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Mersey 24 2008
« on: June 16, 2008, 08:34:17 pm »
Get you entries in soon. The closing date is July 1st.

I'll be booking a hotel either in Wrexham or Chester theday before and willing to share to cut the cost. Wrexham is nearer to the start.

Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008, 10:37:14 pm »
Steve,

What's the likely drill with start times for this one?  Trying to plan the logistics.

Thanks,

AC
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008, 11:39:41 pm »
its a 1300 start. Everyone away by 1440-ish? (based on old start sheets)

Steve,
I haven't organised any "crew" yet (but have several keen fools possibles!).
Could you give us some idea what an unsupported rider can expect (e.g. I've read about food musettes - are these a reasonable supply to subsist on)?

Can you recommend any good warm-up events in my neck of the woods?!?

p.s. I've been given some old result/start sheets - Ms Simpson wasn't slow, was she?
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008, 10:05:29 am »
Anyone know where to get entry forms etc. from?  I've had a google but can only find stuff from previous years. 

Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008, 10:09:22 am »
Anyone know where to get entry forms etc. from?  I've had a google but can only find stuff from previous years. 

It's just the standard form:
http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/forms/CTTEntryForm.doc

Make sure that you enter the tandem event, which is listed separately to the main one.

AC
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Julian

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008, 10:32:06 am »
Brilliant, thank you.

I assume we both pay a separate entry fee?

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2008, 11:00:30 am »
Brilliant, thank you.

I assume we both pay a separate entry fee?
I hope so - I bet you'll eat two riders' food! ;)
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2008, 11:42:05 am »
Brilliant, thank you.

I assume we both pay a separate entry fee?

Yes and I think you need separate forms too.  There is a bit on there for tandem riders to name their partner.

AC
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2008, 11:56:58 am »
Erk, I need to join a club and get my entry in. 

gonzo

Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2008, 01:23:39 pm »
Could you give us some idea what an unsupported rider can expect (e.g. I've read about food musettes - are these a reasonable supply to subsist on)?

You've never done one before and you're going to do your first one un-supported?!?!?!?

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2008, 01:30:11 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2008, 01:33:28 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.

Have you tried riding the tandem with tri bars?

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2008, 01:39:57 pm »
(n.b. I don't believe Liz and C are doing this unsupported, but I could be wrong...)
If I can ride for 24 hours across Wales and (partly) back without support, I think I can manage the same period up and down the A41.
But currently I'm undecided - support will most certainly increase my distance, so I need to decide what my target is, and just how much effort I want to make recruiting. The logistics are in many ways simpler unsupported (just like PBP, but with less clobber). Personally I reckon a clueless, sulky support team would detract from the ride, even if I ended up riding further. I don't expect to win any prizes for this!

The bike I'm using will work in both scenarios (although support would also allow me to bring a spare!).
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2008, 02:04:41 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.

Have you tried riding the tandem with tri bars?

+1 for Charlotte's philosophy; this seems to be one event where the two disciplines cross over, riding it unsupported is no big deal to an Audax rider.

The question was serious. Soting out an alternate position, especially when you are aiming for a time (even if you are not really aiming for a time) could be useful.

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2008, 02:07:17 pm »
Sorry; incorrect quoting, I meant +1 re riding unsupported. I did my first 600 with tri-bars and they can be a great help. I'd find it very hard to do that sort of distance on flat bars.

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2008, 02:08:45 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.

+1 for Charlotte's philosophy; this seems to be one event where the two disciplines cross over, riding it unsupported is no big deal to an Audax rider.
 

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2008, 03:05:19 pm »
As it happens, we're hoping to have some support on the event.

No, I've not ridden the new tandem with tribars, but I had them on Margaret Hilda for a while and they were okay.  I'm more likely to spend time on the drops than on tribars, though.

I know I can ride for 24 hours straight.  So can Liz - in fact, she's far better at sleep dep than I am on a bike.
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2008, 03:08:20 pm »
Brilliant, thank you.

I assume we both pay a separate entry fee?

Yes and no.  The solo entry is £15, whilst the tandem entry is £30.  So yes you both pay, but it is £30 for both of you, not £30 each.


If it's a 1pm start we may drive up on the day.  We will probably be unsupported (I can't imagine anyone I know being willing to give up a weekend to chuck food at us).

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2008, 03:27:21 pm »
We will probably be unsupported (I can't imagine anyone I know being willing to give up a weekend to chuck food at us).
<Love is ...>

Supporting each other on a tandem!

<pass sick bucket>
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2008, 03:28:24 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.

+1 for Charlotte's philosophy; this seems to be one event where the two disciplines cross over, riding it unsupported is no big deal to an Audax rider.
 
I think Martin's sounding a bit keen on this event ...
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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2008, 03:29:25 pm »
Yeah, why not?  Treat it as an audax and ride it steady.

+1 for Charlotte's philosophy; this seems to be one event where the two disciplines cross over, riding it unsupported is no big deal to an Audax rider.
 
I think Martin's sounding a bit keen on this event ...

about as keen as LEL 2009...

Julian

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2008, 03:29:53 pm »
As it happens, we're hoping to have some support on the event.


Hope is the current stage; all volunteers welcome.  :)

Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2008, 03:32:06 pm »
When is it?

Julian

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2008, 03:33:15 pm »
26th - 27th July.

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Re: Mersey 24 2008
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2008, 04:23:11 pm »
Anyone know where to get entry forms etc. from?  I've had a google but can only find stuff from previous years. 

It's just the standard form:
http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/forms/CTTEntryForm.doc

Here is a light-hearted tutorial from an organiser:
How to fill in an entry form - Timetrialling Forum
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