• The steepest learning curve

    Full write up over on the on-one site, with high levels of melodrama 😉

    3 Peaks CX yesterday. Wow. No matter how many people tell you how daft the hills are, nothing can prepare you* for the insanity of it.
    It is definately not a race to turn up to after doing barely any riding at all for a good month or two and certainly not the event to arrive at having done no real walking preperation. Rather stupidly this is what I did.
    I now know better.
    Here is a pic, that doesn’t give you any sort of real impression of the steepness

    people tramping up ingleborough

    I had a great time though, seriously. Even though I felt like i was walking backwards compared to everyone around me up the slopes and, after a nice face plant coming down whernside, crawling back down looking terrified. It’s kindled a desire to train properly for it next time and have a proper crack at going fast.

    It’s also kindled a desire to find some arm warmers that don’t slip down my skinny arms when riding down bumpy tracks.

    *well, obviously some thing can prepare you for it, as lots of people flew round the loop, but it’s still very crazy


    10:01 am on September 29, 2008 | 12 Comments | # |


  • trio 10:20 am on September 29, 2008 | #

    My friend Ali got a pic of you


    hope you had fun, what time did you manage?

  • dgpowell 10:27 am on September 29, 2008 | #

    that’s a nice pic, someone’s obviously photoshopped out all the drool!

    i crawled round in 4hrs 27mins, i flew round the road sections overtaking everyone, just to watch crowds of competitors walz past me on the steep climbing sections
    hell of an event to be a part of though, highty recommended to all lunatics!

  • terrahawk 11:57 am on September 29, 2008 | #

    Sorry we didn’t make it for a pint yesterday. The girls were getting grumpier by the minute and it wouldn’t have been pretty 😉

    It was good to share the experience yesterday – I reckon we both did rather well for a first crack at it. You’re right though, it’s a very steep learning curve. It’s much harder than I was expecting anyway.

    I need to get better at ascending before next time.

    How’s the chin?

  • Jon Lee 12:25 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    You came past me just before the start of the climb up Penyghent. The bike training obviously works because I remember thinking where the hell has that on-one bloke gone?

    This was my third time at the race. The first time I went off too fast, cramped after Inglebrough and crawled home in five and a half hours, the second time I crashed out and this time I finally managed to get the right pace, not crash and come home in four and a half hours. It really is a race you have to do a few times before you get the hang of it.

  • mark 1:03 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    dude!!! Something is seriously wron with yor handlebars – they’re all bendy!!!

  • dgpowell 4:28 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    they’re not bent, it’s a warp effect caused by the massive speed i was travelling past the camera lense 😉

    jon, what bike were you on?

  • Rich 4:40 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    It’s a race in it’s own class for sure.

  • Wayne 6:43 pm on September 29, 2008 | #

    Well done cocker. your mad as fcuk but well done 🙂

  • Jon Lee 8:33 am on September 30, 2008 | #

    red indy fab

  • terrahawk 2:23 pm on September 30, 2008 | #

    that Indy Fab is a nice bike.

  • Leon 2:47 pm on September 30, 2008 | #

    It’s an odd event isn’t it. I can’t think of many events where I’d run with my bike for 30 mins because I’ve had a mechanical. normally you’d just drop out at that point wouldn’t you?

  • dgpowell 3:36 pm on September 30, 2008 | #

    you weren’t the poor bloke who snapped their frame on pen-y-gent were you?!