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Title: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on November 23, 2019, 09:43:58 am
Anyone else planning on riding this ride on the shortest day Sun 22nd Dec?  Planning on using this as my first 200 since before PBP.  No objective other than getting round and seeing where my long distance endurance is currently sitting.  Plan to be recumbent, as aiming for a recumbent Audax year this season.

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-233/

Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Grey Sheep on November 23, 2019, 11:30:20 am
I'm planning to be there.

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Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 14, 2019, 07:50:53 pm
Clocked up around 100km on new recumbent today.  Very cold and wet first half, with sun coming out towards the end.  A good reminder of what the weather maybe in a weeks time, and what kit to bring. Looking forward to my first 200km ride in months.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: bobb on December 15, 2019, 01:37:34 am
I've entered. Hoping the weather won't be too dreadful!
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 15, 2019, 09:49:33 am
HK and I will be there.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: psyclist on December 15, 2019, 10:32:53 am
I've not ridden this one before. Hopefully I'll have shaken the lurgy by then.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Redlight on December 15, 2019, 11:41:25 am
I am enduring attending a wedding the day before so unfortunately won't be in any fit state to get up and get myself to Colchester-ish for an 8am start but I can promise you all that it's a lovely ride, especially if the weather is good. 
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 15, 2019, 11:44:36 am
I've entered. Hoping the weather won't be too dreadful!

Hopefully I took the hit yesterday.  It was that freezing rain and quite a headwind after the halfway turn. Any chance of rain and definitely my winter cycling boots, and a second pair of gloves,  my fingers and toes were a bit purple when I got home yesterday.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Nik's Nick on December 19, 2019, 10:59:23 am
If I've stopped snuffling by Saturday, I'll put in a late entry.  I think this was the first audax I attempted 2 years ago.  Attempted being the operative word, horribly under-prepared for a a ride that at different times was cold, wet and dark I bailed at 165k at the Sudbury McDs with frozen extremities, lights on the blink, dead garmin and dead phone. Dead electronics I can cope with, but brain fades are a riskier business and I'd stopped enjoying the ride an hour beforehand.  A good learning experience (I now wear at least one piece of ACME kit on audax rides, provides all sort of super-powers).

Not been able to go past that McDs since without experiencing a little pang...
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 19, 2019, 12:55:49 pm
Two years ago was the second time I rode the event. I didn't ride it last year.

If I recall it started off really cold and frosty, and was forecast to warm up. I took the B road alternative that morning.  Rain came after Wickham Market but it didn't really get that warm, maybe 5C Max..  I had an insulated gilet on, and don't think I took it off all day. I had some warmer gauntlet style gloves with me, and kept them on all the way round.  I was chilled a little by Diss.  I certainly went slower than the year before, where I was a couple of hours quicker.  Hopefully better weather this time round. Dry would be nice, but given how much it's raining this winter, we'll see .
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: oggy on December 19, 2019, 01:11:35 pm
ok forecast has now changed, now looking at wet start

http://www.weatherbagel.com/f/8c52daf6-2f18-4f85-b4c0-9c61701d482d
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 19, 2019, 08:51:33 pm
Winter cycling boots and a spare spare of gloves if it's going to rain. Had rain at similar forecast temps last weekend and my summer cycling shoes didn't cut it.

Bike is ready

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Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Colinf on December 19, 2019, 09:06:20 pm
Sat here thinking of a last minuet entry, I don't know the area at all, thinking of riding fixed is there ant real step bits ??
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 19, 2019, 09:12:48 pm
I rode the first edition on fixed. No major dramas that I can recall.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 19, 2019, 09:19:16 pm
No really steep bits. I've ridden twice on recumbent and will be on my new recumbent on Sunday for a hat trick / full house. You'll be fine on fixed.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Colinf on December 19, 2019, 09:21:56 pm
No really steep bits. I've ridden twice on recumbent and will be on my new recumbent on Sunday for a hat trick / full house. You'll be fine on fixed.

Cheers.. hopefully see you on Sunday..
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Colinf on December 19, 2019, 09:28:32 pm
I rode the first edition on fixed. No major dramas that I can recall.

Thanks for the info..
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: psyclist on December 20, 2019, 09:34:37 am
ok forecast has now changed, now looking at wet start

Changed again. Now looks wet overnight but dry throughout the day, at least that's the forecast on MetOffice. Quite variable at the moment though, so probably wont know for certain until we're actually riding.

I'll be riding fixed. I've never experienced any hills in Essex or Suffolk that have been a problem.

Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: arabella on December 20, 2019, 09:00:34 pm
I do/did most of my fixed riding on similar roads so it should be fine.
I'll be at a 60th birthday, I've never actually ridden, only done the Valley Farm control a couple of times a few year back.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 21, 2019, 01:56:01 pm
Looks like we could be missing a bullet at Halesworth as we turn left and left again on B1123 at Roman Way.

"This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas. River levels are beginning to drop but will remain responsive to further rainfall. Areas most at risk are the Thoroughfare, Chediston Street, Saxons Way and School Lane in Halesworth, and the A144 and the railway line at Halesworth. The forecast is for rain showers this afternoon with some heavier rain overnight and into tomorrow morning."

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The section from Monks Eleigh down through Hadleigh to Higham is then equally red on the flood map. 

"This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas. River levels are beginning to drop but will remain responsive to further rainfall. Areas most at risk are Lavenham, Brent Eleigh, Monks Eleigh, Chelsworth, Semer, Ash St, Kersey Mill, Hadleigh, Upper Layham, and Shelley, including the A1079 at Hadleigh and the A1141"

Likely a few skoggy roads tomorrow, especially if it does rain overnight.

I was looking for something similar to weather bagel but for flooding but seems no one has built such a thing.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: Colinf on December 21, 2019, 05:18:41 pm
So whats the weather looking like for tomorrow ? Think theres a good chance of getting very wet wet !!    its a new area for me so I'm looking forward to it ..
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: psyclist on December 21, 2019, 09:31:51 pm
MetOffice is showing possibility of showers early in the ride but then clear. We’ll soon dry out in the wind!
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 22, 2019, 11:09:56 pm
A prang on the A12 meant that HK and I (and A.N.Other) started about 45 minutes late. Several folk didn’t make it to the start at all.

The weather was acceptable. The drizzle/ rain wasn’t quite heavy enough for me to drag out the waterproof. The headwind wasn’t quite strong enough for me to bog down on the fixed wheel.

The Young Lady rolled round pretty well and cracked the AUK Lady’s (or is it Ladies' ?) Mileater record just before Sudbury. The previous total always seemed a little unlikely to me. Some more commuting and the Festive 500 will bump up the number a bit before the fireworks go off.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: hellymedic on December 22, 2019, 11:27:50 pm

The Young Lady rolled round pretty well and cracked the AUK Lady’s Mileater record just before Sudbury. The previous total always seemed a little unlikely to me. Some more commuting and the Festive 500 wil bump up the number a bit before the fireworks go off.

Was the previous record a Poddington? Did any AUKS ever set eyes on this entity?
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 22, 2019, 11:30:39 pm
A mother/ daughter tandem pair with the daughter at school. 22,000 miles ridden by AUKs in a year but no brevets at all does look somewhat odd. I’m not sure if any AUK ever rode with them.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: phil w on December 23, 2019, 01:22:30 pm
Light drizzle to around lunchtime, wind from the west.  Fairly mild temps.

Good run to Wicken Market where I stopped for 45 mins for beans and toast , a milkshake and obvious too much talking.  One water bottle felt out of its cage and promptly got run over twice before I could get to it. Recovered bottle and it was reasonable intact, but lid nowhere to be seen, and contents lost to the road. So down to one bottle rest of ride.

Legs faded around 75km in, and didn't pick up till closing in on Sudbury.  Lack of miles through Autumn , and concentrated on road bike this year, so I'm needing to adapt the legs back to the recumbent position again. 

Was enjoying the B road after Laveham so much I forgot to turn off it, so retraced and took the turn by the Church. Crashed through a couple of pot holes in the lanes but stayed upright. Glad I don't have low spoke wheels.  Looking at map, could have stuck to the B road and would probably have been faster.

Legs got a second wind after Sudbury and had a good run. However should have been eating more as bonked about 1/2 mile from the finish. Emergency gobbling of .maltesers saw me that last half mile.

Saw and chatted with a few familiar faces on the way round.

Overall happy with how it went for my first ride of 200km or more in almost half a year, and on a new recumbent. The legs will adapt and regain strength and endurance as I get the miles in. Need to eat more, it's amazing what you forget after a break. Work to be done but nothing I'm too worried about.
Title: Re: Santa Special 200 on 22nd Dec 2019
Post by: rob on December 23, 2019, 02:01:53 pm
A mother/ daughter tandem pair with the daughter at school. 22,000 miles ridden by AUKs in a year but no brevets at all does look somewhat odd. I’m not sure if any AUK ever rode with them.

I did a couple of times. They both rode for VC Lincoln when I lived there. As for the claimed mileages, I’m not so sure.