◾ YCC June Round Up

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The month with the most daylight, and the start of many Ultra endurance races, we would expect a landslide of tons this month.

Jasmijn Muller starts the month off with a LEJOG trip. This was in preparation for a future attempt to beat the ladies record for the End to End route in 2017. It was great seeing the huge variation of trips riders took, June’s bullet points follow in no particular order.

  • Marcus JB went on an great voyage of adventure, this bridged both May and June as he headed South for the sun across France
  • Ten riders have now cracked the 50 Tons after 6 Months and thirty people have a completed 20 to gain a certificate (Note: If any of your are graphic designers and can help with the design of this please get in touch
  • Dave Barter put in another great off road Ton ride completing a double ridgeway ride. Ridgeway_DaveB
  • Alex H and Graeme C collect a few doing the increasingly popular NC500 route in Scotland.
  • A local Northants battle breaks out between Rich K and Ricki G, at times both putting in 4 tons in a week, Rich coming out on top 13 to 12 in his favour.
  • Phil C puts in a mammoth consistent 17 for the month with 5 in one week, to move him up to third in the overall table.
  • Darren F practicing for a ton fest at the TCR race goes LEL route hunting riding from London to Edinburgh for 440 miles (3 tons)
  • Richard B and Steve G join the Triple Ton club with a very fast 300 around the Lincoln area in 23 Hours.
  • Toby Willis joins the YCC Everesting gang, the third this year to scale 8480 metres up the same climb in a day.
  • The Big Audax rides are in full swing, several riders out on the very tough Dragons and Legends 600Km round Wales including Alex B and Gareth B and Mike L

Almost a lap of wales

Almost a lap of wales

Photo: Alex Bend

Photo: Alex Bend

  • Another event for Sarah F, Keith W and Chris H was to complete the Coast to Coast route including the Hardknott pass in one day.
  •  Dereck M and Eric R rode the other direction across the country in the South for 204 miles, chasing the sun from when it rose in Southend over to the Welsh West Coast.
  • Mike Hall smashed the Tour Divide Race from Banff Canada to the Mexican border.  Read the story here. Just think about that, under 14 days for 2700 miles off road with minimal sleep unsupported, truly amazing cycling. He gained 19 Tons to deservedly win this Months book prize. “The Year”
  • Commiserations to Steve G who looked odds on for the book prize going into the final three days of the month regularly posting four Tons in a week. His efforts though now move him up to fourth in the overall 2016 list above Steve A.
  • Steve Abraham himself took part in a 12 hour TT double ton on his trusty Raleigh riding at over 20mph average. He is certainly training hard and look out for an attempt on the HAMR month record before the year’s out; That should be 60 tons alone with his past record.
Photo: JackP – Stunning

Three of the Top ten riders this month competed against each other in the TransAtlanticWay Race around Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. Jack P, Paula R and George C gathered a hatful of Tons during one week battling the elements, whilst enjoying the stunning views this huge coastal route offers.  This means Jack stretches out a brief gap at the top of the yearly tons table with 76, while Kajsa had a relaxing month touring to and round Sweden, still on target for the ladies highest Annual mileage record.

Centuries Recorded for June:
19 Mike Hall
17 Phill Cloke
14 Steve Gee
13 Richard Karmann
13 Paula Regener
13 Jack Peterson
12 Ricki Goode
11 Mike Lane
8 Steve Abraham
8 Kajsa Tylén
8 George Cordal

Yearly Totals at the end of June:  (full List)
Jack Peterson 76
Kajsa Tylén 72
Phill Cloke 71
Steve Gee 66
Steve Abraham 64
Ricki Goode  62
Richard Karmann 61
Mike Kelly 54
Mike Lane 52
Pete R 50




TransOz for 2017 anyone? Indian Pacific Wheel Race

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Hold up on your plans for 2017, this might mix them up, do you fancy racing across Australia. Jesse Carlsson is proposing a 3700 mile race and is checking out the interest, below is lifted from his Facebook post. (updated Facebook Page, its happening)

Click to open the proposed route in ride with GPS
Click to open the proposed route in ride with GPS

