I Backed it
My passion for sports and technology got the better of me the other day… I backed a kickstarter project RFLKT+ and now I’m waiting for things to happen.
On the face of it, today, it doesn’t look so good so unless the kickstarter pledge rate accelerates the project may be ditched.
For those of you who don’t know what kickstarter is; its a crowd-funding mechanism that allows entrepreneurs and innovators and artists to find “micro-backers” willing to put up hard cash to fund the development of their “thing”. In this way they can get funding when in any other sense they would not, e.g. artists or companies can test the market and reduce the risk of the development by gauging if real people are willing to buy.
So what is the RFLKT+ that I pledged to buy? It’s a ANT+ bridge and display that when coupled with an iPhone and an App and some sensors will fully instrument a bicycle and it’s rider.
- Heart Rate
- Distance Travelled
- Calories Burned
- Elevation Gained
- Rate of Climb
Am I just a geek? Probably but its fun.
The latest in the series of the OpenAdventure Haglofs Open5 adventure races was to be centered on Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales.
Muddier than a muddy thing
I’d missed the 2nd in this year’s Haglofs Open5 series, the drive down to the South Downs I considered a bit far. My TomTom satnav suggested a journey of about 6 hours. I didn’t fancy that before the event let alone after it!
The North York Moors event was another thing entirely, and with Christmas and New Year excesses just a few days in the past it seemed like a great way to blow the cobwebs away and start the New Year with a bang.
Open5 – Opening Round
I’ve been planning to compete in as many of this year’s Haglofs Open5 events as possible or practical. The first of the events was last weekend, 4th November, and was held in the Pentland Hills just south of Edinburgh.
I’d never visited the Pentlands, hardly knew they existed beyond the inevitable drive-by sighting of the Dry Ski Slope from the Edinburgh By-Pass at 70mph. Early research with the OS map didn’t reveal much more than a small group of gently rolling hills with obvious tourist centers scattered around its edges. So with a hotel booked for the Saturday night in Penicuik, another drive-by-knowledge-only name, I planned to get there early and do some “recce”.
This is November and by the time I get there, the drive from Newcastle to Edinburgh is always much longer that anyone ever expects, it was already getting dark. Rather than finding the hotel I drove to the venue a few miles further on, parked the car and went for a walk. I wasn’t really looking for any of the control points but I wasn’t surprised to find one at the top of the nearest and most obvious hill from the car-park. The climb up to this vantage point was pretty muddy and steep – food for thought for tomorrow. The views in the orange and golden glow of the sunset – both north over towards Edinburgh Castle and to the south over the Pentlands themselves – were quite stunning. Everything augured well for a cold fine start to tomorrow.
The hotel is back the way I came and it’s a chance to time the return drive for tomorrow morning. The hotel itself is busy with a wedding party of some sort but everyone’s friendly and the food turns out to be pretty good. According to the manager there’s someone else staying who’s competing too.
Up early for breakfast, porridge, what else? this is Scotland.