Anyone riding the polka dot challenge this weekend?

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AKASTANA
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Obviously a bit UK-centric i know but give us a shout if you are...
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currieinahurry
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by currieinahurry

yes be on my 595 although probably just on my clinchers! will be in kingston wheelers kit and probably pink radars so come say hello!!
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Haven't entered but might be at Gun to give everyone a shout.
Hope your all prepared for Winnatts; thats a proper bank for southern softies :wink:
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Cool, will be on my SLC01 astana riding with a guy on a t-mobile giant and two guys on custom parlee rigs...one of them is particularly special and very very WW. LOL. See you there.
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Evidently I'm going, a last minute thing, but I'll be there on an old shitter C40 with Lews.
See you guys on sunday. :)
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yea legs has taken my place as my knees fooked!!
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shame that, thought it would be a proper WW outing! Still, be nice to see some Lews...
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I bet you all got a right soaking :cry:

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by legs 11

Bloody ell, it was grim as you like, absolutely pooring with rain all the way, and cold too.
After about 50 miles I was really very cold and having trouble getting a decent grip on the bars.
One of the toughest days on the bike I have ever had. :cry:
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by NS

Busy roads too? they organise another later on in the year. Its a much nicer course. Equally challenging but quieter country lanes.

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Bad weather??
It was good for June oop here
At least it wasn't cold
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Hope you enjoyed my locale, and like NS says, the spud riley is a far better route
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by flattythehurdler

I brightly went out without a coat or leggings. I then stopped for aboutr half an hour in the rain at the top of the cat as 2 cyclists got mowed down by a car. I hope they are OK but don't know how to find out. I managed to scrounge a bin bag at the first stop but by then had a bent link and no chain tool so did the last 70 miles frozen and alone. Got lost after gun hill and did 29 miles after the 20 miles to go sign. Out for over 8 hours. Had to stop in kwikfit in glossop to beg some GT85 for link (didn't work). At bike shop in hope who would neither lend me link tool nor help me fix link (even though I explained that I also own a share in a bike shop), and finally do a lap of Buxton on the way back trying to find a bike shop for someone who's tyre had shredde (closed).
Utterly miserable day. Very very hard.
Knackered.
Glad to have dug it out though.
If anyone knows how the two cyclists hit by the car are?
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Hopefully they are going to be ok, I didn't see the accident but given the conditions it was pretty dangerous up the top of the Cat and Fiddle, it was like riding up a river wasn't it?
Speaking to the organiser after, he seemed to be under the impression that although pretty shaken up the two riders were ok, not sure though.
Anyone confirm this?
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Well done on carrying on...I binned it at 30 miles... spent almost 40 minutes standing on top of Cat and then Longhill waiting on a friend's replacement bike to arrive after an 'incident' on the Cat. After descending Cat I could barely control the bike i was so cold and wet, jumped in a car and home to a nice warm shower. Don't know what crap was on the roads on Sunday but I have some severe corrosion issues on almost every metal bit on my bike...not good.
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by flattythehurdler

I started to lose control descending into glossop because i was shivering. It was actually a bit scary. The bike was all over the place and I couldn't stop the shaking. By then I was in "just over the snake, then up winnat's etc. mode and ploughed on. Not sure it was good for my health though. I definitely had old Samuel Beckett's lines running through my head " I can't go on, I must go on, I'll go on"
Didn't go out this Sunday. What great weather though.
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