Author Topic: TCR no8.  (Read 15666 times)

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #250 on: March 03, 2020, 11:22:05 am »
Yes please. That has made the dot watching process a lot more interesting and understandable.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #251 on: March 03, 2020, 12:50:52 pm »
Sorry to hear that you didn't get your CP gig Bludger.
I wouldn't read too much into the previous TPR application connection. The team that run TCR is very bare bones so its easy to miss things like that. Rory has exited now too so a heck of a lot on the plate for the remaining team. Volunteers are imperative.
I'd like to thank all the helpers as well.
 I got to meet my dot watcher from TCRno6. at last years finish (he was racing and introduced himself) so I was able to thank him and appologise for the  extra work I foisted on him off route in Bosnia and doubling back up the Mangart etc.
I'll likely volunteer to dot watch next year situation allowing.
My wife who managed the finish at Brest was on a communication channel that linked all the CP's.
As I understand it there is another channel that the dot watchers use so there is a community there to support those volunteers and keep then connected to events.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #252 on: March 03, 2020, 02:11:53 pm »
Yeah I don't feel hard done by and appreciate it is very much a delicate operation. I should probably have made more of an effort to ask directly instead of mentioning it in the application - worse, I was actually at the official opening of the race route at LMNH a few weeks ago so could have asked in person. Oh well.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #253 on: March 03, 2020, 09:41:09 pm »
I’ve got a place at Montenegro CP3, straggler shift. I’ve promised to cycle all the way there...

The email says CP1 and 2 were oversubscribed so you were much less likely to get a place if those were your only options.

bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #254 on: March 03, 2020, 09:50:45 pm »
Ah that makes sense I only asked for 2 and 3. The road not taken!
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #255 on: March 04, 2020, 06:01:02 am »
I’ve got a place at Montenegro CP3, straggler shift. I’ve promised to cycle all the way there...

The email says CP1 and 2 were oversubscribed so you were much less likely to get a place if those were your only options.

Durmitor and surroundings are beautiful; I hope you get the chance to ride a bit when you are there.  The route in from Sarajevo to Pluzine is really beautiful, then the massif is stunning - like a different world up there.  And the Tara Gorge  south of the control is also stunning (allegedly, I rode it at night so have only seen @Karla's pictures).
I expect they don't dot watch your route down so, if you are short on time, jumping on the new sleeper from Brussels to Vienna might be an option!

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #256 on: March 04, 2020, 06:04:11 am »
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.

I've had a quick look and not been able to find it.  I'll post it here when I do.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #257 on: March 04, 2020, 06:08:54 am »
Rory has exited now

That's a shame - I hadn't heard that (or maybe it wasn't public knowledge, until now!  :))

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #258 on: March 04, 2020, 12:53:25 pm »
Rory has exited now

That's a shame - I hadn't heard that (or maybe it wasn't public knowledge, until now!  :))

He made a public announcement a few days ago.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #259 on: March 04, 2020, 01:20:23 pm »
I’ve got a place at Montenegro CP3, straggler shift. I’ve promised to cycle all the way there...

The email says CP1 and 2 were oversubscribed so you were much less likely to get a place if those were your only options.

Durmitor and surroundings are beautiful; I hope you get the chance to ride a bit when you are there.  The route in from Sarajevo to Pluzine is really beautiful, then the massif is stunning - like a different world up there.  And the Tara Gorge  south of the control is also stunning (allegedly, I rode it at night so have only seen @Karla's pictures).
I expect they don't dot watch your route down so, if you are short on time, jumping on the new sleeper from Brussels to Vienna might be an option!

I concur, a very beautiful part of the world to ride. I got to enjoy the gorge during day light on TCR no6.  It was a welcome highlight after a rough  day off route on the R433. I had ended up the previous night in the bizarre Hotel Moskva in Kalinovik after a day of unrideable gravel. There was a photo of Putin proudly staring down over the reception. The hole experience was pretty trippy. The weird vibe continued on the pre dawn departure when I rode past the mist enveloped statue of Ratio Mladić the Butcher of Bosnia. Still a local hero for some apparently. I was super glad to get on the M18 later that morning.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #260 on: March 05, 2020, 06:19:02 am »
Rory has exited now

That's a shame - I hadn't heard that (or maybe it wasn't public knowledge, until now!  :))

He made a public announcement a few days ago.

