Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by Scott_rider » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:08 am

I've done the Hafren about 4 or 5 times with redbikejohn.

It's an excellent day's riding...kind of like a long fast trail ride B) .
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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by Mike54 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:53 am

Grading wise, the events are below with 1 being easy (fire road really) and 5 being the hardest in terms of the terrain

Sweet Lamb Sprint 1
Kielder 1
Ryedale (3 if dry, 4/5 if wet)
Beacons 4
Hafren 4
Cambrian 3/4

None are like enduros though in terms of difficulty of terrain, so think of 4 (above) being a moderately tough green lane like bamford clough in the peaks

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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by sexysi » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:38 am

I wouldn't mind having a go next summer, but want a full winter of Green laning with my mates first. Plus the bike that I will use has to get me to work everyday, so don't want to smash it up......

If i had a second, half decent bike then I would do it all the time.

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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by redbikejohn » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:48 am

Just had a thought - why you trying to get more to go? They are booked full each year! Well the Hafren is anyway.
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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by Rob 110 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:08 pm

Mike54 wrote:
johnnyboxer wrote:Pity it's so expensive - I didn't realise entry fees were over £100

Is it the cost of hiring the land that makes it so expensive ?
There are a number of reasons. Each event is organised by a club. The rental to the forestry commission can be up £15,000, then you have all the personnel involved and the timing guys (usually a seperate firm paid to deal with that side of it). You have rental of a farmers field, marketing, number printing, ACU and MSA permits, all manner of expenses. Some clubs give free food on the saturday night (Ryedale was an excellent curry with a number of different dishes) and or vouchers to use at the caterer present etc

When you put it in the context of being able to ride pretty much all day for two days (usually they are 2 day events), no gates, no oncoming traffic, no walkers, horses, mountain bikers or other users, and you can ride at speed on the specials (if you want) and have a great laugh at the same time, I think it's actually pretty good value. At Kielder for example you do two laps, 80 miles per lap, all offroad bar about 3 miles of tarmac.
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theres discussion at the moment about the format for next year
yup cambrian/hafren/k2/ryedale/beacons all at capacity
room for expansion in other events? dunno?
not that many do all the events

just wondered why people didn't ride really.
think money/time/family is the bottom line as ever
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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by redbikejohn » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:15 pm

Cost. Well yes I'm quite happy to pay 60 to 70 quid for an entry but once it gets up to or over £100 I'm not that keen. Actually that is one of the reason's I've not done the dawn to dusk. Actually the Welsh events do cost us quite a bit so I can't do them all.
Entry £70
B&B £30 + £30 (me and wife)
Race fuel 20 ltr × £1.34
Car fuel £60 or more to fill up then mate mate fills up in Wales on way back.
Tyres £100 if you need new ones
Food £20 each way.
Plus all the small odd bits you need.
Quite often a race away will cost me 300 quid! I do the snow run and drovers enduros which are a bit tricky but Hafren is a nice weekend away. Riding is very easy though so I've not done the other rallies as I hear they are less technical than the Hafren (which this year had a lot less tech routes I think) .
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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by Mike54 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:50 pm

It's important to distinguish that the events over £100 are all two day events and the £65-70 ones are one day.

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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by redbikejohn » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:06 pm

Never done a two day event. Would mean another night in a b&b therefore adding to the cost. OK I know people camp but that's not for me the night before a race. Plus none of my mates would camp ...
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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by Mike54 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:57 pm

Plenty of guys do camp and many don't want to actually race, they just want to have a laugh with mates so there's no requirement to spend on a B&B unless you want one. Also the two day-ers (bar cambrian) are all in summer and whilst we live in britain and weather is hardly guaranteed, at least it's not (generally) cold to be out. Bottom line is its up to an individual what they do sleeping wise, but there is no "need" to have a B&B as such unless you want one.

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Re: Who wants to race in UK rallies (Hafren/Cambrian etc) and doesn't? can't? won't?

Post by wonky » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:41 pm

This video has just gone online that tries to give a bit of an overview of the All Terrain Rally Challenge, the events, bikes riding etc.

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