A lot has happened but the main news is we have our first centurion riders: Phill Cloke. and Jack Peterson. both entered the Ton of Tons roll of honour on the same day in week 32. An outstanding achievement with Phill adding 21 in July alone. Pete R had a good July too and received the Year book prize as the next deserved winner.
July’s Top 5
21 Phill Cloke
17 Jack Peterson
13 Pete R
13 Richard Karmann
12 Mike Lane
As you’d expect over summer there were some huge rides, several over 1000km. In the Audax world one such event was the gruelling Mile Pennines, a great bunch of YCC riders Paul Dytham, Shell, Steve Ferry, Jamie Andrews Mike Kelly Alex Bend, Marcus JB and Adama watkins, did battle with the weather and Northern hills.
Another was the highlands and Islands where Jack, Ricki Goode, David Hann and Dan Rough has differeing success in the cold wet Scottish hills while the rest of the UK basked in warm sunshine.
Andy C rode his own 1000km route, while Martin Radford rode LEJoG and Henry Whaley rode the NC500
Steve Abraham meanwhile did the national 24 hour TT with a credible 457 miles.
The Dulwich Dynamo had a huge turnout with some riders completing the return as a loop, but a 6pm start time kills double ton aspirations.
There was off road fun too, Jason Miles did the Salzkammergut Trophy a tough Austria off road Enduro with 7.900 metres of climbing in 200km, truly epic.
Dave Barter (the generous doner of our prize book “The Year”) did an established off road classic, the Trans Cambrian Way. His story of the ride here is written in his superbly funny style and well worth a read.
August Top 5
19 Paul Buckley
16 Shell (LFCC)
14 Darren Franks
14 James Juneyt Dennis
13 Hippy Hippy and Rob Jordon
The table tells a story, August started for several of our YCC clan with the Transcontinental race from Belgium to Turkey. These mile-eaters lead the way with Paul stealing the book prize in the end with a 4 ton round trip to the Isle of Man, so he recovered well.
Darren Franks showed us just how much appetite such a long ride creates, while his trip blog is evolving as it paints a graphic picture of the pain involved, another great read
JJD grabbed his tons in just two Monster rides, one a lap of Iceland, the other a London-Edinburgh-London loop of his own, he hopes to race to Turkey next year.
Kajsa continues on her year record and returns from her Scandinavian adventure riding North in the UK heatwave, the red arrows even help her celebrate on day 231 when she passes 20,000 miles so far in 2016.
Steve Abraham shows some speed doing 237 miles at 18mph, outstanding, what’s he preparing for: From September 2nd he is going for the month mileage record. Now as his target is 7000 miles, it’s very likely that he could post 60 tons for next month alone!
The off road big rides keep coming; George Cordal rode the lumpy South Downs Way in one hit, but MiniPips keeps blowing us away. Tour de France off road then back to school, amazing picture blog story here.
Andy C is another hero completing a challenge he set himself, riding 600Km, 400Km, 300Km, 200Km for twelve continuous months; best explained in his blog
Kudos also going to Alex Hamilton for his 24 Challenge, and Luke Dutton for the Newcastle to London non-stop challenge.
So after all that the main table come the end of August looks like this: We await our next Centurian, well after Steve who will blow the table apart it seems. Full table here
104 Jack Peterson
102 Phill Cloke
90 Steve Gee
86 Steve Abraham
85 Kajsa Tylén
84 Richard Karmann
82 Ricki Goode
75 Pete R
71 Mike Kelly
69 Mike Lane
Stop Press: Steve A day 1 – A triple ton for starters
Training for the TCR or just love adventurous long rides? Valleycat from the TCR organising crew is back after it’s inaugural test event last year, and is awaiting entries.
“This time we’re going right in deeper to mid-Wales, 15 miles from Aberystwyth to be exact, for a whole weekend of controls bagging across around 350km.
Controls will be announced Friday night at Tymawr farm and riders will have all weekend to visit.
Two nights camping at Tymawr and some food is included. Recovery beverages will be retrieved from the local breweries for your sampling pleasure at the Aftercat.”
For those doing the TCR it is a great chance to simulate the Friday night 10pm start, riding into the night testing your navigation skills, Going 7 plus hours before breakfast, just like France later this year. You will also meet other entrants and TCR veterans to talk race plans with. It’s not a race; but with a start and finish, and you will be tracked, well we are only human. 😉
Whether or not your lucky enough to get the TCR2016 golden ticket, or even considering the event for the future, you might want to test yourself in preparation. One rider Michael Adams has decided to perform/organise 3 specific test rides for the upcoming Transcontinental 2016 in form of 3 individual events that make up the Trans-Country-Training-Ride.
The best way to find out all the details is to read the proposed events manual which is pretty comprehensive.
