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

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 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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