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Peculier Old 200
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2018, 07:29:03 pm »
I’ve just dug out the full winter gear!


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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2018, 07:37:49 pm »
I probably should have looked at the weather before sorting logistics. FML.  :facepalm:

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2018, 09:08:35 pm »
I reckon it'll be fine. Chilly, and maybe a bit drizzly at the start, but fine. The rain's coming in from the coast, and the whole ride's inland.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2018, 12:36:35 am »
Good luck, everyone!

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2018, 05:50:52 am »
I’ve just dug out the full winter gear!


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Likewise! Setting off to the train in 10 minutes!
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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2018, 07:00:30 am »
DNS for me despite my upthread enthusiasm.
Mentally defeated by other things  and listening to the combination of rain and wind has made me decide not to ride. Good luck to everyone.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2018, 08:58:36 am »
59 58 on the road. Bit breezy, but fairing up.

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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2018, 09:11:10 am »

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2018, 10:51:37 am »
Snow settling on roads in Ferryhill. Coat drenched. Gloves drenched. Socks wet. Onto my backup dry gloves and backup dry winter jersey. Discretion, valour et al: took the A167 back to Darlo. Changed and in the car trying to warm up. DNF for me, but it was lots of fun while it lasted.

I guess I picked the wrong year to swap stamping cards in Masham for riding.

:-S
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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2018, 11:47:34 am »
You could always head over and help stamp the cards...

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2018, 12:14:18 pm »
It's sunny here. And there's a fire. And chips.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #36 on: October 27, 2018, 12:18:51 pm »
Sunny in Whorlton too but no one here yet...

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2018, 12:31:22 pm »
You might have a nice bridge, but have you got a pub full of hounds?

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2018, 12:38:53 pm »
Snow settling on roads in Ferryhill. Coat drenched. Gloves drenched. Socks wet. Onto my backup dry gloves and backup dry winter jersey. Discretion, valour et al: took the A167 back to Darlo. Changed and in the car trying to warm up. DNF for me, but it was lots of fun while it lasted.

I guess I picked the wrong year to swap stamping cards in Masham for riding.

:-S

Same here turned back at ferryhill. Bit too much settling on the road for my risk averse liking.
Good luck to anybody that does finish, I get the impression once you get down off the moor you might be ok.
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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #39 on: October 27, 2018, 01:42:18 pm »
I hope everyone still riding is hungry! Sun's out at Appleton Wiske
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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #40 on: October 27, 2018, 01:47:16 pm »
You could always head over and help stamp the cards...

A lovely offer - but home now and cooking roast lamb, drinking warm beer. I finally stopped feeling cold in my chest and legs as I drove past Ferrybridge services. That was a brilliant adventure Deano - and genuine kudos to anyone pushing through to the brighter weather.
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« Reply #41 on: October 27, 2018, 02:00:02 pm »
Lol emoji.

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #42 on: October 27, 2018, 02:02:58 pm »
It genuinely is lovely and sunny here in Masham. Still quite brsk, but bright and dry!

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #43 on: October 27, 2018, 02:28:39 pm »
This is all sounding a bit like a typical North West Passage 200 - except for the fairing up and sun bits!

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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #44 on: October 27, 2018, 02:51:30 pm »
I bailed at Bishop Auckland and got the train home. 20 years ago, I might have carried on like a loony, but I freeze quicker now and don't bounce as well as I used to!  ::-)
Thought processes were along the lines of:
"Oh, it's sleeting!";
"Oooh, it's snowing!!";
"Ah, Fishburn control";
"Feck, I can't feel my feet!!";
"Double Feck, I can't feel my hands!";
"That's the Bishop Auckland sign";
"Ooh look, a train!";Catches train! (Sadly it was a Pacer, so my feet didn't warm up on that either, blooming gale force, freezing blasts of wind through the sodding bus doors!)
Now home and warm!  :-D :-D
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Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #45 on: October 27, 2018, 11:16:14 pm »
Right - 78 entries*, 59 starters on the day and 26* finishers.

The northeastern tip of the route seems to have been particularly grim, judging by the comments I received from riders who finished, and the frantic phone calls from those who sought shelter in the cafes, pubs and WMCs of Ferryhill and Kirk Merrington.

If you got through that lot (and it was a big if), it was a decent ride afters. Might have been a bit headwindy back to Darlo, mind, as the first rider was two hours slower than the first rider last year.

Ah well - you make plans as an organiser, and as riders, and sometimes the weather just comes and pisses all over your plans. I was pleased to have as many finishers as I did, and nobody was hurt, so I reckon everyone made the right choices.

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*Excluding my helper's ride last weekend, which was lovely.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #46 on: October 28, 2018, 07:37:19 am »
Nearly made it to the start, car battery flat (nissan leaf) just before scotch corner. 10:00 before assistance arrived to carry me and car a half mile up road to charger. Damn frozen standing around in the sleet. Well done to all who attended.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #47 on: October 29, 2018, 10:44:57 am »
Well, after being DNS for the last two years I finally made it to the start this time around and began the ride with enthusiasm.  Sadly it didnt last as when the snow/sleet began and I got colder and colder I finally called it a day and headed back to the finish and to my hotel room at the Premier Inn for a nice hot shower and change of clothes.

I met several others later in the Beefeater (finish control) who had also packed and sat around to see the first finishers in a little under 10-hours.

Well done to Dean for putting the event on.  The weather is always a lottery at any time of the year of course.  Hoping its a bit better for the Gt.North Road 400 next May though.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #48 on: October 29, 2018, 01:20:48 pm »
Hmm. Still not OK with my decision to DNF to be honest. Rash, and soft.

Kudos to those who got round, there's more of you than I thought there would be.

Re: Peculier Old 200
« Reply #49 on: October 29, 2018, 02:41:48 pm »
Problem is you cannot tell what is round the corner. (Or over the hill)  Even with 3 wheels I had my doubts, after a couple of miles it improved from 'bad' to 'good' . I even considered calling a few riders I knew but decided that everyone makes their own decision and I should not influence them.