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Brass Monkeys anyone..?!!

miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
edited January 2013 in XC and Enduro
First one this Sunday 8)

In an attempt to beat 3rd in the series last time (basically for turning up and riding them all and not being too rubbish :lol: ) I have entered all 3 again this year! Anyone else?

Any thoughts on how muddy Sundays course will be? I am torn between the Santa Cruz (faster) and the mud clearance propeties of the Orange.... :?
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Can't make the first (or 3rd one), which is lame! I'll be at the second one though!

    Reckon it'll be alright, never had muddy conditions there before.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Ah well, see you at the Christmas one then!

    I seem to remember one fo them being really muddy before but I can't remember which venue it was :?
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Not that one! It was (I think) Ash Ranges.
  • agg25agg25 Posts: 619
    Doin the 4 hours on Sunday, hopefully the weather will be nice to us. I did a Gorrick last week and although everyone said it was dry, no need for mud tyres, there were still a few bit where I had no traction at all on me Racing Ralph on the back so may go to a Mud X on the back this time. Would be nice to know what others are going to run...
    Oh, good luck Notax, maybe a silver this time?
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Thanks!

    I'm not sure which bike i'll be on - so it will either be a Minion / High Roller combo or Fire XC Pro for me :D

    Probably the first set actually (on the Orange), as i'm riding Saturday so will probably go for my comfy bouncy bike rather than the racey one :lol:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • benpinnickbenpinnick Posts: 4,148
    If you want to know the conditions post in the London calling Mtb group on Facebook (and here). Someone on there will have been this week (probably).
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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    what is the Aldershot course like for those that have ridden it before?

    i rode the Deepcut one last year, and although I enjoyed it retrospectively - was a wheezing, crumpled heap of snot and sweat on the finish line - much to the amusement of my mates. And that was dry...

    So how bad is this one in the wet? Bizarelly I dreamt I was doing it on my zesty rather than my hardtail on Monday...odd...
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Mccraque wrote:
    was a wheezing, crumpled heap of snot and sweat on the finish line

    Are you copying me? :lol:

    I can't actually remember this venue last year (which is probably a good thing as I would remember anything too nasty!)... Sorry, not much help actually am I?! :lol:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    I think I saw you last year, Miss Notax....not as a ball of snot and sweat - you were off the bike looking quizically at your blue orange...there can't be too many ladies on such a machine...half way around lap one at Deepcut.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Ha ha, yep, that would have been me. Actually I think I remember this one now - I came off on some roots and it twisted my saddle around (hence the confused expression). I was probably also looking grumpy and swearing at my bike, I find that helps too :lol:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    OK I'm in...

    Next Question....

    Hardtail or Zesty!?
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Zesty - but then again I am old, with a bad back, and can't be done with any of this hardtail nonsense :wink:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • agg25agg25 Posts: 619
    Looks like we're going to get wet on Sunday...maybe we could petition it to be moved to Saturday! Thinkin I might take off the Ralph and whack a Mud X on the back.
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 788
    Sunday might be a better day. Forecast is for heavy rain overnight Thursday/Friday and only a chance of light rain on Sunday. An extra day to dry up from the heavy stuff sounds better to me even if it could be changed (which it won't)

    It rarely gets bad enough for mud tyres around here either.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Ah, so GrenW you reckon not too muddy? (Or not 100% muddy to justify mud tyres?) :D
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    I'm leaving the Mud X on!
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    It's hilly - it was the last one last year (and in 2011), quite a lot of wide fireroad climbs, a couple last year were really windy and unpleasant! Good fun course though.
  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    I prefer fire road climbs to mudfest climbs.

    wind/rain/3 hours of driving.

    Why did I enter this again?! :shock:
  • grawpgrawp Posts: 46
    It'll be fine.
    Before every event the forums fill up with panic stricken talk of mud tyres, then after the day a chorus of how Ralphs were fine fills the pages. In my experience Gorrick are pretty darn good at laying on an all weather course.
    As for wind and rain, well most the time you'll be in the trees so no wind and you won't notice the rain because you'll be steaming with sweat!

    (I seem to be in a very positive mood tonight. Off out for a ride in a minute; trying not to look out of the window.)
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Looks like this event is full now!

    A friend of mine is still after an entry - any idea if there is a 'reserve' list or similar? Worth emailing the organisers (in which case, who are they and what is their email address?!)?

    Thanks :D
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Si Panter is the organiser (Pants on here), worth firing off an email, you never know.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Thanks :D
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • agg25agg25 Posts: 619
    OK, Mud X's definately going on today, I've got one with more tread on than the other, question is...should I whack the better one on the front or the back??
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    I had been resisting the mud-panic up until now... It just keeps on raining!

    Trailraker now fitted up front (Cinder on the back).

    I don't see how the course can possibly NOT be muddy after this much rain and 100's of riders. It's not like we're in Wales with well draining rocky trails is it? That's my logic anyway!
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Well, i'm bloody glad I put the mud tyre on the front...! :lol:

    How did everyone get on?

    I only managed 2 laps and came in 4th overall (apparently). I really enjoyed it but found it quite hard work at times! Spent my second lap chasing my very fast friend which was good fun :lol: All in all a brilliant event and I can't wait for the next one 8)
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    Great event and given the rain, I am surprised at just how good the course held. Save for a couple of really boggy sections that pretty much everyone ran up, most of it was perfect. The Mud X's were a good choice for me....and especially by lap3 as things cut up a little.

    Drove home and the heavens opened. Thankfully not an hour earlier!

    Does anyone know if the chap who ploughed full tilt into a tree is ok? Right on the downhill singletrack section near the end. He lost control and hit it at one hell of a speed. :cry:
  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    and well done on 4th, Notax...that'a brilliant. Think I managed 47th in my category....!
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Mccraque wrote:
    Does anyone know if the chap who ploughed full tilt into a tree is ok? Right on the downhill singletrack section near the end. He lost control and hit it at one hell of a speed. :cry:

    Crikey, I rode past this pretty soon after it had happened I think. Did he slide out on the mud at the bottom? Hope he's ok.
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • MccraqueMccraque Posts: 819
    He never looked in control from the moment he started the descent and ploughed straight into it. Not good.
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