Author Topic: CrAcKpOt  (Read 60110 times)

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #425 on: February 18, 2017, 09:26:53 pm »
Anyone good with calculating control opening and closing times.  If we get this in the bag we can plan to cover the stops where there is nothing about.  Bovey Tracey was shut on both my previous cracks as started at midday.   It was also too early to wait for the shops to open so air reckon thus would be a welcome breakfast boost after riding through the first night.  I also stopped in Wells as well as a cat nap in Membury which was obviously cool because of the service station.  Naff all open in which
Wells though so this would be another prime control zone for a sleeping bag or two.  Then it's off into the misty morning for some powerfully hallucinations before sunrise.

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #426 on: February 18, 2017, 09:31:49 pm »
My mate has had his heart bypass and is making good progress so my attendance on this weekend is going to be put on hold until another time.

All the best mes amis.

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This us most unfortunate H
I hope your mates Alright

Smeth

  • less Grimpeur than Whimpeur...
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #427 on: February 18, 2017, 09:46:28 pm »
Jonah.. pm on the way.

Hummers

  • It is all about the taste.
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #428 on: February 19, 2017, 11:12:14 am »
My mate has had his heart bypass and is making good progress so my attendance on this weekend is going to be put on hold until another time.

All the best mes amis.

H
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This us most unfortunate H
I hope your mates Alright

He had open heart surgery with the added bonus of an unplanned stay in hospital over Christmas. In addition,  he has an interesting large vagina shaped wound on his shin where they whipped some blood vessels out to by pass the buggered ones around his heart. Two months on and it still hasn't healed however he is still keen to do LEJoG with me on a motorbike and sidecar which clashes with the planned Crackpot date.

The only consolation was that had he attended night 4 of our pre-Christmas bender he probably would have died and knowing my chums, nobody would have realised until it was his round.

H

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #429 on: March 04, 2017, 09:51:19 am »
Anyone good with calculating control opening and closing times.  If we get this in the bag we can plan to cover the stops where there is nothing about... 

I've had a go at calculating control times with a start in Poole at 13:00 on 25/5/17. It's based on minimum speed of 13 1/3 km/h (max. speed 30 km/h) and using the distances given on the route sheet. Comments (and checking!) welcome.

ControlDistance (km)OpensCloses
1Poole025/05/2017 13:00
2Halstock6525/05/2017 15:1025/05/2017 17:52
3Minehead15725/05/2017 18:1426/05/2017 00:46
4Bovey Tracey25125/05/2017 21:2226/05/2017 07:49
5Culmstock30825/05/2017 23:1626/05/2017 12:06
6Sedgemoor37226/05/2017 01:2426/05/2017 16:54
7Axminster44126/05/2017 03:4226/05/2017 22:04
8Tor Hole52326/05/2017 06:2627/05/2017 04:13
9Thornbury57826/05/2017 08:1627/05/2017 08:21
10Zeals66326/05/2017 11:0627/05/2017 14:43
11West Stafford71926/05/2017 12:5827/05/2017 18:55
12Codford80026/05/2017 15:4028/05/2017 01:00
13Membury87026/05/2017 18:0028/05/2017 06:15
14Ower94326/05/2017 20:2628/05/2017 11:43
15Poole100026/05/2017 22:2028/05/2017 16:00

Happy to amend for a different start time.

And probably don't need to give the control opening times ;)


Andy

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #430 on: April 11, 2017, 04:32:35 pm »
Jonah and I have been conferring about start times and reckon the traditional 8pm is best:
— Early daylight over Exmoor
— More evenly spaced night stops
— Copse house cider bonus control at 6pm rather than 11am

Are we in agreement for a Thursday 1 June start?

Provisional timetable below (controls from the old route, not necessarily where we stop):



Possible first overnight at Ilminster travelodge, second night bivvy/nap and/or Smeth's kind hospitality?

