Was fun doing it with friends, and a good challenge
Hope it's dryer next time, lol!
Unlucky with the weather on the day & week leading upto the event, hard graft through the mud & dodging the hub-flushing puddles. I concur with some of the other comments regarding the feed station, I started looking for nutrition about the 20 mile marker, and had to stop about 23 miles for some back-pocket feed. The feed at 26 miles was very welcome, but a tad late for me in those conditions. On a dry & faster day I think 26 would have been fine, but the extra exertion against the cold, mud and water took it out of me. That said, otherwise it's a great event, I would certainly ride it again. Marshalls were polite & helpful, signage was never a problem, parking & facilities at racecourse were perfect, gluten free food at 26 mile feed was an unexpected bonus for me as a coeliac, so many thanks for that!! Well done on a great event, let's hope for dryer conditions next year, and hopefully then I won't have to bail-out on the Medio (after signing up for Mega), but I suspect I wasn't alone.
Excellent event, ideal for all abilities as no difficult technical sections
There were comments that the event was wet, well it rained !! I personally really like this type of wet riding, as long as you are dressed accordingly it's great fun. I particularly enjoyed the boggy section across the open ground and the muddy lane. I was cold at the end but had a jacket in my pack if needed. It was good riding the trail centre section through Haldon.
The marshalls did a great job standing out in the rain all day ! Thankyou
Excellent event, ideal for all abilities as no difficult technical sections
Great day out on my first Sportive.
Not sure if it was down to my own inexperience (this was my first sportive) or some misplaced / unclear arrows, but as far as I can tell I didn't manage to ride the route correctly. Prior to the event I downloaded the Ride With GPS map and on the day of the event I used the Ride With GPS app to track my ride. Looking back at the two maps (the download and my actual ride) it looks like I managed to miss out a little section as well as ride a short track that wasn't on the planned route. Not only that, but my overall distance was measured at 17.8 miles, so it looks like I might have also ridden over some sections more times than I was supposed to.
Great event buuut......
I came as a group of 4, we really enjoyed the event but do feel the timing of the stages was very poor, timing riders via a mobile phone was fafy at best and seemed a head ache for the people running that system, a sensor and timing gate I feel would simplify this area and create a better rider experience, I’d happily exchange the free bag and mug for this timing system, on the whole a good day with a great atmosphere
Enjoyable event, just a tad wet.
My favourite event in the South West
Great event, best I have done for ages. Nice to ride mainly off road away from traffic.
Some nice proper muddy CX sections too.
Well signed, good information prior to and at start, and proper squishy!
Very well signed
Not so cold and wet next time
Great and varied course, challenging but can be ridden at your own pace.
Well sign posted course, only had one error on my part, sure someone may have moved the sign...either that or i need to go to specsavers!
Tough but enjoyable day out.
I think the route itself was brilliant, it took in a decent mix of terrain in terms of roads, fire roads, single track and everything else, and the scenery was absolutely beautiful, but I do have two criticisms. First, I think that the feed station was a little far round the course (25 miles of a 35 mile ride), as well as being underprepared for the conditions, which I appreciate is out of your control. I got there at around 11:30 so I'm not sure what was there prior to our arrival, but some fruit would have been nice, as well as perhaps some hot drinks considering the temperature of the day. Again I appreciate the weather was out of your control, but there was lots of slogging through mud and really tough climbs, and getting to a gazebo with a plastic container full of stuff was a little underwhelming. My other criticism would be that the climbing was really really hard, and back-loading the ride with two incredibly tough climbs was rather sadistic. I'll admit I'm not the fittest, although I did manage to get up all of them without having to stop, but I did pass a number of people who were pushing due to the severity. Having us come up to the racecourse level 6ish miles from the end of the ride then dropping us back down 500 ft only to immediately climb back up again was pretty hard going, and most of the people I spoke to at the final timed section felt the same way. What I did really enjoy was the lack of timing across the event in general. I feel far too many people get caught up in thinking sportives are races, which they're most definitely not, so having timed loops was great, allowing you to push yourself on them if you wanted to, or take them at your own pace. Generally speaking I really enjoyed the ride, it was tough, physically and mentally, but it was a really great day out, despite the weather, and I'd definitely consider doing it again.
Great fun, lots of mud and giggles!
First time I have done the Holden Heroic and loved it! The course was great with lots of testing bits. The Marshalls and everyone helping were really friendly and helpful but the only downside I would say is the signage and the lack knowledge the Marshalls had of the course and where to send us after each timed sections. I got lost of more than one occasion which for someone who doesn't know the area and riding this for the first time was a bit off putting. I would like to say thank you to everyone though, I really enjoyed the event and the soup and cuppa afterwards and will be coming back again.
Great day out, first cx ever will sign up next year see you next event.
just to say a big thank you to all your staff and helpers.
Very enjoyable day out.
Really enjoyed it. Nice to be able to get out for a challenge locally.
Great location and a great route
Great scenic ride
There was a part of the course which wasn't clearly marked and myself and a number of other riders ended up going the wrong way and had to turn back.
fun, challenging and muddy
Excellent catering again.
A good challenge that you should prepare for. Don't underestimate the stamina required.
An excellent change to the usual sportive formula. Add some timed sections, plenty of off-road riding and throw in the fact that it should all be done on a drop barred bike and you have a really challenging and fun event. The feed station had loads of excellent sustenance too! Bonus.
First time on the Haldon Heroic and had a great time, will be back next year!
