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AFTERMATH - Brighton Big Dog
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Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:39 am ]
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Bikes Sunshine Beer

Author:  BobCatMax [ Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:16 pm ]
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tired, bruised and battered, but grinning like an idiot :D

report coming later. Team retrobike cleaned up!

Author:  bryan555 [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:29 am ]
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What a lovely day! Well done everyone.
Results: http://www.timelaps.co.uk/assets/upload ... 20/08/2011

Author:  BobCatMax [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:01 am ]
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What a fantastic day.

A slightly overcast morning with a few spots of rain at lunch turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon and early evening. The course had been well planned with cracking technical singletrack, fast dusty trails and some calf cramping climbs right from the start.

Team Retrobike arrived early and pitched camp

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An addition this year (you can sort of see it) of a loop at the start. This was for the junior races, already under way at 9.30am and for the seniors to space out a little before the climb into the woods.

The junior event took me straight back to being a kid and watching other people's parents..the sight of one junior in particular (obviously spurred on by a pushy father) dressed in all the kit, on a shiny looking modern machine in full floods of tears, managing two full loops despite the blubbing and the snot. Well done that dad.

Once the camp was set, bikes were offloaded and the third member of the Retro Metro's (Danno) joined us

The elite racing machines, primed and ready..

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As the morning drew on, and the start time came ever closer, the tension in the camp was almost palpable, and the nerves began to show..

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Fixies completing a brake block change in record time

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Warpedboy2 and his friend wandered over with their bikes for a chat

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Then it was time to Race!

I volunteered to do the first lap, something I'm not sure I'll be doing again. Far too many serious people at the start wanting to get out in front, so I hung back...right back. I now understand why there was a lot of vying for position. The first loop to spread the field out at the start made absolutely no difference whatsoever.

Once round the loop, being encouraged by my team mates and fellow Retrobikers with shouts of "you're only 4th from the back" and "I can't believe you're not last", spurred me on up the hill only to grind to a halt in the ensuing bottle neck at the treeline. This wasn't so bad as there wgood company to chat with for the mile walk up the part of the hill.

Once the traffic spread out a bit, and I could get back on the bike, the riding was incredible. Bunched up, spread out, overtaking, undertaking, shouts of "Left or right mate?" and more than one or two crossed words. I was surprised at the number of snapped chains that first lap out, only one or two punctures that I noticed and a couple of off's, though nothing too serious.

The highlight of my first lap was coming back into the woods after the climb from the second road bridge, a few of us bunched up together and as we cornered past a marshall, a man ran out of the bushes and began to race after the large chap next to me, whipping him with a huge branch for a good 10 metres. I asked if this was a common occurance, and was told that he normally had to race further afield to avoid him. class.

My first lap all too quickly, though gratefully came to a close as I swept out of the woods onto the field and up past my "helpful" teammates, to meet Rabbit at the changeover point.

When I got there, unbeknowsnt to me, Rabbit had gone one fettle to far..

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So he went out on my Kona, and still managed a respectable lap despite the "freakishly long legged" set up.

Without his bike though, he didn't want to push his luck, and settled for just the one lap.

Danno went out and put in a very respectable hour long lap, suprising me at basecamp, meaning I had to cycle hard up to the changeover point to carry on for my second.

The field had spread out a lot more by this point, and the second lap was truly a joy, despite the burning lungs and cramping legs at the top of the 2 mile climb from the start, the rest was just pure fun from then on.

After my lap, Danno went on to do another hour long lap, making it 5 lap intotal for 5 hours 10 minutes


On to some gratuitous action shots..

our very own Bryann555 on his fastest sub 40 minute lap

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bat40a6 on a very commendable 7 lap marathon solo effort

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and the ever delicate GreenRabbit

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The retro boys cleaned up, with the team, Retro Metro's and pairs, Cracking Pace Adrian (fixies and Bryan555) taking first and first respectively

Danno, GreenRabbit and BobCatMax in the victors spoils

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The prize of Heckle of the day goes to IbeleiveinFixies

"go on Barry, give it morecock"

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Author:  BerthaPog [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:21 am ]
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Sorry I couldn't make it, even to just be a spectatorer. Looks like a jolly time was had by all.

