid bottleneck at first singletrack, although thats generally about 2 miles from the start at the top of the climb.
Its a good event, well worth doingPosted 5 years agobig_n_daftMember
Yeah. Its not a race. Half of the **** that ride it seem to think it is though.
It is a race as it was part of race series and promoted as such
It is a race as it has a winner
It isn’t a race as it would be breaking relevant highways legislation
As it crosses a bridleway
Work it out if you canPosted 5 years agojonbaMember
Didn’t like it. When I did it I thought it was over priced as there was very little on offer for the entry fee. The start wasn’t great either, it is a mad sprint up the hill or you end up standing around to get on the singletrack and then it is too stop start to enjoy it.
I haven’t been back as I think there are better events and rides to do.Posted 5 years agoTom BMember
I did it a few years back-pretty tough, but then I was racing rather than riding-it’s billed as a challenge, but people like Rob Jebb don’t turn up for a pootle! As people have said, get a good start as the bottleneck is awful-after that it’s just a case of pacing yourself-there is a fair bit of climbing although I believe that some has been taken out in recent years?Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Thought about doing it when I lived at the bottom of the hill. for training I was advised to ride to the top of the north, then to the top of the south and repeat until I couldn’t walk/ride.
Lots of climbing available there. Like any race/event if you want to ride you will need to get clear of the bulk of the field if you want a smooth run.Posted 5 years ago
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