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Rumble Comments 2011 by email

Dear Bob
Thank you again for a fantastic ride! We both thoroughly enjoyed and few things compare to the feeling of sheer joy of seeing the sign ’5 km to feed’ after the rosedale chimney. Thank you to you and your team and to your wife for the amazing cakes!

Good luck for bid for national championship! If you’re successful, please consider us as marshals.

See you for sure 2013!

John and Karin Brameld

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Hello Bob,
Thank you for organising such a great sportive. The following aspects were particularly appreciated: non- technical descents, distinctive route signs (that are slightly transparent so you can double check the arrow direction after passing them in the final miles of fatigue!), cheerful event staff, savouries at the food stops, great views and tricky climbs. Best wishes to the volunteers that helped throughout the day- they deserve a medal too.

You brought a lot of enjoyable pain to hundreds of cyclists and should be proud of yourselves.
Thank you. Back next year.

Karl Midhage.

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Dear Bob
Congratulations to you and all the team for an excellent and challenging day yesterday. Food, signage, general organisation were excellent. This was my first Ryedale Rumble and foolishly perhaps I went straight in at the longest ride one. I promptly fell off on the first hill  when I ground to halt and didn’t unclip in time. The first time I’ve ever fallen off my road bike. I suffered no injury other than hurt pride and soldiered on to another first : Blakely bank when my chain came off near the top while the photographer was taking my photo. I then  had  two more “firsts” when I had to simply push up the Glaisdale & Rosedale banks. I’ve already decided I’m coming again next year with better gears! I’m very pleased with my time of 8 hours 11 minutes and hope to be able to improve next time!

Thanks again to you all, Cliff Veitch.

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Hi Bob
Thanks very much for an incredibly well organised event from me and my wife. I couldn’t get over how much signage there was and it was very reassuring, will definitely be back next year for a silver.

Many Thanks, Robert and Jane Cormack.

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Bob,
I wanted to say thanks again for a fantastic event. Did the 70 miles with a friend yesterday and we had a top day out. Great signage, great feed stations and again all your volunteers were so helpful. You even managed to organise a tail wind up Blakey Bank.

All the best, Nick Wilson

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Bob,
Just a quick note to you and your team to say thank you. It was my first sportive experience and was very impressed with the organization of it all. Everything went smoothly and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cheers, Guy.

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Hi,
I’m sure you get plenty of these mails, but I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant event today. I’ve done many sportives in the UK and in Europe and the rumble is the best I’ve done. from the breakfast, to the incredibly stocked feed stations to the mental 111 mile route it was brilliant, so thanks a lot!

Cheers, Steve Clark.

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Bob,
Many, many thanks and congratulations to you and your team for another fabulous day yesterday. The organization and running of this event is just faultless.

Regards, David.

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Hi Bob,
Really enjoyed yesterday thank you.

We did the Rumble 2 – it’s a great course, stunning scenery & everything was really well organised from start to finish. 

I’ve done the Fred Whitton & The Etape Du Dales this year, I just can’t understand why the Rumble isn’t better supported? Maybe everyone’s on holiday in August?

Thanks again to you & all your staff.

Kind regards, Simon Ketteringham
, Harrogate Nova

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Bob,
What can I say? The Rumble was my first ever sportive so can’t make comparisons, but if all the others are half as challenging, well organised and enjoyable as Saturday then I must try and fit some more in. 

The organisation was great and all your supporters efficient and friendly. Having read last year’s comments I was truly nervous about the challenge. The atmosphere however very quickly dispelled any concerns, it was like a big family of kindred spirits, regardless of ability or age. 

Have to say that my first challenge for next year was to have been to improve by the 8 minutes to move up to gold standard (easy just spend less time eating the wonderful grub at the feed stations) and conquer the 2 major climbs on the 70 mile route (not so easy!!!). So I would certainly be one of the first to cheer if you did decide to run the event next year. Saying that I do very much appreciate the time and effort that you all invest so don’t want to appear selfish….too much. 

So congratulations to you and all the team for another resounding success. Long may they continue.

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Dear Bob,
I am as usual having difficulty with the on line procedures, so may I take the opportunity of thanking you and all involved with The Rumble by email, for a magnificent event. It would not be altogether true to say I enjoyed every minute! However having “crawled” round again (even slower than last time, I blame the weather.) the event was – challenging, invigorating and altogether terrifying. More apposite to this email – I do not believe it would be possible to better the organisation, the signage was immaculate, feeding stations excellent, and the all round administration perfect. I would very much hope that there will be a Rumble next year – a two year gap and I will be too close to seventy for comfort.

Kind regards, Ian Havelock.

