Author Topic: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019  (Read 4805 times)

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2019, 09:07:13 am »
Interesting. Turning at Espley on the night circuit is good. 
Is that finishing circuit new?

They've had the shorter night circuit for the last few years, certainly when I last finished in 2016.   There have been lots of works between there and Shawbirch*.   The finishing circuit has been round the Wrexham industrial estate the last couple of years - it's certainly flatter than the old one.

* This weekends Shrops 100 has had the course changed due to temp lights towards Shawbirch.   If they are still there next week then I'd expect some alteration to remove that leg but wait and see.

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2019, 09:11:26 am »

Maybe a bit closer to the event ?  This actually happens to me quite a lot and leaves me a bit sleepless so I often start events tired.  It doesn’t hugely effect performance, but I suspect I’d be faster if I could relax better before a big event.

I am fitter, faster, lighter and more aero than the last time I finished this event.  I should be able to improve and it only needs to be by a little bit.  Pacing, nutrition and comfort are the main things.

I did a 6hr test on a circuit in Kent last weekend and came away with a decent average speed.

I think we all get nervous before events.  I've found that this has got worse for me with time.  I've done a few early-start audaxes this year and hardly slept the night before each.  My rational brain couldn't understand why I was so anxious as it would hardly have mattered if I had slept in and rocked up an hour late to the start, or not done the ride at all.  I mentioned it to my osteopath - an ex-GB international runner.  He said he felt as nervous before little events he did now as he used to do before big stuff.

TCR is a 6am start (4am UK time) so I'm already assuming I'll have virtually no sleep the night before.

The 24 is such a special, one-off event that I'm getting slightly nervous about it and I've not ridden it for 5 years!

Easy for me to say, but I'm pretty sure you'll do very well, despite the nerves and even if you don't get enough sleep in the run up.

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2019, 09:15:32 am »
Interesting. Turning at Espley on the night circuit is good. 
Is that finishing circuit new?

They've had the shorter night circuit for the last few years, certainly when I last finished in 2016.   There have been lots of works between there and Shawbirch*.   The finishing circuit has been round the Wrexham industrial estate the last couple of years - it's certainly flatter than the old one.

* This weekends Shrops 100 has had the course changed due to temp lights towards Shawbirch.   If they are still there next week then I'd expect some alteration to remove that leg but wait and see.

Yes, in 2016 I rode out overnight to an Upton Magna audax and went over Shawbirch roundabout, which was half dug up and covered in cones.  I'd (wrongly) assumed that if they've got it back they'd open up the full length for the night.  But the last bit down to Shawbirch is slower, so better not to have to go there. 

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2019, 11:13:55 am »
It's always worth pointing out that the M56 is very busy on the last Saturday of July, so allow extra time to get to the headquarters if you're travelling via the M56 on the day.

For the last two years the headquarters was on the finish circuit, and was the former social club of the Champion spark plug factory, which occupied the industrial estate. That club has now closed, but they've kept the finish circuit.

I'm always on the lookout for odd bit of information to connect various events. The Champion spark plug company was founded by the racing cyclist Albert Champion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Champion_(cyclist)

Among his Palmares was the French National Stayers Championship.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_National_Stayers_Championships

That was won by in 1888 and 1889 by Charles Terront, the winner of the first Paris Brest Paris.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Terront

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2019, 11:49:44 am »
That circuit was first used in 2017.  We did have a HQ on the circuit but they haven't been able to get it this year, but the circuit is better than the last one so Jon's continued to use it.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2019, 02:02:57 pm »
Had a quick drive round some of the circuit last evening and roadworks are still on the Shawbirch leg so we may well not be using that leg and be advised there are some serious potholes as you leave and return to prees upto and from the airfield approximately so get your eyes open for that so you have a good idea where they are before the night circuit .

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2019, 02:25:14 pm »
Had a quick drive round some of the circuit last evening and roadworks are still on the Shawbirch leg so we may well not be using that leg and be advised there are some serious potholes as you leave and return to prees upto and from the airfield approximately so get your eyes open for that so you have a good idea where they are before the night circuit .

When you say roadworks on the shawbirch leg, do you mean below Espley i e. not on the night circuit?

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #32 on: July 14, 2019, 02:53:43 pm »
Google traffic has those roadworks ending at midnight tonight.

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2019, 07:40:04 pm »
Had a quick drive round some of the circuit last evening and roadworks are still on the Shawbirch leg so we may well not be using that leg and be advised there are some serious potholes as you leave and return to prees upto and from the airfield approximately so get your eyes open for that so you have a good idea where they are before the night circuit .

When you say roadworks on the shawbirch leg, do you mean below Espley i e. not on the night circuit?

Yes below Espley not on the night circuit near to  Shawbirch

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #34 on: July 14, 2019, 07:41:17 pm »
Google traffic has those roadworks ending at midnight tonight.

That will be good 👍

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2019, 03:32:31 pm »
An interesting mix of the usual suspects, and ultra-racers.

