Challenge Henley 2011

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=781842

Interesting to see if it gets off the ground.  It'd be a hilly bike course, and a great place for a swim, but it would probably clash with the Vit.

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  • wouldn't that be cool!

    The IM brand did manage to attract people from mainland Europe (and beyond) but ...er...was not well reviewed. You'd think the Challenge brand would be successful in getting a few non-UK people here.

    perhaps not such good news for events like the Forestman....or the Outlaw (unless it does go on to become IMUK)

  • Sounds very interesting.

    IMUK will be in for some serious competition next year.

     I like the line from the councillor about the road/traffic officer

    "He said: “The officer’s issue is simply that he doesn’t want to see gridlock. If permission is given for the job, he will do as he is told. Personally, I welcome the event and will do my best to see it happen.”

  • oooh ...  just down the road from me !
  • This is great news if they can pull it off.  It's my old stamping ground and I'd love to see this level of race happening there.
  • Meli, healthy but not direct competition if held in September?    Of course the Vit may well be under threat

    It will be a well lumpy bike course thats for sure,  we did an early sportive around Henley this year
  • joddlyjoddly ✭✭✭
    Sounds fantastic!
  • Meldy - the outlaw is not yet sold out - and nor do other non-IM long distance events in the UK. It might do next year if it's very successful this year. I think the market is there, you just have to persuade people to do their yearly IM in the UK.  

    I think the Vit will be OK - fills up well in advance and a lot of people only want to do a half.

  • Yeah I agree ..  so I dont think any of the other events are under threat from this per se, it will do them good to have the competition,  I think they have pitched the timing well as Henley will be well into Olympic mode as well by then so it will be a good test of the infrstructure as well
  • Which Olympic events are at Henley?  The rowing's at Dorney, are they doing the long-distance swimming at Henley perhaps?
  • lurks excitedly
  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭
    long distance swims are in the Serpentine
  • They are hosting a lot of teams, whilst the events may not be taking place there it will see a lot of action in the build up
  • Defo interested in this (but for 2012).  Personally for me, it would be good to do a UK-based 140.6 as I can't really justify the expense of a foreign trip and inconvenience to Jr's life
  • More importantly...... How flat is the Henley area???
  • It's not.  Google the Chiltern Big Dipper and check out the profile.  That's a sportive local to the area
  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭
    the Henley area can be flatter if you go south or east though - it's only really the Chilterns that give it the bigger hills and they are to the north.

  • One of my long rides went through Henley a week or two back and there was a long downhill into town and a long uphill coming out towards Oxford.  But since it's on the Thames if you follow the river it's got to be pretty flat.
  • Standingf up for hills helps to stop your arse from getting sore from too long in the saddle.

    Who said I was negativeimage

  • M..o.useM..o.use ✭✭✭

    How long do the current IMUK people have the franchise/license for?

  • M.ouse wrote (see)

    How long do the current IMUK people have the franchise/license for?

    WTC bought back the franchise but it seems that "Ironman UK Events" are still organising the event.

    Linky thing

    Don't know how long that will continue.

  • M..o.useM..o.use ✭✭✭

    thanks Gertie

    *sigh*

    image

  • Should be a good off road run along the river towpath as well
  • I live in Henley and can tell you any possible ride of any decent length is very bumpy, but beautiful! Can't wait for this...
  • my neighbourhood too image

    don't think I'll be fit enough for next year - though will probably volunteer for marshalling duties instead

  • i've thought for a long time that the henley/oxford area would be excellent for an IM event.  easy access for lots of people, especially me.  scary hills though (for me).  i expect it will be a very quaint event it being henley; cream teas at the aid station, rousing live orchestral music at the finish.
  • barlos and I did a ride from henley last year.  the first 15 miles were pretty shocking!
  • fraggle wrote (see)
    though will probably volunteer for marshalling duties instead
    Great idea!  Think I will be up for that providing it does not clash with The Vit
  • There may have the relay option as well.
  • Is that aimed at me, LN?  Hoping to do The Vit next year so would not want to do relay beforehand.  Depends on the timing tho.  If there was a serious Pirate Outing in 2011, it will be good to marshall  Got serious 2012-participant-potential for me tho image
  • <lurks>

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