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Good Luck BBers

Post by mechanicaldope » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:19 pm

I know there are a few BB threads already but just wanted to say good luck to you all tomorrow. Sounds like the weather is going to make it epic. Stay safe!

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by ianfitz » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:33 pm

Too right! Any badges are going to be hard earned this weekend..

Looking like really quite weathery weather.
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by summittoppler » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:00 pm

It looks like it's gonna be a memorable weekend for the brave! Good luck all and have a safe one.

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Robster » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:20 pm

Agreed! Good luck and remember to hydrate....

Seriously though, will enjoy reading all the posts over the weekend and can't believe how hardcore you riders are!

All the best, Rob.

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Fat tyre kicker » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:24 pm

I think the hydration will be covered by osmosis :-bd

Edit; Best of luck to you brave souls :-bd

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Lazarus » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:29 pm

I was thinking of starting a pool to see which is the highest number
DNS
DNF
Finishers

Best of luck you brave souls - i would be DNS

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Charliecres » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:53 pm

Good luck all!

Quite relieved I didn’t enter this year. I’m taking a much softer option and doing the Dorset Gravel Dash route this weekend.

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Post by scott of the woods » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:01 pm

Good luck all that are attending, the weather has been truly horrendous in the Beacons today, reports of 160mm of rain in 48 hrs! Lord knows what mid Wales will suffer,
be careful out there .

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by lune ranger » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:46 pm

Perfect opportunity to add packrafting to the BB200 this year.

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by mat_swan » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:27 pm

Yup, best of luck to all, stay safe. Hope you're all having fun in the Star about now! Has everyone packed their emergency inflatable flamingo?

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by gairym » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:43 pm

Totally agree, good luck you crazy bastards!!!

Massively jealous (though a little less so with the weather that's forecast) as it's been 3 years since my last bb200 now which is way too long.

Enjoy yourselves and stay safe out there!!

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by BigdummySteve » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:54 pm

I pulled out after riding the SDW, apart from the severe illness I suffered ( food poisoning?) I realised that the distance needed without a kip in the middle would be more than I would enjoy.

Considering the forecast anyone who starts tomorrow knowing the effort involved even in good weather deserves the upmost respect/ sympathy.

Stay safe folks and as my skydiving instructor was fond of saying don’t confuse ambition with ability, NO ONE here will think less of you if you pull out mid ride, we all know what it’s like on top even in much better weather.
Look after yourselves, good luck :-bd
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by RIP » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:45 pm

As they used to say on Hill Street Blues - let's be careful out there. All the best to you loons, we're all thinking of you and rooting for you.

'Reg', in a damp wood just outside Northampton, fully aware how spoilt he is tonight.
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Specialist Hoprocker » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:30 am

Good luck everyone. Massive respect to everyone starting. I'm hoping to give it another crack next year when it will be 27 degs and dusty!

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by psling » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:27 am

I'll add my respect too. Enjoy it for what it is, the aftermath will no doubt be better than the reality :cool:
(I'm sat at work in a wet and windy sawmills wondering where all the contractors are; still tucked up at home no doubt!)
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by RIP » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:34 am

How did the big send-off go Stu? Plenty of tea and toast and last-minute sou'wester sales?

In some perverse way I'd like to be out there in it too, but against the clock in this lot is an amazing achievement for the 2/300-ers whether completing or not.
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:55 pm

I think just shy of 60 riders ventured out. Conditions are perhaps not quite as bad as forecast (no lightning) but it's very, very wet and river levels have risen massively overnight.

Despite (or perhaps because of) conditions, spirits seemed very high with a lot of spirit on show. I really do take my hat off to all those who've set off this morning ... most of the population wouldn't have considered walking the length of their garden. :wink:
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Post by RIP » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:20 pm

:-bd

'because of' is actually an excellent summarisation of many mad, bloodyminded, to-hell-with-it, what's-the-worst-that-could-happen-if-I-do, what's-the-best-that-can-happen-if-I-do, punky things that go on in This Place :smile:.
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by larsmars » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:28 am

Made it back to Llanbrynmair with a BB200 finish at 01:17, 17 hours of wind and rain. Now tucked into my bag trying to warm up. That was brutal!

There were some very sketchy crossings out there with some close calls. I will post some photos tomorrow of a fallen tree crossing a gushing river with Javi and Tom at around 20km.

Goodnight,
Lars

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by rufus748 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:51 am

^^^
Wow! Fantastic time, especially considering the weather!!

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by whitestone » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:10 am

Finished at 0618 this morning, I'd started just before nine. Twenty hours moving time and one hour twenty stopped time.

As Lars said it was pretty grim, some of the river crossings were very dodgy.
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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by thesloth » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:53 am

I received this last night from some clubmates (I was safely warm and dry in an armchair at the time):
https://youtu.be/YmdeAcKVbhE

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Fat tyre kicker » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:57 pm

:shock: :shock:

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 pm

I assume that at least one of those riders was disqualified?

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Re: Good Luck BBers

Post by Moder-dye » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:49 pm

Wim Hof training a prerequisite? Brrrrr :sad:

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