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

October 18, 2006

Bit of a shame really…

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - other peoples — dgpowell @ 11:11 am

Looking over next year’s event schedule thingy i noticed just how many clashes between events there are.
Every time there’s a Leisure Lakes race on, there’s an Open5 adventure race on somewhere else as well, which is a bit crap, but it gets worse…

…the weekend of the 12/13th May currently has 3 seperate events on it, CLIC24 down south, another Open5 race and a Merida 100K doo-dah all running at the same time. Even worse, both the Open5 and the Merida are taking place in the Lakes (at opposite ends) during the Cumbria Bike Fest (which is an event in itself really).
I guess it’s not such a pain if you’re only interested in one type of event, but if you (like me) just like taking part in lots of different types of race you’re buggered…as is any chance of doing well in any of the overall race series as you can’t enter enough of any one type.

Of course, I’m not factoring in any of the NPS xc/marathon races in this equation and i’ll be willing to bet they clash with other things too.

I’m pretty sure the BCF (or whatever they are called this week) have an events calender, as do numbplumz, so why can’t race organisers take a quick look when planning their events for the year and try (i know it’s not always possible) to work round each other?

I guess all these races taking place at the same time saves me a bit of money in entry fees, if nothing else!


  1. There’s a saturation of events and it wouldn’t be possible to have one major one a weekend over the summer as there aren’t enough weekends.

    NPS, 24hours and Merida’s probably never clash.

    Plus you’re forgetting that there are other events on at venues, such as Car Rallys in Wales, triathlons, running, etc and if there’s police involved then they have to be booked around other events too, and road closures if required and ambulances… for certain events there’s only a small amount of weekends available so they’ll do their best to avoid clashing with similar events around this small country of ours.

    Comment by matt — October 18, 2006 @ 11:36 am

  2. I’d love to see some sort of combined calendar of events for the country

    in fact i bet lots of race organisers would too, as would everyone else involved (the police etc), i imagine.

    I don’t see how running 2 or 3 mtb events on the same day is any different from running the mtb events on seperate weekends when there’s other sporting fixtures, there’s still the same amount of events happening – only fewer competitors would miss out

    Comment by dave — October 18, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

  3. “I donÒ€ℒt see how running 2 or 3 mtb events on the same day is any different from running the mtb events on seperate weekends”

    Because, there’s always another mtb event on another weekend, you’ll find that clashes would happen anyway, so the bigger competitions probbaly liase with each other to avoid a clash, but after that they can;t do much.. smaller/ newer events don’t have a chance to push other events or organisations around so have to fit in with the others and sort themselves out on a more local level.

    OPEN 5 isn’t a mtb race is it? so why should other mtb races work around them? why should they work around mtb events? fair enough on the Merida / CLIC thing, but that;s probably down to limiting factors of policing / event location availability.

    With the increase in endurance type events around the country there’s going to be more and more clashes, and, you shouldn;t be so greedy about wanting to do them all πŸ™‚

    Comment by matt — October 18, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

  4. why should they (open5 and such) work around mtb events? well, if you run any sort of outdoor race/event in a country as exercise-phobic as ours you’d be daft not to try and maximise any potential competitors, surely!

    ok, so there’s only 52 weekends in the year and there’s more than 52 mtb events going to happen over the course of the year (which = a good thing i hasten to add). So ok, sometimes events will have to run concurrently, even in a perfect country let alone one with sulky landowners / unavailable police (and lets face it, the police manage to cope with hundreds of football matches (yes, i know they get more money for attending them, which is a big incentive) every saturday, surely they can cope with an mtb event occuring at the same time as the RAC rally or such)

    but i still think that if there was some sort of overall event calendar that race organisers could check fewer CLIC/Merida/Open5/Cumbria bike fest type incidents would occur…

    Comment by dave — October 18, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

  5. Where did you find the info for merida and the locations for the Open5 events. I can’t find the details on their websites. Is it that you have insider info now you are a sponsored rider!

    It’s not good that there are so many clashes. I don’t plan to do as many as you, but all the ones I want to enter seem to clash. Maybe we should divide and conquer. I think your main targets should be all events with map reading involved.

    Comment by Rich — October 18, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  6. The merida info is up on the singletrack website, the only definate dates they’ve got is the race in the lakes though

    the Open5 dates are up on their site – provisionally

    it’d be a miracle if i was to even GET to the map reading type events on my own, let alone do well at them!

    Comment by dave — October 18, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  7. Dave, I win, you wrote too many words and I can’t be bothered reading them all.


    Comment by matt — October 18, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

  8. no i win, cos in the middle of all those words i wrote “if matt doesn’t read this he defaults victory to me”
    and you didn’t read it
    so you default victory to me
    like it says

    i am so great, everybody loves me, i am so great


    Comment by dave — October 18, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

  9. “[…]happen over the course of the year (which = a good thing i hasten to add). So ok,[..]”

    The “=” should be a “==” surely?

    Comment by guy — October 18, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  10. oh no, geeky coding humour!

    Comment by dave — October 18, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  11. I read a bit more,
    mtb season is mostly from may to nov so not 52 weeks, who’d want to do a 24 hours race in, say, for example, january in the snow?

    OH I see, DAVE IS AN IDIOT (or for Guy : $dave === “Idiot”

    Comment by matt — October 18, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  12. Races that normally clash are things like the Scottish Nationals and SSMM. Meridas dont normally clash, but IMO the early ones are a waste of time except the Exposure Lights night one which is a top laugh.

    I think the Spanish Moto GP clashes with SITS this year…

    If you do them all then you look/ride like i did at SITS, hungover or no hungover… πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Ste — October 24, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

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