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Elty




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:22 am    Post subject: Hever Castle Reply with quote

Anyone getting involved this year?

I'm there for the Olympic on sunday this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I'm in. It's my first Olympic distance, second ever race of any sort. I did the evening sprint in July.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in. Coming down from Yorkshire for weekend and thought would give it a go.

No idea what it is like as have not started searching for Garmin profiles yet of course.

Any tips appreciated. The lumpier the course the better for me. Also, is it a good place for wife and kids to come.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the lake is shallow and rather silty so expect the swim to be a bit stodgy. only really two inclines to speak of, one not far into the ride and one just after the drink station. the run is very scenic. again a little incline to start the run if memory serves me right.

a fair bit for family to do. its a nice location. had a hot air balloon ride there last year, live band, food etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only experience is of Hever, but I would say; be very careful getting into the lake, the ride is very hilly and rarely flat, and the cross country run meanders but has no significant inclines until the end - a punishing steep gravel path just before the finishing straight.

It is very scenic, and there were plenty of families there as were mine.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I look forward to it. Nice to try a different event and just a bit of end of season fun for me after a hard summer of longer events.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:42 am    Post subject: Hi Reply with quote

I'm going to do it. I was planning to map it but took a long route there and had done 40 miles by the time I got there so had to abandon that idea. It would have been a long way home if I had. So I'm now planning on mapping it next weekend after I do the LW this weekend. I'm going to use 910XT and G510 so we'll see which one gets the grades right. I might use Mapmyride or Strava at the same time to see how they compare.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the bike course is definitely "rolling", so if you're fast uphill it'll suit you!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm doing Hever again this year but this time I'm doing the Gauntlet.

As others have said be careful entering the lake - this is done via some steps which are extremely slippery. The easiest way is to slide in on your bottom ! I actually don't think that the lake is too bad, especially once you get into the deeper water. For the Gauntlet the return is via the river which will be a first this year.

For the bike be careful on mounting/dismounting as there is some gravel at this point. The course for the standard is in my view rolling although possibly hillier than other courses described in this way. The standard has around 450m (on my Polar) of ascent over the 40km (although this excludes the in/out of the estate which doesn't add much). For those doing the Gauntlet I have this at around 1,360m (again excluding the in/out of the estate) so this will be more of a challenge. For the Gauntlet the main climbs are from Hartfield to the top of the Ashdown forest (Jib Jack Hill & Chuck Hatch Hill) and Groombridge Hill.

For the run there is a gradual climb shortly after transition and then as said previously a short sharp climb close to the end of each lap. These will also be done by the Gauntlet but I'm not sure what the rest of the Gauntlet course is like.

The event is well run and is suitable for families although the entrance fee that they introduced last year may put a few people off. I just hope that the weather is ok. It was a little cold last year.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevegg wrote:
I'm doing Hever again this year but this time I'm doing the Gauntlet.

As others have said be careful entering the lake - this is done via some steps which are extremely slippery. The easiest way is to slide in on your bottom ! I actually don't think that the lake is too bad, especially once you get into the deeper water. For the Gauntlet the return is via the river which will be a first this year.

For the bike be careful on mounting/dismounting as there is some gravel at this point. The course for the standard is in my view rolling although possibly hillier than other courses described in this way. The standard has around 450m (on my Polar) of ascent over the 40km (although this excludes the in/out of the estate which doesn't add much). For those doing the Gauntlet I have this at around 1,360m (again excluding the in/out of the estate) so this will be more of a challenge. For the Gauntlet the main climbs are from Hartfield to the top of the Ashdown forest (Jib Jack Hill & Chuck Hatch Hill) and Groombridge Hill.

For the run there is a gradual climb shortly after transition and then as said previously a short sharp climb close to the end of each lap. These will also be done by the Gauntlet but I'm not sure what the rest of the Gauntlet course is like.

The event is well run and is suitable for families although the entrance fee that they introduced last year may put a few people off. I just hope that the weather is ok. It was a little cold last year.


agreed!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TT or road bike?

I am doing sprint distance (couple of the kids are doing the kids races, which are on the saturday hence sprint only option)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a profile of the sprint bike lap: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1767801
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhcm wrote:
TT or road bike?

I am doing sprint distance (couple of the kids are doing the kids races, which are on the saturday hence sprint only option)


I did it on a road bike with aero bars and posted the 9th fastest bike split of the whole day when I did it. Purely for the ability to sprint up the hills I'd choose road bike.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Is it a very tough course overall? The times from previous years seem very slow for a 400m/20K/4K length event (fastest times over an hour!)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's a quickish swim, then a run up a hill to transition, and then a decent distance out of transition. The bike course isn't a flat out course, there's some twisty rolling bits, and some quite punchy short ups. The run starts off with a long drag uphill and is mostly off-road. Nice course, it's just not Dorney lake for sure!
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