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Sportive Rider Times

Hi All

What a weekend!! 1120 riders over the two days, about 500 burgers cooked and some glourious sunshine!

Rider Times – Regular riders will have noticed the new timing system we had at the weekend. This will make things a lot easier in the future ( and save my washing machine the task of cleaning 500 sweaty/muddy ankle straps after events ) but at the weekend it was all new and fresh for the team, some of whom had only seen it for the first time an hour before your MTBers arrived on Saturday morning!  We had a bit of a blip with it on Sunday morning and spoke to the manufacturers, who didn’t know what it was. Mark has driven to Milton Keynes this morning to get it sorted ( All times should be backed up and during the blip we were double backing up) but this means that he will be a bit late back and setting to work on the times. We hope to get them up later tonight/tomorrow. In future we will have a key pad that you can enter your number and get your time printer out imediately, just let us get used to the basics first!

 

Thanks

Dean

 

 

 

REMINDER – CLOCKS.

Sportive riders – clocks go forward on Sunday so 8.30am will be 9.30am etc. Last start WILL BE 10.30am after the clock change ( 9.30am pre change), don’t be late as we can’t hold off stripping the course.

Ta

 

Right, long day ahead buying food and sorting out the final bits for the weekend…..

PARKING

As we have mentioned, once or twice, the Sportive is sold out and there are quite a lot of you Mountain Bikers booked on too, so parking is going to be tight. Please follow the directions of the marshals and park CLOSE to the car next to you. If we do manage to fill the site, then you will be directed to some nearby on-raod car parking a couple of hundred meters away.

BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION

Wearing a helmet on our rides is compulsory. But now there is another reason to bring your helmet – our new timing system! We will be placing a small timing chip to your helmet at registration so please make sure you bring it along with you. This will be the first time we use the system so please bear with us as we get to grips with it!

QUEUES

With so many riders entering the event we will be at full stretch to process you through registration. This is especially bad on the Sportive on Sunday where riders tend to turn up early en masse and then all dive for registration when it opens at 8am. If 400 of you are there at 8am it doesn’t matter how many staff we have, you are going to queue!! Please be patient, we are working as fast as we can ( roughly one every 16 seconds!)

FINDING YOUR NAME

The registration list will be in alphabetical order of the SURMANE of the rider who BOOKED the ride. If you supplied multiple names  then I have chosen the most obvious. If you didn’t supply a name, I took it from you email address. If this wasn’t possible I have put your email address. ( roll on a new booking system!!) If you booked multiple names then the booking rider will be above blank spaces, please fill in the missing names here,

NOT A RACE

These rides are not races. Please follow the highway/countryside code. Give way to other road/trail users and be polite. Roadies, do not ride two abreast where it is not safe to do so and keep your speed down and bike under control into blind corners. MTB riders, there are a lot of HORSE RIDERS in the area. Please slow down and STOP when you meet a horse, follow the instructions of the rider. Remember, you have complete (ish) control of your bike, they won’t have control of a spooked tonne of  horse which can injure you/them/the horse. Think of it this way, you pass the horse once, they get passed 400 times. YOU are responsible for your actions and their concequences, if you cause and accident then you are liable for the costs.

GPX files. Have been sent to all entrants who supplied an email address, if you have not received this, please check you junk filter. There will be a computer at the event that will have the routes on it to down load – we have a lead but bring your own if it’s anything odd.

See you all there for a great weekend.

Ta

Dean

 

Hi All.

Been out on the bike today in the lovelly sunshine :-) Now frantically working on the GPX files which will be posted up and out to all those pre-entered and those on the day MTB riders can download from a computer on the day.

I’ll post up either later today or early tomorrow with all the last minute details about parking and our new timing system so make sure you pop back before Frideay night!!!

 

Ta

Dean

 

 

 

Update 20/3

The SPORTIVE is now full. We are/have removed the product from sale and will not be accepting any on the day entries, so if you do not have an entry as yet, sorry but please do not come along to the event as it will cause chaos with parking.

The MTB is still open at the moment, but will be closed if we get too many entries so book soon.

 

Ta

Dean

 

 

 

Update 19/3

On the Day entries for the SPORTIVE on SUNDAY  will now NOT be available. There are a few pre-entry places left, but be quick as these will sell out.  Please do not come along on the day hoping to get an entry, we simply do not have the parking to cope with any extra numbers and this will cause chaos in the village.

 

The MTB is fine for both pre and on the day bookings at the moment.

 

Ta

Dean

 

 

 

Hi All.

With just a week to go it looks like we are going to have a full house on the Sportive, There are about 50 places left and then we will be closing down pre-booking and not accepting on the day entries. So my advice is to book SOON!!!

 

The MTB is still fine at the moment, but we might have to close entries if it takes off before the weekend, so book now.

