Author Topic: TCR no8.  (Read 15710 times)

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #225 on: January 30, 2020, 08:38:58 pm »
Shame you didn't enter!

I was told the same when I got home last night.   Not sure how to take that TBH.

Well there is always TPR open about now.
Sunday deadline - don't hang about! Everyone got in last year, but you have to apply :)
I mulled trying for this one as well as TCR this year but on reflection it wasn't fair on my partner or the knees. The quiet road nature of this event is very appealing for another time.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #226 on: February 01, 2020, 10:35:39 pm »
Hows folks Winter training going? Long rides? Gym work? Not started yet?

Work has been crazy so I did one ride in January and half a dozen commutes.  And I've not re-started turbo yet. 
So, I've not ridden a whole lot since 1 August last year when I DNF'd in Austria.  Just can't seem to find the time!

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #227 on: February 02, 2020, 05:22:17 pm »
That's called fatherhood right?

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #228 on: February 03, 2020, 06:33:18 am »
That's a big part of it - that's where most of the weekend rides go.  But, if I wasn't busy at work I would have been turboing through the week and got out yesterday. 
At this rate, I'll have to fall back base fitness and experience...

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #229 on: February 03, 2020, 11:46:03 am »
They get older and more independent.....eventually.

J did his homework yesterday whilst A went out for a run and I did 2hrs on the turbo.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #230 on: February 03, 2020, 01:00:55 pm »
when I'm grumpy about training here on 20 square miles like a hamster in a cage  I'll try to remember you guys inside on turbos in the Northern Winter.
Mind you its been blowing 50 knots all weekend here. Small Island hill training upwind.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #231 on: February 03, 2020, 01:25:33 pm »
when I'm grumpy about training here on 20 square miles like a hamster in a cage  I'll try to remember you guys inside on turbos in the Northern Winter.
Mind you its been blowing 50 knots all weekend here. Small Island hill training upwind.

It's been a very benign Winter so far - I managed to do 1,000 road miles in Jan.   Must have been frosty maybe 5 times, although I do live in the South East.

Of course I'm not riding TCR so should probably drop out of the thread.

Phil W

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #232 on: February 03, 2020, 02:34:19 pm »
Yep weather hasn't been an impediment to getting outdoors this winter so far.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #233 on: February 04, 2020, 09:00:11 am »

Of course I'm not riding TCR so should probably drop out of the thread.

You can stay: at least you are riding!

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #234 on: February 05, 2020, 11:52:57 am »
when I'm grumpy about training here on 20 square miles like a hamster in a cage  I'll try to remember you guys inside on turbos in the Northern Winter.
Mind you its been blowing 50 knots all weekend here. Small Island hill training upwind.

It's been a very benign Winter so far - I managed to do 1,000 road miles in Jan.   Must have been frosty maybe 5 times, although I do live in the South East.

Of course I'm not riding TCR so should probably drop out of the thread.

No stick around. You are shaming us racers into getting the miles in.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #235 on: February 05, 2020, 12:41:09 pm »
Anyone have any thoughts on what nonsense I should be writing on the volunteer form?

(Aiming for manning one of the intermediate controls)

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #236 on: February 05, 2020, 02:41:54 pm »
Say that you'll cycle there. 

S2L

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #237 on: February 05, 2020, 04:40:31 pm »
  I know I have efficient lungs for getting oxygen into my blood from the Kings College lung function study last May. From a similar starting point on road bike last year I reached 3.3W/ Kg (FTP) by late Spring and hope to do the same on the new recumbent.


2.4 to 3.3 Watt/kg... basically you just lost a couple of stones of body fat...  ::-) ::-)
 

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #238 on: February 06, 2020, 11:25:08 am »
That's my CP application in. Hopefully Roubaix, my second pick is Austria which I'll partly get the train to so I can be sure I'm there in good time.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #239 on: February 06, 2020, 11:38:45 am »
That's my CP application in. Hopefully Roubaix, my second pick is Austria which I'll partly get the train to so I can be sure I'm there in good time.

