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Kielder 100, 2011 report by Mark It was no secret that this year I had one goal, and that was to beat Phil’s time of 9:59:35. [Phil: Its no secret I dont want Mark to beat my time] Friday We’ve arrived, and everything is very wet. The campsite is more like a swamp, as usual I’ve managed to pitch my tent in what appears to be a drainage channel to the river that runs down the side of the campsite […]

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I was due a new drive chain, but after looking at the price of RaceFace and Shimano XT I was not impressed. £90 or more for a set, that’s just too much. I looked around a bit and found some Aerozine rings, for about £50, a pretty hefty saving, considering an 44T XT ring costs over £50 on its own, but are they any good. I fitted them to my race bike just before Bontrager 24 12 in July and […]

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Well glad thats over, pain and suffering aside, was a fantastic event again, Team DVATC/Cyclomonster.com managed a podium finish on our first attempt at in the 24hr Pairs cat. A fairy dry one by SITS standards, except for that lap about 6pm when the torrential rain turned the wooded section about half way round to clay, which stopped the wheels going round. Running holding the front wheel off the ground, dragging the back was great fun! 32 Laps completed in […]

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Here’s a video for the whole of the first lap and pre loop, bit of a epic. Took out most of the hill bits, but still 19 mins. How often do you get to see a race from this angle

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A load of photos were taken on the 1st couple of laps, best thing is they are all free to download. Same time, same place for Sleepless in the Saddle in a few weeks, if I’ve recovered. 24hrs pairs this time. See photos tab, If you like them drop a comment on the blog. Enjoy,

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I thought this year I’d try and post some live updates and maybe a few photos as the race goes on, well sort of live, I’m not planning to stop mid lap to send a message, Keep your eye out on the twitter feed on the right, or follow me direct on twitter. I’ll be riding in the 12 hr male pairs class as team DVATC, I’m going to draw a line in the sand and say we are going […]

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MTB Race night. Bingham 27th May 2011 Cotgrave 17th June 2011 Sherwood Pines 1st July 2011 Hardwick Hall 22nd July 2011 More details here

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Having ridden this event last year, I thought I would instil some of my vast wisdom of the race onto those of you foolish enough to have entered this year. In no particular order: 1. Don’t take a big camel back, ideally none at all, when full of water, its heavy, and you don’t need to carry that much between check points. Only carry enough + a bit extra to see you between each one. 2. Use energy drink and […]

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After last years failed attempt to summit Snowdon due to 8 inches of snow and -15C night temp we decided to give it another go. Freakish conditions again occurred, although this time 20C sunny and crystal clear, not bad for April. Rhyd Ddu was the start point for the lesser travelled southern approach, a nice gentle climb to start, which soon turns into a mix of ride, push, carry. Conditions were fantastically hot for the time of year, but good […]

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