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  • bianchi_davebianchi_dave Posts: 447
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,381 Lives Here

    JA confirmed

    It is becoming legit worlds prep.

    Two absolute hitters. Good on the ToB.
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    Ooh, getting better and better. Glad I took a punt a while back and booked up accom for the last stage into Aberdeen.
  • bianchi_davebianchi_dave Posts: 447

    JA confirmed

    It is becoming legit worlds prep.

    Two absolute hitters. Good on the ToB.
    I'm far more excited by this than any 49 year old man should be (other than the fact I'm not 50).

    Just checked the timings for the stage and they have them climbing the Cairn in 4 to 5 minutes! Aye, right.

    A mate had the KOM earlier this year at 11 mins dead (he's a 17 year old mountain goat) but it was beaten a few weeks later by another youngster - it now stands at 10:51.

    Its a given they'll go sub 10 mins, but not 5. It'll obviously depend how its raced too.

    I've been trying to go sub 15 mins for years and never quite managed it. I also wanted to break into the top 150 times, but guess I've only got a couple of weeks to do it now, as it won't be happening after the ToB comes through!
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055
    That 5 minutes will be based on the average pace for the full stage?
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  • DefbladeDefblade Posts: 67
    Seen guys in vans out this morning around Carmarthenshire putting up the diversion signs ready for the race :)

    Hope they sweep the the hill down from Maesybont though - it's steep, somewhat twisty and as of this morning still has a fair bit of gravel across it from the lick'n'chip they gave it a few weeks back...
  • Defblade said:

    Seen guys in vans out this morning around Carmarthenshire putting up the diversion signs ready for the race :)

    Hope they sweep the the hill down from Maesybont though - it's steep, somewhat twisty and as of this morning still has a fair bit of gravel across it from the lick'n'chip they gave it a few weeks back...

    They changed the route for some reason. They’re just going straight down the b4300 from llandeilo now which is a major disappointment.
  • DefbladeDefblade Posts: 67

    Defblade said:

    Seen guys in vans out this morning around Carmarthenshire putting up the diversion signs ready for the race :)

    Hope they sweep the the hill down from Maesybont though - it's steep, somewhat twisty and as of this morning still has a fair bit of gravel across it from the lick'n'chip they gave it a few weeks back...

    They changed the route for some reason. They’re just going straight down the b4300 from llandeilo now which is a major disappointment.
    Blimey, that's really pathetic - it wasn't exactly a challenging route to start with! I know it's the TTT, but why come to Wales and then avoid anything hill shaped or twisty? I mean, I take that new route when I want an easy ride, for crying out loud!

    I'm still planning to pop down to spectate (probably at the finish), mind you, if I can get the day off...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,381 Lives Here
    edited 30 August

    JA confirmed

    It is becoming legit worlds prep.

    Two absolute hitters. Good on the ToB.
    I'm far more excited by this than any 49 year old man should be (other than the fact I'm not 50).

    Just checked the timings for the stage and they have them climbing the Cairn in 4 to 5 minutes! Aye, right.

    A mate had the KOM earlier this year at 11 mins dead (he's a 17 year old mountain goat) but it was beaten a few weeks later by another youngster - it now stands at 10:51.

    Its a given they'll go sub 10 mins, but not 5. It'll obviously depend how its raced too.

    I've been trying to go sub 15 mins for years and never quite managed it. I also wanted to break into the top 150 times, but guess I've only got a couple of weeks to do it now, as it won't be happening after the ToB comes through!
    As a general rule the pros can climb roughly twice my speed. The steeper it is the faster they go relative to me, obviously.

    I think Gilbert did box hill on his 9th time up just under 4 minutes in the Olympics and my best was just under 7 (plenty go faster) which was just mad.



  • thegreatdividethegreatdivide Posts: 5,138
    Back in the infancy of Strava I was in the top 10 for the Cairn o Mount. Ah the good old days.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,819

    Back in the infancy of Strava I was in the top 10 for the Cairn o Mount. Ah the good old days.

    Strava didn't exist when I did the Cairn O' Mount. 😱
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    Defblade said:

    Defblade said:

    Seen guys in vans out this morning around Carmarthenshire putting up the diversion signs ready for the race :)

    Hope they sweep the the hill down from Maesybont though - it's steep, somewhat twisty and as of this morning still has a fair bit of gravel across it from the lick'n'chip they gave it a few weeks back...

    They changed the route for some reason. They’re just going straight down the b4300 from llandeilo now which is a major disappointment.
    Blimey, that's really pathetic - it wasn't exactly a challenging route to start with! I know it's the TTT, but why come to Wales and then avoid anything hill shaped or twisty? I mean, I take that new route when I want an easy ride, for crying out loud!

    I'm still planning to pop down to spectate (probably at the finish), mind you, if I can get the day off...
    The other day in Wales is the challenging route. You can't really have a TTT where the teams are going to get shattered.
  • fliteflite Posts: 138
    The TTT up Whinlatter pass a few years ago was a good day to be roadside.
    TTT doesn't need to be flat....
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  • Pross said:

    Defblade said:

    Defblade said:

    Seen guys in vans out this morning around Carmarthenshire putting up the diversion signs ready for the race :)

    Hope they sweep the the hill down from Maesybont though - it's steep, somewhat twisty and as of this morning still has a fair bit of gravel across it from the lick'n'chip they gave it a few weeks back...

