Sportifs in the Midlands (ish) Sep/Oct

fatdaz
fatdaz Posts: 348
edited June 2013 in Road beginners
Hi all

I've bust my ankle (mowing the bloody lawn of all things) so my riding and triathlon plans are all ruined for the summer. I reckon I'll be riding again by late August/early September so I'm looking for a couple of events to sign up for in the September/October timeframe. I'm looking for well run events of 60-100 miles within an hour's (ish) drive of Birmingham. I will be relatively unfit so something not too hilly would be good for the comeback. Does anybody have any recommendations based on experience?

Cheers

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  • Mikey41
    Mikey41 Posts: 690
    You could try this:
    http://www.evanscycles.com/ride-it/cann ... tober-2013

    I don't know what the course is but it should not be as hilly as the first 2 I did, and they are well organised and pretty cheap. I'm doing this one too.
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  • elderone
    elderone Posts: 1,410
    nice one mikey,think ill do that one myself.
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  • nochekmate
    nochekmate Posts: 3,460
    Brian Rourke Cat & Fiddle Ride from Stoke - usually early October. Cheap as chips, good food afterwards. A few hills such as Cat & Fiddle, Axe Edge and one or two late stings in the tail but nothing to fear really. 55miles approx.
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    There's also: http://www.itpevents.co.uk/events/natio ... eyond.html
    New for 2013 is the National Forest and Beyond sportive. Based at the newly built Pirelli Stadium, home of Burton Albion FC, the routes take in the quiet lanes of the west side of the National Forest and beyond to east Staffordshire.

    Choose from 94, 76 and 58 mile routes, with over 5000ft of climbing on the long route. The routes are varied over rolling terrain, with a couple of sharp 13% climbs thrown in make sure you know where your gears are.

    The long route has two feedstations, at 30 and 74 miles, the other routes have one. Riders will receive the usual sports gels and bars at the start, the feedstations will be stocked with water, sports drink and a variety of sweet and savoury food.

    Once arriving back at Burton Albion FC there are good shower and changing facilities. Soup, sandwiches and tea and coffee are included in the entry fee. The bar will also be open (definitely not included in the entry fee!)

    Still tempted by this one as Burton is my old home town.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,531
    Loads on here http://www.cyclosport.org/events/Sep-2013/UK.html especially as so much of the country is within 100 miles of Birmingham. The one in Malvern looks a god bet. There used to be one in Shropshire (Church Stretton from memory) around October time that I can't remember the name of but was quite a tough one. One
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    Im doing this: http://www.shakespeare100.org.uk

    Im looking for someone to tag along with me if you can keep up ? ;)
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  • gpreeves
    gpreeves Posts: 454
    VTech wrote:
    Im doing this: http://www.shakespeare100.org.uk

    Im looking for someone to tag along with me if you can keep up ? ;)

    I could be keen for this, were you thinking of the 100km or 100 mile route?
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    VTech wrote:
    Im doing this: http://www.shakespeare100.org.uk

    Im looking for someone to tag along with me if you can keep up ? ;)

    If this did not clash with Motorcycles at Donington I would be there trying to hang on to your wheel.

    Alas I shall be deeply immersed in 3 days of Motorcycle racing instead.
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    I would be doing the 100k.

    @smidsey, if your into bikes I get pit lane passes for the moto gp or whatever its called if your interested.
    I was sat with Valentino Rossi in Torino last year testing the new engines as he sat on a bike dyno surrounded by some very fit young laydies that Mrs V would not approve of :)
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  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Does a bear sh1t in the woods :-)

    Silverstone would be very nice.
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    PM me your name and address as well as phone number and ill get you on the VIP list.

    SUITE-PHOTOS-Silverstone-Wing_10.jpg
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    Just to let you know, you and your buddy are in, just got confirmation from the event organiser that your on the guest list and in the main suite overlooking the end of the pit lane and the first corner.
    The views will be amazing and there is free food and drink to keep your belly from rumbling.
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  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Oh my, what an amazing day this will be. Muchos Gracias.
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    Oh no me di cuenta hablaba español, en ese caso espero que tiene un estómago mal y obtener las pistas como en este día yo estaré ocupado trabajando en un no tan buen trabajo y el pensamiento de que beber champán mientras trabajo im no es tan agradable.
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  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Sorry you have to work, but I trust that my stomach will be fine. :-)
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,531
    See, VTech isn't so bad after all just misunderstood :lol: Be careful though or you might lose your reputation and have to change your avatar!
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    :)

    I didnt actually want you to get the runs ;)

    @Pross, im actually luring people into a false sense of security, I will soon unleash yet more devilish behaviour :)
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,531
    I'm assuming there is no VIP pass and Smidsy will turn up and get laughed at and removed in front of his friend :lol:
  • djm501
    djm501 Posts: 378
    If you can put up with the beardy weirdy types, how about the Tamworth cycling club audaxes in September...
    http://tamworthcyclingclub.blogspot.co. ... daxes.html

    I did the 2battles 200 km in April and it was very smoothly run and a really nice route. I shall be doing Wem we get there in September.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Pross wrote:
    I'm assuming there is no VIP pass and Smidsy will turn up and get laughed at and removed in front of his friend :lol:

    I think you have just talked yourself out of any sausages or burgers at the Vtec Bar-B-Q 8)
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    He actually dissed me out :)

    The mans a mind reader ;)
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