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  • Northern Rock Cyclone

     HarryB updated 9 years, 10 months ago 13 Members · 36 Posts
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  • abrooks100

    17 June 2011 at 10:13 am

    Anyone taking part in this event?

    I have just signed up final day for entries today.

    I am hoping that I can see the improvements I have made in the last year i this event, going to be using it as a bench mark. I was really dissapointed in my time last year of 7.40hrs, although this was only my second ever sportive with not alot of training. This year I have already beat my time for the Richmond by almost an 1hr1/2 and just last weekend I did the c2c (125 miles) in 7.32hrs riding. So im hoping to acheive a respectable time!

    Whats anyone else’s targets?

  • HarryB

    17 June 2011 at 11:33 am

    Yes. I’m doing it.

    I was on target for gold last year but had two punctures after about 70 miles and I was riding on tubs.

    Aiming for gold again but it all depends on weather and if I can get in a fast group from time to time. Anything over 6 hours and the coach gets shown the door 😈

  • brin

    17 June 2011 at 9:12 pm

    First time i’m attempting the long route after previously done the medium route last 3 years, hoping to get round under 7 hours, the Ryals aren’t as bad as some other climbs iv’e done, altho after 80+ miles in my legs i’ll probably feel it this time, done a recce of part of the long route last weekend, roads aren’t too good unfortunately – looking forward to it again tho.

  • JP

    20 June 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I’m in. Good luck to everyone involved and fingers crossed for the weather.

    Do the late entrants know about the route changes that were announced via email from the organiser (Peter) on 5th May? It seems the route has been lengthened a bit, making direct comparison with last years times a bit trickier.

    Route Change to Rides B & C.

    I have just been informed that the road between Meldon and Dyke Neuk will still be closed in June. The routes for Rides B & C will be amended to take this into consideration. Instead of turning right towards Meldon about 1 mile after Whalton both rides will take the same route as Ride A up to the junction at Bolam Lake. Rides B & C will then turn right down towards Angerton and follow the road up the hill taking the first right and then right again into Hartburn. Both rides will go down the dip and over the river. There are temporary traffic lights on this Bridge. Once up the climb on the other side both rides will take a first left back onto the original route. The distance for both rides should be about the same. The two route maps on the website will be updated in the next week or so once I escape from hospital.

    Ride C

    Wark Bridge

    Riders doing Ride C will be allowed over the bridge but will have to dismount and use the walkway. It is wooden so no damage can be done to shoes. Please do not attempt to ride over it!

    Temporary lights and pedestrian bridges are not ideal in a timed event. Now we just need a railway level crossing, cows going for milking and a few gates for good measure πŸ‘Ώ

  • HarryB

    24 June 2011 at 10:06 am

    Great! I’ve got a problem with my right knee and the weather forecast for tomorrow morning is worse than horrendous.

    The weather on my last two sportives was crap. Surely I deserve a break?

  • JP

    25 June 2011 at 7:04 pm

    So, my second Cyclone is now under my belt.

    Set off at 8:15 is drizzle. Uncharacteristically for me, I opted for light clothing β€” shorts and no rain jacket, because I expected it to improve and warm up. It did πŸ˜€ At the Cyclone they let you go off in groups of thirty or so. I dibbed and had to wait a full minute before they let us go πŸ‘Ώ

    Everyone rolled away. I mean rolled β€” I was the only one pedalling, so I just put the hammer down alone. This was the story to the first feed β€” whooshing past what seemed like hundreds of riders. After the first feed, things settled down as the people on the 67 mile route parted company with the 107.

    At Rothbury, there was a set of three-way temporary lights at the bridge that just turned to red. Another frustrating wait. The route then moved on to the moorland and the military ranges had the red flags flying. The big guns were in action β€” surprising for a Saturday β€” and you could hear the thump in your chest. Gunner might have enjoyed that bit.

    At the foot of climb before the second feedstation a spritely C J caught me. We had a brief chat and then he was away up the road. I stopped at the second feed. This was my only proper stop. Banana and SIS was taken on-board.

    On over more hills with a bit of a breeze picking up. It was also getting quite warm and I was tiring. I had a decent bit of company on this stretch. My group caught C J’s group on this stretch and I eventually arrived at the third feed in Wark with a few other riders.

    I just dipped and went. I then rode solo until the 67 and 107 miles routes converged shortly before the Ryals. After the Ryals I got a little help from a 67-guy to Stamfordham, the final feed. I stopped there for water, then timetrialed alone for the last ten miles to the finish.

    I had planned to set out fast and try to hang-on. I’m happy with my overall effort level. The weather conditions were quite favourable, after the early drizzle stopped. I couldn’t have done any more on this ride, other than find the perfect-paced group and freewheel along at the back of it. I probably had my nose out front for 90 miles.

