Author Topic: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300  (Read 3873 times)

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2019, 10:51:30 am »
Urgh. Might just flay myself with nettles at home instead if it continues like that... Review at 4AM!

Might I refer you to this earlier quote ...

I will be in Normandicat training mode (eg riding alone, strictly to HR) so those long headwind legs will hurt.... but in the right way... Might even pop on the tribars to affect that full #farfast look, because it's what you look like in black and white photos that matters.

Ha! I know, I know. But I have a cold now and need to be more cautious  ::-)

Well dragged myself up to Girton, inspired by Psyclist's mercliess ribbing, and did the bloody thing. Wind made it a ride of two halves, the first half was 200km long and the second half was the 120km left...

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2019, 11:17:43 am »
Well dragged myself up to Girton, inspired by Psyclist's mercliess ribbing, and did the bloody thing. Wind made it a ride of two halves, the first half was 200km long and the second half was the 120km left...

Superb. I'm sure you'll have sufficient material for another epic story now too. Its a win-win  :)

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2019, 03:08:09 pm »
At 02:30 I left the house to cycle the 40 miles to Cambridge and start ‘The Capitals of East Anglia 300km’ knowing full well that a storm was coming, madness! I arrived perfectly as planned at 05:30 to start at 06:00.

Not even 100m in there was already a crash as someone had hit a bit of road furniture. Hopefully he was ok although it did sound very painful. For Stage 1 I was riding with Jan and Elliot. This stage was very long at 91km or so and quite rolling. We broke it up with some breakfast in Lavenham.

Then onto Ipswich which wasn't quite as long but just as rolling. The wind making itself known but still not a real problem yet. We stopped at Ipswich and ctonrolled with a quick purchase from Tesco.

After that the wind was supposed to be with us to Dunwich but it certainly didn’t feel like it, still no sign of any rain yet though. Nice bit of comedy off road through the woods to fish and chips in Dunwich then on to Norwich where all my problems started.

About 7 miles away from Norwich  I began to lose touch with Jan, Elliot and a bunch of other riders who had joined us, I caught up a couple of times but soon lost them again. I had been snacking on these porridge bars I bought in Tesco before the ride and although they were helping I still got really hungry and lost power in my legs. I also felt a slight pain starting to develop in the top of my thigh so I slowed down to a more comfortable pace and eventually crawled into Norwich around 17:30. Originally the plan was a quick supermarket stop to save some time in the tough fen stages. However I needed to sit down and get some calories so found my way to the McDonalds. Whilst there I bumped into a couple of a crazy tandem whom I had overtaken on the way into Norwich. We compared notes about the wind and much further we had to go.

Encouraged that the next stage was only 24 miles I headed out into the first visit to the fens. I felt my better and strong after all the calories from the McDonalds and worked out that if I can keep an average speed of 11-12mph I should make it to Girton with an hour or so to spare and allow time to have a quick bite at Watton and Ely. This didn't quite go to plan as I took a few wrong turns leaving Norwich and then was slowed by the wind. I had to stop in a bus shelter to put on my waterproof trousers. The sun was beginning to set and the rain falling down with it. My knees were red and although they didn't feel cold yet, I thought it best to try and keep them warm.

I made it to Watton and bumped into the Straggler and a few other familar faces, they were just leaving the Spar as I went in. I didn't know what to buy, I was hungry again but not starving, so I quickly got a meal deal to take with me, ate one of my porridge bars and headed out back into the rain, bumping into the tandem couple again as I was leaving.

The stage to Ely was probably the most difficult. I had in my notes that the wind would begin to die down in the evening but I guess as I as heading straight into it maybe it felt worse than it was. The rain had seeped into my map holder and turned my routesheet into mush, so I could no longer read it. On my phone I had my TomTom app, so punched in the postcode for the petrol station in Ely and listened to the directions. This worked well for the most part and it took me a little bit through Thetford forest where there was some nice shelter from the trees, eventually though the forest came to an end and I was back in the fens.

