Author Topic: Steele Roads & Woolly Hills 400 - now Saturday 17/07/21, 11 am from Darlo  (Read 2112 times)

I was waiting for that - well done!

Edit:  Her bike looks useful.  What kind of Ribble is it?  And don't say, "Orange," because I WILL find you!

What an epic route!

<looks for bigger tyres that will still clear the 45mm mudguards on the Elan>

Deano’s blog page says something along the lines of ‘suitable for tourers on 28mm tyres and you can bring your 23mm shod Pinarello at a pinch (flat)’.*

I’m beginning to wonder if something bigger than the 30mm file treads currently mounted would make sense. Might even revert to 650b x 47.

To say I’m looking forward to this would be disingenuous. I’m equally terrified and excited and wondering where to sleep.

Thanks for the extra training weeks - very much appreciated!

Mike




*I may have invented the latter half of this;)

I don't want to be too prescriptive about tyre choice - it's about 90% on road, if not more (I'll try and work it out, though it will almost certainly take more than 10% of your riding time), so fast rolling tyres and walking the off-road bits wouldn't be a suicidal tactic. But some sort of compromise is what I'll be going for (probably my Giant with 38 mm tyres that can cope off-road).

In truth - my bike is perfect for this ride: A Spa Elan 725 with 32mm Supreme's, and I even have a set of 35mm sitting in the cupboard I could fit tomorrow.

It's me that isn't ready for a 400km this year, alas.

But I raise a chapeau to the route and those taking part. It's an event I want to get to next year with a bit more miles in the legs, and experience in the head.

Oh, I’m not ready either - not even for a 200 - just get come along and enjoy it, slowly:)

Yeah, I'm expecting some riders to finish out of time (including me), but as I've a 600 on the same day I'll be around until they finish.

Obviously no validation for riders who are out of time, but I'll still feed you and welcome you back.

I was waiting for that - well done!

Edit:  Her bike looks useful.  What kind of Ribble is it?  And don't say, "Orange," because I WILL find you!

Not a clue. I hate Ribble bikes, can't be doing with helping them out, though she's happy enough with it.

I've never ridden one  - just thought it looked nice and chunky (though I don't like orange - unless it's on an orange).  Prefer a x-type bike for those conditons but my hands are no longer strong enough to fight determined wheel wander.  I think you may have witnessed this - the pic. may still be on here (just type "bastard photographer" in the search bar!).

Oh, I’m not ready either - not even for a 200 - just get come along and enjoy it, slowly:)

And that’s an excellent attitude. Try and complete in time, or failing that, complete the circuit.  Validation might be the original motivator but it’s far from the end of the world (if it doesn’t happen) if you’ve had a good outing.