Author Topic: RATN 2020  (Read 9511 times)

Zed43

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #175 on: September 01, 2020, 09:41:04 pm »
Did Lindsay Mccrae scratch with the the finish in sight? And what the heck is Bas doing down in Sittard, watching a football game?

Awesome race so far!

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #176 on: September 01, 2020, 10:34:29 pm »


Awesome updates on Dotwatcher, thanks, I have enjoyed reading all the words so far  :thumbsup:

Day 3 is up!

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #177 on: September 02, 2020, 07:25:46 am »

Among the men, there are a couple of outsiders who could surprise. [...] Jaïr Hoogland [...]

He made it onto the podium. Mainly because he just rode through the last night and all the competitors (#1, #5 and #44) stopped for sleep, it seems. Any news why Bas stopped so early last evening? Last year he was the one who seemed to be coping best with sleep deprivation.

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #178 on: September 02, 2020, 08:48:22 am »

Among the men, there are a couple of outsiders who could surprise. [...] Jaïr Hoogland [...]

He made it onto the podium. Mainly because he just rode through the last night and all the competitors (#1, #5 and #44) stopped for sleep, it seems. Any news why Bas stopped so early last evening? Last year he was the one who seemed to be coping best with sleep deprivation.

Just a guess but, in his position, my motivation would slip a few notches.  One thing to put yourself through sleep dep to win a race but a far harder thing to do it to come second when you won it last time. 

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #179 on: September 02, 2020, 09:39:48 am »
Lack of motivation or not, it's a sprint finish between Flip and Bas. Bas is currently 1.5 km behind, but his last tracker update is 3 mins older.

Karla

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #180 on: September 02, 2020, 10:17:57 am »
The winner averaged 350 miles per day.  Impressive  :thumbsup:

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #181 on: September 02, 2020, 11:12:04 am »
Lack of motivation or not, it's a sprint finish between Flip and Bas. Bas is currently 1.5 km behind, but his last tracker update is 3 mins older.

Flip lost the sprint finish due to a mechanical just a few km from the end.

J
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quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #182 on: September 02, 2020, 10:04:19 pm »


We have a winner!

Jasmijn Muller crossed the line 4 days 13 hours and 8 minutes after starting. Taking 77 hours off Sheila's time from last year.

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #183 on: September 04, 2020, 02:27:12 pm »
For those that have an understanding of Dutch, here is an interview with Daan Marsmans in my local paper.
I guess if you throw it through the translator it will be readable, seems he lost a lot of weight.


https://www.ed.nl/valkenswaard-waalre/daan-28-uit-valkenswaard-fietst-in-dik-80-uur-heel-nederland-rond-nee-niet-helemaal-gezond~a8310b6a/
Regards,

Alan

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #184 on: September 04, 2020, 05:19:12 pm »
Some crazy fast finishes amongst the leaders this year. I’ve been away for a short break sans Internet. Have the winds been kind this year?

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #185 on: September 04, 2020, 05:22:23 pm »
Some crazy fast finishes amongst the leaders this year. I’ve been away for a short break sans Internet. Have the winds been kind this year?

For the front half of the field, yes. Winds turned yesterday, the tail of the group had 40+km head winds in Zeeland.

Today they should have tail winds. But it means cross winds for the long slog up the Maas valley tomorrow.

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #186 on: September 05, 2020, 06:57:02 pm »
What’s the situation with water 💦 top ups? Are there taps in plenty of places or a case of stopping at shops and cafes?

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #187 on: September 05, 2020, 07:18:22 pm »
What’s the situation with water 💦 top ups? Are there taps in plenty of places or a case of stopping at shops and cafes?

Everybody uses this website: https://drinkwaterkaart.nl/waar-kan-ik-gratis-water-tappen/.  1700 public taps.

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #188 on: September 05, 2020, 07:45:23 pm »
What’s the situation with water 💦 top ups? Are there taps in plenty of places or a case of stopping at shops and cafes?

Everybody uses this website: https://drinkwaterkaart.nl/waar-kan-ik-gratis-water-tappen/.  1700 public taps.

I actually find the "Drinking water" POI overlay in OSMand works better for my use case. But not many options in the far north of Friesland and Groningen, or in Zeeland. I have used churches as well. Often they have taps with no hndle, but I have a universal one. Worked in Sweden too.

The reason for using OSMand is that it works in every country I have downloaded onto my device. Means I have one user experience no matter where I am cycling. And of course, it's offline.

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #189 on: September 05, 2020, 08:41:48 pm »
When I'm really desperate, graveyards always have a tap. Just make sure to let the water run a bit before you drink.

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #190 on: September 05, 2020, 08:43:47 pm »
When I'm really desperate, graveyards always have a tap. Just make sure to let the water run a bit before you drink.

Yeah. church == graveyard in my mind. Usefully in the Dutch landscape, you can see a church from quite a long way away and have a reasonably high chance of finding water next to it...

J
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quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #191 on: September 06, 2020, 02:10:06 pm »


All riders are now home. Looks like everyone finished faster than I did last year!

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #192 on: September 06, 2020, 03:26:08 pm »

Yeah. church == graveyard in my mind. Usefully in the Dutch landscape, you can see a church from quite a long way away and have a reasonably high chance of finding water next to it...


A church has the benefit that you can spot the spire from miles, but there are many examples where they moved the church but not the graveyard or where the church was demolished but they kept the graveyard. And you have the non-religious graveyards. But maybe that should be another thread: how to find food and water in the Netherlands (and other countries).

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #193 on: September 06, 2020, 05:36:18 pm »


All riders are now home. Looks like everyone finished faster than I did last year!

J

Winds not so severe and nowhere near as cold I suspect.

quixoticgeek

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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #194 on: September 06, 2020, 08:34:00 pm »

Does make me wonder how I would have done had I not had a 600km headwind last year...

J
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Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #195 on: September 07, 2020, 09:37:05 am »

Does make me wonder how I would have done had I not had a 600km headwind last year...

J

Dangerous thoughts. Be content with your time lest you appear once more on the start line.

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #196 on: September 07, 2020, 05:23:03 pm »
What Phil said - you cannot control the conditions, feel proud that you did well the year you rode it  :thumbsup:  Who knows what a future year would look like - could be worse...

@Phil, so are you thinking of being on the start line next year?

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #197 on: September 07, 2020, 05:30:52 pm »
Not next year.

Hopefully the Wild Atlantic Way Audax 2200km will run next year, a year later than planned.  I’ve got an itch to scratch with Shermer’s neck bringing me to a stop at 2012km the first time it ran in 2016. 

Then I need to see what happens with LEL, it could run 2022. I’m presuming it’ll be more back to normal by 2023 and PBP.

So we will see. But if RATN runs and nothing else does and there aren’t 14 day quarantines about then yes.

So who knows, tentatively 2024 but earlier if circumstances allow.  I don’t do more than one big ride a year plus an audax SR.

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #198 on: September 07, 2020, 05:58:11 pm »
I’f still really like to get to the start.  That’s 2 years running I have entered and had to withdraw.  I’m not really planning for next year yet.  Too much going on.

Re: RATN 2020
« Reply #199 on: September 07, 2020, 07:15:04 pm »
2021 RATN timing is certainly more awkward for me personally, but my name is on the start list so fingers crossed I can make it work!   :thumbsup: