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Strathpuffer 09

Well it’s been a year since anyone wrote on this site, so I guess it’s time to do something.

Today I’ll draw your attention to Dave’s superb 2nd place at this weekend’s Strathpuffer 24 hour race up in cold cold windy Scotland.  26 laps, only 40mins or so behind Shaggy John who finished with 27 laps to take the win.

I’ll steal Dave’s race-report when he’s back at work, and able to waste office hours typing up a lengthy story of the weekend.

That’s all, maybe I’ll write more things this year.

1 comment January 19th, 2009

SitS 2007 – Dave 6th

I’ve copied this wholesale from On-One as i can’t be bothered trying to say the same things in a different way…except for throwing out much thanks to Guy, without whom i would not have finished at all.

I had quite hgh hopes for SITS this year; i knew i was fit enough to be competitive, i liked the event last time, i knew i had kit good enough to win on and i had full on support on the shape of Guy.
mens solo podium
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Sadly my body had other ideas. I don’t want to go into too much detail – for modesty reasons – but suffice to say that by 16hrs in i could not sit down. At All. Even For A Second.
This meant that to carry on i had to ride stood up constantly (if you don’t think that sounds hard, try it!), which put an awful lot of pressure on my hands, which, in turn, blistered up quite badly and bruised (in fact i can hardly type this right now!).
me in a world of pain on the last lap
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Despite my body falling apart my legs felt quite good throughout and although i wasn’t really able to ‘put the hammer down’ and try to imrove my position i was able to consolodate the 6th place i was already in. To be honest it felt like scant reward for the suffering, but in a peverse way it felt nice to have ridden through the pain rather than give in!
a record of my race
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Top Tip: if you want maximum exposure at a race, don’t bother knackering yourself in to win, the best way to get EVERYONE looking at you is to be the very last person over the line…it worked for me!

Geeky Race Stats:
6th place solo mens catagory (90something competitors).
29 laps in 25hrs 10mins (227.59 miles)
19079ft climbing (5815.28metres)
av. riding speed: 10.1mph
av. heart rate: 143bpm (194max)
3 punctures
1 snapped chain
3 “proper” crashes
1 “proper” sulk (infinate grumpy moments)
1 ruined backside
2 battered hands
2 sore calf muscles

Add comment August 14th, 2007

Mayhem 07 – Dave 4th ish – Maybe 6th

Dave was 4th or 6th at this year’s Mountain Mayhem, 22 laps in poor conditions, this year’s a total washout.

Maybe Dave will write a nice report for this site.

(it turned out to be 6th)

Add comment July 2nd, 2007

Summer of Fun


Woo! With that confirmation my summer is pretty much sorted. I’ll be kicking mucho arse at

  • CLIC24
  • Mountain Mayhem
  • Bontrager 24/12
  • SITS

hopefully on the nice new cabal that’s just arrived in the country.

rock on!

Update! Guy’s in CLIC, Mayhem and SITS (i think) too. DSP on the case!

Add comment March 8th, 2007

Interview with a Vampire.

Hi Dave

Do you realise it’s 10 years since you moved to Preston?

Yes, I feel old now!

That also means I’ve known you for 10 years too, isn’t that scary?

It’s pretty scary, especially when you think of how little we’ve changed (well, how little I have anyway): I still play out on bikes just like we used to, I just go a little further now!

Ok, time for something people might want to read… How did you get started in Mountain Biking?

A friend of a friend back in 1994 suggested a few of us give it a go, as we all had “catalogue special” mtbs and thought we were cool with them. On the first ride I did I beat another lad, who continually talked about how fit he was, up a big hill…and it kind of took off from that win :)

What bikes have you owned during your career?

Jeeeeez this could take a while

  • Townsend “Catalogue Special”
  • Giant Stonebreaker
  • Marin Palisades Trail
  • Specialized S-Works Hartail
  • GT LTS 2000
  • Coyote Full Suss Thing
  • GT LTS 2000 (Reborn After I Bent It)
  • Specialized Fsr Ground Control
  • Azonic Ds1 Singlespeed (Yes! I Had A Singlespeed!)
  • Cannondale F400 (Upgraded Beyond Recognition)
  • Santa Cruz Bullit
  • And Now Brant‘s On-One Scandal
  • (You Missed The Road Bike – ed)

Ah the Specialized S-Works, I still shudder when I think of your accident on that.

I now have a hard time finding glasses that will sit properly on my seriously crooked nose and a harder time breathing through it! Still the week of being doped up in bed was quite nice. (as I recall some of the nurses were pretty too – ed)

Which has been your favourite.