Ian To, Darren Franks and Ede Harrison are well known, but unknown quantities at this distance. I'm assuming that Adam Watkins will be chasing 400 miles.
Unknown to me too!

I'm not looking to be a contender this year. I'm expecting to make lots of mistakes and this is a learning experience and a test to see if I want to give it a full-gas attempt another time. PBP is my big target for 2019 so I don't want to go too deep (that discipline will probably go out the window once I'm on the bike). I'm also using a road bike rather than a TT setup.

There, that's a decent number of pre-emptive excuses for why I sucked :)

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2019, 07:47:29 pm »
I'm not a contender, just hoping to beat 400 miles, but my supporter had a fall on the Levens 10 this week and told me just now that he cannot travel.  I'm OK to feed out of my box at Prees Heath, but that first pass is a bit awkward.  Is anyone available to pass me up a bottle and some food at that point?  I'm off at 1.41.  I'll be at the start to hand over my box in good time.  My number is 41 (obv) and I will be wearing the black, yellow and red kit of Barrow Central Wheelers.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2019, 07:58:28 pm »
I'm not a contender, just hoping to beat 400 miles, but my supporter had a fall on the Levens 10 this week and told me just now that he cannot travel.  I'm OK to feed out of my box at Prees Heath, but that first pass is a bit awkward.  Is anyone available to pass me up a bottle and some food at that point?  I'm off at 1.41.  I'll be at the start to hand over my box in good time.  My number is 41 (obv) and I will be wearing the black, yellow and red kit of Barrow Central Wheelers.
There's a good chance you'll speak to someone at the start who can help - but failing that, can you carry an extra bottle domestique-stylee for the first hour?? Stuff food up your shorts leg!

Good luck everyone! It's a good thing I'm not racing - I've busted some ribs/muscles at a kart track  :facepalm: Something to remember for my next big ride.

So my cheer-leading will be somewhat restrained - soz.  It's very weird to think that when we arrive on circuit, folks will have been racing for 4-5 hours. What a crazy event!
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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2019, 10:08:27 pm »
I'm not a contender, just hoping to beat 400 miles, but my supporter had a fall on the Levens 10 this week and told me just now that he cannot travel.  I'm OK to feed out of my box at Prees Heath, but that first pass is a bit awkward.  Is anyone available to pass me up a bottle and some food at that point?  I'm off at 1.41.  I'll be at the start to hand over my box in good time.  My number is 41 (obv) and I will be wearing the black, yellow and red kit of Barrow Central Wheelers.
The mrs has just emailed you we are happy to help out on support and will see you at the start I’m number 72

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #39 on: July 20, 2019, 09:42:15 pm »
any news/updates from the playground?

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #40 on: July 20, 2019, 10:28:26 pm »

Times for 100miles are up here:

http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/133794-rttc-national-championship-24-hour-start-sheet/&page=2

The twitter account for @merseyroads24 seems to be best place to get info.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2019, 10:16:09 am »
cheers, according to the last update looks like everyone's going very well - keep going!!

