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Merida Brass Monkeys
#11
Have you seen they've changed the venue for round 3?

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#12
Yes saw venue has changed. Won't make any difference to me, never entered any of these races before. I'm still more concerned about the weather turning nasty.
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#13
Dammit, due to the weather round 3 has now been postponed until 17/1.

Just seen it on their fb page.
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#14
Are you still going?

I'm looking forward to it now. Weather looks like it's going to be quite good, a bit foggy to start, and cold, but most importantly no rain. Atleast that's according to the current weather report on the BBC website.
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#15
Yep, still on for it Smile

Fingers crossed on the weather for the next few days so it gets a chance to dry out a bit.
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#16
Well that was somewhat more disorganised than I'd have liked but strangley fun all then same.

I overslept, we left late, missed the junction and started the race about 15 mins after everyone else :?

On the first lap I had "clipped in" moment and twisted my right hip which got worse as I went uphill which the course did. A lot.

The course itself was very good, nice and twisty with a great section through some tree roots which would be bags if fun if it was drier.

It started to rain/snow and got very cold and I had another off in a down hill galley through some baby conifers, which looked like something from narnia. Someone broke suddenly in from of me and I went down on my right leg again so after finishing my second lap I bailed.

I'll probably come in last for this one but thats ok; I've really enjoyed all the races and it's got me smiling and back out on the bike again :lol:

How did you get on?
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#17
Yeah that was tough. Didn't have any offs thankfully, just a few hurried unclippings and fumbles especially toward the end. Course was more technical than expected which was good, except in the first lap where my confidence meant I started near the back and consequentally behind all the no-skills riders. Had to stop to take my coat off in first lap before I melted despite the snow. Did 3 laps before stopping around 2hours to eat banana and half an apple. Started feeling ill towards 3 hours, and then my chain broke but hardly unexpected given it should have been changed months ago, removed the bust link, relinked and continued. Was doing a lot more pushing up those short/sharp climbs on the last lap. Got in with a couple of minutes to spare.

Came in 16th out of 26 in four hour male vet category, 5 laps, ~21 miles. Really enjoyed the fast downs of the course, would be awesome in summer. Was fairly happy with tyres, 26x2.35 High Roller 2 up front, and Kenda Nevegal at back (except where it slipped a lot on the climbs).

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#18
Well done for getting out there!
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