Coast to Coast Sportive

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Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby sfichele » Mon Apr 02, 2012 20:35 pm

I've always fancied being able to tackle the coast-to-coast ride in one day. Looks like there is an organised sportive this year. Is anyone doing this, or has any had any experience of this sportive before?

http://www.opencycling.com/index.php

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby zoglug » Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:29 am

The Coast to Coast is a ride id love to do, just not sure i can justify the £60 entry fee!
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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby sfichele » Tue Apr 03, 2012 14:10 pm

Yeah it is a bit steep, but to be fair the route is spread over quite a distance for the organisers

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby young dog » Thu Apr 05, 2012 19:48 pm

We are riding coast to coast to coast in 24 hours. Join us for a one way ride if you like?

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby essjaydee » Sat Apr 07, 2012 16:20 pm

sfichele wrote:I've always fancied being able to tackle the coast-to-coast ride in one day. Looks like there is an organised sportive this year. Is anyone doing this, or has any had any experience of this sportive before?

http://www.opencycling.com/index.php


Thanks for the link 8)
Had a look earlier and am seriously tempted by this one. Route looks great and there are loads entered already, so I reckon it would be a great weekend away.
I just need to factor in the logistics of it all first, and work out total costs.

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby sfichele » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:07 pm

young dog wrote:We are riding coast to coast to coast in 24 hours. Join us for a one way ride if you like?


24 hours? was hoping to do it in around 12 hours ;) When are you guys thinking of going and is it a one way trip?
You're not getting the train back or anything? The logistics of this are a problem. With the sportive you can get a lift back. I have some other friends that are looking to do the sportive so will probably opt for that (I dont mind the cost - though it is slightly high). My main concern though is the distance. I've done 100 miles so this should be alright, would be great to say you've done it in one day, though.

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby butcher_boy » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:32 am

sfichele wrote:
young dog wrote:We are riding coast to coast to coast in 24 hours. Join us for a one way ride if you like?


24 hours? was hoping to do it in around 12 hours ;) When are you guys thinking of going and is it a one way trip?
You're not getting the train back or anything? The logistics of this are a problem. With the sportive you can get a lift back. I have some other friends that are looking to do the sportive so will probably opt for that (I dont mind the cost - though it is slightly high). My main concern though is the distance. I've done 100 miles so this should be alright, would be great to say you've done it in one day, though.


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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby rickwiggans » Tue Apr 10, 2012 16:16 pm

sfichele wrote:
young dog wrote:We are riding coast to coast to coast in 24 hours. Join us for a one way ride if you like?


24 hours? was hoping to do it in around 12 hours ;) When are you guys thinking of going and is it a one way trip?
You're not getting the train back or anything? The logistics of this are a problem. With the sportive you can get a lift back. I have some other friends that are looking to do the sportive so will probably opt for that (I dont mind the cost - though it is slightly high). My main concern though is the distance. I've done 100 miles so this should be alright, would be great to say you've done it in one day, though.


Assume you've noticed he said coast to coast to coast. That is, there and back in the 24 hours.

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby young dog » Tue Apr 10, 2012 17:37 pm

You got it Rick. There are 2 guys from Garstang riding with us..

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby rickwiggans » Tue Apr 10, 2012 18:10 pm

Justin and Michael by any chance? I'm tied up that weekend, otherwise I'd have tagged along. Doing your Le Terrier, though, with a couple of guys from Ilkley CC

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby sfichele » Wed Apr 11, 2012 07:30 am

rickwiggans wrote:Assume you've noticed he said coast to coast to coast. That is, there and back in the 24 hours.


Nope missed that on first reading! Only realised from the linked topic. Sounds like a harsh undertaking

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby Stedman » Wed Apr 11, 2012 08:09 am

Although this is advertised as a coast to coast route, it is not the “iconic route cycled by hundreds of people each year”. Unless the organisers are timing the start with the back wheel in the Irish Sea and finishing with the front wheel in the North Sea, then the coast to coast route is not complete.

The correct one starts by the stainless steel C2C sculpture with the back wheel dipped in the harbour water. To start a Seascale is like starting the End 2 End at Penzance!

