The dictionary has various meanings of "mad". Crazy, insane etc I like the later options described as "Wildly Excited". but if you looked at any challenge and it didn't appear mad, surely it would then not make a challenge. I too raced on my birthday and loved every minute. I had many messages on my phone while running suggesting madness etc. but then it was the Scotland C2C. I thought trying it in one day was Mad but then with preparation it became a goal. Stupidity is different, that is surely the critic that sits in front of a TV to see what is outside in the world.
That's great to hear, in answer to your question there is a mandated kit list for both the bike sections and the run sections. These mandated items must be carried with you on bike and on foot at all times. The only time you will not need your mandated kit will be the first 10k run section. After that your kit should remain with you and relatively unchanged (You can get rid of any bike kit in your bag for the final run section if not all attached to your bike etc)
Great link Cougie. Made a good read, great to help get focused on the main event. Although I did finally decide to stick with the hard tail mtb, played with tyres, pressures and bar angles so it's rolling well now on 26x1.5's. did 42 miles on it on Tuesday carrying kit including my trekking pole, in a respectable time which included 10 miles off road followed by a 7 miles run, all in hills (well as big as you get around here anyway). Feeling better about the whole race now, One main worry though every report I have read involves someone going the wrong way, is this down to poor signs or exhaustion? Do you need to take map and directions Or just be very aware?
Ok tried my road route on the MTB (still with wide tyres and lots of mud on it), giving similar effort to my usual training ride (usually consistent).
14.4 miles, Average speed was 1.9mph slower than the road bike, 7 minutes longer and top speed on the downhill reduced by about 5mph which mathmatically suggests around 40 minutes longer over 80 miles but I think that gap will increase significantly as it felt a lot more effort to keep moving.
Problems noticed mainly was the riding position made it difficult to get down low to avoid wind. Pro - A lot more stable and more braking power.
My Road Bike is a Specialized Allez - not sure about the strength off road so may still change my tyres on MTB to go as narrow and free rolling as poss, may change the bars or add some clip on tri bars, I expect that would increase the average speed by over 1 mph to bridge the gap and give a good cross alternative.