    They changed the route for some reason. They’re just going straight down the b4300 from llandeilo now which is a major disappointment.
    Blimey, that's really pathetic - it wasn't exactly a challenging route to start with! I know it's the TTT, but why come to Wales and then avoid anything hill shaped or twisty? I mean, I take that new route when I want an easy ride, for crying out loud!

    I'm still planning to pop down to spectate (probably at the finish), mind you, if I can get the day off...
    The other day in Wales is the challenging route. You can't really have a TTT where the teams are going to get shattered.
    The trip over up to Maesybont would have added a real challenge as it’s twisty, short, not super steep but a decent ramp up and then a tricky enough descent for a ttt.

    It’s removal has made a 28k ttt with an interesting middle to a straight up 17km power effort.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    I don't know why they are even having a TTT in a one week stage race. They seem to have even gone out of favour in GTs. Feels like a waste of a stage.
  • bm5bm5 Posts: 263
    flite said:

    The TTT up Whinlatter pass a few years ago was a good day to be roadside.
    TTT doesn't need to be flat....

    2 great days indeed.

  • bm5bm5 Posts: 263
    Road book now on the website to confirm they don’t come past your door.
    Some long hotel to start transfers in the mornings.

  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,417
    edited 31 August
    From Road book

    " The B974 Cairn o’Mount Road will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Saturday 11 September until after the race has passed on Sunday 12 September "

    Bloody hell that's put a dent my plans of arriving at midnight after a gig in Aberdeen in.

    Might have to park the van up top on Saturday afternoon and ride into ABZ and back.

    Cairn on Saturday just gone.

  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,386
    edited 31 August
    Is it just me being a newbie at all this, or is the road timetable for stage 5 with "caution Average Speed Cameras 50mph" taking the mick? Will the drivers / riders really need to be aware of those restrictions, as they certainly aren't in the middle of the road.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    larkim said:

    Is it just me being a newbie at all this, or is the road timetable for stage 5 with "caution Average Speed Cameras 50mph" taking the mick? Will the drivers / riders really need to be aware of those restrictions, as they certainly aren't in the middle of the road.

    Probably to warn the team drivers travelling outside of the formal race convoy. I think that the race convoy itself is exempt from speed limits as the road is technically closed as they pass.
  • It's more a tour of Wales & Scotland tbh. Doesn't even come close to a tour of Britain in my eyes.

    It's like the NFL calling the Superbowl winners 'World Champions', when it's the only country that plays in the tournament.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 7,447

    It's more a tour of Wales & Scotland tbh. Doesn't even come close to a tour of Britain in my eyes.

    It's like the NFL calling the Superbowl winners 'World Champions', when it's the only country that plays in the tournament.

    Get a grip.
  • It's like the NFL calling the Superbowl winners 'World Champions', when it's the only country that plays in the tournament.

    That analogy would hold more water if Wales and Scotland stretched much further south than they actually do.

    There's only so far the route can deviate from an axis as long as Penzance - Aberdeen unless more stages are added. Also, the Midlands and East Anglia will be covered by the Women's Tour.
  • fliteflite Posts: 138
    edited 1 September
    It's more a tour of Wales & Scotland tbh. Doesn't even come close to a tour of Britain in my eyes

    4 stages in England, 2 in Scotland, 2 in Wales. Sounds fair enough to me.
    Sorry - can't find the quote function....

  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622

    It's more a tour of Wales & Scotland tbh. Doesn't even come close to a tour of Britain in my eyes.

    It's like the NFL calling the Superbowl winners 'World Champions', when it's the only country that plays in the tournament.

    Have you actually looked at the route? Four out of eight stages are in England with two a piece in Wales and Scotland. It covers more of the UK than most versions and the race only ever goes where Councils are prepared to pay for the privilege.

    But hey, why worry about facts.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    The irony of the “it doesn’t come past my house” is that the time it came nearest to my house (about a mile away), I didn’t watch it as it was hammering down with rain.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    It came within about 1km of my house 3 years ago but it was rubbish as they were all together and through in seconds. There was also a finish literally outside my offices 4 years ago. We had a big party, it was lashing down and our TV feed was obviously delayed as the screen was showing about 500m to go when I turned around to see Groenewegen cross the line. We've got some nice prints of photos showing him crossing the line with all our branding in the background on the office walls.

    Past editions I've watched include the double ascent of Constitution Hill then the finish on Kingsway in Swansea, Caerphilly Mountain several times, numerous times over the Tumble including the MTF and standing for hours at the top of the Black Mountain in pouring rain where I ended up giving a club mate who had ridden out a lift home as he was borderline hypothermic, my shoes took about 4 days to dry out.

    Won't bother this year though as everything is just a little bit too far away to make it worthwhile.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    I went to the sprint finish in Manchester the other year. Didn't see sh!t of the actual race but I got a load of bottles and saw a load of pros (inc Cav) on their way back to their buses. So it was well worthwhile.

    I reckon I can get to the Warrington sprint finish this time, it's one stop down from my office on the train.
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