Challenge Weymouth

14/9/2014 Fantastic new location.

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Blisters    pirate
26/10/2013 at 23:38

So Challenge has moved from Henley to Weymouth for 2014.

The swim is in the bay: easier than Tenby.
The bike involves some lovely scenery.
The run is bound to be flat, there's plenty of sea front promenade.

Entries are now open, £310 early bird.

TR
27/10/2013 at 08:13

You in then Blisters ? I thought you were looking at doing IMWales ?

27/10/2013 at 08:15

I have the same problem I have when it was at Henley, just doesn't excite me and with 24 other IM distance races in the UK now to choose from I'm happy to part with the money if the race grabs me and this one doesn't

Blisters    pirate
27/10/2013 at 17:37

2014 is very date-critical for me.

I haven't yet got confirmations of the banned weekends. Nice, Zurich, both out. Outlaw, out. IMW 50/50. At this rate I'll be stuck with Cotswold 113 and 226. 

TR
27/10/2013 at 17:50

Blisters - well that kind of picks events for you then.

seren nos yn canu    pirate
27/10/2013 at 17:52

its a pain tp get to weymouth......bit like bournemouth is

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
27/10/2013 at 19:13

Not for me Seren, there's a ferry from St. Malo in Brittany to Weymouth.

27/10/2013 at 20:27

On the basis that I really enjoyed Henley I'm going to have a play at Weymouth. Already thinking that as it will then be two different Challenge races over two years 2015 will need to be something different (possibly in either Bolton or Tenby!)

27/10/2013 at 20:28

Weymouth doesn't do it for me for some reason

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
28/10/2013 at 19:35

Oh good Cheggers, then I won't be a lone Pirate sailing my own tiny little ship! But I'm only doing the half, I'm not allowed to do the full distance any more since I got a hip replacement, my surgeon's even not really happy with me running more than 10km.

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
28/10/2013 at 20:48
I'm going and registered
Dustboy    pirate
28/10/2013 at 23:23

I'd love to have a go at this but not next year. Maybe one day in the future. And Weymouth is not always a flat calm swim BTW.

But if you want a taste of racing there, have a pop at a couple of Bustinskin events. Mark puts on a good show even if he is a sadistic bastard. Swims are uphill, I swear.

I'd like to get down to support

 

cougie    pirate
28/10/2013 at 23:37
I did like Henley - but Weymouth is a long way away for me. I might try the Cotswold one next year.
Dustboy    pirate
28/10/2013 at 23:48

Just been over to the website. Flat is mentioned a lot. Swim off Preston beach will be sweet and around 17-18 degrees IMO. Unless the weather is shit. With T1 in Lodmoor country park, not sure how they will get a flat fast bike as most ways out of the bay are up. But coming back into the bay is epic, truly epic fast stuff. I think the front is about 5K long so with a 4 lap run leg and a couple of small detours, it's doable.

IM Race is September. Egdon Easy in May is a nice fast 10K to see how the area "runs out" and takes in Preston Beach, Lodmoor nature reserve and surrounds etc.

Plenty of camping a few miles away in Osmington/Owermoigne area. Weymouth has one of the best beaches in the country for kids and families and the entertainment is second to none.

Roads for riding are generally not bad at all with some fast stuff and glorious views/ascents/descents etc.

And perhaps best of all is that you can train a lot of it in advance.

Wonder if Bustinskin will get away with playing the Jaws theme tune at the start of the swim....?

29/10/2013 at 18:15

Dustboy, the sea swim is a part of the attraction. Henley this year was my first iron distance race and consequently came with a bit of trepidation. The sea swim at Weymouth carries a similar level of trepidation for me. I'd like it to be calm but if it isn't then I'm in the same boat (actually I won't be in a boat at all!) as everyone else and we all have to cope with whatever we get!

I've cycled around the Dorset area a little in the past. I don't remember it as flat.

29/10/2013 at 18:57

We stayed in Weymouth for a week this year - none of the rides were flat or fast and I don't recall the road surfaces as any better than anywhere else in the UK I've ridden. Mind you it can't be as bad as the Bustinskin HIM, I still haven't made it up that hill on Portland without a stop.

I guess there should be plenty of cheap accommodation but if the Olympic sailing was anything to go by I wouldn't expect a warm welcome from the locals.

Edited: 29/10/2013 at 18:57
Dustboy    pirate
29/10/2013 at 23:33

A bustinskin Aquathlon remains the only time I have been a tad scaredy cat swimming in the sea at Weymouth. I killed the first 400M in shade under 6 minutes and thought I was a swim God. Then I tried to come back.

When you are swimming close to flat out and can see the bottom 12 feet below moving away from you in the current, the first thought is how funny it is. 5 minutes later when you haven't moved forwards at all, you start to worry a little, then you think, "Shit, I am going to France now". Then you learn swim technique in five seconds flat. Think I took about 14 minutes to get back or something. Last or last but one out of the water, Mark pissed himself laughing as usual and I got serious abuse over the tannoy.

And that was sheltered Bowleaze Cove.

The hill up to Portland is no worse than a moderate Surrey hill but it looks hard. I haven't done it but I think there is a cheeky little number out Abbotsbury way.

Dustboy    pirate
29/10/2013 at 23:34

I'd still feel a lot safer swimming at Weymouth than I would many other OW venues

30/10/2013 at 06:46

I think it may depend on which road you use to climb it Dustboy!

Dustboy    pirate
30/10/2013 at 12:06

Obviously, the zigzag is the wimps option then? That's the only way I know.

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