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For 3 years the Chiller has punished riders who are brave enough to take on the challenge. It’s proven to be a huge success with some horrendous conditions making the going extra hard. Snow, sleet, hail and countless items of clothing and brake pads were all in the mix. The hard work was worth it to see all those smiles and a huge sense of camaraderie with everyone looking after each other.
This year sees us move to the campsite which gives us increased space and facilities but also bumps up the cost to pay for all these things. It’ll be nice to be out of the car park and everyone can look forward to good stuff like showers, heated toilets, running water, bins, hard standing, local amenities and optional extras like booking electric hookup and glamping pods.
Standard entry includes:
- Up to 3 nights on the campsite so you can arrive the day before and stay the night after if you wish.
- Use of site facilities including showers, warm toilets, water, bins etc.
- Electronic timing with live tracking for folks at home.
- On-site safety team for the duration of the event.
- A boat load of category prizes to go after.
- An event memento to bring back the pain in future years.
- Free event photography
The 2019 event course was generally viewed as one of the best on the 24 hour circuit. A mix of red and black graded routes that keep you focussed. Don’t worry about the black section, it can be ridden with wheels on the ground at all times. The route will be a testing short circuit that incorporates long drags of forest tracks and plenty of single track going both up and down. If it’s windy you’ll certainly have to wrap up warm and as darkness envelopes everything for more than half the ride you’ll be delighted to have an amazing vista spread out in front of you as the sun rises in the morning. The suns rays warming your skin as they filter through the tree tops.
24 hour bike riding must certainly be the ultimate test of man, machine and all that lovely kit that claims to be the latest and greatest. Not only will you have to find a way to get round the course, you’ll also have to find ingenious solutions to keep your lights working at full capacity for such an extended period of time. Bring more lights? Hydrogen chargers? USB charger in car? Choices choices. This year there will be the option of electric hookup as we move to the campsite for HQ. Part of the joy of these kind of events is all the planning before hand, the more you put in, the better it will go on the day/night.
Don’t let the word “race” put you off. The same fun and inclusive ethos of the other Cold Brew Event rides will be present and anyone taking things too seriously may be thrown in the reservoir! We openly welcome those people who are coming along for the first time and want your experience to be a good one.
Timing will be electronic so you can find out exactly how you’re getting along as the day/night/day progresses. Add to that the fact that we’ll have an extensive safety team on site, prizes for all categories, t-shirt for each competitor and as much encouragement as we can possibly dish out. At 3 in the morning you may not appreciate it too much!