Author Topic: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)  (Read 10070 times)

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2015, 07:51:30 am »
13:07 with my eye on 5 AUK points, which will get me to my age standard.

Mr Green

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2015, 09:13:40 am »
I can't make this year :'(, but hope to spend the next 12 months getting ready for a 2016 attempt.
I will be interested to hear how people get on though. Good luck.

arthur
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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2015, 09:19:06 am »
I shall be heading that way in a little while.  Just trying to remember what I've forgotten.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2015, 09:28:03 am »
Bon chance everyone.

On a 600km perm this weekend, but the possibility of an entry next year has been mooted...

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2015, 09:28:39 am »
I can't make this year :'(, but hope to spend the next 12 months getting ready for a 2016 attempt.
I will be interested to hear how people get on though. Good luck.

+1 to all of that!

marcusjb

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2015, 09:53:15 am »
Good luck to everyone.  I've only done 1 24 and loved the whole atmosphere, and the memories will remain with me forever more. I loved riding past the little encampments in the middle of the night with people cheering you on.

I hope everyone gets what they want.
Right! What's next?

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

Mr Green

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2015, 12:39:50 pm »
This has got me thinking... is there a bechmark for us audaxie-types?
I know that this is a difficult question to answer, but if you are a middling type of rider who has completed an SR what sort of distance should you aim for?
As somone who usually rides a steel frame with a carradice I really have no idea how to judge this sort of thing, and would love to hear peoples thoughts to help with my preparations for 2016.

arthur  :smug:
What a lot of effort just for a cloth badge.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2015, 12:46:03 pm »
As above, just interested, though these curiosities have a way of slowly becoming plans...

marcusjb

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2015, 01:00:47 pm »
This has got me thinking... is there a bechmark for us audaxie-types?
I know that this is a difficult question to answer, but if you are a middling type of rider who has completed an SR what sort of distance should you aim for?
As somone who usually rides a steel frame with a carradice I really have no idea how to judge this sort of thing, and would love to hear peoples thoughts to help with my preparations for 2016.

arthur  :smug:

As an upper midfield rider, I chose to aim for 600km on my first time out.  Partly as it's a nice number and partly as it's a nod back to the origins of AUK and the earliest British PBP riders pre-AUK.

If you are a veteran, then your VTTA standard is a good figure to aim for (conveniently, mine was just shy of 600km).

Even in the weeks leading up to it, it seemed a crazy number.  But, everything is so different to Audax - especially if you have support.

I rode a steel frame with 'normal' wheels with lots of spokes (but with aero bars), which does put you in the minority on the day (but there's still quite a few who do). 

It remains one of my greatest experiences on a bike, re-calibrated my entire position on what is possible, re-calibrated my entire position on what suffering really is and is something I am very keen on repeating, whilst applying the lessons learnt from last time.

I'd highly recommend it to any AUK as something completely different.  It is the most rewarding experience, a real sense of community and mutual admiration between the riders.  I experienced nothing but kindness from everyone associated with the event.

Best thing of all is that you are guaranteed a PB the first time you do it!
Right! What's next?

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

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2015, 01:08:39 pm »
is there a benchmark for us audaxie-types?

I find the VTTA standards quite encouraging (I need only 241 miles next year!):

http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/standardstables.php

I did 282 three years ago, and still felt very welcome to be there (hoped for 300 miles or better still 500km, but got into a poor state towards the end).
(I'm a less than middling rider, with an SR series or two.)

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2015, 02:29:44 pm »
Best thing of all is that you are guaranteed a PB the first time you do it!

which is a good reason not to go too hard on the first attempt: you want to know you can beat it. Riding it more like an audax than a TT also means that you're not totally destroyed on the final finishing circuit, which is not a good place to be (and might put you off the event for life, which would be a shame): far better to have something saved for that.

In most clubs, you'll get the club record as well as a PB because it's usually vacant. Can't think why  :)

marcusjb

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2015, 02:43:34 pm »
In most clubs, you'll get the club record as well as a PB because it's usually vacant. Can't think why  :)

Unless you've got an ex National Champion and current World Champion as a club mate.

(through a quirk of dates, I still managed to beat him to win the club silverware for biggest 24 hour distance!)
Right! What's next?

