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Three Peaks

Postby Mike67 » Fri May 25, 2012 21:07 pm

I've seen the pics and videos etc and it looks mighty hard work but I'm planning on at least putting an entry in when they open as a first step.

Anyone done it?
Just how tough is it?
Can it be done unsupported with just one pair of wheels (there seem to be a lot of people there just supporting riders).
Am I guaranteed to crash/puncture/fall apart?

I've done three full seasons of cross racing (mid field once I'm fit) and getting plenty more training in this year than before. I'm guessing though that it's far tougher than just a super long cross race.
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Monty Dog » Sat May 26, 2012 16:47 pm

Not ridden it myself, but know plenty who have. Suggest you go onto the forum pages of the 3 Peaks Website for more info. It's nothing like a regular CX race - more like a fell-running race with a bike on your back in places - expect long portages as many of the ascents and descents are unrideable so suggest you mix some running in with your riding. Riding unsupported means bomb-proof wheels and tyres - Schwalbe Landcruisers are popular. I keep persevering with entries too - bit of a lottery.
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby SheffSimon » Mon May 28, 2012 09:34 am

Mike67 wrote:I've seen the pics and videos etc and it looks mighty hard work but I'm planning on at least putting an entry in when they open as a first step.

Anyone done it?
Just how tough is it?
Can it be done unsupported with just one pair of wheels (there seem to be a lot of people there just supporting riders).
Am I guaranteed to crash/puncture/fall apart?

I've done three full seasons of cross racing (mid field once I'm fit) and getting plenty more training in this year than before. I'm guessing though that it's far tougher than just a super long cross race.


Ridden it several times, but a good few years ago now, early 90's. Had to be ridden on a cross bike all the way, no switching to road bikes, dont know about now.

A very hard day out on the bike (and feet), especially if its wet. Dont know what youre like at descending, but loads of places and time to be gained or lost coming off Ingleborough and Penyghent. Try and get in a group on the road sections. Simon Fell at the start of Ingleborough is mentally steep, dragging yourself up using the fence :)

Hard to say whether one pair of wheels will do. I've never smashed a wheel there, but had a few punctures. Then again, the chances of puncturing near yer spare bike are pretty slim, so you will probably be fixing your own flats.

Definitely worth a ride though.

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Mike67 » Mon May 28, 2012 10:16 am

Thanks for the encouraging responses..I'll at least attempt to get an entry in...then I've got to do it haven't I? :?

I'm not too bad at descending as my early (adult) cycle years were spent mostly on a rigid MTB (remember those :D ) going up and down some pretty rocky stuff. Might need to get some practice in though as I'm not as springy as I used to be.

Running might be my weak point. Despite doing a fair bit in the past I seem to have 'adapted' to a more cycling physique these days. I'll see if I get a place first, then work on it.
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby bexslack » Wed May 30, 2012 19:43 pm

I'm keen to give this a go too. God only knows why - I've got next to no experience of riding off road and DNFed my first and only ever cross race after breaking my chain. I can though run quite well up hill.... but not when carrying a bike....

I gather entries open on 1st June. Is it first come first served or what? I guess my lack of form would make me unlikely to qualify if it's massively oversubscribed. Are women allocated a certain number of places?

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Mike67 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 18:27 pm

Well I've put my 'application' in....so here's hoping with a slight sense 'what have I done' :shock:
If you've not competed in a Three Peaks before then you have to submit a kind cycling CV detailing just how much of a cycling nutter you are :D
They do ask for CX/offroad/MTB experience as sportives etc don't count (their words).

All entries then go into a waiting list pending vetting in the case of oversubscription after the closing date.
Not sure if women (or other categories) are given preference.
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby hairyleg » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:45 am

First thing you need to do is go and enter fell race,when you finish put your bike on your back and do it again :lol: it will give you some idea how hard this race is :D
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Mon Jun 04, 2012 08:47 am

Ok so I just put in an entry for this stupid race!

Not sure if I want to be accepted or not lol

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Milese » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:46 am

I'm interested in doing this as well.

Part of their criteria for assessing entries is:

a carefully chosen entry list made up of a balanced and representative selection based on factors such as age category, gender, experience, ability etc. will be produced.


Does that mean that they want a wide spread of ability, or will they simply pick those with the best cycling CVs?

