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30-07-2019, 12:05   #466
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The calendar changes every year, the events that are on this year may not be repeated next year. The events are run by volunteers so people get fed up and want to move on. Standing in a rainy B&Q carpark watching riders looses its charm quickly.
Duly noted, I'll keep an eye on the website and plan accordingly.

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Actually, feck it, I might throw myself into the Antrim 300.
What's the worst that can happen?
(Hypothetical, I don't need answers to that part).

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The calendar changes every year, the events that are on this year may not be repeated next year. The events are run by volunteers so people get fed up and want to move on. Standing in a rainy B&Q carpark watching riders looses its charm quickly.
Ohhhh, I used to dream of standin' in a rainy B&Q* carpark watching riders.
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30-07-2019, 18:30   #468
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In the meantime, PBP2019 preparations are moving apace...
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If you get the weather, the Antrim 300 is a fantastic route.
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Just a quick post to recommend the Adrian Nealon 200.
Granted we may have been lucky with the weather, but what a fantastic route, and Eamon is a gent.
Beautiful part of the country around there, and the route has a bit of everything.
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Rode the Tubbercurry Offroad 200 a few weeks back, 50/50 Road/Offroad, a really great mix of trails from grassy single/double track, gravel roads across bogland, swampy bog, country lanes, fireroads, a proper get your feet wet river crossing, beautiful back roads and great views. I rode this route on a gravel bike and it was well within its range. Would highly recommend the route, kudos to the organiser for putting it together and running a great event.

...also an occasional trail guarded by a horse
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If you get the weather, the Antrim 300 is a fantastic route.
Just did this yesterday and I agree. We had sunshine until the sun went down, then suffered the last two climbs in the dark and the rain.
Torr head is a beautifully sculpted torture device, I wasn't quite expecting the gradients there. Just kept thinking "what possessed anyone to build roads like this".
The last main climb over Slieveanorra ends in a fantastic view over the countryside and you might be fooled into believing that the suffering is almost done. The route planner had other ideas. Broughshane and Big Collin are horrific for tired legs, made worse by the rain in my case. A nice easy finish from Ballyclare lifted my spirits though.
My first 300k done, a very long day in the saddle but surprisingly it wouldn't put me off going back.
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I completed the Pink Elephant 200 on Saturday. Many wrong turns meant I ended up doing 231km. Apologies to Mike for my late return.

This is a fantastic route, all of the slow-rising hills are painful. I prefer to get my altitude gains over shorter distances, but the scenery was worth it, particularly around Gougane Barra.

Four Provinces completed, on to the next challenge!
And thanks for the nudge from here, I wouldn't have contemplated a 300 otherwise.

Happy pedalling!
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I also did the Pink Elephant on Saturday. A bit wet for a while early on, but a great day overall.

This was my first Audax ride and I really enjoyed the day.

Big thanks to Mike for organising it.
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Rode the Tubbercurry Offroad 200 a few weeks back, 50/50 Road/Offroad, a really great mix of trails from grassy single/double track, gravel roads across bogland, swampy bog, country lanes, fireroads, a proper get your feet wet river crossing, beautiful back roads and great views. I rode this route on a gravel bike and it was well within its range. Would highly recommend the route, kudos to the organiser for putting it together and running a great event.

...also an occasional trail guarded by a horse
Sounds like a great route.

What was your total time for the route? What would you typically ride a "normal" 200 in?

Would like to put on a 200km gravelled audax, but the climbing is nuts, 3500m or so. Along with the slower off road moving in general the total travel time is going to be outside audax limits for most.

Can adapt a current route with about 40-50km off road and the rest boreens with about 2500m climbing but it will need a lot of work before its an event.

Also asking for a friend 😀
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Think the maximum is based off 15kmh total time.

I averaged 17km/h (total time) for the Lakelander 100km with 1640m elevation gain.

For reference, I did the Dying Cow 200 a few weeks earlier at 23.3km/h based on total time (2535m elevation gain), with the main group until Windgates.
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Sounds like a great route.

What was your total time for the route? What would you typically ride a "normal" 200 in?

Would like to put on a 200km gravelled audax, but the climbing is nuts, 3500m or so. Along with the slower off road moving in general the total travel time is going to be outside audax limits for most.

Can adapt a current route with about 40-50km off road and the rest boreens with about 2500m climbing but it will need a lot of work before its an event.

Also asking for a friend ��
I rode the Tubbercurry 200km @ 1791m in 11hrs total with 10hrs of riding 20.4km/h, I'm not particularly sporty on hillclimbs so to compare this against my own road only ability, I rode the Mick Byrne 200km @ 3,555m (strava numbers) this year on the same bike with 38mm slicks in 11:15hrs total with 10:15hrs of riding, very similar times despite the elevation difference.

I rode the Lakelander 100km @ 1893m (strava numbers) in 6:30hrs total with 6hrs riding 17.7km/hr.

Around Dublin/Wicklow hills/trails I would usually average under 17km/hr regardless of the distance travelled, there is always a fair bit of elevation to be dealt with there.
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I'm going to blow my own trumpet here and I don't care! I achieved the Randonneur 10,000 medal from the Audax Club Parisien. I'm the first person in Ireland to get one. It's one of the top level awards and you need to complete the following audax rides:-

One Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200km
One ride greater than 1,200km
Two Super Randonneé Series, 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1,000km rides
One Easter Fléché 360km+
One Super Randonneé - 600km, 10,000m+ 60hours
The remainder of the rides have to be BRM brevets

There is a six year qualifying period.

Go and do it!
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I'm going to blow my own trumpet here and I don't care! I achieved the Randonneur 10,000 medal from the Audax Club Parisien. I'm the first person in Ireland to get one. It's one of the top level awards and you need to complete the following audax rides:-

One Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200km
One ride greater than 1,200km
Two Super Randonneé Series, 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1,000km rides
One Easter Fléché 360km+
One Super Randonneé - 600km, 10,000m+ 60hours
The remainder of the rides have to be BRM brevets

There is a six year qualifying period.

Go and do it!
I saw this posted on the audax Ireland page and wondered was it possibly a boardsie.

Congratulations that is some achievement.


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