Author Topic: The Horsepower 200 & 100km  (Read 9170 times)

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #125 on: March 10, 2020, 08:58:33 am »
Well, what do you know.....strong SWly forecast for Saturday.

Indeed, the typical March scenario - allow 50% longer for the return 100km and have a major re-fuelling at Snetterton and in Newmarket. We went to McDonalds at the A11 services, then 'spoons apple crumble and icecream last week. I think only a NW wind is worse: cross/headwind to Snetterton, pretty much full on against you on the most exposed sections to Newmarket, then too knackered to enjoy the tailwind home! When we had this scenario in the past it included sleet showers in the mix too - at least things are relatively mild currently ...

Looking at last year it took me 3.5hrs out and 5.5hrs back.   That included punctures both ways.

Family are seeing the outlaws not far from Snetterton at lunchtime.   I could always bail and get a lift back.   Not really me though.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #126 on: March 10, 2020, 06:13:36 pm »
Wind looks quite tame compared to Storm Dennis.  Looking forward to this as this will be first time I’ve ridden the 200. Worst bit will be getting up early to head over to the start.
If you don’t make time for exercise now, sooner or later you’ll need to make time for ill health.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #127 on: March 10, 2020, 06:26:45 pm »
Wind looks quite tame compared to Storm Dennis.

The weather looks quite benign compared to last year where, on the 200, I was literally blown off the road.

I shall be ECE'ing the 100 this year. It will be my first brevet since PBP ...

- Alex.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #128 on: March 10, 2020, 09:27:14 pm »
I've entered a rather loopy ECE, 60% of which will be after the 200 so that I don't have to wake up too early. I'm looking forward to the hot breakfast options.

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #129 on: March 10, 2020, 09:47:00 pm »
I’m doing the 100 as I did the 200 twice last year, including smashing into the pot hole of certain doom on the perm version...

Probably going to go a little off piste to hit a couple of squares. I’ll get there relatively early to help with breakfast, especially the eating part. And The Dutch Wife may also make an appearance!
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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #130 on: March 11, 2020, 09:24:07 pm »
I’m doing the 100 as I did the 200 twice last year, including smashing into the pot hole of certain doom on the perm version...

Probably going to go a little off piste to hit a couple of squares. I’ll get there relatively early to help with breakfast, especially the eating part. And The Dutch Wife may also make an appearance!

 :thumbsup:

Numbers are about normal for the event at this stage: 75 for the 200km and 35 for the 100. Probably some more entries to come, and typically around 25% DNS with the relatively benign forecast [so far = dry, breezy, cool]. Chili and Chives in Lavenham are aware riders are coming, as they are our fave cafe [lots of alternatives, from the very posh Swan Hotel, to a bag of donuts from the Co-op], as is Gary the Chef at Tyrrell's Restaurant. I really hope the custard tanker has arrived at the Newmarket Black Lion in time - we had to make do with icecream on the apple crumble ... it just doesn't have the same headwind-battling power.

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #131 on: March 13, 2020, 10:39:30 am »
All set for tomorrow, just another big shopping trip to do this morning.  :thumbsup:

Bring your own hand-sanitiser [you do routinely carry this? - I do!] as the shops here are sold out. Soap and water will be available at the start though, and disposeable paper towels, tissues etc. I will be sending riders out in dribs and drabs, not in a huge peloton.

Snot-rocketeers keep well clear of the group, and launch downwind!

Anyone reluctant to ride can contact me for a permanent 'Horses for Courses' 200km brevet FOC, same route but half-way control at the A11 services - McD's, Greggs, Starbucks. My only 100km perm. is 'Boudicca's Revenge', but you're welcome to one of these instead.

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #132 on: March 14, 2020, 06:17:08 pm »
Thanks Tom!

I must admit if I'd been at home last night instead of in the church hall I probably would have been a DNS, it was quite soggy out to Snetterton.

As a Public Service Announcement for any Londoners getting the train, Stansted Express now takes bikes!  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #133 on: March 14, 2020, 07:57:51 pm »
As a Public Service Announcement for any Londoners getting the train, Stansted Express now takes bikes!  :thumbsup:

That’s good news. Where are you getting it from, I can only find the old policy, which was folding bikes only?

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #134 on: March 14, 2020, 08:09:18 pm »
Unless they mislabeled it ??? I was sitting on one with my bike in the bike space when I posted that.
Edit
I just checked the Stansted express website timetable and that service is listed.
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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #135 on: March 14, 2020, 09:41:39 pm »
Unless they mislabeled it ??? I was sitting on one with my bike in the bike space when I posted that.
Edit
I just checked the Stansted express website timetable and that service is listed.