 

Ta

Dean

 

Comments

Nigel 19/03/2012

Is there a downloadable map for Garmin for the Sunday sportive ride(s)? thanks Nigel

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Dean Stacey 19/03/2012

Hi Nigel.

These are sent to al the pre-registered riders via e-mail on Thursday when we have checked the course. There are no on the date entries available for this event now, but there will be a stand alone computer with the files on it to down load on the day if need be

Ta
Dean

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Nigel 19/03/2012

Excellent – will keep an eye out for it. A definite must for any sportive these days :-)

Looking forward to another ride around the Surrey (and the hills).
Cheers
Nigel

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Dean Stacey 19/03/2012

Not so many Hills on this event. It’s not flat but there’s nothing too daunting…

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Panicos 21/03/2012

I am planning to come for the off road ride on Saturday with a voucher from Evans.  Are there still places for this event?  

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Dean Stacey 21/03/2012

Hi Panicos
The MTB is fine at the moment so come along.

Ta
Dean

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James Morgan 22/03/2012

Hello, this is my first Ride it and want to know which is the nearest train station to get to on Sunday – would it be Woking?
Thanks,
James. 

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stacey 22/03/2012

can one still enter if coming by train, not car? it sounds like the issue is the lack of capacity for parking, not the number of cyclists.  

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Dean Stacey 22/03/2012

James

Yes, Woking is the nearest to us and try and find signs to Chobham. I’m assuming you are pre-entered as there are no on the day entries.

Ta
Dean

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Dean Stacey 22/03/2012

Stacey.

I’m afraid not. If we allow riders who came by train or ride in to enter we then have to try and police this. What’s to stop someone parking around the corner and then riding in saying that they got the train?  It all just gets too messy and diverts staff away from signing in those riders who have pre-entered.

This ride has sold out for the last 3 years now, so make sure you sign up early for next year.

Thanks
Dean

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Jim 23/03/2012

Hi Dean,

Booked the Woking sportive on 27th Feb so pre-registered but have not received gpx via e-mail as mentioned above, were they mailed?

cheers
Jim 

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paul wright 23/03/2012

hi so do we sart at 08.30 am or 09.30am on sunday

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Dean Stacey 24/03/2012

Paul

Starts are from 8.30am. If you forget to put your watch forward you’ll be late as it will show 9.30am

Ta

Dean

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Dean Stacey 24/03/2012

Jim.

Mail sent

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Jonathan 24/03/2012

I am looking forward to this. I am thinking of doing the long route but know I will be amongst the slowest. What is the cut of time and where/how does this work please? Thanks Jonathan

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Simon 24/03/2012

Great MTB event today – many thanks for great organisation. (weather helped as well :-)) Desperate to get the Garmin route (for medium) but cannot find it anywhere.  Tried Trailzilla bu tnothing there…any ideas?
Simon

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Adi 24/03/2012

A query – will there be a cloak room / locker facility available at the start-finish venue to leave a bag?

Thanks! 

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pclifford 24/03/2012

Thanks for another great day out riding the MTB trail in the sun.
Special thanks to Tony the mechanic who gave me some tips on temporary fixes to air locks on brake systems.

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James Morgan 25/03/2012

Dear all at Evans, back home after completing my first Ride it, the Woking medium 60 miler, 4 weeks after my fractured fibula was out of plaster. A bit of a struggle, but beautifully organised and tasty cheeseburgers.
 Many thanks,
James Morgan. 

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LukeM26 26/03/2012

Excellent event as always.
The route this year was a lot nicer than last year.
Thanks for a great ride

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anon 26/03/2012

so where are the rider times for the race?

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Dean Stacey 26/03/2012

Jonathan.
Sorry, didn’t pick this up until this morning, hope you got around the long route!!

Simon, think I spoke to you at the event on Sunday, if not send me a mail. dean.stacey@evanscycles.com

Adi.
Again, didn’t get this but you could have left bags with us.

Luke, James , PCliffird – thanks, glad you enjoyed the ride.

Dean

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Dean Stacey 26/03/2012

Anon.

Firstly – THIS IS NOT A RACE!!!

Secondly – The times will be posted up as soon as we can. The timing system we used was completely new to us, we picked it up on Tuesday when we also learn’t how it all works. This is doubly compounded by the  fact that it had abit of a fit in the morning that even the system manufacturers didn’t understand. This has meant one of my guys travelly up to Milton Keynes this morning with the system to see what the problem was. We will hopefully get them up later tonight/tomorrow morning.

Ta
Dean 

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Adi 26/03/2012

Thanks Dean, left it with one of your staff in the room behind registration counter.

Was a great ride, beautiful weather and great cake and that last feed station!

