Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

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Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Thu Feb 28, 2013 19:00 pm

Hi,

I'd like to enter the 4th Cat at Ludgershall this Saturday and emailed the address given, for Darren Clarke, however I got an automated reply saying that the internet in his new house won't be connected until Monday 5th March and that I should send car details, BC membership, race licence details etc by text to him. Unfortunately he didn't supply a mobile number!

Can anyone PM me Darren's mobile number please?

I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Matt

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby Imposter » Thu Feb 28, 2013 19:12 pm

entry on the day only, according to the BC website

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/event ... r-Series-8

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Thu Feb 28, 2013 19:18 pm

Thanks but in order to gain entry to the Army base you need to register your car details, etc. Darren needs to let the guardhouse know to expect your car. His auto email specifically requests this info by text message.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Thu Feb 28, 2013 20:04 pm

I have it now. Thanks.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby TakeTurns » Thu Feb 28, 2013 21:30 pm

Good luck, would be nice if you report back on how the race went!

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby joe.90 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 23:15 pm

I wouldn't worry too much, I forgot to mail him with my details twice and it wasn't a problem..

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby saprkzz » Fri Mar 01, 2013 08:49 am

Good luck in the race, report back. I would like to race there.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby DavidJB » Fri Mar 01, 2013 14:27 pm

I just turn up every year and they let me in

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Sat Mar 02, 2013 14:08 pm

Did it this morning, really enjoyed it. Dry but cold and sheltered from the worst winds. A couple of tight bends but two long straights. Surface was a little 'cracked' but nowhere near as bad as I was led to believe.

As a C5 paracyclist I went along for the experience and after managing to cling on to the bunch doing 27mph for 3 laps, I eventually got dropped and lapped. I therefore rode 95% of the race on my own and still managed an average above 19mph, which I am happy with.

It was a good experience although given the above I didn't get much exposure to bunch riding at speed. Maybe next time I'll use my CF 12lbs bike rather than my 24lbs winter 'tank' and I may be able to cling on for another couple of laps!

Cheers, Coj

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby jibberjim » Sat Mar 02, 2013 14:40 pm

cojones wrote:It was a good experience although given the above I didn't get much exposure to bunch riding at speed. Maybe next time I'll use my CF 12lbs bike rather than my 24lbs winter 'tank' and I may be able to cling on for another couple of laps!


I'd keep trying, if you were with them for 3 laps, it's quite likely that you're plenty strong enough to be with them for the race, just not experienced enough. Unless you're actually very good at bunch skills. Try a few more times and just aim to stay on for longer - the beginning also tends to be the hardest part until the very end.
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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby DavidJB » Sun Mar 03, 2013 14:19 pm

First 3/4 laps are the hardest. I doubt they were doing 27MPH though??

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Sun Mar 03, 2013 17:26 pm

DavidJB wrote:First 3/4 laps are the hardest. I doubt they were doing 27MPH though??


That's not average speed. Averages for laps 1-3 were 24.3, 23.9 and 22.9. However my garmin clocked over 27mph at various points of the first few laps, which is what I was referring to.

I will persevere though, try to hang on for longer, etc

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby AK_jnr » Sun Mar 03, 2013 22:36 pm

Would you recommend it as a venue for a first race?

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby DavidJB » Mon Mar 04, 2013 07:15 am

cojones wrote:
DavidJB wrote:First 3/4 laps are the hardest. I doubt they were doing 27MPH though??


That's not average speed. Averages for laps 1-3 were 24.3, 23.9 and 22.9. However my garmin clocked over 27mph at various points of the first few laps, which is what I was referring to.

I will persevere though, try to hang on for longer, etc


Yeah sorry didn't mean to come across as pedantic. Glad you had a good race. And Yeah AK_jnr its decent enough for the first race.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Mon Mar 04, 2013 08:01 am

DavidJB wrote:
Yeah sorry didn't mean to come across as pedantic. Glad you had a good race. And Yeah AK_jnr its decent enough for the first race.


I agree. It's not a technical circuit although the bends are a little tight.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby Monkeh » Tue Mar 05, 2013 22:30 pm

It's been my first year racing and I've been heading down to Ludgershall for the past 5 weeks or so. Definitely give it another crack, a lot is technique; if you can stay near the front of the pack you'll save a lot of energy as you'll be braking / accelerating at the back a lot more.

@AK_jnr: Once you're comfortable, you can take the corners as fast as you want and still pedal through them. It was even snowing there one weekend without any issues. Just watch out for the dodgy track seams on the far corner; they're pretty deep. It's been a great track for learning the ropes on.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby saprkzz » Wed Mar 06, 2013 08:41 am

Does anyone know if races continue through the summer here?
I had a look on BC road event but cant find any more than the army series

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby DavidJB » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:42 pm

saprkzz wrote:Does anyone know if races continue through the summer here?
I had a look on BC road event but cant find any more than the army series


Normally there is a summer series on a Tuesday night.

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby tjkey17 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 22:50 pm

Summer series was a monday night last year I seem to remember, but yeah 99% there will be a summer series too

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Re: Ludgershall 4th Cat - Sat 2nd March - How to enter?

Postby cojones » Sat Mar 09, 2013 19:44 pm

Did my second Ludgershall today. Conditions were awful, lots of surface water and a patch of oil on the apex of one bend. I did better than last week, clinging on for 5 laps before being dropped and 'only' being lapped twice. After starting at the front I fell to near the back of the pack and the concertina sprinting took it's toll on me and I simply couldn't keep up. Again, good experience and next time I'll try to keep toward the front of the bunch to avoid getting killed by the constant sprinting to keep up. I'm not sure I'll do it again next week as I'm not getting the race experience I want as I can't keep up with the able bodied riders.

I'm itching to do my first para race in two weeks time as that will give me a benchmark of the range of capabilities I'm up against. There's a gulf between me and the able bodied 4th Cats.


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