Author Topic: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018  (Read 7927 times)

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #125 on: July 23, 2018, 05:26:38 pm »
A bit of a fragmented experience for us. I filmed the late starters, came home, and then we returned to marshal on the Quina Brook circuit from about 1am to 5.30 am.

We'd  arrived at the usual time, but knew about the course revisions. So we had a bit of a light time of it. It was nice to take in the festival atmosphere that is Prees Heath.

It was nice to meet Feanor at daybreak, and to be useful to a collapsing finisher. We were left with a somewhat crusty pillow, from the concentrated saliva of said dehydration victim.

I felt that Jon and Sam did a fantastic job in the face of short-notice roadworks. We went to look at the obstruction, and it caused some head-scratching. There was a newly-dug trench, with some new-looking blue alkathene pipe in it. This on a trunk road. It made no sense to me, as it looked like the sort of emergency job that should have taken 3 or 4 hours to complete.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #126 on: July 23, 2018, 10:04:37 pm »
Congratulations to Feanor on cracking 400 :thumbsup:
According to my Garmin I was 411. I think Im missing a lap of the finishing circuit. Will query it.

Just had a response that my query has been upheld, and :

"After further checking we now have your mileage as 410.45. "

Happy with that.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #127 on: July 23, 2018, 10:38:51 pm »

Just had a response that my query has been upheld, and :

"After further checking we now have your mileage as 410.45. "

Happy with that.

Same here, 418.61,  I'll take that as a first attempt :)

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #128 on: July 24, 2018, 08:17:20 am »
Just been confirmed to 425-92 very happy
Was nice to meet wheels on fire always gave encouragement as he went by , thanks to all who gave advice and helped on the event.
I wonder if I could go a little faster next year 😳🔫

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #129 on: July 24, 2018, 09:15:20 am »
Well done guys - all further than I managed on my first attempt (and my only finish so far)!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #130 on: July 24, 2018, 11:34:15 am »
Wow. Those are serious distances - congrats to all of you!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #131 on: July 24, 2018, 12:00:22 pm »
Just been confirmed to 425-92 very happy
Was nice to meet wheels on fire always gave encouragement as he went by , thanks to all who gave advice and helped on the event.
I wonder if I could go a little faster next year 😳🔫

This ^^

Thanks again to all who posted advice and encouragement and everyone involved in the event.  It was quite unlike any other cycling event I've ever been involved with! 

Getting encouragement from riders passing you and passing it on to those you passed made a big difference and made the whole thing feel much more inclusive.  Although I think DuracellBunnyOnABike may have got fed up of the sight of me as we leapfrogged each other at least half a dozen times in the space of a couple of hours I think.

When I finished I was sure I'd never do it again, now I've had a couple of days to recover I'm starting to wonder if I could go a bit faster!


Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #132 on: July 24, 2018, 01:17:49 pm »
398 miles for me an now I'm wondering what would be possible with a tt bike and those plastic wheels the big kids were using ... 🙄

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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #133 on: July 24, 2018, 03:14:35 pm »
398 miles for me an now I'm wondering what would be possible with a tt bike and those plastic wheels the big kids were using ... 🙄

399?
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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #134 on: July 24, 2018, 03:26:32 pm »
A rough initial treatment of the first 12 hours. There's probably an hour film in that and the End to End.


Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #135 on: July 24, 2018, 09:56:10 pm »
398 miles for me an now I'm wondering what would be possible with a tt bike and those plastic wheels the big kids were using ... 🙄

399?
388 provisionally now corrected to 398

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #136 on: July 24, 2018, 09:59:41 pm »
398 miles for me an now I'm wondering what would be possible with a tt bike and those plastic wheels the big kids were using ... 🙄

Possibly some serious neck pain!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #137 on: July 27, 2018, 12:28:05 pm »
Part 2 of the film, it needs tidying up, it's 20 minutes at the moment.


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Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #138 on: September 20, 2018, 02:29:20 pm »
A nice little results booklet and a glossy photo just arrived in the post!
I wasn't expecting that.
A nice little touch.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #139 on: September 21, 2018, 12:05:27 pm »
A nice little results booklet and a glossy photo just arrived in the post!
I wasn't expecting that.
A nice little touch.

Yes I agree a very nice touch

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #140 on: September 21, 2018, 01:10:49 pm »
A nice little results booklet and a glossy photo just arrived in the post!
I wasn't expecting that.
A nice little touch.

It is of course a National Championship event.

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #141 on: September 22, 2018, 12:54:28 pm »
I was interested to see the women listed separately in the results. I think that's a first, as Jasmijn was third overall last year.

I was reminded of the little trophies we used to get for completing the Mersey Roads. Everyone got one, with their name, club and distance. I might get the clock working as a tribute to that level of attention, it certainly inspired loyalty to the event.


Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #142 on: September 22, 2018, 02:07:58 pm »
I was interested to see the women listed separately in the results. I think that's a first, as Jasmijn was third overall last year.

I was reminded of the little trophies we used to get for completing the Mersey Roads. Everyone got one, with their name, club and distance. I might get the clock working as a tribute to that level of attention, it certainly inspired loyalty to the event.



That clock trophy is so cool!

Re: Mersey Roads 24hr TT 2018
« Reply #143 on: September 22, 2018, 02:42:52 pm »
I've been down to Poundstretcher and got 30 watch batteries of various sizes for 69p. The clock works, but I'm having trouble setting the time, so I'll wait until it's the time it says on the clock, and refit the battery.

I don't know who made the trophies, we've got several from various years. There were all manner of little traditions associated with the 24. Frank Mumford used to report on the types of bike used, he'd have a field day with the variety used today.

Clubs from a wide area used to send helpers, and I'd always assumed that the Mersey Roads was an association which put on events on behalf of clubs in the Liverpool area, but it's essentially run by the Williams family. I meet Jon Williams in some odd places, most recently in a lay-by near Dunkeld, officiating on Jasmijn's LEJOG. I've even managed to get some footage of him on the Broadwith record, which is a real rarity.

Rod Goodfellow will be missed, as he's been a feature for so long.