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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #15 on: 01, June, 2018, 08:31:10 PM »
I'll be doing the 100k with a crowd from work - watch out for the skittles jersies!

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #16 on: 09, June, 2018, 10:12:18 AM »
I'm rolling out as soon as I have registered at 6am, just trying to find a shop that sell p20.


Checked the saddlebag etc and discovered my pump had corroded into an unusable mess.




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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #17 on: 09, June, 2018, 10:54:38 AM »
Good luck tomorrow all. Don't forget the suncream!

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #18 on: 09, June, 2018, 03:03:25 PM »
Yeah good luck, plenty of water and salty foods tomorrow because you sweat like crazy.

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #19 on: 09, June, 2018, 04:29:04 PM »
Exactly: good luck and donít forget to drink! I am sure you all will finish with a great performance

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #20 on: 09, June, 2018, 07:02:57 PM »
Best of luck all.

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #21 on: 09, June, 2018, 08:26:20 PM »
good luck guys!

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #22 on: 09, June, 2018, 11:50:44 PM »
Best of luck to all the Madser Roadies tomorrow.

Water, fuel & sunscreen all day.

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #23 on: 10, June, 2018, 09:25:15 PM »
I must be first back so...


Struggled on the climbs as I've not practiced them, some really slow times compared to last year but I was well able to get up, just no speed.


Flew on the flat catching up and took full advantage of the dry roads on the descents (snow has chewed up some savagely) so that I finished 5 mins faster than last year. Really happy with that as just over 3 months ago I was a bit ill and it really set me back this year. My target for today was under 10 hours but managed 8'50" (ish, had to grab a pint at the meetings pub...).


Worked well with two lads (a work colleague and a nordie whose wife had bought him entry and flights etc from Boston) and have to give them big thanks.

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #24 on: 10, June, 2018, 10:27:30 PM »
I must be first back so...


Struggled on the climbs as I've not practiced them, some really slow times compared to last year but I was well able to get up, just no speed.


Flew on the flat catching up and took full advantage of the dry roads on the descents (snow has chewed up some savagely) so that I finished 5 mins faster than last year. Really happy with that as just over 3 months ago I was a bit ill and it really set me back this year. My target for today was under 10 hours but managed 8'50" (ish, had to grab a pint at the meetings pub...).


Worked well with two lads (a work colleague and a nordie whose wife had bought him entry and flights etc from Boston) and have to give them big thanks.
Savage stuff! I was meant to do the 100k but had to pull out with bruised ribs and sore hand (took a spill in ticknock the other day).

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #25 on: 10, June, 2018, 10:33:25 PM »
Fair play Ian. Tough day for it.

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #26 on: 11, June, 2018, 06:56:05 AM »
Had a few questions going into the event
- What difference to time would it make cycling with a stronger rider? (Andy Shortcut)
- Does 80-100km on a mountain bike prepare you for the road?
- Can you get away with doing 1 100km road training spin for the WW200?
- Would a knee problem return?


Previous effort was in 2016 using the old route and I cycled with a friend and had both been in training for the Ironman 70.3 - with plenty of road training including cycling to Galway (235km) and others - for some reason I had it in my head that we had managed approx. 7.5 hours moving time.


Andy and I kicked off shortly after 7am. This year the WW200 started from Bray and took in a climb from Enniskerry to Djouce at the very start rather than a bit of N11 and then the climb to the Sugarloaf - it felt like a tougher start. Around Laragh we caught Frank Kelly and we started riding together.
For the first 100km I think we were quite strong and in fact at the halfway mark were not far from being on schedule for 7 hours moving time. However by 75km and the stop in Baltinglass my knee had flared up to the extent that I knew I needed to pop some anti inflammation drugs or wouldn't finish - cursing my forgetfulness, local ibuprofen rules and the closed chemists , was lucky enough to get help from a family cheering us on from their house. The drugs really worked!


From past experience I thought that the 3 climbs and descents from 106km to 130km would be the major challenge of the event, and that was mostly the case. I was strong enough on the climbs, but certainly needed to be because Andy and Frank were flying on the descents leaving me lots of catching to do - this was manageable for Slieve Mann, but for Shay Elliot I was too far behind to catch up and after the Shay Elliot descent I must have been a good distance behind. Time trialled like crazy between Laragh and Rathdrum but I knew that the guys could be in a train, and even if not then an Andy / Frank train would be hard to catch - I think I nearly caught them by Rathdrum but a combination of pushing and bad marshalling meant I missed the feed station, added a short climb and km or 2 to the ride! The post 100km hilly section also answered the question about road specific training - my lowest gear ratio is 39:28 (in 2013 I did it with 39:25!!) and the mountain bikes have much lower gears - this needed specific training or at least a modified set up - Andy was running a semi-compact 36:28 which seemed to help.


The solo time trial pace took quite a lot out of me and in combination with a real mix of food at the stops, electrolyte and sugary drinks the remainder was a combination of highs and lows with quite an uncomfortable stomach.


We jumped into a couple of really fast trains - one in particular with Orwell Wheelers which flew along - great in some ways, but as a complete novice it took a lot of concentration and I didn't feel comfortable enough to drink during that period - probably not a great plan on the day!


So I didn't feel as strong at the finish as on previous occasions, but was still going fast enough and felt like I was putting in more effort - Frank was having a great day particularly compared to our training spin a couple of weeks before and Andy was well Ö just as you would expect, making it look easy.


As it happened, we had posted an improvement on the 2016 time and went further and higher - here are the numbers.


2018 202km, 3012m climbing, 7:35:38 moving time, 194w average weighted power, average speed 26.6km/h


2016 199km, 2800m climbing, 7:49:24 moving time, 188w average weighted power, average speed 25.4km/h

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #27 on: 11, June, 2018, 07:45:36 AM »
Well done lads!!

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #28 on: 11, June, 2018, 08:48:16 AM »
Great reports lads. Sounds like a great event, and you even got the weather :-)

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Re: Wicklow 200 2018
« Reply #29 on: 11, June, 2018, 10:09:39 AM »
Fair play lads,  great times

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