steve browne wrote:I hope to bring a non-roadster to TCT3 (or autumn tourette?), it has lovely little lightweight tyres with no kevlar or knobbly tread as nothing else fits beneath the mudguards. Therefore, the type of off road that appeals is a dry, level, even surface covered with short grass . An alternative, preferably shorter, road route (with bonus pub) would be very welcome.
As there's only room for me to bring one bike I think knowing what the terrain will be like before setting off is a very useful bit of information to have.
That's the whole point about re-defining what the TCT is and isn't. Lightweights aren't suitable for large chunks of what we're doing due to skinny wheels, thin-tubed tight-geometry frames etc, so you really need to have accurate terrain information in order to inform your decision on what bike to bring. I'm unhappy about off-roading on the Clubman, and much less the Bertrand that's current under restoration, but perfectly happy to take an old roadster on the rough stuff thanks to lazy frame angles and fatter low-pressure rubber hoops. But the point is, we are defining the ride as suitable for any machine, when it isn't. I'm unconcerned if the TCT develops into an all-terrain event if we're happy to exclude large swathes of bike types as I have several machines suited to off-road rides. But if you'd come on your lightweight and went home with a buckled wheel or cracked frame because I'd told you it was a suitable event, we'd both be pretty peed off.
steve browne wrote:How gradient averse are we? Are Wales and Devon unsuitable venues for TCTx, where x is greater than 3 but less than 30?
Wales and Devon are perfectly suitable for a TCT. I have lightweight machines that would fly up them hills
provided the uphill isn't on an old dried-out riverbed