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13/05/2013 at 18:44

I did the full last year but always like a  recce.......lessens my panic come race day. 

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 18:45
13/05/2013 at 20:09

A recce is a bit like "Never use anything new on Race Day..." It's sensible do do one, but who wants to be sensible...

13/05/2013 at 20:27

But I am Sensible Saffers 

14/05/2013 at 20:49

I haven't but a few of the guys at my club have been around. I hear there are a couple of nice climbs and a lot of straight flat road to speed around. Lovely.

14/05/2013 at 21:13

Hubby has sorted the GPS thingie for me.  Now debating whether to whack on the tribars for the recce or not as I know they will come in useful on the flatter bits and I'm a bit of whizz cornering on them. 

15/05/2013 at 16:26

I'd say Tri-Bars it is then Saffers. My route recce will have to take place in a car on the Friday or Saturday before the race. I'm hoping the release a Garmin map of the route so I can put it on my edge and then I shouldn't get lost on race day! Might be wishful thinking though.

15/05/2013 at 16:50

I was thinking there will be enough signs up not to get lost on race day....doesn't that normally happen??

15/05/2013 at 18:15

If it's like the Outlaw full, there will be signs, marshals and cones around the whole course so you won't get lost. 

And I haven't checked, but if you go to the interactive map on the Outlaw half site, you should be able to download a Gpx for the Garmin.

15/05/2013 at 20:53

Found the Gpx so hubby sorting that for me 

Running Postie    pirate
15/05/2013 at 21:01


Loads of marshals, no chance of getting lost 

16/05/2013 at 07:58

phew, not going to have time to recce the full route (despite living pretty close).

Is anyone going to think badly of me if I can't get up the blooming hill at oxton? I have had 2 attempts so far and failed.

16/05/2013 at 09:33

A good tip for Oxton is to count your pedal revs which takes your mind of the pain of getting up the climb.

From memory, it took 150 revs to get from the signpost at the bottom to where it levels off at the top.  For some reason, knowing the pain is finite really helps me get up there.

And in 2011 we had to do it three times.

But if all else fails, no-one will think badly of you.  You could always pretend you had a mechanical and walk the last bit...not that I've done that before you understand...

16/05/2013 at 09:44

, so I should frown at the bike and fiddle a bit, get to the top and fiddle a bit more, jump back on and pedal nonchalantly? I am going to try to get up it again this sunday, and probably the sunday after too, I'll try the counting tip

16/05/2013 at 09:49

Do you have a triple? If so whack on the lowest of the low and keep moving forward what's the gradient of Oxton?

16/05/2013 at 10:00

Eek walking and triples? I don't have a triple and come from the flat lands of East Anglia. Ah well I shall give it a go at least we only have to do it once.

Thanks for the pointer to the GPS files.

16/05/2013 at 10:10

Oxton Bank is about 12% I think - steepish, but not like a wall.  And it is worth it for the long downhill into Southwell.

16/05/2013 at 10:46
Timmy_G wrote (see)

Oxton Bank is about 12% I think - steepish, but not like a wall.  And it is worth it for the long downhill into Southwell.

I see everyone is wibbling about Oxton again! Some stats for you:


 The "12 %" section is maybe 50 yards long at the most, that's if you can find it!!

16/05/2013 at 10:55

I don't think there's any contour lines that close together in the whole of East Anglia.  

16/05/2013 at 12:21

I'd given up worrying about that hill, now I'm starting to worry all over again. I noticed a hill the other day that said 11% and I'm just about to go out on my bike. Might try it. It was quite hairy coming down it.

Fortunately I can't read the writing on that map even with glasses

I think I'll just stick to worrying about the swimming and whether I'll meet the cut off

16/05/2013 at 12:31

The writing says:

Height as A = 75 m Height at B = 124 m
Distance from A to B approximately X = 650 m
Change in elevation Y = B - A = 124 - 75 = 49 m
Means gradient A to B = 49 / 650 = 0.0754 = 7.54%
Or approximately 1 in 13 in old money! 

The mythical "12%" section is very short, to be honest I have my doubts that it even exists. Oxton Hill is on one of my local loops! Also you only go up it once!

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