Author Topic: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!  (Read 2685 times)

CrinklyLion

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Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2019, 07:38:19 am »
We solved the logistics of getting a tandem to Newby Wiske with support from CrinklyUncle and CrinklyAuntie and the use of LNER.

Tandem and pilot despatched on the 8:35 to Northallerton in the company of Kim and her clown bike, the stoker and I made our way to CrinklyAuntie's and caught a lift to the start with the CrinklyCuz, who was greeted with great enthusiasm and much spoffling by several of those present.  He was most intrigued by his first encounters with people in cycling helmets, and utterly fascinated with Deano's beard.  He then proceeded to do a sterling job of his first attempt at helping at a control.

Once the riders for the 50 were underway we headed off to Thorp Perrow Arboretum where we established ourselves at a table with a partial view of the Arboretum entrance and in full view of the cafe door, where nearly all the riders managed to find us easily and the awkward one or two eventually worked out the automatic door, and decided to get the lunch part of the day out of the way before they all arrived.

AUK's littlest controller decided to delegate the card-stamping duties, taking time for a restorative nap...

...while his assistants prepared for the arrival of the masses with some extra carb-loading.

The first riders to arrive were told they'd better get some cake in, as they were technically slightly ahead of the control opening time but by the time they'd ordered food, including a rather splendid looking bacon buttie, the stamp came out to work with the vast majority of the riders appearing as one slightly damp group then a few odds and sods trickling in over the next hour.  The CrinklyCrew were the last to arrive, having stopped en route for some essential play park exploration, and CrinklyUncle had an extra task to complete whilst getting his card stamped.

Once the TECs had been despatched into the drizzle we left the cafe, after thanking the very cheerful and helpful staff and while carefully avoiding looking at any trees, and headed back to the arrivee to be greeted by most of the field and to await the arrival of our valiant comedy bike gang.  The littlest controller was again handed round a several of audaxers and had a lovely cuddle from his big cuz when he arrived
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After suitable amounts of tea and cake (or milk for those a little on the young side for such delights) Kim and CrinklyUncle headed off once more under grey skies to the station and the rest of us piled back in the car for the journey south, with bonus double snoring from the back seat.

Yeah, if he was interested in my beard, he should have waited around for Graeme's!

I enjoyed adding the 50 (despite it clashing with the marathon...) - it was much more diverse than the other rides, and encouraged a few more locals to come out and play. And a few talked about riding the 100 next year. I just smiled and said they'd be welcome, though it is a very different proposition.

Some photos here, mostly of the reluctant starters (none of them were keen to leave, and some were less keen than others), and a couple from Kirkby Fleetham of the Wombles: https://photos.app.goo.gl/iubPdSb16eBbau7y5

Hopefully we'll do it all again next year, but a question: do we reckon it's worth extending the 150 km /100-mile ride to 200 km? I'm tempted (and might have a route), but I do worry about disenfranchising the riders who were pushing the 12 kph time limit as it was on MGF. It would be good to get the route out to the coast, though...

Kim

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Clown bike in audax mode:



Obligatory play park break:



The Big Fiery Heaterâ„¢:

(Every wet ride should have one of these at the finish.   :thumbsup:)

Sadly no pictures of any of the Weather, nor the comedy off-roading.  Or the gorilla, which only SmallestCub spotted, before we instigated an "always call out interesting wildlife" rule.  We later saw a deer, to which CrinklyUncle remarked "Oh deer!", and answered the age old question of why did the chicken cross the road...
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To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Hopefully we'll do it all again next year, but a question: do we reckon it's worth extending the 150 km /100-mile ride to 200 km? I'm tempted (and might have a route), but I do worry about disenfranchising the riders who were pushing the 12 kph time limit as it was on MGF. It would be good to get the route out to the coast, though...

I don't know how practical it is to give a couple of different speed options, but if it were so then you could perhaps give a super early start time for the generous version of the 200, in order to bring it into an acceptable time window for John & Jill, overlapping the other rides?  Also possibly preferable to do the early [road] portion of the ride in the dark rather than the last [off-road] bit?

mrs_e was expressing an interest though; not sure I could push her towards the 200 in good conscience...

Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2019, 07:27:00 pm »
Will this be running next year? I would be keen to try the DKttR and my son Would like to join me.

Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2019, 07:30:06 pm »
Will this be running next year? I would be keen to try the DKttR and my son Would like to join me.

Deano's away on his holihobs, so may not reply with the immediacy that he would like - but I'd be very surprised if it wasn't on; it's become something of a local "occasion", alongside the 300.

Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2019, 08:00:49 pm »
Yeah, I am on holiday and I'll sort it out when I get back.

We do still want to do it, but we need to find a different date in the calendar - the original date clashes with Mike's daughter's wedding :)

Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2019, 08:02:52 pm »
Yeah, I am on holiday and I'll sort it out when I get back.

We do still want to do it, but we need to find a different date in the calendar - the original date clashes with Mike's daughter's wedding :)

That's really selfish of her - can't she change it?  ;D

ETA: Better still, merge it with the Stag Do.

yorkie

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Re: 2019 North Yorkshire Brevet Unpopulaires - now with actual Populaire!
« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2019, 07:01:10 pm »
ETA: Better still, merge it with the Stag Do.


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