The three planned Events are listed below including scheduled dates, lengths and approximate durations of the events:
- Trans-Spain-Training-Ride: Friday, March 25th, 2016; Approx.. 1,200 km / 3-5 days
- Trans-Italy-Training-Ride: Monday, May 2th, 2016; Approx.. 1,500 km / 3-7 days
- Trans-Germany-Training-Ride: Friday, July 8th, 2016; Approx. 1,100 km / 2-5 days
It could be a great adventure and a superb tester for any future “Trans” racer. There is no substitute for long days riding and navigating in another country to find out what works for you. Do it!
Now what can we organise in the UK to compare. The Belgium’s are having a go right now on Mad Friday
Riders Stories from 2015
- Ashley Sharp – Finisher
- Chris White – DNF Day 7 and Video
- Jack Peterson – DNF Day 12
- Josh Ibbot – Winner – His Bike and Kit list
- James Hayden – DNF Summary Le Col
- Martin Cox Road CC
- Simon Romaine Finisher
- Andrea Collino VIDEO
- Alain Rumpf – Finisher and Strava Blog
- Christopher Ross Bennett – Finisher
- Mathias Ahrberg – DNF (In German)
- Fabian Rabe – Finisher
- Robin Borstmayer – Finisher
- Stéphane Mehdi Ouaja – Fixed Finisher & Apidura interview
- John Bakewell – daily blog check Archive links
- Tim & Neil – Team Winners
- Ultan Coyle – His carbon luggage
- Emily Chappell – Day 1 tale
- Juliana Buhring – DNF France
- Paul Buckley – DNF Bulgaria
- Ellie & Phil – DNF France
- Jayne Wadsworth – Finisher & total womens cycling article
- Joe Todd – Finisher
- Jack Thurston – TV presenter and dot watcher
- Doug Migden – Acast over the top cycling (audio) & part 2 Nov 2015
- Rob Mcritchie – Finisher full story
- Rudy Rollenburg – Finisher, story in the Van Nicholas 2016 magazine
- Winston CB – extensive reports and videos
- Matthieu Tordeur rider #148 finisher (in French)
- David Hart, rider #48 DNF Italy – Istanbul Bridge ride
- Shandor Posch #32 finisher (in French) great photos
- Matthew Collins DNF CP2 Sestrierre
- Jim Cameron DNF Sarajevo
- Miko Ride photos and Rider photos
- Zbyňa Husto Krutor – DNF Photographs
- Start and ventoux photos from Marion and Kevin
- Zbynek Simcik photos: start to Venice
- The Bikes of TCR#3 – a study by Miko
- Martin Cox – unedited event collection
- Camille McMillan Gallery1 and Gallery2
Sedona Concept bike store Istanbul video on their FB page
Strava Flyby Day 1
- Start video 1
- Start video 2
- Start video 3
- Bridge ride Istanbul
- GCN video with so many facts wrong
- Descent to Risan, Kotor bay
- Miko finishing video at Rumeli Hisari
- Mark Booker super compilation video
Have you got any more to add, leave a comment below.
The full results of TCR3 the 2015 race are now available. 89 finishers and all scrathed riders distances are listed. Full Results
Competitor Chris White has analysed the results and produced a superb spreadsheet showing all riders positions at each checkpoint. It also lists the riders times between checkpoints in order, so it can be seen who was making or losing time. Spreadsheet HERE
The Preliminary list of all finishers with times is available Transcontinental site or PDF direct
|13||152||Stephane Ouaja||13||4||20||Fixed Gear|
|18||27||Henri van Winkoop||13||21||36|
|Team 1st.||172||Timothy France/Neil Phillips||UK||13||22||58|
|27||190b||John Souter||14||13||13||Trevor DNF|
|Party started at 14 days 18 hrs|
|34||159||Patricio Ortiz de Rozas||ARG||14||19||40|
|Team 2nd.||171||Niccolo Varanini||15||13||24|
|Team 2nd.||171||Jacopo Porreca||15||13||24|
|60||178b||Jayne Wadsworth||16||12||5||katie DNF|
|63||175b||David Winton||16||14||28||Stewart campbell DNF|
|DNF – Riders Scratched – Day-Mileage-country reached with reasons to help future competitors.|
|67||Paul Buckley||DNF Bulgaria food poisoning|
|133||Daniel Fischer||DNF Bulgaria|
|181a||Mathias Arberg||DNF crash Kotor|
|36||Jack Peterson||DNF Greece food poisoning|
|190a||Trevor||DNF Greece food poisoning|
Riders Stories from 2015
Chris White – DNF Day 7 and Video
Jack Peterson – DNF Day 12
Josh Ibbot – Winner – His Bike and Kit list
Martin Cox Road CC
Simon Romaine Finisher
Andrea Collino VIDEO
Alain Rumpf – Finisher
Zbyňa Husto Krutor – DNF Photographs
Christopher Ross Bennett – Finisher
Mathias Ahrberg – DNF (In German)
Fabian Rabe – Finisher
Strava Flyby Day 1
Mika Ride photos and Rider photos
Start and ventoux photos from Marion and Kevin
Sedona Concept bike store Istanbul