Author Topic: The Shark 200  (Read 26842 times)

j_a_m_e_s_

  • Prisoner 17091
    • AUK results
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #175 on: April 03, 2018, 04:32:16 pm »
I'm a little surprised that this years edition hasn't been mentioned, unless I've missed the thread?

The 2017 edition was my first calendar 200 last year, so as soon as entries opened, I booked my place.

Last year was near perfect cycling weather, with wall to wall sunshine all day long, but with the last few weeks being they way they have been, typically the forecast wasn't great, but at least it was going to be warm. And with the proper grown up mudguards I've fitted in place of the " to let" sign and duck tape specials, I was looking forward to it. As it turned out, it did only rain for little over half of the ten and a bit hours I was riding, most of which was with the favourable tailwind, so no real biggy. Absolutely lashed it down on the ascent into Crowborough and beyond, but cleared for the ascent of Toys, intothe low lying cloud.

The ride started really well. I got off quickly and within 1.8km I was by the side of the road changing the front tube after it decided to explode. The noise was akin to gunfire, and the poor pedestrian next to me at the time ducked for cover. I felt genuinely bad for him as we shared a short laugh together. I can only summise that the new tyre wasn't seated correctly and after topping up on air in the car park 20minutes prior, I had inadvertantly cocked the hammer on the loaded pistol that was my 28mm Durano.

Spirits dampened, my clothes soon followed with the slow and steady precipitation, I set off into the breeze feeling as if I was on a perm. I've done a lot of practise around some of these hills over winter though, so fancied I'd see some company soon enough.

It felt like a constant climb all the way to Cudham and by the time I'd scaled the 25%, using every inch of the road, I'd seen a few people. Quick breather and a small chat with one of the Dean spartans, I set off again. Had a lovely chat with Tim(?) about swimming strokes untill after the descent down Brasted, then set about the climb up to Ide.

Legs were feeling good at this point, but I throttled back a bit knowing what was coming from last year. From here the weather settled, and I caught a tow from a couple of Dulwich Paragon chaps I recognised from GMC, then had a game of leap frog with a chap untill the descent down from Crowborough. ( A chap I wouldn't see again untill just before Toys)

Up and down, up and down. Rode for a short while with a couple of lads from Greenhithe (very close to where I grew up) untill the first control, where I had a very welcome bowl of Ivan's legendary stew and a cup of black coffee.

From here it started going wrong. For reasons unknown, I had a strange knocking noise from my BB every single pedal stroke. A few grinds here and there, I thiugh it was shot and morale plummeted. I hammered along as quick as I could, taking full advantage of this section, knowing it aas pan flat, thinking that if it goes it goes, and I just quick time to the nearest station and chalk up my third month of DNFRTY. The constant worry actually took my mind of of the deluge that had begun, and I plugged away looking forward to the ascent of High and Over. The masochist in me loves this hill and I succesfully crested it with the gaps in traffic perfectly enabling me to tack where necessary. Info at Seaford - no ice lollies this year - and back to Mayfield.

This was a horrible part for me. BB was really getting me down. Rain was really coming down. But I plugged along. Bumped into another GMC rider who I was with most of the way untill just before Cow Lane. (I dind't see him again, so hope he finished.)

Just before Mayfield, my chain came off, and I thiught that was it.

Had a quick drink, had a couple of fruit jellies and remounted my chain and pedalled off. Hallelujah! The noise had gone. The sugar kicked in. My morale could have blasted man into to space. I was a man possessed. Pedalled in to Mayfield, and my favourite Mace shop control. Vege samosa, bottle of red coke and a quick call to my wife, and i was off again.

Bumped into GMC man2 again and we leap frogged untill cow lane. I was feeling really good on the ascents, but was my typical poor self descending. Romain Bardet I am not.

Nothing really to report from here onwards other than a big cheers to the two guys up Toys whose wheels I caught. Without them, I probably would have broken out the 24. (which was used for the first and only time all day up HogTrough - I love my spd sandals for walking in).

A massive thankyou to Ivan and co for a splendid day awheel, despite the weather. Rest assured I'll be back next year if its run.

Rule 77

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #176 on: April 03, 2018, 11:15:35 pm »
Thanks James for a great write up.