OK Overlanders, click (the map above) to check out version 3 of a possible Indian Pacific Wheel Race in March 2017. There seems to be a fair bit of Internet interest in the idea but I wonder if it will translate into real world interest? Thanks for all the route suggestions so far. Unfortunately not everyone will be pleased. Nevertheless, I have a particular adventure in mind for this race, and it goes like this…
> Race bikes across Australia, from ocean to ocean.
> Single stage race of around 5,000 km.
> Solo.
> No support.
> Sealed roads.
> Starting at [***TBC: 6am on 1 Mar 2017] in Fremantle – dipping the rear wheel in the Indian Ocean sometime the day before. The finish line is the Sydney Opera House, whenever you get there. Neutral riding to Bondi Beach following that will be encouraged to dip the front wheel in the Pacific Ocean.
> Passing right through the centre of Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, taking in some of the favourite local cycling routes along the way. I want racers to see the contrast between the outback and the city. I want commuters to see the racers. I want CBD workers and racers to cross paths. I want local bunch rides to find racers. I hope some local riders will even ride with racers as they pass through. I hope the cities welcome the racers.
> The course has a few distinct sectors with different characteristics:
1. The desert (incl the Nullarbor);
2. Rolling hills through the famous winery districts of South Australia;
3. The iconic Great Ocean Road;
4. The mountains. Sure you might be able to TT across the desert but can you hold it together though a hilly 1,200km sector to finish?
> This is not to be confused with the fully supported Trans Oz Audax event planned for next year (Aug) to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Oppy’s record-breaking Fremantle to Sydney ride in 1937 – go here for that: http://www.transoz.bike/. You will like that event a lot more than this one. Audax put on a great show and it’s sure to be more fun.

BDR have had a look at that TransOz Audax site. It appears a great way to travel the full length of Australia with added support and some feed/ sleep stops covered and happens later in the year (August) It will cost you at least $2500AUD  on top of flights. The main difference from the race is that you will have to have qualified with at least 6100 km of Audax rides before the entry date to do this ride. 


Tour divide so interesting for 2016

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Friday into Saturday 10th June the tour divide 2016 starts. 2711 off road miles from Canada to the Mexican border. Here in the UK all eyes will be on the favourite  “dots” of Mike Hall vs Josh Kato and the first race celebrity Guy Martin.   Here at BDR we will be watching Brits Greg May and Nigel Leech too.

Photo from Louth Cycle centre who have built the bike
Photo from Louth Cycle centre who have built the bike

Guy is on a Salsa Fargo with a Roloff Hub prepared by Louth Cycles, this boy doesn’t do things by half and from friends in Endura who have supplied his kit, he has great respect for the history and rules of this unsupported race.

There is a great introduction to the race on Bikepackers Magazine. There is a huge turnout of Southbound riders this year.

The tracker page is here

◾ YCC May Round Up

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May saw us well and truly into big ride season with double tons becoming very common; rides to the seaside, Big Audaxes becoming more popular, and our first Everesting ride. The cold weather challenged at times, week 20 saw a particular low of only 47 recorded tons.

April winner Phil C started us off with a double, this after only one days rest from his very quick triple – but then when his book arrived he took a break.
The Fred Whitton is always popular and Shell, Greg L, Gavin Q,  Justin D, Karl S, and Alex H took on the tough climbs as they passed the ton at this event.
JJ put in some big rides with minimal stops; a 320 miler in 24 hrs, perfect timing with two tons on saturday and one on Sunday. Then backed this up with a two day ride to Edinburgh of 460 miles.
Dean C also hit a monster 317 miler but showed that timing is everything for YCC starting as 24 miles by midnight robbed him of the third ton.

PeeJay enjoyed the peaks
PeeJay enjoyed the peaks

Big doubles on long multi day trips from Darren F to Bilbao Spain, and Andy C doing 865 miles in 4.5 days, but again Martian C had to be top dog; a London to Liverpool return trip of 446 miles.

Strava dubbed May the 10th  “ride to work day” much of the country had bad weather but it didn’t stop Matt the Beard. OK he didnt go to work but grabbed a great double ton. Several riders did the Etape du Dales but loads more in YCC did the Brian Chapman Memorial 600K in a gloriously sunny Wales. We counted sixteen which all added to the highest tonnage week so far this year. Check out the Strava Playback

Big Kudos for the first YCC Everest. George C climbed over 8840 Metres up Ditchling Beacon  Then The Bonk followed shortly after with one too.

Shell does the Fred- Hardknott headwind
Shell does the Fred- Hardknott headwind

Richard Barnett put in a consistent month to grab May’s “The Year” book prize, while Kajsa still Marches on in her Year Mileage record quest. The consistency of the year long front runners continues to amaze, now joined by Mike lane and Andy C as they get into their stride. We have a feeling June is going to be huge, bear with us as we try to keep up.

May Totals

14 Kajsa Tylén
13 Richard Barnett  (Year Book Prize winner)
13 Jack Peterson
11 Andy C
10 Mike Lane
10 Steve Gee
9 Lindsay Clayton
9 Mike Kelly
9 Pete R
9 Ricki Goode

2016  totals after five months (full List)
64 Kajsa Tylén
63 Jack Peterson
57 Steve Abraham
54 Phill Cloke
52 Steve Gee
50 Ricki Goode
48 Mike Kelly
48 Richard Karmann
44 Pete R
42 Andy C
41 Mike Lane
37 Tony Barlow
36 Richard Barnett

◾ It’s TransAm Dot watching Time

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Transamerica race tracker

logo cropSat 4th June at 8am (4pm GMT) 62 solo riders and several pairs will start the race from Coast to Coast across North America. 4400 miles of rider tracking fun for dot watchers, and curious racers thinking it could be their next challenge. TransAm Race site

This year it has a new twist with a following media car completely dedicated to the race. This should lead to daily blog updates and photo reports, so if you’re a fan go buy them a meal, or some fuel This could be an idea future races might consider.

