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DarrenFranks

Member since Jun 2016 • Last active Jun 2021
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Ultra-distance shenanigans
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    A week into the race, with a decent margin; I'd be investing in a solid recovery night of 7-8 hours to close the Rockies chapter and prep for the plains.

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    Kraig looks to be taking 4 hours sleep but Evan's banking much more. Tortoise and hare (relatively speaking) but I think Evan's stops are too generous to recoup. Kraig does know what he's doing so I doubt he's going to overcook it.

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    I put a triangle of nail polish with the point right on the line. That way if it slips and scrapes tape/polish I can still use the angles to know where the line should've been.

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    Thomas out with suspect UTI. That's rough. Dirtbagging your way across the US is going to challenge any immune system. Big ol' hat tip for him for plugging away at 80. I hope I'm as game at that age!

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    That happened to me several times. It always happens gradually enough that you don't notice it until you're 20mm lower and your knees a blown.

    The Ergon split seat post I use is great for reducing the noise but it seems natural to assume it's more prone to slipping than a solid post. I've tried a bunch of different collars and I think I've got it locked now, finally.

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    She was talking about a dodgy cleat position. I was tempted to say it’s a rookie thing to mess up but then I remembered that most of us have made a race much harder by doing something similar at some point.

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    I've been running AB ovals with an Ultegra chain. I think they said DA because it was thinner but I've had no issues with Ultegra and it's more durable than a DA chain.

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    Isn't the entire concept of fund-raising really about raising awareness and leveraging attention to encourage a wider network to make donations? I only find it uncomfortable when it's misrepresented as the primary reason for undertaking something.

    My first TCR was a massive step into the unknown and a genuine challenge. I figured it would garner some interest and there was an opportunity to channel that into something positive beyond myself. It raised 15k for Cancer Research. It wasn't why I raced, it was just a bonus that could easily not have been.

    It's more difficult to generate fundraising interest since, as with experience the challenge is lesser and the story less inspiring. Done well it also takes a huge amount of work and doesn't really lend itself to racing at the sharp end. Instead I switched to working with CRUK to create events and to mentor other fundraisers.

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    Damn that’s a lumpy course! I had my arse handed to me trying to hang with the climbers at the business end.

    Made more than a few cock-ups, including waiting for groups I’d been working with when I should’ve pressed on. There’s always more riders to work with up the road. I think sub-48 is realistic for a second go.

    Bumped into Rory leaving Villaines and so, so glad I did. We absolutely romped the final 120km and it’s one of the most enjoyable rides I’ve ever done.

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    So true!

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