Of all time, so far, i’d have to say the cannondale, just because of the places i’ve been on it and the events I ‘ve done on it. It was the bike I realised I could do well (in a national sense) racing on

When did you start racing?

Racing seriously? that would be 2005 when I did the transalp with rich and did well at the leisure lakes xc races. I did my first race in 1995, it was a NEMBA thing in north wales, I have no idea how I did in it, I just remember a climb that went on for hours, that I had to stop halfway up on!

Now, some people would say that having an office job is ideal for a racer as you can store all your energy for training rides and effectively rest when you’re sat infront of the computer, is this how you see it?

Nothing builds up your desire to ride bikes like being stuck in an office all day! It’s not the perfect solution as all your riding from November to March is done in total darkness, which can be a bit depressing but as you say, you can save a lot of energy sat down for 8hrs a day!

You scored a surprise second in the Strathpuffer a few weeks back, how did you find the race?

Wet, cold, technical, fun! I knew I wasn’t in any real shape to “race” for 24hrs, so I decided to treat it as training. I gave up for 4hrs when I ran out of brake pads and couldn’t hold onto the bars due to the grips slipping off the bars continually but decided to get back on as I could still ride uphill without any problem and quite a few people were having the same problems. I had no idea i’d got anywhere near a top place at the end, in fact the only reason I was at the prizegiving was because I happened to be walking past on my way to the food tent!

And the new bike? how did you find the transition to rigid forks and 29inch wheels?

I didn’t notice the lack of suspension as the bike just rolled over the bumps rather than getting bounced around by them like the cannondale would have done. In fact the strathpuffer was the first 24hr solo race i’ve done where my hands and wrists weren’t a wreck at the end, despite the course being much more technical and rock based. The 29er wheels seemed to allow for more grip from the tyres which mean I could run quite a low profile tread without losing traction and kept their speed much better than the superlight 26 inch ones I ‘d raced on previously. they did need a bit of “re-learning” to get the bike through the more twisty-turny sections, but that didn’t seem to take too long.

What lessons did you learn from the experience?

Just Get On With It, even if you feel like it’s all going wrong and that i’ve got the capabuility to go faster and for longer than I think I have.

What are your targets for 2007?

I’ll be focussing on 24hr solo racing mostly, I want to “win” CLIC24 – and get more laps in than I did last year, be well inside the top ten (or podium if I can) at SSMM, podium at SITS, top ten at bontrager 24/12 and get a “gold” time at the 3 Peaks CX race.

CLIC, SSMM and SITS, the three I did last year

i’ve got something to improve on withthose racesPlus have fun, “make the most of summer” and get some seriously big rides done

That’s quite a lot of racing, but your doing even more aren’t oyu?

Ah yes, there’s also the Enduro 6+ and a few little xc races and some of the merida marathons at the mo. I might do other events if they sound good/fit in

As a “proper” bike rider (not a sponsored pro) do you find it hard to fit in all your training around work and other important things like The Simpsons and your girlfriend?

I guess i’m lucky really, I get lots of holidays and work on flexi-time which helps me get the hours in and my GF is quite understanding (well, more “accepting” than understanding) about me getting home late and being a wreck on the couch for the rest of the night. It’s still not eay to drag yourself out for a 4hr ride after work in the dark when it’s raining andit’s been a long day in the office, but if you want to do well you’ve no option…it’s all riding bikes so it’s never awful!

How many hours on the bike do you put in on average per week?

Anywhere from 8 to 20 depending on what sort of training period i’m in

Training in the dark winter evenings must make you good at night riding, but don’t you feel you’re forever riding into a small pool of light and some scenery would be nice?

Yes! I spend much of summer training hard with my head down and then when it comes to base training all the scenery i’ve been missing is hidden! I always try to get at least one ride a week in where I can just ride to enjoy it without any training pressure, to look at the scenery/get lost somewhere new.

Taking your experience from last year’s major races (SITS, SSMM) what weaknesses do you see in your opponents that you could exploit to gain places at the finish line?

At SSMM to be honest there wan’t much of a chink in the top guys armour, I think the winner had 30mins off the bike in the whole 24hrs and was lapping at the same speed as some of the to sports class teams. At that level it’s not so much about their weaknesses, it’s completely down to wether you can go “all out” for the full race and have enough support to remain totally focused. At SITS I was helped by a mixture of other people’s unpreparedness for the conditions equipment wise and some people’s lack of will power when it started to get really tough

What do you think of when you’re riding around the same course for 24 hours?

