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Audax and Sportives 2022

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  • Started 9 months ago by edinburgh87
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  1. amir
    Member

    Groan ....

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. amir
    Member

    Tot(e)BaG 600 next Saturday
    Groan

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. panyagua
    Member

    @bill, it was good to see you on Saturday. Certainly a tough day, and I was very glad of the company of some Scottish Borders Randonneurs (including @amir) and friends: many thanks to you all.

    Climbing the Lecht wasn't too bad as the road turned more south-east and we had some respite from the wind. Unfortunately though we couldn't enjoy the descent, as the crosswinds made it hard to keep the bike steady at any kind of speed - a bit scary.

    I'd convinced myself we'd have a crosswind when climbing the Cairnwell, but it was very much still in our faces; combined with the gloom and rain, that was probably my low point. Turning the corner into Glen Isla and finally having the wind at our backs was a joy.

    After failing in the heat of 2018, I was very glad to make it round and finally slay the demon of the Snow Roads. The friendly welcome, soup and bridie at the Arrivée capped off a memorable day.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. steveo
    Member

    That must have been brutal. Well done guys.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. acsimpson
    Member

    Massive congratulations to everyone who completed Snow Roads. I was helping take some tents down at a sheltered scout campsite and the wind was reasonably unforgiving there. It must have been highly unpleasant at altitude.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. acsimpson
    Member

    How strictly should control distances measured on DIY audax entries? I see on the guidance that using google walking routes is suggested but when I plug my 610km route in I end up with only 590km of walking. While strava and google cycle routes are both over 600km.

    Is it acceptable to enter an advisory route using strava's minimum cycle distances? I trying to avoid having a mandatory route but at the same time a 600km isn't a time I want to fail to validate.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. amir
    Member

    I guess Google walking mode has its limitation, particularly if it can follow footpaths that you wouldn't cycle on. This should be obvious in the route it picks. I think that AUK has its own software and doesn't use Google to validate, but I may be wrong.

    In general, I just go for it, if the route seems sensible. If concerned, I would contact the Scottish DIY organiser.

    I imagine, based on past record, that your route is unusually complicated!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. amir
    Member

    I had a good 600 at the weekend. Best ever recovery for the second day. Excellent routing, with plenty of new roads for me in D & G.

    Now I just need a 400 for an SR. Likely to ECE the Snow Hare if I have the energy after travels in the week before.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    @amir Well done!

    @acsimpson if concerned, I would try to find where Google's routing deviates from Strava's and insert an advisory control in your DIY route so they match. If validating via GPS, this could be anywhere.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. acsimpson
    Member

    Thanks Amir, and well done on completing the TOTBAG.

    I don't think I could find enough controls from some of my mandatory routes, but I generally only do that when I'm solo.

    This weekend is reasonably simple. Day 1 is roughly LEL route down to Brampton then RTTS home. Day 2 is a loop via Peebles and Berwick. I might just play it safe and come home via Queensferry.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. amir
    Member

    @acsimpson I hope you have "fun"!

    When I sending in an ECE request, I seem to be able to get away with a fairly light set of controls - the GPX after completing confirms the required distances.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. amir
    Member

    What's next for our long distance adventurers?

    I have the Snow Hare from Gala. I'm hoping to Ece that from a 300 to a 400 if I'm feeling okay after a work trip. Then the C2C2C from North of Newcastle to West of Carlisle. That's a classic.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. Greenroofer
    Member

    Having done so far this year a 200km ride, a 300km ride (OK, it was actually, as @bill pointed out 299.3km, but you get the point) and a 400km ride, I'm rather regretting my decision at the start of the year that I wasn't fussed about another SR series and that I wasn't going to register any of them...

    I suppose I now have no choice but to do a 600km ride so that I can complete the set of rides I've not registered!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. amir
    Member

    @greenroofer but you're missing the opportunity to get audax fridge magnets! :0

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. bill
    Member

    @amir my weekend plans have changed and I now will see you in Gala on Saturday (unless the SBR peloton will be gone the first thing again).

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. amir
    Member

    @bill Brill!!! My usual lead out team is depleted as 2 are on the Audax Lejog, and another is away. Are you planning to cycle in? I hope to, but am only travelling back from Sroda/Poznan tomorrow. I hope it is not too hot!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. bill
    Member

    @amir Good luck with the ECE-ing! I will just drive.

    I am sure it will not be too hot in the Borders' valleys :-)

    Posted 1 month ago #
  18. bill
    Member

    LDL (aka LEL 2022)

    I can see from FB that @acsimpson, @Murun and myself are riding.

    @HankChief, @DaveC and @edinburgh87 are volunteering.

    Anyone else?

    Right now I am all in panic and still bitter that we have to go to Dunfermline. At least we can take our own route through Edinburgh...

    Posted 1 week ago #
  19. amir
    Member

    I do hope you all enjoy the trip to the former de facto capital of Scotland.

    I was almost wishing I could have joined you, then I got Covid haha. I volunteered last time, it was fun. But more distant controls makes it harder to mix with work this time.

    Have a great time!

    Posted 1 week ago #
  20. acsimpson
    Member

    I'm starting on the 9.45 wave. I know Murun is a couple of hours earlier. What time will you be starting?

    For those who like to dot watch I'm rider S45 and will have an official tracker so you can follow me here: https://londonedinburghlondon.com/ridertracking.
    I'll possibly also manage a couple of tweets and some strava uploads.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  21. edinburgh87
    Member

    Best wishes to all. Hope to see some of you passing though Innerleithen.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  22. bill
    Member

    @acsimpson I am starting at 5.15 from London for a 125h time limit. I am sure you and Murun will pass me at some stage.

    You know how they say we are to used the eastern side of the FRB? Are they going to have both side of the bridge open? The last couple of time I've been there (fairly recently) it was only the western side that was open.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  23. bill
    Member

    @amir Thanks! I signed up back in January with very little intention of doing it. But then I thought why not.

    @edinburgh87 Hope to see you too! I am planning to stop at home for longer so hopefully Innerleithen will be a quick-ish stop.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  24. acsimpson
    Member

    @Bill, I'm not sure what the arrangements are on the FRB. Mid July it was the western side which was open. Given the level of planning which the organisers are putting in and the arrangements on the Humber bridge I'm sure they will have been in touch with Bridge Control. Perhaps both sides are being opened for the event.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  25. acsimpson
    Member

    I took a wee spin out to Queensferry last night. The East side of the bridge is active again, along with a maintenance chicane. It could get quite narrow if two velomobiles pass each other on the bridge.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  26. bill
    Member

    Apparently even those without a tracker will have their control times listed one the website posted by @acsimpson above ( https://londonedinburghlondon.com/ridertracking )
    I am LB15

    Posted 4 days ago #
  27. paddyirish
    Member

    Good luck to all who are riding. The effort to get to the start line is already amazing.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  28. gembo
    Member

    They should allow a Dunfermline London Dunfermline version to run in parallel. though certain controls would have to be open longer.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  29. HankChief
    Member

    All the best to the CEC LEL riders @Murun @Acsimpson & @Bill.

    I see you in Innerleithen around Tuesday...

    Hope you can enjoy it for as long as you can...

    Posted 3 days ago #
  30. gembo
    Member

    Ah cannae Get the matches Tae light captain on this tracker so that I can detect Bill? Bill should be at St Ives if left Lee Valley at 0515?

    Posted 2 days ago #

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