This years cycling challenge...

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This years cycling challenge...

Postby Replicant » 22 Jan 2018, 14:24

Well I have been off the bike for 4 months being lazy. I went out at the weekend and did 18 very muddy and wet miles and realised I have lost a fair bit of fitness since September.

Anyway, I was thinking about what to do for this years challenge and have been thinking about doing the BHF South Downs Way Off Road Ride. This is approximately 4000m of climbing over 100 miles in one day and is a big step up on the 75 mile London to Brighton Off Road due to the climbing.

In addition to this I was also thinking of doing the 2019 Strathpuffer if you were interested Johnmcl7 or anyone else?
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 22 Jan 2018, 23:26

The advantage of the rigid fat bike is there's no excuses for stopping riding over winter, I had a superb ride up the Cairngorms just before Christmas and a four hour ride out in the snow under a bright moon before New Year. I had a pretty rough start to the year work wise though and annoyingly after getting the brakes bled, the rear one still isn't working properly after being at -9 so I'm wondering if I've wrecked a seal. Toying with just sticking a new brake on it and get it working, I've bought a new set for the hardtail to replace its crappy Sram brakes which I should probably get on with doing as it's near the end of January already. I'm really looking forward to getting back onto hardtail when it dries up a bit, the fat bike makes the crappy conditions a lot more enjoyable but I am missing the faster plus bike to throw around.

I have been thinking about events to do as well although I've mostly reached about as much as I want to do on a single day, now it's looking at multiple day events which I'm not so keen on as after a long ride I generally don't want to see the bike again any time soon never mind get back on it. I did Ten under the Ben a couple of years ago which aside from being a bit tough doing a downhill course on a fully rigid bike, it was quite fun as it's just ten hours long so you just ride for the day without worrying about the overnight part. They also do a mountain marathon which I quite want to try but sounds tough as it's Enduro timing so there's some technical downhill stuff but it's also cross country so while the fat bike is good for the latter (particularly given how wet the area often is) it would b poor for the former. There's a seven hour endurance event at the Edinburgh trail centre which I should really give a go as I've never ridden there and now I've done a solo endurance race (always wanted to get a team before I'd do it), I'd prefer it again as there's no pressure and you can go out when you want.

I also quite fancy doing Fort Willliam to Inverness particularly now with the channel 4 program on it but that's quite a tough run and I've been preferring focusing on endurance on the road bike and fun stuff on the mountain bike.

I can't see me doing the Puffer again, the first time I did it in the snow and ice it wasn't bad but the last time it was too warm and as it's not purpose built bike track, the mass of bikes tore up the track and turned it into a soft muddy mess which was really hard work to get the bike through even on its massive low pressure tyres. The mud there is quite gritty as well so in those conditions it just ruined the bike leaving it needing new pedals, mud guards, cassette, chain and bottom bracket despite being washed every lap. That and I crashed on the first lap landing hard on my shoulder and wrist which take a lot of abuse with the rigid anyway and that made it a lot worse. I was thinking this year was a lot better as it was all frozen but teams were having to deal with parts on the completely freezing solid and just in general being very cold. All that aside, it's just not that fun a track to ride as it's designed to be a physically punishing event that's widely accessible so there's no technical features or anything interesting to actually ride despite the fact there are some great trails in that forest. At least on the Fort William trails which I've done a few 24 hour events on, you look forward to the awesome downhill parts.

I really should do something though as that's two years since I last did the Puffer at which point it was the fourth endurance race I'd done and was also doing local CX races but since then I've not done a single official event on or off road.

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Postby Johnmcl7 » 11 Feb 2018, 23:45

Signed up for my race although hopefully more for fun rather than a challenge, a seven hour race near Edinburgh which I'm doing as a pair. I've never ridden properly on the trail centre so it seems like a great chance to do so and near the end of May which should improve the chances of better weather.

When discussing action cameras I was watching some footage from summer last year and really keen to get back on the summer bike now. I was thinking now we're in February we're making progress until this week was the coldest of the season and the snow is back today so maybe not.
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