Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

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Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Fearn0 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 18:42 pm

Evening all anyone out there roughing riding it in march??

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Thu Jan 10, 2013 22:01 pm

Yup, should be along to ride this with friends... hoping for a nice course!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby neilrosser » Sun Jan 27, 2013 21:33 pm

Just booked :D
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby miss notax » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:40 am

Yup. I am hoping for no mud.... :roll:

BTW - anyone else riding the epic route? My very fit neighbour did the standard route last year and - after I had just booked the epic yesterday - took great delight in telling me how hilly it was and that it almost killed him :?
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:16 pm

miss notax wrote:BTW - anyone else riding the epic route? My very fit neighbour did the standard route last year and - after I had just booked the epic yesterday - took great delight in telling me how hilly it was and that it almost killed him :?


Yup! Have a couple of less fit friends who are doing the shorter route... the longer route looks like it just has a couple of extra loops so I was going to maybe stick with them on the shared bits and then push on in the extra loops to try and catch them up.. this strategy may or may not work! :lol:

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby neilrosser » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:21 pm

Have booked the standard route, but whats to stop me doing the epic if I choose to on the day? after all it's the same price.
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby miss notax » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:28 pm

neilrosser - nothing stopping you but your timing will be recorded as 'standard', so (assuming the epic route WILL take you longer :lol: ) you'll be diddling yourself out of the proper timings.

If you don't give a stuff about your time then it makes no difference what-so-ever :D

Frogstomp - I like your logic and shall remind you of this by encouraging you to push on / laughing / wheezing at you if I see you on the epic route :wink: :lol:
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby scottfitz » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:35 pm

Yup. I am hoping for no mud....
Just looked at the route, there will be mud. Unless there is a heat wave at the start of march :wink:
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Mon Jan 28, 2013 22:48 pm

..and not to be confused with the Southern Trail Ride which is on the previous weekend!

I thought I was talking about (and booked!) the wrong one.. but it turns out I've booked both! :mrgreen:

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Fearn0 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 16:10 pm

Epic all the way ,can't be any more mud than the hill a sauras !

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby neilrosser » Fri Feb 01, 2013 17:43 pm

Fearn0 wrote:can't be any more mud than the hill a sauras !


God!! I hope not :?
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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Sat Feb 02, 2013 13:36 pm

The routes and profiles are now up on the UK Cycling Events website - almost 3000ft of climbing on the long route, with a monster down and up in the middle! :mrgreen:

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Fearn0 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 18:30 pm

700 plus entered so far,going to be busy on the downs!!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Michael1308 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 20:59 pm

Hi all. I'm a noob to the site and mountain biking. I fancy doing this event to get a proper feel for it. I'm quite fit so was thinking of doing the epic. Is it a bad idea for a noobie?!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby miss notax » Thu Feb 14, 2013 21:48 pm

Hello :-)

I'm certain that if you enter the epic but wish to cut if short on the day, you can, so you have nothing to lose! It is quite a long way though - are you used to biking or fit from running etc? In my experience 'bike fit' is a whole different ball game!!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Thu Feb 14, 2013 21:52 pm

Michael1308 wrote:Hi all. I'm a noob to the site and mountain biking. I fancy doing this event to get a proper feel for it. I'm quite fit so was thinking of doing the epic. Is it a bad idea for a noobie?!


Hi, and welcome to the site.. the South Downs is a pretty tough ride - quite a big one for your first! Are you new to riding generally, or just mountain biking? If the latter and you have some decent road-bike fitness you may well be ok. If it's the former you may find you are not fit in the 'right way' (ie. the right muscle groups) and struggle..

Either way, you could always enter the long one and see how you get on - the routes usually share large sections so you can drop down onto a shorter route and tell them at the end.

Most of all, though - have fun!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Thu Feb 14, 2013 21:53 pm

Snap!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Michael1308 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 22:10 pm

Thanks for your advice guys. Maybe I'll do the standard and see how I get on. I'm probably not bike fit mainly running is where I get my fitness from and I'm basically new to biking in general.
Being new my skills aren't great yet. Will this course be ok to through myself at albeit a bit slow?!

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby frogstomp » Thu Feb 14, 2013 22:57 pm

Yup, you'll be fine.. for the most part these sorts of XC events involve lots of bridleways/fireroads/tracks with the odd bit of wooded, rooty singletrack. With the conditions as they are at the moment the most technical part will probably be a) getting enough grip to grind your way through the mud on the climbs and b) staying upright as you slide around in the mud on the descents..

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Re: Wiggle southdowns rough ride March 3rd

Postby Michael1308 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 23:12 pm

Thanks. Yeh I've had a bit of practice with that on the downs in Kent lately.
Thanks again for your help guys.


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