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Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:13:58 pm »
Hi,

This is my first post on this forum, I hope it's ok that I'm getting stuck straight in  :) I've been reading the past discussions about the 24 hour with a lot of interest as I'm doing it this year (yikes), it'll be my first one, myself and the hubby will be travelling over from Ireland for it, he's my support crew.  I'll probably have a million and one questions over the next few weeks.  The first one is, anyone here doing it this year?


Karla

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 07:15:11 pm »
I'll be marshalling, so I'll see you at Prees.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 08:25:13 am »
I'm planning to do it.  My second attempt.
Mr B, I'll look out for you at Prees!

Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 12:09:54 pm »
I'm in.  :o

It's my first one as well, so your questions will be of considerable interest!

No idea what I'll end up achieving, but I'm hoping to get close to 350 miles. As for prep.....my audax year has been royally screwed by illness so I'll be trying to do as many miles as possible, including a DIY 600.
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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 12:34:47 pm »
Glad to know I'm not the only lunatic ;) Mr B you might have the phone number handy for the nearest home for the bewildered as I may need it afterwards.

Frank, how did the first one go for you? What is the terrain like? I know it has been referred to as a flat course but I recently did a 12 hour where a 'flat ' course meant 10,000 feet of climbing so I'm hoping Mersey roads flat means flat, not Irish flat.

Chuffy I have no idea what I'll achieve either, but finishing it intact will be good for a first one. Sounds like you're getting more miles in than me!

jogler

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 08:04:05 pm »
Welcome to the forum

I'm assisting with support for one of the Eccose riders otp.

There are several yacfers riding.

See this thread

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=82953.0

hth

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 10:41:32 pm »
Thanks jogler, that link doesn't seem to be working for me though, can you post it again if you get a chance please.

jogler

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 08:25:36 am »
It appears that I have mistakenly linked to your own post :-[

I intended to show this

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=68809.0

which relates to last year's event but would indicate the interest shown by yacfers.

This thread

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=81852.0

contains some references to this year's event although it is specific to a different TT

I hope that all that is clearer than mud :)

Bairn Again

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 11:42:37 am »
I'm in.

Was waiting to complete my audax SR before comitting, thats now done so its all systems go.

G.   

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 01:31:05 pm »
Frank, how did the first one go for you? What is the terrain like? I know it has been referred to as a flat course but I recently did a 12 hour where a 'flat ' course meant 10,000 feet of climbing so I'm hoping Mersey roads flat means flat, not Irish flat.

Not a disaster but not terribly well, to be honest.  I learned that there is a learning curve to riding these things, and that I was at the start of it!  The main thing I got terribly wrong was my food and drink.  I also had some disruption in the last couple of weeks which meant I didn't prepare properly and had a couple of technical hitches.  If you're interested, my write-up is here: http://westerleycc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/mersey-roads-24-hour-tt-21-22-july-2012.html

It's a pretty flat course.  The main circuit has only very gentle rolling bits while the shorter one has one hill.  The finishing circuit is a bit lumpier, but that will take care of itself. 

Karla

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2014, 09:57:16 pm »
Here's my report from last year, I hope you find some useful nuggets in there. 

The course is almost flat, a sort of gently rolling.  This is better than being completely flat as it allows you to move around a bit and keep the numbness at bay. 

Think about how far you want to go, work out how far that will take you around the course and what that means for where you'll want your supporter (answer: probably Prees).  Work out how much food you'll want and what that means for hand-ups: that will stop you either running out or spending loads of time stopping to take on far too much extra mass in the form of malt loaves.  Spend a lot of time in the tri-bars beforehand so you're comfortable staying there for hours.  Once you're there, enjoy the atmosphere! 

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 11:29:00 pm »
Thanks for posting all of those links lads, I'm taking loads of notes.  The race reports are great, there's nothing like reading of other people's experiences to give you some idea of what you're letting yourself in for.  Frank I'm very relieved to see your total climbing for the 24 was 2000 metres, my climbing for the 12 was 3000metres and I wasn't covering near the mileage you were :thumbsup:

Here's my report from last year, I hope you find some useful nuggets in there. 

Spend a lot of time in the tri-bars beforehand so you're comfortable staying there for hours.  Once you're there, enjoy the atmosphere! 

I've been spending a lot of time in the tri bars and got a new set fitted last week that are a lot more comfortable, especially on my neck and shoulders, should help a lot. 

I was reading this article today, may have to rethink my race wardrobe..http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/video-loose-vs-tighter-jerseys-tested-in-a-wind-tunnel-energy-saved-time-gained-is-huge/  I'm not prepared to go skinsuit just yet though!!


Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2014, 01:43:39 pm »
Ok - here's a proper newby question for you. How do you know you've finished?  ??
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2014, 01:58:46 pm »
They tell you to stop when you pass the next recorder on the finish circuit after your 24 hours are up.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Bairn Again

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2014, 11:16:14 am »
Closing date for entries is today

Got mine in last week.

Accomodation sorted Friday & Sunday at Peremier Inn Wrexham North about 6 miles from start/finish. 



Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2014, 09:49:07 am »
So, now we've got the Sussex one out of the way, we have Dees, Chuffy and ,   
I expect TG will be doing it, and McNasty.
Anyone else?

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2014, 11:00:12 am »
McNasty and I are in and hope to have no mechanicals this time.

jogler

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2014, 11:04:21 am »
I am not now attending.

eck

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2014, 11:11:57 am »
Sadly, we are having to give it a miss this year too.  :(
It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2014, 05:06:05 pm »
I have stuffed a last minute entry in. Just need to oil the knees and grease the undercarriage.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2014, 05:52:03 pm »
Get it the right way round ,Ian

Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2014, 10:45:27 pm »
I have stuffed a last minute entry in. Just need to oil the knees and grease the undercarriage.
Greasing your nethers is probably beyond the call of duty for my minions. Unless they use a greasing sponge onna stick.
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jogler

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2014, 07:24:02 am »
I have stuffed a last minute entry in. Just need to oil the knees and grease the undercarriage.
Greasing your nethers is probably beyond the call of duty for my minions. Unless they use a greasing sponge onna stick.

Methinks you were familiar with Roman wc etiquette in a previous life.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2014, 11:17:52 am »
Hmm, probably best to get this thread back on track or we will be putting people off! 

I'm doing Tomsk's excellent Hereward the Wake overnight 300km next Friday/Saturday as a final shakedown and try-out for the lights and other night gear.

No sign of  a start sheet yet but it's early days.  Would be good to get the latest gen on riding unsupported, in particular getting one's night stuff in the right place for when it gets dark, and how well the Prees set-up works.  I had a helper last time so not got any experience of this.

Bairn Again

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2014, 08:49:38 pm »
Im in

Got my son roped in to provide support, cant wait to see what time im off now.

Am going to concentrate on getting sleep in now rather than miles, with maybe a night ride to test out the full set up.