Author Topic: Italy Divide.  (Read 2339 times)

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2019, 02:59:13 pm »


It is dead flat where they are.  All the logged points are on roads.  Maybe someone nicked his tracker ?

Or just GPS playing silly buggers. Unless he's consistently doing 70kph over a number of readings, it would seem unlikely to be anything malicious.

J

Unlikely to be GPS as 'All the logged points are on roads.'

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2019, 04:59:04 pm »

James, Jay, and the media car are all in the same place. I wonder what's going on.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2019, 05:08:01 pm »

James has tweeted out:

"Genuine error with my route on device. Happy to correct and self punish. Mistakes happen. #italydivide"

Not fully sure what's going on. I'm guessing more info will come through soon.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2019, 05:19:23 pm »

From the official facebook page:

"James Hayden have to come back in Bondanello because he skipped the route"

I don't think that's too far back, if I've got the location right on google maps.

No idea what's going on with Jay tho.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2019, 05:29:08 pm »
Now Sofiane Sehili is off route. What's going on at the pointy end? First Jay, then James, now Sofiane! At this rate Birdman is looking odds on favourite!

J

Edit, he's gone back to do the bit he missed. A shorter detour than James'

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #30 on: April 28, 2019, 06:07:53 pm »
James now coming back up to the point where the media car and other two are. Looks like they may have neutralised the front three and they will restart when James reaches the others.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #31 on: April 28, 2019, 06:08:53 pm »
James now coming back up to the point where the media car and other two are. Looks like they may have neutralised the front three and they will restart when James reaches the others.

Sofiane is rolling already. Doubt things have been neutralised.

No news yet on what's up with Jay.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2019, 06:41:47 pm »
They have now but they were stopped there for some time. Maybe a time penalty?

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2019, 07:28:55 pm »
...and Sofiane is off-route again.  This is getting a bit messy.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2019, 07:35:51 pm »
An update from Jay who looks like he has had mech hangar problems:

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Don't fret the blue dot going 100km/h. I got a ride and am fine.
Out of nowhere the ship almost sank. After exhausting other options I almost gave up and then out of nowhere a bag full of random hardware was brought to me. The situation does change the direction I was going but it will not prevent me from doing what I think is one of THE most important things - finishing!
I will walk away with lessons learned, even an evaluation of my own thoughts and attitude, as it floored me with emotions, disappointment and sadness when a really fun strategic game that I thought I had some good control over was all of a sudden over.
I wonder how many cafes and pizzas I can eat before I finish!? At this point I think its going to be a lot as I go into tour mode starting back up in the AM.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2019, 09:14:11 pm »
An update from Jay who looks like he has had mech hangar problems:

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Don't fret the blue dot going 100km/h. I got a ride and am fine.
Out of nowhere the ship almost sank. After exhausting other options I almost gave up and then out of nowhere a bag full of random hardware was brought to me. The situation does change the direction I was going but it will not prevent me from doing what I think is one of THE most important things - finishing!
I will walk away with lessons learned, even an evaluation of my own thoughts and attitude, as it floored me with emotions, disappointment and sadness when a really fun strategic game that I thought I had some good control over was all of a sudden over.
I wonder how many cafes and pizzas I can eat before I finish!? At this point I think its going to be a lot as I go into tour mode starting back up in the AM.

classy right there.
All the gear and no idea.Three dimensionally dyslexic.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #36 on: April 29, 2019, 06:45:51 am »
James and Sofiane appear to be neck and neck up the first big climb today, but zooming in on the map shows James to be off-route on a different path. Fingers crossed that’s just a tracking issue.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2019, 07:46:39 am »

James has tweeted that it's snowing above 1100m. Not sure what that means for him.

Is he going to skip the altitude stuff? Or wait for the snow to clear later? No idea. Time will tell.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2019, 09:33:27 am »
Yes, looks like he has taken a road and stopped at Viaverde. Been there for a while.

