Big Woody

Any pirates planning on racing this one?

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Duda the Mutineer    pirate
29/03/2014 at 16:46

As the description says. If any one is interested in doing some training rides on the course let me know I would be happy to set something up. I can even help with accommodation and bike transport.

MTri    pirate
29/03/2014 at 17:24
Only the Little Woody for me, final build before Tenby. Through the Forest of Dean tomorrow as part of some charity ride.
Duda the Mutineer    pirate
29/03/2014 at 17:37

MTRI, I reckon the forest is a great place to train for Wales. I was out today, as part of my  route I did the climb up from the A48 to Mitcheldean that of part of the Big Woody route.

Enjoy the Forest tomorrow, I am out at work all day but If I spot you I will give you a 'Go Pirate'


Blisters    pirate
31/03/2014 at 21:49

It's on my radar.

Every other plan I've had for this year has been pissed on. From the previous results I guess that it will be a test in discipline for the solitary rider/runner. Headtorches will be needed for the run, as it will get very dark.

I still want to ride this route, and will probably check the distance, including the ride there from Gloucester. That'd make a day of it!

Edit: the loop itself is 46 miles. I've got 14 miles to get to the start of the loop, and 14 home again! Like I said, that'd be an outing...


Edited: 31/03/2014 at 22:36
Duda the Mutineer    pirate
31/03/2014 at 22:17

Blisters, I will drop you a PM with my number if you want to meet up for a ride?

The ride from Glawster to the start line at Tidenham Quarry alone is a bit tasty.

Edited: 31/03/2014 at 22:19
Blisters    pirate
31/03/2014 at 22:38



Blisters    pirate
11/04/2014 at 12:16


I tried to call you, but there was no response from that number.

It's more normal to excommunicate me AFTER we've met.


Duda the Mutineer    pirate
12/04/2014 at 07:02

none typo number sent via PM, my bad! I am working on the River Usk around Llangynidr today. I am taking the bike with me to see if I can find a suitable hill to train on after work.

Blisters    pirate
12/04/2014 at 18:51

I was in full pirate attire, biking with the gang of 12 through the forest and associated hills.

53 miles and mullered.

Blisters    pirate
17/04/2014 at 22:35

 I went out on the bike. Headed not for Mount Ventoux, but 15 miles away to towards the Forest of Dean, and the Big Woody course. Did most of it, and rode home. 59 miles, with an awful lot of it on the little ring. Bizarrely, the wind appeared to be against me the whole way, and the only hills were ups. The route home got me a 40 mph descent though. That course is not for wimps.

Duda the Mutineer    pirate
18/04/2014 at 08:15

Blisters, its something peculiar about the wind in the forest. Which ever way you are riding it's in your face.


Blisters    pirate
18/04/2014 at 13:58

I have this feeling that they will make a couple of alterations to the course. There's at least 2 places where landslips have occurred.
The B4234 on the banks of the R Wye between Walford and English Bicknor. The road surface is shockingly bad, but then there's a rockfall and one carriageway is shut, and there are temporary (long term) traffic lights. Nobody is doing any work there.

More significantly, as you carry on the B4234, there are warnings of Road Closed Ahead, and sure enough, on the gradual climb up to English Bicknor the road surface has slumped by 6", across 2/3 of the road width. They have put concrete blocks across the road width, and you have to get off to negotiate them. OK for a solo ride, but not for a race. When I got to the top, I wondered what all the fuss was about. Then I carried on just past English Bicknor, and found Chapel Hill. Granny gear was needed, and I wonder what I'd be like with 80 Forest miles in the legs.

15/08/2014 at 21:57

Same question to Tr-Talkers, any unusual fuel type requests for the run section? 

seren nos    pirate
17/08/2014 at 10:33

would love to do this one........left it a bit late and ran out of money so will be looking out in a few months for an early bird entry for next year......

will try and pop over to support.....

Duda the Mutineer    pirate
18/08/2014 at 10:49
I should be back from Tenby in time to support.

Seren, do you want to meet up and fo a Pirate support crew?
seren nos    pirate
18/08/2014 at 12:50 to check times as son is leaving from cardiff airport that day for a year in china.....

Iron Pingu    pirate
18/08/2014 at 13:41

F*ck it, just entered.  Not been on a bike in 6 weeks or swum but I did run on Saturday so I should be ready .... 

seren nos    pirate
18/08/2014 at 13:49

so jealous Pingu...


Duda the Mutineer    pirate
18/08/2014 at 13:59
My turn to cheer you on Iron Pingu. See you at the Lamb in mitcheldean and hopefully then again at the sports centre just after Christchurch.
Iron Pingu    pirate
18/08/2014 at 14:01

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