Author Topic: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.  (Read 6551 times)

hulver

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Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« on: March 28, 2011, 05:01:02 pm »
Anybody else doing the Everybody rides to Skeggy 300? Want to say Hello at the start?

This will be my first 300 ride, and my first shoestring event. I'm a little bit nervous about it. I imagine I'll take the full 20 hours to do it, not being the quickest person out there.

Any 300 specific tips for a distance newbie? I've only done one 200 before, and that was a close thing on time. "Train more" being the obvious one.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 05:10:42 pm »
It's a good choice for a first go. Pretty flat, and the only thing that might make it tough is the wind on the coast (in which case get in a group). Advice? Eat little and often (ie every 30 minutes) rather than big meals. Drink loads, and if you start to flag then a petrol station pick me up of red bull and lucozade sports always works a treat for me. The last control was a petrol station forecourt when I did it in 07

Good luck and enjoy  ;D

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 05:20:30 pm »
I did this event last year, it was my first 300 too. I really enjoyed it, it was the first audax I did where I was not last or near-last (which should tell you it is pretty easy compared to some others). I will be doing it again this year too!

While it may be classed as shoestring on the Audax UK website, there are good sit down cafés on the way to Skeggy. Warm porridge with cold cream at Gannets (I think?) really hit the spot. Poppies restaurant at Skeggy is a good, large, audax-friendly place too. (nb presumes same route as last year).

It's pretty flat (slightly lumpy bit thru the Lincolnshire wolds, nothing too bad though), and the difficulty of the ride will be determined by the weather - last year we had headwinds and rain all the way to Skeggy, then got blown back to Alfreton.

Any 300 specific tips for a distance newbie? I've only done one 200 before, and that was a close thing on time. "Train more" being the obvious one.

You will need lights, and it might get surprisingly cold at night. Otherwise, pace yourself and, er, try and get some more riding in first - you still have 2 weekends.
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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 06:01:05 pm »
Whichever cafe in Newark was used in 07, it was fantastic. But remember, little and often, carry some small rolls with you not just sweet stuff.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 07:05:33 pm »
Got my entry in. It'll be my first 300 as well.

Thankfully the lighter evenings mean I've a chance to get some miles in beforehand.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 07:10:28 pm »
Whichever cafe in Newark was used in 07, it was fantastic. But remember, little and often, carry some small rolls with you not just sweet stuff.
The cafe' in Newark,is Gannets',a bit posh for you I suppose.I recommend the rice pudding :P

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 07:25:22 pm »
Tempted by this, not done a 300 before, will be deciding by Wednesday

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 07:38:05 pm »
This ride works well because, once you get to Skegness, you realise all you want to do is leave as fast as you possibly can, and get as far away from there as possible in as short a time as you can manage.

Skegness is a pit.

I did the ride once. It's OK as a 300 - easy to ride, easy to navigate, and as such - probably works well as a first 300. I've not done it since, and have no further plans to.

He won't remember - because I'm one of those people that blends into the wallpaper and people forget - but this ride was the one and only time I met Ural Kunst. He looked as traumatised by Skegness as me TBH.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 08:15:19 pm »
Goodness me, I really don't remember.  Did we make eye contact?  ;) I was riding with a work pal called John.  That was his one and only ride longer than a 200k.  Diahorrea kicking in at the 230k mark has left an indelible stain on his memory....

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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 08:18:15 pm »
Goodness me, I really don't remember.  Did we make eye contact?  ;) I was riding with a work pal called John.  That was his one and only ride longer than a 200k.  Diahorrea kicking in at the 230k mark has left an indelible stain on his memory....

And his shorts no doubt  :sick:
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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 08:40:28 pm »
Entry posted today, my first 300 too.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2011, 09:00:55 pm »
Entry posted today as well. the last leg between Lincoln and Alfreton is pretty  forgettable but if you are flagging a bit there is  a McD's on the roundabout at Ollerton.Not to everybodys taste,  I know but it does set you up for the last push to home . Otherwise a good ride out,usually with a good mix of riders.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 09:04:45 pm »
Goodness me, I really don't remember.  Did we make eye contact?  ;) 

Told you!

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 :D

Yeah - we were outside the cafe at Skegness. We had a short conversation and then stood in the queue inside the caff. FWIW, I had fish and chips.


Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 09:07:58 pm »
I think I have a vague memory of this... Paul D was there too I think.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 09:13:16 pm »
I think I have a vague memory of this... Paul D was there too I think.

Indeed he was. I think he'd already made his mind up about the ride too ;).

Euan Uzami

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2011, 09:26:02 pm »
I have booked a travelodge room for this before and after (15 apr 2 nights) but I will be DNSing because there is another event that I want to do that day, so it's up for sale, £35 for both nights (half price).

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2011, 07:07:09 am »
Whichever cafe in Newark was used in 07, it was fantastic. But remember, little and often, carry some small rolls with you not just sweet stuff.
The cafe' in Newark,is Gannets',a bit posh for you I suppose.I recommend the rice pudding :P

I go for the porridge   :thumbsup:

Do not aim to leave Lincoln before 18:30 at the earliest as there is a bit of A road.  After that time you have it to yourself.  :thumbsup:


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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2011, 07:15:00 am »
Its a great ride, this one.

Its been on the calendar for yonks. I did it in 98 or 99, on my previous AUK membership Number.

Dead flat. No worries.


hulver

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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2011, 11:35:45 am »
Sounds like a good ride, I'll have to put my 69" gear back on.

Cheers all.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2011, 10:02:18 pm »
Hmm thinking about this... having visited Gannets for the first time a fortnight ago (on the 200) I'm keen to return. Think they will do carrot cake & trifle for breakfast?  :-[

Euan Uzami

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2011, 10:58:54 pm »
I have booked a travelodge room for this before and after (15 apr 2 nights) but I will be DNSing because there is another event that I want to do that day, so it's up for sale, £35 for both nights (half price).
Gone.

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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2011, 09:37:05 pm »
Mostly flat, anyway.  Certainly nothing to worry about after Horncastle but there are a couple of little traps for the unwary particularly the descent to and climb out of Bolingbroke.

Just hope the weather is a bit kinder this year.
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hulver

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Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2011, 11:05:46 am »
Got my route sheet yesterday. Apparently there have been some changes since last year, so time for a new gps route.

Great time for Bikehike to crash this morning, when I was 100km into it. :(

DanialW

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2011, 04:42:23 pm »

Dead flat. No worries.

The headwind to Skeggy was vicious last year. I caught up with AndyC and FEB at the cafe at Skeggy, and they looked as if they'd aged ten years in a morning.

So I'd say no worries, as long as the wind is in your favour.

Re: Everybody Rides to Skeggy (300). 16th April 2011.
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2011, 11:07:58 pm »
Event full  :'(