Outlaw last minute questions ??

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The Silent Assassin    pirate
23/06/2012 at 12:24

There is design error at HPP, when the wind blows it comes sideways, the rowers like it either head on or behind, that said like FF put there are banks on either side to minimise the effect of the wind

 

Ultra AJH    pirate
23/06/2012 at 12:24
The organisers have been tweeting about this, they say it will not be affected by the weather
Ultra AJH    pirate
23/06/2012 at 12:25
They are urging the people who were doing the great north swim to go and do their speedo one on Saturday.
IronCat5    pirate
23/06/2012 at 21:16

Flyaway - had something similar Thursday. Downwind was easy, upwind was like sea swimming. A fair chop breaking over my head made it hard to breathe on one side. I can breathe bilaterally, though it was very annoying.

Someone earlier posted that the outbound leg at HPP is downwind, homeward leg is harder work.

24/06/2012 at 06:50

Might be worth people thinking about some sort of bike cover for the night your bike is racked. Outlaw didn't give out anything last year (not that we needed it) i know tescos do some cheap ones.

24/06/2012 at 07:47
Yep its called a carrier bag over the saddle the rest of my bike is waterproof
seren nos    pirate
24/06/2012 at 08:16

At IMW they provided covers for the bikes............but because the wind was so high......they all had to be removed as the wind was taking them and knocking all the bikes over....so carrier bag over seat and a small one over the bento box was all that could be done........and the bikes survived the night of wind and rain........

flyaway    pirate
24/06/2012 at 09:35

Thanks guys. So a choppy swim is a possibility. Another reason to pray for a still day!

Cat5 - I hate swimming in the sea for just that reason. I breathe bilaterally too, every 3 strokes,  but it all falls apart if I try to breathe every 2, and every 4 is not enough, so I end up with a lungful of water every couple of seconds!!

 

 

Ironholgs    pirate
24/06/2012 at 15:12

I thought I got blown back down the lake in 2010, it seemed easier than the outward leg.

Won't cover my saddle, my arse is going to be wet anyways.

24/06/2012 at 15:41
From experience a small short swell develops at HPP when there is a north easterly wind. This is basically because there isn't much protection from the wind at that end of the lake and the swell can develop over the 2.3 km length. The south west end of the lake is reasonably sheltered and I haven't known a swell to develop from that end. Not saying it isn't possible though! Any other wind direction and there is very little swell.
24/06/2012 at 16:35
Ironholgs wrote (see)

I thought I got blown back down the lake in 2010, it seemed easier than the outward leg.

Won't cover my saddle, my arse is going to be wet anyways.

You've mastered peeing on the bike then Holgs?!!  

Ironholgs    pirate
24/06/2012 at 16:58

ha ha nope

M...eldy    pirate
24/06/2012 at 17:56

Nothing can be as cold and windy as Bala and I have survived that a few times

24/06/2012 at 18:06
True!
26/06/2012 at 16:06
Cannot remember can you leave your bike in transition till monday morning or do you have to be clear by sunday night?
Big Al The Outlaw    pirate
26/06/2012 at 16:27
flyaway wrote (see)

How likely is it that the lake will be choppy? Wind here this morning is averaging 14mph and the lake I swam in was horrible. I dont like waves!

I swam at HPP last month when it was really windy but the water was not affected at all, at least not the bulk of it. It may have been affected at the far end but we weren't swimming that end but I doubt it would have made much difference anyway.

 I think it will be the wind on the bike that may pose more of a problem.

26/06/2012 at 16:36
Very true Al if its windy twill be a long day
Big Al The Outlaw    pirate
26/06/2012 at 16:46

The course still looks pretty flat to me though so it could be worse.

Has anyone ridden up the hill at 20 miles? Looking on google maps, it looks like a steady climb then a bit of a sharp rise at the end. Is this right?

26/06/2012 at 17:02
If you mean Oxton Hill I road up it 3 times last year!! Nothing to worry about. There is a sign near the bottom indicating a 12% gradient, but that bit only lasts for 50 to 75 m.
I worked out some stats to stop any wibbling about it! If memory serves me right it is a 49 m rise in elevation over a length of about 650 m, the average gradient works out at around 7% or around 1 in 13. Maybe a couple of minutes out the saddle to get up it!

Once you get over the top you've got a lovely 4.5 to 5 mile descent down into Southwell!
26/06/2012 at 17:12

Found it!

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/286253/Gallery/Oxton_Hill.jpg

 

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