PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:46

Looks like the route has been agreed.....this form today's Henley Standard:

Parish councils, businesses and Henley MP John Howell were surprised to learn the final route had been decided without them being consulted.

Event organisers Just Racing UK had circulated three possible routes among affected parish councils, most of which raised objections.

Now a fourth previously unseen route has been agreed with Oxfordshire County Council which will be used for the third annual triathlon event on Sunday, September 8.

The Challenge competitors will race along sections of the A4130 between Henley and Nuffield and the B481 between Nettlebed and Watlington. Three tourist attractions are likely to have to close and businesses along the route will also be affected by the 12-hour road closures that will be needed.

Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:48

Quick look at the map, makes the route a little easier I think

Mr Zuvai    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:54

fantastic news - on both accounts!

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
30/01/2013 at 12:32

I'll echo that, ever so glad it's sorted.

Also I'll be really surprised if there is a Challenge Henley in 2014 (but I wouldn't be surprised if Challenge Maidenhead or something like that appeared).

cougie    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:04
Will there be a practice weekend planned ? In the summer when its nice and warm I hope ?
30/01/2013 at 13:09

I hope this news is true! Hoo-bloody-rah!

I am definitely up for a recce - I'd be up for a few actually. Maybe a 1 loop, 2 loop and then 3 loop affair (assuming it's still three loops?) Can someone explain how the bike course is easier - less hills I presume? I think they quoted 1800m climbing on the original course - any idea what this might be down to now?

Looking forward to starting training - Finkettes you have 11 days and counting!

Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:10

 Cougie I should think so......finishing at a rather nice ice cream parlour.......

The new route is also a lot smoother than the old. I cycled teh old route last weekend - its was bumpy enough before, but this last bought of snow and ice has taken its toil!!

Edited: 30/01/2013 at 13:24
iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:24

UB the old route was a real boneshaker rutted minor roads so loads of rolling resistance!. Now, is there that gurt great big hill between nettlebed and Watlington, or is it after watlington b4 the M40 ? (fingers crossed for the former  )

good to see that they've sorted the route out - but will this shut up teddybear woman?

iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:25

I think we can organise a few training rides over the summer


Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:28

I know the haven't released the route as yet, but going on what's in the paper, I think you'll just go up the main road to Nettlebed and turn right to Christmas Common and pick up the old route at the entrance to Stonor Park, then out to the M40 bridge - so you just change the nasty Pishill road for the main road.

Badger, overall i think it will be the same amount of clibs, just they will be more even.

Although this is all guess work till we actually see the route

30/01/2013 at 13:31

Agreed. Good news if the surface is better though! I await the official JR announcement with baited breath...

Iron Muffin    pirate
30/01/2013 at 16:28

Hooray, best get training

How many weeks to go?

30/01/2013 at 17:35

Whoop whoop. Except I hate the climb to Christmas Common. Better get some hill training in I think. I'll be up for a recce. I'll be practicing the climbs quite a few times I think too. 


30/01/2013 at 19:11
Henley or Wales? Henley or Wales? Henley or Wales? Decisions
Scuba Trooper    pirate
30/01/2013 at 19:52

Thank god that's been resolved.Read the article in the paper at least it appears to be the County Council that everyone is having a go at rather than Just Racing.

I'll be up for any recces I should be up to 50-60mile sessions in the next month or so. I need to do a recce as early as possible so I know what sort of hills I need to train on but first we need a route map.

31 weeks to go on Sunday, I'm starting Fink now which gives me 2 extra rest/recovery weeks if I get ill/injured at any point.

I've also started reading "Going Long" and that is making my head hurt, lots on interesting stuff but much more involved that "Be Iron Fit".

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:03

Me too for any recce's (subject to holidays, weekends away with the family etc etc!)

Cortina5    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:40

If you do a recce don't forget to bring sandwiches.

iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:42

bad Cat! 

Blisters    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:46

Scuba Trooper: Thank goodness it's not just me. I paid good money for "Going Long" and want to just skip through to some nice easy training plans that I can adapt. It's very technical isn't it? In the time it's taken me to read as far as the swim training chapter I've just about got my run sorted, my swim (which was zero) to 2/3, and my bike to halfway.

I tried out swimming in a wetsuit for the first time on Sunday. BLOODY HELL it make you fast! * (*Relatively fast, obviously) 

Cortina5    pirate
30/01/2013 at 20:48

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