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby young dog » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:09 pm

Might disagree with you there. Who actually says that is the correct one? Coast to coast is exactly what it says. We are looking to ride a coast to coast in France next year. It looks like if you stick a monument up, then it's official..
Surely it's better to have the freedom to pick your own?
Lands Ends to John O Groats is surely the best (most official) Coast to Coast in the UK?

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby rickwiggans » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:26 pm

Stedman wrote:Although this is advertised as a coast to coast route, it is not the “iconic route cycled by hundreds of people each year”. Unless the organisers are timing the start with the back wheel in the Irish Sea and finishing with the front wheel in the North Sea, then the coast to coast route is not complete.

The correct one starts by the stainless steel C2C sculpture with the back wheel dipped in the harbour water. To start a Seascale is like starting the End 2 End at Penzance!



err, I've done the "official" C2C, the Transpennine Trail, the Hadrians Wall ride , a Morecambe to Saltburn, a Hest Bank to Whitby . In each case my wheels were wet with salty water at both ends. Are you suggesting only one of those "counts"? Tell that to my legs!

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby Stedman » Thu Apr 12, 2012 13:30 pm

young dog wrote:Might disagree with you there. Who actually says that is the correct one? Coast to coast is exactly what it says. We are looking to ride a coast to coast in France next year. It looks like if you stick a monument up, then it's official..
Surely it's better to have the freedom to pick your own?
Lands Ends to John O Groats is surely the best (most official) Coast to Coast in the UK?


I agree with your point regarding the official route, however it is the organisers who have described their event as the “iconic route cycled by hundreds of people each year” and if you do a goggle search it tends to be the Sustran route by far which is favoured by the majority of those who take on this challenge.

The organisers also go on and state “What better way to tick off this iconic cycle than by doing it in one day”.
Admittedly Sustran have number of deviations, however if you look at the C2C route on http://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/the-route/ and the one advertised for this event, the two are absolutely miles apart.
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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby Stedman » Thu Apr 12, 2012 13:33 pm

rickwiggans wrote:
Stedman wrote:Although this is advertised as a coast to coast route, it is not the “iconic route cycled by hundreds of people each year”. Unless the organisers are timing the start with the back wheel in the Irish Sea and finishing with the front wheel in the North Sea, then the coast to coast route is not complete.

The correct one starts by the stainless steel C2C sculpture with the back wheel dipped in the harbour water. To start a Seascale is like starting the End 2 End at Penzance!



err, I've done the "official" C2C, the Transpennine Trail, the Hadrians Wall ride , a Morecambe to Saltburn, a Hest Bank to Whitby . In each case my wheels were wet with salty water at both ends. Are you suggesting only one of those "counts"? Tell that to my legs!


As far as I am concerned, if you got your wheels wet at both sides, that counts!

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby rickwiggans » Thu Apr 12, 2012 14:04 pm

Jolly good!

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby young dog » Fri Apr 13, 2012 16:20 pm

Aye aye skipper... We are taking an Aga to brew up on the road. And it's a coal one! Gas lights for on the way back and riding fixed wheel. Mine will be fixed to the rider in front. Oh the joys of cycling!

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby flying_fish » Sat Jun 23, 2012 14:36 pm

If anyone is planning on doing this, thought that you should know that there will be NO energy products available at the feedstations. After reading the info about the feedstations I dropped them an email and got a reply saying that there will be cakes and baguettes, and water to fill up with, but no engery mix to go into it, and no gels etc to take with you.

Considering how much it costs to enter this (and how hard the event is) I was a little disappointed that there wouldn't even be any mix to add to the water.

I have only done a few sportives in the past, and at a minimum they all had energy mix to add to water, is it normal to only be supplied cakes at the feed stations or would there normally be some energy bars and mix there?

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Re: Coast to Coast Sportive

Postby alanp23 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 19:30 pm

For infor, We did a modified route of the Way of the Roses Coast to Coast last weekend. 150 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington. It took 10 1/2 hours riding, 13 1/2 hours actual. (We had two very long cafe stops)

A great day out despite the weather!


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