Smeth

  • less Grimpeur than Whimpeur...
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #431 on: April 11, 2017, 06:55:06 pm »
Cheers Anthony
I have the time (and the enthusiasm for this legend) to do a couple of sleep stops and take a bag drop at Poole if you like, not to mention a brew/water stop at Minehead/on Exmoor. I just needed the schedule to know where to look.

Feel free to do your thing - no offence taken - not planning on being a wierdo ACH groupie!

I would be thinking somewhere Axminster unless you want earlier, then on the way to Codford somewhere. I need the flexibility to look some distance either side of perfection.

Think caravan + big awning or I have copious tentage. Several sizeable ones. Minimum of mattresses (air or thermarest) and sleeping bag. Grub and drinks obviously.

I don't want to over-promise as I haven't been certain of locations until now so although I've thought about it I need a short while to come up with something firmer, and we have an Arrow team for Friday.  You can decide what you want to take up or otherwise.

Suggest we take this onto pm unless you want to keep an open channel to discussion to riders?

Smeth


Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #432 on: April 11, 2017, 09:44:50 pm »
Flying control at multiple points on the route would be amazing, Smeth

(assume this is within the regs, so long as control points are set?)

Have just realised this is no longer 'far in the distance' but in fact a mere 7 weeks away. Terror ...

Smeth

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Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #433 on: April 11, 2017, 10:11:34 pm »
Support on the ride is allowed as long as it's available equally to all riders which it will be.  I have some ideas so I hope I can pull it off. I'll do a bit pre-Arrow but anything firm will be another week after that I expect.

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #434 on: April 13, 2017, 03:42:31 pm »
Best wishes to all the intrepid riders considering this!

Smeth

  • less Grimpeur than Whimpeur...
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #435 on: April 13, 2017, 05:01:11 pm »
Looks like I can get a couple of little village halls for sleeps-feeds. Hope that encourages folks.  ;D

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #436 on: April 17, 2017, 09:55:17 am »
*ROLL CALL*

We reconfirmed intentions over breakfast beers in York on Saturday, and would like to firm up a list of adventurers for this group perm ... who is still interested?

Start at 8pm, Thursday 1 June, Poole (Longfleet Road Garage)

The following will likely be available as support:
  • First night car boot pitstop in minehead area, by Smeth
  • Village Hall overnight stop Friday night at 450km, by Smeth
  • Bonus caravan control at Copse House Cider farm, 666km, Saturday afternoon, run by Jonah's parents
  • Village Hall overnight stop Saturday night at 750km, by Smeth

Costs to be shared amongst riders, but likely in the region of £30-40 for two nights stops + food, depending on numbers. Possible collection of bags and sleeping gear at the start in Poole.

 :thumbsup:

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #437 on: April 17, 2017, 10:36:31 am »
Count me in.

Despite being out of shape currently I am pretty much fully committed, I have the dates booked off work already and a loose plan to ride into some semblance of fitness before 1st June.

Thanks for everyone pulling this together and to Smeth for the very kind offer of support.

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #438 on: April 17, 2017, 11:44:11 am »
I like an adventure so please add my name to the list. The kind offers of support should make the ride just a bit more manageable. Coming just a few days after the Brimstone this is a GOOD THING!

I trust there will still be an option of sleeping on a cardboard box in an alleyway in Wells as pioneered by Jonah. On the other hand I hope it won't be necessary ;D


Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #439 on: April 17, 2017, 04:27:27 pm »
Sounds like fun. I'm in.

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #440 on: April 17, 2017, 06:23:46 pm »
Seventeen years since the last 'Calendar' event back in '2000
... Seems like a good time to 'do it again'!!

Like Swiss Hat, I do like a challenge, so only four days after Brimmie will make this the Ultimate Wessex SR Series this year!

You might even get your hands on one of these:



Yeah, please count me in for sure (barring changing jobs, etc..)

marcusjb

  • Full of bon courage.
    • Occasional wittering
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #441 on: April 18, 2017, 07:00:27 am »
Thanks Anthony for the prompt email.

I'm out. I've hardly ridden 1000km all year, so no chance of getting around this.  Besides, I have an appointment with one Richard D. James on the Saturday.

