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3 Pistes 31st May

bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
Who's doing it? Weather looking like it could be a bit mixed...

I'm doing it with a pal who's never done a 100 miler before, so it'll be a getting round job rather than a fast one. Staying on a hostel in Pitlochry on the Saturday night.


  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
  • SFTSFT Posts: 156
    It's going to snow!!! Cant wait....
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
    No snow in the forecast for road level any more but heavy persistent rain all day and a fair breeze...

    Should be a good challenge!
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    Well that could have been a lot worse!

    The weather, I mean, not my performance which was a bit pathetic... 8 hrs on-bike time! I found the headwinds a bit much in the second half, particularly the gale-force one coming up the 20% bit on the Lecht. Saw someone get blown over - and he was just walking his bike up!

    Great event, great route, great day.

    No way will you catch me trying that again... well, maybe... OK, book me in for next year!
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
    Yeah great event, well organised, really good feed stops (although I would have liked a coffee on the Lecht as it was cold!). The wind after the Lecht up to the turnoff to the Cairngorm ski road was rubbish.

    My moving time was 7h28 but was on the course for a lot longer. My mate got round OK - what a route for a first century! There's a photo of the two of us on the Cairngorm facebook page, see if you can spot us...
  • 47p247p2 Posts: 329
    That was the most brutal day I have spent on a bike yet. 102 miles and 9,500 of elevation with a headwind that zapped any energy I had meant I was down to a speedy 2.8mph at times. The crosswinds blew me across the road on several occasions and when traveling at 47mph it's a scary thought of what could have happened. I'm sure the snow, sleet and rain would have kept everyone from overheating on the climbs.
  • htsw5htsw5 Posts: 72
    Well, that was an epic ride.

    I'd been preparing for some hard conditions but was expecting the cold & wet variety rather than the vicious headwind & sunshine the last 40 miles gave us.

    I think it should be renamed 3 Pistes (+ 4 other thigh burning climbs) & 4 seasons of weather.

    I really enjoyed it - I knew it was going to be tough and it certainly was. There was some chat on our bus back whether it was tougher than this year's Fred. The consensus was yes.

    See you next year, if the legs have recovered...
  • Alan Ha HaAlan Ha Ha Posts: 88
    Hi everyone.

    For some bizarre reason I cannot log into my old account and it won't send me new password details.

    Thanks to everyone who rode yesterday. It was brutal, but great.

    Tougher the The Fred??? Hell YES!!!


    Results are up

    See you all next year, on BBC Adventure Show... or sooner :wink:

    3 Pistes 2016 - Bank Holiday Sunday 29th May 2016
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    edited June 2015
    Alan Ha Ha wrote:
    I reckon that's me in the red jacket down there in the sugarbowl!

    EDIT: on closer examination it's not. Oh well.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
    Only 549 people started, lazy b*stards! The weather wasn't THAT bad!!

    My hill climb position should have been much better, I promised my mate I'd wait for him and we'd cross the line together (n'aww), somehow managed to put 10min 32s into him between the snow gates and just before the finish (I'm putting it down to having 2 high caffeine gels in rapid succession!). Was freezing by the time he got there.

    Would have been 18th overall in the hill climb if I hadn't waited :(:(:(
  • Alan Ha HaAlan Ha Ha Posts: 88
    Look what you missed out on.

    Brilliant photo essay from Jay Golian.



  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    300+ pics but there are none of me :cry:

    perhaps he decided to go home before it got dark :oops:
  • kellianokelliano Posts: 72
    Great collection of photo's on Jay Golian website...makes me want to enter.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    Great collection of photo's on Jay Golian website...makes me want to enter.
    The rain and wind don't seem to show up so well on the pics...
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 11,177
    No photos of us either - and the one that was on the Cairngorm facebook page has been taken down for some reason :?:
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