RIDE IT Berkshire Downs

Hi All
I have just tweaked the routes and updated the GPS files, only a little change but now all correct.

Hopefully you’ll have a fantastic day like we did today putting out the course!

Little heads up – you can only enter the Race Course over the bridge via the B4321. You CAN NOT enter via Racecourse road from the West as there are barriers in place.

See you tomorrow.
Dean and the Team.

Welcome to the first RIDE IT Berkshire Downs!

We have some great routes out there on Sunday with some challenging climbs. The Medium and Long both take on Combe Gibbet which is featured in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book and has great views from the top. The Long loop takes in two climbs up on to the Ridgeway, the second of which is Blowingstone Hill which is named after the Blowing stone at the bottom.


We are running the event from Newbury Race Course which is a pretty big complex and has a new bridge access so have a look at their website for info HERE

The abridged version is to access the site over the bridge and follow the Evans signs to Car Park 4. Registration is in the Entance Building next to the car park.

The Racecourse


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If you are coming by Train Newbury Race Course has it’s own station that pops you out virtually opposite the event centre


Registration is Open from 8am until 9.45am


Short and Medium 8.30am until 10am

Long 8.30am until 9.30am

Event finish time

The event centre will be closed and locked at 5pm. The car park will be open after this time so if you are late back you will be able to get to your car.

Toilets and refreshments are situated in the next building which is about 50mtrs away. There will be a consession open selling hot and cold drinks and food, just follow the signs


On the course there are a number of feed stops (how many depends on your route distance) and all food and drink at the feed stops is included in your entry. The feed stops are sponsored by High 5 Sports Nutrition and will have High 5 Energy Drink and High 5 Energy Gels or High 5 Energy Bars as well as selection of regular food such as cake, flapjack, jelly beans, bananas, peanuts, crisps, etc.

For advice on nutrition for before, during and after your ride click on the guide below from High 5 –

RIDE IT High 5 Nutrition Guide


RIDE IT Cycling Events Course Marking

For the duration of the ride you will be following pink signs (black arrow on a pick background), this is the same for all route distances. Where the different route distances split you will see route split signs telling you which way to go then you will continue to follow the same pink arrows.

You should see signs at every junction with the possible exception of dead ends/cul-de-sacs where they aren’t used on the route. If you reach a junction with no signs please check your map to see if you’ve missed a turning


There are no rankings or prizes on offer, all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running popular and friendly events by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. The majority of the ride is on the public roads so please obey the Highway Code, stop at junctions where appropriate and obey any traffic lights. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. Although we have event insurance it does not insure you for your actions so if you do hit a car or pedestrian you will be responsible for any damages caused by your riding.


As we are riding in the countryside there is a chance you’ll come across horse riders. Whether you approach from the front or rear please slow right down and give a friendly shout of “Hello” This will let the horse know you are human and not a predator which will help not spooking it. Please then obey the instructions of the horse rider. A spooked, unpredictable horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and the horse.

The British Horse Society have produced Guidelines on how to pass horses, a copy of which you can view HERE


No one likes to think about things going wrong but accidents can happen and we think it’s important that riders understand their own responsibilities. All our events have public liability insurance in place that covers Evans Cycles and the actions of it’s staff, it doesn’t cover you for your own actions or for actions of other third parties. In simple terms that means if you cause an accident that is found to be your fault or is the fault of another third party then our event insurance doesn’t cover you for any injury to yourself or others or for any damage to yours or other peoples property. Sorry if that all sounds a bit heavy, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable ride so please ride sensibly, control your speed and don’t take unnecessary risks.

We recommend all riders have their own insurance arrangements in place to cover such accidents. If you ride regularly and are concerned about your own insurance cover you’ll find British Cycling or CTC membership can offer you some protection or we offer our own specialist cycle related insurance services – http://www.evanscyclesinsurance.com


We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather and hoping for some fine and dry riding conditions. However, in this area the weather can be quite changeable as you cross from valley to valley so worth checking the forecast before you leave and we suggest carrying some arm warmers and rain jacket/gilet even if it looks warm and dry.

Like most areas of the UK there’s always the risk of potholes, poor surfacing or gravel especially on some of the smaller lanes and cycle ways so always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards to riders behind you.

We’ll be doing our final course inspection on the Saturday before the ride so we will update if we find any other specific areas of caution.

Right, onto the ride stats.

Short route


Elevation 1900ft/574mtrs

Drink station at 16.5miles / 26.5km

Medium Route


Elevation 3900ft / 1120mtrs

Drink Stations at 33 and 43 miles / 52 and 69km

Long route


Elevation 5700ft / 1740mtrs

Drink Stations 33, 43 and 71miles / 52, 69 and 113km

Long route cut off is at 45miles/72km into the route and will be closed at 12.45pm


All riders will be given a printed copy of the route map at registration. Please keep this with you, even if you’re using a GPS, as it has useful information such as emergency contact numbers, the location of the ride splits and the feed stations.

Provisional GPS Files can be found HERE

Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Friday with links to the final GPS files. Whilst you’re welcome to download and view the provisional files we suggest you download the final version the day before the event just in case we have to make any last minute route diversions.

If you do not receive your pre event email please remember it will have been sent to the email address you used when booking the ride and do check it hasn’t been trapped in your junk emails folder. If you still don’t have it then email me on mark.gregory@evanscycles.com so I can check your entry and send you a copy.


Your rider times will be published on our website 24-48 hours after the ride, once available you’ll find them via the Rider Times link at www.evanscycles.com/ride-it

Finish line photographs will be published on our Facebook page after the ride, you’ll find them at www.facebook.com/rideitcyclingevents. You can tag, share or download the photo’s directly from the Facebook gallery


If you have any queries or questions relating to the ride that aren’t covered then please email rideit@evanscycles.com or get in contact with us via the facebook event page.

For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via dean.stacey@evanscycles.com


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