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Buzz of Getting Visitors and a Random Website Idea

I competed in Prudential Surrey 100 Mile Sportive in August 2013. It was a great day out riding on closed roads in London and Surrey. Once I got home I was keen to see how I did, and since sportives do not provide results by time (After all, it's not a race), I got to work to put a list together.

I had just started learning about Python and so hacked together a script to go through 100s of pages of results. I uploaded the fastest 1000 or so riders to my site as an ordered list.

After a few hours, the traffic started increasing on the site (I in fact brought down my site twice). I even started getting requests on forums and twitter on whether I can publish the rest of the results.

Anyway, another hour or so, and all the results were online, and I watched as the link spread around various forums and started turning up on search results. I was even the top hit for some search terms for the ride, which was awesome. This did not last long though as: - my hosting started to struggle with the load and shut down my site (no thanks to a bug in the Kudos plugin) - other sites started catching up and uploading cleaned up versions of the results.

Anyway, In those couple of days, I got a real high from all the visitors. Pathetic, but hey, each to their own. It felt great. I put a couple of hours of efforts in, learnt something, and benefited others in the mean time.

It did give me an idea. Wouldn't it be cool to have a site where you could see all your sporting achievements in one place. Running, Cycling, Triathlons, all of them. I would love to have one page where I can see all of them. Content would primarily be generated by the site, but I can easily imagine users contributing to the site and helping fix the errors, etc. Anyway, ping me if you agree!

Posted on 4 Oct 2013, 10:10 p.m.

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