Discussion in 'Audax, Brevet and Randonnee' started by goody, 20 Jun 2016.
Chirk 200 next weekend. A nice, flat 200 to get me started this year.
Maybe see you at the start, Ian. Need to collect my brevet card!
I've submitted a 200km DIY GPS for tomorrow
Did you make it?
Quite a few reports of the Easter Arrow being a tough one.
I submitted my very first DIY 200 on Easter Sunday. Hopefully I’ve done everything correctly. Gulp. Or that’ll be a waste of a 212km swim around Somerset.
I think about 28 teams started, 3 Thursday night (of which we were one), leaving 25 Friday starts, I think I saw about 10 teams on Saturday morning at the 'spoons... quite a high attrition rate!
We made it, but a few hours late. Had to re book on to later trains. Too much wind and too much rain, and frigging cold.
Spring Into The Dales (from Mytholmroyd, near Halifax to Wharfedale and back)... Come along with me if you fancy a steady, scenic hilly metric century-plus-a-bit. @busdennis said that he would be coming along with a non-CC pal. A non-CC pal or 2 of mine may join us too.
still planing to ride @ColinJ, what's the parking like at Mytholmroyd? last time i rode we started in Hebdon due to the floods
Everybody rides to Skeggy 300. The weather is getting better, yes?
There is a big car park at event HQ. I don't think it ever fills up, but it might be better to arrive sooner rather than later. I think parking is either free or contributions to an honesty box towards upkeep of the centre. If you needed to, I don't think there would be any problem parking on Caldene Avenue or the nearby B6138.
A minimum of 360km needs to be ridden to validate the Arrow. At some point between hour 22 & 23 you need to get a proof of passage and be at least 25km from the end of your ride (eg if you were aiming for 360km, then 360-25 = 335km).
The ride is an arrow heading in the direction of York, so you could finish at a village outside York that is on the way to York from where you started.
If you get to York early then you just hang around till just before the 24th Hour. (I think my receipt from Friday was 17:55 for an 18:00 start).
Other way of looking at it is if you get to York early, then you could have ridden further!
Last 2 Arrows I have been on we have had to do a TT effort at some point to get back on schedule, but we were over distance (436 last year and 423 this year)
If you are points chasing then there is motivation to try and get at least 4 points (400km) out of it... Our route was 403km minimum distance, but by the time you have routed it, it is always over that by some (in our case a whole 20km or about 1 hour of riding)... There was a plan to have a relaxing 30 mins stop for our 22/23hr control... given we had to average just under 25kph over 70km to get there, so this turned into a 10 mins supermarket smash and grab but that then left a more leisurely minimum 20kph ride over the last 30ish km in to York.
One of these days we will get the fabled relaxed version of the ride which still allows for 4 points! LOL
Yes, it's quite a simple idea in essence. It's just the rules that make it complicated...
Presumably the 360km stipulation is to ensure you meet the usual minimum speed requirement of 15kmh for the 24hr period of the ride. Although the 22hr/25km thing implies a minimum speed for the final 25km of 12.5kmh.
I expect there are good reasons for all the rules but I've never taken enough interest in arrows to give them much thought. Thinking about it, though, it's more or less exactly 400km from home in Kent to York, so that would be a good reason to do it. I know a few local riders who might be up for it too. Hmmm....
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