Three Peaks

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davetrave
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby davetrave » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:03 pm

Hey Bex,

Take it you were a bit surprised that that puddle had gone from being a few inches deep, when we walked up the lane less than 24 hours earlier, to being fork crown deep on the day...!

Looking at the results you didn't do too badly - you beat me in anyway.

To steal an old Bond film title - "Never Say Never Again"...

Dave - the Army rider who gave you a few pointers on the Saturday evening recce (hope they were useful by the way!).
50th Anniversary 3 Peaks Cyclocross 2012 survivor

bexslack
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby bexslack » Tue Oct 02, 2012 09:34 am

davetrave wrote:Hey Bex,

Take it you were a bit surprised that that puddle had gone from being a few inches deep, when we walked up the lane less than 24 hours earlier, to being fork crown deep on the day...!

Looking at the results you didn't do too badly - you beat me in anyway.

To steal an old Bond film title - "Never Say Never Again"...

Dave - the Army rider who gave you a few pointers on the Saturday evening recce (hope they were useful by the way!).



Hi Dave,

Never mind the swimming pool, there was a bloody river running down Pen-y-Ghent lane plus a load of blokes coming down at break neck speed and numerous helpers (and their dogs on extended leads) swinging wheel sets in the middle of the lane too by the time I got there! That was the first bit I was actually competent enough to ride up and down and I kept stalling due to the blimmin traffic and the flood!

I said "never again" when I finished. But I haven't slept the last 2 nights as I was so disappointed with my ride. I didn't ride any of Whernside bar the very bottom and was too scared to ride the top halves of Inglethorpe and Pen-y-Ghent due to the wind and my lack of bike handling skills.

I'm already counting down the days to next year's event. I shall be more technically able then!

Anyway I hope you felt it was worth it - and will wear your finishers T shirt with pride. I certainly will!

See you next year!

I'd just like to say a very big THANK YOU to the wonderful marshalls who braved those atrocious conditions on our behalf. You guys are the real heroes of the day.

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PeteMadoc
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Tue Oct 02, 2012 14:39 pm

My account of the days events

http://tinyurl.com/9zot759

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Mike67
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Mike67 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 16:32 pm

PeteMadoc wrote:My account of the days events

http://tinyurl.com/9zot759


That’s a very good write up, sums the day up really well.
It seems to be a fast fading memory already...apart from the achey legs that is.

Anyone else ventured out for a ride this week?
I’ve been out twice and can’t muster up any effort before my legs feel knackered again. Also about 1-2mph down on the average speeds I would expect.

I’m guessing it’s down to all that running I did (and certainly am not used to :D ).

Hope I get my legs back soon.
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bexslack
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby bexslack » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:18 pm

Yes agreed. Your blog is a great read PeteMadoc. My thoughts entirely but written far more eloquently than I could do!

My legs have felt great this week surprisingly and I even went out for a ride on Monday. But I did loads of running and bike carrying ahead of the race. What I didn't hone beforehand though was my seat-of-the-pants-descending-over-rocks-in-gale-force-wind skills. Next year I'll take a big swig of whiskey at the top of Ingleborough to give me Dutch courage.... Either that or I'll leave my brain and pain receptors at Helwith Bridge.

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PeteMadoc
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby PeteMadoc » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:50 pm

Fcuk me the stairs were a bloody challenge on Monday morning.

I've been for a few lazy commutes but not pushed hard. Leg pain is finally subsiding today but the whiplash from hitting my head on the floor is still prevalent.

What I think is really funny is how many people said they would never do it again. Now, after a few days everyone's talking about next year, how they'll be better prepared, disc brakes, tubs, better training. It's like we all went through some kind of major trauma but we all want to go back for more, get revenge or something.

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Monty Dog
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Re: Three Peaks

Postby Monty Dog » Wed Oct 17, 2012 20:16 pm

Chapeau and kinda glad I wasn't there. Here's a write-up from Ed on Retrobike in his own inimitable style:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=223400
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