57 of the 129 entrants braved the cold, damp conditions to take the start, and with no reported incidents apart from a few mechanicals, 43 made it all the way round to the arrivée and had their cards validated. Big shout out to Penge CC who tied with ACH for the largest club with 7 finishers and more starters, many on their first Audax.

Running it on Easter Monday was always going to be a bit of an experiment, but very happy with the way it turned out. It is a bit disruptive though as an organiser what with all the shops being closed on Easter Sunday - I think I might a wait a bit and see where other PBP qualifiers sit before placing it in the calendar for next year.
“That slope may look insignificant, but it's going to be my destiny" - Fitzcarraldo

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #177 on: September 25, 2018, 01:06:04 pm »
Now in the calendar for 2019, on Sunday 7th April: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-291/. Have made it mandatory route to remove some of the infos and make it more PBP-like with the chance of a secret control. No other changes planned.
“That slope may look insignificant, but it's going to be my destiny" - Fitzcarraldo

j_a_m_e_s_

  • Prisoner 17091
    • AUK results
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #178 on: September 25, 2018, 04:13:02 pm »
Oh, go on then.  :thumbsup:
Rule 77

wilkyboy

  • "nick" by any other name
    • 16-inch wheels
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #179 on: September 28, 2018, 07:24:42 pm »
Now in the calendar for 2019, on Sunday 7th April: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-291/.

Tempted*  :)


* it would be my third — it's a very enjoyable route  :thumbsup:
RRTY #7 done.  Need something else to do ... ah, welcome #8 8)

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #180 on: March 13, 2019, 11:08:08 am »
I've rounded up a couple of Audax newcomers for the ride, really looking forward to it (and the pub finish!).
YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD


Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #181 on: March 13, 2019, 12:02:28 pm »
Signed up for this: A tad shorter and easier than Greenwich Mean Climb Audax! ;)

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #182 on: March 13, 2019, 12:05:18 pm »
Now in the calendar for 2019, on Sunday 7th April

hmmm, tempting, but it's the day after our Amesbury Amble 300 helpers ride, so 500 in a w/e...ambitious so early in the year, would resemble a similar tough combo in Wessex...

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #183 on: March 13, 2019, 07:30:49 pm »
Trains into London on Sunday don't start early enough. Ok for London dwellers I guess.
   Eddington  87 miles

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #184 on: March 16, 2019, 11:38:56 pm »
Plenty of cheap hostels around London that accommodate a bike!
YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD


Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #185 on: March 16, 2019, 11:58:58 pm »
Trains into London on Sunday don't start early enough. Ok for London dwellers I guess.
Makes a welcome change! One of the few that (the many) London audaxers have, although for many like me is still a 12 mile ride to the start.

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk


Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #186 on: March 18, 2019, 10:01:42 pm »
Everybody ours a the wawder

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #187 on: March 18, 2019, 10:07:14 pm »
Typo
Everybody ouddah the wawdder
<______^______  _______^     ;    )))))  ●   >

Did you see what I did there?

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #188 on: April 07, 2019, 06:59:03 pm »
How did folks get on?  I missed this year cause of family stuff sadly.

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #189 on: April 07, 2019, 08:16:40 pm »
It was a good day out.  Weather was pleasant enough, a bit of mist in the morning and a shower on the way back. 
A bit stiff now, so an early night, I think!

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #190 on: April 07, 2019, 08:35:10 pm »
A massive thank you to the Boss Ivan and the helpers and riders on this magnificent event.  I had a great day out with the club and thoroughly enjoyed serving each and every rider with a steaming cup of ACH tea.
Long live the Shark and the spirit of all that made this year's edition another raging success.


Jonah x

Re: The Shark 200
« Reply #191 on: April 08, 2019, 12:21:13 pm »
Think a good day was had by all, even those that managed to miss the village hall, or only rode the V of the Y-shaped lower section, thereby skipping the trip to the seaside completely. All of which means I only have around 100 brevets to validate out of 138 starters, though more made it back to the arrivée.

Extra kudos to the first time audaxers (even the ones that didn't manage to find all the controls, see above) - special mention to the rider on a touring bike with panniers, I think she struggled to walk it up Hogtrough Hill but still made it round with an hour to spare. Also good to see the likes of TigaSefi helping someone complete their first one.
“That slope may look insignificant, but it's going to be my destiny" - Fitzcarraldo