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  • The Richmond Sportive. Gunners Tale……

     J_P updated 10 years, 7 months ago 12 Members · 54 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 6:13 pm

    First, I’d like to thank everyone from MTBE who rode this Event and made it a great day out for me, in what was my first, and certainly not to be my last Event of this type.

    Secondly, I’d like to thank the Organisers of this Event who did a fantastic job. This was very, very well run. Registration and Finishing were easy and painless, the Route was well marked, the Feeding Stations and the Checkers were superb, and the meal and cuppa provided at the end was great.

    A big thanks from everyone at MTBE for your proffessionalism.

    It was great to get up today and see the sun shining, light clouds in the sky and very little wind, after what we must all agree had been a quite sh**ty week.

    Arriving in Richmond at 0730 I parked a slight distance from the HQ and rode in meeting up with the guys who were already there. Registration was a simple affair and well organised, then it was stand about and chat whilst we waited for the off.

    HARRYB, GRANT AND DARREN ADMIRE MY OCR AT THE START:

    Although the weather was good, I was glad that I had decided to wear long sleeves and full length bottoms, and Vince made a sensible decision changing from his short sleeve top to long sleeve just before the off.

    Leaving the HQ, and Richmond, we encountered a steep climb to begin with, but were shortly on more rolling roads, keeping up a good pace.

    Then we started to hit climbs, I’m sorry that I can’t recall the names, but they were steep, and long, and I don’t mind admitting, as I did on the ride that I was suffering. I was having real difficulty maintaining forward momentum, and keeping up any sort of cadence rhythm. 😳 😳

    Hugo, his 2 chums, Vince and Darren didn’t seem to be struggling, which frustrated me all the more, and as the sweat poured off me I searched and searched for reasons for my lucklustre performance, and made vows about my forward training………… 🙄 🙄

    Only Grant appeared to be having a worse ride than me, having fallen off the back of the group some time ago we believe and walking we think some of the climbs.

    Totally understandable as holiday commitments had frustrated his training for this Event.

    I’m pretty sure he was feeling as bad as me, if not worse!!!

    Managing to put a big effort in as a climb levelled, I caught our group as we stopped for a quick breather.

    STOPPING FOR A BREATHER ATOP A LONG CLIMB:

    RIDERS COME BY:

    STUDYING THE NEXT HILLS:

    Time now for some descending and level roads which was great fun, but leaving me a bit anxious about the rest of the ride, we were just over an hour in and already I was wondering how the further climbs might affect me.

    Managing to stay with the group on the level or even push ahead slightly, I was soon reeled in and dropped on the climbs, having to work hard to get back up on the group again.

    The scenery was almost making up for my pain, and I was glad of the very brief rest we had at Tan Hill Summit.

    From there to the feed station at Keld I think it was a mixture of hard work and pleasure as the road went up and down, and I still promised myself to review my training, etc., etc.

    The feedstation was well stocked and I topped up my water bottle and had 2 bananas, before we made off into the rain.

    Luckily it was only light, but I was losing fluid through sweat like no tomorrow and couldn’t afford to be wearing a waterproof.

    From there to Hawes, it was do or die, the Keld junction had marked the turn off for the 50 mile route, which was what Grant intended to take.

    HARRY MAKES A QUICK PIT STOP:

    SHOULD HAVE BORROWED COLINS WHEELS:

    THE KELD FEEDING STATION:

    I pushed on, managing to make a gap at the front which was soon eaten away by the climbs as the others caught me, the long drag into Hawes saw us tie up with another bunch of guys and we made use of the slipstream to work at a good pace before finally pulling away and into Hawes.

    In Hawes we stopped to be “checked” and then made ample use of the feedstation and toilets. This also marked the turn off for the 100 mile Event which Harry was doing, and was already a good portion of the way round as he had flew past us at Keld.