What part of the course is coming up that I like, how i’m feeling, how i’m doing with food and drink, how people i’m racing against are doing, how my strategy is going and if it needs changing…that sort of thing. There’s always something

Don’t all the other racers annoy you, as the majorty of them are free to blast around the course safe in the knowledge that they have a few hours before the next lap?

Not really, we’re all there to race our own races. As long as everyone uses common sense and a bit of manners there’s no real reason for problems.

Which has been your favorite race so far?

Probably CLIC24, I was still looking forward to each lap after 20 of them as the course was such fun, but they’ve all had their good points

With all these races under your belt and the experience they’ve brought you, do you feel you’re better prepared for the season than you have been in previous years?

Definately, 24hr racing is as much mental as it is physical and experience counts for a hell of a lot. Not just during the race but when you’re training for it as well if you know what your up against and how you’ll feel you can better prepare for it.

Thanks, Dave, Can you think of any other questions?

*nope* I have to go ride now… :)

1 comment February 7th, 2007

Everyone Else Loses

Another Leisure Lakes Series race, and another win for Dave… whoopie!

I’m starting to feel sorry for the other racers now, they probably think they have a chance all week leading up to the race, then Dave comes along on his giant’s bike and crushes them like bugs. He need to start feigning mechanicals just to give them a little hope…THEN crush them like bugs (it’s always good to crush things like bugs, including bugs).

Here’s a little report from Dave, you might need to bend your brain so it makes sense, I think he was trying to say “Bike good, go fast, win race, raaar I am giant bike rider I crush people like bugs”

Add comment January 22nd, 2007

It’s A Scandal

Dave’s race bike until the other race bike arrives.

on-one scandAL image 1XT Bits and Bobs.

on-one scandAL image 1Glamour Shot.

on-one scandAL image 1Grippy Geax Rubber.

on-one scandAL image 1Dave likes The Simpsons.

1 comment January 18th, 2007

Puffin’ His Way To Second.

More Harold news, he’s just grabed 2nd (out of about 30 competitors) at the first 24 hour race of the year, The Strathpuffer, in Scotland.

“I stopped after about 9hrs as the brake pads were worn out (2 sets) and the grips kept falling off the handlebars. Also, I’ve always considered this a training event, so didn’t want to ruin me, or Brant’s bike. My tent was close to the track and I noticed there weren’t very many people riding. So after a while, I thought ‘I’ll have another go’ and headed out again. And got 2nd! First place was on the same lap, so I just missed out on time”

Given that it’s early in the season, he’d only got the bike on Wednesday (clearly specced with non race proven parts) and he’s addicted to cake, the lad’s don’e good… now, if he can just get over this reliance on gears he’s got, he could become a legend.

2 comments January 14th, 2007

Leisure Lakes Race – 10th Dec 2006

Yesterday’s leisure lakes race was won (by me) mostly on the choice of tyres.
Well, i say “choice”, the choice was made several months back when I fitted the Fire Mud Pro’s to my spare wheels and then left said spare wheels buried under a pile of rags in the kitchen. When I came to fit the wheels on saturday (as the “race” wheels needed more cleaning) I couldn’t be arsed to swop the tyres for anything else.

Anyway, the course was possibly the muddiest i have ever seen it and after following rich and steve round a practice lap, watching them both struggle for grip far more than me, i realised that i had unwittingly given myself a nice advantage. Not that the tyres stopped the bike squirming like an oiled eel in a butter factory, but i seemed to be getting round more corners than anyone else.
This proved to be true in the race itself, where I had an awful lot of fun wrestling the bike round the stodgy, slippery singletrack for several laps… possibly too much fun considering how tough it actually was, and managed to ride away from everyone else (or “corner” away from everyone else, more accurately). Hurrah!

For the more geeky among you, I raced for 53mins 12secs at an average heart rate of 189bpm (max 196bpm), over a distance of 11.7 miles. which sounds rubbish, but it really really was that muddy.

Add comment December 15th, 2006

Dave’s New Ride (when it arrives on the slowboat from China)

This is fast becoming a blog about Dave, so today we’ll call him Harold, Like Harold Bishop, but without the big belly (although I know he wants one).

The point of this post is to introduce the Cabal, Harold’s race bike for Two Thousand Seven, It’s pretty ugly in these pictures, but I’m sure it’s better in real life.. maybe, who knows, I guess we’ll find out in the next couple of months.

On-One Cabal

Read what Dave’s said about this new frame.

Add comment November 27th, 2006

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