Hit the North is dead.
Well… about 3 and a half years ago a two blokes who only knew each other through the Singletrack and On-One forums along with a web designer and an athletics event coordinator decided to stage a bike race. We’ve done 4 now and I think that’s enough.
It’s been a blast.
It’s been hard.
It’s been a pain in the arse.
Here are a few of my memories from yesterday. Please add to them. Mr Sparkle’s video will be up shortly too.
Over and out.
Hit the North is dead.Posted 9 years ago
RIP Hit The North
Although No_discerning_taste (as seen in pic 7 with her little lad Will) was very keen on the idea of helping organise the next one by the time she'd won mixed pairs and got "rather tired and emotional" (pic 23, not quite visible) on the lovely beer from the Troll's Bottom (pic 4)
My pics are being processed now. 136 Done. 191 left to consider in detail…Posted 9 years ago
Why have you photoshopped the bikes out of the first picture?
it was a Le Mans-style run at the start to spread out the field, however we thought we should make it a bit more interesting by making it twice as long as advertised and by sending everyone down a slippery bank, through a muddy stream then up a stupidly steep muddy hill.
I think everyone loved that bit.Posted 9 years agoNo_discerning_tasteMember
nbt- can't see the photos (internet is too slow!) so I can't tell if p. 23 can be describes as "tired and emotional" but I never make false promises and I wasn't too tired to remember what I've promised and the offer is still there. I'm more than happy to help organise another event and if more people had helped in the past maybe terrahawk and harry-the-spider would consider doing another one, because there sure is an awful lot of work to do!Posted 9 years agoManchester TrevMember
This was the first one ive been semi-fit for, the others ive been completely broken, loved it, thought id hate riding longer than ive ever ridden on an MTB but i didnt, even though i only did 7 laps in 5hr 25 mins, at least i got one event in, Thanks to the Organisers, shame it was the last one……Posted 9 years agobudgeSubscriber
Even tho I expected this would be the last one it is still sad news.
All three I have done have been seriously cool events with a personality that no other event gets even close to matching – particularly if you're northern and like indie music, beer and bikes.
The company that imports your mud especially for the July events must be really gutted – who else will want several hundred tonnes of highly abrasive, fast setting mud at that time of year? If you find out let me know – I will miss the unseasonal mud!
Huge thanks to all of you for the enormous amount of effort you put into making sure that everyone who took part had a giggle, a real challenge and the odd serious fright.
Top effort boys!Posted 9 years ago
Pics are processed! 283 in total, resized to fit in a 640 * 480 screen, perfect for facebook and so on. That means the pics are 321*480px (portait format, 640*427 for the landscape format ones). That still give me 60Mb worth of small images! The "full size" folder is 1.2 gb!
Once I've got them into some kind of online gallery I'll post a link. I'll be able to send out full resolution images (2048*3072, should print fine at A4 size) but will ask people to make a donation to Petesgaff : http://www.singletrackworld.com/2010/06/mark-fradgleys-bullheart-jogle/
I'm not going to ask for receipts or anything, just going to leave it to your conscience to donate what you feel the pics (and the participation in the event) are worth, especially given the fact that Mark's efforts are worthy of sponsorship in any case!
More to follow when I have found a suitable home for the images!Posted 9 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Thank your mate for the Ibruprofen, worked a treat.
Knee is the size of, err, a much larger knee today, but seems to be fine 😀
According to Sue I managed to wedge my knee between the grip and the brake lever 😯
EDIT: She's just reminded me that it wasn't her who lost concentration, crashed on a perfectly straight bit of track and screamed like a girl.Posted 9 years ago
I maintain it is her fault for expecting me to think, speak and ride a bike at the same time.
Pics are up fellas
Can you add a link on the HTN site pretty please?
I'm off to drink some of that free beer from that nice man in the beer tent 🙂Posted 9 years agoBunnyhopMember
Blubbering here like a small child.
The event was great. All our friends just had the best time.
A chance to catch up with people who are all living in other parts of our country. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the course and how friendly everyone is.
Where else could you get 4 seasons in one day?
Bunnyhop xPosted 9 years ago
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