Author Topic: 3 Down 300K, 2013  (Read 13176 times)

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #100 on: April 08, 2015, 06:30:40 pm »
Just thought I'd (finally) add my thoughts on the ride here.

I really enjoyed riding 3down. It was my first 300 of this year, and ever. It's a great route this one and I had a lovely day on the bike. I rode with Pppete off and on for most of the day which was nice as I rode with him and Maggie on my first ever audax last year.

The first half scared me a little as it had some not bad hills in it which I actually enjoyed (a new experience to me). I think I'm echoing the sentiments of others when I say that the section from 150km-200km was brutal. The 10km of new forest headwind followed by some rolling until the info control at 200 I really suffered through. I was worrying about if I'd finish when I got to the info and just had to get off the bike for a bit, but I joined up with a couple of chaps for the leg into the next control which helped to boost moral and remind me that I was enjoying myself!

There's not much to say about the last 100 other than it was nice to be a bit more sheltered and I continued to be amazed at how the roads were all so quiet (a feature of the entire ride really). A quick blast from winnersh to Chalfont saw me finishing at 10:30 which was an hour and a half earlier than I'd been hoping for!  Definitely the conditions were a factor and this was a ride of two halves; the first half took 7.5 hours and the second 9!

TL;DR great route, bit windy although I still managed to finish in good time.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #101 on: April 08, 2015, 11:07:47 pm »
I say that the section from 150km-200km was brutal. The 10km of new forest headwind followed by some rolling until the info control at 200 I really suffered through.
Aye, but you were still a good bit faster than me over it, I left Fordingbridge before you, but you not only overtook me but had time for your sit-down at Sparsholt and still got away from there before I arrived.
To be fair, a little local knowledge goes a long way...I warned of headwinds over Ocknell Plain in #82 of this thread.... and I knew that last drag up to Sparsholt from Timsbury, although  barely noticeable when done at the start of 'local' ride would feel a lot harder with 180km in the legs.    Fretting about time elapsed over a stretch like that was always going to be counter-productive, far better to try to keep fuelled, hydrated and just grind it out.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #102 on: April 09, 2015, 10:07:14 am »
I say that the section from 150km-200km was brutal. The 10km of new forest headwind followed by some rolling until the info control at 200 I really suffered through.
Aye, but you were still a good bit faster than me over it, I left Fordingbridge before you, but you not only overtook me but had time for your sit-down at Sparsholt and still got away from there before I arrived.
To be fair, a little local knowledge goes a long way...I warned of headwinds over Ocknell Plain in #82 of this thread.... and I knew that last drag up to Sparsholt from Timsbury, although  barely noticeable when done at the start of 'local' ride would feel a lot harder with 180km in the legs.    Fretting about time elapsed over a stretch like that was always going to be counter-productive, far better to try to keep fuelled, hydrated and just grind it out.

Tell me you had booked this ride as a back up Pete, and weren't planing on riding the Wonderful Wessex the day before as well!
The older you get, the better you get, unless you are a banana.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #103 on: April 09, 2015, 01:12:24 pm »
I say that the section from 150km-200km was brutal. The 10km of new forest headwind followed by some rolling until the info control at 200 I really suffered through.
Aye, but you were still a good bit faster than me over it, I left Fordingbridge before you, but you not only overtook me but had time for your sit-down at Sparsholt and still got away from there before I arrived.
To be fair, a little local knowledge goes a long way...I warned of headwinds over Ocknell Plain in #82 of this thread.... and I knew that last drag up to Sparsholt from Timsbury, although  barely noticeable when done at the start of 'local' ride would feel a lot harder with 180km in the legs.    Fretting about time elapsed over a stretch like that was always going to be counter-productive, far better to try to keep fuelled, hydrated and just grind it out.

I don't know if I'd seen your other message on this thread, however you did tell me on the day that there'd be a nasty headwind section later.  So I shouldn't have been been surprised that it was a nasty section.  Although my fretting was less about time lost over that section but how wrecked I felt on it as I did still have another 100km to go!

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #104 on: April 09, 2015, 02:35:38 pm »
+1 on Pppete's comment about 160-164km (though it was a bit further than that).  It was a comfort when pushing through the headwind.

So, how many of us stopped for a breather outside the Sparsholt Church? That 15 8* minutes on the grass got me to the end.

(just realised, this is only the second ever calendar ride I've completed ..... can't decide if that's should have a smiley or a sad face after it)

*Edit: I didn't stop nearly as long as I thought.  It made quite a difference though.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #105 on: April 09, 2015, 02:51:58 pm »
This was my first 300 and only my second audax (after the Steam Ride last month). I think I was just setting off from Sparsholt as that picture was taken.

I am glad it was not just me in need of a sit down after that windy section but I had decided I needed more than a few minutes on a bench and pushed on to the next control at Alresford. On arrival I spied a group of riders departing from Pizza Express and realised that was just what I needed. I took a long stop and wondered if I could complete the ride but figured that a hypothetical taxi back to Chalfont St Peter would be cheaper if I could go a bit further, so I drank a double espresso and set off.

The rest/food/caffeine helped and the wind had dropped by now. I got my second wind and started to enjoy the ride again but route finding got tricky as it got dark and my lights were pathetic. Fresh batteries at Sainsburys in Winnersh helped but not as much as tagging on with a pair of locals who seemed to know exactly where they were going. I managed to hang with them to the finish getting in just after 22:30.

I found the ride very hard and when I got on a bike the next day to avoid stiffening up I seemed to have nothing left in my legs. I am now wondering whether to continue with my SR (and potentially PBP) plans and do the Asparagus and Strawberries 400 next month or to back off and ease myself into audax riding more gently.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #106 on: April 09, 2015, 03:24:14 pm »
This was my first 300 and only my second audax (after the Steam Ride last month). I think I was just setting off from Sparsholt as that picture was taken.

