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447 Mile Weekend Ride

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Ben Reeve, 2 Jan 2017.

  1. OP
    Ben Reeve

    Ben Reeve Well-Known Member

    Thanks Matt. I did a similar 200 miler to Paris last year so know exactly that feeling of being incredibly tired. Doubling that distance now is really going to be a challenge!
  2. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    720km and you have 8,418m of climbing (as many downhills as uphills).... you have given yourself 4 days (96 hours) to complete it in (the Friday to the Monday)

    so, assuming that you ride for 14 hours a day, you will be cycling a total for 56 hours over the 4 days. That works out to an average speed of 12.8 km/hr (eezi peezy)

    if you average 15km/hr you will have more time to rest, as you will complete the course in the time if you cycle for 48 hours of cycling (also eezi peezy)

    if you average 20km/hr you will complete the 720 km in 36 hours of cycling. (thats what I would be aiming for or slightly faster as you are 9 guys riding in Peleton ... assuming that you are not riding solo, and that the link that you provided stating that it's 9 guys riding together is correct)

    so, if you work on an average speed of 20km/hr, you will need to cycle for 9 hours a day, with a distance of 180km per day.... that gives you 15 hours a day rest/recovery time

    with the training that you are planning, it seems do-able but also depends on the wind, how you hydrate yourself, and how you eat

    and it depends on the other 8 guys cycling with you ... If one of them bonks, slows down, etc, it will slow the whole group down.

    But even solo, this course is do-able and will be a great ride
    Last edited: 4 Jan 2017
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  3. OP
    Ben Reeve

    Ben Reeve Well-Known Member

    Great analysis! Hadn't really thought about it like that! Makes it seem all the more doable then. Not sure if the rest will be a blessing or a curse? After the 220 mile Paris ride I did I was so stiff the next day
  4. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    the distance should be fine .... it's the hills and the wind which will tire you
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  5. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Actually, he has given himself ~3.5 days (84 hours) - Friday evening to the Monday morning!
  6. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    works out more or less the same

    on the last day, after the last leg, he will rest/sleep at his home instead of in a B&B or hotel or tent
  7. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    How is that not about 12 hours less riding? :wacko:
  8. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    point taken and I should have put pen to paper before commenting about the difference between 3 and a half days versus 4 days, plus the start and finishing times.

    so looking at it again ....

    He starts on Friday evening and has to be home by Monday at 11am .... he has 720km to cycle, which has 8,418m of climbing plus similar in downhill

    so.... assuming that he starts at 6pm on Friday, and cycles 100km at an average speed of 20km/hr, he will cycle until 11pm). I would not want to ride the steep downhills at night, so do a short ride on the 1st night and have a good sleep.... however, if he goes at a good pace, wind is favourable etc, go further .... every extra km means one less at the end

    day 2, he would need to cycle 250km .... Assuming that he starts at 6am, he will cycle until 20h30 with an average speed of 20km/hr (that includes the time for rests/stops) ... thats 12.5 hrs

    day 3 .... the same .... 250km ... start at 6am and finish at 20h30 (12.5 hrs)

    day 4 (the monday) .... he needs to finish by 11am and he still has 120km to cycle ....start at 5am and finish at 11am

    so.... based on the above, it all depends on how well the OP prepares himself .... 20km/hr is not fast if you are fairly fit, but there is over 2000 meters of climbing every day, so you will need to be able to handle that ....

    Wind will also be a factor .... check the wind forecasts, and if the wind is pushing you, go faster and further and take full advantage even if you need to cycle several hours longer.... don't fight any headwind or hill .... learn to spin ... I personally would prefer to ride this course in daylight and not night, as there are many steep downhills, but if winds are strong and pushing, I would risk going well into the night with decent lights

    10 hrs plus per day on a saddle, you need to make sure that your arse can handle that, and that you have a comfortable saddle

    and as I said previously, nutrition and hydration will be a major factor
    Last edited: 4 Jan 2017
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  9. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    and as far as nutrition is concerned, I find that on long rides, I crave for different foods such as Kentucky fried chicken, or a cornish pasty and a mars bar, or cod and chips with loads of vinegar and mushy peas etc etc

    so eat what your body craves for when it needs it

    some guys also carry baby food (those in the bottles)...., I've never tried these but apparently they are very good (better than gels etc)

    I will be trying a recipe for electrolytes soon .... juice of 1 orange, juice of 1 lemon, a cup of coconut water, 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup, and a good pinch of Himalayan pink salt .... from what I've read, this is the 'bee's knees' as far as electrolyte replacement is concerned
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  10. OP
    Ben Reeve

    Ben Reeve Well-Known Member

    Our plan looks like this:

    1. Planned Date and Start Time....
      To give us the best chance of completing this event, we will need to drive to Lands End early in the morning on the Friday; this will give us plenty of travel and downtime prior to our ride. This will be a long journey on the Friday of a bank holiday weekend, so make sure your comfortable.

      We will start riding from Lands End at 20:00hrs on Friday 26th May 2017.

    The routes we have created we will keep us on the quieter country roads to reduce the risk to our safety.

    As the UK is mostly open all hours, we will try and locate possible feed stops on route, but make sure you have sufficient food for the trip in case we are unable to stop or the shops are closed.

    As the plan is to ride the first 206 miles then stop for an overnight rest, there are two routes:

    1. Lands End to Warminster

    2. Warminster to Lowestoft
    Route Stats....
    The following stats are estimated of our journey.


    The total distance of the route – 447.5miles


    The total elevation of the route – 27621ft


    The total expected duration (at 12mph average) – 37hrs 15mins The total expected duration (at 14mph average) – 31hrs 55mins The total expected duration (at 17mph average) – 26hrs 17mins
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    Lands End to Warminster....
    The route will take us from out of Lands End, through Sennen, Mayon and up the A30 until we turn right to Penzance. From there we will follow the coast to Marazien, then head northeast out through Relubbus. We pass through Truro and St Austell, continuing northeast skimming Bodmin Moor (on our left) and Dartmoor (on our right).