I hope that you are right, as it’ll make it easier to get a bike on board at Liverpool Street. Other stops were not really an issue.

On the Stansted Express website, their policy is still defined as follows:

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Taking your bike on the train
We only allow fully folded bicycles on Stansted Express services.

https://www.stanstedexpress.com/onboard/cycle-carriage-policy/

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #136 on: March 15, 2020, 10:25:18 am »
Thanks Tom I enjoyed that. I hadn’t ridden the 200 before so many new lanes further east.. I think my favourite section was Lavenham to Snetterton.  It just seemed to flow and even the rain didn’t put a damper on it. A ride of two halves for me.  I kept up a good pace to Snetterton then took it easy riding back with my HR below 120 bpm. Caught Arabella on the alternate route from Wrest Wrattling.  We rode together to the finish, it was nice to have a chat towards the end, at an easy pace.
If you don’t make time for exercise now, sooner or later you’ll need to make time for ill health.

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #137 on: March 15, 2020, 04:36:37 pm »
Thanks to all the ACME and St Mary's Church helpers yesterday. That was a long day though: up at 04:30, getting the first batch of breakfast bacon on the go shortly after, the morning rush, short break for more shopping, soup-making, then the long and sociable afternoon and evening. A handful of DNFs, mostly mechanical, with just the one 'off', fortunately minor though the rider concerned packed. A couple of 100km riders vanished off the radar - I hope they're ok, but I do wish they wouldn't do that ... Finally all cleared up by 21:30.

I've yet to tot up donations and work out the surplus from the event fees, but it looks to be in the several of £hundreds towards the new chairs, so also thanks to riders for your generousity. I'll be emailing with the details when known. A good turn-out, despite the C-19 situation and slightly iffy morning's weather. 62 starters out of 89 entries on the 200km [including 5 on the Helpers' Ride last weekend] and 40 out of 50 on the 100km.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #138 on: March 15, 2020, 04:49:38 pm »
It was another superb day out. Thanks Tomsk and the merry band of helpers who make this such an enjoyable event each year.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #139 on: March 15, 2020, 08:48:28 pm »
I was properly soaked on the 10 mile ride over from my hotel.  In a week that had been pretty miserable it didn’t help my mood.  I lingered at the start for a while but then pushed on into the wet on my own, jumping between groups and catching up with lots of people.

I bumped into Cygnet at Lavenham and we rode together all the way to Snetterton where it finally dried up.  I decided to have a slightly longer break there as I wasn’t in much of a rush.  I solo’d into Newmarket for a quick cashpoint receipt and rode straight through to the finish.  I was glad I carried spare gloves and overshoes.  Another week where I have to clean the bike up mid-week.

A slightly different experience on gears and I still keep forgetting I can shift.

Thanks to Tomsk and team.  The new finish area was great and the food welcoming.

arabella

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #140 on: March 15, 2020, 09:34:37 pm »
Lovely day out, I liked most of the 2 loops to and from Snetterton.  Lots of familiar bits joined together in a different way, with some new bits thrown in for good measure.  I ambled round in my usual 3 hours/50km listening to tweeting birds cheering me on, loads of what I think were partridges.  I got a flat somewhere near Gasthorpe, I think it was, with a handy layby and warm sunshine at the time, so not a chore to sort it out (& lots of helpful "are you OK"-s).  Plus I broke out the jellybabies haribo tropifruit (though they are hard to find now, don't know why) to keep me going.  Nice to have Phil's company for the last part, made it go quicker.
Was that you Rob, I got thrown by mention of Bishops Stortford?
& hello Andy, would have been nice to catch up if we'd conincided better.
Not having entered anything else yet I'll be keeping an eye on the news. 
In the dark, all views are the same.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #141 on: March 15, 2020, 09:45:54 pm »
Yes, that was me.  I do look a little different these days.

I was staying overnight in Bishops Stortford for overly complicated reasons.

arabella

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #142 on: March 15, 2020, 10:04:35 pm »
I just look older, you look leaner and not-meaner but ykwim.
In the dark, all views are the same.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km
« Reply #143 on: March 15, 2020, 10:16:39 pm »
I had to bail early as I got a call from my wife at 10.30 to say she’d had to call an ambulance for my 90 y/o mum who was having chest pains. Luckily I wasn’t too far from Thurston so I jumped on the train there. Fortunately my mum is fine, and packing the ride wasn’t too painful given the fact that I was soaked and freezing having expected light, scattered showers rather than constant, sometimes heavy rain that we had. Rookie mistake not being more prepared   :-[  I’ll be sticking a perm entry in and giving the ride another go soon though  :thumbsup: