one year TT

◾ YCC Summer Round Up

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A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)
A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)

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.

Henry Whaley NC500
Henry Whaley NC500

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.

The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren's post TCR metabolism
The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren’s post TCR metabolism

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!

Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental
Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental

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


◾The ultimate long distance challenge – The Year record

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Sitting here watching the rain pour down outside, my thoughts turn to Steve Abraham ploughing through that, and of seeing Kurt in a video dressed up in full waterproofs for a full days riding yesterday (day 291).

If they did 205 miles per day their trace would be the flat line at 0 – a quick reference whether above or below WR pace. Shows how Godwin had a slow start, and amazing summer then another tough last few winter months as war broke out and lights were banned.

Kurt 75 days to goAbsolutely amazing that he has now passed 60K miles, It hasn’t been without many testing times and understandably the strain is showing. Alicia, now wife, (they just interrupted the ride one day to get married) described it perfectly as “clinging to the side of the mountain” A few weeks ago now with under 100 days to go. He was feeling the strain, had a cardio episode, and had to visit A&E. Then had a rare day off, still did 50 miles, but the slightest off day puts a big dent in the average as shown by Jo’s ace graphs. GIcentre

Kurt now on a donated Orbea bike (funny how sponsors appear as the record looks possible) is the bright blue line. You can see how he had a great summer and built up a buffer as he rises above the 205 a day average line mid graph. But then a combination of bike problems, health problems for Alicia and bad storms really hit into that buffer. Its also mentally tough keeping going at the slightest setback when you have that buffer, and we all know the feeling of feeling jaded as the home stretch approaches.

At present he is 470 miles above that world record line (don’t forget he has 9 days in January 2016 to do too) but interestingly below the astonishing pace of Tommy Godwin (the light blue line) for the same time of year. I’ve grown to like Kurt he has done this in a really engaging way with his constant updates and videos, and its noticeable that Steve has struggled in this respect even with a team around him.

Godwins average suffered heavily as he passed through October 26th 1939 which was the day that he took Ossie Nicholson’s previous world record having accumulated 62,746 miles. The toil of the next two winter months will always hit the averages you’d imagine.

Steve, well he has settled into his Mark 2 attempt, but his tactics have changed dramatically. The bright red line on the graphs left is his current “reset” challenge but he has also ridden over 52,000 miles on his original 2015 record attempt (the lighter red line)

Gone are the hosts in different parts of the country, his original team has fallen into disarray and he is trying to provide some glimpse into his world by adding daily comments to his Strava updates.
He openly admitted that the lack of rest was killing his recovery so has adopted a later start time tactic now, less stops, trying to save every minute.
This is apparent in his Mk2 start at above WR pace then rapid decline. A routine of sticking to Fens out and back rides has now developed at a good average of 200+ per day, and he has clawed it back to closer to the line. BUT where are the long buffer summer rides, can this approx. 210 per day pace be good enough, a harsh winter could create a tough hill to climb.

Personally what Steve is doing is astonishing in its own right, and I wish him well, but he is not at the Elite level athlete that Kurt or indeed Tommy G are;
Distance = Speed x Time. Steve just doesn’t have the speed to give him more time to recover or the epic mileages of TG. You can see on the Strava graphs that Kurt does the mileage in under 80 hrs a week where Steve is at a metronomic 95 hrs/wk.

IMG_20151020_213239 Hot off the presses is the definitive history of the one year TT record and its origins. BUY or click picture. It’s a brilliantly written and inspiring read from fellow cycling nutter Dave, and I can’t recommend it enough. It has sparked my interest in the year long Century challenge that Cycling magazine ran in 1911; how cool would that be if it was resurrected. Strava could cope with that easily and a truly global contest could ensue. Usefull Links:

Thanks Dave. Many hours spent on muddy trails with this guy, a legend.