Author Topic: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019  (Read 4551 times)

Tomsk

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #75 on: March 10, 2019, 06:33:59 pm »
Any more encounter with the 'Pothole of Doom'? I've narrowed it down to Norwich Lane, between Knettishall and Sapiston. This is very much the flinty, potholed, stamping ground of 'She Who Must Not Be Named' - Tippers had his double 'visitation' a few years ago on a snowy perm/helpers' ride [not sure which]: famously repaired with gloves kept on [while we all watched, gave 'helpful' advice, and shivered]!

That's two bikes written off there yesterday - classic front end impacts - wobbly front wheel, forks ok but top and down tubes bent/fractured downwards. Injuries, but thankfully non requiring 'blue lamps'. PM/email me if you need to report an accident, please.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #76 on: March 10, 2019, 06:54:48 pm »
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

wilkyboy

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #77 on: March 10, 2019, 06:56:16 pm »
Any more encounter with the 'Pothole of Doom'? I've narrowed it down to Norwich Lane, between Knettishall and Sapiston. This is very much the flinty, potholed, stamping ground of 'She Who Must Not Be Named' - Tippers had his double 'visitation' a few years ago on a snowy perm/helpers' ride [not sure which]: famously repaired with gloves kept on [while we all watched, gave 'helpful' advice, and shivered]!

That's two bikes written off there yesterday - classic front end impacts - wobbly front wheel, forks ok but top and down tubes bent/fractured downwards. Injuries, but thankfully non requiring 'blue lamps'. PM/email me if you need to report an accident, please.

Crikey!  Stay safe, folks!  :o

I believe this is the thread you're looking for, Tomsk — "Essex PBP Training" from four years ago; the first ride of the Horses for Courses perm.  I can never pass Tipper's Verge without a wry smile  ;D
RRTY #6 done; #7 aborted and restarted.

wilkyboy

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #78 on: March 10, 2019, 06:57:25 pm »
https://www.fillthathole.org.uk might be useful.

It's Suffolk: big county, small budget.  Worth a try, tho.
RRTY #6 done; #7 aborted and restarted.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #79 on: March 10, 2019, 07:11:49 pm »
Location sounds about right.   There was a group of 4 looking at something broken when I passed.  Not much after that that I had my second visitation.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #80 on: March 10, 2019, 07:12:44 pm »
I believe there is a statutory requirement to fill potholes above a particular size, once notified. The threshold size is defined by the county but recorded crashes should bump up the repair priority. If a pothole has been notified prior to crashes, I think the county has increased liability.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

wilkyboy

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #81 on: March 10, 2019, 07:20:52 pm »
I believe there is a statutory requirement to fill potholes above a particular size, once notified. The threshold size is defined by the county but recorded crashes should bump up the repair priority. If a pothole has been notified prior to crashes, I think the county has increased liability.

You are correct.  They may just spray paint around it and hope nobody else comes-a-cropper, though  ::-)
RRTY #6 done; #7 aborted and restarted.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #82 on: March 10, 2019, 08:17:13 pm »
Struggling into the wind with a number of riders and stopped to change batteries on the Garmin, a short while later I turned a corner to see Peter lying muddied in the road with another rider. He looked shaken, with signs of grazing and bruising to the side of his face, not good.

Five or so minutes later with help he stood up and retrieved his bicycle, and attempted to sort out his brake shifter. Chatted with two other guys repairing punctures just up the road who had also ridden through the hole.

Peter by this stage had remounted his bike and appeared gingerly to be back on his way with two or three others.

Continued assuming all was well.

The water filled pothole was on the lefthand edge of the road, approximately four inches deep 20 or so yards from the cellphone mast

https://goo.gl/maps/xCvhYonzQ5x

Tomsk

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #83 on: March 10, 2019, 08:38:03 pm »
https://www.fillthathole.org.uk might be useful.

 :thumbsup: Has been commended to riders yesterday. I have used this with success, at least around home turf where I have kept an eye on the outcome regularly. At least one of yesterday's victims took photos of hole, damage etc and has the gps location.

... a short while later I turned a corner to see Peter lying muddied in the road with another rider. He looked shaken, with signs of grazing and bruising to the side of his face ...

Peter W made it back and seemed ok to drive, painkiller assisted. Later reported back from home after a no doubt painful clean-up ...

