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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, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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alotronic [638 posts] 6 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

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

Well both is fine, old school long rides on the weekend, new school speed in the week, no problems!

I too have discovered that, like Inuit for snow, I need a hundred words to describe the kind of shattered and bonked you get on a 400! Best advice I heard was: "You will feel terrible once or twice on a 400. You need to have rations, and to keep slowly riding through it... and you'll be fine." ie for newbies (I am too) a 400 is pushing your body in all sorts of new ways and a carbo-crash somewhere along the way is inevitable. So... you did that and survived! Chapeau! Do a 200 in a couple of weeks - you'll feel fantastic!!!

I also know you will be thinking of a 600 and an SR soon enough. And PBP in 2015! Addiction approaching...

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rockfield [67 posts] 6 years ago
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fantastic achievement. Did you ride on your own most of the time? i sort of assumed on these longer events people tend to buddy up a bit? I stick mostly to 100/150 audaxes but this vid has made me think a longer one would be a good challenge! Looking forward to the write up!

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dave atkinson [6530 posts] 6 years ago
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rockfield wrote:

fantastic achievement. Did you ride on your own most of the time? i sort of assumed on these longer events people tend to buddy up a bit? I stick mostly to 100/150 audaxes but this vid has made me think a longer one would be a good challenge! Looking forward to the write up!

i did ride on my own for most of this one, i was just in that kind of a mood that day. got into a group going into hay-on-wye but apart from that i mostly kept myself to myself  1

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mingmong [324 posts] 6 years ago
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 41 Absolute quality.

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Dropped [130 posts] 6 years ago
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Fantastic effort and not something I would do BUT - Andy Wilkinson holds the UK 24 hour time trial record at 541.214 miles! Nearly 300 miles further in the same time, but he did have to be put in the recovery position after finishing!

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stealth [255 posts] 6 years ago
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I did 200k a couple of years ago & struggled into a headwind for the last 50, it was the longest I've ever been sat on a bike. I can't imagine what 400 feels like. Respect is due!

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Percespb [24 posts] 6 years ago
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Having watched the vid I am now thinking an Audax should be on my to do list. I joined Audax UK in '97 but then got into mountain biking before entering an event.
My longest ride so far is 125 miles but you have fired me up for something further.

Well done on your ride.

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dave atkinson [6530 posts] 6 years ago
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Dropped wrote:

Fantastic effort and not something I would do BUT - Andy Wilkinson holds the UK 24 hour time trial record at 541.214 miles! Nearly 300 miles further in the same time, but he did have to be put in the recovery position after finishing!

i spent a bit of time in the recovery position at talybont. or possibly the foetal position  1

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backflipbedlem [1201 posts] 6 years ago
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Well done Dave, Epic ride mate! very inspirational! I'll use that on my upcoming sportive!

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