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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #300 on: 30 June, 2018, 03:19:12 pm »
Photos from the ACME mountain based tea stop now online...

Snaps from the tea stop are fantastic!
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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #301 on: 30 June, 2018, 04:51:50 pm »
This may not be much use as it's in the wrong place but a catnap for returnees, there is a very excellent bus stop, providing superb FREE overnight accommodation here:https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.9923072,-2.2109745,3a,75y,226.63h,90.37t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxgIL_KsFoYihbqX75C78Vw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
The address is, according to Mrs Google:
42 Bishops Walk, Forthampton Gloucestershire,

it's also here:
https://goo.gl/maps/jXS4c9s5LvK2
and grid ref is:

51°59'32.0"N 2°12'39.0"W

Might help someone. It certainly helped me.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #302 on: 30 June, 2018, 05:26:05 pm »
Photos from the ACME mountain based tea stop now online...
In which ACME shows itself to be one of top UK Audax clubs - by coming up with this brilliant idea, getting it to the start line, then driving 270 miles to provide tea and cakes for riders.
 :thumbsup:
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #303 on: 30 June, 2018, 07:11:21 pm »
That is a truly smashing spot for a tea stop.
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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #304 on: 30 June, 2018, 07:20:58 pm »
Called it the day at Chepstow on the outbound leg after collective decision with fellow riders Bert and Mel. Main reasons being more heat, not gaining enough advantage of tail wind, lack of sleep and forecast headwind on return leg. I was expecting to take the easy option of the train back to the start, but Mel hatched a plan to ride back along the A4 via Chippenham, Hungerford, Newbury, Slough to London. A brief nap at Mel's home, lift to Witham from Mel  :thumbsup: with Bert,  and solo ride home. 590km achieved. Many thanks for the company and memorable alternative route  back.
Like to wish all the best to those still on the road making their return stages back to Witham.
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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #305 on: 30 June, 2018, 07:38:53 pm »
Just abandoned at Treherbert.

Sorry to hear that Graham — I packed at Hirwaun the other side of that f++king hill, 450km 475km in, not even halfway :(

I lost my ability to climb, which wasn't great to start with, by about Tewkesbury, developing hardly any power at all, and then going straight into the red and overheating.  ACME crew can tell you just how sh!t my climbing had become, every time I was left for dust on the slightest climb to Barry (the first time).  I don't think I've every drunk quite so much water on a ride, but still felt cooked the whole way.  The climb up out of Tonypandy (Treherbert by then) was excrutiatingly slow, even though it's a fairly gentle grade all the way up, I just couldn't turn the pedals over, or if I did I popped and stopped.

I had bags of time in hand, so I sat in the shade in a pub for a while and then out in the countryside, but just felt worse, not able to cool down and starting to lose optical focus/image-alignment, so felt it was time to call it a day — the forecast was for even hotter and the hills weren't going to get any smaller, I didn't have it in me to continue.  Retired to a Premier Inn in Cwmbach (Aberdare), a nice air-conditioned room, a cheeky Chinese takeaway, and a relaxed, downhill ride along the Cynon and Taff Trails to Cardiff this morning then a long, slow train ride home to Cambridge.

Even on the odd uphill section of the ride back today I wasn't able to develop any power, although on the flats I was fine.

Lots of things to mull over now about where it went wrong, but my initial thoughts are that I'm not as fit as I think I am and I went out too quick even for the fitness I thought I had.  Basic rookie mistakes; a bit embarrassing, really  :-[

That's 60-something back-to-back months of RRTY comprehensively terminated with two hilly Welsh DNFs in a single month — my first DNFs since early 2013, I think my limits have found me.

A disappointing end to what was a great adventure, well done Tomsk for coming up with the idea and organising, and helpers for helping  :thumbsup:

And I hope everyone else has a better time of it and gets back safely.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention, thank you to all those whose shared their company on the road.  I tended to move around a bit, more so later, but nevertheless I spent a fair chunk of time on and off with Abi, who sensibly had a hotel booked in Chepstow on the way out; Mick Gray, who reckoned I was about 2% quicker than he could sustain on his own and I joked I was about 10% quicker than I could manage myself, which was probably an understatement; the ACME group, who I bumped into in Pontypridd after breakfast, but who immediately dropped me up every hill to Barry — Jan's a monster on the granny gear!; Chris T, Alex B, Ali, et al. 

I already know some of you didn't make it, but I hope the rest of you did (by the time you read this)  :thumbsup:
Lockdown lethargy. RRTY: wot's that? Can't remember if I'm on #8 or #9 ...

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #306 on: 30 June, 2018, 07:55:14 pm »
packed on the way out at chepstow feeling the effects of the heat thanks to mel, bert and straggler for the company but i felt i was holding them up, sorry to hear you guys also packed but chapeau for getting so far.


