Salisbury Saxon CX results now online by martin@cxsportive | Nov 12, 2012 | News | 12 comments Results from the weekend’s Salisbury Saxon CX are now online here. Click Here for full results list We hope you enjoyed it – a tough ride on beautiful day in a stunning part of the country! 12 Comments Nicky on November 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm Great day, scenery and weather. But I think the awards for gold and silver were a bit out of reach for most people. But apart from that was great fun 🙂 Thank you. Adrian on November 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm When I got to the 33k feed point at 11:25 the marshals Said we were the first guys in on the 60 k. No one then passed me on the road. So I came in physically 2nd on the road after 4.15. I started at 09:00. How come people are now supposed to have done the 60k in 3 hours or less?, also starting at 09:00. What was the point of the timing mat at the 33k point if not to prove you had done 60 or 80 and not 40k? One confused cyclist Greg on November 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm I think a lot of us got fed up with the mile after mile of mud and water in the first section and thus stayed on the road back to the finish. Lovely day but some sections were ridiculous. Pam on November 13, 2012 at 9:30 am This was my first sportive and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even the muddy hill at the start which lead to the most stunning views. I’m so pleased I didn’t take the optional shortcut. Our only frustrating bit was some landrovers who kindly pulled over on the track to let us past and inadvertently blocked the signs for us to turn off which resulted in us doing an extra mile down the track before realising our error and turning back. But what a great way to spend a sunny autumn morning, big thanks to the organisers. John on November 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm A great day out, even if some sections were very hard work on a CX bike! Like Adrian I was also puzzled by the 60k results, as only he and one other guy passed me. How can you be given a gold award (or even a time) if you haven’t actually been through the checkpoint??!! Julian on November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm Great course. Shame about the waterlogged route on the outbound section. This would make a fantastic ride at a drier time of year (if this exists anymore!). Have to agree with the above comments. The mid route gold and silver standard finishers appear to have either missed the checkpoint or passed it and headed back early. The target times should be adjusted to take account of the conditions. Fantastic area for riding though, definitely worth another visit. martin@cxsportive on November 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm @Adrian I’ve been through and reallocated times that appear to be in the wrong category now. We do try and get riders to report route changes at the finish, but if some don’t let us know they’ve changed, it can sometimes be a day or so before we can comb through and correct them based on judgement. Do remember though that times are published solely to show your personal performance – we include performance indicators for the field as whole to help you put your ride in perspective, but it’s not a race and we can’t ever guarantee that any individual listing reflects a 100% completion of the course. The main reasons for including the timing mat at the checkpoint is to give you a time split for your own personal reference, and also to help us keep a count of riders that have been through that point. It can be useful for establishing whether a rider has completed a particular distance or not, but that’s not it’s main purpose. martin@cxsportive on November 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm @Julian It was incredibly wet – we were actually amazed how much wetter it was than on the last pre ride we did, just two weeks ago! One thing that is difficult to factor in, is the damage that 4x4s do (it’s a popular area for them) and up on the Ox Drove (the outward route), it was clear that they had cut it up badly just in that intervening two week period. We have a new route variation planned for next year though, that will introduce a figure of 8 loop and we think balance out the course much better. With regard to the target times, we keep them standard for all courses, all conditions. We have considered adjusting them for the severity of the course, but we think that would make it too much of an individual judgement call, and riders might have cause to question our choices on the day. At least if they are consistent everyone knows where they stand. And you can judge the severity of the course by the spread of Golds etc; if almost nobody got Golds then you can see it was a tough course and that your Silver was a good performance. If 60% of the field got Golds, then you know it was a faster / easier ride. Grant on November 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm I found it a very tough course (60k) & i was very pleased to complete it. A well run event i thought . Rob on November 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm Great day out, missed one of the first markers and ended up going round some random large field along with about 20 others! It was nice and muddy but unrideable at times which made the set times unachievable. One other point to make is that it was not suitable for those who might have wanted to use a winter trainer road bike as advertised! I was on a CX, so no worries there! All in all a great day out and well worth the 5 hours of driving to and from the event. See you in 2013! Are there any photos of the event? Paul on November 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm Lovely day ,although I thought some sections were completely unrideable. Enjoyed the second half much more than the first as,like Rob , I got lost on the first climb and wasted a huge amount of time. Must admit to being slightly bemused when I seemed to keep overtaking the same people- presumably the sense of humour had failed and they were cutting it short. Enormous respect to those individuals who managed a genuine Gold time. Paul on November 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm Lovely day ,although I thought some sections were completely unrideable. Enjoyed the second half much more than the first as,like Rob , I got lost on the first climb and wasted a huge amount of time. Must admit to being slightly bemused when I seemed to keep overtaking the same people- presumably the sense of humour had failed and they were cutting it short. Enormous respect to those individuals who managed a genuine Gold time. Whoops- I see in the amended results that no one did. Sorry..