Worth keeping an eye on http://www.highlandtrail.net.
Just checked the leader board, Kevin and Steve are “Scratched” 🙁
Found Paul E and a few others off course.
Looking like Oliver is back marker…..take your time…make it round !
Maybe it’s harder going than we can imagine from the sofa in front of countryfile with an empty bottle of red and demolished roast.Posted 4 years ago
The Spot trackers (and the website tbh) seem to be a bit flaky. I’m guessing various reception problems. If you have a look at folks history you can see all sort of bit where there was no logging for a while. I’d assumed that Phil Simcocks signal would spark into life at some point and show him close to Aidan.Posted 4 years ago
aidans pulled a 30 odd mile lead over Mark now- over tough terrain. Aidans speed last night would indicate its walking terrain – which would be my thoughts IF its the trail i think it is with a loaded bike !
no idea where phil is – surely not still where his tracker says – he hasnt moved for 14 hours.Posted 4 years ago
The concept just seems plain wrong
What exactly is wrong? the idea of following them via web or just the idea of poor tech?
The idea of following someones location via the web is a regular issue on the bigger races (where same tech is used) as some people have actually had race interference due to knowing where riders are. Ive read stories of some riders turning tracker off for last hour of riding in hope of ensure a undisturbed nights sleep.
Poor tech cant really be resolved easilly, especially when you consider the very fact you are watching them is because the racers have forked out money for a tracker (£120) and a subscription to the service (99eruo a year) or have hired one (maybe £50 for the week?). Short of having people on the ground posting updates what else can you do?Posted 4 years ago
Yes, the whole event. I dunno, really find myself in a quandary these days with people treating the world as their playground and, yep, confess to being a bit of a hypocrite. 😳
What is worrying, imo, is that this concept could flourish with others being organised along a similar route.Posted 4 years ago
its only worrying if someone tries to profit from it and sent hundreds of riders out into the abyss.
10-20 riders doing it once a year – no issue.
Big companys organising “challenges” and other such races getting involved and sending hundreds of riders out with no respect for the country side. WRONG – bit of rain and they leave alot more than foot prints – more of a scarPosted 4 years ago
But how can you stop companies organising this? If there’s an opportunity to make money, can you blame them? Should morals/personal responsibility come into it?
A bit like stopping climbers going up Everest or going up Ben Nevis as I did, which I bitterly regret.
I dunno, need coffee me thinks.Posted 4 years ago
i guess it comes down to us boycotting their attempts.
lets face it , you send out half the people that sign up to the etap caledonia – as a challenge who then pick up a bike a couple months before on this route and all you have done is provide your self with the headache of mopping up the aftermath – its an expensive taxi 😉
Multi day rides like this are beyond just “picking up the bike”
you have to train almost specifically for it or be a very keen cyclist anyway…. therefore the onus is on us to boycott folk trying to organise events like this for profit and support grassroutes controlled “challenges” such as this and the cairngorm loop , there is a reason these guys limit the number of entrants – these could easily spiral out of control. – you have to justify your entry to the tour divide these days and almost “qualify” your place.
EDIT* I realise this event is non profit , non race but the hypothetical is that as these get more popular….Posted 4 years ago
oops, still a bit dumb this morning sorry all.
I dont think events like this will really raise the profile of multi-day events, they are still very niche. Having said that there are plenty available already, especially walking/running ones or even “multi-sport” ones.
While more people are entering them i think there is a limited pool of competitors who are willing (lets not say capable!) to take on events of that nature. One thing that separates those ‘organised’ race/events is support, which is not allowed on this type of event. I think this needs to be clearly pushed on all these remote events or challenges.Posted 4 years ago
looks like paul E ,, paul pomphret and john russell have all defaulted to the road for the trip back to base at drumnadrochit.
looks like brian dawson has either gone well off route into dingwall for repairs/supplies or to catch a train.
Phils still stationary , tracker has to be broken.
I did an audax this weekend….. there was support cars ! ….. ok a mate was greatful of this as his wheel exploded but its not in the spirit of the audax.
noticed from when i started 4/5 years ago a 300k audax taking in some of the biggest hills around got an entry of 30/40 riders… now it reaches cap at 130 riders.
jump to a 600k on a similar route and that drops to 30-40 riders again.Posted 4 years agoDavidBSubscriber
In response to those worried about this as an organised event..don’t be. It is just too hard and the website is damn clear that this is a self supported time trial. Why not look at the fact that it may inspire some other lardarses to get off the sofa and ride bikes?
We need more frontiers and these guys are hammering away at them. Go go go!Posted 4 years ago
Aidans hit 306miles ! with a massive lead.
3 are in Fort Augustus, presumed bail out’s or thinking about it.
Oliver has moved on, and looking at the spot is maybe lost or bailing out.
Oliver is back marker going on other chatter on here.
This is way more fun than that fast car race in some town yesterday 🙂
Go Oliver.Posted 4 years ago
Oliver must be a STW forumite.
Hope he has allowed lots of time off work. Be epic if he does make it round….or even half way 🙂 i get to follow his progress for the next week.
I wonder if he looked at this event and just thought “hell yeah, looks like a giggle” and entered. Can’t win but going to have a stab at it anyway.
Will look back later see if he has doubled back to find the missed turning.
Go Oliver !Posted 4 years agoAlasdairMcMember
I scratched this morning with Brian Dawson. I had the beginnings of an Achilles strain when I started pedalling and didn’t want it to develop into something more serious during the sixty mile wild bit between Contin and Ullapool.
Nik left us on his way to Ullapool although he’s aiming to do it in the full eight days. Kudos to him though – I really hope he makes it.
Next year’s strategy will be to train more with a heavy bike, just carrying it up hills. Also, to eat more and carry less. Suspension is also being considered as the rigid when fully loaded was hell on my arms.
No regrets though – a brilliant route that seems to test everyone. The leaders were expecting sub three days but that looks unlikely now…Posted 4 years ago
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