Unicyclist Community

Go Back   Unicyclist Community > Unicycling Discussion > General Unicycling Discussions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 2005-11-01, 10:54 AM   #1
joemarshall
dumb blonde
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Belper, Derbyshire, UK
Posts: 2,983
UK 24 hour riders

Anyone fancy doing this as a pair?

http://strathpuffer.co.uk/strathpuffer/index.htm

There's 17 hours of darkness of which about 15 will be proper absolutely need lights riding. I've got 8 hours of light. I don't want to have to spend tons on batteries so solo is out. There's no point travelling that far to only ride 6 hours, a team of 4 seems pointless.

Joe
joemarshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-01, 09:23 PM   #2
unigamer
Snoopy is teh cool
 
unigamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 137
It looks tempting but I only have a 24" uni and I have never trained for a long race. What are you planning to do for training?
__________________
unigamer's website
unigamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-01, 09:51 PM   #3
phil
Average wheels: 1.5
 
phil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Cannock Chase, UK
Age: 39
Posts: 3,382
I had nearly finished writing a post about how it would take 24 hours of driving to get there and back, never mind time spent riding... but then I went looking at flying there, and now I'm half tempted. I've never been to Scotland, and a 24 hour race somewhere else would be quite interesting.

But... 17 hours of darkness is just silly, and would require more than my current one battery. And at SSMM I managed only one night lap before my ankle was knackered from so many can't-see-where-the-hell-I'm-going UPDs. And it must be blummin' cold that time of year. And... and...

Somebody please, talk me out of it before I go any further...

Phil
__________________
"Cattle Prods solve most of life's little problems."
phil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-01, 10:03 PM   #4
nathan
BIG rides: 24"/36" on/off road
 
nathan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Los Gatos, California
Posts: 1,524
A) It's really far away - even you guys have to fly
B) It's at a ridiculous time of year - 17 hours of darkness?! What is that?!

The logical conclusion is that you should do it. Wish I could come over and do it with you. I actually think it would be best with 4 people. More of a team feeling might be really good. Just make sure no one craps out!

---Nathan
nathan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-01, 10:20 PM   #5
keg
RTL Team #56: The Old Peculiers
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NE Hampshire, UK
Posts: 377
Quote:
Originally Posted by phil
I had nearly finished writing a post about how it would take 24 hours of driving to get there and back, never mind time spent riding... but then I went looking at flying there, and now I'm half tempted. I've never been to Scotland, and a 24 hour race somewhere else would be quite interesting.

But... 17 hours of darkness is just silly, and would require more than my current one battery. And at SSMM I managed only one night lap before my ankle was knackered from so many can't-see-where-the-hell-I'm-going UPDs. And it must be blummin' cold that time of year. And... and...

Somebody please, talk me out of it before I go any further...

Phil
Phil, no problem I can lend you my battery

In the summer I was atleast an hour above Inverness and happened to chat with a local mountain biker, he came 2nd at this years SSMM in our class. If he can make it that far south it would only be fair for you to return the honour.
keg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-01, 11:32 PM   #6
johnhimsworth
Unicyclist
 
johnhimsworth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Nottingham
Age: 35
Posts: 547
Few, it's a bit too close to my exams. Thank <deity/belief system/probability as decided by JC thread> for that excuse.

John
__________________
Never argue with an idiot; they drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
johnhimsworth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 08:33 AM   #7
deadlydes
Alright Unicyclist
 
deadlydes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Pontypridd, South Wales, UK.
Age: 36
Posts: 171
i would if it wasnt for the distance
its about a >10hr drive from here!

shame really though, perhaps worth thinking about for next year. make a week or two out of it or something. there is loads of riding and climbing to be done up there so i could be persuaded to take a week or two off work :-)
__________________
Listen to what I mean not what I say
deadlydes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 10:26 AM   #8
redwelly
Sam Wakeling
 
redwelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Sheffield, UK
Age: 35
Posts: 616
Send a message via Skype™ to redwelly
That slow, creeping, chill feeling which spreads from the pounding heart, via the knees and thighs (to consider their current condition and training potential) before rasing back by way of straining lungs... before making it all the way up to the brain.

Bother. The brain is always the weakest link.

As their website says "The £24 entry must represent the best pain/price ratio ever!" Not to mention the item in the rules about all riders carrying a survival blanket and emergency food.

Sounds like such a tempting thing. If it weren't for the 12+ hour train journey, my one green flashing LED light and the exam period starting the day after... if only...

Something which makes SSMM (Redbull 24) sound downright civilised!

Sam
redwelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 11:26 AM   #9
sarah.miller
SWUM unicyclist
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Exeter, Devon
Posts: 1,042
Quote:
Originally Posted by phil
But... 17 hours of darkness is just silly, and would require more than my current one battery. And at SSMM I managed only one night lap before my ankle was knackered from so many can't-see-where-the-hell-I'm-going UPDs. And it must be blummin' cold that time of year. And... and...

Somebody please, talk me out of it before I go any further...

Phil
I can lend you a battery... or even a lights set.Can't do the race myself but my kit could...
Sarah
__________________
South West Unicycle Meet
www.uk.unicyclist.com/swum.html
sarah.miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 11:51 AM   #10
phil
Average wheels: 1.5
 
phil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Cannock Chase, UK
Age: 39
Posts: 3,382
Quote:
Originally Posted by sarah.miller
I can lend you a battery... or even a lights set.Can't do the race myself but my kit could...
Stop it! I'm trying to think of excuses, not arrangements to go do it...

