Author Topic: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December  (Read 1476 times)

Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:21:01 am »
Take 2 is open. 34 completed it last year. Will you be one this?
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-507/

To discuss accommodation etc https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=109457

For those that want to put their oar in re. longer distances in winter please do so here https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=109177


bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 02:03:56 pm »
Last year's ride was terrific despite my DNF (arrived to Cambridge too early, had to wait around 2 hours for a friend to come home to open the house, then beers were opened... and...). I will be along for this one with an aim to actually finish the thing.

Just an FYI last year the Wetherspoons people in Cambridge got very annoyed about bikes against the gates and started getting their security people onto our backs, so caveat emptor for anyone craving a burger and pint meal deal.

https://i.imgur.com/uYEpxGl.mp4
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Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 10:54:29 am »
Alternative plans for a recommended stop +22km in St. Ives are underway to avoid that Spoons on a Saturday night.

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 07:38:30 pm »
The Taproom in St. Ives will be a dedicated control, kitchen open late!

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2019, 08:39:21 am »
I was wondering if this would be on again this year and about doing another Festive double.

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2019, 08:53:28 am »
The Taproom in St. Ives will be a dedicated control, kitchen open late!

I have no idea why i'm here  ::-) except to say.. I've been there.

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2019, 03:11:13 pm »
I was wondering if this would be on again this year and about doing another Festive double.

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Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2019, 10:54:12 am »
I'm very tempted, although, if my plans hold, I'll be going straight from maxing at 200 to a 500... somewhat, shall we say, audacious.

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 06:49:14 pm »
Whilst I would like to say go for it! Out of duty and care as the organiser I will reiterate the statement from the event page.

This is an X-rated event for experienced randonneurs and endurance cyclists only. The organiser accepts no responsibility for winter weather or road conditions and you undertake this event entirely at your own risk. 

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2019, 07:05:18 pm »
@ Solocle the biggest I'd done before I tried the FFFFH 2018 was a 300 and I didn't feel underprepared. If you get a 300 or two in before the ride I think your odds are very good.
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Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2019, 07:09:07 pm »
@ Solocle the biggest I'd done before I tried the FFFFH 2018 was a 300 and I didn't feel underprepared. If you get a 300 or two in before the ride I think your odds are very good.

 :thumbsup:

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2019, 12:23:38 pm »
@ Solocle the biggest I'd done before I tried the FFFFH 2018 was a 300 and I didn't feel underprepared. If you get a 300 or two in before the ride I think your odds are very good.

 :thumbsup:
I can only see one convenient 300 - Moonrakers and Sunseekers! https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7570

The other one I'm eyeing up in preperation is the Upper Thames 200 https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7511

2 weeks is definitely enough recovery between those two, and my main skill is not giving up easily. History wise, I've got two centuries under my belt, so 200 isn't really much of a stretch. I'll see how I feel afterwards...

S2L

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2019, 12:33:59 pm »
@ Solocle the biggest I'd done before I tried the FFFFH 2018 was a 300 and I didn't feel underprepared. If you get a 300 or two in before the ride I think your odds are very good.

In fairness the weather was extremely benign last year over the Christmas period. A more likely scenario is either wet and very windy or very cold and icy/snowy

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2019, 12:52:17 pm »
I've had all of those on the first 2 times I rode it; so cold we ran out of water in the first 40km as our bottles froze on the first, on the second more VERY WET & VERY WINDY on the return leg, but the day before was glorious.

It is that being prepared for all eventualities, including a puncture in the freezing night, that formed my statement.

S2L

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2019, 12:59:42 pm »
I've had all of those on the first 2 times I rode it; so cold we ran out of water in the first 40km as our bottles froze on the first, on the second more VERY WET & VERY WINDY on the return leg, but the day before was glorious.

It is that being prepared for all eventualities, including a puncture in the freezing night, that formed my statement.

It would be nice to be part of it, but when I ride long distance with bibtights I get kneecap inflammation and therefore I never do anything longer than a BP in winter...

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2019, 01:02:33 pm »
Long shorts & long socks?  O:-)

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Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2019, 01:13:44 pm »
Goose Fat (although it's at a premium in the festive season)

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2019, 01:51:45 pm »
@ Solocle the biggest I'd done before I tried the FFFFH 2018 was a 300 and I didn't feel underprepared. If you get a 300 or two in before the ride I think your odds are very good.

 :thumbsup:
I can only see one convenient 300 - Moonrakers and Sunseekers! https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7570

The other one I'm eyeing up in preperation is the Upper Thames 200 https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7511

2 weeks is definitely enough recovery between those two, and my main skill is not giving up easily. History wise, I've got two centuries under my belt, so 200 isn't really much of a stretch. I'll see how I feel afterwards...
Moonrakers would be great prep. My first audax was a diy between Christmas and new year and the weather was filthy (cold, windy and then wet). But I think the biggest challenge on these will be the long winter nights. It's a long time until sunrise if you are out all night. Much colder at night as well as the long burn time needed for lights.
   Eddington  87 miles

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2019, 01:56:16 pm »
Many last year got a deal for accommodation in Northampton

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2019, 02:03:20 pm »
I've had all of those on the first 2 times I rode it; so cold we ran out of water in the first 40km as our bottles froze on the first, on the second more VERY WET & VERY WINDY on the return leg, but the day before was glorious.

It is that being prepared for all eventualities, including a puncture in the freezing night, that formed my statement.

It would be nice to be part of it, but when I ride long distance with bibtights I get kneecap inflammation and therefore I never do anything longer than a BP in winter...

Padded shorts and running tights or power stretch fleece trousers. Cross country skiing pants work well in winter as well, at least for upright bikes they do.

Re: Full Fat Festive 500 06:00 28th December
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2019, 09:18:02 am »
I can only see one convenient 300 - Moonrakers and Sunseekers! https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=7570

Well I have a biased opinion of this. Yes this will set you up nicely. Capacity will soon be reached so get in there quick to avoid disappointment. It will be of a different nature to FFF500 with well over a 100 other riders on the road and a big breakfast included at the half way point.