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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:34 pm 
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Part Three: Epic Westfalia

By tea time Mr K had finished his starter of wild mushroom pate on crusty bread, and had moved onto selecting his wine to accompany his main course of pumpkin ravioli. The mini fridge in his Westfalia was brimming with organic produce so the choices were clearly difficult ones.
Anyway, he managed to sneak in a second lap, again respectably close to the 1h 30m mark. HarryCrumb punctured on his second lap and still rolled in to the transition area at 1h 18m as the dusk was falling.
It was over to me for the first night-time lap. I powered up the Maxx-D as instructed by the marshalls and settled into a rhythm once again. Lights weren't really needed on the first half of the lap, except in the trees where the dark mud was hiding amongst the other dark mud.
Track conditions had improved though, but at the end of the Ridgeway Road, I had to stop to let an ambulance turn around after bundling up another casualty. This didn't bode well so I followed another rider down the next descent, wincing a few times as tires squirmed and shimmied both in front of and under me.
The climb out of campsite was no less of a monumental grind up to the monument. I did happen to look back and pause for a moment to watch twenty or so paper lanterns being released from in front of Eastnor Castle with the westering sunset behind. It was rather magical a moment, ruined only by the rest of the climb. I dismounted and pushed that section anyway.
The remainder of the lap was in full darkness now and I was thankful for the power of my lighting set-up. Full speed on the final descent once again smoothed out the bumps and managed an strangely consistent lap time of just over 1h 17m again. At transition I had the embarrassing ignominy of not having anyone waiting for me. I did find Woody in the transition area a couple of minutes later. He'd just arrived and was clearly surprised to see me back so early.


There's a bear loose in the woods
I sent Chris off on his merry way and returned via the jet wash to base camp for some cold pasta and Pringles. I was right on time for the commencement of the DJ Hoffmeister soundclash and spectacular Jean-Michelle Jarre quality light show. The addition of matching bear suits was brilliant.

The RB Heckleaphone was also now accompanied by a Heckle spotlight. A real highlight was JV warning riders of the bear on track as a furry Mr K crossed over to fill up his bottle.
'Watch out for the bear! The bear! He's got teeth!' and 'Careful, he's a randy bear!' as a track-side standpipe was dry humped.

Mr K was intent on doing his night lap in a bear suit so I issued instructions to take at least two hours and be sure to hide around corners to scare other riders. I also enquired about the last time he evacuated in case he wanted to answer a common bear based query. I think he packed some wet wipes just in case.

Meanwhile I chewed up some paper to make some ad-hoc earplugs and attempted to get some sleep.
Our strategy had changed a little at this point. We'd abandoned to idea of soul destroying double laps in the night so that everyone had a few hours to sleep, instead reverting to a one lap and then come back to the camp-site and wake the next rider up approach.
Sure it wasted some time, but it avoided team mates waiting for hours in the transition area getting cold and grumpy when they could've been warm and sleepy instead. I think it worked well.


It's all just a very bad dream:
Even though I'm sure I'd never fallen sleep, I woke up shortly after I went to bed and got up to make some breakfast. This could've been a dream for all I knew, but climbing back into damp cycling gear, made sure I was awake.
I was halfway through my porridge and strong black coffee when HarryCrumb unzipped the tent doorway.
Having ridden his night lap with what can only be described as substandard lighting, I think he was amazed that he was still alive. I'm sure the adrenaline took a while to subside.

My third lap was also the 4am dawn lap, starting out needing lights and ending up with them switched off. Doing the dusk and the dawn laps was really quite nice too, and there were moments on course when the birds sang their dawn chorus and everything seemed right with the world.
I did nearly hit the wall though and could've been suffering some form of hypoglycemia. I was very happy to get back to my tent to wake up Woody and eat some more much needed porridge.


The final countdown:
With twelve laps under our belts and the sun risen on a rather pleasant day we only had a few more hours remaining. I ate my second breakfast down at the heckle tent wrapped up in a big warm coat. 8am arrived and a short blast of siren on the Heckleaphone announced that it was time to get up out of bed.
This probably didn't go down too well with the sock police.

Shortly after 10:10am HarryCrumb arrived back at the transition area to find me still adjusting my clothing and not quite ready for a fourth lap.
Setting off I felt quite strong still, and had to make a decision whether to get round and handover for one more lap, or just take it easy and roll in after the 24 hours were up.
It was difficult as I was riding quite well and the course was by now much drier and faster. I passed lots of riders on the climbs and the short downhills which only increased my desire to push harder. I caught up with Longun on the big climb up to the monument. He was wearing a sweat soaked bear suit for his final lap and I think he may have been regretting it on that gradient. By now it was really quite warm.
I stopped briefly at the top of the final bumpy descent with an increasingly large group of other riders who were clearly intent on whiling away the final half hour. I overheard a conversation about how hard the descent was on a hard-tail. I had to draw their attention to my bike and then set off down the hill at full tilt passing a modern full susser on the way too. Loved it.

