Congratulations to the Saddle Skedaddle riders Anne Woods, Matt and Greg Barton who completed the Kielder 100 this weekend in what can only be described as awful conditions and Gordon who made it to the 50 mile mark, which under the condtions was a no mean feat!!
Anne came in second in the female vets category…missing out on the top spot by just a few minutes and Matt was 45 overall and just outside the top ten in the male vets category.
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Here’s Matt’s thoughts on the event:
“Here I am, sat on a train heading south feeling exfoliated all over. BIG day out yesterday, rained the whole way round which accounted for there being 180 finishers from 604 entries. I managed to get round in 11:02 for 45th and close to top 10th in the vets, I got off lightly on the mechanicals front with only a snapped chain, various stories of people consuming several sets of pads.
My brother Greg who finished 122nd, snapped his chain twice and finished in 12:45 with just a front brake and borderline hypothermia.
Thanks again for the entry, hope all is well and here’s to a sunny Skedadle holiday very soon – i think I deserve it!!”
Survived and finished!!!! It was rather wet and muddy only 180 people finished came in 173.
Dare I say I even enjoyed it and am even considering entering next year mind you I wasn’t saying that Sat eve – can’t possibly be as bad again weather wise Ooooops!
Catch ya soon – One happy Kielder 100 finisher
Thoughts of Gordon Hull who won a free place in the event in one of our competitions:
It was completely minging. I got to the 51 mile check. The other two finished though, good for them!
Cheers to Steve for giving me a lift half way back along the road, and for all the help from everyone to make it all work. I feel I can do this one, but I’ll need to do a bit more bike prep and Gord prep for that matter. I trained pretty well but there were other issues out in the trail which make it tough.It was completely minging. I got to the 51 mile check. The other three finished though, good for them!
Here’s the thoughts of Sara from SIPS who arranged the event:
Congratulations to all 180 riders that completed the gruelling 100 mile course in the worst conditions we’ve had so far in the short history of the event. There’s a huge amount of respect for each of you from the hundreds that didn’t make it and everyone involved in the event. That was one tough day!
A huge thank you to everybody involved, to all the volunteers and helpers who did a fantastic job throughout the weekened, everybody at Forestry Commission England again for the help they gave us before the event finishing trails and to Stevie for the amazing finish structure, and for the FC support during the event; to the Kielder Community camp site and the communities and businesses of Kielder, Newcastleton and surrounding area, to Rescue Medics, all the caterers – The Duke’s Pantry, Alfresco Event Catering and The Olive Tree cafe in Newcastleton.
Thanks to our sponsors for their continuing support and generosity: Montane, Saddle Skedaddle, Rock UK, Accelerade, Juice Lubes, Joolze Dymond, Exposure Lights, USE, XCRacer.com, 7Stanes, Allendale Brewery and not forgetting the incredible guys at the Tech Support stations – Cycle Shack and Bike Seven – who tried their hardest to keep many of you in the event with their technical wizardry when so many bikes were giving in to the harsh conditions.
As you can see there are a lot of people involved in this event and they all help to make it what it is. Race photos are now available from our official photographer Joolze Dymond photography. Full results are on the Sportident website.
We hope you all had a great time. Keep an eye on the website to see when entries for the 2012 event will be opening. Have a great winter of riding. See you next year!
ps Skedaddle have organised a bucket load of Andalucian sunshine for the the 2012 event all to be delivered from their base in Spain in time for the start!!