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Etape Caledonia 2015

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  • Mine came through into my inbox okay. I've registered.
  • Omar LittleOmar Little Posts: 2,040
    registered as well, first event of 2015 ive signed up to now, should hopefully give a bit of focus over the winter!
  • StedmanStedman Posts: 377
    I'm also in.
  • In again for the second year. Hope it's as good as last year which was my first sportive and loved every second of it. :-)


    "I like riding in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar."
  • My email arrived today and it's sold out. Grrr

    Alternative suggestions, anyone?
  • There was about 500 pledge places left......
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,637
    Alain Quay wrote:
    My email arrived today and it's sold out. Grrr

    Alternative suggestions, anyone?
    3 Pistes! Same happened to me last year, I am now an enthusiastic 3P convert. Might have to hurry to get a place on that as well though!

    Different event altogether: longer, higher, harder, no closed roads. Thoroughly enjoyed it last year, although I have thoroughly enjoyed the Etape C several times now, and would happily do it again.
  • Thanks, I will try the 3 pistes.

    I got the Etape Caledonia email on Saturday at 11 a.m. Ask any cyclist, which time of the week are they
    most likely to be out on their bikes, and about half would say Saturday morning.
  • RandGRandG Posts: 779
    PM'd you
  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,376
    bompington wrote:
    Alain Quay wrote:
    My email arrived today and it's sold out. Grrr

    Alternative suggestions, anyone?
    3 Pistes! Same happened to me last year, I am now an enthusiastic 3P convert. Might have to hurry to get a place on that as well though!

    Different event altogether: longer, higher, harder, no closed roads. Thoroughly enjoyed it last year, although I have thoroughly enjoyed the Etape C several times now, and would happily do it again.


    CHEAPER ;-)
  • :roll: HIRE CAR SHARE??? :roll:
    I've just booked my travel using BA air miles to Edinburgh airport. Arriving Edinburgh 10.20 Saturday 9th may from Gatwick, leaving Edinburgh on Monday 11th on the 0940 to Gatwick. Does anybody want to share hire car fees?
    Thanks!
    Nicholas
  • Did they ever take up my request that you could register on the morning of the event? For me, Pitlochry is just too far to drive there and back just to register so I ended up booking an hotel half an hour away only so I could register the day before which took all of about 2 minutes.

    The route, by Highland standards, is nothing special so I haven't bothered doing it again.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,637
    Did they ever take up my request that you could register on the morning of the event? For me, Pitlochry is just too far to drive there and back just to register so I ended up booking an hotel half an hour away only so I could register the day before which took all of about 2 minutes.
    That's the whole point - it's to encourage people to stay in the area and spend money.
    See you at the 3 pistes instead?
  • Nope, still have to register the day before. I suspect the only way they got this past the local council was to attract business with day before registry. Frankly, as there a distillery nearby and I love single malt and haggis, this (to me) is a total bonus.

    Annoyingly, the sleeper train from Euston (which is expensive but saves a hotel fee) only leaves on Friday's and you must advance book bike carriage or hope that the guard lets you hide your bike in your sleeper.

    Luckily, I have BA airmiles, but the local hotels aren't cheap (if you can find one with availability). Fortunately, with a hire car, I can stay out of town and found a £60ppn self catering place 1 mile's walk from a decent pub in the next village along.
  • bompington wrote:
    Did they ever take up my request that you could register on the morning of the event? For me, Pitlochry is just too far to drive there and back just to register so I ended up booking an hotel half an hour away only so I could register the day before which took all of about 2 minutes.
    That's the whole point - it's to encourage people to stay in the area and spend money.
    See you at the 3 pistes instead?

    But I do live painfully close to the area already and visit it the rest of the year too. I should add that, in my suggestion, I proposed that I'd even be willing to pay for late registration (as I recognise that it's part of the whole deal to bring money to the economy). It's not as if you can move for people anyway nor find anywhere close to stay.

