Author Topic: Dutch brevets in 2019  (Read 4876 times)

quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2019
« Reply #100 on: February 07, 2019, 02:29:36 pm »
Updated forecast: more wind (force 5/6), higher temperatures (double digits perhaps), the amount of rain depends on the forecaster (ranging from dry to deluge).

The route is also seriously underdistance: according to my GPS-unit, it's only 193km (with quite some shortcuts possible if you wanted to cheat).

Looks like forecast is ZW3, with a bit of W3 during the early afternoon. Still high single digit temps, with only a small sprinkling of rain.

Currently in Amsterdam the wind is battering the flat I'm in such that the building is wobbling, and the sound of it through the balcony railing it's like I have a screaming banshee outside. I had planned on going for a ride today, but this is just crazy wind. Gonna do some indoor body weight exercises instead.

J
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Re: Dutch brevets in 2019
« Reply #101 on: February 09, 2019, 06:59:25 pm »


Looks like forecast is ZW3 [...]

That was a bit optimistic: the Dutch mountains were high today, with Beaufort 7 during the afternoon... From the last control to the finish (with strong cross winds), there were bits where it took a lot of effort to not be blown off the road.

(And I bagged 2 tiles, because the route was slightly different than last year :-)

quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2019
« Reply #102 on: February 10, 2019, 12:35:14 am »


Looks like forecast is ZW3 [...]

That was a bit optimistic: the Dutch mountains were high today, with Beaufort 7 during the afternoon... From the last control to the finish (with strong cross winds), there were bits where it took a lot of effort to not be blown off the road.

(And I bagged 2 tiles, because the route was slightly different than last year :-)

Well we have a new contender for "Understatement of the year"...

That wind was brutal. I had an interesting array of people on my wheel. For the first 70km or so, I had a pair of Polish (had originally thought them to be Germans) They had a combination of Nav fail, and someone going at about the right speed in front of them. I have no problem with someone just sitting on my wheel, I'd like them to ask first if it's going to be for that long, but I've sat on enough strangers wheels that I can't really complain. Somewhere on the climb out of Apeldorn they left me behind and went on ahead. I last saw them coming into the carpark at the end, as I left for the station. I left at 2232... Me thinks they may not get validated...

At CP2 I saw a young couple who looked absolutely shattered, they arrived after me (which surprised me). I had a chat with them. Turns out they were on their first ever Audax, one of them having only bought their bike two weeks ago! Recognising in them a lot of where I was about a year ago, I decided to pay forward the kindness I was shown last year, and escorted them all the way back to the finish, letting them sit on my wheel on the headwind bits, answering some of their audax questions, and generally keeping them company, I think I may have sold them on aerobars... My over taking one of them on the aerobars whilst not pedalling, as they pedalled uphill surprised them... It was nice to have some company on a ride like this, not had that for a while. They had some questions I couldn't answer, so I have pointed them at Ivo. With a few hundred meters to go, I urged them to empty the tank and get there before me, so they could finish their first Audax, not last.

I really enjoyed the ride, even if there was an evil combination of headwinds *AND* hills. 1333m of climbing, in the Netherlands!

Oh and the trains were broken on the way back so I had to cycle home from Schiphol... ah well helps the eddington number, even if my arse could have done without it...

Time for bed. Heerlen in March is the next BRM I'm doing.

J
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Zed43

  • prefers UK hills over Dutch mountains
Re: Dutch brevets in 2019
« Reply #103 on: February 10, 2019, 10:27:39 am »
My experience didn't quite match the picture MyWindsock paints of this brevet (51% tailwind? really?)


As slugbait said, esp. on the last bit riding on the dike, all exposed, there were parts you really needed to lean into the wind and have a firm grip on the hoods to stay in control.

My garmin only credits me with 782m of climbing, guess you encountered a few more Dutch Mountains than I did  ;D

Again quite a number of riders: 85. Last month it was 70+ (predicted weather was shite), and 115 on December 28. A notable increase compared to the previous year I think. What about brevets in the UK, is there an uptake in the number of riders as well?

quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2019
« Reply #104 on: February 10, 2019, 10:50:45 am »

Yeah, I get a 50.6%. I think mywindsock may not take cross winds into account so well, especially when they are as strong as we had yesterday.



J


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