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Hi Bob
I did the short route, first sportive for me. I have to say as an introduction to this type of event the rumble was outstanding, every thing from the level of information available in the lead up to the organisation on the day was top draw.
Well stocked food stations , clear sinage and last but not least a challenging route. 
My only compliant, my expectation levels of other sportives is so high due to my experience of the rumble I feel I’m bound to be disappointed! 
I hope you run the event next year I am now a convert and hope to progress to route 1 over the next two years
Thanks again for a great experience



Regards, 

Tony Hurley

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Top event, Bob. Really enjoyed it – even Vic rode in with a smile on her face (she doesn’t usually)!

Keep up the good work. Roger.

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Hello Bob,
It was with regret that I had to pull out of this years rumble at about 2 am on Sunday morning due to a gastric illness. I had been looking forward to the event for most of the year since doing a reccy ride last year starting at Ampleforth last year (having just missed last years ride). Our ride ended as most of our reccy rides with the group getting lost!! During the ride we saw enough of the area to know that it is pretty special and being someone who loves a challenging ride the 11k of climbing sounded marvelous. I had managed to wrangle another couple of chaps into riding but on the day only one was able to make it. His feedback was glowing about the organisation, route, homemade cake and breakfast! Therefore from a purely selfish reason that I feel like I have missed one of the most  splendid rides of the year, I would request that you consider running the event next year so I can sample the cake and climbs of the Ryedale Rumble. 2013 seems a long time to wait.

Keep up the good work and best regards.

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Bob
The usual superbly organised event – well done.  I heard similar comments from several other riders.
Thanks for organising.

Best wishes, Mark Sinton

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Bob,
Yet another fantastic event, and the team really do make it.  The Rumble covers roads I can do any weekend; however, it’s the support and fellowship of the event that make it a must.

Regards, Craig Harrison

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Dear Bob
I am not a novice sportive rider – but this was my first time for the Rumble. A fantastic event. Many thanks to you and your team for organizing it. Breakfast, lunch and dinner – all thrown in – wonderful. Cycling-wise, the scenery is, of course, great. What I liked was the contrast between hilly and flat sections which makes things more interesting than all hills.

Thanks again

Best wishes, Gordon Love (Richmond CC).

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Hi Bob & Team
This was my first time on the Rumble and was lucky to be able to do it as I missed the deadline but fortunately you managed to squeeze myself and a friend of mine onto the starting list, and I must say I am so pleased we made it to the start line. Hats off to all concerned in making the event possible, i don’t know how you manage to find the time and energy to organise such an event!! I found the whole day a pleasure from the initial greeting, the welcome breakfast, a superb route (rumble 2) through fantastic scenery, well stocked feed station with fab staff, all the way to the uphill  climb for the final “dib in” and of course the much needed hot food and a cup of tea.

Its a shame you cant run the event next year, although I understand why, but I can guarantee that I will be back in 2013 to tackle Rumble 1!!Once again, a big thank you to everyone involved in making my first Rumble a very memorable one.

Best regards, Julian Pinkney

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Hello Bob,
Fantastic sportive, my 3rd visit, hoping to improve on my abysmal time for Rumble 1 in 2008 (Managed a gold in Rumble 2 the following year). Missed a gold yesterday by 16 minutes- I can blame that on the cold that I was only just getting over and the headwinds on the way back from Hutton Le Hole. Next time maybe? On the subject of lost glasses I think they could be mine.. they are a red/maroon framed pair of Tifosi glasses as in the ones worn in the enclosed picture ( taken 2009). The waterproof may also be mine. I realized that it wasn’t in my jersey pocket when I was sitting down after the event– I assumed it may have fallen out during the ride. I forgotten the make though but is fluorescent yellow.

Cheers, David Bentley

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Hello Bob,
It was with regret that I had to pull out of this years rumble at about 2 am on Sunday morning due to a gastric illness. I had been looking forward to the event for most of the year since doing a reccy ride last year starting at Ampleforth last year (having just missed last years ride). Our ride ended as most of our reccy rides with the group getting lost!! During the ride we saw enough of the area to know that it is pretty special and being someone who loves a challenging ride the 11k of climbing sounded marvelous. I had managed to wrangle another couple of chaps into riding but on the day only one was able to make it. His feedback was glowing about the organisation, route, homemade cake and breakfast! Therefore from a purely selfish reason that I feel like I have missed one of the most  splendid rides of the year, I would request that you consider running the event next year so I can sample the cake and climbs of the Ryedale Rumble. 2013 seems a long time to wait.

Keep up the good work and best regards, Dean Madden

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Bob
I have to congratulate you and all the volunteers who made the Rydale Rumble such an enjoyable day.  The many hours, days or weeks of preparation are clearly evident in the slick running of the event.  The signage was excellent with every junction clearly marked.  Feed stations were well stocked with a great choice of cakes, sandwiches and other delights.  The breakfast and meal afterwards were just what was needed.  I did think I was being served with rather too much pasta but it disappeared very quickly!  As for the volunteers, so friendly and helpful, always a smile on their faces even at 6:00 in the morning.  Its good to see such enthusiasm for cycling and a good promotion for British Cycling itself.  It also has to be said that Ampleforth College are good hosts and provide an excellent base for the event. Pass my thanks on to the other volunteers and all those involved in organising or helping with the event.  Put your feet up and have a good year off but somehow I don’t think you will taking it easy!

Regards, Martin

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Dear Bob
Just a quick note to express my thanks to you and all others involved in organising the rumble.  I really can’t fault anything (apart from the horrendous westerly wind in the last 20 miles).  The long route was the toughest and most challenging day I have ever spent in the saddle – made all the more satisfying by riding all of each and every climb.

Looking forward to next time ( hopefully next year)

Kind Regards, Matthew Bontoft

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Bob,
Just a quick thanks for a very enjoyable and well organised event. It was my first but certainly not my last.

Regards, Geoff

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Hi Bob,
Thanks to you for a great event once again – please also pass on my thanks to all your volunteers & supporters.
Must admit, I was disappointed to hear the news that there might not be a Rumble in 2012 but fully understand your reasons for taking a break.
Just for the record, I would definitely be keen to sign up for the ride whatever time of year if logistics allow.

Regards, Ian Atkinson, York

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Cheers Bob for a greatly organised and challenging route. Certainly harder that the Etape Dales and having just come back from a week in the Alps, I would have certainly take a 2 hour climbs at 9% rather than yet another 25%, nose to the front wheel climb! – Back and neck was in bits! – But made up them all..with Rosedale being a pussy cat after that Glaisdale!! Everyone on the feedstops where really helpful and gave loads of support which got us through, plus the cheese in the rolls was excellent. Good day all round…just very glad it didn’t rain!

Thanks again, Alex

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Hi Bob
I did my first Rumble this year and wanted to say how brilliantly you and your colleagues ran and organised the whole thing. The food was amazingly better than a lot of events I have attended, the signage was great and the whole day was just impressively well organised.

Thank you, Sheelagh

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Hi Bob,
A short but no less sincere thanks to you and all your team for another superbly run Rumble. Thank God the rain held off but the wind on Blakey Ridge played havoc with my plan to make up for the lost time on the climbs. Ideas of a fast sweep down to Hutton le Hole were thwarted and I was forced to push hard on the last leg, with a little help from a lady triathlete from NYP Tri who set a great pace for a few miles before she pulled away on the climb out of Hovingham.
 
Help for Heroes is a great charity, making a real difference to many young men and women, as well as their families. Well done!

Best wishes
, Desmond Bergin

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Hi Bob
Just a quick thank you to you and the team for a wonderful day on Sunday. The ‘Rumble’ was my first sportive and it was a thoroughly enjoyable (and exhausting) experience. It appears from speaking to people on the day I had chosen a very challenging event but an extremely well organised one.

Although not having anything to compare it to everything, in my opinion, was first class. Knowing the local area well, I thought the route was very well thought out and signed. The feed stations were well stocked and all the volunteers were friendly and helpful.

I still cannot believe some people can complete the course in a little over 6 hours!! So my 8h 37m gives me plenty of scope for improvement in future editions!

Now to order some new cleats.

Thanks again.

Best regards, Scott.

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Dear Bob,
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at your fantastic event. Big thanks to all concerned for first class facilities and organisation and a great tee shirt. My favourite colour, ex-squaddie green.

Best wishes,

 Don Smith. 
(Rumble 1, no.301)

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Hi Bob,
Just a quick email to thank you and all your friendly wonderful helpers on the Rumble, it was my first sportive and although I didn’t finish I still enjoyed myself to a point. I didn’t think the signs were good in the morning when my wife and I got up and she said I didn’t look well, I didn’t feel well, but was looking forward to the day. I knew as soon as we started that I wasn’t right, as the little climbs before Boltby that I wouldn’t normally think twice about, I found myself struggling and nearly stopped at the first feed station, but wanted to carry on. By the second feed station where my wife was waiting for me, and was getting worried because riders she had seen go after me had arrived before me, she persuaded me to stop. I now have three new nemeses, Rumble 2, Boltby bank, and Blakey Bank, so whether you do the rumble in 2012 or 2013 see you there. Although I will be changing the places where I ride to compensate more across the moors than the edges.

I have a few things Like the number, map, and those little tokens and was wondering if you would like them returned to yourself, just confirm the address and I will get them posted back, thought about keeping number 35 but I think It has bad memories for me now. Although for some strange reason the jelly babies has disappeared…

p.s Thought the picture of me walking up Blakey didn’t get my good side, I’m I really that FAT.

Regards, Danny Best

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Hi Bob,
Just a quick line to thank you for a superb well organised day. It was the first sought of cycling event I have entered, I got roped in by my brother ! But the whole event was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve has for a few years, from the ease of registering, the well sign posted route and the well stocked refreshment stations. So to you and all the people who gave up their time to make this a fantastic event, a big thank you.

James Coldbeck (No. 080) Looking forward to next years if on, fully understand if not. At least it will give me 2 years to train hard enough to beat this years time.

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