This report in from James Webster following his excellent 25th place in the IoM end to end on his freshly built Fat Chance Yo Eddy.
IoM end 2 end was cool, very hard, you wouldn't think an Island so small could have so many steep hills.
Was going really well until I bust the valve off the tube with a rock, changed it and blew another tube within 1 mile on the next descent, you could say I was slightly stressed at this point, but had to resist throwing the bike in the hedge due to a large crowd and TV cameras, (yes really) at checkpoint 1.
Had dropped down the placings quite some way now, was around the top 10 when I got the first flat. Spent the next 3/4 of the ride, blasting past people who seemed quite confused as to how I was going past them so easily, and bricking myself about getting another flat due to no more spare tubes.
Finished in 3:37 , position 25, not bad considering the 2 flats and a mega attack of cramp which enabled me to do a 9.9 dismount about 3 miles from the finish.
Sacked of the dodgy bus ride back to Douglas and had a very civilised steam train ride!
Excellent result for James. Hopefully he'll be putting in a few more good rides off-road in retrobike colours next year too.
For those with Sky TV coverage will be on as follows. I some one could tape (or DVD) this that'd be great...
Sky Sports 3 26th Sept 21.00
Sky Sports 3 27th Sept 01.00
Sky Sports 3 27th Sept 07.00
Sky Sports Extra 27th Sept 13.00