    HAWES FEEDSTATION:

    Leaving Hawes, I could feel my legs straining as we climbed from the village to make for Askrigg. It was shortly after this climb that I seemed to get a “second wind” as the road levelled and a light breeze rose at our rears. I upped into the big ring and went for it, breaking away from our group and gaining on other riders, pleased to see more usual speeds such as 23 and 26 mph on my computer screen rather than 3.5 or 4 mph.

    😀 😀

    I was soon on my own and flying past Castle Bolton, amid spectacular scenery, before catching another riders wheel, and making better progress on the subsequent climbs, seeing rewards for my efforts. Through Leyburn and on at a good pace, I was just about 6 miles outside of Richmond when Vince finally came through on my right. I was in no position to catch his wheel and he was off. With only 6 miles to go I lifted my pace again to catch some other riders and was soon in Richmond, putting in one big effort to get through the town and to the school as quickly as possible.

    Checked in at the finish, I made my way to hand in my “dibber”, receive my Certificate, and claim my meal voucher.

    A “Bronze” Category finish, in a time of 6 hours 19 minutes and 30 seconds for the 4 Dale 80.

    A result that I am very pleased with considering that I was struggling so early on in the Event.

    Will I do it next year, definetely. 😀 😀

    Maybe even the 100, with the correct training and now knowing the lay of the land.

    Really enjoyed the day. 😀 😀

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 6:21 pm

    well done lads…top effort

    so what do you think you’ve done wron in your training gunner? or were you just loking for an excuse for the bad start?

    i did about 90 miles today, went out with the lads ona club ride, sprinting for everylampost… i had to stop in at my nana’s before the last 10 as i was so hungry 😆

    i was out the house at 9 and didnt get back untill 4, was pritty pleased with two longish stops…

  • Anonymous

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Gunner

    Great report, (oh and effort on the ride too!!) as always. All I can say to you guys is well done, and just keep trying to talk me into doing one sometime. With the rate I keep breaking MTB’s, road riding may be my only option 😳 😳 😳

    Regarding your slow/painful start, all I can say is that I am amazed that you can go out one day, and feel like you can take on the world. Go out a couple of days later, feeling no different until you get astride of your bike. Something then just seems to take all your energy, open your pours to sweat incessantly and generally make you wonder why you ever bother riding or training.

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:08 pm

    In retrospect, I don’t think there was much wrong with my training, perhaps not doing more longer hills, that’s all.

    I think my poor start was a combination of lack of adequate rest and just being in the wrong frame of mind when I started the Event.

    I think the wrong frame of mind was treating this as a “fun” event, which it is, but fun in a different sense.

    I want to do this event again, but I want to be more competetive in it, reducing the feed station stop time, climbing more constuctively, and acheiving a top end Silver Standard time.

    Another thing about this event is seeing the amount of superb bikes that are out on the road, and the odd, not so superb bike that is being ridden really well.

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Go out a couple of days later, feeling no different until you get astride of your bike. Something then just seems to take all your energy, open your pours to sweat incessantly and generally make you wonder why you ever bother riding or training.

    Too right about that last bit, fellow.

    There were a few moments when I wished I hadn’t spent all that money on the CR1, and wondered quite seriously what I was doing with 5 bikes.

    Funny what goes through your mind.

    Until I got that second wind, then it was all worthwhile.

    You really should try and give this event a go next year, it really is that good.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:33 pm

    so are you gong to try anymore sportive’s this year?

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I am at this moment Googling The White Rose Classic 2009. 😆 😆

  • HarryB

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Gunner, the thoughts you were having are perfectly normal. You were stressed and tired. It will all seem different tomorrow. Well done to you. The experience will hold you in good stead for the next one. You should do the Northern Rock Cyclone.

    Hard to know how to train for an event like that. It helps to do big hills bit the problem is the combination of pushing hard on the flat and downhill as well as having to get up the hills.

    I suffer from cramp and despite taking all the right precautions with Endurolyte tablets and plenty of drink I suffered badly at the foot of Park Rash (the last climb and by far the hardest) and had to push. Tried to get back on and couldn’t get clipped in because of cramp. I was stretching at the side of the road feeling quite ashamed about riding a £5,000+ bike

    My mate got at least ten minutes ahead which also pissed me off. The cramp bothered me all the way back but I got the wheel of a very fast group and hammered the last 20 miles and was less than a minute behind him at the end.