Anyway with about 25 minutes remaining I pulled in outside the RB heckle tent to sit on the grass and eat some of OrangeEd's malt loaf. (thanks Ed)
As time passed another group of riders began to assemble to count down the remaining time too. Of course the Hecklaphone was used sparingly to offer words of encouragement. 'Can we have a marshall down here please? This is clearly a rule infringement'.
With other riders still racing past on perhaps one of the fastest parts of the course it seemed appropriate to hit the siren and call some of them 'slackers'.

With three minutes remaining I threw the megaphone strap around my shoulders and joined the masses to complete my lap. Riding whilst trying to operate a megaphone is tricky but well worth it for the fun to be had.
I got a big laugh from the crowd for saying 'passing on the right' to a couple of riders on the final arena bend.
Full sirens blazing across the line and it was all over bar the handshake with the big man.


The aftermath:
16 laps completed, medals collected and pats on the back all round. I had a great team to ride with and great people to share a weekend with. Despite writing alot from my own perspective, it truly is all the others who come along who really make this event such a great and memorable one.

Great effort from everyone who raced, rode and turned out to support and just be there. We easily had the best spot on the campsite and clearly (probably) had the biggest representation as Retrobike.

Well done everyone. Long may it continue.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:27 pm 
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Hi to everyone I met. Thanks for a really great day, I only made it there on Saturday. Nice people, nice bikes,Great atmosphere. Heckling,Music and Bears and bikes,or is that Bears on bikes? Brill.
Highs Just being there to see it.
Low Not being able to ride. (Nex year if I can git me dodgy kernee sorted) Hope to get to another ride soon. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:34 pm 
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Fantastic weekend, really enjoyed every moment. The camoradery out on the circuit was amazing. Riders encouraging each other to keep going. Even the pro teams can crack a smile if given a heckle. Andy B and I took heckling into the community when we hooked up at the start of our first laps and continued heckling the other riders on our lap round. Great team mates that didn't take any of it too seriously meant we all had a chilled fun time. Five cans of Red Bull on the journey home helped.

I was riding my Parkpre Team 925. Steel is real and comfortable.

BTW - MM should be regarded as the unofficial Parkpre Owners Club meet.


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I didnt know everyone wussed into the open class!!!
Damn you, MTFU!!

Looks like we are top RB team in the Sport cat though :lol:

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- Fat Chance 10th Anniversary
- Fat Chance Buckshaver (with modern wheel change due to sh@gged freehub 1/3 way into lap 2 prompting many runs, grrr to M737 hubs!)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:14 pm 
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ededwards wrote:
Oh yes, and we haven't even bought our mathematical masterstroke into play yet :twisted:


Thats correct Edwards, the fact that the Bear Necessities team completed 16.5 laps in total seems to have passed the chimps by.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:25 pm 
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Had a fantastic weekend - thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome - maybe I should have got nobby to give me a shout when he went through the campsite at 4.30! then I'd have been out the tent slightly quicker and my lap time wouldn't have been quite so bad - it was about 1.45 really :-)

fantastic weekend - heckling at a whole new level :D


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Well I've gathered my thoughts on the weekend...

Yet again the bar (or should that be bear) has been raised to a higher standard all round for a Retrobike event

I was more than stunned when the awards were announced and the KHS was declared a runner up, I never expected to even get close to the exceptionally high standard of bikes you see at Retrobike events :shock:

Top class heckling from The Heckle Brothers :lol: the Heckle-O-Phone was awesome I can't believe that someone believed the 'please clear the campsite by 12.30' announcement!

The Heckle wagon went on tour for a lap with REKIBorter and myself on the Clockwork, superb fun on my 1st lap even though I did wipe out in the 1st section of singletrack. I managed a perfect barrel roll off the bike and simultaneously dragged the bike out of the way of the following rider whilst telling them to pass on the right hand side. Needless to say I dropped the tyre pressure a lot at the next available opportunity and grip returned in abundance!

Completed the lap and returned to Heckle HQ to fuel up again and prepare for my next lap around midnight, which upon hearing that it was drying up and getting faster I decided to use the modern bike with less aggressive tyres....

....not the best decision as I wiped out three further times in the 1st section of singletrack, the last wipeout ended abruptly courtesy of a rather large tree jarring my arthritic back quite badly, I couldn't move around on the bike at all I could only pedal in a straight line in a bolt upright riding position. Not good, not good at all with the greasy surface demanding all of your ability to stay on a half decent line, in a lot of pain I decided not to risk damaging myself even more and had to stop riding and dose myself up on some serious painkillers :(

I'm never bringing a modern bike to a retro meeting again, the Clockwork outperformed the Cube in every way.

A huge thank you to all those on the Flatlanders team who picked up the slack after my tree hugging incident put me out of the race & another huge thank you to all who made the event what it was which was epic in every way. I'll be back next year with only retro bikes & hopefully on a 10 man team as my beer consumption was to be honest quite poor!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:46 pm 
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Andy B wrote:
I'm never bringing a modern bike to a retro meeting again, the Clockwork outperformed the Cube in every way.


Quite right!!
Retro bikes for a Retrobike event surely!!!

Sabotage of modern next year I think :wink:


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http://www.robcrayton.co.uk/mountainmayhem2011.htm
Pics starting come through, great one of Tim Davies half way down shame it wasn't on the ti-mega.


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