I was the oldest rider in the Bay Dash. At 74 I was all of 9 years older than anyone else riding. It appears that only of 7 of the 100 who finished this event were over 60. I found it hard going and was slower than most. Maybe the age gap is beginning to tell?
However, I thought that this event was extremely well organised and to those who turned out to help in those wet and miserable conditions I offer my heart felt thanks. A gradey ride this one - well done Rotary Club of Lancaster.
There were one or two times when I had to slow down and think long and hard about the signs - sometimes they would hit you late, or sometimes they would be inconclusive - do I go straight on, or go left - the signs were sometimes a bit in the middle, which can cause quite a panic!
But overall, I loved the event. The food was lovely - just what I needed after a long cold ride, and the showers nice and hot. Also easily accessible. Will do this again.
A really great event. Has to be one of the best organised sportives. Way signs and marshalls were peerless. Thanks.
steve ashton wrote:
This was my first sportive event and other than the weather was well impressed and hopefully will be back next year. Will also be doing the route with friends over next few weeks and when the weather is good. A big thank you to a ll. the organisers and marshals was tough out there.
Very impressive and enjoyable event which demands a repeat entry. A couple of areas for improvement: Something stronger than water in the energy drink tanks at feed stops. Some issues with signposting in some areas.
Despite some horrendous weather, really enjoyed this, my first ever, Sportive (okay, less enjoyable when soaked through to the skin in unseasonably cold temperatures and gale force winds, but that's not the organisers fault!).
Will definitely think about doing again, perhaps the full 112 mile Wrynose or Bust next year, and the weather CANNOT be as bad again, surely!?
Did the 62 mile course without any problems other than the weather, which made the last 2 hours a real grind. My main gripe is with the cost of the event, the first i have done with no goody bag at the end. £27 for a hot pot and a banana half way was a lot and will probably put me off doing next year. Other than this the course was a good one which i will do again with mate on a nice day!
It was a good day. I will do it again next year but will book a place once I know how the weather will be on the day.
A fantastic course, great countryside, mainly on quiet roads, without being quite as daunting as the Fred. incredible weather, very strong cold easterly winds on what was aready a cold wet day. However it had beeen forecast for severals days so no one could complain (other than the marshalls who had to be out in it for hours waiting for us to finish!
Marshalls were fantastic as was the signage were it not for the wind turning some so they were out of sight (and some plonker turning the sign at the drunken duck). Support stations were good but, consructively, some room for improvement:
1. I was confused by the use of a large high5 drink container for the water into thinking it as high5 and I didn't put any of my powder in. Personally I just want water as I carry my one carb powder but it needs to be clear what it is (yes I should I have asked). Others do seem to expect, unfairly in my opinion, to have carb drinks available. Could you get someone like High5 to provide it for free (good marketing) as I believe other sportives do?
2. given the weather hot water would have been great :)
3. some of the confusion on the W or B course was caused by the return route following the outwards route. There were therefore 2 signs at several junstions. All exacerbated by the wind of course and slow thinking due to the cold!
4. One of the big sportive organisers puts a very visible black dot/circle in the bottom right hand corner of their yellow signs which makes it immediately obvious if someone has altered it (no use with the wind blowing them around though!).
However, just to finsih by saying a big thank you to Keith, all the other organisrs and the marshalls
Lovely friendly event, I will be back.
Great event.Weather made it intresting.Will look to do Bay Dash next year.
My 3rd time on this event, well organised and marshalled. Enjoyable route and great food at the end. The weather was horrendous but you cannot blame the organisers for that. Well done to all, planning 2013 event already!!
Great event despite the weather. Thanks to the Marshalls for bearing up in extreme conditions. Could you start Bay Dash an hour earlier - ie. 7.30 am?
It was my first attempt at The Bay Dash and I really enjoyed it. However I think it's time to remove the hazardous downhill section from the course. I assisted the rider who was injured, only to be then greated by a someone on a quad bike flying up the hill! Accidents will continue on this section of the course; especially in wet conditions combined with no road closure. Otherwise a great event and I'll be back for more next year!
The Silverdale Sling is a great little route. Not too long, but just the right level of difficulty for a beginner sportive rider. The waether this year was terrible, but this did not hamper a very enjoyable day out. Afterall, once your wet...you can't get any wetter and as the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!
Could have been a bit more prepared at feed stations to cope with weather and riders suffering from exposure (i.e. more thermal blankets and hot drinks available). Appreciate the conditions were extreme but probably wise to have a contingency plan for such circumstances bearing in mind the time of year the event is held and the location of it.
The organisation and volunteers on the day were fantastic. The route was well signed and apart from my comment above I cnouldn't fault it. Thank you to all involved.
Really challenging day for me as the weather was so extreme. The volunteers were very helpful and pleasant and even though they were out in all that weather they remained committed.
we loved the course and we have decided to go along the same route (62 miles) in better weather to see the difference it would make.
The weather was appalling, and yet the marshalls stayed at their posts and remained helpful and cheerful. We were immensely grateful for that!
The signage was also excellent.
We heard that some riders had been involved in a road accident. Is there any news on how they are doing?
The only suggestions that I feel I should make are, that if it had been a warm day, riders would have benefitted from being able to top up drinks bottles with water containg hydration salts, or a sports drink. I also wondered whether the route could have been tweaked to avoid the A6 from Milnthorpe to Levens? It was pretty awful on the return leg. Those in the know might have detoured through Heversham.
Many thanks to all of those involved in the organisation of the day.
Really challenging course, not too many busy roads, friendly and helpful marshalls, overall a great experience. I will probably be returning next year for another crack. Let's hope the weather is better!