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  • Northern Rock – Good ride out!

     hugo15 updated 11 years, 7 months ago 6 Members · 37 Posts
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  • Poucher

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Grant and I are just back from the Northern Rock Cyclone, excellent day out and the weather stayed good for us all day, unlike what the forecast said ( Heavy showers )so I needn’t have taken the Bora’s off the bike last night at 10:30 pm..grrrrrr 👿

    Got to the Falcon’s Rugby club at about 8:45 and registered, I’m thinking “Oh, we’ll be away nicely for just gone 9:00 am – no chance! the bleedin start queue was about 3 times around the car park! 😡

    It took us about 40 mins to get set off due to the queue ( I’d almost drank one water bottle and was needing a wee before we set off 😆 😆 )

    Weather was great and not much to report until just before the Ryals, Grant said stop a minute as he’d broken a spoke in the back wheel – Blast!

    I said to Grant that once we got to the Ryal’s I was gonna go for it the rest of the way as I wanted a finish time under 4 hrs.

    Once I’d climbed the Ryal’s I was looking back for Grant but he was nowhere in sight ( Later found out that he’d broken yet another spoke in the back wheel, they must have been flying outta there like arrows 😯 )

    So I got my head down and went for it, 15 miles to go, after about 9 miles or so I got hooked up with a guy on a white Cervelo who had done to 100 miler, so we rode back together keeping a good pace till the finish.

    Now last year my finish time was 4hrs 07mins – this year……….

    3hrs 50 mins and 54 secs, average 16.2 mph, top speed 46.6 mph

    Quite pleased with that, 17 mins faster than last year, I can only put this down to the good effect that riding with you guys has been – I thank you all for dragging me up to a better average speed 😀

    Grant finished in…….oops! I nearly let the cat out of the bag there! 😉 😆 😆 😆

    May not see you all for a week and a half or so, cos I’m away with work next week, and then down to the Lakes for a long weekend the weekend after, so I’ll re-appear like a bad smell 😡 about the 23rd June or so.

    Looking forward to your ride report Harry 😀

    Colin

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Looking forward to your ride report Harry 😀

    Colin

    I can’t believe you didn’t get wet. I got soaked to the skin . . . . twice.

    I might write a report later if I can be arsed.

  • Gunner

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Good work Colin, pleased you got such a good time. 😀

    As you say, I think it’s the “being dragged ’round by us guys”, that’s done it as I’ve seen a big leap in your fitness since you started riding with us.

    Glad the weather stayed good, the forecast I saw was total bollocks for today, and I was glad I got the Scott out even though the forecast was saying no.

    😀

  • hugo15

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Well that was good. 101.4 miles…. a century!!!. My official time was 7 hrs 11 mins and 52 secs :D. To say that I am pleased with that would be a massive understatement. My goal was to try to get round in under 8 hrs with an aspirational target of 7.5 hrs.

    My actual ride time on the computer was 6 hrs 27 mis 58 secs for a ride average of 15.7 mph. I absolutely caned that last couple of miles to get under 6.5 hours.

    I rode this ride with David who did the Richmond ride with us. I had arranged to meet up with Vince too but I got a text from him as we were driving up there to say he wasn’t feeling 100% and was going to give it a miss.

    The ride itself wasn’t as tough as I had expected, more rolling hills than brutal climbs. I managed to get in a couple of groups early on, taking me through to the second feed stop at nearly 50 miles. The second half was more cycling in ones and twos as I seemed to be either passing people or being passed. Saw Harry pass me between the second and third feed stops, just before it rained….. and boy did it rain…… was like riding through a river.

    Got to the third feedstop and saw Harry again, he seemed to have taken a little “detour”. Glad you managed to find your way home Harry 😉 I got a second wind for the next leg to the last feed stop and passed a fair few riders before working well with a guy for the final 5 miles to the feed stop. Last feed stop and only 10 miles to go. My legs were starting to feel it now but I tried to dig deep and keep it on the big rig as much as possible.

    Overall a well organised event. Feed stations were well stock with energy drinks, Powerade and water, with bananas and Geobars for food. The only thing they could have done with is something savory, like the sausage rolls we got at Richmond!!

    For those guys who did the Richmond 80, I thought that the ride today was easier.

  • Poucher

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Gunner,

    The biggest thank you must go to you…..

    I was just saying to Grant today what a cracking job you do on the website and organising all the rides, it obviously takes up a hell of a lot of your time and effort and I for one really appreciate all your hard work.

    I also said to Grant that I had been floating about like “Billy-no-mates” riding on my own for almost 2 years and it makes a hell of a difference riding with all you guys, not forgetting a bit of “Crack” with Harry, so I’m looking forward to more rides out throughout the summer months.

