G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000-1ER : Unboxing

G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000-1ER : Unboxing :

G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000-1ER
G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000-1ER

Introduction :

In 2018 the hugely popular Casio G-SHOCK got a facelift, in fact it was much more of a facelift, more like a massive upgrade.

Now that upgrade should take nothing away from the functionality, usability and relevance of the (still available) previous generation of the Rangeman. The huge difference between the two is that the 2018 Rangeman is now a full on GPS System for your wrist.

GW-9400-1BER

With the latest offerings from Casio now entering the Smart and Fitness worlds is the Rangeman still a good option?

I feel, yes. For two reasons. Firstly this isn’t a ‘Smart’ or ‘Fitness’ watch. It’s a watch with a navigation device built in. The Rangeman doesn’t measure heart rate, pace, run stats etc so isn’t in competition with a fitness monitor and it isn’t a smart watch. It doesn’t get your text messages or tell you you have an email. It could be one of two things then – a hiking / exploration watch or a survival / adventure tool.

If you are a G-Shock fan you will know all about the Master of G Series, of which this watch one. If not it is the G-Shock Premium range, made in Japan, considered to be well manufactured and as such commands a premium price tag. The RRP of this watch is £799 – although offers do frequently appear so if you are in the market keep your eyes peeled.

Sizing :

If you are considering a Rangeman the first thing you should know is that this thing is a beast. The watch is huge, and if your wrists are in any way below average size the watch will probably look comical, even on an average wrist the watch is noticeably large. It also feels quite heavy to me. It certainly isn’t uncomfortable, in fact Casio have done an outstanding job to make something so big, so comfortable. I strongly suggest you try one on to see if you could live with the size, if you can then you are in for a treat of a watch.

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G-Shock ‘CasiOak’ GA-2100-1A1ER : Unboxing

G-Shock ‘CasiOak’ GA-2100-1A1ER : Unboxing :

G-Shock GA-2100-1A1ER
G-Shock GA-2100-1A1ER

I have previously posted a review with detailed specs and technical data on a different colourway of the CasiOak GA-2100. You should have a read at it for more information as the only differences between it and this GA-2100-1A1-ER are the colours.

Read the TBNI G-Shock ‘CasiOak’ GA-2110SU-9AER : Unboxing and Review here.

But oh, the colours! This ‘Blackout’ GA-2100-1A1ER came with such unexpected hype that it was sold out globally for months. At the time of writing it is still sold out on the UK Official G-Shock Site.

This is not a limited edition watch but demand has been so intense that eBay scalpers have been selling the watch at many times the RRP (£99.90). That is thankfully starting to calm down now. My advice is simply ‘wait out,’ this watch will be restocked. Or do what I did and purchase from a European retailer. Zalando were selling this at slightly below UK RRP – but at the time of writing are also out of stock.

I touch on it in the linked review but just as a reminder, this is the watch that ‘CasiOak’ seems to pay homage to. This AP Royal Oak however will set you back £30,000!

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2020 Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic Results

2020 Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic Results :

To the joy of road racing fans the world over we have actually had some racing in 2020! From 14th – 16th August Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough held the Barry Sheene Classic. A day of practice and qualifying followed by two days of flat out non stop racing.

The Oliver’s Mount events are ones that I do not normally cover, mainly because I have no chance of getting any where them but this year I did follow them quite intently on Twitter and on the live timings site and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the coverage, tweeting and online content that I could find.

UKClubSport have done an excellent job in putting the results together for every qualifying session and race. You will find every result from the 2020 Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic here :

2020 Oliver's Mount Barry Sheene Classic Results : LEE Johnston
2020 Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic Results : LEE Johnston

It brings me great pleasure to say that Northern Ireland’s own Lee Johnston shone to make it a perfect four out of four in the Supersport category.

Dean Harrison also brought his A-game and made it a superb five from five in the Classic Superbike races.

What a packed weekend that event was with a huge 31 races ran over the two race days. That really makes me want to make the trip over.

Oliver’s Mount next event is scheduled to be the Gold Cup due to run on the weekend of the 11th – 13th September 2020. Unfortunately that clashes directly with the planned dates for the rescheduled 2020 Cookstown 100.


