Author Topic: York Rally 2020 CANCELLED  (Read 1507 times)

Kim

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York Rally 2020 CANCELLED
« on: September 23, 2019, 05:00:16 pm »
Update:  Rally cancelled as of 19th March.

(BHPC racing is also suspended until further notice, so it's unlikely the York race will go ahead.)


The dates have been announced, so might as well start a thread...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Socks

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 07:35:05 pm »
If the campsite bookings work like previous years, you can ask to be in adjacent pitches by adding YACF and a request to be in the same area to the on-line booking form. Assuming of course that you want to associate with YACFers ...

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 12:19:35 pm »
sorrry for the delay, bookings are now open http://yorkrally.org/visitor-information/campsite-bookings/ please note for those doing postal bookings the address has changed

Kim

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 12:30:06 pm »
Note to future-me:  Lightweight pitch booked.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2019, 11:41:01 am »
Note to future-me:  Lightweight pitch booked.

Me too!
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Kim

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2019, 12:30:03 pm »
And while the BHPC 2020 race calendar is still a work in progress, the booking for the university track and velodrome on the Sunday of the rally has been confirmed.  To gratuitously copy&paste from last year:

  • It's a race.
  • ...But nobody takes things too seriously, and there are plenty of slower riders (often on Mildly Inappropriate Bikes[1]) doing it purely for fun.
  • You can ride anything that's:
       a) Human-powered
       b) Has a brake
       c) No sticky-out sharp bits (chiefly unguarded chainrings on SWB/Tadpole recumbents).
    (More detail here.)
  • Spectators encouraged.  If you've not witnessed the top end of the fully-faired class rumbling round the track at speeds in excess of R17, it's well worth it.  I expect there to be a decent turnout of upright trikes, for added entertainment.  The area's quite exposed, so bring a brolly or similar if it's looking pish or scorchio, and something to sit on might be a good idea.
  • The adjacent sports building has changing rooms, loos and a cafe.
  • Magic hats compulsory, yes even for those in velomobiles.  It's an in-sewer-ants thing.  (Gloves, elbow pads and mirrors are not compulsory, but considered a Good Idea when racing recumbents.)
  • 10-16 year olds can compete as Juniors.  IIRC they need a parent/guardian to sign them in or something.
  • Jack Russells, stoats, wascally wabbits and other track-invading animals will be disqualified, as they are not human-powered.
  • Races are usually split into a Fast Group and a Slow Group.  This doesn't mean anything in competition terms (the timings all get aggregated), but limits the speed/experience differential on the track for safety.  The fast race is usually comprised of streamliners, velomobiles, faster riders on part-faired/un-faired recumbents, and the one person who knows how to set up the timing computer[2].  Upwrongs, newbies, juniors and most of the unfaired 'bents go in the slow group by default.
  • Format of the race to be decied.  Last year we had a 40mins+1lap criterium[3] race on the cycle circuit, followed by a 30min+1lap criterium and a 1-lap time trial[4] on the velodrome.  If the velodrome looks scary (because you've got more than two wheels or are unlikely to reach the 18mph or so needed to be stable on the banking), you're allowed to sit that one out.
  • Times TBC, but I expect sign-on from 09:30.  £9 for BHPC members, £14 for non-members.  Look for someone with a tablet computer and a moneybox doing the sign-on (last time they were hiding in the portacabin), *not* the people who look like they know what they're doing setting up timing equipment on the track.  If in doubt, ask.
  • Actual racing starts at 10:30 at the track, and 13:00 at the velodrome (which is within easy waddling-in-road-cleats distance).
  • Allow a bit of extra time for getting lost on the way there.  Follow Karla's advice in last year's thread, don't trust your sat-nav to know about the cycleable busway through campus.
  • Points mean, erm, complicated maths.  Results will be uploaded to the BHPC website when the relevant people get round to processing the data, which may take a while if they're loitering within tent.  Women and Juniors will do well by simply turning up.

With any luck the BHPC will have an actual stall at the rally this year, rather than skulking about outside the ICE trikes stand like a bunch of reprobates who've lost their marquee.



[1] Bonus points for anything bought for less than 50 quid at the rally auction on the Saturday.
[2]  O:-)
[3] Translation for non-sportsists:  Go as fast as you can, and when someone rings a bell, it's nearly over so go a bit faster.
[4] Translation for non-sportsists:  Go as fast as you can for one lap, with nobody else on the track.  You probably get a run-up.  Bonus points for endurance waiting-for-your-turn in fully-enclosed machines if the weather's hot.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2019, 04:25:04 pm »
I have booked a pitch, I now hope circumstances allow me to be there.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2019, 06:11:44 pm »
Every year I look at this thread and post something along the lines of 'This year, I'll actually go.' Then nearer the time I change it to, 'Well, next year.' Now guess what I've just gone and done...  :o ::-) :facepalm: :hand:
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2019, 06:15:24 pm »
I have taken advantage of the early-bird booking discount too. :thumbsup:

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2019, 07:32:21 pm »
After last year I am considering bringing the ez3 working on the principle that I have a good chance of repairing it and not getting stranded 🙂.
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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2019, 11:15:57 am »
2 days left to book at the early bird rate  :D
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2020, 04:05:54 pm »
I am a galoot! The year I finally get around to booking myself a York Rally place – in June – is my son's GCSE year.  :facepalm: Possibly he'll have finished his exams by then (and therefore not require feeding at inconvenient times) or hopefully it won't matter anyway.
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Jayjay

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2020, 09:44:20 pm »
Camping booked. I think... will have to check now, as I always book so early I can't remember when!
Yes, it is done, look forward to plodding on over and seeing you all.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2020, 11:28:25 pm »
I'm presuming this is quite likely to be cancelled. (Not too sure about the GCSEs either.) I'll try to just talk about it next year without actually booking, for everyone's sake.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: York Rally 19-21 June 2020
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2020, 11:49:56 am »
Looking at their website they are considering the possibility of cancelling. I suppose we will know more after their committee meeting later this month.
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York Rally CANCELLED
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2020, 11:10:26 am »
Message from bikepete:

York Rally 2020 CANCELLED

We regret to announce that the 2020 York Rally has been cancelled. We are in the process of refunding all bookings in full. A further announcement with full details will be made shortly.

The York Rally Committee

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: York Rally CANCELLED
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2020, 11:39:14 am »
Next year I'll remember not to book.  :-\
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Kim

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Re: York Rally CANCELLED
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2020, 12:01:56 pm »
Mods can you merge this with the other thread?
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...