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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #307 on: 30 June, 2018, 07:57:28 pm »
Sorry to hear that chaps.
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #308 on: 30 June, 2018, 08:49:40 pm »
Myself and Alex B will at Buntingford from 9am till about 11am tomorrow.  Somewhere between Sainsburys local and the benches at southern end of High Street.  Hopefully we will catch some of the riders still out there.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #309 on: 30 June, 2018, 09:16:18 pm »
a great adventure
Yup, it certainly was. In future years others will read this thread and wonder if it's worth entering.
You only live once: and at the end you'll regret more the things you didn't do than the things you did. This was deffo worth effort, it's a great experience.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #310 on: 30 June, 2018, 09:20:22 pm »
This is some attrition rate! The combination of heat and hills is a tough one. At least all seem to have found the bed/train they needed and eventually got home safely. And well done to the Bus Shelter Bertie/Mel K/Straggler group for having had an alternative adventure ;D

I reckoned on a bit of Welsh rain and headwinds thinning out the field, but you know what they say about the best laid plans...riders would always curse me of course  :demon:

rob

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #311 on: 30 June, 2018, 10:21:09 pm »
Today was quite slow, reaching Towcester Maccies for dinner where I met up with Flat Earth Bob.  Brisk ride to St Neots with him.

Now in Premier Inn.  Aim to get on the road before 6 to finish before 11.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #312 on: 01 July, 2018, 11:19:34 am »
Looks like two finishers so far.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Phil W

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #313 on: 01 July, 2018, 12:38:22 pm »
Buntingford Control this morning.

ACME left about 9:11am and Adrian (Dulwich) left about 10:20am. So should see the ACME crew rolling in to the finish soon if not already. Myself and Alex B left after 10:30am. I rode back up the route as far as Sandon before turning off for home. I did not see any more riders up to 11am. Any more out there will be already on the limit before Buntingford.















Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #314 on: 01 July, 2018, 12:48:13 pm »
Thanks Phil, fine portraits telling a story!

Congrats to all involved with the Event.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #315 on: 01 July, 2018, 02:33:37 pm »
Buntingford Control this morning.

And here are some from me - I've gone for a moody B&W to complement Phil's full-colour extravaganza.

All things considered, the riders looked in good order. Big chapeaux to all of them -- truly they are audax "grandees" !











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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #316 on: 01 July, 2018, 02:41:16 pm »
How many finished in time?
We know more than a hundred paid to enter because Tom said he expected a hundred starters, taking into account the apologies from the DNS  people and then he said 40 had started.
So it looks as if maybe twenty finished in time?
If so, that's quite a rate of attrition, as Tom said earlier.

Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

rob

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #317 on: 01 July, 2018, 04:51:55 pm »
There were a lot of DNFs on Tom’s sheet.

I’d estimate around 10 had finished by the time I left and that was around 2hrs before the cut.

Phil W

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #318 on: 01 July, 2018, 04:59:41 pm »
19 finishers is last number I saw.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #319 on: 01 July, 2018, 05:01:16 pm »
19 finishers
Big attrition rate.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

rob

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #320 on: 01 July, 2018, 07:29:33 pm »
Adding up my 3 Garmin files I have 670 miles and 36,000ft of climbing.

Have fallen asleep twice this afternoon and going to bed soon.   Got to ride to work in the morning.

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #321 on: 01 July, 2018, 09:18:10 pm »
Wow, that was a tough old ride. I wasn't expecting it to be that hard, but the combination of heat and hills really added up. I was the one on the heavily loaded blank Canyon covered in reflective tape. A fantastic route though, thanks Tom and crew for running it.

I had fast A-road alternative routes worked out for many of the sections, but planned to use them only if I got very low on time in hand. The one exception was the A38 and Severn Bridge route from Tewkesbury to Chepstow which I would use if the timing worked out right for an A38 night ride followed by the bridge in daylight, as I'd never ridden over the Severn bridge before. The more I thought about this the more I liked the idea, so leaving Tewkesbury at about 2330 I decided to make the timing work by camping for the correct amount of time during the A38 part. This turned out not to be such a great idea in terms of sleep, after 2 hours stopped with no deep sleep I decided it would be light enough and moved on. The A38 was empty at night as expected although the surface wasn't up to trunk road standard in many places. The bridge was fantastic in the early light at about 0415 though, with the red lights on the support structures really jumping out. I remember looking down on some gulls riding the thermals.

As Friday wore on I was really starting to be drained by the heat, so at around 1700 I treated myself to a 1 hour stop in the shade a few metres up a footpath a little after Llandovery, a bit of a lie down including a 30 minute nap seemed to help a lot. Cracking on through the evening I found Black Mountain surprisingly easy, only to later find Tom and co up the real Black Mountain on the next section. What I'd assumed was the mountain was just a random hill. I had a welsh cake, it was good. A quick sponge bath and full water bottles and I was away again.

