Captain Fagor wrote:
I would certainly recommend this ride to anyone fancying a challenging ride. I rode it last year and really enjoyed it. Well organised, nice roads, with a good cameraderie between riders on the course. It's also bloody difficult, withearly 3500m of climbing. I was absolutely shattered afterwards!
One thing though - I think you need to keep your eyes peeled for junction signes or (as I did) ride with people who know where they're going.
BTW has anyone got a map of the route? The site only shows the profile.
Well the rain and high winds held off this year to make it an even better experience. It is a great route with lots of challenging but not stupidly hard climbs and largely off the main roads (although that didn’t stop plenty of abuse from motorists for daring to be on the road, the great british public, don’t you just love ‘em?). I like the organisation of this ride as well, the 2 feedstations were well stocked when I went through, the route markings were very clear and there was a friendly atmosphere.
I had one mechanical when my brand new SRAM chain made a bid for freedom near Hartington, fortunately Dave (forgotten your username!) very kindly helped me out with a chaintool and powerlink - something I'll be carrying with me next time. I had a lot more trouble last year and the weather then was "challenging" which explains why I finished an 1h 20mins quicker with a time of 6h 43min.
This was the last sportive of the season for me , it's been a good year though
I had one mechanical when my brand new SRAM chain made a bid for freedom near Hartington, fortunately Dave (forgotten your username!) very kindly helped me out with a chaintool and powerlink - something I'll be carrying with me next time.