Velo South 2018

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Velo South 2018

Postby lettingthedaysgoby » Fri Feb 09, 2018 13:46 pm

https://www.velosouth.com

New event from the same organisation that did Velo Birmingham last year. That event had various issues but, for me at any rate, was still an amazing day.

Will be interested to see what the demand/interest for this one is...

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby kingrollo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 15:26 pm

I did velo birmingham - sure room for improvement but it was a fantastic day.

When I got the email this morning, it was a definite 'no' - can't be bothered driving all that way staying in a hotel etc. - But it was so great last year Im thinkin f**** it - lets go for it....

Any hotel recommendations near goodwood race course ?

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby DaveP1 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 15:31 pm

I've heard about this via word of mouth, it seems a little low profile at the moment, given it is only a few months away. Makes me wonder if they are panicking trying to get an event organised on that date?
I live in the area, so am torn between paying a (very) high entry fee to ride on closed roads that I know pretty well versus not doing what could be a great event. I'll wait until they publish the route before I decide.

I have only heard good things about Velo Birmingham from those that did it, but it isn't cheap so unless they have something a bit different to offer in Sussex I may just ride to the route and watch the event.

There are some lovely quiet country roads all around, I think the issue with locals complaining about road closures could be minimised with a clever choice of route. Brighton is only 33 miles away by the A27, so they could be looking at including Ditchling, although it is hard to NOT go into Brighton once at the top, which may then cause the nimbies to complain about the inconvenience of roads being closed.

Maybe they'll use the track at Goodwood for part of it?

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby Rank_amateur » Fri Feb 09, 2018 16:44 pm

DaveP1, as someone who did the VB and was planning to do it again this year, don't underestimate the appeal/value of the closed roads. Having grown up in Brum I knew many of the roads and of course I'd cycled them for 'free' many times, but once they're closed to all traffic, except you and thousands of other cyclists, every penny paid is a penny well spent. Blasting the wrong way down the city centre's streets, on the wrong side of the carriageway around islands, not stopping for red lights or checking junctions etc - it was absolutely fantastic. No comparison to a normal ride.
If you live near the VeloSouth then do it, it'll be one of your best riding days this year.
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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby Tashman » Fri Feb 09, 2018 16:46 pm

This is intriguing for me too as another Sussexite. Will be interesting to see where they head from Goodwood. Will look on with interest at the route

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby kingrollo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 16:55 pm

Rank_amateur wrote:DaveP1, as someone who did the VB and was planning to do it again this year, don't underestimate the appeal/value of the closed roads. Having grown up in Brum I knew many of the roads and of course I'd cycled them for 'free' many times, but once they're closed to all traffic, except you and thousands of other cyclists, every penny paid is a penny well spent. Blasting the wrong way down the city centres streets, on the wrong side of the carriageway round islands, not stopping for red lights or checking junctions etc - it was absolutely fantastic. No comparison to a normal ride.
If you live near the VeloSouth then do it, it'll be one of your best riding days this year.


This - ^^^^^^^^^

Exactly the same circumstances as above - I live local to Brum and knew the roads, and rode much of the route beforehand. However I am not exaggerating, aside family events, births, weddings, etc - this was one of the greatest days of my life. If you're local don't be put of that the fee is £30-40 more than you thinks its worth - Like velo birmingham there is good chance it will be a one off - the entrance gets you a lifetime of memories.

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby lettingthedaysgoby » Fri Feb 09, 2018 18:31 pm

It’s the closed roads that swing it for me. I’m from Birmingham but my brother in law lives within striking distance of goodwood so I can hopefully avoid having to mess with hotels.

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby DaveP1 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 09:32 am

I've done RideLondon a couple of times, and loved the closed roads, so it's a definite plus. Still want to see the actual route - although they had to change the Birmingham route at least once before the day because of local moaning didn't they?

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby Dannbodge » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:06 am

Pre-registered for this.

Should be good as I'm based in hampshire anyway

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sat Feb 10, 2018 14:13 pm

I did a rural event on closed roads (Etape Cymru)... didn't think the road closures made much of a difference over the recce ride we did the day before on open roads... oh yes, I could go up the Horseshoe pass hairpin the wrong way round, hooray...
I understand if you want to go through London or Birmingham you might want roads closed, but the South Downs, Why? What difference will it make?

