Definitely think the medal standards should have been altered for the conditions. This is my only gripe.
The weather was awful but you can’t help that, but I think the medal times could of allowed for this? Otherwise you have people taking unnecessary risks down some very nasty descent on wet roads covered in mud, Leafs etc. Very dangerous! Not everybody can descend like a pro, including me. Ihope everybody who took part got back safely.
The feed stations were really good and guys were friendly and full of encouragement.
The finish from the Harbour carpark to Longrock was appalling (isn’t that call cylcecross) I was plastered in gritty mud and this didn’t make for a very comfortable ride home or the brake surface on my wheels any good.
Looking at popular GPS tracking web site and watching a few people in front me, there were some interesting interpretations of the route? I should have used them, might of got a gold too? What about adopting the idea from other events like Dartmoor Classic which had timing at the feed station or Velo Birmingham have timing points on the route?
Don’t get me wrong I loved the challenge and will do it again, even in the rain & wind. All the cyclist I came across were full high spirits and friendly. So, in conclusion it’s a great event and nice that it’s on my door step, just needs a couple tweaks.
What a shame about the weather! Friday was still and beautiful... Saturday was rank!
I know this area well and the route from St. Ives to Lands End is one of the most roads in the UK on its day. I think I only got one very brief glimpse of the sea on Saturday...
However, this is the Cornwall coast in October - what do you expect - I had great fun anyway!
This was only my second Sportive and the first for my mate. Good to have a riding companion in that weather; it was a big motovational help and it actually became quite funny.
Organisation was faultless apart from the afore mentioned sandy path back to the finish line - My bike is still grumpy about that!