Author Topic: Inverness 1200  (Read 29248 times)

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #250 on: 08 July, 2019, 08:54:15 am »
3 riders have made it back to Lytham so far. 20+ riders still going!

Andy Corless

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #251 on: 08 July, 2019, 08:46:37 pm »
Over 84-hours gone and still over half the field yet to arrive back into Lytham. Most riders have given favourable comments about the route.

Andy Corless

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #252 on: 09 July, 2019, 02:04:38 am »
24 riders have finished the inaugural Inverness 1200!

Andy Corless

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #253 on: 09 July, 2019, 09:15:18 am »
Stunning scenery. Looking across the lochs to the mountains(?) the other side, I coulda been looking at the Norwegian fjords. The climb up to Rannoch moor was slow and steady, but well worth it for the views (and the descent). Chatted to unfamiliar audaxers along the way, but did a lot of solo riding (easier to stop and take pics/vids). It was good to start the ride with team mate Justin (thanks for the lift, and for leaving me stranded in Lytham 😉), and finish it with Rob. A puncture in each tyre made me wish I’d done my usual preparation of new tyres, brake blocks, chain and cassette on rides of 1000km plus, especially as I spent an age playing catch up with Rob (another Genesis rider).

Many thanks to the helpers (and to Andy) who have converted me to Batchelors pasta with  cheese and broccoli sauce.

The results are in: 86 hours start to finish, minus 2 hours Paisley sleep, 1 hour disabled toilet, and maybe 2 1/2 hours Paisley again, minus 56 1/2 hours cycling, leaves 24 hours of eating, drinking, sitting around chatting, taking pics, and faffing. The Straggler thinks I faff too much?!
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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #254 on: 09 July, 2019, 05:26:24 pm »
In awe of you all

the straggler

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #255 on: 09 July, 2019, 07:01:19 pm »
The Straggler thinks I faff too much?!

Interesting stats - from the 29.5 hours time spent off the bike with say total 14 controls and with 1 hour duration at each, and say 4 hours spent mini breaks inbetween controls including mechanical issues, this gives potential 11 hours sleep time. I would have grabbed 2x4 hours at Paisley control and 3 hours somewhere in/near Inverness. How I sometimes envy faster folk having the greater opportunity to get extra sleep hours. I know this sounds all well in theory but in practice it is probably somewhat different.

Oggy and myself only managed 2x2 hours sleep at Paisley and 2x15min micro snoozes in bus shelters for the Fort William ride, but I needed 11 hours coma sleep back at scout hall finish in Lytham....

I should add my gratitude to Andy for the organisation the events, all the helpers at the controls and to Fife for providing valuable local knowledge. This is only my second time on a bike in Scotland and absolutely enjoyed the experience. Best control for me was having a full Scottish breakfast at Inveraray.





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FifeingEejit

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #256 on: 09 July, 2019, 08:19:52 pm »
Bikeabilityman, on your comment about Norwegian fjords.
If you look at the OS mapping you'll see a mix of names for the sea Lochs and channels.

There are Sounds and Firths, Lochs and Kyle's.

Despite losing the battle of Largs in the 13th century and thus ceeding the kingdom of the Isles and Mann to the Scottish Crown, their language is still imprinted in the geography, the gaels who lived in the Isles took the norse into their language when they felt like it*.

Sound (sund) and Firth (Fjord) are Norse. Kyle (Caol) and Loch are Celtic.

For the same reason you'll fine Dail used when you would expect glen particularly on Lewis and Harris.

The far north and Orkney is different as that was the Jarl of Orkney, straight from Norn to Scots, and Shetland was part of Norway proper. The Danish King lost them when the Stuarts created an impossible situation in Scotland's favour.

*or at least it seems like it

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #257 on: 09 July, 2019, 11:43:32 pm »
Norse men intermarried with the local Gaelic-speaking women. Inevitably, the children grew up speaking Gaelic. However, the vocabulary surrounding seafaring remained Norse, as the women weren't involved in that. The most obvious landmark mountains tend to have Norse, or hybrid names, as they were used for navigation.

Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #258 on: 10 July, 2019, 10:28:24 am »
All thanks to Andy and assistants - the route was just the right blend of challenge and prettiness. I had possibly my only enjoyable puncture, sitting on the side of a loch idly changing the inner tube and looking out at the scenery. The scout hut/building/complex at Lytham was also great to somewhat sleep it off at the end.

Surprisingly, I now also have an A road I'd say is beautiful - the A82 stretch by the side of the water on the way to Inverness was breathtaking.

Congratulations to all.

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #259 on: 12 July, 2019, 04:32:19 pm »
With the dust now settling I'd like to thank all those who entered and took part in the inaugural Inverness 1200 km Audax event that took place last weekend, and congratulations to the 24 successful riders.

This was a 1229 km route, ran over the weekend of 05 - 09 July 2019.

After a rapid start through the Lancashire Fylde, the riders headed north up the A6 into Scotland; passing through Dumfries & Galloway before cutting across South Lanarkshire to a control at Paisley at about 320 km.

Day 2, after crossing the Erskine Bridge, would see the riders heading into the Highlands with a climb over "Rest and be Thankful" on the way to Oban. A main-road run following the A82 followed, offering most riders spectacular views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen!

The return leg cut out Oban and instead sent the riders from Glen Coe over Rannoch Moor, most of which the riders surprisingly enjoyed, before returning to Paisley.

The final 300+ km was essentially a reverse of the first stage.

Overall, I think the event was a success. The only issue was the control at Paisley; part of which had been sold off only the week previously preventing us from using some of the facilities (most unhelpful)! There were no reportable accidents.

I'd especially like to thank all the helpers at both Paisley and Lytham who put in 101% effort to make the event a success, and without whose help the event would not have been possible including: Helen & Geoff Pearce who helped out at Paisley and Andy Willis who helped out at Lytham.

Once again, congratulations to the 24 successful riders and commiserations to those that didn't make it this time. It's better to try and fail than to not try at all!

Many riders have posted photos and ride reports on Facebook and some of the links are attached below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/audaxuk/

Riders travelled from as far as Wales; Scotland; London; Devon; Ireland; Netherlands; Germany; USA and Japan in order to participate.

The event will next run in 2021, probably over the weekend of 02 - 06 July and will see some tweaks to the route.

Andy Corless
Organiser
Inverness 1200

Andy Corless

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Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #260 on: 02 June, 2021, 11:53:57 pm »
The date for the 2021 edition has now been set for 11-15 September 2021.

The event will start in the Lancashire town of Bispham, about 3 miles north of Blackpool.

Start: Bispham, Lancashire
Date: Saturday 11 September 2021
Time: 10:00.


There'll be a manned control up at Inverness and a drop bag to Scotland. Bag will be returned to Bispham ready for collection on arrival.

More details on the event website:

https://burnleyccevents.com/inverness-1200-05-july-2019/

Hopefully, things will be more or less back to normal before then??

Looking forward to seeing you there. 2022 edition set for: 25-29 September 2022.

Andy Corless
Organiser
Inverness 1200







Re: Inverness 1200
« Reply #261 on: 03 June, 2021, 10:21:51 am »
Hi Andy,

 I see on your website you'll be running the Ft. Bill 1000 too. Will this be published on the AUK calendar as well soon? I was wondering if it will be a BRM event. I can't see it in ACP's calendar.