Imagine the Fred Whitton Challenge on closed roads... same thing as the FWC on open roads

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby kingrollo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 17:11 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:I did a rural event on closed roads (Etape Cymru)... didn't think the road closures made much of a difference over the recce ride we did the day before on open roads... oh yes, I could go up the Horseshoe pass hairpin the wrong way round, hooray...
I understand if you want to go through London or Birmingham you might want roads closed, but the South Downs, Why? What difference will it make?

Imagine the Fred Whitton Challenge on closed roads... same thing as the FWC on open roads


YMMV

To me riding along the Hagley road without a car in sight - or thunderous reception we received arriving in Bewdley was an out of this world experience - In 30 years of cycling it was the best thing I have ever done.
I imagine the south downs will be just as as great a day - its a logistical nightmare for me to get there from Brum - but I fully intend to be there.

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby lettingthedaysgoby » Sat Feb 10, 2018 19:01 pm

Oh yeah, flying down the hill into Bewdley was incredible. Such an amazing crowd there!

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby DaveP1 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 22:15 pm

Full details at London Bike Show next Friday, apparently

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby DaveP1 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 13:22 pm

http://road.cc/content/news/237670-velo ... nt-1680037

The map is just an image so exactly where it goes is hard to tell, plus it could change, as Velo Birmingham had to. If it goes down Duncton, that is a great descent.

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby kingrollo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 13:56 pm

Very tempting.

Not sure about starting with a major climb - the worst part about velo birmingham was kinver 30 miles in - quite a steep but short climb - people were just dismounting and there wasn't room to move - being clicked you can't just get off !

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby lostboysaint » Fri Feb 23, 2018 14:00 pm

Good route.
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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby kingrollo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 14:02 pm

Hotel recommendations please !

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Feb 23, 2018 14:13 pm

75p a mile or £ 1.15 a mile for the fast track privilege... I think it is as steep as it gets.
If you are quick and can do a mile in 3 minutes, then it might cost up to 40 p a minute... almost as expensive as the short stay car park at Heathrow... :lol:

I think I'l stick to my 9 p a mile, fully catered London-Wales-London, including one full mile of closed-to-traffic Severn Bridge... :lol:

https://londonwaleslondon.com/

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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby Slowbike » Fri Feb 23, 2018 14:22 pm

kingrollo wrote:Hotel recommendations please !



Expensive - Goodwood Hotel - https://www.goodwood.com/estate/the-goodwood-hotel/
Chichester Park Hotel
White Horse @ Chilgrove
Royal Oak - East Lavant
The Dean Inn - West Dean (on the 286)
Horse & Groom - East Ashling (on the tail end of the route) http://www.thehorseandgroomchichester.co.uk/
Fox Goes Free - Funtington (bit before East Ashling - on the tail end of the route)

All within a few of miles of the circuit.

Numerous other pubs in the area - or you can go down into Chichester - there's a travel lodge @ Chichester Gate
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Re: Velo South 2018

Postby Slowbike » Fri Feb 23, 2018 14:29 pm

kingrollo wrote:Very tempting.

Not sure about starting with a major climb - the worst part about velo birmingham was kinver 30 miles in - quite a steep but short climb - people were just dismounting and there wasn't room to move - being clicked you can't just get off !


It's not much of a major climb - Kennel Hill starts of flat then builds into a 6-8% - it's just a drag... they may not go down that route - but go across to New Barn Hill (Scupture Hill) instead - it's less steep.

On the course - the A285 being closed would be nice, but other than the drop into Duncton - not much benefit - it seems to go cross country then - I don't know the area to the east - but once it comes back to Fernhurst I can't see any real benefit to the individual rider to have closed roads (yes it's needed for the numbers, but they're quiet roads. The only bit that would offer a bit more pleasant cycling than normal would be from Funtington home - it can be quite a busy B road.

I can't see me entering - as nice as it is to ride on closed roads I've got other things to spend what is probably going to be £75+ on.


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