A year ago today, British ultracyclist Mike Hall was killed while riding in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia. This week it was announced that places for This Is Not A Tour – an event devised by some of his friends in the UK Audax community – are being taken up rapidly and that only a few spaces remaining at certain distances.
This Is Not A Tour will take place on June 2 and 3 in Mid-Wales, where Hall lived with his partner, Anna. It was drawn up after consultation with his family and seeks to encapsulate his spirit.
The website states: "The spirit of self-sufficiency should be embraced. There will be no route arrows, no feed stations, no manned controls, no bag drops, no roaming mechanic, no sag wagon and no on-route cafe/shop information.
"There will be an event HQ, gpx tracks and the information provided on this website, but once you leave HQ, you’re on your own folks.”
This is Not A Tour comprises more than a dozen rides of distances between 100 and 600 kilometres. However, entrance has already closed on the fast 400km route and the event is nearly at capacity on the 600km and the slow 400km. Entrance to those rides will therefore close on April 14.
After that date, you will still be able to enter the shorter rides on both Saturday and Sunday. “If you still want to put in some significant mileage over the weekend, why not enter a 300km on Saturday and a 200km on Sunday,” suggest the organisers.
They’ll continue to monitor entrance numbers on the shorter rides, but such is the interest it seems like they too may have to close early.
Before the internet they wrote letters to local newspapers (RIP), I understand that green ink was compulsory.
UPDATE!! Some poor young man has been arrested due to this car taking a tumble. The good news is he was released on unconditional bail....
Aye! It's tough for drivers oop in t'North. In Lancashire, even the MOT testing garages can't afford MOTs!
Slow news day?
It's more DuckDuckGo-fu (which is probably closer to being Bing-fu)
Don't get me wrong - I'd love to pay a visit and if I lived there I'm pretty sure I'd use the paths where suitable for my cycle journeys....
Maybe they'll employ some sniffer dogs? Note - it's the City of London rather than being London, the city which would be much better.
I would definitely recommend looking at the hase pino, they do a kit to put kid sized pedals on the front so your child can participate. But unlike...
The TQ HPR50 motor is so small that is must be rattling around inside that huge bottom bracket area. I suppose it is some kind of inflection point...
I use a cat ear. I'm profoundly deaf in the right hand side, and it helps with all round awarness with just the one ear.