The TomTom lady wanted me to turn right through a locked gate, so I ignored her and carried on.  I should have know I was going in the wrong direction as it was so easy and felt like I was going really fast. 3 miles down the road, I stopped and checked my phone as she hadn't said anything yet. The directions were saying to turn around so I did and 3 miles back into the wind having wasted all or at least most of the time in hand I had. I decided to carry on into the wind and was soon overtaken by the tandem couple from McDonalds. I asked if they had controlled at Ely yet and they hadn't, so at least I was heading in the right direction.

Another 'shortcut' and I found myself in the middle of a field in the middle of the night in the pouring rain and wind wondering what I was doing? Complete sense of humour failure and I just wanted to curl up and sleep but that wouldn't help, so I went back to the road and found the quick turning for Ely and was back on track. I got a receipt from the cash machine, I think it was 23:59 or something like that. Another cereal bar and it was the last 18 miles back to Girton.

Thankfully, there weren't any more detours on this stage and it was hard work in the wind but the rain had began to ease off. My watch beeped to let me know it was now 01:00, I didn't want to stop to see how much further there was to go but it still must have been a while as Girton wasn't on any of the road signs yet. In the distance ahead I could see the rear light of the tandem, so tried to keep them in my sights. My watched beeped to say it was now 02:00 and I turned into the control. I didn't take account for the slightly raised and slippery curb and the bike fell from under me. I landed on my feet and quickly got back on and raced through the car park. Ewa was holding the door, saying it was ok! And I dripped into the hall and handed Nick my card and then I remember that I hadn't filled in the times or circled them on the receipts. So I quickly did that and handed it back to him before having some soup, cake and about 4 cups of tea to get me the 40 miles back home. I dragged myself back into the cold and made it home just before 07:00.

My thanks to Nick and Ewa and the helpers. Now that I have had a full night's sleep I can see that this was quite the adventure and hopefully that's the 300km PBP qualifier done. Will try to avoid riding 300km into a storm in the future though.

wilkyboy

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #53 on: April 29, 2019, 04:42:57 pm »
That was quite an event!  All riders really wanted to talk about was the wind, although a few did mention they'd enjoyed the route, too ;)

59 starters, 7 abandons, 3 hors délais — I locked up just before 5am Sunday.

Longer write-up to follow.

Not more than 800m a rider had gone down hitting the infrastructure in Girton.  The rider was groaning in pain with a fair few riders gathered round.

Just to add: the bike's fine, only the chain fell off  :demon:
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

wilkyboy

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #54 on: April 29, 2019, 04:43:26 pm »
Also, the rider's okay  :thumbsup:  Only a dislocated collar bone.  I use the word "only" as someone who's never dislocated anything, but I can imagine the pain was all too real for him  :'(

He was very embarrassed to have gone down in the first place, as he's a seasoned club cyclist, just not looking where he was going and not expecting a kerb and bollard in the middle of the road (it's a stupid piece of road layout) and the group in front didn't call it (apparently).  I left the team to clear up the hall and megajoulesexpenditure and myself stood around directing traffic around him and providing entertaining conversation.  An off-duty paramedic cycling on his own way to work stopped to assist, as he legally must, and then started to get hypothermic himself!  The ambulance — eventually, over 90 minutes after the initial call! — took both of them to Addenbrooke's, with our rider back home by lunchtime.
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

wilkyboy

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2019, 04:47:15 pm »
A few pics from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/camaudax/photos/a.3141263129224499/3141263209224491/

I'll post them onto a non-Facebook page hopefully later on, for those who despise it.
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #56 on: April 29, 2019, 05:49:35 pm »
I was further back as I like to sit in clear air at the start of any ride till it calms a little. Someone who was close when it happened said he was fiddling with his GPS. Agree though, stupid bit of infrastructure, we have it in a village round here and I ignore it every time, glad to hear just a dislocation and nothing broken.

Oh and I did enjoy the route apart from the exit from Norwich.  Minsmere and the forest around Brandon was particularly nice. Says thanks to your helpers.

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #57 on: April 29, 2019, 05:53:42 pm »
... and the group in front didn't call it (apparently) ...

Everybody in PBP preparation mode then?

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #58 on: April 30, 2019, 10:01:49 am »
A few pics from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/camaudax/photos/a.3141263129224499/3141263209224491/

I'll post them onto a non-Facebook page hopefully later on, for those who despise it.

Nice, thanks Nick.

