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400km of highs and lows, in more ways than one

Well, that was pretty epic. I rode further than ever have I done before, and learnt new and deeper meanings of the term 'bonk'. Many hills were climbed, and one farmer's gate decorated.

I'll do a full write up soon but in the meantime here's a video I made of the day to give you a taste of the fun. Enjoy!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/308631008

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Officially now a bad ass. Chapeau!

Despite the  31

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vorsprung [282 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry to hear you had a bad time on the A40 to Brecon! Shame, that's one of my favourite bits of the Brevet Cymru: it's a coach road so the climbs and descents are very gradual. I stopped somewhere on the A40 to put my mp3 player on, two guys went past and I got into a bit of a race up with them.

Just in case you think I am over doing the machismo -
I had a bit of a bad patch on that last section from Talybont, especially on that really big climb just before Chepstow. The flesh was willing but the mind was asleep.

Some photos on the blog..

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Angelfishsolo [134 posts] 3 years ago
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That is one hell of a ride. Congratulations.

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andyp [1460 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant. Well done indeed. I suffered like a dog on a 200 last year....400 is just immense

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WolfieSmith [1326 posts] 3 years ago
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You mad bugger Dave. Have you never learnt to drive?  4

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joebee9870 [73 posts] 3 years ago
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respect  13

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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mate thats not a proper audaxride. you needed a massive beard and a flat cap.

better luck next time

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 3 years ago
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crumbs! hope you had a few large beers afterwards. well done!

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Ad Hynkel [118 posts] 3 years ago
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Did you not notice the stubble was turning to beard as the ride went on in the video? Another 100k and the cap would've started growing too.

Well done Dave. You have my respect.

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sponican [89 posts] 3 years ago
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Great ride. I did my very first 400 this weekend too, although I did the Porkers down in Dorset. Some interesting moments of self discovery although I would say I generally fared better than on my first 300, which was a month ago.

There were several riders on Porkers who'd also done the Brevet Cymru. That presumably entailed finishing in Chepstow at about 0600 and hightailing straight to Poole to start Porkers at 1400. Bad, bad craziness.

I am relaxing with a pot of sudocrem today.

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othello [379 posts] 3 years ago
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Massive respect Dave  1

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Low Speed Wobble [156 posts] 3 years ago
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Kudos! And I don't mean Strava-style kudos. I mean REAL kudos and respect.

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Yennings [237 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice little vid, weather not quite as epic as that new Rapha Wales film, still massive respect though, that is a long old way to ride a bicycle by anyone's standards.

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MCLK [93 posts] 3 years ago
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Well done, Dave! 600 next?

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Paul J [901 posts] 3 years ago
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Wow, just wow.  1

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Yennings [237 posts] 3 years ago
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PS: Which Genesis bike were you using, BTW? Couldn't recognise the colour scheme? Is it a prototype?

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Bez [599 posts] 3 years ago
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Chapeau. Offer of the 500 still open if your calendar changes  1

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 3 years ago
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That's really fantastic. Inspirational stuff.

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bikeandy61 [538 posts] 3 years ago
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dave atkinson [6250 posts] 3 years ago
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Yennings wrote:

PS: Which Genesis bike were you using, BTW? Couldn't recognise the colour scheme? Is it a prototype?

it's the equilibrium 853

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dave atkinson [6250 posts] 3 years ago
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sponican wrote:

There were several riders on Porkers who'd also done the Brevet Cymru. That presumably entailed finishing in Chepstow at about 0600 and hightailing straight to Poole to start Porkers at 1400. Bad, bad craziness.

that is madness. i guess London-Edinburgh-London isn't far away though...

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dave atkinson [6250 posts] 3 years ago
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vorsprung wrote:

Sorry to hear you had a bad time on the A40 to Brecon! Shame, that's one of my favourite bits of the Brevet Cymru: it's a coach road so the climbs and descents are very gradual. I stopped somewhere on the A40 to put my mp3 player on, two guys went past and I got into a bit of a race up with them.

Just in case you think I am over doing the machismo -
I had a bit of a bad patch on that last section from Talybont, especially on that really big climb just before Chepstow. The flesh was willing but the mind was asleep.

Some photos on the blog..

Some of the people in your photos look familiar from the stops, i think you must have been just ahead of me on the road until the horror.

I was wanting to enjoy the A40 bit too. Didn't though  1

Learnt a few lessons on my first 400 though, what doesn't kill you etc and so on

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Simon E [2775 posts] 3 years ago
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Well done Dave, what an experience! Looking forward to the write-up.

If I had got to Newquay in the sun I don't think I would have turned round and ridden back.

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but its all gon... [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Kudos to the guy on the trike, true manliness

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marcusjb [13 posts] 3 years ago
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Good work - 400s are the hardest distance in my experience.

You'll never ride further in one go (with longer events like LEL and PBP broken down into 350km ish days and the sleep stop on most 600s being around 350km).

Impressive stuff and a great video!

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viveLaPants [94 posts] 3 years ago
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Never have so many saddle bags been seen in one place  26

The stats are amazing - 254 miles - 24:07:35 - thats like nearly a day - chapeau - or perhaps the audax equivalent 'Barbe'  13

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sling [7 posts] 3 years ago
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Top riding, well done Dave.

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TR McGowran [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Good work Dave, what's next? 600 or big beard?

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dave atkinson [6250 posts] 3 years ago
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TR McGowran wrote:

Good work Dave, what's next? 600 or big beard?

contemplating a 600 or even a SR series next year, but also keen to go do some stomping round the odd down circuit so don't know which'll take precedence  1

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Bez [599 posts] 3 years ago
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"You'll never ride further in one go"

Why not? If you can do 400 then 600 is eminently doable IME.

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