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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Jun 2019
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    It's a bit over 4,000 km and a bit over 40,000 metres. It bounces around as I look at different things, so currently about 4,030 / 40,100. So relative to my 2016 route it is a little bit flatter but a day longer in distance.
    I'm kind of aiming to get it so that both numbers start with a 3, but don't think I'll be able to. I can get there with one or the other, but in each case the other number shoots up!

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    I'm on that bit too! I expect a lot of people will be. I'll most likely use a lot of the cycle paths on that section.

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    That's not bad - pretty short. Good job you like climbing, though!

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    Sure, and it looks like you had a much better route for last year...

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    Yes, different methods / sites give different climbing figures and it is not clear which is right or if there is even a consistent relationship. My 2016 ones are rwgps, as are my work in progress ones for this year.

    Those figures for 2017 are interesting, sounds like it was a really hard one. I hadn't appreciated that.

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    Those figures do nothing to change my view that it is a tough route! I've not finished my route yet but expect it to be a shade over 4,000km but with, I hope, slightly less climbing than you two mountain goats.

    For reference, my figures for 2016 (which was the slightly shorter but hilly one) were 3,806km / 40,537m. This looks like it will be longer and hilly (+ mostly into a headwind). I think it will be a small finishers' party!

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    Raspberry is the new black

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    I think not, as ece refers to calendar events. You could just do whole thing as a DIY

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    It's true, the cool kids do the new events, ideally in the first year they run.
    The Tour Divide still has massive ultra-cred but SRMR is quickly rivalling it. The new European road events didn't create such a big splash.

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    Looks like a great field with skinny, Jay p plus lael wilcox and Sarah Hammond amongst the starters.
    Others I know include
    Chris Phillips, who I was chatting to the other week and week had to dnf last time. He said he was going back with a different bike, a full on mountain bike, and with mountaineering gear, better tent, etc.
    Andi buchs, who did indypac and who organises nord kapp tarifa
    Stu Edwards, a brit living in Tasmania did indypac and who has done lots of mountain biking
    Karl speed, who has done tcr a couple of times (mandatory route should suit him as he got dqd last time for not riding solo as he apparently hadnt done a route so was just following others!)
    Stephane, who usually goes off road a bit during the tcr!

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