    Our first designated full stop will be at Oakhampton. We are hoping to stop at Ian’s brother’s house for bacon butties, but worse case we will refuel at a convenient eatery.

    Onwards from Oakhampton we ride through Tiverton, over the M5 to Taunton. We cross back over the M5 to Somerton, riding through the northwest edge of Longleat Forest and end at Warminster.

    Total distance of this section – 206miles Total elevation of this section – 15428ft

    Warminster to Lowestoft....
    This will probably be the most difficult route and encounter the most traffic. Although this leg has less climbing it’s further than the previous leg and we will be tired and sore. So be prepared with your butt and muscle creams.

    With a hearty breakfast inside you, we aim to depart no later than 09:00hrs.

    Rolling out of Warminster, we keep our direction northeast, heading straight for Marlborough and through the North Wessex Downs. The route takes us through Henley-on-Thames and over the M25 towards Watford, the traffic is going to get heavier as get to more built up ares. On from Watford we cross back over the M25, through St Albans and onto Welwyn Garden City. Here will have our daily refuel stop. This could be an opportunity for your family/friends to meet us and say “hello” as it’s not far from home. You will need to keep them posted of our progress, as we won’t be able to predict the timing.

    We follow our heading through Hertford, Ware and Bishop’s Stortford. We then cross over the M11 onto Thaxted, Sudbury and Needham Market. At Framingham we should be able to smell the sea and our heading changes slightly more north as we approach the coast. Blasting through Halesworth we turn right to Sotterley, our final stretch.

    Continuing through Mutford and Carlton Colville we edge closer to the end and finish at the sea front in Lowestoft town.

    Total distance of this section – 241.5miles Total elevation of this section – 12193ft
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  11. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    I think that outside of major cities, you'll be surprised by how NOT open all hours the UK is. I rode from Kent to Lancashire a few years back and really struggled to find food in the early hours and I was on main routes such as the A5. Once you're past sunrise, it gets easier but I will always remember those hours of hunger. And of course once you've hit that stage, it's harder to force yourself to eat as much as you'll need to.
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  12. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    it's going to be a tough ride if cycled over 2 sections (I converted to metric)

    day 1 will be 331 km averaging 20km/hr for 17 hrs and climbing 4700 meters of hills, most of it done during the dark (start at 8pm.... cycle through the night and finish the following day at 1pm)

    day/section 2 will be 387 km averaging 20km/hr for 20 hrs and climbing 3700 meters of hills, starting at 9am the following day and cycling through the day/night and finishing the next day at 4pm

    it's the hills and/or wind which will hurt the legs, plus after 10-12 hrs cycling non stop, all sorts of pain kicks in (sore hands/arms/back/neck/arse etc etc plus sometimes lactic acid builds up in your legs)
  13. mattobrien

    mattobrien Veteran

    Sunny Suffolk
    Best of luck. Personally I wouldn't go through the night on the first night. Losing a nights sleep with over 300 miles still to ride doesn't sound attractive.

    It I were doing it over a similar time schedule, I'd try to sleep at night and maybe split into Friday night, all day Saturday and then all day Sunday.

    Maybe 60 miles Friday night, 200 miles on Saturday and 180 on Sunday.

    I still remember how hard my first Dun Run was, when after riding 112 miles to Dunwich, stopping for an hour for breakfast and then having to get back on the bike and ride the 30 miles home. The 30 miles having stopped and not slept were hard.

    Best if luck though. If you need any local knowledge, I'm 10 miles south of Framlingham, so ride round here a lot. Never as far as Lowestoft though and for good reason :whistle:
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  14. OP
    Ben Reeve

    Ben Reeve Well-Known Member

    Right, I've updated the plan with all of the feedback included...


    Apologies for a link away from cycle chat but it is probably the easiest way to cover it all as copying into the forum doesn't seem to recognise where words are crossed out.

    Do you think this is too extreme or about right to get me across the line? Am genuinely worried about the amount of hours I'm going to have to put into this training. Don't get alot of days away from work so it fees like all the ones I have will be away from my wife for a large part of the day :evil:
  15. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    Ben - I hope you take this comment in the constructive spirit it's meant, and a bit OT. I have ridden nearly of the roads you describe, normally as part of 200+km rides, one of them at the same tim(ish) as you plan (leaving Penzance at 1845 and doing 125km through to midnight). I can't tell from your map which "quieter country roads" but at that time of night the roads are pretty quiet, even the main roads (not suggesting A30). Doing 'distance' using "quieter country roads" is a challenge, and at night is a significant challenge, both road width/surface/bendiness and navigation (and one you don't need), and not really safer either, at night.

    I offer you an alternative A 'Part 1' route (Land's End to Warminster) going north of Bodmin Moor (your route is seriously hilly around Minions) through Launceston and Okehampton. Also be aware that the hills NE of Crediton (to Bickleigh/Tiverton) are normally worth going round (to the SE). This route has nearly 900m (3000ft) less climbing and the same distance. I can get another 1000ft off by going ENE from Wadebridge through Holsworthy, and not dropping down/across to Okehampton (acknowledge chez "Ian's brother"), on this alternative B 'Part 1' route (Land's End to Warminster) variation. I have ridden all these roads (2015/2016).

    If you want, send me a link to your routes and I'll give you detailed comments (and places which might be open during the first 200km ie Saturday dawn).
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2017
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