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Mike Hall legend R.I.P

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Photo Mike Dion. Inspired to ride. Please donate to support his family in this sad time

A fitting Tribute Read it here

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Ba Ba Bikepack Race announced

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Ba Ba intro graphic

Do you have July spare in 2018 well you might be interested in this.

Race against the clock – 1 Stage
One person will win. It is a race. No prizes, other than bragging rights in the pub.
June 29th 2018
5340 km (3329 miles)
60,340m climbing (197965ft)
70 of Great Britains 200 hardest climbs in one event
3 Countries
3 Capital Cities
12 National Parks
Where you sleep is up to you.
It is a small island? Yeah right, try riding round it on a bike…Now is your chance.

It was announced yesterday and already there are 26 rides who have registered an interest to ride, and it has been quickly upgraded to a race event. Check out the very informative website, it has full details of the challenge and the initial versions of the routes. Ba Ba Bikepack

The Century Challenge in 2017

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While it’s been fun watching the achievements of riders pushing themselves through 2016, it’s also been very challenging.  Counting the rides during the week is fine, and it’s been great fun checking out some amazing ride locations;  watching the race for the first 300 mile triple ton ride, and being part of the race to be first to the ton of tons.

Here at YCC towers come the weekend it gets hectic, add in going away on your own multiday trips and it becomes somewhat a burden. Returning home tired and hungry and having to prioritise Strava mining for tons over recovery sleep and reacquainting myself with the family has proved pretty difficult. Even Sunday nights away have been spent trying to find Internet access just to check the previous weeks club table before it disappears for good on Strava.

One time consuming aspect has also been that riders like to put up multi-day trips and long Audax rides as one file.  Don’t get me wrong they look great, but come on, is it the same ride when you have 8 hrs sleep in your own bed.
With the centuries only counting in a calendar day rule, most rides had to be verified by manually trolling through them in analysis mode, taking into account their start time and periods stopped.
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We want the show to go on for 2017, the Strava API allows automatic collection of data from group members and it’s being tested in use right now.  An example from the test page (shown above) will display the latest rides above 100 miles. Riders will be able to see the latest big rides; BUT there are restrictions, as Strava only allows group admin to retrieve the last 200 rides from its records.

At the moment the group members rack up about 80 rides a day but at peak periods over the weekend if you load your ride late Sunday, or Monday it will be missed. This occurs because Strava timestamps each one with the ride start time. To get round this there will be a link to each riders recorded centuries. A section of Kajsa’s January 2016 rides are shown here

If any rider notices an unrecorded century ride there will be the option to manually  make sure it is recorded. This is done by putting the Strava ride number in the add box shown. The ride number is the unique reference Strava gives to every ride; this is available in your browser URL address box.
This takes the form https://www.strava.com/activities/783530675
The ONLY part we will require you to put in the box is the final number, in this example its 783530675

Anyone who joins the challenge late will be required to get up to speed by adding their historical rides themselves using the above method.

So is that over 783 million rides already in the Strava bank, wow! Wonder what the earliest ride number is that we can reference. This was the 100 millionth in 2013, The earliest one I quickly found was this one 299 from 2008

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Summary Table – this is not the finished product but shows a Centuries total column – which will link to the list of recorded rides.

To make this as automatic a process as possible some things will change come January 1st.

2017 Century Challenge Rules (work in progress)

  1. UK riders only (we are still considering making this worldwide we have 1 month to decide.)
  2. Competitors must join the Yearly Century Challenge (YCC) club on strava
  3. If your rides are private then YCC admin will request to follow you for ride validation purposes.
  4. The counting starts on January 1st 2017 at 00:00
  5. Rides must be human powered only, and in the great outdoors, no virtual rides or indoor track rides
  6. Rides no longer have to be within a calendar day. Starting at 10pm and finishing the next day counts as a century this year.
  7. One point for every 100 mile ride. 100 miles = 1 point, 200 miles =2 points etc.
  8. We appreciate riders like to upload multi-day rides as one file. This is allowed as long as it is not abused to falsify or simulate a long distance ride/trip
  9. Two separate ride files on one day that total over 100 miles will qualify, it will be up to the rider to email the organisers to bring attention to this as the logging software will miss it. (It would be better to join the rides together before uploading, or just don’t reset your device until the end of your second ride.
  10. Much of this relies on rider honour, any suspect admissions will be discounted; Repeat offenders will be removed from the YCC group.
  11. If rides are updated late or during peak summer periods they will be missed, more so if we go world wide. In 2017 it will be the riders responsibility to add their missing rides themselves, a list of collected rides and a self upload form will be provided. To an upload a ride you input your Strava ride number. (found at the end of the ride URL)
  12. Riders joining after the start date of Jan 1st will be responsible for adding their previous rides manually to the counting database, or must provide a list of Strava ride links by email to the YCC admin
  13. In all maters arising the final decision rests with the YCC admin, who reserves the right to alter or amend the rules as may be necessary.

For any more info, Mail: BlueDotRiders@gmail.com. Any offers in prizes or support will be greatly received, does your company want to sponsor this challenge? Any comments or questions appreciated below too.

 

◾Race to The Rock story

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Fancy 2,300 off-road self-supported Australian outback kilometres from Adelaide in the south to Ayers Rock / Uluru for 2017.

Check out Gunther Desmedt’s story of The Race to the Rock 2016 (check out the rest of his blog too)

◾Japanese Odyssey a picture story

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A pictorial account of the 2016 Japanese Odyssey from Carlos Lazer to maybe peak your interest for 2017; as long as you don’t mind the rain 😉

Carlos story of his 15 day trip

Also check this interview out with rider Simon Wile

◾Chris Phillips wins Trans Afrika

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Chris Phillips wins the Trans Afrika in 11 days 17 hours and 41 minutes. Described by the organiser as an awesome ride  in some of the toughest weather conditions they have seen. He arrived in Cape town Yesterday after battling several days of high winds during the race.

The winner
Chris happy to see table mountain :Photo Andy Masters

So if you fancy this adventure for 2017 go to TransAfrika and start planning. Kenny Fagan is the next rider due in, The live tracking page is here.

◾Route 66 Race Cancelled

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Route 66 which started in Chicago, Illinois, USA has been cancelled mid race. Route 66 Bike Race

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From the Facebook Page

Route 66 race is cancelled. Any further forward movement on the route is at racer choice but will not in any way be supported by the organisers.

” When the aca put maps out of rt66 there was a lot of excitement. Most of us had ridden others aca routes and had no reason to think the integrity of the map set was to be questioned. We talked to multiple people who had ridden the route and none stated the difficulty that most of us have experienced.”

“With 3 people hit, multiple people ending the race due to danger, and the obvious fact it is simply not safe, The call was made before any further serious accidents occur.

The leading riders are continuing, the race is still on unofficially, but they are following there own routes if they intend to complete the coast to coast ride.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to this years winner of the TransAtlanticWay Race Bernd Paul who was knocked off his bike in the event. He’s in good spirits after suffering a broken Pelvis.

Updated: A very interesting Mountainbike radio podcast interview here with Billy Rice and Jesse Stauffer on the race and some hints as to a new Endurance event “The Pony Express”