2010 Bristol Belter, anyone doing it?

by JonMack   May 21, 2010  

Hey everyone,

Is anyone doing the Bristol Belter this year? I'm off to France next week for a 470m charity ride (Bristol to Bordeaux in 4 days) but looking into the future this looks like it could be enjoyable.

http://www.bristolbelter.com/

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yeah i'm probably going to do it, goes up brockley combe, burrington combe and cheddar gorge which are all cracking climbs Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
21st May 2010 - 15:35

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Great! They're all very local to me... guess that means I can get a bit of a training up there the next few months Big Grin

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posted by JonMack [171 posts]
21st May 2010 - 15:56

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I think the guys from my office want to do it, the ones i'm cycling to france with next week, so it's probably a goer for me.

Need to get lots of training in though, I am awful at hills Sad

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posted by JonMack [171 posts]
21st May 2010 - 19:59

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the 'Blackrat' last sunday was a fairly similar route, and after up and over the mendips three times Wrington Hill was a bit of a knee bender..but fun, in a masochistic kinda way.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
21st May 2010 - 20:21

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i notice its going up the Old Bristol Road north out of Wells, thats yer hill to train on right there...its a good one. and if you feeling really on top form try New Road, Draycott (just off the A371) which takes you up to Priddy.. mmmmmm hills Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
21st May 2010 - 20:30

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If anyone ever wants to go for a ride then feel free to drop me a line, I live in Weston super Mare but don't usually ride very far, and i'm always on my own, but i'd love to ride with some other people. I dunno if it's any indication of my ability but I tend to average about 18-19mph at the moment, looking to bring that up to 19-20 over summer.

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posted by JonMack [171 posts]
21st May 2010 - 22:14

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If I am still in Bristol I might do the classic!

Thanks for heads up. Do places go fast on this sportive?

And good luck on the charity ride!

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posted by Zaskar [137 posts]
21st May 2010 - 23:18

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Zaskar wrote:
Do places go fast on this sportive?

its the first time its been run. (i think)

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd May 2010 - 11:37

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Dont listen to fringe, he is being cruel for no reason (regarding the road to priddy!)

Yeah I will do it, see you all there!

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
24th May 2010 - 9:34

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Jon Burrage wrote:
Dont listen to fringe, he is being cruel for no reason (regarding the road to priddy!)

Yeah I will do it, see you all there!

whaddya mean, its a great hill! Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
24th May 2010 - 10:47

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Im not debating that! You doing it on a fixie?

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
24th May 2010 - 11:45

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Jon Burrage wrote:
Im not debating that! You doing it on a fixie?

fixie, nah..(that Old Bristol Road requires two gears at least!). thats if i can get time to do it, seeing as i'm of to do the 'Gridiron 100km' following sunday may have to miss it this year. (mind you i did the 'blackrat' last sunday and thats a fairly similar route)

http://www.wessexctc.org/grdetail.htm

http://www.blackratcycle.co.uk/

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
24th May 2010 - 16:40

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JonMack wrote:
I think the guys from my office want to do it, the ones i'm cycling to france with next week, so it's probably a goer for me.

Need to get lots of training in though, I am awful at hills Sad

Er, no offense meant but 1900 metres climbing in 150km is average for the UK. It isn't a difficult amount of ascent.

The Burrington Combe and Cheddar Gorge climbs are not taxing at all

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posted by vorsprung [290 posts]
26th May 2010 - 13:32

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Oh no I'm well aware it's not, and although I live 10(ish) miles from both those climbs I always avoid them, because I find climbing really, really hard work, even though I'm "built for climbing" (6ft1, 65kg). I'm just saying I need to get some more training in for them, as most of my rides are pretty flat.

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posted by JonMack [171 posts]
26th May 2010 - 15:51

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vorsprung wrote:
JonMack wrote:
I think the guys from my office want to do it, the ones i'm cycling to france with next week, so it's probably a goer for me.

Need to get lots of training in though, I am awful at hills Sad

Er, no offense meant but 1900 metres climbing in 150km is average for the UK. It isn't a difficult amount of ascent.

The Burrington Combe and Cheddar Gorge climbs are not taxing at all

Agree that they dont have to be taxing but it all depends on your level of fitness and what type of riding you do. If I started riding especially for somthing like this then Id find it harder than your regular club cyclist would.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
26th May 2010 - 16:10

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I'm 6"2 and 80Kg

You live 10 miles from those climbs? Do them twice a week as fast as possible and you'll find them easy

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posted by vorsprung [290 posts]
26th May 2010 - 16:17

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vorsprung wrote:

You live 10 miles from those climbs? Do them twice a week as fast as possible and you'll find them easy

exactly, beat yerself up for a few weeks and after a month they aren't half as 'bad' as they seem at first.. (the Jens Voigt method i think they call it!)

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
26th May 2010 - 16:27

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That's the plan Wink

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2nd June 2010 - 12:35

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