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100 Continuous Laps of Arthurs Seat . . .

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  • Started 3 years ago by Cyclingmollie
  • Latest reply from SRD

  1. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    On the 26th and 27th July ERC juniors coach Andy Strathdee will attempt to cycle 100 laps of Arthurs Seat in one continuous session. More details.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. acsimpson
    Member

    I wonder if he's going to claim the first UK "Everest".

    http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=12794

    Although Hankchief reckoned it would take 108 laps so may not actually be 9000 metres of climbing.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    I wonder if he's going to claim the first UK "Everest".

    I think ARobComp was looking at the number of climbs of the Granites it would take. It was a ridiculous amount - sixty or something.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. ARobComp
    Member

    Yeah everesting in scotland is ridiculously hard ... except in applecross.. which I happen to be heading for in september. Might have to investigate a few dozen climbs of that pass... and when I say a few dozen...

    Arthurs seat I think is not doable for everesting not least because it would be so dull. Also you have to go up and down in everesting not around.
    100 laps is very doable. I reckon if he's pacing it he's going to aim for 20 minute laps (including incredibly basic rest and food/drink)

    20x 100 = 2000/60 = 33.3333333* hours
    5km*100 = 500km

    Gives him 15 hours to rest.

    So he's got 48 hours. Assuming he's fit and healthy and has people to do bits with him it'll be fine (IF INCREDIBLY BORING).

    We did 530km in first 20 hours of LEL with rests.

    I should point out, once again, that it'll be SUPER BORING. Nay rhythm like.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. gibbo
    Member

    Gives him 15 hours to rest.

    Can he rest? Or does continuous mean "without stopping"?

    (Bathroom breaks must be required, surely?)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. fimm
    Member

    I know both Andy and Gary through the triathlon club (though not well in either case).

    My guess is that the tedium is part of the challenge, if you see what I mean. I also expect continuous to mean with as little stopping as possible. (I was about to go into detail about peeing while riding a bike and then decided to refrain....)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. Uberuce
    Member

    I'm having another crack at the Bealach this August. Last time it was a glorious day and I went mid-afternoon, so I tragically had to pull over and get plenty guilt-free breather at passing places.

    This time I'll wait for a dry but glum day and hope to get there untouristly early.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. Baldcyclist
    Member

    We are going to Applecross next week, or possibly week after. The Bealach has been a goal for a long time. Never felt as if I could get up it before, still might not be able to now. Speed doesn't matter, stopping doesn't matter, just want to get to the top...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. fimm
    Member

    I went up the Bealach last year. I took lots of photos ;-) I also had to walk at one point - I could have managed the slope, or the headwind, but not both at once...

    It is just a very long climb (by British standards), that's all.

    Once you get to Applecross, turn left. The hotel does excellent cake.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. acsimpson
    Member

    The Everesting rules allow for going round where it is the only recognised route back to the start of the climb. So Arthurs Seat is a contender.

    I think the tedium is meant to be part of the challenge, although at least your support crew don't have far to go.

    I was wrong about it being the UKs first Everest looking at the site there's been a few this year including Swains lane in London which has about 60m of climbing per lap.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. amir
    Member

    "including Swains lane in London which has about 60m of climbing per lap. "

    mmm sounds a bit mind-numbing

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    The 100 laps attempt was a success.

    From the ERC website:

    OK so that was pretty tough. Wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of the many ERC members who turned out to cheer us on or ride with us through the event. Special mention to Jeremy, Rob, Andy and Lauri for putting in huge shifts as domestiques. The upshot is that we've raised a phenomenal £12000 for muscular dystrophy research. Thank you so much everyone who contributed to this amazing result.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. amir
    Member

    very impressive

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. gibbo
    Member

    Herculean!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. SRD
    Moderator

    So, how high does the road go (as opposed to the height of arthur's seat proper).

    Posted 1 week ago #
  16. ejstubbs
    Member

    Bikehike says 128m, with the low point at 38m. Summit of the hill is at 251m. Total climb on the lap is 127m. It says.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  17. SRD
    Moderator

    perfect. thanks.

    so to ben Nevis it would be 11 laps? that's do-able...

    Posted 1 week ago #
  18. fimm
    Member

    A couple of Strava segments that might help...
    https://www.strava.com/segments/686793
    https://www.strava.com/segments/1599385

    Posted 1 week ago #
  19. Ed1
    Member

    100 laps may cause quite a carbon footprint and increase in no2. If take the expected footprint for that day, applied scientific method, add a bike doing 100 laps in to the equation then may be higher no2 than when no bike doing 100 laps added. Every car bus and lorry slowing down and speeding up to pass bike may cause no2 to spike.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  20. Frenchy
    Member

    Very few vehicles are taken round the high road of Arthur's Seat. The ones which do generally go pretty slowly, so don't do much accelerating/decelerating.

    Lots of vehicles are taken round Queen's Drive, from Holyrood Park Road to Holyrood. I find that if I'm cycling, they tended to slow me down, even before the 20mph speed limit was introduced.

    EDIT: And very few of these vehicles should be lorries or buses, since commercial vehicles are banned from the park.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  21. rider73
    Member

    TLDR--- is this a CCE event were planning here? to do the same?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  22. SRD
    Moderator

    MiniSRD is looking for a sponsored ride type of thing she could do as a fundraiser.

    Posted 1 week ago #

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