Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

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Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by redefined_cycles » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:01 pm

Got an email from ChrisE today whether I'm coming. Previously I've assumed I'm too soft (I am) but upon reading it...

and the fact it has some sort of shortcut (like the aisles in Idea where you dont gotta go all round)

and what Chris mentioned (just like Bob mentioned previously) about it not being too technical so maximum scenery with minimal risking of the knees

and the fact that there'll be plenty folk hopefully out there

and the fact that (if I read it correctly) its free and Chris seems such a top lad...

Makes me think I should email him back saying 'yay'... But thought I'd ask on here to help tempt me a bit more. In a nutshell who's in?
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Post by redefined_cycles » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:04 pm

Oh... and its the closest I'll probably ever get to experiencing the TDR and HT550... with it being good mind conditioning for the BB200 (pending a place and not becoming too soft and mushy in the meanwhile)

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by lune ranger » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:38 pm

I’d really like to but Easter weekend is not a time where I’m gonna get a long pass just now.

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by techno » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:42 pm

I'm a maybe, unfinished business after bailing due to illness last time.
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by slarge » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:19 pm

I've expressed my interest (I think that's as far as "entering" goes). Looking forward to it as I didn't make it last year

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:53 pm

Excellent... good to see we have at least 2 people (and probably many more who might not frequent these places) on the list as 'intwrested'.. Luke, sorry to see Easter might mean you're tied down (either at work or family).

Will register my interest (I think) with Chris myself aswell shortly... then aim for the 300 route but have the 600 in the back of the head...

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by Mike » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:55 pm

Wanted to but im on duty that weekend again so another year no show for me :(

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by BreninBeener » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:03 am

Well, i have sent an email expressing interest!

I now need to stop eating like a maniac and ride my bike a bit :-)

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by AndrewT » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:15 am

I'm rather new to these forums, but not to long distance rides both on and off road, and Dales Divide is one I'll be riding this coming year. As well as being a wonderful challenge in its own right, it'll also be a good test of equipment and mental fortitude before Italy Divide and other foreign excursions through the summer.

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Post by Escape Goat » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:07 pm

I want to be in - so so much, but work stops most of my life, not having weekends and bank holidays off, means that I have to take holidays, which is frowned upon sometimes haha!
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:36 am

like the aisles in Ikea where you dont gotta go all round
That's just bollox. A story made up to entrap gullible blokes. :roll:
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by redefined_cycles » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:52 am

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:36 am
like the aisles in Ikea where you dont gotta go all round
That's just bollox. A story made up to entrap gullible blokes. :roll:
Stu... Really, you think so. You mean I'll end up going all the way round (like I do at Ikea cos the shortcuts are almost designed to get you lost) cos thats the most obvious and easiest choice :smile: :o

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by Jurassic pusher » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:55 pm

Most likely going to ride it again, this time with gears though, the very long flat sections around York were Hell on a Singlespeed!
Great route , with some of everything.
The tan lines that I earned last Easter were there for months!!
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by ChrisE » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:30 am

I would encourage anyone to ride the Dales Divide. Last year I think about 20 or 25 rode, this year I’ve had 100 entries so far. It is super relaxed. The course will look something like this;

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The ethos of the event is that you are known to be doing the best you can, but if that means taking a train/taxi/whatever part way round, you won’t get blasted for it, in fact you’ll be applauded for having a go rather than being frightened, playing safe and staying at home on the sofa. Yes – there will be some very strong athletes at the front who will race very hard but equally many other people putting in just as much effort and not going half as fast. I’d also encourage people who are apprehensive to ride with a friend if that’s better for you. On the question of ‘”is it free?” the answer is yes it is. If you chose to be tracked on Trackleaders (like on the Tour Divide or HT550) the you’ll need a tracker and Mr Trackleader charges $15 to register your device, for that you’ll be famous forever http://trackleaders.com/dalesdivide19 but it’s by no means compulsory to be tracked and I’d never want that to be a barrier to riders. So if not tracked, it's free. For 2020 there is a shortcut across the middle of the course, where it's very flat and facts going, (York to Osmotherly) that cuts out all the East Coast and North York Moors section so hopefully that will cater for people who see setting off with 600km in front of them a bit daunting.
The timing is hopefully useful too to people expecting to do ‘proper’ races like the HT550, Italy Dive or Tour Divide as a good season starter to those rides and is intended to give a feel of such iconic races without all the seriousness that goes with them. The course is really varied, but not very technical so like the races mentioned is more about the miles clicking past, re-supply and sleep/rest management than it is about super-technical riding.
So if you want to ride, drop me an email (I’m sorry I’m useless at this Facebook thing) to be on the list. The start is at Arnside, 8am on Good Friday, 10 April 2020. I hope to put out an update email over Christmas to every entry (to your email address), another in Feb then the final GPX route and stuff early March.

Keep pedalling, Chris

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by gloryhallelujahAl » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:39 pm

Another newbie to this stuff here but I’ve “expressed my interest”, and wife is cool with me taking a long weekend pass, so...😁
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by Asposium » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:05 am

I’m going

Have unfinished business

And taking a mountain bike; gravel bike was too much hard work, need suspension

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Post by trob6 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:30 pm

I'm in, I did it last year and it was great.
I took to much stuff as usual so I will try to take less this time also I have a new lighter bike.
A friend of mine is doing it also so I may or may not have a riding partner depends if I can keep up :grin: .
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Post by thenorthwind » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:53 pm

I'm also in for this.

Was wondering whether to build some 650B wheels with a decent width tyre for my gravel bike, or build some better 29er wheels for my rigid MTB (Longitude) - or just stick with the 27.5x2.8s. Comments so far are pushing me towards the Longitude. Think it'll be tiresome across the Vale of York, but probably better overall - and there is, of course, no one perfect bike.

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by redefined_cycles » Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:49 pm

Asposium wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:05 am
I’m going

Have unfinished business

And taking a mountain bike; gravel bike was too much hard work, need suspension
This comment convinced me that I'll hopefully be pretty happy with my 650b tirrs on front sus Sonder Transmitter :smile:

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by In Reverse » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:35 pm

trob6 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:30 pm
I'm in, I did it last year and it was great.
I took to much stuff as usual so I will try to take less this time also I have a new lighter bike.
A friend of mine is doing it also so I may or may not have a riding partner depends if I can keep up :grin: .
Yep, same here.

Must have been carrying about 2kg of food because I expected things to be shut for the bank holiday. Nope. Everything was open. Plenty of places to get food.

I've signed up again for this year. Not sure if I'll approach it any differently.

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by thenorthwind » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:58 am

Must have been carrying about 2kg of food because I expected things to be shut for the bank holiday. Nope. Everything was open. Plenty of places to get food.
Good to hear. I was a bit worried about that, and having to dig around to find revised opening times, rather than a quick check on Google maps.

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Post by Dave Barter » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:53 pm

I hope to be there for the long weekend
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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by ton » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:46 pm

been looking at this, and i really fancy a go.
i know most of the route, and have probably ridden most of it over the years.
but if i am honest with myself, i think if i stuck to the route i wouldnt manage it.
but if i were to mix and match with bits of road here and there i could possibly manage it.

would it be proper offside to ride it this way?

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by Landslide » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:43 pm

Depends. Do you want to ride it to measure yourself against others, or as something just for you?

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Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Post by ton » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:48 pm

lol, i have neither the physique, the health or the inclination to measure myself against others.

and if i rode the whole route on the road, i can guarantee you that the fast offroad riders would beat me by a day or so.

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