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Graeme

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Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« on: November 01, 2018, 03:10:47 pm »
For those of you looking for a well catered 400 in 2019, you might want to consider Dean's "Great North Road 400". I'm running the Welton control: providing hot food and drinks (I'll to be doing my best to cater for vegan and gluten free needs too). Flapjack will be present.

I enjoyed Dean's ride description:

Quote from: AUK Calendar
  • This ride will be for you if you like: bridges, canals, cooling towers, mostly flat roads and lots of pretty churches.
  • This ride may not be for you if you don't like: village hall controls, the occasional A-road stretch but mostly quiet lanes, Yorkshire, and bridges. There are a lot of bridges.

For added humour, roll your mouse over the cooling tower logo: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-540/
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mattc

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 03:23:23 pm »
Any beds/mats en route?
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Graeme

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 03:57:30 pm »
Good question. The Welton control runs from about 2pm to about 11:30pm. I think my control is about 255km into the route, after you leave me there are going to 150km of very flat roads back through the countryside to York and Boroughbridge, then and lump or two near Ripon before more easy roads to Darlington. It won't be a difficult ride back (wind permitting) but I am guessing there isn't anywhere planned as a sleep stop - Deano may be along to tell the true story rather than relying on my guesses.

Given mine is the last full service control before the night section, and if you were riding Matt, would you like to grab some sleep after 255km? I could provide sleep mats away from the food area for those who wanted some shuteye. This is a genuine offer as I'm beginning to plan the control now.

I usually get the dozies about 4 or 5am, but with this ride I would expect to be back in Darlo by then. I think - weather permitting - this route would help every rider to finish earlier than they'd expect. I did a 200 on bits of the southern half of it this week, with a brisk of a northerly breeze: it took me 2 hours less than I'd normally take for a 200, including spending 40 minutes dealing with a stubborn puncture.

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2018, 03:58:32 pm »
Entered.

Graeme

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2018, 04:14:06 pm »
Entered.


Looking forward to seeing you!
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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2018, 04:23:27 pm »
Also entered and looking forward to it.

FifeingEejit

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 04:42:42 pm »
I enjoyed Dean's ride description:

Quote from: AUK Calendar
  • This ride will be for you if you like: bridges, canals, cooling towers, mostly flat roads and lots of pretty churches.
  • This ride may not be for you if you don't like: village hall controls, the occasional A-road stretch but mostly quiet lanes, Yorkshire, and bridges. There are a lot of bridges.

Definitely what sold it to me, and also because local to me there's nothing that flat without going in circles for hours.

mattc

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2018, 04:45:36 pm »
Given mine is the last full service control before the night section, and if you were riding Matt, would you like to grab some sleep after 255km? I could provide sleep mats away from the food area for those who wanted some shuteye. This is a genuine offer as I'm beginning to plan the control now.
With an 0600 start, nope, no chance! But thanks for asking, and for the informative response  :thumbsup:

(adds to list of 2019 possibles ... )
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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2018, 04:59:02 pm »
Any beds/mats en route?

Short answer: no. The last control at Ripon is your 24-hour garage, or 24-hour McDonald's (rider's choice).

Long answer: unlikely. If I get a fuckload of entries and have a cash surplus, I would like to look into a village hill in Ripon, but that probably wouldn't have sleeping facilities. I'm expecting riders not to want to fuck about (and Dr M will probably be finished before 10 pm).

Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2018, 05:50:36 pm »
... (and Dr M will probably be finished before 10 pm).


More like 8 I reckon, just based on the last time I watched him disappear into the void

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2018, 08:54:50 pm »
sorry Deano too far north and clashes with BCM
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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2018, 12:07:41 am »
Added to my calendar, entry depends on my 14yo's race calendar.

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Re: Great North Road 400: 18 May 2019
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2018, 12:28:26 am »
Yay, A roads!