Author Topic: Random audax questions  (Read 223183 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #750 on: January 05, 2015, 08:57:37 pm »
Thanks, that's what I thought but wanted to be sure. In fact, it looks like I can't get the ECE down to less than 60km per leg, so am doubting its feasibility (for me) on grey morning in early Feb.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #751 on: January 06, 2015, 12:39:50 am »
On the ECE, not only do you get the time for the extra length in the ECE bit, but the overall allowance is calculated at 14.3km/h.

If you set off at 07:00 you'd have (60+100+60)/14.3=15h23m so would have to be home again by 22:23. I reckon you could get a fair bit of hanging round and cake-eating done in that time.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #752 on: January 06, 2015, 08:45:30 am »
Beaten to it by js (thanks). Do note the 14.3, it can make a significant difference compared to 15.0.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #753 on: January 06, 2015, 11:16:23 am »
Cheers, I hadn't noticed the minimum speed was different.

The real problem, of course, is motivating myself to get up so early on a cold, dark February morning.  :-\ If only there were cafes open at that time, it would be so much easier! Keep going till the next cup of tea and slice of cake or beans on toast!
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #754 on: January 06, 2015, 11:27:02 am »
Cheers, I hadn't noticed the minimum speed was different.

The real problem, of course, is motivating myself to get up so early on a cold, dark February morning.  :-\ If only there were cafes open at that time, it would be so much easier! Keep going till the next cup of tea and slice of cake or beans on toast!

Nah, just don't go to bed, and soon you get bored and WANT to get out on the bike  8)
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #755 on: January 06, 2015, 12:14:15 pm »
The real problem, of course, is motivating myself to get up so early on a cold, dark February morning.  :-\ If only there were cafes open at that time, it would be so much easier! Keep going till the next cup of tea and slice of cake or beans on toast!

I enjoy riding to the start of events when I can, even though this sometimes means setting off at about 3am. It sounds like a rough deal, but starting from home at 3am is much better than starting an event at that time (as some 300s do), because you don't have to factor in travel time to get to the start.

Also, riding to the start is much easier from a morale point of view than being faced with having to ride extra distance at the end of a calendar event. I rarely feel like riding home after an event, whatever distance, and usually get the train.

On the other hand, if you add the distance to the end of the calendar event rather than before, you don't have the guesswork element of how much time to allow.

I don't do ECE anyway - my sole reason for riding to the start is simply that I prefer not to drive if I can help it.

mattc

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #756 on: January 06, 2015, 12:22:36 pm »
Cheers, I hadn't noticed the minimum speed was different.

The real problem, of course, is motivating myself to get up so early on a cold, dark February morning.  :-\ If only there were cafes open at that time, it would be so much easier! Keep going till the next cup of tea and slice of cake or beans on toast!
If I'm riding any distance to a calendar event, I tend to treat the start HQ as a cafe control :)

Most events won't do substantial breakfasts (although a few do), so I take something with me, and generally blag a mug of tea to wash it down.

Its no fun riding 60km to a cold car-park start with no facilities.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #757 on: January 06, 2015, 08:41:35 pm »
Sorry was not clear

http://www.aukweb.net/diy/ece/

There is a faq link at bottom that does not work.

Link now fixed.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #758 on: January 06, 2015, 09:21:06 pm »
Link now fixed.

 :)  Thanks Pete (for that and much else).

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #759 on: January 06, 2015, 09:23:27 pm »

Its no fun riding 60km to a cold car-park start with no facilities.

+1  I was going to ride to the start of the Poor Student on Saturday and was very glad that I wimped out.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #760 on: January 06, 2015, 11:13:48 pm »

Its no fun riding 60km to a cold car-park start with no facilities.

+1  I was going to ride to the start of the Poor Student on Saturday and was very glad that I wimped out.
for future ref, its worth noting the luxurious services about 200m away.

(a far more sensible start point IMHO )
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #761 on: January 07, 2015, 12:43:22 pm »
Also, riding to the start is much easier from a morale point of view than being faced with having to ride extra distance at the end of a calendar event. I rarely feel like riding home after an event, whatever distance, and usually get the train.

On the other hand, if you add the distance to the end of the calendar event rather than before, you don't have the guesswork element of how much time to allow.

I don't do ECE anyway - my sole reason for riding to the start is simply that I prefer not to drive if I can help it.
Comes to the same thing - my reason for riding to the start is that I prefer not to drive, because I don't have a car! When the start's in a little place with no railway, riding is the only way to get there - and back. I'm not really too fussed about the points, TBH.

Hmm, I suppose if I'm going to do this kind of thing regularly, it might be worth looking into car hire - and remembering how to drive!
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #762 on: January 10, 2015, 05:38:12 pm »
Is the max time for a 200k BRM 13h30?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #763 on: January 10, 2015, 05:39:16 pm »
Yes, regardless of overdistance.
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #764 on: January 13, 2015, 10:35:49 pm »
Can anyone recommend a front light that can take a 5v usb charge so can power it on the go through the night via a power monkey   Needless to say it needs to be bright :)
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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #765 on: February 08, 2015, 11:47:09 am »
Can anyone recommend a front light that can take a 5v usb charge so can power it on the go through the night via a power monkey   Needless to say it needs to be bright :)

No.  I have a Moon XP500 (since superseded).  It can be charged with a usb battery, but it won't turn on while it is charging.  My solution was to buy 2 spare batteries (around £15@) to go through the night.  I'm sure you can do the same with the newer models.

(It's a bit of a faff charging them, as you have to insert each in the light, charge it, then the next - but I only ever use the spare batteries a couple of times a year, so I can live with it.)

Edit - No light will be waterproof with the USB port open, so if it rained most of the night, you would not be able to recharge your light.

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #766 on: February 08, 2015, 12:06:00 pm »
Can anyone recommend a front light that can take a 5v usb charge so can power it on the go through the night via a power monkey   Needless to say it needs to be bright :)

You could buy 2 identical lights to have one charging while the other one is in use.
However wouldn't you be better off just using rechargeable batteries in something like a Hope Vision and just changing them over?

Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #767 on: February 26, 2015, 09:26:31 pm »
Could a DIY be created for an Everesting attempt and AAA points claimed for the 8,848m?


Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #768 on: February 26, 2015, 10:05:23 pm »
(Is there something that can be added to what's been said on the AAA Points thread? Actually, I hope so!)

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10426.550

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #769 on: February 27, 2015, 04:48:02 pm »
I thought hill reps and repeat loops were out for AAA.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #770 on: February 27, 2015, 05:02:14 pm »
Repeating hill climbs in a perm are a long way from where Audax started - long point-to-point events.
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Aunt Maud

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #771 on: February 27, 2015, 05:19:33 pm »
Repeating hill climbs in a perm are a long way from where Audax started - long point-to-point events.

So's 60km AAA DIY's

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #772 on: February 27, 2015, 05:28:23 pm »
Can you guess what I think about them?
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Aunt Maud

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #773 on: February 27, 2015, 05:31:52 pm »
Um......just give me a minute to think about that.

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Re: Random audax questions
« Reply #774 on: February 27, 2015, 10:27:33 pm »
I thought hill reps and repeat loops were out for AAA.

You would struggle to get a route accepted where the minimum distance was "up an down hill 10 times".  And it is frowned upon (as per LWaBs post, whose view I share) but there is nothing in the current AAA rules against including hill reps etc within a brevet provided you complete the rest of it (the controls for which dictate the minimum distance) in time.  Ditto loops.