A brief report passed on by an ACE 250 rider who checked out the ACE 250 course early January 2011, in preparation for riding the actual event.
"I loved the ACE 250 circuit and really looking forward to Sunday week. Two friends and I rode the course last week setting out from Bright at 5am with mostly cloud coverage all day. The road surface heading up Back-o-Falls was fine although a few loose pebble spots were hard to see mainly due to the gravel being white in colour. We rode up into thunder and a rain storm by the snow gate. Ian got our only flat tyre of the day and fished out a tiny pebble. We then rode into a rolling mist with poor visibility so on came the lights again and we really didn't see much until the dam above Falls. We were cold because we were wet so the best strategy for us was to get off the mountain into the warmth. This time I hope to see the Plains on top!"
Helps to re-enforce that it is a good idea for all riders in the Alps to have lights, as mist, fog, low cloud, heavy rain and the like can be encountered around the course during a summers day (weather conditions can change rapidly in the Alps) and being invisible is not a good idea.