Author Topic: Audaxability  (Read 3882 times)

Re: Audaxability
« Reply #75 on: April 28, 2020, 02:19:25 pm »
Having ridden many 400s at widely varying speeds, I can't say I have had many problems with controls or sleep facilities.  I tend to just get on with it.  There was one (Welsh one) where I started to feel very rough early on, to the point where my mojo was about to flee.  But two old friends towed me round, ignoring my swearing and laughing at my general lack of humour.

Planning my Exeter-London 400, I reluctantly decided on a noon start and surprised myself by how easily it went. Even as an organiser's ride, stopping to write routesheet information and adjusting the route on the fly, I still finished in around 21hrs.  The following year, riding with a friend for whom it was the first time at the distance, I was a bit slower, but quite comfortable.  A 15 min doze propped against a gate sufficed for sleep.

I haven't done many 600s without a few hours in a bed part-way round, but I can if required.

Re: Audaxability
« Reply #76 on: April 28, 2020, 03:00:36 pm »
My quickest 400km (total time) or 3rd quickest (moving time). I found the time worked well, allowed for a comfortable journey to the start with no accomodation, daylight in all the interesting bits, and then quiet roads in the approach to London.

Deginatelynone I'd do again.
   Eddington  87 miles

Re: Audaxability
« Reply #77 on: April 28, 2020, 03:10:05 pm »
Ive long believed that the very fastest riders have a tendency to favour 400km DIYs over calendar events as a quick rider can batter round in daylight in a way that many others just cant. 

Pretty much any audax event (but especially those 400k upwards) will force organisers to make tricky decisions and trade offs.

Most will tend to try and find a sweet spot for the majority but when faced with an issue where its full value riders v. fast riders (eg determining a start time to dovetail with ferry crossings) the former will be given priority for obvious reasons.

Thats why organising or helping at an event is such a good idea, appreciating audax events from a slightly different perspective definitely improves ones audaxability  :thumbsup: as it will provide a more ready answer to the question “Why did the organiser do *that*?” that Im sure we all experience from time to time when riding an event.

On the 400 I ran there was an 11 hour spread between the first and last riders back.   It was a long slog.  To make it harder it was figure-of-8 and the last rider to leave went out the door about 2am and the first back was in at 4.   There wasn't a lot of sleep going on amongst the 3 of us working in the hall.

I think X rated rides cater much better for faster riders.   I used to enjoy the Asparagus and Strawberries as I would be back for breakfast and could catch the first train back to town.   These days I book a hotel near the finish and can be back in bed by 2am.   I then pootle down to the finish on the morning, hand my card in, and have breakfast.