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#Festive500
« on: December 27, 2018, 09:09:05 am »
Hello, couldn't find a thread devoted to the 2018 Rapha #Festive500 "event" so lets hear what you've been up today so far this Christmas period.

On Christmas Day I drove from Lincolnshire to Cornwall to start my holidays, Boxing Day I started day one of my effort to go 500km this Christmas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlBC1IoGtm0
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 09:16:27 am »
I've been sucked in to it (again :facepalm:) - currently 273km in. Got to catch a train back home from spending Christmas with family today so will only have a short ride to the station, but back on it tomorrow. Fortunately I'm not back at work until the 3rd and don't have any particular plans, so will just carry on chipping away over the next few days (I'm not really into long rides at this time of year, especially on my own, so prefer to do it in small chunks!).

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 09:20:41 am »
Been away since 24th with family but managed to borrow a bike yesterday.

That's 5 down and only 495 to go  :-\

mattc

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 09:25:36 am »
If you're anywhere near* Bicester, folks, the Rapha outlet shop/cafe is doing free drink+cake to F500 riders!


*I guess within 250k is close enough?


[I'm deffo out this year - dodgy knee brought on by wet/cold 300km ride in November  :facepalm: ]
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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2018, 09:35:49 am »
45km so far on Christmas Eve, taking it easy as I've been recovering from the lurgy. Aiming for something similar this afternoon and then a group perm 200km tomorrow ... Boudicca's Revenge starting from Great Dunmow in Essex. If anybody is in the vicinity or would like to meet up mid-ride, the details are at https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=110440.0

After that I'll have 3 days to fit in another 200km.

In the first few years of the Festive 500 I aimed to do circa 70km each day, but in recent years I've found fewer but longer rides makes it more achievable, especially when needing to dodge weather. Thankfully this year the weather has been rather benign, at least in the south.

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2018, 09:42:12 am »
Have ridden 50km on each of the four days so far. Have a 200km DIY scheduled for tomorrow, with the plan then being a rest day on day six and 50km on each of days seven and eight.
R10000 x 2   RRtY x 7    SR x 7    E = 128

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2018, 10:34:31 am »
60km (Eve) + 100km (Xmas) to date but commuting today and tomorrow should get me comfortably past halfway. A couple of decent weekend rides and commuting on Monday would get me over the line.
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bhoot

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2018, 02:39:38 pm »
Timed it all wrong with a 300km on 23rd!  .... unless of course finishing at 01.30 on 24th means it counts  ;)

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2018, 03:08:38 pm »
Never done this before but thought id give it  ago given that I need to get some miles in as part of my recovery from a knee injury

Matters are made more complicated by the fact that Im working (erm thats "working"   :P) the 24th, 27th, 28th and 31st and I have a long standing beer based commitment from 12 noon on Saturday 29th when Id otherwise have done a 200.  My commute to work is a paltry 4km shortest distance.

So far.....

24th.  Commute to work the long way, lunchtime spin [cut short due to puncture] & commute home the long way. Total 56.1km.  Some pics from a crisp Winter day....
https://twitter.com/graeme_wyllie/status/1077251005874651137?s=21

25th.  Intended getting maybe 20km in during the lull between end of present opening and Christmas dinner, but that never happened.  Total 0.0km

26th.  Morning ride on the flattest possible route.  Total 86.3km.

27th.  Commute to work the long way and a lunchtime spin.  Total so far 28.8km

So Im on 171km with the rest of today and 4 other days to go.   
   
Im toying with doing an overnight 200 Fri/Sat but equally could be overcome with CBA and end up doing less than 200km over the entire week!


mattc

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2018, 03:14:31 pm »
Our very own Quixotic Geek tweeted that she was 7th woman to complete, worldwide. (that was on Boxing Day, so 3 days of riding)

 :thumbsup:

https://twitter.com/quixoticgeek/status/1078007437213515776
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mattc

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2018, 06:27:56 pm »
... and a "Chapeau*" to Rapha for giving a traditional option to the Str**a refuseniks:

http://rapha.a.bigcontent.io/v1/static/Rapha%20F500%20BREVET%20CARD


*Not Chapeau, obviously ...
Has never ridden RAAM
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2018, 09:59:00 pm »
I went to enter, but it said i had to join the Rapha Strava club.

*sigh* Alright then, just for xmas.

My mileage still hadn't logged, then i saw it insists that you make your rides visible to everyone.

*sigh* No thanks. I'll forgo the digital badge and do it anyway.

