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xDOMx

Member since Sep 2012 • Last active Apr 2019
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  • in Rides & Races
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    I don’t know anyone doing it or that has done it, but it may work for me...

    I’d be in the same class if you did the B category.

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    It’s funny moving from south east England to a country that’s over 75% mountains, as you kind of need to learn to embrace climbing. Plenty of events here, but really spread about the country.

    After Mount Fuji in June and another event TBC, I think I’ll jump over to Taiwan to do the KOM with some friends (not racing, just finishing!).

  • in Rides & Races
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    There were ‘waves’ for certain categories, but for my class, we started with two different age groups too. Must’ve been about 200 or so in that group.

    Pretty mad start, to be honest (already on a 6% hill from the off).

  • in Rides & Races
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    Race got shortened to 15km, 800m^ (finishing at 1,600m or so) due to snowfall in race week.

    Managed to push my record power to the finish (44mins4secs) and came 13th in my age class from 71 starters (top 10% in the race overall).

    Relatively happy with the result given that I haven’t raced since September 2015, but hope to push on in future HC races.

    Friend was there and took some photos...

  • in Rides & Races
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    I’ve kind of factored altitude in by training on some higher climbs, but not quite above 1,500m (more around 1,000 to 1,500m).

    For background, I’ve listened to some TR and other podcasts on the subject (thanks for the pointer, in any case). While I know roughly where my W/KG should be for the duration, I also know that I’ll really have to be conscious of my power as we get into the higher parts of the course.

    Next race after this will be a race up part of Mount Fuji in June (similar kind of distance and elevation gain), which mirrors a race I did back in 2015.

    Ride With GPS course gives an idea of what’s in store for the race this Sunday...

    Tour de Yatsugatake

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere is one I’ve heard very good things about.

    Spa facilities, nice food, beautiful surroundings.

    Haven’t been but got my mum and sister a voucher for the spa for Christmas. They were very impressed.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I’ve never raced a hill climb in England, but will do my first of the season in Japan this coming Sunday (14th). It’ll be up in the mountains of Nagano (event is called the Tour De Yatsugatake).

    25km and 1,300m of up, starting around 800m and finishing close to 2,100m - there will still be snow walls at the finish.

    For numerous reasons I haven’t raced really since summer 2015, so I’m interested to know where my training since then will take me (not very far I suspect, given that most of the better competitors are well under 60kg).

    Loads of inspiration derived from this thread - I’ll try not to make too much of a tit of myself.

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  • in Current Projects
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    It’s around the perfect weight for me now. If I could drop below 6kg without much expense with different parts, I probably would, but it’s definitely light enough for me for now!

    No cutting bits off on this bike (just not committed enough!).

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