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TransAlba 2024

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  1. bill
    Member

    TransAlba 2024 starting this Sunday from the Scottish Parliament at 6am -- not on the first week of July as in all previous editions and the weather forecast looks more clement as well!

    Lots of local riders this year!

    Link to follow the dots

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. acsimpson
    Member

    I hope you have a great ride. Thanks for sharing the link.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. HankChief
    Member

    @Bill - will we see you on RttS as a warm up :)

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. acsimpson
    Member

    RttS would be more of a cool down. Transalba starts at 6am tomorrow.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. gembo
    Member

    One rider off to a flyer

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. acsimpson
    Member

    Here's a few pics of the start.
    https://www.mastodon.scot/@acs/112624787603986301

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. gembo
    Member

    Exhausted just looking at the route. Many bridges and ferries

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. LaidBack
    Member

    Thanks for link. A good crowd for this mountainous challenge. Will be dot watching over next few days.
    Best luck to @Bill and all!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. LaidBack
    Member

    @gembo - I agree. The organisers are happy that only super audaxers or similar will attempt. Select turnout and no sponsors means a better experience for all. Is amazing team.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. gembo
    Member

    Logistics of competing even if I had the legs would be tricky

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. LaidBack
    Member

    At Apple Pie just now enjoying the new (to me) cafe. Free wi-fi so checked in to see lead guy Graham Spiller crossing A7 near Middleton. Av speed 15 mph so he must stop at Oban a mere 400 miles in.
    Mary Jane Watson from Isle of Man is on it too. I sent her a recliner to try once. Quite small though so better off upright!
    She regularly cycles 100 miles on Strava despite the confines of the island.
    Our own @bill is nether too fast or slow. Knows how to pace.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. gembo
    Member

    Cycled back from Ayr today in very wet conditions. Hope everyone is OK.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. SRD
    Moderator

    Bill doing well on 2 hours sleep!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. LaidBack
    Member

    Two at Oban now.
    Graham Spiller just behind. 400+ miles in just over a day. CalMac now to Mull. Wow!

    1st | Calum Fisher

    FMC Tracker: Queclink
    Seen: 1 m ago[GOOGLE MAPS]

    Next Checkpoint: Finish in 591.99 Mi
    Distance On Track: 414.45 Mi 

    (41.18%)

    Distance To Go: 591.99 Mi

    Daily AVG: 312.93 Mi

    Speed: 3.62 MPH

    AVG Route Speed: 13.04 MPH
    AVG Moving Speed: 13.47 MPH

    ETA: 1 d 19 h 56 m

    Moving Time: 1 d 06 h 45 m (97%)

    Stopped Time: 0 d 01 h 1 m (3%)

    13.95°C Few Clouds

    Wind: 6.17 m/s 

    Sunset in 8 hr 25 min

    Batt: 65%

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    Bill I think planning sleep in Oban overnight and first ferry tomorrow, unless injury or mechanical first will be Graham or Callum who are off Mull heading to Mallaig.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. SRD
    Moderator

    I think Bill only doing 400?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. gembo
    Member

    Ah maybe. Just a stroll for Bill then.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  18. acsimpson
    Member

    Bill about to be first finisher on the 400.

    Resting in Oban then riding home.

    Local rider Neil Shannon slowed the pace after realising the 8pm boat was out of reach. Getting a long rest in Oban then first boat tomorrow.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  19. gembo
    Member

    Excellent well done Bill

    Posted 1 month ago #
  20. bill
    Member

    Thanks all!
    That riding home was Sunday Bill talking. Tuesday Bill took the train. However it was also my attempt to play a trick on myself so that the last bit feel easier if I knew I would be riding more.
    Because no matter the distance the final 20-30k is just as hard.

    Now I can focus on dotwatching which is very exiting!

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  21. Morningsider
    Member

    @bill - amazing. Can't believe you were only stopped for two hours 41 minutes!

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  22. gembo
    Member

    Bill is a machine. Back on the commute this morning. Quite interesting battle for second and third still going on in the 1200

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  23. LaidBack
    Member

    Bill paced the race - impressive stats. Well done!

    1st | Bill

    FMC Tracker: Queclink

    Seen: 1 days ago[GOOGLE MAPS]

    Distance On Track: 414.83 Mi 

    (100%)

    Distance To Go: 0.00 Mi

    Daily AVG: 240.39 Mi

    Speed: 0.00 MPH

    AVG Route Speed: 24.46 MPH (post race anomaly)
    AVG Moving Speed: 10.71 MPH

    Moving Time: 1 d 14 h 26 m (93%)

    Stopped Time: 0 d 02 h 41 m (7%)

    11.94°C Broken Clouds

    Wind: 2.78 m/s 

    Sunset in 13 hr 12 min

    Batt: 52%

    Callum Fisher has only 270 miles to go!

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  24. bill
    Member

    @LaidBack haha! The tracker details made me laugh -- Thank you!

    @Morningsider according to Strava i was bit riding for 5.5h which will be closer to the truth. The trackers are not that accurate! So that would be all the toilet stops, waiting at the lights, stopping for food, stopping to feel sorry for myself, putting on/taking off layers. But yes, I didn't have long stops really. And yet, I was passed on day 2 by some riders to did stop to sleep, E.g.Neil Shannon who is doing amazing!

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  25. LaidBack
    Member

    1st | Calum Fisher

    FMC Tracker: Queclink

    Seen: 1 hrs ago[GOOGLE MAPS]

    Distance On Track: 1006.44 Mi 

    (100%)

    Distance To Go: 0.00 Mi

    Daily AVG: 242.97 Mi

    Speed: 0 MPH

    AVG Route Speed: 10.15 MPH

    AVG Moving Speed: 12.33 MPH

    Moving Time: 3 d 09 h 35 m (82%)

    Stopped Time: 0 d 17 h 49 m (18%)

    13.87°C Broken Clouds

    Wind: 6.17 m/s 

    Sunset in 11 hr 9 min

    Batt: 9%

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    Calum, a rarerr name these days apparently totally smashed this.

    But Jack finished third then went to work which I find mind boggling

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  27. acsimpson
    Member

    Went to meet Neil at the finish this morning. He was riding well but understandably exhausted. The two AFs who have been chasing him since Applecross appear to have given up the chase around Kinross.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #

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