RIDER TIMES AND PICTURES
I took some pictures on Saturday. You can look at these and download from our Flickr account. Just click on the top left picture in the widget on the right of the blog.
Thanks to everyone who ventured out over the weekend ( about 410 of you) despite the snow, ice and minus temps.
No signal. No Battery.
Ride is ON.
See you there
Update 6pm Saturday
Well today went well Lots of knackered riders back at the finish with some experiencing their first rides in the snow! Times and pics should be up tomorrow.
Tomorrow – looking at the weather forecast it’s a bit more touch and go. The tempurature is warmer than last night but there is a hard frost forecast and perhaps a bit of rain. I have driven home on some of the roads we are using tomorrow and they are dry, although I am changing the route to miss out a hill climb that hasn’t thawed today.
So, in summary. At the moment the ride is going ahead, but I will be driving around the course from 4am in the morning so will have a better idea of the road conditions then. Please look back here in the morning and I’ll post up last minute details between 6.30 and 7am.
GPX files for the MTB are now correct. There are only two routes, a short (14 miles) and the Medium ( 25miles). I had to make the descision today to take out the long, only toworrow will tell if I was right
I have just returned from putting up about 9 miles of route and it’s fine out there! Here’s my loop, don’t forget I had to keep stopping to put out arrows and this is not your exact route for tomorrow Garmin Connect .I had to push up about 50ft when my progress was halted by a fallen tree but other than that, I rode it all. The cold weather is actually helping by freezing the mud and I have to say that I rode this at a pretty fast pace, even getting into top gear in one or two places There is snow on the ground and my sugestions for riding in it are to put yourself in a gear that keeps your pedals spinning at a rate slightly faster than you would normally. If you’re spinning to fast then you’ll get knackered, to slow and you’ll not keep up momentum. Also, try to stay out of the 4×4 wheel tracks as they will be hard and if you fall of this thin ribbon of compacted snow it’ll be into the soft stuff and you’ll have difficulty keeping control. Far better to ride in the fresh stuff.
We are 99% go for this event at the moment.
Picture from today:-
Only kidding, that was Scotland last year
Here’s my bike after my ride today:-
See, not too bad.
Update 11.55am -
The boys are out putting up the course and the news is that, at the moment, the event is still on. It’s going to be snowy and a bit tough in places but the sun is supposed to be out tomorrow. We have, however, reduced the options to one 14 mile and one roughly 24mile route. So only two routes but we think that’ll be enough for most people!
I will post up here tomorrow about 7am if we do decide to cancel.
Well the road route out and the news today is that the course is pretty much ok. There are a few patches of ice but as long as you are not being silly then these are all rideable. Obviously this is all dependant on the weather between now and then with predicted snow and freezing temps on there way. As stated before, we are all go at the moment but should we need to cancel the event then I will post up here in the morning. I drive the course before turning up to the event venue ( I’m on the road at 3am) so I’ll have an idea of the state of the roads and either make changes or the decision to cancel.
The MTB ride is a lot less of a problem as the snow and ice add to the obsticles It actually freezes the mud and makes the riding easier…… The only thing that will stop the MTB ride is if we can’t park you all due to the carparks being under snow. Again check here and we’ll post up what’s happening.
Today’s ride, again the long loop, was very nice to be honest. I started in a layby with a burger wagon, which was a mistake. One bacon and egg roll later and it was time to venture out into the cold. The first 300mtrs had me nearly turning back as the cold was making my head ache. But thinking of the shame of putting out the course in the van, I manned up and carried on. I’m glad I did because as soon as I warmed up the course became very enjoyable, with some climbs to make you work and pretty scenery to keep you looking around. After dropping down from the ridgeway there is time to recuperate before climbing back up and rejoining the medium route and the long, fast finish into Watlington. You can see the data from my ride here ( Green arrow points to the burger van )
The MTB route is completely different to the last couple of years, this the inclusionof a couple of new descents and climbs. There are a plenty of singletrack sections but just be carefull when descending as it’ll take longer in these conditions.
Remember it’s NOT a race
Just a reminder that these rides are not races in any shape or form. Please treat other road and trail users with respect and patience, always give way and be courteous. Do not ride more than two abreast on roads where it’s not safe to do so, STOP at junctions and be aware that there might be something big around that blind corner. We do not insure you for your actions on our rides – if you hit a car it’s down to you to pay for the damage!
MTB GPX files now correct. Only a short and Medium, no long.
Garmin 800 road files with turn by turn info and MMO files can be found here:-
GPX files for other units.
Run the files through bikehike.co.uk and see if that helps you out. Garmin 500 users – export as a TCX file to get the course accepted. Go to “Course creator” Upload the file and then download it back to your computer ( select gpx track)
Map for Richard.