Challenge Henley 2011

For those who think the Outlaw is too far ooop naaarth

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Cheerful Dave    pirate
13/07/2010 at 13:57

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=781842

Interesting to see if it gets off the ground.  It'd be a hilly bike course, and a great place for a swim, but it would probably clash with the Vit.

mellifera    pirate
13/07/2010 at 14:08

wouldn't that be cool!

The IM brand did manage to attract people from mainland Europe (and beyond) but ...er...was not well reviewed. You'd think the Challenge brand would be successful in getting a few non-UK people here.

perhaps not such good news for events like the Forestman....or the Outlaw (unless it does go on to become IMUK)

13/07/2010 at 14:10

Sounds very interesting.

IMUK will be in for some serious competition next year.

 I like the line from the councillor about the road/traffic officer

"He said: “The officer’s issue is simply that he doesn’t want to see gridlock. If permission is given for the job, he will do as he is told. Personally, I welcome the event and will do my best to see it happen.”

M...eldy    pirate
13/07/2010 at 14:18
oooh ...  just down the road from me !
13/07/2010 at 14:20
This is great news if they can pull it off.  It's my old stamping ground and I'd love to see this level of race happening there.
M...eldy    pirate
13/07/2010 at 14:21
Meli, healthy but not direct competition if held in September?    Of course the Vit may well be under threat

It will be a well lumpy bike course thats for sure,  we did an early sportive around Henley this year
13/07/2010 at 14:22
Sounds fantastic!
mellifera    pirate
13/07/2010 at 14:27

Meldy - the outlaw is not yet sold out - and nor do other non-IM long distance events in the UK. It might do next year if it's very successful this year. I think the market is there, you just have to persuade people to do their yearly IM in the UK.  

I think the Vit will be OK - fills up well in advance and a lot of people only want to do a half.

M...eldy    pirate
13/07/2010 at 14:30
Yeah I agree ..  so I dont think any of the other events are under threat from this per se, it will do them good to have the competition,  I think they have pitched the timing well as Henley will be well into Olympic mode as well by then so it will be a good test of the infrstructure as well
Cheerful Dave    pirate
13/07/2010 at 15:03
Which Olympic events are at Henley?  The rowing's at Dorney, are they doing the long-distance swimming at Henley perhaps?
Dustboy    pirate
13/07/2010 at 15:08
lurks excitedly
13/07/2010 at 15:27
long distance swims are in the Serpentine
M...eldy    pirate
13/07/2010 at 16:34
They are hosting a lot of teams, whilst the events may not be taking place there it will see a lot of action in the build up
13/07/2010 at 17:39
Defo interested in this (but for 2012).  Personally for me, it would be good to do a UK-based 140.6 as I can't really justify the expense of a foreign trip and inconvenience to Jr's life
Cona    pirate
14/07/2010 at 10:12
More importantly...... How flat is the Henley area???
14/07/2010 at 10:22
It's not.  Google the Chiltern Big Dipper and check out the profile.  That's a sportive local to the area
Edited: 14/07/2010 at 10:23
14/07/2010 at 10:31
the Henley area can be flatter if you go south or east though - it's only really the Chilterns that give it the bigger hills and they are to the north.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/07/2010 at 10:52
One of my long rides went through Henley a week or two back and there was a long downhill into town and a long uphill coming out towards Oxford.  But since it's on the Thames if you follow the river it's got to be pretty flat.
Dustboy    pirate
14/07/2010 at 11:23

Standingf up for hills helps to stop your arse from getting sore from too long in the saddle.

Who said I was negative

14/07/2010 at 12:28

How long do the current IMUK people have the franchise/license for?

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