Wasn't Fixies messing with his brake blocks at the start of the last Arundel loop ride?

Author:  Danno [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:20 pm ]
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What an awesome day! Definatley the ride of my life!!

Author:  Stiff_Orange [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:48 pm ]
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Nice to meet and chat to some of you guys.

My old clockwork in it's original faded and chipped orange/white fade livery was getting lots of love and shouts of "Hey I used to to have one of those" I think I got almost as many comments about the BeanBag shirt I was wearing, subtle it ain't.

However doing 6 laps on a rigid steel bike with cantilever brakes and a Biopace chainset that decided it didn't like the middle ring does take it out of you and I'm it feeling it today.

I think leaving the Onza bar ends on could have been a mistake, great for the climbs, but tricky through the woods. Trees must have been further apart in the 90's ;-)

Great event though.

Author:  Tad [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:40 pm ]
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TedC wrote:
Wasn't Fixies messing with his brake blocks at the start of the last Arundel loop ride?


He was indeed. He was replacing them at the start of this one :D

Last minute pre ride fettling, there's no better time.

Author:  bat40a6 [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:56 pm ]
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Some very good pics here:

http://russgillespie.com/store/brighton-big-dog-2011/

Author:  warpedboy2 [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:30 pm ]
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Well done fellas :D

Although I expected you guys to be victorious after your morning of thorough preparation and bob-cat-max's aggresive grid tactics... :lol:

Nice to meet you all, and hope to see you on a ride soon.

Marcus.

(And my pace finally made it onto retrobike!)

Author:  DA-EVO [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:19 pm ]
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Popped in to say Hi for a while but couldn't stay. Seemed a good day for the event (much better than the weather last year!). Good weather, things to buy, stuff to eat. The Bhaji stand was of particular note - very nice.

p.s. Did anyone get a GPS route for the course that I can borrow please? I don't know the track and would like to try it.

Thanks

Dylan

Author:  bryan555 [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:23 pm ]
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Had a super fun time at the bigdog. Great atmosphere, great weather, great course.

I had a great race and pushed myself hard. I'm now paying for it, stiff legs, battered body and a rather nasty 'death rattle' in my chest.

I do however have a rosette :)

Dylan, I don't have gps but would be happy to show you round when I've finished coughing up my internal organs.

I'll try and get hold of some pictures from my dad in the week.

Author:  markoc [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:35 am ]
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It was a great day out, weather was superb. Like the first year but without the wasps!

I made the schoolboy error of forgetting to eat anything more than 2 croissants at 8.30am which resulted in keeling over about 5pm... not clever. I was never going to be a a contender for anything else than the race for last place so nothing lost there then...

Course was absolutely stunning. Could have had a few jumps thrown in on some of the fire roady bits at the back to make things interesting but it just gets better every year!

Sorry for not coming over and saying hello to the RB'ers.

Author:  markoc [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:45 pm ]
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More pics here:

http://www.photoboxgallery.com/riderready

Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:24 pm ]
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Linky to the GPS of the course

bear in mind that most of it was under trees, done from a phone in my pocket :lol:

Author:  Tad [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:00 pm ]
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Anyone seen the podium pics yet?

Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:15 pm ]
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MASSIVE collection of photos here

no podiums though :(

Author:  Tad [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:59 pm ]
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BobCatMax wrote:
no podiums though :(


:( I want to relive my moment of glory.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:00 am ]
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I do have something for you..let me reply to those PM's

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:42 am ]
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i believe in fixies wrote:
BobCatMax wrote:
no podiums though :(


:( I want to relive my moment of glory.


Moment of glory coming up shortly :)

Author:  BobCatMax [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:53 am ]
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waaaaay!