OK, I missed that.  What was it - wants to spend more time with family....?

Does that mean it is just Anna running everything?  I hope she isn't overwhelmed.

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #261 on: March 05, 2020, 12:33:20 pm »

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #262 on: March 05, 2020, 01:09:04 pm »
I am so out of the loop by not being on instagram!

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #263 on: March 05, 2020, 03:29:49 pm »

Given all the travel bans and event cancellations going on, what is the general thought on the tcr being effected by this virus thing?

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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #264 on: March 05, 2020, 03:37:32 pm »
The travel stuff would be problematic if people were flying. For those cycling, using most trains and driving vans I should think there won't be a problem. Potentially some racers/controllers will pull out from sickness though.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #265 on: March 05, 2020, 03:38:48 pm »
The travel stuff would be problematic if people were flying. For those cycling, using most trains and driving vans I should think there won't be a problem. Potentially some racers/controllers will pull out from sickness though.

Gonna liven up route planning if we have to avoid quarantine zones. At least this years route doesn't involve Italy...

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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #266 on: March 05, 2020, 03:50:14 pm »
On the other hand if there are people laid up with/recovering from the flu maybe they'll be minded to dot watch...
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #267 on: March 05, 2020, 05:58:03 pm »
On the other hand if there are people laid up with/recovering from the flu maybe they'll be minded to dot watch...

If they are laid up with flu they won’t be minded to dot watch I wouldn’t think.

My wife came home from work with flu today.  She’s been mostly in bed asleep with a hot water bottle and still feels cold.  She managed 20 min downstairs just now when I made her another cup of tea and fresh hot water bottle. She’s just gone back to bed. In other words she’s wiped out.  Which is what I’d expect when flu sets in.

Covid19 is confirmed round here (nearest 1.5 miles away, another 6 miles away in the town my wife works in), though no many cases (yet)

Whatever she has I can’t see me avoiding it, however much I’m washing my hands. We can but hope, firstly that it’s normal flu, and secondly the symptoms are mild in our case.

Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #268 on: March 05, 2020, 06:31:49 pm »
The travel stuff would be problematic if people were flying. For those cycling, using most trains and driving vans I should think there won't be a problem. Potentially some racers/controllers will pull out from sickness though.
Stopping usage of public transport is one of the more extreme contingencies. You can still cycle but the wet bit would be a challenge.


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bludger

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #269 on: March 05, 2020, 07:23:02 pm »
Local connections ought to be open - but I wouldn't count out a reduced service on long distance trains and coaches.

The safest bet would probably be a van share. Or better yet a private coach.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #270 on: March 07, 2020, 11:58:16 am »
We have plans to head to Brittany via Boston to pick up our new bikes next month and to get a bit of training in etc. I guess we will wait and see how events unfold.
Back home here in Bermuda there are no recorded cases on the Island as yet. Thats obviously just a question of time with the cruise ship season imminent and so many business/vacation travellers.
We have a vacation rental on the property here (bikes for the guests if course!) and its booked out at the moment. Id wager that there will be cancellations and no shows in the near future.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #271 on: March 07, 2020, 01:08:39 pm »
I'd imagine one of the biggest disruptors to public transport will be staff not turning up out of fear.
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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #272 on: March 18, 2020, 08:21:07 pm »

So how do we rate the chances of this one going ahead?

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #273 on: March 18, 2020, 08:32:01 pm »
I'll put in a bid at 5%

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Re: TCR no8.
« Reply #274 on: March 18, 2020, 08:46:49 pm »
I'll put in a bid at 5%
Yeah, it's gotta be low :( Mainly as so many different territories need traversing.

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