I believe this is the thread you're looking for, Tomsk — "Essex PBP Training" from four years ago; the first ride of the Horses for Courses perm.  I can never pass Tipper's Verge without a wry smile  ;D

Yes, the ride with icy road edges on the A/B road first section, a slight thaw then horizontal snow showers and the Russian tank outside the old Snetterton model shop looking appropriately 'Eastern Front'! Tipper's Verge is engraved in Audax Legend!

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #84 on: March 11, 2019, 08:28:09 am »
Well, I've never been blown off the road before, so that was a new one: somewhere near Troston a mighty gust just cuffed me onto the verge. A passing motorist stopped to see if I was okay (young children in baby seats waving at me), but the only damage was to my dignity.

A pretty ride and lovely route - but the blowy conditions made the second half quite testing. Good PBP training as the forecast* is for a tropical storm then. Thanks to Tom and the ACME team for running another excellent event.

- Alex.

* In my head.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #85 on: March 11, 2019, 12:14:16 pm »
The most noticable after-effect of this ride has been wrist pain - presumably from the rictus grip I had on the tandem's bars as I wrestled it through the worst of the broadside gusts. That drag up past Cavenham was a soul-destroyer and no mistake.

No takers for the tandem tow in the last section; Tom's rides are all about the Essex chop, which makes riding with us pretty much untenable; you can get off and walk faster than we climb anything steeper than 8%.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #86 on: March 12, 2019, 03:38:20 pm »
Well, after checking out how little riding I've been doing because of real life, this was my first 200km+ since Hereward the Wake in July 2017! After a previous enjoyable experience on this ride thought it would be a gentle reintroduction to the world of audax. How wrong I was.
First half of the ride was a most enjoyable pootle after hooking up with Andy and Jan at the start, thinking to myself "yeah I've still got it!" About 15km out of Snetterton the wind whipped up and we were hit with a horizontal downpour. Crawled up to Snetterton from there and I had to walk the last 200 yards to the café as couldn't actually stay upright because of the wind.
A good refuel and sit down prepared me for what I remembered was a most pleasant push to Newmarket. On my way with Andy, Jan and joined by Deano44 we pressed on. What a slog! Taking it in turns at the front we battled on. I became more weary as the ride went on and was cut adrift to suffer on my own at the back. Had to stop for 'a moment' at one point to get my breath back shake my legs out, Andy informed me we were only half way to Newmarket. In the words of Bill Bryson "Are you shitting me!?!?!"
After an eternity we made it to Spoons in Newmarket and curry was consumed post haste before heading on. More of the same on the way back but the pace picked up a bit. Being the gentlemen they are the other 3 stopped a few times to wait for me on the last leg and am eternally grateful for being looked after. Made it back in 11.5 hours so not a bad start to my distance rebirth. Big thanks also to Andy who saved me from having to cycle the 25k home at the end as well. If it wasn't for him I may still be out there now.
The pain has subsided now and am ready to do it all again......

Tomsk

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Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #87 on: March 14, 2019, 08:28:20 pm »
83 validated 200km brevets, 7 of which are helpers'. 9 DNFs. Uploaded to AUKweb, with brevets to go off for physical validation towards the end of the month.

Rob B's inner tube and prk receipt from Newmarket Halfords spoke volumes; some of you opted for a Wetherspoons feast, but a lot did the Shell/BP garage thing for a fast passage.

46 100km finishers, including 1 helper. 4 DNFs.

Well done to all finishers, commiserations to the DNFs and their various woes. Thanks again to all our helpers for stamping cards, feeding and caring for riders, and generally being excellent.  :thumbsup:

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #88 on: March 14, 2019, 08:51:43 pm »
Rob B's inner tube and prk receipt from Newmarket Halfords spoke volumes.

Bloke said ‘are you having a nice day ?’ - I showed him my filthy hands and gave him a withering look.   He then asked if he could e-mail me the receipt.   At which point I remembered that I needed a Newmarket receipt.   Could have been a mistake.

Re: The Horsepower 200 & 100km Saturday 9th March 2019
« Reply #89 on: March 15, 2019, 08:06:09 am »
Thanks Tomsk it was a lovely ride (or would have been without the weather) I may try it again in more benign weather.
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