Evans King of the Downs 2010

I gave this ride a bit of a slagging last year – a bit unfairly as they were victims of unfortunate timing as the event was ruined by truly appalling weather. 

Not so this year.  It was a beautiful day.  As it turned out whatever we did was going to be overshadowed by Bigfooters elsewhere (bloody Andy Colvin and his showing off!), but 5 of us (PaulC, DaveM, KevG, PaulS and I) set off on a 113 mile figure-of-eight route centered around Crawley taking in some of the toughest climbs on offer in the environs; first in Surrey and then in Kent. 

I did a bit of early pace-setting to set the mood for the ride, but with this being my fourth tough ride in the space of 7 days I wasn’t expecting too much.  We hooked up with a really strong mountain biker using the event for fitness training.  Slowly the number of riders able to keep up began to decline; first PaulC and KevG, then PaulS, then DaveM.  Then me :-) .

I had an unpleasant re-introduction to the world of cramp and spent the last 40 miles nursing my legs through the pain.  I enjoyed neither Yorks or White Lane.

My power output sagged as the ride went on but I still managed my target time of 6 hours; in fact 5hr55.  Not amazing I suspect but respectable enough.

DaveM rolled in 10 or 15 minutes later and PaulS another 5 or so after that.

The event was well organised, feed stations good, they had proper timing chips (though I was not officially entered so I was without) and the nutritional options at the end of the ride were better than last year.  All in all a good effort by Evans.

Ride Time 5hr55

Ave Power (NP) 280W

TSS 456

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  1. 1 pauls said at 9:17 am on May 25th, 2010:

    It was a good day out on Sunday and as you’ve commented with decent end of ride nutrition- finally an event where a bowl of pasta is on offer and not just a poor quality burger van.

  2. 2 Dean said at 6:43 pm on May 25th, 2010:

    Hi Paul.

    Good to hear you enjoyed the ride this year.

    I don’t supose after attending the event (despite my request that non entered riders stayed away), using the facilites, eating the food at the drink stations and sampling the after ride food, all of which I ( and ultimately your fellow riders )paid for, you were considering paying us?

    Just a thought.


  3. 3 paulnixon said at 6:55 pm on May 25th, 2010:


    I’m sorry but I did not see your request for riders not to use the open roads – maybe you’re not quite as famous as you’d like to think eh?

    I did not eat any of your food
    I did not have any of your drink products
    I did not use any of the facilities

    I did however use precisely 1200ml of tap water.

    I would be happy to consider paying you for the water – I assume there is a mechanism for me to do so ?


  4. 4 paulnixon said at 8:33 pm on May 25th, 2010:

    Just a quick note to say that Dean and I have kissed and made up behind the scenes!

    My last email finished…

    “I would have felt uncomfortable about helping myself to any of the items that would have been paid for so had plenty of energy bars, gels and energy drink sachets so that I would be self-sufficient.

    I remarked only on the facilities on offer because I wanted to pay some respect to what I thought was a very well organised event.

    Onwards and congratulations on the organisation and improvements since last year.”

    Endes gut, alles gut :-)


  5. 5 Reuben said at 9:10 pm on May 25th, 2010:

    Thats genuinely really funny.

    It seems not a year goes past without you making some kind of online scene on a Ride It! event post, be it clashing with the organisers or calling a woman a man :-)

    btw I make that just over 19mph for the ride (excluding stops?). Thats a bloody quick ride over those hills. How much climbing – kind of marmotte comparable?


  6. 6 paulnixon said at 9:28 pm on May 25th, 2010:

    Yeah, thanks for that Reuben :-)

    That’s the total ride time (ie including stops) but I only stopped for a couple of minutes anyway.

    Feed stations? Weed stations more like.

    Total climb 2850m so kind of Marmotte incomparable. Not only in terms of total climb but also in type too. Short and hard rather than very long and not quite so hard.