PLEASE NOTE – GPX files and results can be downloaded from the following blog entry – Liphook Ride It

Over the last two days we’ve been preparing for this weekend’s Liphook Ride It event, riding the courses and putting out all the course markers. If you’re joining us on the weekend here’s what to expect.

Saturday MTB

After the torrential rain yesterday afternoon I wasn’t really looking forward to marking out the mountain bike course today as was expecting it to be a bit of a mud fest. Waking up to clear skies and sunshine this morning made things seem a bit better and once on the route I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t really that muddy at all.

There are obviously some muddy sections and some puddles but other parts of the course where it’s quite sandy seemed almost completely dry as you can see in the picture below. I only rode the short loop and haven’t spoke to Tony yet who was doing the rest of the course so not sure what he encountered.

Here’s the link to my garmin activity file that will allow you to see the course map and profile for the short loop that I rode -

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/107705135

Sunday Sportive

We were out on the road loop on Thursday and had a bit of a wet and miserable day, luckily we finished before the worst of the rain but still managed to get plenty wet enough in the morning. I was marking the short loop and decided to ride my singlespeed due to the bad weather and thinking it’d be pretty flat. I guess it is flat compared to the Lakes last weekend but there’s lots of rolling countryside and a few short hills that I found quite a challenge on the singlespeed so it’s certainly not easy.

Despite the rain the roads seemed to be in reasonably good condition. On Thursday they were a bit greasy in places with the damp weather but riding some the same roads today as we linked together the mountain bike course they seem to be drying out quite quickly. The weather forecast is a bit mixed for the weekend and changes each time I check it so we’ll have to wait and see.

Here’s the link to my garmin activity file that will allow you to see the course map and profile for the short loop that I rode -

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/107705160