    I haven't heard about the 3 Pistes - will go look now. Ironically, the only event I've signed up for so far this year is the Tour of Cambridgeshire (or whatever it's called) - wanted to encourage my elder bro, who lives in Newmarket, to get out on his bike and train for it so I said I'd do it with him. Other than that, I'm planning on some Randonnes in Belgium/Luxembourg too.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • 3 Pistes looks great - I've done much of it going the other direction. One of our group cycled the whole route from Inverness to Livingston (180miles ish IIRC). There's some brutal climbs and brutal winds (as there was the day we did it).i will check the dates (I think it's the week before Cambs). It's only half the elevation of AD6 in the same distance.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • Bounce up.... re. my earlier post, it's getting closer and wondered if anybody wanted to share petrol / hire car fees? Thanks!
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 436
    Start times should be up this week
  • bill_gatesbill_gates Posts: 466
    The atmosphere in Pitlochry will likely be buzzing and last year the shops and residents made it feel special also.


    "I like riding in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar."
  • Bounce again. Hire car booked, I'm arriving at Edinburgh airport around 10.30. Thanks!
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 436
    Start times now online.......

    Middle of the pack - so hopefully I can overtake more than be overtaken, with the odd draft for good measure :D
  • bill_gatesbill_gates Posts: 466
    Where about on the website does it show the wave times? Can you post a link, I couldn't easily find it.


    "I like riding in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar."
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 436
    edited April 2015
    Bill Gates wrote:
    Where about on the website does it show the wave times? Can you post a link, I couldn't easily find it.

    https://challengerworldresults.com/ftpa ... Times.xlsx

    It says wave times on the homepage - my iPad won't open it but my laptop will.

    It takes an age to download the excel file - pm me your name and I will search if it doesn't work
  • bill_gatesbill_gates Posts: 466
    Found it, there was a button right on the front of the webpage. Mid-pack for me also.


    "I like riding in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar."
  • stueyboystueyboy Posts: 108
    Anyone got an idea of how strict they are at keeping people in their starting pens? My other half is starting 30 minutes after me despite trying to get the same for both of us.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,637
    stueyboy wrote:
    Anyone got an idea of how strict they are at keeping people in their starting pens? My other half is starting 30 minutes after me despite trying to get the same for both of us.
    Everyone would be entirely happy for you to start 30 mins late. The other way round? Not likely that anyone official will try to stop you, but seeing people barging in ahead of their slot leaves a nasty taste in the mouths of the thousands of people patiently waiting their turn.
  • taon24taon24 Posts: 185
    My experience is that the starting for this event is the worst organised part of the event and is utterly shambolic.
    The location for each wave is poorly defined, which means people with the same wave number can struggle to get anywhere near each other for their wave start.
    Insufficient space is left for people to get to their start wave with 10-15 minutes to go and there are almost always people with start numbers in the 2000s who insist on waiting for their start time right at the front, blocking everyone behind from getting to the start, when they are trying to get everyone for the first two waves to the front.
    Just stick together in the mad crush and you'll hopefully start together.

    Sorting out the organisation would be really easy, you simply marshall riders in the left hand lane with the right hand lane for getting to the front. Spread down the road far enough for different waves, 200 bikes three to four wide will require 100m per wave, you'd fit 20 waves into the high street with the rest having to wait to join the main queue. 10 marshalls with signs show which waves go where and slowly move up the street as waves move off. Someone to shout at out of position riders

    For some reason they have chosen not to previously
  • SFTSFT Posts: 156
    Taon24 - quite right, the start is a shambles, and your suggestions are spot on. If only it were run by a professional company used to such things - oh, wait ......
    My marathon running sister was unbelieving of how chaotic the start was allowed to be. And it's chipped so it doesn't even make that much of a difference. Now, the lovely Tour de Lauder start is just a joy, and that is not even chipped. But then, everything about the TdL is lovely.
  • thegreatdividethegreatdivide Posts: 5,112
    First world problems.

    Turn up, ride on lovely closed roads, go home.

    taon24 - why don't you email the organisers with your suggestions?

    SFT - How many people ride on the open road Tour de Lauder? A tenth of the Etap Cal?
  • bill_gatesbill_gates Posts: 466
    I"ve booked car-parking for Sunday morning, is there usually a delay getting into the field?


    "I like riding in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar."
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