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #59 on: May 01, 2019, 09:38:56 am »
Thanks to WilkyBoy and Ewa for a fantastic event. I'd say those are some of the clearest audax directions I've ever experienced - more distances on the route sheet would make me happy, not because we need them for route finding, but because they help tell us know when to celebrate landmark distances, etc. The food was awesome as well - the bean chilli was exactly what was needed after all that fighting into the wind.

As everyone else says, a ride in two parts - easy and fast with the tail wind to Dunwich, mighty hard work back through the fens into the headwind, which the Pino really doesn't excel at. The stretch through Sedge Fen was pretty brutal - my wind break was only really whimpering by the end, and nothing normally stops her talking. It always helps to be repeatedly overtaken by someone who takes long cuts though - thanks Deano_44!

We nearly came off going over the bump coming into the car park as well - so probably worth warning people about that.

Deano_44

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #60 on: May 01, 2019, 02:23:44 pm »
It always helps to be repeatedly overtaken by someone who takes long cuts though - thanks Deano_44!

We nearly came off going over the bump coming into the car park as well - so probably worth warning people about that.

I didn’t want to make it too easy  ;D.

wilkyboy

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RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #62 on: May 01, 2019, 04:53:52 pm »
I didn’t want to make it too easy  ;D.

I do remember one particular time where we could literally see the junction with a nice B Road a couple of hundred metres ahead and you went off down a lane to the left. I nearly assumed you knew where you were going :-)

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #63 on: May 01, 2019, 05:15:39 pm »
That would have been a good short cut if it was a nice road but it just turned into a bumpy field! I saw where it rejoined the proper road once I was back on track.

 If I knew where I was going I’d be dangerous. All part of the adventure I say.

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #64 on: May 01, 2019, 05:26:39 pm »
That would have been a good short cut if it was a nice road but it just turned into a bumpy field! I saw where it rejoined the proper road once I was back on track.

 If I knew where I was going I’d be dangerous. All part of the adventure I say.

Did Nick give you a special route sheet to cause all these long cuts?

wilkyboy

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #65 on: May 01, 2019, 05:56:01 pm »
That would have been a good short cut if it was a nice road but it just turned into a bumpy field! I saw where it rejoined the proper road once I was back on track.

 If I knew where I was going I’d be dangerous. All part of the adventure I say.

Did Nick give you a special route sheet to cause all these long cuts?

I'm saying nothing  :demon:
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #66 on: May 03, 2019, 10:59:22 pm »
My report - 'Wistful in the Fens' (for you Alex) now up: https://audaxery.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/wistful-on-the-fens-capitals-of-east-anglia-300/

I have nicked a photo of Nicks. Thanks for the excellent after care Nick, all we need is the 400 and 600 for the Cambs SR Series ;-)

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #67 on: May 27, 2019, 05:09:39 am »
Just a quick one.

This event is showing in my results now but there is no ACP number for PBP qualifying. Will this be added later?

-Dean.

Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #68 on: May 27, 2019, 10:39:53 am »
Just a quick one.

This event is showing in my results now but there is no ACP number for PBP qualifying. Will this be added later?

-Dean.
Normally  a few days (upto  a week) after the AUK number appears

Deano_44

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #69 on: May 27, 2019, 10:51:33 am »
Just a quick one.

This event is showing in my results now but there is no ACP number for PBP qualifying. Will this be added later?

-Dean.
Normally  a few days (upto  a week) after the AUK number appears

Thank you.

Never paid much notice to it until this year. Won’t panic just yet then.  :)

wilkyboy

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #70 on: May 27, 2019, 11:38:23 am »
It's with the Validation Secretary.  Everyone's ride is validated (i.e. we're all good), but ACP have to issue their brevet numbers and those'll be added to everyone's results when they arrive  :thumbsup:

I know that ValSec has been incredibly busy for the past couple of months with checking and stickering, as well as Real Life, it all just takes time.

UPDATE — I just checked my results on AUK and the ACP brevet numbers appear to now be up  :thumbsup:
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

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Re: PBP Qualifier - Cambridge - 27/4 - The Capitals of East Anglia 300
« Reply #71 on: May 27, 2019, 12:50:21 pm »
Just checked mine again and it’s showing the ACP number now. I guess I spoke too soon. Thanks for confirming.  :)