Author Topic: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014  (Read 6371 times)

Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #76 on: July 22, 2014, 07:39:54 pm »
What a great event. I was crewing for Mrs Dees and she thoroughly enjoyed it if  enjoy is the right word. It was her first 24 and most things went to plan. The heat was overwhelming though. Not what we're used to on the west coast of Ireland  :)Well done to all the organisers and marshals.

She has just sent an email aswell, her Garmin shows she should have another 13 miles more than the results but with the amount of work the marshals have to do a few small discrepancies is to be expected.


Karla

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #77 on: July 22, 2014, 09:30:31 pm »
Woo! I had an 11 mile discrepancy between my computer and what the timekeepers had. I made an enquiry and yes, there had been an error and I'm being credited with another 8 miles! Final total - 391!  ;D

391 miles with over four hours off the bike?  You shouldn't be so excited: these numbers can only mean one thing  :demon:

Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #78 on: July 22, 2014, 10:07:13 pm »
Woo! I had an 11 mile discrepancy between my computer and what the timekeepers had. I made an enquiry and yes, there had been an error and I'm being credited with another 8 miles! Final total - 391!  ;D

391 miles with over four hours off the bike?  You shouldn't be so excited: these numbers can only mean one thing  :demon:
My first school report said 'could try harder'. I'm 45 and still can't be arsed. :D
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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #79 on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:55 pm »
An 11 minute film from what I shot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_azKRsBT4

Byronius Maximus

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #80 on: July 23, 2014, 09:44:13 pm »
Nice one as usual ESL. I love the shot of the aero TT bike leant against the lamppost with Jim then riding past on his trike, very witty :)

Karla

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #81 on: July 23, 2014, 10:12:47 pm »
My photos are up here.  Contact me if you'd like a hi res copy.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #82 on: July 24, 2014, 11:16:13 am »
Those pictures graphically illustrate that cheap folding chairs are a false economy.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #83 on: July 24, 2014, 11:19:15 am »
And that artics. are HUGE!

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #84 on: July 24, 2014, 11:41:54 am »
I was looking at some video of 2001, and the tented village at Prees Heath didn't exist. The event has become more concentrated over the years, with more and more visits to that roundabout. The presence of the 24 hour transport cafe makes it sensible to focus the event there, but some guidelines about where to feed riders might be useful.

Chuffy

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #85 on: July 24, 2014, 11:57:14 pm »
Great stuff! Well done.


Not doing that again, it was brutal!

Yeah, yeah, I said the same. Maybe not next year, but I will certainly give it another go at some point!
Already wondering about next year. I reckon I left at least 50 miles on the road this year....
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Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #86 on: July 25, 2014, 08:04:56 am »
I was looking at some video of 2001, and the tented village at Prees Heath didn't exist. The event has become more concentrated over the years, with more and more visits to that roundabout. The presence of the 24 hour transport cafe makes it sensible to focus the event there, but some guidelines about where to feed riders might be useful.

I spent 10 minutes filling my bottles because of that. I was looking for the usual bag drop tent and saw about a dozen tents with no sign which one was the bag drop where I'd get some water.
Then I saw a sign which implied, to me, that it was in the cafe (it wasn't) so I rode over the gravelly potholed car park to the cafe to try and find some water. I spent a few minutes walking around the building trying to find "the tap" which was no longer there and there was no sign of a bag drop.
I asked a few people and eventually got some info about where the bag drop was (it was hidden behind a campervan)

But at least they did give us some water on this event (and tea and coffee etc) unlike the National 24 hr Champs, where I had to find my own around the course or ride through the car park then run into the night circuit village hall HQ to fill my bottles up every lap of the night circuit.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 hr tt 2014
« Reply #87 on: July 25, 2014, 09:58:17 am »
I've got video of Teethgrinder sleeping in the scaffolding and polythene sheet structure that used to be put up on the old night circuit outside Hodnet. That was 2001, when he rode LEL the week before. It's a combination of a compressed course and more widespread support that has led to the Prees Heath 'pits'.
The first time Heather and I rode in 1999 we passed through Prees Heath twice, once on the way to Battlefield Island, and once on the way back. It's now a lot easier to marshal, and to arrange support.