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Post  CrashBoy 2006-11-28, 16:31

Anyone fancy a trip to Whiltshire early in January to compete in the Sailsbury plans challenge

I know from others who have attended it's a fairly tough course. Who's up for it?

Choice of 3 course

50, 30 and 15K

http://www.spambiking.co.uk/spam_swc2007.htm#

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Post  Craig 2006-11-29, 02:56

Looks good.

Would have to be 50km/30miles. I am running the Rough n Tumble a week later same place (ish) http://www.grassrootsevents.co.uk/

Will see if I can get another leave pass.
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Post  Craig 2006-11-29, 03:43

Got a leave pass - count me in for the 50km. Already printed off the application form.
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Post  Little Gav 2006-11-30, 09:35

Don't do it......it's mountaining biking hell on earth !!!!!!
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Post  Craig 2006-11-30, 10:14

How bad can be? Are we talking bog snorkling, rock climbing harnesses or elbows at dawn? bounce Well it's either that and only have to entertain the children for 1/3 of the day or stay at home, do my usual circuit and entertain them for the 2/3 day No Smile

Did the Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) last year. Wasn't too bad. Will be signing up again for 2007.

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Post  Gary 2006-11-30, 11:48

Me and Jamie will prob be up for the 50km. Cheers for the links

It's back home for me!

Gary (Cotswold / Farmer Lad)

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Post  CrashBoy 2006-11-30, 11:57

Little Gav, can you provide us an insight into what we are letting ourselves into?

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Post  Craig 2006-11-30, 11:58

Back home for the Mrs. as she's from Minety. Mother in Law now in Cricklade so just a quick drive after dropping family off.
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Post  smegger 2006-12-01, 02:30

Best bet is to speak to Big Gav, Julia or Nick the Greek as they did it last year. Apparently it was very gloopy and p1**ed it down and its very exposed being on open moorland so take your thermals
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Post  N@th 2006-12-01, 03:41

I'm in.........

But I think if you have a SS then it should be a SS fest !!

(Anyone feeling left out??)

Being a Swindon lad I'll be ooo arrring it also !
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Post  Craig 2006-12-05, 10:16

Definately in - posted cheque off this morning. rendeer
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Post  Little Gav 2006-12-05, 10:52

I'm biased. Hate the place. Went there once, its snowed,hailed,pissed it down,big winds. Big tank tracks filled with water everywhere.
My sleeping bag got wet, clothes got wet....I got wet.
Loads of blokes firing bullets.
VERY UNHAPPY
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Post  Jase 2006-12-05, 12:21

If I was a betting man Gav, I'd say you won't be taking part then? Laughing
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Post  Craig 2006-12-06, 00:32

I used to be in the RAF, as far as I can remember there's red flags indicating live firing. I'll definately be keeping away from those !!! affraid Might increase my speed though Very Happy
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Post  N@th 2006-12-06, 05:24

Reminds me of the Chicksands run from Woburn Ss, where you have to ride behind the firing range. SCARY, as you can here the bullets hitting the sand on the other side of the brick wall!
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Post  Craig 2006-12-06, 06:41

I spent some time at Chicksands when I was detached to RAF Henlow. Used to use the yank gym and bowling alley there. I'd be scared riding behind a wall at the business end of a range if the yanks are firing.....
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Post  Little Gav 2006-12-07, 08:30

Jase
Your bett is very safe !

Very Happy
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Post  Craig 2006-12-12, 02:47

...is it in yet?

SPAM have now posted the confirmed entries for the Winter Challenge.

http://www.spambiking.co.uk/Docs/SWC2007-Confirmation.pdf
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Post  superflyjim 2006-12-12, 03:11

CrashBoy wrote:Anyone fancy a trip to Whiltshire early in January to compete in the Sailsbury plans challenge

I know from others who have attended it's a fairly tough course. Who's up for it?

Choice of 3 course

50, 30 and 15K

http://www.spambiking.co.uk/spam_swc2007.htm#


Sailsbury Plain errrharrruhhh Shocked Shocked
(Jim shivers at the thought of going back there)

There is a reason why it's an Army training area,cause it's a blooming nightmare.

Good luck!!! (your gonna need it) lol!
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Post  Craig 2007-01-02, 11:55

So who's gonna be there on Sunday?

Me and ?
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Post  Craig 2007-01-05, 05:07

Come on guys don't tell me you haven't entered. Is it just me?
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Post  Craig 2007-01-06, 06:28

It is just me isn't it? Southern wuss's....... !!! Suspect
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Post  julezzz 2007-01-06, 13:31

HI everyone. I can vouch 4 what L gav has said.
It is grim. Ive done it twice and it doesnt get any easier, but it is a fab way of getting rid of a hangover!

by the time u read this post u would have found out 4 yourself but the only way of finding out sometimes is the hard way!!

what better way 2 start the year?

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Post  Craig 2007-01-07, 14:43

Rolling Eyes Mud? Mud? It was a mud bath! Now I like mud but that stuff is REALLY sticky and full of clay or chalk as it's also really slippery. I have never had to pull handfuls from my bike before. affraid I really mean handfuls. At one point at couldn't see my front or rear mechs or the chain for that matter. pale I looked down and had comedy doughnuts for wheels. I had a mechanical failure 6 miles in, Sad my rear mech hanger twisted and sheered off after a really bad section of boggy mud. The thing is another rider suffered the same fate in the same area as me at the same time and when we got back to the start one guy was already there and had suffered the same thing only 2 miles in. It took me 90 minutes to do 6 miles (until I retired) of which half a mile was a tarmac steep ascent, quarter of a mile was slippery but not too bad singletrack in a forest but the rest was either open field or the bit around the field all of which was thick gloopy mud that stuck. There were guys running with bikes as it was faster. Everyone suffered and struggled to stay upright. Oh and did I mention it was raining and the wind was really bitter. Madness.

It is a challenge but it's not mountain biking. scratch
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Post  Tin Tin 2007-01-08, 13:32

Well done graig! you going to give it a miss next year Wink
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