A great report from the London Cyclesport website from vet Ian Cleverly.
"Nick Craig overtakes soon after, looks over and smiles, practically invites me to join him, come home and meet the family"
A personal blog and a pointer to all on the www about the classic Yorkshire cyclocross race.
A great report from the London Cyclesport website from vet Ian Cleverly.
Keighley news reporter ran this article today: Jebb Claims Sixth Peaks Win (from Thisisbradford)
"For me, it's been the best year ever. It'll never be as good."
Well... I dunno actually - all we need is a muddy nationals in January and 2007 could be off to a good start.
A useful round-up of Three Peaks fortunes relating to riders local to Huddersfield.
The number of Pete Hartley's photos of this year's event beggars belief. That would have been 20 rolls of film in the old days. Sme great shots and worth paying for if yours is a good one. Click on the out-of-control-blogger trying to beat Noel Clough down Penyghent to see all 650.
A good thread of everyone's outpouring of their experiences on the Singletrack World website here.
"There was a guy sat on the grass near the finish area when we were leaving. He was crying."
A classic tale of Three Peaks excitement from Dominic Makin on the Three Peaks forum .
"...set off plumeting down to the first feed station where a sizeable crowd were offering support to
everyone - like Alp D' huez in reverse ..."
British Cycling's website gives a fairly lengthy report on this year's race along with two large galleries of images from Andrew Kennedy. Andrew must have been wiping his lens or changing his memory card as I came past, because he, too, decided not to take any photos of me, but never mind, Keith Parkinson emailed me this one, so at leat now I know that I didn't dream it all.....
Andy Rushforth has come up with another good set of flcikr shots this year. The long views from the top part of Penyghent show the splendid weather off well. Click on Jenn Hopkins' pink kit to see the set of loads of photos.
Posted by Dave Haygarth on Monday, September 25, 2006
Wow - it's all over again bar the blogging. Please email your own tales of the 2006 Three Peaks to me using the 'Email me' link on the right hand panel.
A friend of almost 20 years - John Walker - turned up today and I see so little of him normally so it was a lovely bonus. He gets the prize for the first published photos from this year's race - click on the image to see them.
So for me, after eleven starts and now ten finishes (don't ask!) this was the year I really think it all came together. I rode down Whernside on a flat back tyre. My front straddle wire snapped half way down Whernside, and I snapped my chain, having already given my chain tool to Stuart Reid (stronger team mate in need!) on Ingleborough. I had to run for about ten minutes and lost four places, but I can't deny that I did the ride of my life this year and was pleased with how it all came together.
Read about it on my personal blog here....
And what will the pundits make of the 45th Three Peaks? Well, it was the year that Rob Jebb equalled Tim Gould's record of six wins. From what I saw of it, Rob was never in trouble. Anyone who refers' to him as a 'fell runner' obviously hasn't witnessed the way he has ridden away from the whole field on the start of Simon fell in the last two events.
It was also a bit of a sad year for us here at Wheelbase - we missed the team prize because of a below par Stuart Reid (on flying form until an illness two weeks before and a recurring back problem hampered his progress even more). This when Rob was backed up by a very strong ride from Lewis Craven - taking third for the second time in three years. Hat's off to the Scott team though - only three riders but all in the top ten.
Anyway - get in touch with your tales and let's hear how it was for you.
The 3 peaks forum has a popular thread on it asking 'Anyone else got a cold?' Reading through my brother Phil's blog this morning his is one of those tales typical of some of the sufferers on the forum. I have trained with Phil just once this year (he lives 300 miles away!) but chatted endlessly about preparing for the 'Peaks, and one recurring thing is making sure you're well as well as strong. For Phil, the wheels have really come off the wagon in the last few weeks - and his summary of how the last few weeks have gone is depressing reading. Still - he'll be on the start line and making the best of it - as we all do. Good luck, Phil - I know you'll put everything into it come what may.
In a strange sequence of events that relate in a way to why I'm doing this blog, the BBC Countryfile programme got in touch with me last week and said they wanted to follow me preparing for this year's race. They're doing a programme about the race to be shown on BBC on 1st October, and have decided that they're going to feature the race as one of the main focuses - so tune in. They spent some time on Monday driving round bits of the area with John Rawnsley and will be out filming on Sunday.
Talking to them as I had to over five hours of filming, I couldn't help thinking that I take the Three Peaks a bit too seriously once or twice, but then I soon slipped back into my self-dellusion and got on with dreaming of a top 20 place.
The day itself was quite a lot of fun really - slow moving at time - having to do bits to the camera and pretending to train - but the whole thing was well worth the visit - and inevitable recce of some bits of the course (not in a rule violating way!!). The course is looking pretty fast again up Blea Moor way - and I'm expecting Rob to beat his own record this year if he has a trouble-free ride.
Also bumped into three of the Horwich CC lads up there having a jog over Whernside. Nice to see you all.... good luck on the 24th. I'm off to sign some autographs and prepare for a lucrative TV career.
Shonkysinglespeeder is keeping a blog and has entered the three peaks on a single speed bike. Well, at least he wont get in our way.
It's just occurred to me that I've got so 'blogged down' in tracking what else everyone else is doing that I've not really told you loyal readers about my own build-up to the 24th September.
First, a tiny bit of background context - I'm not podium material - let's get that straight - my best ever position in nine finishes is 20th - and beating that is this year's priority. I'd love to have time for more training, but with a young family and a 9-5 job, I've got to be realistic about just how good I can actually get at all of this.
The basic pattern of my year, (the new year always starts the day after the Three Peaks) is:
"My name is Simon.
I’m a virgin.
Well, I’m a 3 Peaks virgin, at least.
Over the years I’ve had a go at mostbike related events – on an MTB I’ve done XC, DH, trials and enduros.I’ve done time trials, duathlons, triathlons and hillclimbs. I’ve been round the Velodrome a few times. Hell, I’ve even owned a unicycle."
Read more of Simon's attempts to get ready for a good finish in his first Three Peaks here...
I've just found Dominic Makin's Three Peaks Blog - his own account of preparing for the race for the first time. A truly uplifting, sometimes funny, and sometimes heartbreaking account of the ups and downs of preparing for the challenge of the 'first race'.
"I'm Dominic Makin, 41 and a hairdresser - born in Hull, living in Halifax and going to Hell.....
.... I bought a nice second hand cyclocross bike and headed off for the hills. "
A great read - keep it coming' Dominic, and good luck for the 24th.