As you say, time will tell. If he doesn't have the right clothes for the conditions, hunkering down would be a good call given the height he would be going to on this section.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #39 on: April 29, 2019, 10:22:28 am »
This is a bit further north 200m higher than the route goes but will give you an idea of conditions.   Currently -3c there but has been down to -10c overnight.

http://www.rifugioprimaneve.it/ipcamview.php

There is a hotel at James' location and he has tweeted he is not dressed for the mountain weather. He could be some time.


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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #40 on: April 29, 2019, 10:23:48 am »
This is a bit further north 200m higher than the route goes but will give you an idea of conditions.   Currently -3c there but has been down to -10c overnight.

http://www.rifugioprimaneve.it/ipcamview.php

There is a hotel at James' location and he has tweeted he is not dressed for the mountain weather. He could be some time.

Are they going to all bunch up before the snow, waiting to see who's brave^Wstupid enough to cross it first.

I do not envy any of them this decision. Ice is something I fear when cycling.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2019, 10:26:30 am »
Sofiane has about 7km and 400m vertical to ascend before he pops over the top and can start descending to warmer climes.  I'd say he is pretty much commited to that up there now till he reaches the refugio.   The refugio is closed but most have a winter room with blankets and possibly a stove. I suspect it will be a case of walking more than anything else. 

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2019, 12:20:47 pm »
Sofiane has been stopped for a while, at a place where there is a restaurant. Not quite reached the summit. He could just be eating, or waiting for a break in the weather. I can't imagine it was easy going to reach where he is now.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2019, 12:37:03 pm »
James now heading back up the track to rejoin the route where he left it.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2019, 02:05:42 pm »
Both on the move, about 8km between Sofiane and James. But that's a top of the mountain 8km, with Sofiane about to descend the other side, and pass the media bike which is positioned halfway down the mountain. Then just one more 1500m climb to get over before descending for the finish.

Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2019, 02:21:07 pm »
James decided to sit it out and Sofiane decided to push on.  Unfortunately for Sofiane it looks like he deviated from the route a bit in the snow.  I don't expect he fancies going back and re-doing!  Will the organisers penalise him, or will they judge that it was hard to avoid and did not give him an advantage...?

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2019, 02:27:55 pm »
James decided to sit it out and Sofiane decided to push on.  Unfortunately for Sofiane it looks like he deviated from the route a bit in the snow.  I don't expect he fancies going back and re-doing!  Will the organisers penalise him, or will they judge that it was hard to avoid and did not give him an advantage...?

Given the conditions I hope the worst they opt for is a time penalty. I wonder what it'll be like by the time the rest of the field get there.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2019, 03:14:51 pm »
Sofaine is off route again! Hope he's just hunting down food or something.

James Is over the top but still walking (he posted a picture on instagram).

Can't stop hitting refresh!

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2019, 03:23:02 pm »
Sofaine is off route again! Hope he's just hunting down food or something.

He's gone to where the Media bike was located whilst they waited for the leaders to get over the mountain, so I would think there's food there, and shelter from the elements.

Separately, on FB I see that Jay had lost an axle nut, and had put together a temporary fix. Matt found the nut, and handed it back to him a short while ago.

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Re: Italy Divide.
« Reply #49 on: April 29, 2019, 03:32:13 pm »
Sofaine is off route again! Hope he's just hunting down food or something.

He's gone to where the Media bike was located whilst they waited for the leaders to get over the mountain, so I would think there's food there, and shelter from the elements.

Looking at the satellite imagery, I can't see anything the way he's gone, he's turned back towards the route, so my guess is a navigational screw up "Hey this is clear tarmac, that can't be the right route".

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Separately, on FB I see that Jay had lost an axle nut, and had put together a temporary fix. Matt found the nut, and handed it back to him a short while ago.

That's awesome. I notice that JP had gone back to where he'd hitched from, and has caught up with Birdman. Is he able to challenge for a GC position? Is the axle nut being given back to him going to count as not self supported?

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