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:19 am ]
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Here's a few shots to whet your appetite, and more on the link:

Camp Retrobike
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The warm-up
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Bryan555 in the singletrack
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Fixies swooping through the concourse
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Well deserved rest
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The Retro Metros victory
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bryan & tad 15 minutes of fame
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Just don't spray it on me... red rag, meet mr bull.
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Revenge + victory = sweet and smelling of booze.
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The complete set are available here (in reverse order for some reason)
http://photobucket.com/retro_bigdog_2011

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:26 am ]
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Well, what a cracking race! The weather was very kind, sunny but not crazy hot. This is the way it went for me:

I volunteered to do the out lap, and had a pretty good one. after starting fairly far back on the grid I gave it some welly up the grass climb and managed to pass lots of folk presumably saving themselves for the rest of the hill. The rest of the first lap was spent in a fair amount of pain, but I managed to go fast through the singletrack and gain some more places. Lost a few places when I managed a painful cartwheel going up that nasty singletrtack uphill on the other side of the road getting my front wheel caught in the roots. I recovered from my eye-watering collision with my unforgiving square top-tube enough to enjoy the rest of my lap, popping back out into the arena in 40.33, rather surprising Tad (AKA i believe in fixes), who wasn't ready at the changeover point.

My second lap was quicker (sub 40) with less 'traffic' through the singletrack, but those climbs didn't get easier. Legs were OK until the Brighton BigLog, when I hopped it my calves cramped in a major way! I struggled up the last fireroad climb issuing expletives at my legs, which did the trick. Cramp under control I had a lovely blast down that last downhill run, passing 4 riders in the twisty singletrack before the bombhole!

The next two laps were progressively slower (42.09, then 43.04) with those punishing climbs taking their toll on my legs, and having to slow down a bit where the the course got bumpier with braking ruts not agreeing with my rrrigid set-up. I wasn't pushing too hard, as we had a comfortable lead but when I saw that my Tad wasn't ready as I went through the arena on my fourth lap I headed out for another, before realising that there was no way the 2nd place team could catch us! We won the Retro Pairs by a comfortable lap and 3 minutes!

Big thanks everyone involved, and to The Green Rabbit et al for setting up the Retrobike HQ, and of course a big thanks to my team mate Tad.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:20 pm ]
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some more photos surfacing (courtesy of Danno, thank you, you bugger)

my agressive start line strategy..

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already up three places! (moments of encouragment from team mates)

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Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:30 pm ]
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BobCatMax wrote:
already up three places! (moments of encouragment from team mates)

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You can just spot me half-way up the hill if you really zoom-in :lol:

Author:  BobCatMax [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:41 pm ]
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:lol:

forgot to add Bryan, thanks to your Dad for the photos. Very pleased to have one or two of us up on the podium, makes it all worthwhile :D

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:56 pm ]
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Morvelo are printing more BigDog Ts for anyone who missed out when they ran out on the day.

Details here: http://bit.ly/qsxcWC

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:51 pm ]
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bat40a6 is famous!

http://mulebar.blogspot.com/2011/08/bri ... -pics.html

bottom pic

Author:  konaman1 [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:47 pm ]
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Looks like a great day, excellent pics. Sorry l missed it but too busy relaxing in Greece. Took an mtb out but ended up with three thorn punctures in the front wheel within the space of two hours!

Author:  Woodsman [ Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:47 am ]
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Well done chaps!

I'll be entering a different cat next year than the over 18 pairs, despite four laps each, mine were 37,39 and two 41's , my pairs partner a little less quick but not hugely- we came 12th.

:twisted:

Author:  bryan555 [ Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:13 pm ]
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Woodsman wrote:
Well done chaps!

I'll be entering a different cat next year than the over 18 pairs, despite four laps each, mine were 37,39 and two 41's , my pairs partner a little less quick but not hugely- we came 12th.

:twisted:


You guys were flying. A really competitive category that. But there weren't many non sponsored teams ahead of you, so that's rather good. 8)

Retro next year? I'll lend Brian my Pace :lol:

Author:  Augustus [ Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:39 am ]
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That all looks grand. Congrats to the winners. Although, we're all winner here.... :D

I would've been 'racing' but I was at a wedding. :(

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