Bacup, South Pennines :: 4th December
We return to Lancashire for the 3rd event in the series. Partly due to the popularity of the event in Slaidburn in the last series, but also because of the interesting and diverse landscape that is unique to the South Pennines area.
We are drawing on the experience of Emma Van Der Gucht who planned last series highly acclaimed Slaidburn epic. She will be assisted by local area guru Tony Lund.
Details: Weather, etc
Registration :: Kingfisher Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0BB. Grid Reference SD 863 218
Catering :: The Meal Machine catering van. Click here for their menu.
Weather :: BBC
Bike Hire :: From Rossendale Pennine Adventure (£25 per day) (less than 1 mile from registration) OR Stuart at Cycle Adventure on 07518 373 007 (bikes can be collected at registration on the morning of the event)
Liftshare :: See where people are coming from here
Nearest Railway Station :: Todmorden (6.5 miles from Bacup)
[02/12] Final update before the weekend...
The BBC Weather Forest for Bacup on Sunday is "Unsettled with a mixture sunshine and showers, falling as snow over the higher ground at times. Chilly in strong winds, with overnight frosts likely." So it looks like it is going to be a little fresh for Sundays event. Remember to wrap up warm and maybe bring an extra layer for your ride back down the hill after the event!
[16/11] More important updates...
General - Waterproof tops are mandatory for both sections of this Haglofs Open5. We have also had a number of occurences lately where competitors have not been carrying the mandatory kit. Therefore there will be random checks for the minimum of waterproof top, compass and whistle at the start & transition of this event. In addition competitors should be carrying the following mandatory kit - first aid kit, foil blanket, mobile phone, money for a payphone.
We have noticed on the first two events many competitors have not been wearing their run numbers on their front. Could you ensure that run numbers are attached to the front of your outer layer or to the front strap on your run bag and not folded. It is important that we can see race numbers at all times. Race number belts make this easy and you can buy these at registration.
Bikes - It's winter and in foggy or low-light conditions driver visibility is seriously affected. You need to carry a rear bike light and use it if the conditions are not good.
If any of you know the geography of Bacup, you won't be surpirsed to hear that the Lee and Cragg quarry singletrack will feature in this event. There will be some controls on the singletrack, but they won't be marked on the map. The control location will be described on the control description sheet, so you should know what to look out for. The controls on the singletrack will also be marked with a flourescent letter. So if you want to bag the controls on the singletrack you will need to either ride the whole route or hedge your bets and guess where they may be.
Controls will not be on any black sections, only on red sections. Some sections of the Lee Quarry red route are a little tricky. These are marked on the map with an exclamation mark (!). We will also put an exclamation mark sign out on the ground before a tricky section so you know this is coming. There are informaton boards dotted around the red route. These are also marked on the map and numbered 1 to 7, so if you come across one of these and you are not sure where you are, match the info board number to the one on the map.
In Lee Quarry there are lots of shortcuts between the singletrack sections where you can ride both ways, however you should not ride the wrong way on the singletrack. The direction of travel in Lee Quarry is marked on the map that you get at registration.
There is no detailed map of Cragg Quarry, but this is a much simpler figure-8 route which starts anti-clockwise. We will sign this route as some of the junctions are a little indistinct. Don't ride in the wrong direction on the singletrack, its dangerous for yourself and other users. Its not something we like to do but any competitors found to ignore this rule will incur a penalty and maybe disqualified (yuk don't do it).
We don't have exclusive use of these areas and the quarry's are popular with local mountain bikers. So please look out for other riders and be prepared to let faster bikers go past. We have had signs out for a couple of weeks informing regulars of the event.
Run - There are some great post-industrial man-made features in the run area. But on the moor between these features it is quite featureless terrain. When it's foggy conditions this can be quite intimidating to the navigationally challenged. Some general advice we can offer is, be sure of where you are heading before you step off the obvious paths.
In Lee and Cragg Quarry you are welcome to cross the singletrack and run on any other tracks, but don't run along any sections of singletrack as this is for biking only.
Post-event - As you will notice when you register at the event the room we are using is carpeted. The owners have asked us to keep it as clean as possible. Therefore after the event remove any muddy shoes or kit before going back into this room.
[16/11] The December event is set to be another spicy adventure that could be even more spicy if the winter weather arrives early! A word of caution to all participants - when the wind gets up on the tops, it can feel cold. Very very cold. Even on sunny autumn days our race planners have been glad of an extra layer or a buff. Keep an eye on the forecast and don't scrimp on the clothes - if in doubt, pack an extra layer.
Also keep your eyes peeled for Open Adventure tape and arrows on the day. Unlike some of the other trail centres we've used for Open Adventure, the quarries around Bacup have a distinct raw and industrial feel. For every marked trail there are three on the ground, so keep your eyes peeled at junctions on the mountain biking section!
Transition will be a short (but uphill - sorry!) 1km ride from registration. So you will need to carry all kit required during the event to this location. Toilets are only available at registration so please ensure that you use them before heading to transition.
Catering on the day will be provided by The Meal Machine catering van at registration before and after the event. See their menu in the Details section.
Ever fancied having a go at skiing. Why not pay a visit to Ski Rossendale. A couple of hours on the dry slope is a snip at £20. How about taking a very short stroll along Elgin Street, the worlds second shortest street measuring a mere 17ft 2in in Bacup. Experience some thrilling MTB trails at Lee Quarry.