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General Category => Audax => Topic started by: Manotea on November 14, 2018, 10:38:54 pm

Title: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Manotea on November 14, 2018, 10:38:54 pm
Yoiks, it's almost time for...

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/56r6u1j0z2o4z54/WW%20Logo600.jpg?raw=1) (http://willywarmer.paudax.com)

Yes, its true, this year the Willy Warmer is going to swing both ways! Click the graphic for details...
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Martin on January 11, 2019, 11:52:51 am
There must have been a more recent thread than this;

anyhoo who else is in? was looking forward to another reverse of the route but apparently it's all going anticlock
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: psyclist on January 11, 2019, 12:26:26 pm
anyhoo who else is in? was looking forward to another reverse of the route but apparently it's all going anticlock

I'm riding. Are you sure about the reverse route, as I selected that option in response to the email of 2nd January?   
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Martin on January 11, 2019, 12:35:47 pm
anyhoo who else is in? was looking forward to another reverse of the route but apparently it's all going anticlock

I'm riding. Are you sure about the reverse route, as I selected that option in response to the email of 2nd January?

no, I was going to route check tomorrow (although cannot now) so haven't had any recent email about the reverse. The reverse route is very nice although does involve Whitchurch Hill in the last stages (and that nasty hill up to the A40 whose name escapes me)
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: psyclist on January 11, 2019, 12:47:59 pm
I rode the reverse 4 years ago. I seem to remember one stretch in particular early on that had ice across the road in a sheltered dip. It was my first audax riding fixed ... I ran out of ooomph with about 70km to go, and was very grateful for a nice sit down and munch at Pangbourne.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: kegere on January 11, 2019, 02:25:28 pm
That was close, everything ready last night including coins for parking, bike checked etc. I wonder if I would have been the first to arrive exactly 7 days to early?  :facepalm:

Pity as the weather was looking quite reasonable for tomorrow.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on January 11, 2019, 02:27:23 pm
HK is planning on being there.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Manotea on January 11, 2019, 08:24:39 pm
News flash: :...
For various reasons I've replaced  the Reverse Willy with a staggered start so riders can come early if they want to. A newsletter will reveal all. Also 'for technical reasons' I've reopened the entry portal till midnight.

Currently at 220 entries... could be the biggest Willy yet!

I know. It's a gift.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: whosatthewheel on January 11, 2019, 08:37:53 pm


Currently at 220 entries... could be the biggest Willy yet!

I know. It's a gift.

yeahbut if it's cold and icy as it looks ATM, it might shrink considerably...  ;)
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: quixoticgeek on January 11, 2019, 09:39:56 pm
Currently at 220 entries... could be the biggest Willy yet!

I know. It's a gift.

Is having a willy required to enter? :p

J
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Bikeabilityman on January 13, 2019, 01:39:36 pm
Drat! Not long up after cycling home from the Jan Sale PBP qualifier yesterday, and thought I'd enter this as I've heard a team mate is doing it. Done it before but can't remember which way round.

Good luck everyone (and Justin!).
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Manotea on January 13, 2019, 02:29:39 pm
Currently at 220 entries... could be the biggest Willy yet!

I know. It's a gift.

Is having a willy required to enter? :p

J


Not at all... all hard and nippy riders welcome!

OK, let's stop now...

Just sent out a rider briefing email. The main news is that the route sheet and track have been updated to reflect changes to controls and the 'swing both ways' option has been dropped in favour of a simple staggered start with waves away from 7am.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: HK on January 16, 2019, 02:41:58 pm
Currently at 220 entries... could be the biggest Willy yet!

I know. It's a gift.

Is having a willy required to enter? :p

J

No but a woolly warmer Shaun Shaw style might be handed out as a reward....

