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Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:06:52 pm »
I am a bit surprised there is not a thread about this ride (unless I have missed it) so I thought I would start one to see if we can generate some discussion.

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-866/

I lke the idea of an overnight audax but, as a full value rider who only has one 300km completed in the last season, I would have preferred it to be in the warmer months. I am still tempted to enter as the climbing seems managable and you have to challenge yourself right?

Are there any places where hot food can be obtained during the first 100km? _ I notice that there is a 24 hour McDomalds in Amesbury which might be a possibility if not too far off route.


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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd Nov - 10pm
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 07:36:06 pm »
Will answered a similar Q on their Facebook group. I'll try to dig it out.

(Purely IMHO, if the weather is decent it's reasonable to do the first 100 of a 300km without a proper stop - and yes I am often full value! Frankly if the weather is iffy, i doubt I would start this event. not in late Nov. )


I'm seriously considering the ride. And seriously considering being sensible and having a good night's sleep instead :P
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 07:45:45 am »
Thanks Matt, I could not find too much discussion on Facebook - if you have a link I would appreciate it.

Like you any participation would be weather dependent. I have been lucky on my last two (Blacksheep) 200's and so have not really got into Winter riding mode yet.


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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 08:19:03 am »
I think the 24 hour McDonalds and garage at Amesbury (Solstice Services) is on route. Also 24 hour garage and supermarket in Salisbury. So there are options.

An overnight calendar event at this time of year is certainly a rarity and a bit of a bonus. I'm looking forward to it, but will be watching the weather forecast carefully!....

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 02:40:22 pm »
Will answered a similar Q on their Facebook group. I'll try to dig it out.
Can't find my post now. And I can't see the FAcebook search box either.  :facepalm:
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2018, 04:32:46 pm »
I should enter this

300km overnight in November is perhaps a bit more audacious than I'd like but you have to occasionally push it
Will not start if it looks like heavy rain/gales/ice

I didn't even bother looking on the route for what 24h facilities there are.   I'm sure ACB knows some delightful places
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 01:13:02 pm »
Too far to travel for me but I'm a fan of a winter 300. 

I've ridden overnight 300s in October and January before now and might keep an eye on the weather for this weekend.  Nice cool dry night with a full moon - a 300 could be just the ticket!

It'll toughen us all up ahead of any long and difficult events in 2019.

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2018, 01:54:52 pm »
Solstice Park, Amesbury with it's 24hr MDs and garage is the first control at 80ishkm. Next is food provided at 160ishkm at Lilliput Sea Scouts. After that (in daylight more than likely) 24hr garage at Podimore then Strawberry Line Cafe not far from finish but will be open early for the quick riders.

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2018, 02:59:52 pm »
The Co-Op (Petrol station shop) at Solstice park is 24 hrs and has two Costa coffee machines and a wide range of food products.

It's much quicker going in there than waiting in McD's.

I've been in there several times in the dead of night during various Brimstone/Hellfire rides. Recommended if you're in a hurry ...


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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 08:17:19 pm »
Hmmm  entries close this Friday. I'm dithering.  :-\

At the moment I'm thinking that £13.50 is a lot to bet on decent weather in late November. I might wait until next week and send Will a begging letter if the forecast looks good :P
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 09:39:07 pm »
Haha......

Cards will be ordered Monday 19th. I have family stuff at the end of that week that is one of those unplanned for events so no begging will help I'm afraid.

I route checked my overnight 400 on Saturday night. The forecast was 14hrs of persistent rain at quite a high intensity, strong winds/gusts with temps dropping to about 2oC around 5-6am - Weather Bagel & Epic Ride Weather.

Needless to say there were 2 showers, clear skies, low wind and it was rather warm.

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2018, 06:26:40 am »
For what it’s worth (not a lot), current forecast is ok.

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2018, 10:57:54 pm »
What's your entry list looking like Will? Is every badass in the AUK "South" region entered??

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2018, 12:06:54 am »
And then some! 67 currently. Furthest afield is a VC167.

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2018, 08:08:23 am »
I wonder if it's the same VC167er who keeps following me everywhere... must have good taste in audaxes  ;D ;D
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2018, 08:32:48 am »
What's your entry list looking like Will? Is every badass in the AUK "South" region entered??
4 of us from Tring coming over for this. Can't imagine us being described as badass though!

Looking forward to it

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2018, 10:46:40 pm »
Strewth, I’ve just entered. Assuming I finish this will be my second 300 this November. Crossing fingers for good weather!

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2018, 10:49:10 am »
Strewth, I’ve just entered.

I'm guessing quite a few are having similar thoughts judging by the last minute rush!

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2018, 10:40:23 am »
Is every badass in the AUK "South" region entered??

You rang?

*flexes biceps*
*pulls muscle*

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2018, 12:18:19 pm »
Is every badass in the AUK "South" region entered??

You rang?

*flexes biceps*
*pulls muscle*

How bad is your ass currently, Monsieur Hippy?

(Might see you there.)
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2018, 12:43:16 pm »
My tailbone is less of an issue now, I only notice it when 'rolling over it' doing a sit up or something. My lower back is more annoying. Probably see my physio next week to see if I can do anything about it.
I'm still down two road bikes though so I may end up doing this on my old TT bike (just like the 2015 PBP qualifying).

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2018, 05:23:42 pm »
I didn't enter in the end

weather is changing next week but the real reason is I can't get motivated :)
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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2018, 09:46:29 pm »
I did not enter either as I may have to work next weekend (feeble excuse).

I hope that the weather next weekend is as good as it has been this week for those intrepid souls who did enter.

Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2018, 09:50:24 am »
 :thumbsup: I'm hoping for a good turn out or me and the family are going to be living on jackets, sausages and beans for a while; at least I'll always have a tailwind....

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Re: Moonrakers & Sunseekers 306km Friday 23rd November 2018
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2018, 10:18:58 am »
We should run a book on the actual number of starters.
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