For the race up front can Lee Fancourt stay healthy and become the second UK winner of this event. Lael Wilcox is the main Lady in the field, will she trouble the sub 21 Day record of Juliana Buhring. Details of her attempt, and cool custom Revelate gear HERE

For TCR2016 competitors its also a perfect chance to show your family dot watchers how it all works, and that tracking can be quirky at times, and not to worry about inactivity. Here is a good beginners guide to using Trackleaders, based on the TransAm.

◾ The highland trail Scotland

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If you’d like a fix of dot watching, the off road Highland trail starts soon. http://trackleaders.com/highland16

◾ YCC April Round Up

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The Century challenge in April came alive with some epic adventures, our first triple ton, snow disrupted rides and a titanic battle for the book prize.

Mike Kelly started the month with intent riding to the south coast, polishing off a 300Km Audax and returning for 4 points for the weekend. Phill Cloke and Richard Karmen (5 centuries in 5 days) responded the following week and the battle was on, with Mr consistent Steve G shadowing them whilst grabbing two double ton rides. Into the final weekend with Mike and Richard tied on 13 each and then Phill dropped his bomb, a triple ton to jump them both and secure the Year Book prize with 14; Congratulations Phill

Steve Abraham returned in style making a sweat pledge to Kajsa; to match her weeks mileage on an Eliptigo machine. This ramped up his total with 7 in one week alone, the machine is back in business. Kajsa herself had an unusually quiet month for centuries while still keeping on target for her year mileage record. Passing through 10,000 Miles data link
Steve Eliptigo pic

April Total centuries top 5

14 Phill Cloke
13 Mike Kelly
13 Richard Karmann
13 Steve Abraham
12 Steve Gee

Phil wasn’t the first 300 though, Martian C finally on his third attempt secured our first triple of the year with a superb South Coast ride.  Steve G, Mike K, Paul B, Jasmijn M (289 miles in 19 Hrs wow) did 200 mile rides twice each, with many others also riding doubles.

Now That's a huge ride
Now That’s a huge ride

The Spring classics of the Rond Flanders, and Leige Baston Liege saw a few of our YCC riders putting in big rides at each supporting sportive ride. Ian Hill rode to the Paris Roubaix race for charity, while Jack P was lucky enough to ride the course the day before, escorted by three time podium Pro rider Juan Antonio Flecha.

J.A.Flecha the ultimate guide to riding the Roubaix Cobbles
J.A.Flecha the ultimate guide to riding the Roubaix Cobbles

As Audax season got into full swing many riders totals were boosted with rides to Skegness, Bistol’s Elvis ride, fuelled by amazing cake displays, whilst the huge Brevet Cymru 400Km had a big YCC turnout (we spotted 11). Some had problems with that crazy snow mid month leading to  abandoned plans.  Dave P, Mike H, Mini Pips and Rich S all grabbed a hard earned ton over a 200Km gravel course in Kielder at the dirty Riever event.

Great shot from Shell. Early mist on the Brevet Cymru 400K
Great shot from Shell. Early mist on the Brevet Cymru 400K

Adventurous long rides started early with the Bristol Audax riders boosting there team total with a multi day weather hit epic in Iceland. Their plans were scuppered by very high winds (literally blowing them off the road) and cold nights, but what a trip. Jack P kept his big total ticking along by riding to the sun in Barcelona across the Central Masif in 6 days.

Gareth B in Iceland (photo: Luke Joy-Smith)
Gareth B in Iceland (photo: Luke Joy-Smith)

Jason Miles teamed up with Guy Martin (you may have watched them set the Tandem 24 Hr record on TV) for a coast to coast with a difference, some big miles while raising money for a worthy cause. Guy is also training towards his plan to complete the Tour Divide Race this year, Mike Hall will also be there ramping up his YCC total for sure in his quest to win it once more.

As April drew to a close remarkably we had a three way tie at the top of the totals table, with Phill Cloke chasing hard. 14 riders have now completed over 20 centuries, what will May bring.

Total Tonnage for April after 4 months. (Full table here)
50  Kajsa Tylén
50  Jack Peterson
50 Steve Abraham
46  Phill Cloke
42 Steve Gee
41 Ricki Goode (A5R)
40 Richard Karmann
39 Mike Kelly
35 Pete R
32  Tony Barlow

By the way of comparison in 1911 Marcel Planes had yet to record his first 200 mile ride, but was well on his way to 100 centuries.