This is the brevet ther warmd parts others fail to reach and is a cracking ride.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: alotronic on January 18, 2019, 08:33:12 am
That was close, everything ready last night including coins for parking, bike checked etc. I wonder if I would have been the first to arrive exactly 7 days to early?  :facepalm:

Pity as the weather was looking quite reasonable for tomorrow.

I did exactly that in 2016. Realised when I got to the empty car park. Looking forward to it this year sort of.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: whosatthewheel on January 19, 2019, 06:31:20 pm
I pushed myself to do 30 miles today... that was plenty in light rain and 4 degrees... I wonder how the 209 km felt like...  ::-)
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 19, 2019, 08:36:27 pm
At no point on this ride was my willy warm! Jesus H Christ.

Thanks for organising Paul! Favourite part was the hot hot chili and hearing your audax tips! Legend!
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: veloboy on January 19, 2019, 10:22:31 pm
I have done this ride on several occasions [something like 4-5 times].
It was a toughie this time! started dry and finished dry; however, the rain started in earnest just before Pangbourne  and why Castelli Gaba soft shell was on the limit, so found a lovely bus shelter to facilitate the change to my Gortex Shake-Dry shell [I almost left this at home, falsely believing the forecast]!
Glad to have done it though...
Many thanks to Paul for organising, Martin for the arrivee and all the lovely HOT food!
That rice cooker and spicy chilli was amazing!!
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Martin on January 19, 2019, 11:20:21 pm
That rice cooker and spicy chilli was amazing!!

I had the curry but agree also amazing!

This was my hardest Willy by far (ride that is) but I may have avoided worse ones; I've route checked a few instead. I did avoid any fairy visitations but others were not so lucky.

Definitely a case of What not to Wear; I had a Berghaus fleece with a non breathable outer layer which I hoped to shed but never got the chance so it all just got damp (and heavy) over the course of the ride. Plus my expensive Gore gloves work well in cold but not wet; and as we turned into the wind they just conducted all the warmth away from my fingers. So I progressed without stopping anywhere to eat or removing my gloves until Winnersh where I was able to buy a £6 pair of fleece gloves from Sainsburys. This made the last 39k a million% better;

Thanks Manotea and family Liam HuffnPuff and especially Swiss Hat for the lift back at a time when my body would not have wanted to do anything at all outside especially ride back up and wait for a train at GX
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: iddu on January 20, 2019, 08:49:26 pm
 ;D  'twas a lovely ride today  :smug:
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 20, 2019, 08:51:48 pm
;D  'twas a lovely ride today  :smug:

I know right! I was very bitter today.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: LiamFitz on January 20, 2019, 10:31:29 pm
;D  'twas a lovely ride today  :smug:

You should know as you saw us from the comfort of the Tutti Pole!


Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: mmmmartin on January 20, 2019, 10:39:06 pm
my expensive Gore gloves work well in cold but not wet; and as we turned into the wind they just conducted all the warmth away from my fingers.
This is a common complaint: IMHO there is a special circle of hell reserved especially for shops that sell cycling gloves like this. When wet they can freeze your fingers into immobility: lethal if brakes can't be applied..... a companion had hypothermia in Galicia because of some expensive cycling gloves. Mittens are far better in almost all circumstances I think
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: iddu on January 20, 2019, 11:15:14 pm
my expensive Gore gloves work well in cold but not wet; and as we turned into the wind they just conducted all the warmth away from my fingers.
This is a common complaint: IMHO there is a special circle of hell reserved especially for shops that sell cycling gloves like this. When wet they can freeze your fingers into immobility: lethal if brakes can't be applied..... a companion had hypothermia in Galicia because of some expensive cycling gloves. Mittens are far better in almost all circumstances I think

Marigolds are your friend.  Tights are also good as emergency arm/leg warmers.  WGAF what you look like, you're an Audaxer... ;D

Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Pip on January 21, 2019, 08:45:32 am
Thank you Paul and team for organising the WW. Sustenance served by friendly faces at the finish was greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to all the first time audaxers for completing this ride in truly miserable conditions. Your smiles replaced the cold with unexpected warmth, and if any of you fear that PBP qualification is out of reach, then think again.....a successful finish on Saturday speaks volumes for your tenacity of spirit....well done to one and all.

Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 21, 2019, 01:30:24 pm
Solid words Pip!

I would say my only gripe was against those 1 or 2 who thought half-sized mudguards were acceptable gear given the conditions—are they ever?  On the bright side, I could legitimately claim the polka dot jersey.  But I will be investigating how to enhance my Crud MK2's to provide even more protection to those behind me.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: whosatthewheel on January 21, 2019, 03:28:33 pm
Solid words Pip!

I would say my only gripe was against those 1 or 2 who thought half-sized mudguards were acceptable gear given the conditions—are they ever? 

Or maybe the fault lies in those drafting the wheel of said riders...  ;)
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: brakeless on January 21, 2019, 04:24:31 pm
Solid words Pip!

  But I will be investigating how to enhance my Crud MK2's to provide even more protection to those behind me.

A strip cut from a plastic milk bottle and duck tape work. Light enough on Cruds that are usually pretty delicately poised.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 22, 2019, 05:15:29 pm
Solid words Pip!

I would say my only gripe was against those 1 or 2 who thought half-sized mudguards were acceptable gear given the conditions—are they ever? 

Or maybe the fault lies in those drafting the wheel of said riders...  ;)

I appreciate the winky face but the accused overtook me and pulled right in front of me, taking me off guard with a splatter.  I am not going to brake and lose my momentum from a bit of mud.
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 25, 2019, 09:29:14 am
20-25cm snow dumped on Chalfont I heard from a local!
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: whosatthewheel on January 26, 2019, 09:56:12 am
20-25cm snow dumped on Chalfont I heard from a local!

more like 4 cm
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: markldn on January 27, 2019, 01:49:03 am
Maybe 20cm to an Englishman!

(Me being Canadian)
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: whosatthewheel on January 28, 2019, 09:20:58 am
Maybe 20cm to an Englishman!

(Me being Canadian)

20 cm in southern England would make the headlines for a couple of weeks non stop... schools wouldn't reopen until March...
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: RobD62 on January 29, 2019, 07:50:40 pm
I had a bit of cunning plan to ECE my Willy W from outskirts of Chippenham (133k each way) and set off before midnight and stopped at the McDs just beyond Theale for a black coffee and sustinance. 
Arrived at the start to be "awarded" a 7am start sticker so quickly drank more coffee filled my bottle and ate a bun and some malt loaf before setting off. 
At Pangbourne I was getting humgry but stuck with CoOp produce as the rain realy kicked in. 
In Boxford a lady flagged me down who had had a puncture that she had sorted but her chain had turned its self in knots and she was getting very cold.  after sorting her chain we parted company her to Newbury to the train station and me as far as the outskirst of Lambourne where I called it a day.  After my stop to help I was not getting any warmer.  I too chose the Newbury option and a train home. 
I was a bit dejected that I had not finished or completed my EDE home either.  I reasoned on the train journey home that I had done a good deed and perhaps a 460 plus ride in January was a bit of an ask especially with the cold penetrating rain.
Thank you Paul, an excellent event...the first half I completed!
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: lmm on February 21, 2019, 08:36:29 pm
Not a complaint, honest question (this was my first BRM): should I be worried that my card hasn't arrived yet? How long should I expect it to take?
(To pre-empt the obvious, I did buy a return envelope at the end).
Title: Re: WillyWarmer 2019
Post by: Manotea on February 21, 2019, 09:44:30 pm
Hi Imm, nothing to worry about. Ive had the cards back from the ValSecs but was going to wait till I had the cards back from my event earlier this month so I could process the cards for both events in one go. Hopefully ypou'll have them by the end of the month.Menwhile the validated brevets with the all important ACP validation numbers  can be found on the AUK website.