The routes have just been announced and the qualifying route for the GF World series is 100 miles!
Anyone raced this before?
I’m in the race group but wondering about the “pit stops”, are they off the road meaning you need to stop to fill up?
Fast as the race is I don’t think I can carry enough to drink for 100 miles
I raced it last year and it was 128km (80 miles) as opposed to this years 161km (100 miles). I didn’t see anyone stop at the aid stations but some people managed to qualify even after puncturing, so I imagine it is possible to to still qualify the worlds and represent your country if you made a very quick stop just to grab a bottle or a few gels etc. But you’d have to put the work in to get back on the group you dropped off immediately which is easier said than done as it’s a very flat race course favouring raw power. It just resembled a three hour crit last year with quite a lot of crashes and injuries but there was a huge field in the “race” category with a lot of first time racers. Interestingly a lot of Europeans used this race to try and get their qualifying place as they thought it a lot easier being a pretty flat course.
I have two big (1L) bottles that will last me about 3 hours so I’m thinking those and another bottle or 2 small ones in my jersey.
I’ve dehydrated before and I know how it knocks my performance.
The weather will have the final say
I have done it twice but it was the 80 mile route. Apart from a tiny but surprisingly sharp little kick up near the end past a church its as flat as it gets (the old route was anyway). The feedstations are by the route but off the road and you will have to pull in stop and get off. I rode with two bottles and didn’t stop. I finished in 3:32 and didn’t qualify but the year before people qualified taking up to 3:45. Depends how many in your age etc and its based on time of top 20% and not a fixed time. Its a fast course but a nice fast. My advice is take two bottles a couple of rice cakes and a couple of gels. In the race group assume you’re not going to stop. Find a group to work with. It can get very windy through the fells. Make sure to conserve energy by working in a chaingang and forming echelons in the cross-winds.
Oh and be careful, not everyone with a race licence in this event is a racer and I saw a lot of totally avoidable accidents.
Didn’t stop last year, no one did in my age group. Ran out of water with about 20k to go. Ideally you’d want someone to hand you a musette at the half way point.
I was able to take advantage when our group caught the younger age group with about 10-20k left and finished 28 overall.
It was absolute carnage and I was lucky to stay upright the whole way. I saw so many people walking their bikes to the finish line with blood on some part of their body. I think the groups are smaller this year so it might make things feel safer.
I went off far too hot on the back of a group made up of stronger riders than me - all those sprints out of corners chasing into a headwind took their toll. Got dropped off the back with 30 miles to go and soloed the rest
I made mistake changing gears for a corner, hit the wrong di2 lever and ended up in the small chainring at 40kph. Took me a few seconds to sort myself out and by that stage the front of the group was gone and we couldn’t catch them.
The wind was really unpleasant, either leaning at an angle into it or tucked in as small as possible into it.
Despite the wind it was still insanely fast.
I didn’t qualify for worlds but I’m happy enough with my ride and managed to avoid the crashes, one of which was riders directly in front of me.