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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 09:11 AM
Last year I rode the WWC for the first time, the 85 mile circular course was, I'm convinced, based on the Penrose stairs - uphill all the way.
Since 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the event the organisers have designed a 100 mile (97.9, but I'll do a few extra laps of the car park to make up the distance) course taking in the highest mountain pass in Wales as a typical Tour style "sting in the tail" - have a look at the course profile here: Course profile
So how did last year go, and what am I expecting this year?
Before the start we sampled the tea and used the facilities available. The electronic tags which had been posted made registration fairly fast - a continuous stream of people passing the registration desk and out onto the roads.
The first few hills were a good warm-up, and with sheep and the morning mist to keep us company on the empty (although not closed) roads chosen for the route. Long clothing was quickly shed... A mere 8 miles in I lost pressure in a front wheel, at over 30mph. With just two wheels that might have been the end of the event, but it didn't matter on the trike - just the annoyance of having to stop for a while, no need to remove the wheel of course, just repair from the side.
The big climb of the first half of the event was 6 miles, including a 2 mile section at 9% average, peaking at well over 25%. The views from the top were spectacular, the descent exhilarating - 50mph, despite flying a large flag for the charity Bliss.
The checkpoints and feed stops were busy, but well organised and signed - the electronic tags again making the system easy and robust. The food was excellent, some eaten there, some put into the side pods for consumption en route.
As we continued the hills hit a gradient of 1 in 3, and the climbing was relentless. There was at least one cycling club who kept passing me uphill, and then I returned the favour whenever the road pointed down, always taking time to exchange greetings and encouragement on the uphill at least. I was geared down to ~10-11" with a Sturmey Archer hub in the rear wheel giving me an extra "under-drive" gear range below the standard gearing - low enough to just keep the pedals turning, and if the pedals keep turning then you get up the hill.
At the trickiest junctions there were well placed signs to ensure that no-one had to add too much distance or climbing to their day, although I did end drifting round one such corner, a bit too much entry speed and some loose surface in the middle of the road putting a huge grin on my face, as well as attracting comments from other riders.
Having crested the peak of the course >1730ft at just shy of 70 miles you'd hope that the required loss of 1200 feet in the next 15 miles would indicate a nice downhill route - but no, the Penrose stairs course was determined to lose altitude by going uphill. Many small climbs interrupted the descent then a beautiful rolling road above the "back" side of the reservoir at Bala before cruising through town to the finish, more tea, facilities and many tired but friendly fellow cyclists, with their new slate plaques, comparing stories before heading home.
This year I expect much the same, but with more climbing, more miles and catered breakfast available. I'm hoping the weather manages to repeat last year's blazing sunshine, although I'll try to remember sun cream this time!
2010 Sprint RS. Tryker tyres, Hub dynamo on the left, CS-RK3 hub at the rear to give 81 gears overall.
Full rack and mudguards will obviously stay on throughout...
I am raising money for Bliss, a charity that helps families with babies born 'too soon, too small, too sick'. Bliss were invaluable to us as a family after my daughter Amelia was born premature, weighing only 2lbs 13oz. Any donation would be gratefully received: Bliss fundraising page
- Written by John Robson
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 07:32 AM
Congratulations to ICE rider Chris Sherrington on becoming the new Commonwealth Games judo champion. Chris, a Royal Marines Commando, took to trike riding last year to help recover from surgery to his shoulder.
Chris represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics, but serious injuries sustained during training threatened his future in the sport. However, Chris was certain that regular exercise would speed up his recovery:
“I was determined to keep in shape and realised that a trike would be the perfect way to achieve my goals. It would help me maintain my levels of fitness without putting any strain on my shoulder.”
Chris averaged 150 miles a week on long training rides, cycling to his physiotherapy sessions and even using the trike for grocery shopping. This trike-based rehabilitation helped him maintain his Olympian standard of fitness, and halved his recovery time.
“My doctors and physiotherapists are astonished at how I’ve recovered from a major shoulder operation.”
Within only 2 months Chris was back training with the Great Britain judo squad, and was later selected to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
“To come back from injury and surgery so quickly and compete at an international level was unbelievable.”
Cheered on by a raucous crowd at the Commonwealth Games, Chris threw South African Ruan Snyman for two waza-ari scores to claim the gold medal on Saturday.
Following his victory Chris became quite a media sensation, but between radio and television interviews he kindly emailed ICE
“I’m Commonwealth Judo champion and your trikes played a large part in that. [I am] so very proud”
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 07:41 AM
We are delighted to announce a one-day cycle festival on Sunday 27th July, in partnership with Brompton, designers and makers of the Brompton folding bike.
The festival, held at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit on the south coast of England, incorporates the 9th Brompton World Championships, and the first ICE Trikes Rally.
The day will be a great chance to socialise with fellow ICE riders and members of the ICE team, cycle together and have fun.
There will be a test track and the chance to ride a range of different ICE trikes around the motor circuit, including the VTX racing trike, Sprint, Adventure, and new e-trike. You can also see the Polar Cycle trike that was ridden to the South Pole in December 2013 and Dave Cornthwaite’s Sprint 26X “Trikey” that he rode during his Expedition 1000 project.
Aside from trike riding there will be music, entertainment, fine food and drink, and activities for children, making it a really enjoyable day out for everyone.
“This is a really special event. The Brompton World Championships are hugely popular and I’m delighted that ICE has been invited to join in with the festivities. It’s going to be a great celebration of British cycling.” said Lois Leonard, marketing manager at ICE.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Sunday 27th July
Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0X
Time: 9am to 5pm
If you have any questions about the event please contact Lois Leonard at ICE firstname.lastname@example.org