Exmoor Beast

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 09:44 am

IIRC it was somewhere around the 14-17 mile mark. I rambled straight through it, although others attempted it with varying degrees of success.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby pibrahim » Mon Oct 29, 2012 09:55 am

Grill wrote:100 miler done. 2850m climbing, so the organisers have been telling some porkies...

My right IT band went 30 miles in, so those last 70 were incredibly painful. Can't wait to do it again!


I had exactly the same problem - my right knee was killing me after about 20 miles (although I only did the 60 miler). I was telling myself it was just a knock or something, didn't realise that cycling can also cause ITB problems (I'd only had it during running up until now) - but annoyingly it seems that's exactly what it was. Was absolute agony limping round the rest of the course.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 09:58 am

pibrahim wrote:
Grill wrote:100 miler done. 2850m climbing, so the organisers have been telling some porkies...

My right IT band went 30 miles in, so those last 70 were incredibly painful. Can't wait to do it again!


I had exactly the same problem - my right knee was killing me after about 20 miles (although I only did the 60 miler). I was telling myself it was just a knock or something, didn't realise that cycling can also cause ITB problems (I'd only had it during running up until now) - but annoyingly it seems that's exactly what it was. Was absolute agony limping round the rest of the course.


Yup, I have serious ITB issues (my asymmetry exasperates it when cycling). It was my own fault as I hadn't used my foam roller enough last week and I'd been caning hills. I'll be on my roller for a good hour today. Oh joy!
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:13 am

Anyone have any idea when the timings go up on the website? I got mine at the end but i want to check to make sure that i didn't mis-read it and get an idea of moving vs overall time. The bike computer wasn't working so i only have a vague idea of time from my watch...

I enjoyed it though, the first climb was pretty steep and on the extra loop for the 100 miles some of the climbs really got to my legs! The inner ring got a full workout and i am well acquainted with my 25 sprocket!!

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:18 am

I hope that 25t was mated to a compact! If not you're certainly a stronger and braver man than myself!
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:38 am

Grill wrote:I hope that 25t was mated to a compact! If not you're certainly a stronger and braver man than myself!


There would be no way i would have gotten up that first climb on a double, let alone the short, sharp ones later on!

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:41 am

Using a triple? If so you could probably manage a 28t on a compact.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:46 am

Grill wrote:Using a triple? If so you could probably manage a 28t on a compact.



Compact got me up ok. i've never bothered getting a different cassette than what came on the bike tbh. Round my way there is little need for the inner ring, let alone anything bigger than 25t. What did you use?

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:54 am

Compact with an 11-28. I was happy for the bailout on Crook Horn Hill but aside from that even with the knee gone the 24t sufficed.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby wyadvd » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:13 am

Did the 100 mile route. Ha! Just goes to prove how wrong the medium term forecast can be! It was 8celsius 25-40mph NW winds and almost constant heavy rain. Loved it! Few ambulances around for those of us who believed the forecast though re: hypothermia!

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:25 am

wyadvd wrote:Did the 100 mile route. Ha! Just goes to prove how wrong the medium term forecast can be! It was 8celsius 25-40mph NW winds and almost constant heavy rain. Loved it! Few ambulances around for those of us who believed the forecast though re: hypothermia!



Rule 9! Woop woop!

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby wyadvd » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:03 pm

tc345 wrote:
wyadvd wrote:Did the 100 mile route. Ha! Just goes to prove how wrong the medium term forecast can be! It was 8celsius 25-40mph NW winds and almost constant heavy rain. Loved it! Few ambulances around for those of us who believed the forecast though re: hypothermia!



Rule 9! Woop woop!


You took the words from my mouth: very much a rule #9 ride! We are all awesome!

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby NITR8s » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:31 pm

Rule 9 indeed, seeing people giving up and turning round to do the short course or getting in the back of one of the many vans just made me more determined to do it.

When a man in a van asked me at about mile 92, when it was getting dark and I had to use my palms to change gear and brake because i couldnt use my fingers any more, said to me "Are you ok to Finish?", I responded with a "Hell Yea I am"

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:53 pm

'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Merino, merino, merino! Merino mix glove liners are a godsend in weather like yesterday. They are ~£5 on ebay and kept my hands warm while wet all the way round.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby MonkeyCowboy » Mon Oct 29, 2012 13:14 pm

The ford is early on, on the first climb. Looking at the map, i think its Sideway/Allercombe wood area, so about 7 miles in.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby wyadvd » Mon Oct 29, 2012 13:27 pm

tc345 wrote:'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Merino, merino, merino! Merino mix glove liners are a godsend in weather like yesterday. They are ~£5 on ebay and kept my hands warm while wet all the way round.

My hands were warm in o neil neoprene diving gloves. 1.5 mm thick and perfectly warm. Feet in mw80s wintex roubaix tights and ls base with endura windchill jacket . Thought I'd be too hot till it started lashing down.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby JamesB » Mon Oct 29, 2012 13:42 pm

Merino mix glove liners are a godsend in weather like yesterday


last pair merino I had got washed too warm and ended up XXS :( :( so now my vote goes with silk inner gloves; Jasmine Silk XL gloves with Assos Early Winters kept hands warm, even if by end ride they were soaked through.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 14:14 pm

JamesB wrote:
Merino mix glove liners are a godsend in weather like yesterday


last pair merino I had got washed too warm and ended up XXS :( :( so now my vote goes with silk inner gloves; Jasmine Silk XL gloves with Assos Early Winters kept hands warm, even if by end ride they were soaked through.


If you rub hair conditioner into merino you can stretch it back out to its original size.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby tc345 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 14:33 pm

Grill wrote:
JamesB wrote:
Merino mix glove liners are a godsend in weather like yesterday


last pair merino I had got washed too warm and ended up XXS :( :( so now my vote goes with silk inner gloves; Jasmine Silk XL gloves with Assos Early Winters kept hands warm, even if by end ride they were soaked through.


If you rub hair conditioner into merino you can stretch it back out to its original size.


Wow. You learn something new everyday.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 14:40 pm

Gotta know these things when half your wardrobe is merino! ;)
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