As most of us will be helping out at the Kentish Killer in February the next best thing is the Hell of Ashdown on the 24th Feb 2013 They're only doing the 100K distance as the medium route had a very low take up last year. Yes this is only a normal club ride distance but with 1,600 riders, lots of fun.
Last year I came back with two High Five boxes of goodies worth around £20.00
Entries open at midnight on the 27th Nov and if previous years are anything to go by it will be sold out within 1 day. The price has gone up though. Its now £30 !!.
I can't get my head around if Midnight on the 27th Oct means Friday or Saturday but I'll be going for a 8.15 start. It'd be great to get a group together and maybe keep me from going the wrong way after the Ide Hill feedstation.
Here's the link http://www.hell.gb.com/
If your still interested in booking the Hell of Ashdown there's still a few places left. So far about 4 Avanti riders have booked.
27th nov or 27th oct ?????
btw sold out at 7pm today !
Oops. Well the HOTA's now soldout so its just the five of us. Tel you could always sacrifice yourself and ride on the front carrying our extra bottles !
I arrived a Biggin Hill before 8am on Sunday still half asleep and wondering why I'd put myself down for at 8.16am slot. My Car was showing 1c on the way up but at least the snow had held off overnight. I arrived at the start at precisely 8.25 (well it saved queuing). The first climbs Church Hill Cudham, its brutal being within a mile of the start. I past two riders with snapped chains before rounding the corner and being told by the marshals to keep away from the ice lining the left side. Toys was next and I was making up places when I picked up a puncture midway. 15 minutes later I was rolling again but new my time was never going to be good now. I paced myself around the next 60 miles. I was reasonably quick on the flats but they were few and far apart. Overall my climbing wasn't great and I was cautions on the descents so wasn't surprised to see I'd take 4.29 to complete the course and placed 199th. With no goody bags or free food and £1.00 for a cup tea on top of the £30.00 entrance fee I'll be reluctant to take part next year.
HOTA's definitely very poor value for money these days. On the plus side sportives really test me and highlight my strengths and weaknesses.
The V02's in two weeks so I'm off to work on my climbing. If anyone's interested there's still places.
Decided to start steady and went OK to the first feed. I saw an Avanti rider remounting just ahead of me on the way up to Toys but never got to see who it was (Chris I guess?) Probably stopped for too long and got back on the bike feeling cold making Kidds more of a struggle than ever. Went backwards from there... felt bettter after the Ide Hill stop. Time on bike was around 4:45 (5:29 including tea and cake). Like Daz I decided to use only one chain ring; unfortunately for me it was the smaller of the two available...