I am glad it was not just me in need of a sit down after that windy section but I had decided I needed more than a few minutes on a bench and pushed on to the next control at Alresford. On arrival I spied a group of riders departing from Pizza Express and realised that was just what I needed. I took a long stop and wondered if I could complete the ride but figured that a hypothetical taxi back to Chalfont St Peter would be cheaper if I could go a bit further, so I drank a double espresso and set off.

The rest/food/caffeine helped and the wind had dropped by now. I got my second wind and started to enjoy the ride again but route finding got tricky as it got dark and my lights were pathetic. Fresh batteries at Sainsburys in Winnersh helped but not as much as tagging on with a pair of locals who seemed to know exactly where they were going. I managed to hang with them to the finish getting in just after 22:30.

I found the ride very hard and when I got on a bike the next day to avoid stiffening up I seemed to have nothing left in my legs. I am now wondering whether to continue with my SR (and potentially PBP) plans and do the Asparagus and Strawberries 400 next month or to back off and ease myself into audax riding more gently.

Go for it. 16.5 hours for a first (any!) 300k is a respectable time. 400k is only another 4-5 hours in the saddle. If you ease up a little in speed your distance will improve markedly.
The older you get, the better you get, unless you are a banana.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #107 on: April 13, 2015, 10:06:44 pm »
I found the ride very hard and when I got on a bike the next day to avoid stiffening up I seemed to have nothing left in my legs. I am now wondering whether to continue with my SR (and potentially PBP) plans and do the Asparagus and Strawberries 400 next month or to back off and ease myself into audax riding more gently.

I never have anything left in my legs the day after.  Don't matter if it's a 200, a 300, a 400 - there's nothing there.  Fortunately I'm that slow on 600s and longer that I get so little sleep and my legs don't have a chance to realise it's "the day after"  ;D

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #108 on: April 18, 2015, 11:39:37 pm »
a late addition to this thread, I forgot I had taken a couple of pics to illustrate the glamour of audax

https://flic.kr/p/rULQXi

https://flic.kr/p/scaWKv

sadly it is beyond my ability to embed these photos in the message, I have been trying for 1/2 an hour and it's now past my bed time

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #109 on: April 19, 2015, 01:14:43 am »
sadly it is beyond my ability to embed these photos in the message, I have been trying for 1/2 an hour and it's now past my bed time


Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #110 on: April 19, 2015, 10:56:14 am »
Just one of the five a day. Maintaining the high standards of Willesden CC out on the road  ;D

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013 now 2016
« Reply #111 on: February 28, 2016, 10:20:20 pm »
Just to remind you that the 2016 Willesden 3 Down 300K will be run just over a month from now on Saturday April 2.  And you can get better nosh than the cold baked beans my illustrious clubmate (see above posts) wolfed down at Fordingbridge.

I can't promise there won't be headwinds, but the last 70K is reasonably benign when it comes to hills and so it makes a good first 300 ride.

Details and entry at http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/16-417/

My events: 18th Feb 2018 Willesden Reliability; 1st July 2018 3 Audaxes from Maidenhead; 8th Sep 2018 3Down

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #112 on: December 12, 2016, 04:36:03 pm »
Does anyone know if this is planned for 2017 or whether there will be a year off?

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2017
« Reply #113 on: December 12, 2016, 07:31:13 pm »
Good news! Plans are being hatched to run the event on 1st April 2017, the foolish and non-foolish will all be welcome.
The event should be listed in the AUK calendar soon.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #114 on: January 01, 2017, 05:34:22 pm »
Does anybody know if this is going to be run this year? Just trying to formalise some sort of plan for the year.

Cheers and Happy New Year

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #115 on: January 01, 2017, 06:07:21 pm »
Have you checked the AUK calendar for April?

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #116 on: January 01, 2017, 08:39:41 pm »
Err, yes and I can't find it, hence why I am asking.  The last post said it was scheduled for the 01 /04/17 and unless it's a very early April fools joke, it ain't there at the moment.

iddu

  • Are we there yet?
Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #117 on: January 01, 2017, 09:07:30 pm »
[Official Hat On]

The current Org wishes to pass over the event - an acceptable replacement has yet to be agreed, and until then the event has not been listed.

[/OHO]
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #118 on: January 02, 2017, 07:39:06 am »
Thanks for that, let's hope your search is successful!

iddu

  • Are we there yet?
Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #119 on: January 04, 2017, 11:15:16 am »
[Official Hat On]

The current Org wishes to pass over the event - an acceptable replacement has yet to be agreed, and until then the event has not been listed.

[/OHO]

Now listed, fill yer boots!
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2013
« Reply #120 on: January 04, 2017, 12:48:36 pm »
Woo Hoo, will have to re-arrange my calendar again ;D

Re: 3 Down 300K, 2018
« Reply #121 on: July 05, 2018, 01:53:54 pm »
The 300K 3 Down is back again this year on September the 8th. Being late in the Audax year it gives a good chance to pick up points for PBP pre-qualification.

It runs from Chalfont St Peter just outside the M25, scenically to the far side of the New Forest and back.

The route is essentially the same as in previous years, except that Annie's cafe which has closed, is being replaced by somewhere nearby.

If you have done the ride before, in the usual April slot with only the first few shoots of spring, the lushness of summer makes it almost seem like a different ride.

Several people have already asked me about 2019. It will run as a BRM for PBP qualification, so the event will be published in September. Enter at http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-417/
My events: 18th Feb 2018 Willesden Reliability; 1st July 2018 3 Audaxes from Maidenhead; 8th Sep 2018 3Down