Andy has done it Rob, I'm sure he will be along shortly
Yeah I did the last event ~42 miles, the next event is of a similar length, but a slightly different route & probably in reverse to the summer event.
It's hard, but fun (insert double entendre here), 171 riders started the summer event 167 finished, winner got round in 2:50:02hrs last round the course was 6:49:55hrs.
As John mentioned we did some of it on the ride he lead, the summer event was in reverse to the sections we did, so the winter one might be the same way we did, the rest of the route is of a similar terrain, but with some more tarmac thrown in.
It's well organised with 2 feed stops for water/squash & flapjack/cake/biscuits. Mobile butty van for grub & tea/coffee & cold drinks on site. Fairly well signposted, a sign or two were tampered with this year, but that seems to happen at other similar events.
If it's wet then it will be damn hard, the combo of rain, clay & chalk can sometimes feel like riding through treacle mixed with superglue. You will need a large pointy stick with you for mud removal purposes...(ignore the lunatic in the photo, he doesn't get out very often you see)
Aftermath thread from a ride that used some of the same trails as the event does here: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... hlight=mud
I should be doing the next event but not on a retrobike, I have to help build brand awareness of a certain brand that we sell in our shop....besides 42 miles on a hardtail with an arthritic back is the perfect excuse for a specific bike for this type of event
Damn unlucky on the ticket Rob