Who’s all going to 10 Under The Ben this weekend?
It was a wee bit of a faff, but I think they’ve got some things streamlined for this year. I’d prefer to register the night before as I detest getting up early for anything. What’s nice is for everyone to be sociable and in the same more confined vicinity rather than spread out over the campsite socialising in their own wee groups and wandering up to the sign on in dribs and drabs.Posted 8 years ago
Managed 5 laps solo. Heat FAIL.
Hot and sunny. Still, good event despite start line congestion and the dubious dancing from the band’s lead singer. Big up to the Manchester Company Of Extreme Largeness and his mad thong-clad pyromania.
Pretty good course though not quite as good as in previous years I don’t think. Felt like a lot more climbing but GPS says last year was 350m per lap and this year 360m so basically the same. Never quite felt like we got the value back on descents so maybe that was it? Sad to see the demise of The Wall as well, loved that bit of trail in both directions.
Good banter on the course as ever and absolutely no issues with passing or being passed. Usual excellent No Fuss Swan Style organisation and big thanks to all the helpers and marshalls. Top event – bring on Kirroughtree!
ps trail_rat – your lighting board isn’t working properly – check the earth!Posted 8 years ago
my lighting board isnt working right cause it has the wrong bulb in one side as i live in a town where its impossible to get anything you want!
food on friday night was a bit lack lustre , i know frazers hands are tied with the gondola company but after the food at kirroughtree and moray being so excellent , perhaps we have been spoilt !
9 laps in solo , heat fail … 3 laps in i was mega cramping….. i drank 25 litres of torq and nuun over the course of the day ! did one piss and it was lumo orange.
disapointed in the number of tubes left at the side of the trail and the young ones trail manners …. (most folk were curteous but these 3 guys on treks were rude to me and barged the woman infront of me off ….i was sat behind her to let her get to a safe place to stop you knobs ! )
Great weekend , and appologies if you spoke to me during event i was in a world of hurt and probably wasnt cohearant in the slightest !Posted 8 years agomr_struSubscriber
Managed 7 laps which I was pretty pleased about.
I liked the course. Nice fun descents which were technical enough to make a difference which is always good. Was really quite warm though.
25 litres of liquid is an astonishing amount. I thought I was drinking a lot and only went through about 10.Posted 8 years ago
I collapsed after the first lap due to heat exhaustion/ sun stroke. No amount of training could prepare you for that despite making sure I was mega hydrated beforehand. That means I only managed a grand total of 19 miles according to my computer. Temps reached 95 deg. 🙁
I finished the lap, went to get some more water but I was all over the place. I didn’t feel tired but all of a sudden I was delerious, feeling sick, switching between roasting hot and ice cold. A slight stomach bug in the week leading up to it didn’t help. I managed to make it back to the camp area then collapsed. Probably should have went to the first aid tent but there was no way I was making it.
The course was great though. A few boring fire road climbs and some really tricky descents. I’ll be back next year!Posted 8 years ago
Thats never good bob. Hope you are feeling better now !
the cackle never gets boring !
who all took the technical(as the marshalled called it) drop instead of the board walk before the last natural section pre wall … mashed my knuts off the back of my saddle at least twice trying to get back off the rear of an arse up head down XC bike !Posted 8 years ago
well done trailrat and mr_stru on the laps, very impressive. I ran out of fluid on the big climb on lap 2 – 1 hour of riding with no liquid going in pretty much did me in for the day. Should have checked how much was left after prologue + lap one, easy to say that now though.
Didn’t do the drop. Didn’t realise it was an option until several laps in then didn’t seem the time to be giving new stuff a go when I didn’t have to. Proudest moment was riding the tricky corner right at the end of the final lap (coming off the Berminator) 🙂
Bob hard luck, I feel your pain. Too much water can be a bad thing. Electrolyte energy drink or Nuun tablets are the way to go.Posted 8 years ago
stu , i lost a bottle on my 4th lap (was running 2 bottles and 1 camelback) somewhere between transition and the back corner up the steep climb. which left me fluidless for half a lap till helen from EUCC and Andy Barlow(on a non racing practice lap) donated some water to my empty water bottle and parched mouth ….i was waiting for the stream at the rocks to fill up at if i didnt see anyone i knew to mooch from !Posted 8 years ago
some photos … not mine
chap msged me to say he selling hi res for a 5er and has more to go up. I like mine so may take him up on that offer !Posted 8 years agoTheLittlestHoboMember
Excellent event. I did that first lap way to quick considering the heat. Got in about 15mins before a pal who is usually quicker than me. I paid for it on my next lap because the heat caused me to feel a little unwell.
Anyhow, we werent in it for racing but we all did our target in the team and one of our team did amazingly. She only really rides a little, possible a lap of mabie once a month etc. We expected her to do a lap every 2 hrs and maybe even just the one lap. We were still having a pasta meal when she came in on her second lap about 30mins quicker. She was buzzing from the atmosphere and full of stories of people she had chatted to and it must have helped.
I enjoyed the course and did my fastest lap at the end of the day when i was able to hide from the sun. Two of us out of our trio rode it so we could try to help each other along 🙂Posted 8 years agokcalSubscriber
who all took the technical(as the marshalled called it) drop instead of the board walk before the last natural section pre wall ..
terry, didn’t on first two laps, Stewart persuaded me on the third, was a bit of a woosh down but ‘fine’ I thought. More tired on the fourth and final so I didn’t.
Had more water and electrolyte than ever before, seemed to work, last lap time was about as near as dammit as the previous two. Some nice natural sections, would not have enjoyed in the wet though !!Posted 8 years ago
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