Another favour to ask – Could you share contact details of Tony, from Evans Team, who was servicing bikes at the feed station on Long Ride split? I owe him a whisk and a big thanks! :) 

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Dean Stacey 26/03/2012

Hi Adi.

It was you!! I wanted a picture of that fix!  Apparently it looked like a rocket coming out the back of your saddle :-)

If you mail me dean.stacey@evanscycles.com I’ll pass on your mail to Tony so he can reply to you.

Cheers
Dean

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Nosmo King 27/03/2012

My GoPro vid of the long MTB ride:
http://youtu.be/fXHRRwtgSQY

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Dean Stacey 27/03/2012

Hi Nosmo

Thanks very much, I remember those trails from back in the day when I desgined the course all those years ago :-(

Ta
Dean

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Danny 27/03/2012

where can i see the pictures? from this event?

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Dean Stacey 27/03/2012

Hi Danny

As far as I’m aware there was no one out there taking photos, unless you know any different?

Ta
Dean

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    Bart 27/03/2012

    There was someone on the Sportive taking photographs, both en route and back at the finish. I have no idea who he was, but he seemed to be part of the event?

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    Danny 27/03/2012

    I quite sure there was because i smiled on both those photographers! lol!! 
     

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Bart 27/03/2012

Dean and team, a great event again, very well signed and organized. Two things I would like to suggest to include on the map handouts are the total climbing for each route and the distance to each feed station from the start – the latter in particular would be very useful to organize oneself with regard to snacks/drink.

Keep the good work up and till next ride!

Bart 

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Dean Stacey 27/03/2012

Hi Bart.

Well know one told us they were taking pics, so that’s a surprise to me!

It’d be lovely to get all this info on the maps but there really isn’t room. I can have a think about how to comunicate this though.

Ta

Dean

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    Simon Thomson 29/03/2012

    Hi Dean,
    I came to the Woking Ride It Sportive to support my wife and son who both rode the 60 mile route. I took my camera as I’m a hobby photographer, I thought that there would be a professional photographer in attendance. I took, as it happens, over 700 photographs, some just after the start, some at the half way point, which was within 100 metres of where we had parked our caravan, and some more at the end. http://www.mycaravanning.info/a_gallery.php and click on the Woking 2012 link.
    I will email you to see if I can offer my services at future events.
    Simon T

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Danny 27/03/2012

It was a fantastic route, a fantastic weather and nice food from the feed station but i have to disagree with Bart about the signage. those signage could have been be a lot bigger and closer in between the next one. it looks like half of A4 paper and i think its a bit too small especially when they wrap it around a post or a tree then it looks much smaller. I missed a couple of signs and got lost 3 times during this event and its not jut me but several riders too.
I have the same experience with my first Evans sportive last year so i was a bit skeptical to do it again but i still gave it a try and the same thing happened again. dont get me wrong, I like Evans ride it events because you have fantastic routes and you are cheaper than other know organizers but the signage is just a big turn off for me. I just wish they can make it a bit bigger so its easier to see.

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Jon 27/03/2012

There was a sportive that starting in dorking with photographers. Maybe the two routes intersected?

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Jonathan 27/03/2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this and though I was one of the slowest riders, I think I was the only person who did the whole event standing up! 

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Julia Thomson 28/03/2012

My husband was taking photos at the Sportive, he took several hundred as he watched for myself and our son to come past. He will put a comment with a link on here shortly.

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Simon Thomson 28/03/2012

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographs from the Woking Ride It Sportive are freely available from http://www.mycaravanning.info/viewgallery.php?gallery=Woking%202012
Remembocer I was following my wife and Son, so I didnt get everyone. Also I was playing with focus etc so some images are not as either you or I would like them to be!

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    Danny 29/03/2012

    Fanstastic!!! Thank you Simon!! I was lucky to be in your photos. saw my pictures and they are awesome.

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Dave B 30/03/2012

I would just like to thank all at Evans for a very well organised and enjoyable event. I took part in the medium distance and found the signage to be easy to see and understand throughout the event. One point though – is there any way of getting the riders times in Excel format ? I know it’s not a race but it does make it easier to compare times ? Thanks and I am eagerly anticipating more RideIT events later in the year!

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Dean Stacey 30/03/2012

Hi Dave B

Thanks very much.

We decided to publish the times as a PDF so further play down any feeling of a race. You mention that you want to compare times and this is what we are trying to avoid, hence the no sortable format. My favourite analogy about these rides is if Lance Armstrong came along and rode with some mates, stopped for a beer or two, signed some autographs and finished in 8 hours doing the short, does that make you quicker than Lance because you came in at 7 hours whilst pedalling your heart out? Guess what I’m saying is that any positions people find themselves in are really false as most of the field are not really trying their hardest. I’m not picking on you specifically, just explaining the reasoning :-)

Ta
Dean

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