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

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2015, 03:44:05 pm »
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It remains one of my greatest experiences on a bike
+1
Riding a 24 was the final item in my bicycling bucket list and I finally got round to it 6 months before retirement.  Well pleased with 365 miles on the trike

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2015, 09:01:35 pm »
Im #9.

Id say that 350 miles is a good target (and achievable) for most reasonably fit audax riders in reasonably benign conditions.

600k effectively requires an average riding speed of around 16.5mph (assuming ~90 minutes off the bike across the whole event) which is no mean feat.   


Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2015, 09:17:21 pm »
I have had to pull out of riding pilot on the tandem with McNasty as I am suffering from a severe attack of sciatica. McNasty will be riding on his own in spite of bruised/ broken ribs due to a recent fall. Good luck and hope all riders get decent conditions. I will be back next year.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2015, 09:23:31 pm »
This has got me thinking... is there a bechmark for us audaxie-types?

Yes, don't forget that the Raven is open all night, so you can have a proper Audaxie-type stop

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2015, 09:33:28 pm »
I have had to pull out of riding pilot on the tandem with McNasty as I am suffering from a severe attack of sciatica. McNasty will be riding on his own in spite of bruised/ broken ribs due to a recent fall. Good luck and hope all riders get decent conditions. I will be back next year.

Best wishes to you both (and to everybody else) for assorted types of suffering!

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2015, 01:22:33 pm »
Go MikeH.
You've got our Climberruss as your minute man I think.
Good luck to you all.

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #43 on: July 18, 2015, 02:24:54 pm »
If you're a more back of the pack audaxer you can aim for something around 500k. You usually ride a lot faster as during a 400 or 600. Regarding club trophy's, I was lucky to ride it for Willesden when there were no fast riders doing a 24 in that year. This year I wouldn't stand a chance ;).

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #44 on: July 18, 2015, 04:42:04 pm »
is there a benchmark for us audaxie-types?

I find the VTTA standards quite encouraging (I need only 241 miles next year!):

http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/standardstables.php

I did 282 three years ago, and still felt very welcome to be there (hoped for 300 miles or better still 500km, but got into a poor state towards the end).
(I'm a less than middling rider, with an SR series or two.)

Thanks for that link, Tony.  I've never ridden a 24 but am amazed and not a little surprised to find that my times for the few 400s I've done would probably make me a standard rider - allowing for the 6 or so AAA points!

marcusjb

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #45 on: July 18, 2015, 05:16:17 pm »
I have had to pull out of riding pilot on the tandem with McNasty as I am suffering from a severe attack of sciatica. McNasty will be riding on his own in spite of bruised/ broken ribs due to a recent fall. Good luck and hope all riders get decent conditions. I will be back next year.

I hope you recover soon and are back on two wheels.  Good luck to McNasty.

Hope everyone's settling down well now. 
Right! What's next?

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

Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #46 on: July 18, 2015, 07:03:53 pm »
Thanks for the good wishes. First tried Ibuprofen for the pain, then Diclophenic. Now on Co Codamol which is helping the pain relief considerably. Now just a matter of time and several visits to my physio to get back on track for PBP.

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #47 on: July 18, 2015, 07:29:21 pm »
is there a benchmark for us audaxie-types?

I find the VTTA standards quite encouraging (I need only 241 miles next year!):

http://www.vtta.org.uk/information/standardstables.php

I did 282 three years ago, and still felt very welcome to be there (hoped for 300 miles or better still 500km, but got into a poor state towards the end).
(I'm a less than middling rider, with an SR series or two.)

Thanks for that link, Tony.  I've never ridden a 24 but am amazed and not a little surprised to find that my times for the few 400s I've done would probably make me a standard rider - allowing for the 6 or so AAA points!
Peter,
You do realise the standards are in miles, dont you?

HTH,
Matty x
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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #48 on: July 18, 2015, 08:28:44 pm »
Rest (perhaps not the right word) assured, Matt, one day I will find you.....

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Re: Mersey Roads 24 Hour 2015 (July 18/19)
« Reply #49 on: July 18, 2015, 09:26:13 pm »
Never thought that this was my sort of thing - just a steady old plodder who used punch and go to keep in the middle third of the pack, but my age mileage would be 241 next year -- now that is less than a 400kms ride in 24 hours -- darn it i can do that --idea gets put into brain and will rest there for some time.
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