Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

July 17, 2007

twentyfour12: a bit sick

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 9:43 am

big wheels, big idea, big failure7 odd hours of travelling to get there, so much wind on the campsite that one side of my tent was touching the other (i eventually moved it behind an SIS team van in fear of it collapsing completely), hammering rain so loud i thought it might rip straight through the tent, resultingly no sleep…and all this before the race even started

Suffice to say i didn’t do well.
I felt OK standing on the start line, but within 2 laps it became apparent my stomach wasn’t going to work, i was unable to drink anything while riding and force feeding/drinking at the pits after nearly every lap just overloaded my guts to the point where i was eventually sick while riding up the nice rooty, singletrack climb not too far into the lap. Unsuprisingly i was already well off the pace when i was sick, which was horribly depressing when i thought back to how i wasn’t far off the pace at mountain mayhem despite never really hammering it round, and had been lapped by the leaders a couple of times when i eventally dropped out after 9 laps.

I think the highest place i got to in the 24hr race was 4th and was somewhere around the top 10 in the 12hr race, but was never going to be challenging for anything higher than that.

Oh, after 7 laps i stopped (again) to try and eat something and to get the front mech of the cabal sorted as it had got knocked out of line in a crash. rich (who had spent every lap up until then meeting me at various points on the course to check how i was doing and to see if i could eat or drink anything…then running himself ragged back and forth to the campsite if i wanted anything he hadn’t brought with him!) took it off to get fixed properly and came back a few minutes later telling me that the rear brake had been stuck on to the point where the rear wheel wouldn’t spin! I got back on with the newly fettled bike and instantly went 4mph faster down the first descent…without pedalling (like i had been before)…which would suggest that it hadn’t just been the mud slowing me down beforehand!

The course, once it dried out and stopped resembling mountain mayhem in the claggy crap stakes, was fun. Lots of singletrack with awkward roots (29ers seemed to do far better over them), intermixed with short climbs resulted in a course that meant you were never far from an interesting section…though it did mean that you rarely got a “clean” lap as the slower riders would bunch up on the more technical sections and you’d not have enough time to get past them on the wider parts before then next section of singletrack.

Anyway, yes, i dropped out. Sucks. Time to get over it, add in some extra training for SITS (no point having a rest week this week seeing as i didn’t do all that much over the weekend) and aim for a better race then.
Don’t know why my stomach didn’t want to play as i didn’t change anything from all the other races i’ve done this year, will just have to hope it was a one-off. Ho hum.

Unimportant Update: I finished 17/79 in the 12hr race and 19/25 in the 24hr race, after dropping out 10hrs 39mins in and wasting somewhere in the region of 2hrs sat on the ground outside my tent between laps


  1. Sorry to hear that Dave. I guess you can’t be on top form for every race. SITS is more important anyway, you’ll have me to beat 😉

    Comment by Simon — July 17, 2007 @ 10:28 am

  2. I’m guessing it was just ‘One Of Those Things’, though i have now added ear plugs and a bottle of nytol to my camping list for races! (i don’t think the lack of sleep helped)

    are you racing solo at SITS? if so i will have to impliment Training Plan B to ensure domination 😉

    Comment by dgpowell — July 17, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  3. Yes, I am. I have implemented Training Plan C so you are already playing catch up!

    Comment by Simon — July 17, 2007 @ 11:01 am

  4. “Training Plan C”

    “C” for Cake?

    Comment by matt — July 17, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  5. no, that’s Training Plan A

    Training Plan C stands for Copious amounts (of Training Plan A)

    Comment by dgpowell — July 17, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  6. I’ve been rumbled!

    Comment by Simon — July 18, 2007 @ 11:31 am

  7. Boo.
    If you do have to go to the race the day before hand can you not find a BandB (or a travelodge) to stay in?
    It would probably give you a better nights sleep.

    Comment by Tom — July 18, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  8. for mountain mayhem next year (provided i get in and it’s in the same place) i’ve scoped out a nice hostel type thing to stay in…which should help with the sleep thing

    and provide a bigger incentive to anyone willing to work as pit crew for me than “yeah, if needs be you can kip in my tent”!

    SITS and the Wildboar24* race next time round should be travellable to on the day of the race. However, the strathpuffer should always be tent-only for accommodation, just to get in to the slightly unhinged spirit of the event!

    *it’s a 24hr race in grizedale that sounds quite good

    Comment by dgpowell — July 18, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

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