Number    Name    Club    Time Completed    mileage
82    Graham Kemp    Team Bottrill    15:49:00    368.98
85    Michael Broadwith    Arctic Aircon RT    16:09:00    368.98
92    Bayley/Broyad    Arctic Aircon RT    16:15:00    368.98
75    Nick Clarke    Arctic Aircon RT    16:21:00    368.98
80    Mark Turnbull    TORQ Performance    16:31:00    368.98
70    Ian To    Swindon Wheelers    16:53:00    368.98
93    Joe Gorman    Stevenage CC    15:53:00    356.36
91    Rich Hunt    Army Cycling    16:19:00    356.36
84    Peter  Hooper    Eastbourne Rovers CC    16:15:00    348.33
45    Paul Jackson    Team Bottrill    16:56:00    348.33
90    Doug Hart    Ilkley CC    16:17:00    343.74
63    Christina Murray    Army Cycling    16:46:00    343.74
20    Angus Swanson    Stirling Bike Club    17:33:00    343.74
87    Alex  Russell    City RC (Hull)    15:52:00    335.71
55    Christopher Hall    JAM Cycle Race Team    16:08:00    335.71
89    Greg Melia    York Cycleworks    16:25:00    331.12
86    Robert Bullyment    Catford CC    15:32:00    323.09
58    Pip Jenkins    Southborough & Dist. Whs    16:08:00    323.09
59    Stuart Edwards    Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA    16:47:00    323.09
83    Crystal Spearman    Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles    16:47:00    323.09
40    Paul Russell    Springfield Financial RT    17:06:00    323.09
53    Steph Mottram     Torelli    16:45:00    316.89
52    Pontin/Pontin    Addiscombe CC    16:12:00    315.06
21    Adam Watkins    Severn Road Club    17:01:00    315.06
72    Simon Cullen    Saddleworth Clarion CC    16:01:00    310.47
79    Mark Nicholson    Border City Whs CC    16:06:00    310.47
77    Martin Brown    7Oaks Tri Club    16:12:00    310.47
71    Richard Parrotte    Shaftesbury CC    16:16:00    310.47
67    Samuel Crossley    Dulwich Paragon CC    16:25:00    310.47
46    Hector Kidds    Dulwich Paragon CC    16:58:00    310.47
28    Russell Kesley    Dulwich Paragon CC    17:07:00    310.47
62    John Forbes    Birkenhead North End CC    17:09:00    310.47
47    Robbie Richardson    Chippenham & District Wheelers    17:10:00    310.47
39    Paul  Wainwright     York Cycleworks    17:19:00    310.47
50    Chris Hopkinson    Guernsey Velo Club    16:06:00    302.44
34    Philip Wade    Green Jersey RT    16:18:00    302.44
7    Roger Squire    Wrexham RC    17:40:00    302.44
10    Nigel Brooks    Stirling Bike Club    17:55:00    302.44
76    David Greenwood    Rye & District Wheelers CC    15:59:00    289.82
43    Ede Harrison    Liverpool Braveheart BC    16:28:00    289.82
78    Paul Winchcombe    Chippenham & District Wheelers    16:29:00    289.82
14    Philip Richards    Leicestershire RC    16:38:00    289.82
37    Steve Ralphs    Loughborough Phoenix CC    16:38:00    289.82
18    Andrew Rowe    Somer Valley Cycling Club    16:44:00    289.82
74    Jed Friskney    Sleaford Wheelers Cycling Club    16:52:00    289.82
44    Nigel Briggs    South Pennine RC    17:07:00    289.82
38    Jamie Richardson Paige    Chippenham & District Wheelers    17:15:00    289.82
15    Pete Bishop    Exeter Whs CC    17:18:00    289.82
27    Jon Fairclough    Woking Cycle Club    17:23:00    289.82
41    Paul Revell    Barrow Central Wheelers    16:28:00    283.62
33    Rebecca Wilson    Rye & District Wheelers CC    16:53:00    283.62
36    Matthew Larkins    Finsbury Park CC    17:18:00    283.62
42    William Duguid    Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA    17:25:00    283.62
48    Lynne Biddulph    Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles    16:05:00    281.79
19    Jocelyn Chappell    Aylesbury CC    17:42:00    281.79
54    Chris Dines    GS Avanti    16:50:00    277.20
51    Dominic Smith    Baines Racing    16:06:00    271.00
56    Graham Barker    Rockingham CC    16:54:00    271.00
66    Rob Milnes    Thanet RC    16:28:00    269.17
11    Lawrence Webster    Aberdeen Wheelers    17:16:00    269.17
23    Georgina Cleere    Essex Roads CC    16:44:00    262.97
29    Adrian Derbyshire    Leek CC - Den Engel Belgian Bar    16:59:00    262.97
61    Ben  Mccreath    Bradford CC    17:03:00    256.55
9    Bob Richards    Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA    16:47:00    248.52
4    Bob Awcock    Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles    16:52:00    235.90
60    Josh Crow-Stewart    Arctic Aircon RT    13:20:00    232.46
2    Berwick/Jurczyk    Edinburgh RC/West Lothian Clarion    16:44:00    229.70
69    Ian Harcourt    Team Ciara Cycling    11:19:00    194.60
8    Kate Bradley    Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles    16:15:00    194.60
49    Steven Abraham    Arctic Aircon RT    16:21:00    167.75
3    John Hassall    Bossard Whs    10:57:00    155.13

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #42 on: July 21, 2019, 01:29:53 pm »
Their Twitter account is pretty good for updates: Take a look at Mersey Roads 24 (@MerseyRoads24): https://twitter.com/MerseyRoads24?s=09

Course records in danger etc. More importantly, Bunbury, Rob and other forumites are doing very well! Teethgrinder still going.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2019, 01:35:17 pm »
What's happened to Teethgrinder?  You'd think the Scottish Race would be a good warm-up...   ;D
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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2019, 02:03:44 pm »
What's happened to Teethgrinder?  You'd think the Scottish Race would be a good warm-up...   ;D

He keeps stopping to get receipts...

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2019, 02:24:37 pm »
Some folks from my club are down there supporting Christina Murray and have been giving us FB updates. She's a total machine! :o :thumbsup:

Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2019, 02:38:06 pm »
Some folks from my club are down there supporting Christina Murray and have been giving us FB updates. She's a total machine! :o :thumbsup:

Keeps breaking down, and needs regular oiling?

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2019, 03:56:15 pm »
I'm assuming that Adam Watkins will be chasing 400 miles.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #48 on: July 21, 2019, 04:29:23 pm »
Some folks from my club are down there supporting Christina Murray and have been giving us FB updates. She's a total machine! :o :thumbsup:

Provisionally 478.42 miles apparently, so she's broken the women's record.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24HR 2019
« Reply #49 on: July 21, 2019, 04:57:20 pm »
provisional results (top 18):



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