In terms of required ability - I was doing quite well as a third cat last year, did the first CX race of my local season and came around 23rd out of about 80 from memory, then I got glandular fever (and my first child was born) and haven't raced since. I'm now looking for a slightly 'hair-brained' event to enter to give me the inspiration to get back into training.

I did one MTB race last year and I think was the last finisher (I thought it was 3 laps, but it was 7, ran out of drink etc etc, and loads of DNFs behind me) and have previously only done 2 other CX races.

I think I'm technically quite good at CX, but below average as an MTBer (because I never ride MTB). Is this more MTB race technical than CX race technical?

I'm starting to think this is a bad idea and I'd enjoy it more if I entered next year when I'll be stronger, but then some of the best ones always are...

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby SheffSimon » Tue Jun 05, 2012 15:51 pm

Milese wrote:I'm interested in doing this as well.

Part of their criteria for assessing entries is:

a carefully chosen entry list made up of a balanced and representative selection based on factors such as age category, gender, experience, ability etc. will be produced.


Does that mean that they want a wide spread of ability, or will they simply pick those with the best cycling CVs?

In terms of required ability - I was doing quite well as a third cat last year, did the first CX race of my local season and came around 23rd out of about 80 from memory, then I got glandular fever (and my first child was born) and haven't raced since. I'm now looking for a slightly 'hair-brained' event to enter to give me the inspiration to get back into training.

I did one MTB race last year and I think was the last finisher (I thought it was 3 laps, but it was 7, ran out of drink etc etc, and loads of DNFs behind me) and have previously only done 2 other CX races.

I think I'm technically quite good at CX, but below average as an MTBer (because I never ride MTB). Is this more MTB race technical than CX race technical?

I'm starting to think this is a bad idea and I'd enjoy it more if I entered next year when I'll be stronger, but then some of the best ones always are

Only technical bits are being able to go downhill without thinking of the consequences. From memory, ingleborough descent is really steep at the top, expect fell runners to be running past you, then it's a rocky rutty track taken at speed. Where side is wooden board tracks, penyghent is another steep rocky track taken at stupid speed, especially when it's so steep your brakes don't slow you down. :)

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby xj550yam » Mon Jun 11, 2012 17:48 pm

Just got the the confirmation email i'm in. :D
Now the hard work starts :(

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby hairyleg » Mon Jun 11, 2012 20:13 pm

Me too :D
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Mon Jun 11, 2012 21:58 pm

Oh 5hit! !

I got in...

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Mike67 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 20:47 pm

Me four :shock:

Need to find some big hills to run up now :(
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby southdownswolf » Fri Jun 15, 2012 22:08 pm

Shoulder pads are the way to go :-)
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Mon Jun 18, 2012 14:54 pm

Can someone recommend me a pair of shoes for cyclocross races. The soles on my current MTB shoes are very hard plastic which aren't great for running and don't offer enough grip, especially on rocky surfaces.

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby xixang » Tue Jun 19, 2012 22:07 pm

hahahaha you're all mad!

i did it once during my cross hey-day but punctured 4 times on whernside descent due to the drainage channels in the track being slightly raised - my bunny hopping was badly timed - and ran out of tubes. My support (for me and team mates) cleared off before I got off whernside as had other riders to support and I was behind schedule due to the punctures. Luckily there was a van at the viaduct that gave me and a guy who'd crashed and ripped his seat off a lift back to the start. Never had the balls to enter again and stuck to regular cross ever since.

I was given this tip after - stick an old road tyre inside your cross tyre. May be heavier but no (or very low) risk of punctures!

And get some foam pipe lagging for your top and seat tubes for when you shoulder the bike.

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:39 am

Anyone got any training tips for this event? I'm just not used to shouldering the bike for long periods.

So far my plan goes like this

Find a big hill, put bike on shoulder and run up big hill... repeat

Top tube now has some attractive pipe lagging which helps a lot!

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:09 am

Arrrggh

Another question.

How the feck do you carry water???? I've watched some videos and some of the top guys have helpers they grab a bottle off on the route. I'm guessing the options are use a camelback type thing or stick a bottle in your jersey pocket which may well fall out.

What is the norm?

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Re: Three Peaks

Postby hammerite » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:47 pm

I'm not in the race but I am "threepeakcurious".

What footwear do you wear? Not sure I'd fancy running on rock in bike shoes, but I take it no one uses flat pedals and wears fell running shoes?


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