    At the end the Garmin showed 2,660m of climbin. That’s more than 8,700ft. Ouch!

    Did 6hrs 43mins which is 30 minutes faster than last year. I was hoping for a gold but they changed the gold time from last year’s 6hr 15min to 6hrs so we were reasonably leisurely at the feed stations as we knew after 20 miles we had no chance of hitting 6 hours.

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:47 pm

    My mate got at least ten minutes ahead which also pissed me off. The cramp bothered me all the way back but I got the wheel of a very fast group and hammered the last 20 miles and was less than a minute behind him at the end.

    .

    Well done Harry.

    Doing this event has given me a bit more direction in where I want to go with my cycling, and as I’ve just posted, I’m already looking at the White Rose Classic.

    As you know, I’ve always been a big fan of strength and weight training, but I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and re-evaluate their position in my cycling arsenal.

  • vince

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I can only second what Gunner has already said about this event,very well organised and in my opinion very good value for money(£15).The feed stations were very well stocked and i didn’t see anyone go short of food or drink and then upon arriving at the finish a choice of hot foods to fill up on.I can only hope any other sportives i do this year are as well planned as this event.The ride itself was a good one,its always good to ride a new route.I was pretty happy with my performance,i thought i’d run out of gas at around the 45 mile point and was struggling to maintain a reasonable pace which worried me slightly.We hit Hawes around 52 miles and found the much needed second feed station,after a good bite to eat we were off again and i’m glad to say i felt a lot stronger although i still couldn’t keep with Gunner spinning away on the big ring.The miles flew by and before long we were approaching Richmond with me wondering if i could of managed the 100 😉 .Excellent introduction to this sort of event and i would greatly recommend it to anyone.

    A “Bronze” Category finish, in a time of 6 hours 19 minutes and 4 seconds for the 4 Dale 80

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I must admit, and it’s funny how frames of mind can change… 😆 😆

    But on arriving back at the Event HQ, I did question myself as to whether I should have done the 100 as I felt that I had something left, and I must admit that since Hawes I had felt strong. 😯

    How strange when only hours earlier I had been, to quote Harry, “Breathing Out My Arse”… 😯

    Would I have made it……………… 😕 😕

    That would be a different tale.

    😉

  • HarryB

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 8:01 pm

    The miles flew by and before long we were approaching Richmond with me wondering if i could of managed the 100 😉 .Excellent introduction to this sort of event and i would greatly recommend it to anyone.

    A “Bronze” Category finish, in a time of 6 hours 19 minutes and 4 seconds for the 4 Dale 80

    Good effort Vince. Of course you could manage 100. Do the Northern Rock Cyclone. It’s easier than the Richmond and would be a good introduction to 100 riding

    Looking at your time and Gunner’s I now realise why my 6hrs 43mins for the 100 hurt a bit at times. I’m hoping I’ll be in the top three over 50s. Fingers crossed

  • vince

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I must admit, and it’s funny how frames of mind can change…

    But on arriving back at the Event HQ, I did question myself as to whether I should have done the 100 as I felt that I had something left, and I must admit that since Hawes I had felt strong.

    How strange when only hours earlier I had been, to quote Harry, “Breathing Out My Arse”…

    Would I have made it……………… Confused Confused

    That would be a different tale.

    On the approach to Hawes i was wondering whether or not i should of opted for the 50 😯 Its amazing what a couple sausage rolls and a cheese and onion pastie does for you 😆

  • svenwardle

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Gunner, thank you for your positive and detailed ride report. Really glad to hear you enjoyed it. Great photos too.

    Any ideas or suggestions for improvements greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to seeing more of you next year!

    Sven.

    Event organiser.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    23 May 2009 at 8:23 pm

    hope you’ve got a good cours for the 1st round of the cyclo cross, something nice and tough ( put the sand pit in it 😉 )

    and the double stairs 😉

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