Festive 500

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Festive 500

Postby PH » 23 Dec 2019, 10:27pm

Anyone else with nothing better to do over the next few days than chase a Rapha roundel?
The mild weather ought to make it less changeling than some years, though I remember last year was fairly benign. I've entered again, my 8th or 9th, feel a bit of a fraud this year as I'd be riding at least half of it anyway and I'm not doing an extra 500. The keenest riders will be out in an hour or so and probably have a couple of hundred in before I get on the bike. How about you?

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Re: Festive 500

Postby gaz » 23 Dec 2019, 10:37pm

Should be out of work about 2:30pm tomorrow, not back in until 6th Jan.

No plans apart from the 6/7mile commute. Probably fit in some quaxing and maybe a cafe run to avoid going stir crazy but I don't expect to get beyond double figures in total.

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Re: Festive 500

Postby TrevA » 23 Dec 2019, 10:53pm

I successfully completed it last year, but it’s very time-hungry. You’ve got to be riding pretty much everyday for at least 3 hours and if you miss a day or two, it’s quite hard to catch up. I enjoyed it, but I won’t be doing it again this year,even though I’ll be getting out on the bike quite a bit. I prefer to just enjoy going out and not have the pressure of having to ride.
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Re: Festive 500

Postby eileithyia » 24 Dec 2019, 7:55am

Initially I thought I would not do another, but last year did it while cooking a large ovarian cyst, so this year have to do the post-op one.... Though my throat might have other ideas as it feels a bit delicate.....
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Re: Festive 500

Postby eileithyia » 24 Dec 2019, 5:15pm

Update; First 112km ticked off.
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Re: Festive 500

Postby mattheus » 24 Dec 2019, 6:47pm

Good luck Eil!

If anyone's in the Brizzle area, they could look at this (the only Audax running in the next 10 days):
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-507/

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Re: Festive 500

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 24 Dec 2019, 8:24pm

This is the last year you’ll get a woven badge. It will be digital badge only from now. I got just over 100 Kms ticked off today.

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Re: Festive 500

Postby PH » 26 Dec 2019, 9:59am

Stinking cold :?
120 over two days, but today was going to be a big ride and I'm unlikely to go out. I can afford not to ride for a couple of days but if I'm not feeling better by the weekend, I'm out.

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Re: Festive 500

Postby pedalsheep » 26 Dec 2019, 1:03pm

I was considering doing it again this year but was never fully committed to it. I managed 32 miles in strong winds on Xmas Eve, no miles yesterday despite it being beautifully sunny with light winds, and now the wind is blowing and the rain beating against the window! I will get out this afternoon no matter what but it won't be enough miles to make the 500 feasible without impacting too much on the rest of my life.
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Re: Festive 500

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 26 Dec 2019, 1:58pm

I’ve got 210 miles left to do after today’s effort, in some horrific conditions. I reckon I’ll get it done.

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Re: Festive 500

Postby eileithyia » 26 Dec 2019, 2:49pm

Local 10 mile TT and topped up the miles with a ride to local cafe that had been taken over by volunteers for a Macmillan coffee morning. 22 miles only but still 7 ahead...
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Re: Festive 500

Postby mattheus » 26 Dec 2019, 3:35pm

eileithyia wrote:Local 10 mile TT and topped up the miles with a ride to local cafe that had been taken over by volunteers for a Macmillan coffee morning. 22 miles only but still 7 ahead...


Ouch - using a 10 to count is doing it the hard way! I hope you had better weather than us wherever you are. This was the first 'orrible Dec26th that I can remember since I started going to the morning 10 - we had a whopping 8 riders, and 5 helpers/hangers-on!

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Re: Festive 500

Postby eileithyia » 27 Dec 2019, 8:34am

mattheus wrote:
eileithyia wrote:Local 10 mile TT and topped up the miles with a ride to local cafe that had been taken over by volunteers for a Macmillan coffee morning. 22 miles only but still 7 ahead...


Ouch - using a 10 to count is doing it the hard way! I hope you had better weather than us wherever you are. This was the first 'orrible Dec26th that I can remember since I started going to the morning 10 - we had a whopping 8 riders, and 5 helpers/hangers-on!



It's all miles and it all counts :lol: Would have been riding the 10 anyway. Yes it was windy but only one way, and some of the return leg was sheltered, the showery spats of rain that started just as we got to sign on, eased and virtually held off for the event, it was a back wind to the cafe and family had gone in the van so I did not have to ride back into the wind and rain.... which arrived with full force around 12:30 :lol:

I saw that some of the festive 10's had far worse weather and I believe the New Forest event was shortened to 2.7 miles (or similar) due to flooded roads.
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Re: Festive 500

Postby eileithyia » 29 Dec 2019, 6:44pm

85km to go....
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Re: Festive 500

Postby gaz » 29 Dec 2019, 7:05pm

Festive 50km completed today. Might see if I can make it 50 miles by year end :wink: .