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DaneParticipant4 October 2013 at 12:07Post count: 50
Brilliant Report El,
What an amazing race and challenge. This is on my list for next year as I’ve just got a cross bike and am loving the mud.
Well done, the guts and determination that you showed just to finish is admirable.
Hopefully see you soon at a cross race 😀DaneParticipant13 September 2013 at 09:12Post count: 50DaneParticipant28 August 2013 at 08:29Post count: 50DaneParticipant8 August 2013 at 09:41Post count: 50DaneParticipant8 July 2013 at 08:01Post count: 50DaneParticipant31 May 2013 at 08:46Post count: 50
Woody, if you’ve never ridden an outdoor track I suggest you try it, it is a fairly different experience than riding indoors at Manchester. I’ve been in 5 abreast sprints at Newcastle, in Manchester, you are lucky to get 3 across the track and it is harder to win a race from anywhere further back than 3rd wheel.
I don’t have any preference on venues, but I live next door to Manchester, so that would be much easier for me.
Only been on the track twice this year, so will have to dust off the bike and legs before the champs!DaneParticipant17 May 2013 at 08:46Post count: 50DaneParticipant24 April 2013 at 08:40Post count: 50
Sorry to blow you out, but I already have a proposed partner: Ewart Howkins he says he will happily sit behind me for 20 miles, probably on the tops, waving at the crowd!
He is very much a legend even Sean Kelly remembers him from the old racing days!DaneParticipant23 April 2013 at 10:47Post count: 50
Thanks Eleanor and Jed 🙂
Kris was going really well, and led the bunch for a fair bit, but got a puncture at halfway. There was a lot of gravel on the road in places, so there were a fair few that suffered the same fate. We also helped out with marshalling the womens race, that looked like a great race too and was great to be part of the event.DaneParticipant22 April 2013 at 11:59Post count: 50
From my blog:
Well that was a fun day out!
For me it started at 6:30 am, when I was awakened by massive hamstring cramp in bed! I thought that was it, race over, as I tried to massage the muscle back to normal.
I hobbled around debating what to do, but thought sod it I’ll just sit in and see how much my leg can take.
After a warmup, I use the term loosely, as it was very cold, the legs felt reasonable.
The race was aggressive from the off, with small moves going away and being brought back. A group of three got away with a couple of laps to go and the bunch then sat up. this suited me well, as I felt surprisingly good on the last lap.
The run in to the finish is after two climbs, each lasting around a minute, I knew that position was going to be key up to and after the last climb to have any chance of featuring in the bunch sprint. I was around 10th wheel going into the last climb and 2nd wheel when at the top, just marking any moves really, not trying to get away. I throttled off a bit and took 5th wheel going into the corner off the climb – ideal position to go into the sprint around a mile later.
The finish is around 200 m of straightish road, so I knew that I could come off the wheel and go over to the right. With 100m to go, an idiot next to me had the same idea and rode into my bars nearly causing me to crash. This ruined any chance of taking the bunch sprint for 5th place, and I came in 15th.
The same rider, from St Helens RC, was riding like an idiot all day and after I complained and others did, there wasn’t any action taken. I know there is a fine line in road sprinting, but switching line and riding into people is just dangerous!
DaneDaneParticipant18 April 2013 at 09:45Post count: 50
I would be honoured to pace one of our legends around the course 🙂DaneParticipant18 April 2013 at 08:26Post count: 50
Nice one guys! Kris, I will be marshalling in the afternoon too, will be good to have some company 🙂DaneParticipant11 February 2013 at 16:35Post count: 50DaneParticipant30 January 2013 at 16:49Post count: 50
Bloody Hell, I thought We had it bad, she even went down the closed road that looked like a canal!
I came across a road closed sign due to a flood but feeling confident from before ploughed in, it wasn’t long before I was up to my headset and then stuck! I waded back out and found my way round, I found out later I was nearly through it I just couldn’t see round the corner.
An she rode from Bolton…
The headwind, coupled with the hailstones was truly epic on the outward leg. A real energy sapper!
Hats off, what a brave soldier!DaneParticipant28 January 2013 at 15:47Post count: 50
Just read through your report on the Buxton MTT on a fixed gear, absolutely epic!
I will have a look at the Circuit of the Dales, a friend rode it last year and really enjoyed it. 50 miles is a long way on those roads!
I’m def riding Buxton again this year, entered it online.