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

August 14, 2007

SITS – suffering like a cowboy

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 10:06 am

I’ve copied this wholesale from On-One as i can’t be bothered trying to say the same things in a different way…except for throwing out much thanks to Guy, without whom i would not have finished at all.

results: clicky

I had quite high hopes for SITS this year; i knew i was fit enough to be competitive, i liked the event last time, i knew i had kit good enough to win on and i had full on support on the shape of Guy.
mens solo podium
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Sadly my body had other ideas. I don’t want to go into too much detail – for modesty reasons – but suffice to say that by 16hrs in i could not sit down. At All. Even For A Second.
This meant that to carry on i had to ride stood up constantly (if you don’t think that sounds hard, try it!), which put an awful lot of pressure on my hands, which, in turn, blistered up quite badly and bruised (in fact i can hardly type this right now!).
me in a world of pain on the last lap
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Despite my body falling apart my legs felt quite good throughout and although i wasn’t really able to ‘put the hammer down’ and try to imrove my position i was able to consolodate the 6th place i was already in. To be honest it felt like scant reward for the suffering, but in a peverse way it felt nice to have ridden through the pain rather than give in!
a record of my race
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Top Tip: if you want maximum exposure at a race, don’t bother knackering yourself in to win, the best way to get EVERYONE looking at you is to be the very last person over the line…it worked for me!

Geeky Race Stats:
6th place solo mens catagory (90something competitors).
29 laps in 25hrs 10mins (227.59 miles)
19079ft climbing (5815.28metres)
av. riding speed: 10.1mph
av. heart rate: 143bpm (194max)
3 punctures
1 snapped chain
3 “proper” crashes
1 “proper” sulk (infinate grumpy moments)
1 ruined backside
2 battered hands
2 sore calf muscles


  1. I still don’t understand how someone can do that many laps. Well done sir.

    Comment by Simon — August 14, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  2. cream cakes and the threat of violence by your pit helper mostly ๐Ÿ˜‰

    plus it was my last 24hr of the year (probably), so i didn’t want to end on a DNF

    Comment by dgpowell — August 14, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  3. Well done that man. Riding Standing up for so long must have been bloody hard. I remember doing that for 10 miles once and that killed me.

    Comment by Rich — August 14, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

  4. That’s a very large podium!

    Well done, maybe you need even BIGGER wheels for 08 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by matt — August 14, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  5. well done matey, you wanna get one of those sofa type saddles my wife has ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by wayne — August 14, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

  6. You saying Dave has a Ladies posterior?

    Comment by matt — August 14, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  7. Well done dude. Thatrs impressive with the pain u were havin to endure.

    Comment by Mark — August 15, 2007 @ 2:02 am

  8. Minty Arse Lard required?

    Comment by Tom — August 15, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  9. I used a massive dollop of assos cream before the race started (it’s one of life illicit pleasures isn’t it?!).
    I realised a good few laps later that cheeks were starting to get chaffed, so resorted to vaseline, which usually provides better extreme-rubbing protection.
    sadly over the course of the race nothing seemed to work ๐Ÿ™

    TOP TIP: don’t apply ibuprofen gel to open sores. it hurts. like hell.

    Comment by dgpowell — August 15, 2007 @ 10:07 am

  10. have you tried morphine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by wayne — August 15, 2007 @ 10:41 am

  11. not yet, but i did try various facial expressions to get out some of the pain:


    Comment by dgpowell — August 15, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  12. On the white board the writing in top left is a diagram of the course (roughly figure of 8 but without touching in the middle) showing how long it takes dave to do each section of the course. So 22-25 minutes minimum to do the outbound from the start line section and about 16-17 minute minimum on the last half.

    Comment by Guy — August 15, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

  13. Oh and you can see on the lapboard at lap 21 the comment says “medic!” which was when you came in with the human-seat interface issues.

    Comment by Guy — August 15, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  14. Wear 2 prs of lycra shorts, I’ve been doing that for the last 14 months. doesn’t always work, but it helps reduce the pain when you’re suffering from sores and elastoplast tape, that helps too.

    Comment by matt — August 15, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  15. “Wear 2 prs of lycra shorts, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve been doing that for the last 14 months”

    Flipping heck Matt, your personal hygine must be awful by now. Haven’t you ever heard of a washing machine?

    Comment by Guy — August 17, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  16. He smells worse than all of the old people that live on his road now.

    Comment by Simon — August 17, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

  17. Good stuff vaseline. Used a huge dollop on my 100mile – and 4 and a half hours later got home with a backside that wasn’t too bad.

    Comment by Dave — August 23, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

  18. it went well then?

    4.5hrs for 100 miles sounds pretty good to me, in my TT-ignorant state!

    Comment by dgpowell — August 24, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  19. I was pretty happy. But basically set out to ride in about that time.

    With a 50, I just rode it as two 25s back to back. This managed to produce a 50 time only slightly longer than two 25s. However it was clear with a 50 that I was really dead at the end, both physically and a backside that was painful beyond belief.

    So knew that I couldn’t approach a 100 as two 50’s. So I thought that 4:30 would be a good time, needed a speed just over 22mph to do that. So aimed to set of and have my speed for the first lap between 22 and 23 mph.

    Kinda worked, was looking at my 25mile splits.

    At first split was on for a 4:24
    At second split looking like a 4:25 – 4:26
    Third split was bad, felt really rough ~60 miles, so looking at 4:28-4:29 – e.g. if I did another split like the 3rd I’d go over 4:30.
    Last split felt far better, and passed many people, to come home in 4:27:46

    So beat the 4:30 I was aiming for. Could I have gone faster? Well 2×50 would have given me a 4:15 on this course, so limited room to improve. But still next time I’ll push harder and see if I explode.

    People did explode on the 100. Person 15 minutes behind me passed me at the beginning of the last lap, I passed him back again half way through the last lap, and finished about a minute ahead of him on the road (e.g. 14 minutes down overall).

    And on an overall scale, well 2 people broke 4 hours. So for me as a relative novice – yes 4:30 was good. Slowest rider was close to 6 hours.

    What I’d like though is to get upto a reaonable BAR performance. For BAR you take the average of the speeds of a 12hour, 100mile and 50mile. If you get over 22mph you get a national certificate. For me to do this right now I’d need to cycle just over 240miles in 12h – which would be a challenge – but not impossible.

    Still think real attempt will come next year.

    How you do 24h is beyond me!

    Comment by Dave — August 24, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

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