Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

If cycling of any kind, from leisure to endurance, is your passion, this is the forum for you.

Moderators: hardcore iv, fredrikw, JP, stateofflux, bronco

Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby VeganGraham » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:41 am

Hell of the North Cotswolds is a ride (not a race) in a loop of either 50 or 100km starting and finishing at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire and taking in the lanes and bridleways of the North Cotswolds.
Some people treat it as a race, even if, legally, the organisers can't describe it as one. :wink:
Some people treat it as a fun ride through nice scenery with 1000 friends.
Entry is limited to about 1200.
Last year it filled up within two days.
Entries open at 10:00am today.
If you want to do it, get in quick.

Edit to add my brief report from last year.
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9189&p=343511&#p343511
Worcestershire's fastest veteran vegan mountain bike endurance racer with a beard.
Angry Middle Aged Man
User avatar
VeganGraham
Active Member
 
Posts: 3067
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:53 pm
Location: The banks of the River Severn as it meanders through the sun dappled leafy glades of Worcestershire

Re: Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby VeganGraham » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:34 am

By 10:30 there were less than 400 places left.
Worcestershire's fastest veteran vegan mountain bike endurance racer with a beard.
Angry Middle Aged Man
User avatar
VeganGraham
Active Member
 
Posts: 3067
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:53 pm
Location: The banks of the River Severn as it meanders through the sun dappled leafy glades of Worcestershire

Re: Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby Gastroplodder » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:56 pm

I was very tempted by this despite being a rubbish off-road rider who would probably suffer, moan then fall off.

Fortunately they sold out while I dithered - phew close shave!
Probably the fastest vegan elf at Abingdon parkrun

http://gastroplodder.vegebear.com/blog
User avatar
Gastroplodder
Active Member
 
Posts: 151
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:59 am
Location: Oxford, UK

Re: Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby VeganGraham » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:50 am

All 1200 places were gone by 11:41am
Worcestershire's fastest veteran vegan mountain bike endurance racer with a beard.
Angry Middle Aged Man
User avatar
VeganGraham
Active Member
 
Posts: 3067
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:53 pm
Location: The banks of the River Severn as it meanders through the sun dappled leafy glades of Worcestershire

Re: Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby philthy builder » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:38 pm

I would like a copy of the route so I could ride this without the 1000 "friends".
philthy builder
Active Member
 
Posts: 101
Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:44 pm
Location: Birmingham uk

Re: Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) Enter now.

Postby VeganGraham » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:25 am

I've lost the track off my GPS for last year's route, otherwise I could show you that. I've still got the distance (96km), time and altitude etc. saved, but no map.
It's a mixture of lanes and bridleways. There's a bit of discussion about it on STW forum and most people seem to agree a cyclocross bike is ideal. If I had one, that's what I'd use if I was going for the fastest time.
I think it used to be a road bike event, but as mountain bikes became more popular,they altered the route to suit them.
They publish the route as a GPS track before the event, but I think they leave it until the last week to stop too many people pre riding the course.

Edit;
I just thought I'd check before I post and here's the route from last year.
It's still on Garmin Connect,even though I've lost it off my GPS.
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/29822207
Worcestershire's fastest veteran vegan mountain bike endurance racer with a beard.
Angry Middle Aged Man
User avatar
VeganGraham
Active Member
 
Posts: 3067
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:53 pm
Location: The banks of the River Severn as it meanders through the sun dappled leafy glades of Worcestershire


Return to Cycling Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests