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Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« on: June 04, 2017, 02:08:20 pm »
I've not started a thread on this yet as I've been largely in denial, but entered a couple of weeks ago.

My early results this year have been encouraging and I need to find 2 miles more than last year to beat the club record which was set in the 50s.

According to their Facebook page the HQ and start are moving this year, but not very far.   This will also mean a new finishing circuit.  I'm half hoping that this will remove the big lump in the middle of the old one that I struggled winch my way up last year.

First big test of the year is the Newbury 12hr next weekend.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 02:32:48 pm »
The new start/finish will have a big effect on the character of the event. Could be interesting!

Is the 12 on Saturday on the A31? Rather you than me ... :P
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 03:40:07 pm »
Is the 12 on Saturday on the A31? Rather you than me ... :P

Indeed.   Did it 2 years ago and the ruts in the road start to get to you after 7/8hrs - fast road, though.

Looks like pauld is off a few mins behind me.   No other names from round here this year, though.   I note that the record breaking Arctic Tacx team are all out though.   Must go and look up what the 12hr team record is.

*EDIT* Byronius is on there as well

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 07:18:24 pm »
http://www.newburyrc.co.uk/prod/php/getactivity.php?aid=4363

Appears to be on Sunday :P

But more urgently ... they've just put out a call for helpers. I'm blimmin miles away, but if anyone on here fancies giving rob's event a helping hand, contact Rachael Elliot at NewburyRC. It's based at Alton (Hampshire).

Details above :)

*and our Byronius. And PaulD. etc ... etc ...
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 08:44:36 am »
... and JES  :P

The route is indeed up and down the ten mile stretch between Chawton and Farnham though.  Rather Rob than me too!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 09:37:28 am »
I'm DNSing the Newbury 12 this weekend  :-[  Lots of excuses including too much working / not enough riding in the last 6 weeks, but the final straw was a high-ish speed car crash last week which if nothing else has destroyed my mental focus and my car  :'(.

Still on for the Mersey 24 though. Got former Bronze medallist Toby wasting his weekend handing bottles up so best make a good job of it.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 09:42:01 am »
On the subject of the 24 course: I'm not a Faceache user so if anyone spots any updates on there, especially course details, can they point 'em out on here please? Ta!

My motivation this year is mainly recce the course / race so that next year (2 weeks after my 40th) I can tick off the club vet record of ~413. The club record of 467 is perhaps a bit bigger project... I'd be very happy with a 400 this year, not unhappy with 380...we'll see.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 10:32:10 am »
Sorry to hear you're not starting on Sunday, Paul.   It's still 6 weeks to the 24hr so plenty of time.

The update from the Mersey Roads doesn't have a lot of detail yet.   What they have said is that the new HQ is the clubhouse, Wrexham which I believe is here :-

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Club+House+Wrexham/@53.0541703,-2.9122708,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487abe403d7e24e3:0x5ff289219fa93eb4!8m2!3d53.0362909!4d-2.9061339?hl=en

This isn't particularly far from the old HQ at Farndon.   The update said there's a new start point (figures) and finishing circuit but the rest looks like it's the same.   Looking at the location of the HQ they could do a few things with the finishing circuit but we'll have to wait and see.    I found the short climb on the old finishing circuit quite a grind towards the end last year.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2017, 12:52:40 pm »
Entries close midnight tomorrow, people.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2017, 11:04:05 pm »
Start list and course details up on TTF.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2017, 07:35:26 am »
Start list and course details up on TTF.

Slightly smaller field than last year.

New finishing circuit is shorter.   Need to take a look and see if it's a bit flatter as that climb was hard work with a bad back last year.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2017, 10:19:34 am »
Looks like there's a bit of a stinger on the Wrexham Rd, maybe not as long as Barton but more often? due to the shorter circuit.

Teethgrinder's got himself a (new) team.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2017, 10:57:33 am »
Looks like there's a bit of a stinger on the Wrexham Rd, maybe not as long as Barton but more often? due to the shorter circuit.

Teethgrinder's got himself a (new) team.

No real chance to do a proper recce, but will have a drive round when we get up there late Friday pm.   This one is going to be a bit of a family holiday so we're all coming and then heading off to a cottage the following week.   I did have some issues walking after last year's event so I'm hoping for very little in the way of physical activity.

Yeah, Steve was invited to join the Arctic as man 3 for this year's event.  I saw Tim Bayley after the Newbury 12hr and he said he definitely wasn't riding.

I'd have the top 3 as - Mike/Shoobs/Victor.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2017, 11:25:50 am »
Start list and course details up on TTF.

Where? can't find it

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2017, 11:34:52 am »
Found it on CTT
https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-entrant-list/15599#anchor

Another one to watch is the 2nd last man off, Chris Herbert, who is quick.  He's not a regular time triallist but, if he goes well, he could be near the top.  If he focused on time trials to a greater extent (and stopped smoking!) I think he could be a real contender.

EDIT - just caught up with Chris and he's not on great form since having been rear-ended by a bus a couple of weeks ago (the one that went viral on Twitter with the bus hitting him from behind while stopped at a red light), so not expecting to achieve great things.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2017, 01:53:31 pm »
Ah.....The Fear......don't you just love it ?

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2017, 03:53:21 pm »
Slight stress headache today trying to mind-juggle all the things I need to box up in the next couple of days, and a 16 hour day with customer tomorrow. Bloody work getting in the way of important things.

I'm feeling fairly positive about the whole thing though, especially the enormous pile of junk food I'm planning on getting through in 24 hours. :thumbsup:


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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2017, 03:51:05 pm »
Good luck to rob, Paul and everyone else riding!

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/articles/view/239

Has Jasmijn Muller got any form in this event? (I know she's done some Ultras, so not lacking in relevant experience!)
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2017, 04:22:47 pm »
Good luck to rob, Paul and everyone else riding!

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/articles/view/239

Has Jasmijn Muller got any form in this event? (I know she's done some Ultras, so not lacking in relevant experience!)

Don't think she rode last year.   She was on the same 12hr as me 6 weeks ago and at the end of last year so has been riding UK TTs in general.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2017, 09:38:40 am »
Any word from the 24h riders?  Are the results posted anywhere?

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2017, 09:48:41 am »
Provisional Results on TTF.  They may go up or down a bit, of course.  I *think* the top ones are all uncontentious but my rider looks a few miles out from what I thought he was on so I'll go back to the logs, check it and may appeal if I can't resolve the difference.  We'll see.

Well done on Paul D to getting your 600 km for your SR.  You looked good throughout so with better conditions and a bit less stopping next year, you should smash 400 + quite a bit  :thumbsup: