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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:26 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
One of the local sportives around here runs up a climb called Burrington Combe. Go a look it up on strava or OS maps, it's a miserable thing that just goes up and up onto the Mendip Hills. You get to a point where you think you have beaten it, do one more kick around the corner and discover you are barely half way up and the second half is the steepest part.

Tough guys and pros (like JTL, Dan LLoyd and others) use this climb to train on, as it is so horrible, and yet the sportive organisers take a bunch of leisure cyclists up the damn thing. Why?



Yeah the top of the combe is actually only half way. It's 2.5 miles from top to bottom. I've cleaned it on my fixie :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:02 pm 
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A couple of pictures...


Daughter and myself ready for the off
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54 miles later and now sporting the Team Scotland National Champion Jersey
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and I'm still smiling...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:28 pm 
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I did my first sportive last month, a 104 mile route around Rutland. I found that the riding standards and etiquette were poor with no one warning of pot holes or road side obstacles. Also the pace was very much up and down instead of steady with riders also trying to ride flat out down the hills! My friend and I decided to separate ourselves from them so dropped to the back and let them go and over the next 60 miles pretty much passed all of them as they blew up from going too quick. I know it wasn'ta race but we ended up 8th or so fastest over the full distance out of 43 riders.
While I enjoyed it I'm not sure if I'd do another one as it's a lot of money for something you can do by yourself.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:45 pm 
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As a matter of interest, how much do they cost?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:48 pm 
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The one I did was £30 on the day, this included 3 feed stops and a pint with a hot meal at the end so not too bad.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:44 pm 
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Mine cost £28 with a breakfast before leaving 3 food stops and soup on returning. I had a coffee before heading off and only stopped at the last food stop to fill up my bidon


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