When I saw Sam had replied I thought "Yay, he'll do it, I'm saved!" only for him to cop out too. Exams, schmexams...

Phil
__________________
"Cattle Prods solve most of life's little problems."

Last edited by phil; 2005-11-02 at 11:56 AM.
phil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 12:39 PM   #11
rob.northcott
Mainly XC Muni
 
rob.northcott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Dartmoor, England
Age: 51
Posts: 2,886
Joe, if none of the usual people are up for it I'm quite tempted to have a go at something like that. There are a couple of potential problems in that I've never ridden a unicycle in the dark or even raced a unicycle before, so I can't promise that I'd be very good, but I do claim to be reasonably fit (when I haven't got a sodding cold!) and usually ride everywhere as fast as I can go.

It's the thought of being mown down by bikes that scares me... perhaps I should try a daylight race first to get used to the crowds. Mass-start road races on the bike used to scare the pants off me - I was more of a time-trialist.

But anyway, if you're stuck for a partner I could probably be persuaded to give it a go. But if you find somebody with some experience (I'm surprised Roger hasn't replied) I won't be offended

Rob
__________________
"Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

"I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)
rob.northcott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 01:06 PM   #12
mikepenton
Unicyclist
 
mikepenton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: London, UK
Age: 47
Posts: 1,036
Phil,
I'll be driving past you at some point before Christmas so I could drop off Keith's & my lights on the way down from London, collect Sarah's while I'm in Devon & drop those off too. Should I ask Paul Royle for his too?

Des (& Phil)
you could get a sleeper train on Friday night, and come back Sunday night to be back at work first thing Monday.

Hope I've been of help
Mike
mikepenton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 03:33 PM   #13
joemarshall
dumb blonde
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Belper, Derbyshire, UK
Posts: 2,983
Before doing anything else I've mailed them to check whether unicyclists are allowed.

Phil, you can get a replacement battery for lumicycles from multicell for £40 http://www.multicell.co.uk/custom.htm lots of people recommend them.

You need to be careful about the polarity if you're fitting the plug yourself, it's apparently wired the opposite way to normal. If you do it wrong the charger will not work. Two batteries + a 10w bulb = 10 hours of light.

I'd also say it sounds to be hilly enough to justify riding munis rather than 29ers or cokers, so you're less likely to injure yourself while night riding.

It looks like it might be a little hilly, although I'd guess they'd not use much higher than 1000 feet otherwise you'd be riding in the clouds for most of the race.

http://www.northernsights.net/strathpeffer-20.html

I have a new sleeping bag that's rated as comfy down to -8C and usable down to -20 or so. This would be a good chance to use it. They're apparently going to have hot water and a heated event tent available all through the 24 hours plus lots of bonfires to stay warm around.

Scotland is fantastic to ride in, big hills, mists, blizzards, rain, what more could you want?

As for training for a race like this, it's only a couple of months away, so you'd need to be pretty fit already, and probably have at least some experience of night riding. Other than that, I'd train by riding lots. There's nothing else to it. I'd say you'd probably want some experience of mountain conditions and a good waterproof jacket, they're not saying bring survival bags for no reason.

Joe
joemarshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 04:01 PM   #14
phil
Average wheels: 1.5
 
phil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Cannock Chase, UK
Age: 39
Posts: 3,382
Quote:
Originally Posted by joemarshall
Scotland is fantastic to ride in, big hills, mists, blizzards, rain, what more could you want?
Have you ever considered a job in the tourism industry? You're a natural...

Phil
__________________
"Cattle Prods solve most of life's little problems."
phil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2005-11-02, 04:08 PM   #15
rob.northcott
Mainly XC Muni
 
rob.northcott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Dartmoor, England
Age: 51
Posts: 2,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by joemarshall
you'd need to ... have at least some experience of night riding.
You're probably right Joe - I was only volunteering as a last resort if you couldn't find anybody else. Looks interesting though, much like home but probably colder
I haven't done any proper competitive cycling since I drifted out of bike time trialling years ago (the nearest I've come to racing is Audax rides but they don't really count) and I'm getting the urge to do some racing on the unicycle. I'll have to have a go at some night riding on my own (I'm a bit chicken to risk breaking my bike lights that I need to get home from work ) and see how I get on, and perhaps think about entering a couple of races with more daylight...

Rob
__________________
"Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

"I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)
rob.northcott is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hour, riders


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
UK 24 Hour Mountain Mayhem this weekend gayno General Unicycling Discussions 5 2005-06-24 07:14 PM
Custom 24 Hour Endurance Racing 29er U-Turn General Unicycling Discussions 14 2004-05-31 12:36 PM
mountain mayhem 24 hour (UK) / Red Bull / SSMM joemarshall General Unicycling Discussions 14 2004-03-11 10:03 PM
24 hour race, may long weekend by Toronto Sofa General Unicycling Discussions 11 2003-01-30 04:46 AM
Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race Sarah Miller General Unicycling Discussions 1 2001-01-08 11:53 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2001-2019 Gilby
Page generated in 0.10984 seconds with 11 queries