Around 2300 I was 30 or 40 km short of Barry on the return and getting very sleepy. I kept thinking that somebody had painted "SLOW ARSE" in big white letters on the welsh roads as a personal taunt to me. Very much time for a kip. I found a lightly overgrown farm track ending in a gate that did not look frequently used. It was quite near the road but protected from headlights, so it'd do. At this point I think I had about 8 hours in hand and I was looking at hitting Barry only a couple of hours behind Tom's DIY pace. I remembered that Tom finished with such a huge embarrassment of time in hand that he missed out on a breakfast at the pub at the end, so being a few hours slower seemed like no bad thing. Time for a long sleep. I almost never set an alarm (I have the opposite problem, I can't stay asleep long enough to get enough sleep) but I picked out 3am as a target leaving time. Every time I woke up before that I rolled over for another 90 minutes. Moving again at 0350 on Saturday. The roads were back to saying "SLOW ARAF".

Another hot day full of hills. Good riding in the early morning but the wind was up around Cardiff, time in hand building slowly but steadily though. "Welcome to Gloucestershire, home of the mountains that wouldn't fit into Wales". I think I got to ride most the roads of the scenic route that I'd skipped for the Severn bridge on the way out. Settling into a steady routine: every 30 minutes I was putting my jersey in a plastic bag and soaking it with water. Every couple of hours I'd run out of water and go into a pub. "a pint of coke with no ice please and could you fill these up with water", quaff half the coke, into the bathroom to run my jersey under that tap, quaff the other half pint on the way out "thanks, bye", rolling again. Repeat. Between the wet jersey and the regular short stops in the shade today was better, but by the evening I was ready for some grease, so into McDonald's Towcester.

A little further on I started to get really sleepy, and having enough time in hand for a bit more than than a power nap I set up the full camping arrangements and set a precautionary alarm in case I slept so long that I'd be out of time at St Neots, but woke naturally before it went off. 2300 stop and 0140 start according to the records. The night riding went well, time in hand building. St Neots was full of Saturday night revellers and grumpy ATMs. Maybe lack of sleep was getting to me, but I could swear it printed out the slip I'd asked for and then sucked it back in when I didn't take it fast enough. "Here is a proof of passage, which I'm not going to give to you". Bastard. Another withdrawl and this time I grabbed the slip like it was food.

The day started to warm up a bit and I ran out of water, but it was only around 20C and I was nearly done, so I didn't worry too much. I almost asked someone who was working in his front garden for a water refill, but I was low on sleep so my filters were down and I'd just seen a sign for Cock Green so it might have ended badly.

Finished, and a large mixed grill really hit the spot.

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #322 on: 02 July, 2018, 01:04:55 am »
Last of my photos now uploaded here https://flic.kr/s/aHskAx4PdV

Well done everyone who took part, a challenging ride in this weather!  :thumbsup:
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #323 on: 02 July, 2018, 06:51:33 am »
50% attrition, for which I accept partial responsibility:

Hills [up]: I made sure they were in the way, though some went around them.

Hills [down]: Those that avoided them missed a treat. Cools you down too.

Weather - Outwith the control of even the Welsh Government: It could have been muggy and thundery, or cold, wet and windy. It was good summer weather...hydration is the key, and the wet jersey thing works well. [I favour plain water in one bidon for a quick squirt over my shoulders on every climb]. Sandals for a paddle are good too.

Well done to all finishers, you will breeze round PBP next year! Non-finishers at least have a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses, unfinished business and all that, think positive!

And a big thank you to Huggy, jiberjaber and Soupy, for giving their time so generously to look after everyone up The Black Mountain on Friday - we did have fun too, though!

Re: ACME Grand 1000km 28 June 2018
« Reply #324 on: 02 July, 2018, 06:25:11 pm »
Chapeau to finishers - that was one tough ride; even the bit of it I did.

I made it over Black Mountain and down to Port Talbot but with the heat I knew I would be toast the next day so had a long sleep in the room that Karl had cancelled (I think) and a lazy train ride back to London. I was fine on the hills but run out of puff before Llandovery due to lack of base miles. I was certainly pleased with it as a training ride; I recovered really quickly and I will be awesome on the commute tomorrow and looking forward now to a series of other challenges (Hereward, Flatlands etc) in the knowledge that they will seem pretty straight forward (well, I hope).

Having decided to pack before Llandovery and looking at a map I realised I still had to ride Black Mountain anyway to get a train! And I am glad I did - highlight of the ride for me; road with changes in gradient, no effing mad welsh drivers in vans, sunset, lots of twists and corners and able to amble up at my own pace AND being met by the ACME crew at the top. Awesome.

Rode most of the way with Jan, Andrew and Andrew and thrilled that they all finished - that badge is now owned by a very small and excellent set of riders.

I will write some more later but for those reading in the lead up to 2020 then yes, do it. A tough self-sufficient event and a great training ride for the TCR set too I would think given its bivvy and convenience store ethic.