    Final time 6:01:15 was slightly disappointing. Not so much for being over six hours, but for only being five minutes or so faster than last year, if you take into account the extra 3 miles on this year’s route. It will be interesting to get the full results, see where I came, and break down the splits, to find out which sections went well (or not).

    Had a good chat with C J and Harry B at the end. C J was a bit faster than me (well done, especially since he got cramp before Wark). Not sure of Harry’s yet but I think it was around 6hr. Also saw J_P of Richmond at the end. Harry said he saw GolfCurry – so if you’re reading GC, it would be good to hear your Cyclone story. πŸ˜€

  • Gunner

    25 June 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Good read, well done. πŸ˜€

  • abrooks100

    26 June 2011 at 6:54 am

    I had an absolute nightmare of a day! I was looking forward to this so much as well, as I had been feeling like I have been riding better than ever. Also set off about 8.15 in little drizzle went with the waterproof for the majority of the ride and removed it by the 3rd feed at Wark I think.

    I had posted a dissapointing time last year of 7.40 and was determined to beat it after the improvements I have been making. But guess what it was not to be! It started extremely well got in some very fast groups. Couldn’t maintain the pace one of the groups was hitting so myself and a guy from Newcastle (Phil) decided to help each other and just back off a little. This was to prove a very good move, as if it was for Phil I would have even finished! Got to the first feed in good time. Quick stop & away we went! Again we were flying making good time until about 50 miles & that’s were things went wrong! The first puncture on a little sharp climb! Heard a hissing noise and thought it was my brakes rubbing at first so carried on up the climb only to realise I had punctured! Phil & I pulled over. Whipped the tube out quick check of the tyre. Spare tube in about to inflate with my co2 only for it to explode. (that was my only co2, school boy error I know). Fortunately Phil had one. Got the tyre inflated and we were rolling again. However not for long. My second puncture came on the short steep drag just before the 2nd feed! This was so demoralising that I felt like calling it a day. I insisted for Phil to go on but he held back. Another school boy error ment I only had the one spare tube so we found a puddle at the top of the climb identified the hole and repaired the tube. We also managed to locate a tiny sliver of stone which had sliced the tyre! If only I had checked properly first time! Used the remain gas left in Phils co2 and we were ready to go. Rolled down the hill and into the second feed. I knew now that no fast times were going to be happening. Things went well from here as well. I climbed extremely well over the moorland road. Not sure what its called but it just drags on forever. I rode away from Phil and past alot of people couldn’t believe how well I was motoring up here! I was going backwards up here last year, this year I was pulling a small train up behind me and nobody could come past. It was soon only myself and one other spinning to the top. Enjoyed the decent off here and into Wark. Waiting in Wark for Phil to catch up, thought it was the least I could do after his help. Set off from Wark and had a steady ride. Getting in dome fast groups again and trying to make up some time. 2 miles for the Ryals the 3rd incident if back luck happened! The buckle on my right shoe broke. Or do I thought! Luckily the screw holding it on had just worked lose but this was another little job that cost at least 20 minutes. By now I was right fed up. Hit the bottom of the Ryals and took out all my frustration. Steady over the first one then hammered it over the second! Even let out a little cry of pain at the top! Again I had left Phil behind and slit if other people. Never climbed the Ryals that easily before!

    From here got my head down and TT to home. Very disappointed in my time of 8hrs! Could believe it. Even with all the stoppages I thought I had rode extremely well. Will be interesting to see the splits to see how I compared on the stretches without any bad luck!

    It’s made me realise how I should carry more co2 or a pump!

    Also a big thanks to Phil for making sure I finished the day.

    Looking back today I’m still fed up. Really think I could of been on for a good time. I have never had a single problem / puncture on any ride before then they come along in threes!

  • golfcurry

    26 June 2011 at 9:13 am

    I really was looking forward to doing the cyclone as it was the first time i’d be riding in a group. As we set off, i was riding with my mate Trevor who i go out with every week a group past us going at a very decent pace so we jumped onto this and the two guys at the front kept it going till rothbury, thus we made good time. Had a dodgy moment on the downhill before rothbury, i left it too late at corner and then when i did brake the back wheel came around to say hello 😳 lesson learnt the brakes arent as good as the disc brakes i normally use. After rothbury the group seemed to fragment so it was then head down for a while until about 10 of us seemed to get together and i seemed to be riding within that group for a long time. There were some deep dark thoughts as i headed over the moors at the back end of the course, then i had the pleasure of meeting Harry. Unbelievably i had been riding with him for most of the race, it was a pleasure to meet you harry after reading so much about your riding. I then had a stitch for the next 10 miles which disappeared after going up the Ryals 😯 this was tough after 90 miles and i normally love riding hills but i’m glad it was short and sweet. It was then a blast to the last feed to pick up some much needed water and then hooked up with a scottish guy for the final fast ride into the finish.