345km in. #notrapha

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2018, 10:51:31 pm »
I'll be uploading today's ride to YouTube shortly... I think I may an unplanned day off tomorrow.  All these Cornish hills soon tire you out and after 225km in 2 days I think I need to rest my legs.

Edit: Here we go... the video is up!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyfhInxh8h0 - Day Two - Porthcurno to Truro and back
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

quixoticgeek

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2018, 12:45:48 am »


Finished it yesterday. I was either the 7th or 8th woman to hit the magic 500. I did a 240km DIY Audax on 24th (left at 3am!). Xmas day I was trying a 180km DIY, but in the end my poor eating the day before left me doing the ride basically on empty. 14.5 hours to do 180km, my first DIY DNF/DNV. Then Yesterday I did a short ~20km to a train station, then skipped ahead a bit, before doing the final 57km. I ended up doing a bit of a dog leg and then a lap of the block to make the 57km needed to make the magic 500km.

It was a bit of a mixed bag, Xmas day was mostly type 3 fun, a little type 2, and the tiniest sprinkle of type 1. Xmas Eve was mostly type 1, and then boxing day was a slog, with added puncture, random unexpected off road, and rain.

500km in 3 days is still the most I've done in such a short time, even if It was pretty damn slow. Respect for anyone even trying this was harder than I expected.

J

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quixoticgeek

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2018, 12:50:26 am »
Our very own Quixotic Geek tweeted that she was 7th woman to complete, worldwide. (that was on Boxing Day, so 3 days of riding)

 :thumbsup:

https://twitter.com/quixoticgeek/status/1078007437213515776

Thanks! Hadn't spotted your post before adding mine. I forget there are people on here who follow me on twitter...

J
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http://b.42q.eu/

mattc

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2018, 09:40:57 am »

Thanks! Hadn't spotted your post before adding mine.
Don't worry - it's very unfashionable to actually read the topic you are replying to. We're all very busy!

I went to enter, but it said i had to join the Rapha Strava club.

 :facepalm:

;)
Has never ridden RAAM
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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2018, 12:10:27 pm »
I am working 12 hours shifts on 5 of the 8 days we need to do it so not going to be done. Although I have done 90 miles of commuting already. However I am tired and have a massive dose of CBA'd.

zigzag

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2018, 02:06:20 pm »
i've done it in two rides this year, my fifth consecutive festive500. i enjoy it as i wouldn't otherwise go out much during this time of the year, and i've had many happy moments/experiences to remember from these festive rides.

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2018, 08:12:05 pm »
Done.

I did most of the distance on a rather oddball three day tour of £29 Travelodges in Milton Keynes and Maidenhead (via Cambridge and Oxford) to avoid the daily slog out of London. I Marsh Gibbonned for first time, but was thoroughly Sustranned on the way there from MK.

The last two years I've either crashed on ice or felt constantly on the verge of doing so. This year I barely needed gloves. It's also going to be weird not spending New Year's Eve noodling for miles.

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2018, 10:57:36 pm »
Completed the event on day three, mainly by knocking out a big ride on day one (365 km)  I had half a plan to go 500+ with a 24 hour effort but made the flawed mistake of mixing it wth a fast group ride for a couple of hours, 5 hours after I started. I got suckered into being seduced by the increased av speed but was hanging off the back and having to make anaerobic efforts going up the inclines. I paid in triplicate by the afternoon and learnt a good lesson.  All was not lost though as I called it by 6 in the evening and was able to attend a boozy Christmas eve celebration with friends instead.
I've been keeping Mrs Morbihan company in the subsequent days as she drills out her own Festive 500 which is nice.
Best of luck to those of you finishing it off and I hope that the weather is kind.
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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2018, 12:34:42 pm »
Finished it off this morning. :)

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2018, 08:01:04 pm »
Not quite finished my festive 500 just yet; 200km ish to go

My day three is documented here on my YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwioZxx8rRI
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2018, 02:04:44 pm »
All done in a smidge over 19hrs (6 parts).

That's a good-ish challenge for this time of year.

Kudos to those who did it in 2 or less parts! :thumbsup:

Karla

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2018, 02:25:24 pm »
29.5 km to go tomorrow.  I'll cross the tropics in the morning but it's still single figure temperatures  :'(. I guess I'll have to keep the thermals and leave the Bermuda shirt in the panniers.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: #Festive500
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2018, 05:24:24 pm »
Still 145km short. Perhaps I'll stretch the commute to work tomorrow a little bit and extend the return trip by quite a lot. Or I might have a lie in and a cup of tea instead...
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...