Etape Caledonia ?

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby unixnerd » Thu Aug 02, 2012 15:37 pm

As for the Winter, I really can't see me going out on cold, dark Winter nights to hammer in 20/30/40 mile runs


Night riding is actually good fun, just get some good lights and a small head torch. I've had no problems riding at night on or off road. Winter is OK so long as it's fairly dry and not below about -5C, you just need the right clothes.
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Thu Aug 02, 2012 16:45 pm

Brand new bike, shoes and pedals just bought :D

Pick it up Saturday, so it's starts Saturday afternoon 8)

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Thu Aug 02, 2012 19:49 pm

Well done! Was it a Spokes or Nicholson's purchase?
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Thu Aug 02, 2012 20:02 pm

Spookes, can't speak highly enough of the chap I dealt with. 3.1 Madone Trek.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Pigtail » Fri Aug 03, 2012 00:53 am

Well done. I bought my bike October 2010 and have done the Etape Caledonia for the last two years. Registering for it certainly spurred me on to train and I absolutely loved it. I was pumped up - full of adrenaline and felt it was one of the most satisfying days of my life. Get the miles in, work hard, that first winter I did a fair bit on an exercise bike at the gym, and it should be fine.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Fri Aug 03, 2012 13:45 pm

Nice one. Spokes is my local bike shop (I'm in the West End) and John and Lee are good lads.

If you need any tips on routes drop me a PM.
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Sat Aug 04, 2012 13:16 pm

RandG wrote:Brand new bike, shoes and pedals just bought :D

Pick it up Saturday, so it's starts Saturday afternoon 8)


Great stuff, welcome to the madness!! :wink:

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Sat Aug 04, 2012 15:04 pm

Picked it up this morning and went out today......however...I struggled....very badly :? Did exactly the same route I did on my mtb on Thursday and I was only .5 mph average quicker :(

Thursday it was relatively easy, today was hell, legs felt like lead from the off, the climbs around Auchterhouse near killed me, any slight incline and I was toiling :shock:


Etape....yer having a laugh :lol:

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Sat Aug 04, 2012 15:18 pm

Blame it on the Haar.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Rollemynot » Mon Aug 06, 2012 09:59 am

I was in the same position as you last year - prior to the buying a bike I was 14 1/2 stone and never exercised for 10 years. Could do upto 20 miles then in November got a turbo for the garage. Through out the winter I would do a 1 hour session on a Monday, 25 mile road circuit on a Thursday and a 20 on a sunday. If the weather went against me I replaced the road miles with turbo sessions. Continued this until April then I increased the mileage of my thurs/sun sessions up to a max of 65 miles prior to the etape. Weight came down to 12 st 12llbs and I achieved a 5 h 20 mins.

In hindsight I was disappointed as I wanted sub 5 hours - reg for next year and I know now what is required to improve my time. However only time will tell!!!

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:32 am

Rollemynot wrote:In hindsight I was disappointed as I wanted sub 5 hours - reg for next year and I know now what is required to improve my time. However only time will tell!!!


With the weather as brutal as it was this year I think you can easily subtract 20 mins off your time - and with a time like 5.20 you'll deffo get a sub 5 in 2013.
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:44 am

thegreatdivide wrote:With the weather as brutal as it was this year I think you can easily subtract 20 mins off your time - and with a time like 5.20 you'll deffo get a sub 5 in 2013.


This for me is encouraging. I went 32 minutes quicker this year than I did in 2011. I did think to myself if it hadn't been so bad weather wise I could have possibly went even quicker (another 15mins possibly?) but then thought I was getting a bit greedy. After reading the above maybe not?!! :)

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:56 am

It also depends on how many stops you took too as the chip records the whole ride time. I took 1 short stop to wait for a mate, 1 short stop to put my chain back on, 1 stop to take the biggest pi$$ of my life at the station before Schiehallion (shed loads of weight ;-)) and 1 stop for water after the climb. I'd only planned on the one stop after the climb but it wasn't to be. My Garmin moving time was much shorter though - so that's the time I'll be going by for next year :-)
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:28 am

just two stops for me, before Schiehallion and at 60 miles. Although I was almost blown to a standstill on the Fortingall loop !!!! :(

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Muffintop » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:30 pm

Most peeps I know did the exact same time as the previous year. Winter training is essential though - you need to know how to cycle in the torrential rain, and a headwind, even if it's just out pootling. If you thing you're going to miss training for the sake of the early nights get yourself a turbo trainer - doesn't have to be anything fancy, and could even be second hand - but then you have no excuse, and they're ace if you're time crunched.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Rollemynot » Mon Aug 06, 2012 13:13 pm

My moving time was 5h 08mins, stopped before schiehallion for some free gels then got mud stuck in my cleats. I was dragging my feet in the grass just like I had dog poo on my trainers. That'll teach me for being a tight git :oops: . Also needed 4 wee wee's.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Muffintop » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:18 pm

Rollemynot wrote:My moving time was 5h 08mins, stopped before schiehallion for some free gels then got mud stuck in my cleats. I was dragging my feet in the grass just like I had dog poo on my trainers. That'll teach me for being a tight git :oops: . Also needed 4 wee wee's.


I think I seen you...Cleaning the cleats not wee wee-ing. I had to faff around with my bike seat for about 25 mins and stopped for one wee wee. It's a dangerous game the whole 'when do you stop', I never seem to drink enough to stay hydrated, but not to wee. Unless you're sharp 3 stops take up 30 mins of your time. I can't wait for next year, I'm completely champing at the bit!

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Bobbinogs » Tue Aug 28, 2012 13:42 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:It also depends on how many stops you took too as the chip records the whole ride time. I took 1 short stop to wait for a mate, 1 short stop to put my chain back on, 1 stop to take the biggest pi$$ of my life at the station before Schiehallion (shed loads of weight ;-)) and 1 stop for water after the climb. I'd only planned on the one stop after the climb but it wasn't to be. My Garmin moving time was much shorter though - so that's the time I'll be going by for next year :-)


Total time, it's the only one that counts as it comes without caveats and therefore can be used for comparison for oneself or with others. Those folks who don't think that having a few stops then helps them to ride faster afterwards should just try riding through a long distance ride and see what the impact is to overall time (not just physical but also psychological).

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Sun Sep 23, 2012 14:25 pm

Went and rode the route on my motorbike today to see what was involved, and although it's obvious that what goes down must go up, but most of the route seemed to be down hill :roll:

Other than the climb at Sch....Sch....thon mountain, the rest looks fairly easy :?

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Scotty-Gee » Sun Sep 23, 2012 14:57 pm

Just registered interest for next year- for a good cause too.


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