Ride strong one and all. 
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

andyp

  • Andrew Preston
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #442 on: April 18, 2017, 09:46:46 am »
Yes!  :thumbsup:

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #443 on: April 18, 2017, 06:57:46 pm »
A massive thank you to Lord Smeth and Anthony 'Bambi' Powis!   :thumbsup:

Great to discuss with you guys on 'thee Arrah' the ova day an-aul.  I really must say that Ant's schedule and Smeth's comprehensive support package must render this ride as more do-able for those riders who didn't fancy the cardboard-city approach. 

I'm personally stoked by the Esprit de Corps attitude of all that have shown an interest in this ride and persoanlly find this sort of venture just as exiting (if nt more) as an organsied ride.  It's this sort of ingenuity and camaradery that grips me to Audax like shit to a pussers blanket.  I've been off the bike for a while for and Hardboiled and the Arrow hit me hard but be sure that I'm gonnah attack this beautufull levithan of a roller coaster with all the respect and determination that she deserves.

Come on folks - lets get as many names down as possible to help make this Group DIY a rip-roaring classic assulat on you mind, your body and your soul.

Meticulous planning and support
Fully supported controls  with food and sleep
Copse House Cider stright from the press
Kudos like no other at Arrivee

Juat as for the pre registered DSYE number from Paul Stewert and pay your DIY fee and we'll see you at the home of Wessex Audax and the catalyst for the best Boys-Own adbenture this side of Nagasaki1

Bring it on  :)

Jonah X


Copse House

andyp

  • Andrew Preston
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #444 on: April 18, 2017, 09:16:03 pm »
My house is in Dorchester (DT12DG), is a 2km detour, so anyone who wants to stop in for a shower/sleep/warm up/cool down/bite to eat is welcome...

With the route towards the control at West Stafford – on this map: https://goo.gl/maps/eRKGejy9K8p – I understand that the middle route was the original Crackpot route (but that's a busy, fast road, that local riders seldom use... no doubt selected because it's got the most - and steepest - climbing), but that recent riders have been taking the Piddle Valley (to the right on screen). However the Cerne Valley is a nicer road*, and gives the option of an easy detour into town... I reckon that's the way I'll be going ;-)

andrew.
* and you see the Cerne giant's massive willy https://goo.gl/images/QGPK6G!

Smeth

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Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #445 on: April 18, 2017, 09:34:58 pm »
I used the Piddle Valley because its on the 2000 route sheet. I think it's the most rural road, also dropping East of Dorch. The last night sleep is shortly to be confirmed - probably choosing Okeford Fitzpaine from two options - about 35k past Dorch. No showers -  just loos, mattresses/bags/food.

Smeth

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Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #446 on: April 18, 2017, 09:40:31 pm »
Thinking about it -- I can hang fire on that stop - if AndyP's is an alternative - but I don't want to offload the field onto your household when you may not be there a lot of the time?? I'm kind of geared up for it but don't mind at all.

andyp

  • Andrew Preston
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #447 on: April 18, 2017, 09:57:01 pm »
I used the Piddle Valley because its on the 2000 route sheet. I think it's the most rural road, also dropping East of Dorch.

Ah, ok, so it's not a deviation... it probably has to be done then ;-). But the A352 is equally rural, and because all the Sherborne road traffic bats over the top road, has less traffic than the Piddle Valley road which is a short cut for lots of cross country routes.

Ah, you've beaten me to the post! ... was going to say Okeford Fitzpane village hall sounds perfect for food/nap/regroup – thanks! ;-) ..it would be better than my house because it's on the route and deviating through dorchester will add a bit of time and complexity that scooting out to West Stafford avoids... what do you think?

Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #448 on: April 24, 2017, 08:17:34 am »
I'm in. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Virtual brevet purchased. Diy form submitted.


Alex

Jonah

  • Audax Club Hackney
Re: CrAcKpOt
« Reply #449 on: April 24, 2017, 10:59:47 pm »
GET IN!