    Finished in 6:18 and was well pleased. πŸ˜€

    Have been playing out on my mountain bike for the last month so next race i’ll look at putting more miles in to improve, although i’ve just ordered my new full-suss so somethings going to have to give. πŸ˜†

  • c j

    26 June 2011 at 10:01 am

    The cyclone was chaos from the startline not enough people, geting let go quickly enough, as usual.Sorry to say i pushed in .weather was rubbish ,cloudy and cold.

    I made a Strong start, with everyone going backwards, slow and steady was the order for them.First feed station,was made and had passed hundreds of people, set off straight away, seemed to get a pack going from here with about6/7 people, only 2 were doing the work thou.? 1 was me.

    Caught jp just before a climb, and was away.

    Second feed stopped for a drink, set straight off, at this point was on my own for a good stretch, there was a faulse flat over the moors top were it looked flat but wasnt and it felt like it went on forever, there was a very strong head wind along here ,and i was struggling a bit at this point(not enough food or water taken in) , think this is were jp caught and passed me,not sure?.I was starting to get small twinges of cramp at this point (85).Pushing onto the rhylls managed to catch a bloke who i had be pulling round earlier and had decided to drop me ,because he was fresh as a daisy,climbed the rhylls easy enough, it was all down hill from here.

    Jumped on a few wheels and took a few more turns and was blasting along ,cramp finally caught up with me on mile 103, at this point i wasnt stopping, so pedalled with my good leg and stretched out the other 😑

    Shuck it off and crossed the finish line ,107 miles in the bag.

    6hr 24 seconds.

    107 miles.

    18.4 ave

    7000 ft of hills.

    garmin times. time elapsed 5hr59.49

    moving time 5hr51.10.

    Caught up with some of the mtbe members, and saw quite a few on the start line,passed mr brooks at mile 35 ,said hello, didnt hear me.

    Was sort of pleased with the time,but also a bit disappointed, longer distance this year so cant really compare to last year. ave ride time last year was 17.5/ this year 18.4 , so bit of improvement. πŸ˜€

  • HarryB

    26 June 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Great efforts from golfcurry, JP and Chris. Not so good from me. Slower than last year (when I had two puctures).

    Only thing that slowed me down was the feed stations. I set off much later than the others and the feed stations were chaotic. My Garmin time was 6:01 and official time was 6:18.

    I can’t train any harder and I just have to accept that at 55 I’m only going too get slower. It’s sad but true.

    I just have to readjust my mindset and cycle for pleasure rather than pushing myself to compete and do well. Not sure I can do that after more than 40 years of competitive sport.

    There’s absolutely nothing to recommend old age but it’s great to see how JP especially has improved from last year. He’s very light and a natural for these events. Although Chris was disappointed he has no need to be as he did an brilliant time. Both of them can get Gold next year with a bit more focus to their training.

    Looking back at how I did, I don’t think I could have pushed much harder although I’m still not 100% on form or anywhere near it. A bit of the usual cramp after about 90 miles affected me a little bit and I never really got into any big fast moving groups bit nowt to complain about really. Did my best and that’s all you can do.

    I can console myself that there won’t have been many 55-year-olds who were faster and plenty of 20 and 30 year-olds who were considerably slower.

    Really nice meeting golfcurry. If you’d ridden a sensible race instead of doing way too much work on you own you’d have shaved 15 minutes off your time. That said, I got suckered in to doing more work than I should have done as well. Funny things sportives. Not a level playing field but a great test of endurance.

    I’d like to know how much JP, CJ and golfcurry weigh just out of curiosity. Over to you fellas.

  • ShinSplint

    26 June 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Very well done to all who took part, some cracking times from mtbe lads πŸ™‚

    Its been mentioned before, but i’m sure a few of us could shave off a big chunk of time by working as a team. I reckon there could be a few gold standards between us, not necessarily in the cyclone but any of the sportives.

    Just a thought.

  • eSpecializedUno

    26 June 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Cracking tales, well in chaps πŸ˜€

  • c j

    26 June 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Very well done to all who took part, some cracking times from mtbe lads πŸ™‚

    Its been mentioned before, but i’m sure a few of us could shave off a big chunk of time by working as a team. I reckon there could be a few gold standards between us, not necessarily in the cyclone but any of the sportives.

    Just a thought.

    totally agree greg, there are afew of us all about the same level, put together i recon we could take many a club group down.

    Think you will find most the people who get a gold on this road in a club pack the whole distance , piece of cake in a group. on your own not so easy…. πŸ˜•

  • HarryB

    26 June 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Unless I’ve missed any whilst scanning through the results, there were only six over 50s faster than me. I guess in a very big field I’ve got to be happy with that.

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