Good man. Thank you.
Assuming a long parcour isn't added at the start then the lead riders should be arriving in Roubaix by early on the second day.
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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #240 on: February 06, 2020, 12:54:02 pm »
Not at all, I love cycling in Belgium and France and really hope I get the spot.  I intend to be sat on my big fat bum eating breakfast pastries and drinking coffee and having a whale of a time watching the rest of you poor buggers with however silly kms left you have to go!

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #241 on: February 07, 2020, 05:04:12 pm »
  I know I have efficient lungs for getting oxygen into my blood from the Kings College lung function study last May. From a similar starting point on road bike last year I reached 3.3W/ Kg (FTP) by late Spring and hope to do the same on the new recumbent.


2.4 to 3.3 Watt/kg... basically you just lost a couple of stones of body fat...  ::-) ::-)

Nope my weight is pretty stable year round , I don’t have two stone of fat to lose. So you’ll have to speak for yourself.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #242 on: February 23, 2020, 10:52:44 pm »
shortlist for the podium looking at his pedigree.
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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #243 on: March 02, 2020, 04:09:45 pm »
Didn't get my CP spot. Which was a bit of a disappointment as I was fairly sure they would prioritise me since they cancelled the CP I succeeded in getting for the TPR. Ho hum what can you do. I was offered a dotwatching ('level 2') spot but TBH I don't think I can make myself look at dots on a map for 2 hours a day, every day, for a fortnight so have turned it down.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #244 on: March 02, 2020, 08:46:24 pm »
Just speaking from my own experience, dotwatching was very unsatisfying (not helped by half my riders DNF-ing!)

Mainly because I enjoy the personal contact of volunteering. You are actually forbidden from contact with your dots  :'(

(and partly because my technology really wasn't upto the job - so it was taking a frustrating amount of time to do the job properly)


That's rather mean not "carrying over" your job-offer from October. :-\
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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #245 on: March 02, 2020, 09:44:40 pm »
Yeah if I'm honest I sort of assumed they'd go and give me the spot on that basis - I had less-than-subtly reminded them of it in my application. What can you do eh.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #246 on: March 02, 2020, 10:09:33 pm »
I've applied for a L2 Dotwatcher and got confirmation that I've been accepted. Look forward to seeing how it works out.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #247 on: March 02, 2020, 10:50:04 pm »
Got a place at CP3 in Montenegro. Apparently I’ve promised to ride all the way there...

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #248 on: March 03, 2020, 06:37:20 am »
Excellent - I'm sure it will be a lovely ride!

I dotwatched a couple of years ago, when I couldn't ride (as we'd had a baby just a few weeks before). 

I really enjoyed it.  I love maps and working out routes, and was familiar with some of the roads used, which helped.  Also, having done the race before, I understood it from a rider's point of view.

I got a mix of people: I was lucky to be given one of the race leaders, I had a couple who were mid-pack, a straggler, a pair and one poor guy whose tracker didn't work so I had no idea where he was until he packed in. 

For me, it was the next best thing to riding.  I really got into following it, especially the battle at the front between James Hayden, Bjorn Lenhard and Jonas Goy.  I learned things that have since been very useful when I have been racing and planning my route that I wouldn't have learned just from doing the ride. 

My lead rider was scrupulous in adhering to the rules, but one of my dots made about 6 infringements on illegal roads.  I spent most of my time on my lead rider.  Partly because it was more important to the race but also because some of the others used a similar route so I didn't need to check it in detail. 

The hard bits are in the mountains where there are often several routes parallel to each other.  And countries without streetview are harder - Germany, Austria, Bosnia, etc - as it is useful to be able to look at the junctions for road signs. 

It took me maybe an hour and a half per day for the first week, then less time as my riders finished or scratched.  I then helped out on a few special analysis projects.

You really need two monitors (or one big one that you can split) so that you can look at maps at the same time as trackleaders / freeroute or whatever the dot is in. 

Massive thanks to everyone who is helping - at controls, dotwatching or otherwise.  If anyone wants any more info or advice on dotwatching, let me know: I wrote a short guide after I did it that I can share.

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #249 on: March 03, 2020, 11:07:43 am »
Could I have a copy please?  I'm not watching but I'm sure it'll be interesting reading.