Oliver’s Mount :

The Oliver’s Mount Racing Official Site is available here : https://www.oliversmount.com

The Official Oliver’s Mount Twitter Account is Here : https://twitter.com/MountOlivers

The Official Oliver’s Mount Facebook Page is Here : https://www.facebook.com/oliversmountraces/


TBNI.Blog Road Racing Calendar :

The TBNI Road Racing Calendar can be found and subscribed to (for free) here : https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

You will also find new information as soon as it is available through the TBNI Facebook Page and TBNI Twitter Feed


Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators

Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators

Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators
Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators

To let all Spectators know in advance, below is a list of instructions from government departments which must be adhered to, so you the Spectators can attend.

Further information also is that all Spectators must be in their areas for 11 am on Friday at the latest.

On Saturday everyone must be in their areas for 930am at the latest.

All Spectators must enter the course via main Orritor Road from Cookstown, or the Drummearn ROAD (From lough fea Road) as all official car parks are on these two main routes.

Security will be at all other entrances and surrounding areas.

Please understand that these measures are not ideal for anyone, but we must work together to ensure we get this event to take place and we see some road racing in 2020.

Official Press Release: https://www.cookstown100.org/index.php/news/468-important-news-for-kdm-hire-cookstown-100-spectators


Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators
Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators
Important News for 2020 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Spectators

Keep up with all the latest News on the Official Cookstown 100 Facebook Group, the Official Cookstown 100 Twitter Feed and the Official Cookstown 100 website.  

As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.

The TBNI Road Racing Calendar will be updated as soon as new information comes to light so make sure you are subscribed to that : https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

You will also find new information as soon as it is available through the TBNI Facebook Page and TBNI Twitter Feed. So Follow those also.


MacOS 11 Big Sur Compatibility (+ iPadOS, iOS 14 and WatchOS)

MacOS 11 Big Sur Compatibility (+ iPadOS, iOS 14 and WatchOS) :

MacOS 11 (Big Sur), iPadOS and iOS 14 Compatibility
MacOS 11 (Big Sur), iPadOS and iOS 14 Compatibility

It is only about a month until the release of MacOS 11 (Big Sur), iPadOS and iOS 14. With each update will come a host of new features and additions to trick out your Mac or iDevice. The question is will your current device get the update or is it time to consider an upgrade?

Well, here are the answers:

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Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020

Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020 :

Oliver's Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020
Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020

Although not part of the Irish / Northern Irish / IOM Calendar, and therefore not usually or easily covered by TBNI.Blog, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough has some great road racing events of its own.

And the good news is one of these events is this weekend! Yep that’s right, there is some real life actual road racing this weekend!


Important Information :

Oliver's Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020
Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Classic 2020

THE BARRY SHEENE CLASSIC IS NOW A 3-DAY EVENT IN AUGUST!

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2020 Cookstown 100 Press Release : 4th August 2020

2020 Cookstown 100 is scheduled for 11-12 September 2020

2020 Cookstown 100 : Press Release

Working towards the race

The Cookstown & District Motor Cycle Club have confirmed, that, the postponed race meeting, will now take place on Friday and Saturday 11th/12th September.

Following the recent COVID 19 updates, the club is now in the position to put the final touches to their plans for what will be the Only road race to take place in 2020.

For the event to take place, the Club has taken a sensible and responsible approach, working with Sport NI and other various bodies, which will result in some significant changes.

Spectator numbers will be restricted to 1000 on Friday and 1600 on Saturday, and will only be allowed in designated areas.

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 will be a “Closed Event”, a successful online Booking system has been in operation, which has enabled the organizers to follow the strict guidelines put in place by Department for Communities & NI Sports Forum.

A race programme which will include a unique wristband will be posted out to everyone who has used the Booking system

Only those with a Wristband will gain access

There will be 10 designated spectator areas located around the 1.7 mile circuit. These areas will allow a maximum number of spectators in each so that any regulations in respect to mass gatherings in one area can be maintained and managed.

Read more2020 Cookstown 100 Press Release : 4th August 2020