TCR No. 8

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mattheus wrote: 3 Aug 2022, 9:11am
Jamesh wrote: 3 Aug 2022, 9:00am Does seem they have made the course unduly complicated.

Why not have start x, finish y, Go....

Ok a few checkpoints.... If you must....

but specific routes you must ride and must not ride... Seems a bit ott.

Would make my head hurt!!
It's become the most prestigious, well-loved ultra race in the world, and it's a tried+tested formula.

(Many other races (and euro audaxes) just use a mandatory route - which is much easier for the organisers. The TCR way is difficult - yet they do an amazing job most years!)
Above the RAAM?
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I thought the RAAM allowed support vehicles?
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ratherbeintobago wrote: 3 Aug 2022, 10:31pm I thought the RAAM allowed support vehicles?
It *requires* support vehicles! In the rules (minimum two, IIRC?). You're looking at budgets around £7,000 even if no-one charges for their time.

Hardly an inclusive event. Totally different category, and I think my phrase "well-loved" sums up the difference.
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mattheus wrote: 4 Aug 2022, 9:21am
ratherbeintobago wrote: 3 Aug 2022, 10:31pm I thought the RAAM allowed support vehicles?
It *requires* support vehicles! In the rules (minimum two, IIRC?). You're looking at budgets around £7,000 even if no-one charges for their time.

Hardly an inclusive event. Totally different category, and I think my phrase "well-loved" sums up the difference.
It’s a very different race all in then. There is the TransAm which is unsupported though?

In other thoughts, the parcours section at CP4 looks a bit rough for a heavily laden road bike…

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ratherbeintobago wrote: 4 Aug 2022, 9:52am
mattheus wrote: 4 Aug 2022, 9:21am
ratherbeintobago wrote: 3 Aug 2022, 10:31pm I thought the RAAM allowed support vehicles?
It *requires* support vehicles! In the rules (minimum two, IIRC?). You're looking at budgets around £7,000 even if no-one charges for their time.

Hardly an inclusive event. Totally different category, and I think my phrase "well-loved" sums up the difference.
It’s a very different race all in then. There is the TransAm which is unsupported though?
Yes - VERY different!

And yes, TransAm is unsupported - Mike Hall won it at least once. But what's your point? (I may have lost track of the thread ... )

There's a film about TransAm 2015 that everyone should see :) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4340740/
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ratherbeintobago wrote: 4 Aug 2022, 9:52am In other thoughts, the parcours section at CP4 looks a bit rough for a heavily laden road bike…
Well yes ... that's part of the challenge!
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At some point last night (in the dark) Mike negotiated this aqueduct. It was by no means mandatory (only about 5 riders chose this route). Yes he climbed down that ladder with his bike. Really hope we get a podcast interview with his journey afterwards.
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I'm hoping that The Aqueduct will be what this race is remembered for - rather than The Danube Ferry Issues!

That really is bonkers. Is Mike the first to use it in the dark??
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mattheus wrote: 4 Aug 2022, 12:51pm I'm hoping that The Aqueduct will be what this race is remembered for - rather than The Danube Ferry Issues!

That really is bonkers. Is Mike the first to use it in the dark??
Answer: first male rider!
Amrei Kuhne (bursary rider) went through at possibly the exact same time.

No others last night (and none the night before).
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He's finished!
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Meanwhile other people are making the routing error he nearly made:
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I did wonder if she couldn't face the 110km detour.
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ratherbeintobago wrote: 5 Aug 2022, 7:32pm Meanwhile other people are making the routing error he nearly made:

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She's today's official tweet cover-girl!
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Carlton Reid’s son is the youngest finisher, I think.
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Anyone know when the arrival CP closes?
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