For me three places could have done with a better location for the arrow sign - I missed one nailed to a telegraph pole rather than in front at the junction - entirely my fault i know!
Possibly have the feed station a little more mid-point?
Overall though had a great day and will be coming back / recommending to friends.
A good ride very chalanging in places, only one poor route marking at the turn down the rocky lane towards the gypse camp more marking was needed.
I rode The Hell of the North a few years ago I would mark that a 7 out 10, this ride is a 9 out of 10 rating, the last forest section was challenging about 1/2 way round on a decent you suddenly drop into a small water filled ditch a caution marker would be nice as it would be easy to go over the handle bars.
The main food wagon at the end was not very well prepared so I could not get a vegetarian option a lot of apologies but not helpful when you have just put out 1400 calories on the ride.
However the feed zone at 25 mile was excellent and the couple running the early land rover coffee truck where very helpful.
I will be telling my Club about this event and I will try and get a few of the guys to ride next year.
A well organised event on a nice day in a nice part of the country. Pity my legs couldn't go faster.
Thanks very much. Oh and cake very much appreciated!
Fantastic event. Wish there were more like it. The mix of terrain, the people and organisation were all excellent. A must do for all Westcountry based cyclists. Up there with the iconic Devon events, Dart 10k swim and Dartmoor Classic.
Can you put the directional arrows on the same side as the fork in the path?
The routes were well signposted and the courses were cleverly thought out (I liked the way the final stage for the Micro, which I rode, was the final stage for the Maximo because it was interesting to see how those who were doing it seriously were riding). I hadn't been too sure what to expect but the hazards on the Micro were testing without being too extreme.
The course signage was excellent, as were the gate marshals on the timed stages; there was no point at which I lost my way or was the slightest bit unsure as where I should be going.
The only reason I rated the atmosphere as "good" rather than "very good" is because the Micro, with its smaller entry did feel a bit "after the main event", I'm sure the longer distances had more of a buzz about their starts.
Overall it was a very good day, I had been worried, on the one hand, because I often do as much or more than the Micro distance and with more elevation, that I wouldn't feel sufficiently tested and, at the other end of the scale, that the off-road sections might have been too testing. I the event I ended up feeling I had been physically tested and not scared witless and very happy to have taken part.
There were only two hazards on the Micro , which I thought might have merited some warning signage or rerouting; one was one deceptively deep and steep sided puddle near the start of the middle stage (it was at the end of a reasonably fast straight and had the person in front not shouted out "deep" I might well have misjudged it and wiped out). The second was on a narrow, downhill, path about half way through the final stage where some small, cut conifers had their trunk ends impinging on to the course. Had a faster rider misjudged them, the trunks (the bases of which were about 2-3" in diameter with the higher ones being at chest height) were angled slightly uphill and out into the track and a collision could have been quite nasty. They weren't part of a close stack rather they still had branches on so the bases were well spread out - ideal for a heavy single point impact. I know there is an inevitable degree of inherent risk, I just thought those two things stood out as being worth mentioning.
The one organisational criticism was signage between the racecourse entrance and the car park; the racecourse signage directs one into the main car park and there was nothing to indicate those participating should keep straight on (I ended up going into the main car park and telephoning to find out where I should have gone).
Really fun. Encouraging to all. I will bring my son next year.
A thoroughly good day out on a bike
Very well organised, smoothly run event.
Catering van not up to much, poor value and quality hot dogs,
Great course, some more signage needed, well organised and great feed station
Stunning and challenging off road event. Save something in your legs for the final timed stage!
Cracking event and a good test of your legs, will be back next year
Brilliant, muddy fun!
An excellent experience with a good balance of laugh out loud fun sections and gruelling tests of fitness over a great variety of terrain (short for terror & pain?)
This is my second year at the Haldon Heroic and I loved every minute of the off-road sections. The timed section around the racecourse this year was a great way to start.
I did find the busy traffic on the blind bends of the b334 section a bit intimidating and it and was very congested (stop/start) through Chudley.
Other than that i'd like to thank all the marshals and everyone involved in making this another great Haldon Heroic experience.
First CX event.... certainly not the last as a result of the day's experience.
Pass on 'kudos' to the food station people.
Cracking day in a challenging route
This was a great event. However, two pieces of feedback
1. It would have been great to have an actual FINISH line for supporters to gather at. As I came back in to the event HQ finishing felt a bit of a damp sqib. I know it's not a timed event but a bit of theatre wouldn't go amis
2. I did this event on a CX bike. Like many other riders I suffered punctures. Now this can happen on an event. However I think this route would be better described a an XC event. A couple of times today I though I had brought the wrong bike!!
As I said, a great event and I had a cracking day. Thanks for putting it on.
Lovely people, lots of laughs. Thanks :)
A route for all abilities and bike styles
A really well organised event with good signage and a proper tea and cake stop halfway, sceptical about doing this on a plus sized mtb but the route had a bit of everything to suit every style of bike, the timed stages were short and sharp and a great idea, look forward to next year!
Great well run event.
A great local event with a different challeng to most sportives
The burger catering was appalling, otherwise I can't fault the event.
First time and loved it .
Awesome mega ride route, like the format of timed stage and relaxed lumpy back lanes
a nice mix of all terrian
access to more than one WC sitapon
Really enjoyable ride tough going in the timed stages
Great route. Probably geared more towards MTB than CX.
Great course the mega was tough but throughley
Great course the mega was tough but throughle
I couldn't do it this year as was poorly leading up to it...but I have done it twice and I LOVE it...fab scenery and brilliantly organised xx