    Then I’ll be rampantly depressed in the winter 🙁 🙁

    Colin

  • Gunner

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Gunner,

    The biggest thank you must go to you…..

    Colin

    Aw Shucks………… 😳 😳 😳 😳

    😆 😆

    And well done Hugo, superb times, particularly your actual ride time from your computer. Fantastic effort.

    How did David do, did you and he stay together or did you break away?

    I must pencil this one in for next year and arrange work accordingly, how was your experience of the start compared to Colins, I expect you would have been “off” earlier and fewer riders in your distance?

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I ripped my legs off trying to get a gold time but failed by 20 minutes. I knew with 20 miles to go that I couldn’t manage it so I just coasted home.

    Can’t believe I managed to take a wrong turn which added about six or seven minutes to my time. Bit windy on the tops that also affected the time. Then there was the torrential downpour which meant I had to take it easy on the descents.

    I really couldn’t have gone at it any harder though. It was 35km before I got out of the big ring so you can tell I was pushing it. At a quarter of the way I was well up on gold time. At halfway I was still quite a bit ahead but a few long climbs and the wind slowed my pace right down.

    Excuses aside the real reason I didn’t get gold is very simple . . . I’m 53 and I don’t think they set the times for 53-year-olds. Always next year but the chances of me ever getting a gold in a sportive are slipping by the year. Never mind.

    Finished with 5.57 on my watch but the official time was 6.01 I think. I never want to see another energy gel. Had seven of the bloody things today

  • hugo15

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Cheers Gunner. We were in the queue for the start at 8am and it probably took us about 20 minutes to get through at a guess. Wasn’t really a problem though. Would definately recommend this for next year.

    David went much better today then at Richmond. We stayed together for the bit to the first feed station. Just after this he came flying past me down a hill, I passed him going up the other side and that was the last I saw of him for about 30 miles until we got to feed station 2. TBH I thought he would catch me down the next hill but I couldn’t see him and I got in a nice little group so thought I would stick with them. He was only about 5 minutes behind me.

    We rode most of the third leg together with me breaking away up the climb to the feed station and then the next leg I dropped just after we left the feed station but he came in only a couple of minutes behind me to feed stop 4 and I had been flying. We rode the last 10 miles togther with me hanging on at times.

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:06 pm

    how was your experience of the start compared to Colins, I expect you would have been “off” earlier and fewer riders in your distance?

    Gunner, the start was ridiculous. They put my chip in the machine and then I had to wait for God knows how long before I was allowed to start. This was after queuing for at least 20 minutes

  • hugo15

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Finished with 5.57 on my watch but the official time was 6.01 I think. I never want to see another energy gel. Had seven of the bloody things today

    Did you not stop at any of the feed stations?

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I also said to Grant that I had been floating about like “Billy-no-mates” riding on my own for almost 2 years and it makes a hell of a difference riding with all you guys, not forgetting a bit of “Crack” with Harry, so I’m looking forward to more rides out throughout the summer months.

    Colin

    Very good point. I enjoy riding on my own but not all the time. I ride with quite a few different people and it certainly opens new horizons.

    Next thing you need to do is get sorted to cycle in the Alps or Majorca. I’m doing both again this year and know that it will be brilliant.

    I had a couple of days in the Lakes last week and when I got back I felt like I’d had a week’s holiday.

    Go for it Colin. Live the dream. And don’t leave a drawer full of unworn cardigans

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Finished with 5.57 on my watch but the official time was 6.01 I think. I never want to see another energy gel. Had seven of the bloody things today

    Did you not stop at any of the feed stations?

    Yes. Stopped at all of them for a couple of minutes apart from the last one.

    Even had a banana at one of them.

    The experiment today was to get round with no food, just gels. If you don’t count the banana it worked a treat.

    That SIS drink is absolute rubbish.

  • hugo15

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I went for a gel and banana strategy too since most of the feed stops only have honey nut Geobars which I didn’t like 🙁 . I had a couple of additional gels to normal today and felt I went much better.

    So how did you go the wrong way after the third stop?

  • Gunner

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:22 pm

    So how did you go the wrong way after the third stop?

    Yes, I was wondering……………… 😕 😕 😕

  • HarryB

    Member
    13 June 2009 at 8:23 pm

    It had been pissing down and I wear prescription shades. Couldn’t see out of them cos of the rain so I took them off. Then I couldn’t see either. Didn’t see the exit from the feed station so went out the way I’d come in and no bugger stopped me. Did two effing big hills as well before I realised I’d gone wrong

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