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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2017, 09:56:16 am »
Thanks. :thumbsup:

Pretty good for a first 24 from Paul, I hope he's pleased with that.  What happened to Rob?

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2017, 10:01:21 am »
Rob packed after the heavy rain in the afternoon, he was very cold, couldn't use his hands properly and decided not to continue.  About half the field made the same decision at some point.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2017, 10:10:06 am »
Paul was very cheerful passing us at Espley in the night. I reminded Heather that she'd interviewed Paul 10 years ago on PBP at St Martin des Pres. Only Michael Broadwith was as cheerful. Michael did the full 7 laps from Prees Heath to Espley and return, and was never under the hour for just over 20 miles on that circuit.

The lack of a leg down to Shawbirch meant that we saw few supporters. We only had the riders, disco music and show tunes to keep us company. That's why we were occasionally dancing when the riders passed. 'Singing in the Rain' was the high point of the morning. We had our usual barbecue at 3.30 am. Aberdeen Angus quarter-pounders with brioche buns.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2017, 12:58:02 pm »
I've now updated my photo album of the event with shots from the finishing circuit.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2017, 01:50:27 pm »
Fixed wheel Ti TT bike for sale.   Bit dirty.   One idiot owner.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2017, 01:59:17 pm »
Revellinho 400 miles - absolutely superb.  Well done, Paul!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2017, 02:07:49 pm »
Love the shot of Steve with his rack on his bike!

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2017, 02:55:21 pm »
I see Christina Mackenzie did 380 miles - She was Hebridean CC (now Stirling) and rode the first 2 of my 300km Audax events.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2017, 08:37:16 pm »
We travelled up on Friday and I met my supporters at the hotel.   I ended up having another shocking night's sleep and woke up feeling awful.   Walking around the HQ before setting off I had several 'don't want to do this' thoughts.   I chose to ignore them and put everything together, facing the timekeeper at 13:40.

The weather was warm and sunny for the early miles and I wound the gear up and started to feel good, averaging 23mph at my first bottle pick up at Prees.   I was picking starters off pretty regularly on the Espley leg, returning to Prees still averaging 23s.   As I headed down to Battlebridge there was the first biblical shower and I was soaked through.   It was brief and I could see the sun ahead.  I was dry when I got back to Prees and did another Espley leg, before my first stop at 4hrs.  I had only been caught by one rider at that point, Paul Jackson.

On the return from Battlebridge it started to rain heavily again and I grabbed a cape back at Prees.   

On joining the QB circuit I was averaging 22.5mph but it was then that it really started to rain.   The roads were awash but my speed was OK.   I was getting soaked from above and below and beginning to get cold.   It stayed like this for a couple of laps and then the rain stopped as I started a third circuit.   Unconsciously I had stopped drinking and, when I tried, I couldn't squeeze the bottle to get any fluid out.   At the same time it had got harder to get into my gels and bars as I had lost the feeling in the end of my fingers.

I returned to Prees at 7.5hrs with 161 miles on the clock.   I asked to have my 8hr stop early, putting on my track top and a gilet but I still couldn't feel my hands and was starting to shake.   We cadged a pair of gloves from another team but I couldn't get them on even with help.  At one point I had my hands inside my helpers jacket trying to warm up.   After 20 minutes of this I called the ride off, sat down and had a little cry.   I'd spent the last 9 months building for this and it was over.

Was it the right decision ? Probably.   I may have done some proper damage if I'd carried on.   I talked to another team at the hotel and they described what I looked like when I climbed off.   I have noticed that my weight loss has made me more susceptible to the cold so will need to monitor and plan for this.

What now ?  Don't know.   I'm now on holiday for a week and not racing again this year.   I have the option to pick up with my coach again in November.   I feel like I have it in me to improve on my previous distance, but not sure I can give it all again. 

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2017, 10:29:57 pm »
Strewth. After 3 goes at this event I was starting to fancy myself as ... well, sort of knowing  what things tend to happen. I'm not so sure now!

Don't know what to say Rob -  I suppose "commiserations" will have to do for now.

Massive chapeau to anyone that did a respectable distance - whether that's in their own eyes, or to the lay trialist  :thumbsup:
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #35 on: July 25, 2017, 12:59:35 am »
Revellinho 400 miles - absolutely superb.  Well done, Paul!
Revellinho 400 miles - absolutely superb.  Well done, Paul!
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2017, 11:20:28 pm »
I didn't take many pictures.


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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2017, 01:20:32 pm »
I took a load of pictures on the finishing circuit that I've stuck on dropbox

Not the greatest but I was tired and I haven't taken photos for a long time.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #38 on: July 27, 2017, 09:19:34 pm »
Some photo's from the Dulwich crew:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dockhill/sets/72157684205773733

Disappointing for me, but at least I was not alone in 'retiring' and plenty of familiar faces at Prees to lift my spirits, inc Karla and T0BY otp. Commiserations  to all who abandoned along with me, and big respect to everyone who finished.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2017, 10:20:30 pm »
Paul was very cheerful passing us at Espley in the night.

Is there more than one PaulD?

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2017, 10:00:15 am »
Paul was very cheerful passing us at Espley in the night.

Is there more than one PaulD?

There were at least three that weekend.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #41 on: July 31, 2017, 12:47:26 pm »
Did any of them need cajoling from their helper?

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #42 on: August 18, 2017, 02:31:40 pm »
Has anyone seen a finish list yet?  I like to look through to identify the Audax UK members who will be wanting their points adding to their AUK totals.  And there is the small matter of the Dave Lewis Trophy to consider.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2017, 08:11:55 am »
It's all there on the ctt website https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/15599#anchor with the tandems on a separate sheet.  Jasmijn Muller for the highest mileage I think - you'll have met her on 'A Pair of Kirtons'.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2017, 09:02:41 am »
It's all there on the ctt website https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/15599#anchor with the tandems on a separate sheet.  Jasmijn Muller for the highest mileage I think - you'll have met her on 'A Pair of Kirtons'.

Nice one Paul. I was discussing your provisionaL 399.9999 with Jasmijn when I interviewed her at Loughton. Non TTers don't get the magic barriers thing.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #45 on: August 19, 2017, 09:20:30 am »
Paul was very cheerful passing us at Espley in the night.

Is there more than one PaulD?

There were at least three that weekend.

Paul Dytham. we first filmed him at St Martin on the 2007 PBP.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr 2017
« Reply #46 on: August 29, 2017, 12:17:14 pm »
I've been watching my AUK results page as I wanted to confirm the board considered my 376.6 miles enough to net me 6 points.

Noticed today the 'Farndon 360' is up: http://www.aukweb.net/results/archive/2017/listevent/?Ride=17-24TT  :thumbsup: