Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

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Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by mattpage » Mon May 03, 2021 9:05 pm

Someone went and pinched my FKT that I set last year. He smashed my time, 20 minutes faster, so I had some work to do to regain it.

I changed the bike and set up and used previous experience from last year to make a few less wrong turns.
I stuck a GoPro on the front and have a bit of a video up

https://youtu.be/zNpEhbjtpYg

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Dean » Mon May 03, 2021 10:38 pm

Well done Matt the conditions looked very favourable, I thought when I did it last March that the ground was quite dry and the streams low (still the puddles on the sunken road last year were knee-deep as some enduro riders found out).

I also made that wrong turn mistake, the singletrack is easy to miss next to the doubletrack.

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Dave Barter » Tue May 04, 2021 2:14 pm

That is a stupidly fast time Matt chapeau!!
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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by benp1 » Tue May 04, 2021 2:31 pm

Bloody hell, that's so fast

What are your thoughts on gravel bike vs MTB? You said you were faster on the downs with the MTB and had the leverage of wider bars. How about on the climbs and the flats? What about the smoother sections?

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue May 04, 2021 2:41 pm

Well done Matt. Double next?
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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by slarge » Tue May 04, 2021 5:46 pm

That's a phenomenal time - well done Matt.

I'd just wait a year or 2 for a double attempt (I need to bask in my glory for a while longer!) :-bd

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Verena » Tue May 04, 2021 5:55 pm

:shock:

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Charliecres » Tue May 04, 2021 7:46 pm

Amazing! “Day 1” done in two and a bit hours :o

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by mattpage » Wed May 05, 2021 8:29 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 2:41 pm
Well done Matt. Double next?
Yeh, starting West to East and see if I can pick up the remaining FKTs 😊

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by mattpage » Wed May 05, 2021 8:32 pm

benp1 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 2:31 pm
Bloody hell, that's so fast

What are your thoughts on gravel bike vs MTB? You said you were faster on the downs with the MTB and had the leverage of wider bars. How about on the climbs and the flats? What about the smoother sections?
The bike I built up was a mix of both and I think the perfect mix. The only thing I wanted was a bigger gear than 38/11. I'm on the look for a 44/32 XTR chainset.

Its a bit like a MTB from 15 years ago. 650mm bars, double chainset and very fast rolling narrower tyres than current bikes. Weight was sub 9kg, so a similar weight to my lauf gravel bike.

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Landslide » Wed May 05, 2021 8:47 pm

🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 gates!!!

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by faustus » Tue May 11, 2021 11:44 am

Superb effort, I saw this on Instagram too. Yes, Double for the taking i'd say!

Ps - also you're probably the only one saying 38x11 wasn't high enough :lol:

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by FLV » Tue May 11, 2021 1:33 pm

"Day 1" 2 hours 21min :lol:

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Re: Trans Cambrian Way - FKT number 2

Post by Landslide » Tue May 11, 2021 1:48 pm

Just think of the extra time you'd have to eat cake/raid the Spar/sit in the local beer garden...

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