Early riders at the Lizard control
All sunshine and smiles for the Falmouth Wheelers events on Sunday.
Bunnie Hoppers lingering at the Star Inn
Spring finally arrived, leaving some riders feeling a little overdressed but no doubt relieved not to negotiate the torrential rain, gales and snow we’ve had to put up with this winter.
With blue skies, calm creeks and sheltered lanes on the routes, and sausage-in-a-bun added to the usual feast of delights back at the Cricket Club arivée, the mood was upbeat and the thanks profuse – to Phil Conroy the organizer, cooks and kitchen helpers, and of course the weather gods.
See the Falmouth Wheelers website for more photos.
Provisional results lists now on the Audax UK site; see links below.
Very belatedly, here are the links to results for the October Celtic Coastal and Celtic Canter events and Ed’s Mince Pie and Mulled Wine event in December.
Both events went ahead very enjoyably despite unforeseen problems – so special thanks to organisers who (re)organised, riders who turned out despite poor weather forecasts, cake makers and tea pourers all.
…the office desk and the bed. Yes, tracking LEL riders has been hard work for me, with a real shock about how long the event seems to go on when also trying to do a bit of normal life as well. I hope we’ll have a report from a rider at some point but in the meanwhile for anyone who hasn’t had tracking fever this week the bare bones are that in the 117 hours category Kevin from the far west finished with hours in hand but sadly Trevor from Helston had to abandon with an Achilles tendon problem after just a glimpse of Scotland. Robin from Mylor rode in the 100hr category and finished with a good buffer intact in spite of two long sleep stops. It’s quite possible he even had time to shave. One rider who certainly did not was Anco from the Netherlands who completed the 1440km event in about 63 hours.
Good luck to our Audax Kernow riders!
You can follow their progress via Rider Tracking on the London Edinburgh London website.
Robin Snelson A35
Trevor Stephens BB32
Kevin Talbot EE37
And a reminder from 2013 of how it feels to finish …
Calling the new 100km ride “Blue Sea” was probably tempting fate.
The day was mostly overcast and often mizzley, and riders on the West Penwith loop had difficulty seeing Lanyon Quoit, let alone the glorious view out to sea that makes the climb worthwhile. Nevertheless, we had a cheerful field who made the most of two stops at the new Gwithian Church Hall control and returned in good spirits to Devoran and rather nicer weather. As did the small but select group of Peter’s Point riders – everyone finishing in good time and probably the least damp of the day’s entrants.
The Lizard and the Camel 200km was more of a challenge in this year’s weather than last year’s sunshine, but the riders rose to the occasion brilliantly with nearly all the starters finishing. A number of last year’s riders took it on again, and two riders new to the distance gained their “Randonneur” status – chapeau!
Thanks to Peter, Eddie and Chris for expertly manning the Gwithian control, and to all the riders for taking part, playing the game, and making the day fun.
Links to the lists of finishers on the AUK site below. There are two sets of photos on the Facebook group.