05/07/18 – It looks like we’re forecast some quite hot weather for the weekend so it’s important you think about keeping hydrated whilst on the ride. Our sports nutrition partner, High 5, have put together some useful information about avoiding dehydration which you can read at https://highfive.co.uk/hydration/
05/07/18 – Online entry has now closed, entry on the day is still available for those that haven’t entered in advance. Please note on the day entry maybe cash only as the poor mobile reception means our credit card terminals are unreliable.
04/07/18 – Just a reminder that online pre entry closes at midnight tonight (4th July)
We’re heading back to the National Trust Wimpole Estate in Royston for our RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive on Sunday 8th July for what has become one of our most popular summer sportives. It’s a lovely rolling course that heads south into Essex and takes in some of the same roads that the Tour de France passed down when it visited the UK in 2015.
For 2018 we have a slightly different finish to the routes with the short, medium and long returning to the Wimpole Estate by the Arrington Gate whilst the fun route riders return via the main driveway.
More details and entry links can be found at – RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – The Wimpole Estate is located 8 miles south-west of Cambridge taking the A603 or 6 miles north of Royston via the A1198. The post code for your sat nav is SG8 0BW but if you’re heading from the south or west please be aware that the main entrance is off the A603 and not the A1198 where your sat nav may try to take you. The venue is well signposted as you approach so just follow the brown tourist signs.
When you arrive please follow directions from our marshals to the correct parking area.
Please note there is a £2 parking charge for non National Trust members, it’s free if you’re a National Trust member. You will need to pay on foot as you leave the car park.
By Train – The closest train stations are Shepreth which is approximately 5 miles away and Royston which is approximately 7 miles away. Both can be reached on the First Capital Connect Cambridge local service from London King’s Cross.
By Bike – Unfortunately there is no Sustrans route passing by the Wimpole Estate, access by bike is via the main entrance on the A603.
The event will be hosted from the grounds of the National Trust Wimpole Estate, when you arrive please follow the parking signs and directions from our marshalls. Parking is in the National Trust overflow car parks at the end of the driveway. The registration and start/finish area for our event will be on the grass area within the main site.
As well as hosting our event Wimpole has some great traffic free off road cycle trails within the grounds of the estate that you may be interested in exploring an another occasion.
After your ride we’ll be showing the Tour de France coverage on our big screen so you can relax and enjoy the surroundings of the estate and catch up on the tour latest.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 8:00am to 09:45am but long route riders must arrive, register and start the ride before 9:30am. Please follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived.
Please ensure you bring your helmet with you to registration, you will not be allowed to register without one so bringing it with you will save a trip back to your car or bike collect it.
First riders start at 8:30am, the last start for riders on the long route is 9:30am, the last start for riders on the shorter routes is 10:00am. There is no start time per rider, just head to the start and join the next group when you’re ready to leave.
The big screen will be live from around late morning until the days Tour de France coverage finishes.
The main event centre, National Trust site, refreshment kiosk and restaurant is planned to close at 5:00pm which gives you just over 8 hours to complete the ride if you start with the first groups.
TIME CUT OFFS
LONG ROUTE – For riders doing the long route there will be time cut off at 11:30 at the ride split point which is approximately 24 miles from the start. If you haven’t passed this point before the time cut off you will be diverted to finish on the medium route.
MEDIUM ROUTE – For riders doing the medium route there will be time cut off at 11:00 at the short and medium ride split point which is approximately 11.5 miles from the start. If you haven’t passed this point before the time cut off you will be diverted to finish on the short route.
ALL ROUTES – The event closes at 5pm, any riders not on schedule to finish before 5pm maybe diverted to a shortcut back or collected by our sweeper van.
FEED STOPS & EVENT CENTRE CATERING
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 –
The National Trust will be operating a refreshment kiosk next to registration which opens at 10am, they’ll be doing a selection of hot drinks and food throughout the day. There is also a small cafe and larger restaurant on site which serves a wider selection of food and drink should you want to refuel after your ride.
The refreshment kiosk, café and restaurant open from 10am.
RIDE IT CAMBRIDGE SPORTIVE ROUTE INFORMATION
Whilst the route isn’t flat it isn’t particuilarly hilly either and is mainly characterised by rolling countryside. All the routes head east and south from the start and into Essex before returning back to the finish and give you the chance to ride on some of the same roads that featured in the Tour de France as you head through Saffron Walden.
The approximate route stats and elevation profiles are –
RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Long Route – 93 miles/150km with 4,175 feet/1,272 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 24 miles (West Wratting), 49 miles (West Wratting) and 75 miles (Chrishall)
RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Medium Route – 67 miles/108km with 2,885 feet/879 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at at approximately 24 miles (West Wratting) and 49 miles (Chrishall)
RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Short Route – 40 miles/65km with 1,585 feet/483 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at at approximately 22 miles (Chrishall)
RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Fun Route – 17 miles/27km with 312 feet/95 metres elevation gain and no drink stations
After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time before returning to your car. If you don’t head through the timing point you won’t register a finish time and will show as a DNF when we publish the rider times.
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A RACE
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.
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS
The ride takes place on public roads and we don’t have exclusive use of these for the event. Please be look out for other trail users particularly horse riders who frequently use the bridleways in this area. Make them aware of your presence and pass wide and slow should you encounter any. The leaflet below from the BHS gives lots of useful advice for both cyclists and horse riders and we would recommend all riders have a read through before the ride. Click on the image to download a pdf version of the leaflet.
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 you are personally responsible for any injury to yourself or others and for any damage to yours of 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/
WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather but are hoping for some dry and sunny conditions for the ride but this is July in England so best to be prepared for anything!
Whilst most roads in Britain suffer from some potholes at some points the roads are in this area are in reasonable condition but as 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 Saturday so will update if we find any specific areas of caution.
MAPS & GPX FILES
All riders will be given a hard 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 and the location of the ride splits and feed stations.
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail by 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can check your entry and send you a copy.
RIDER TIMES & PHOTOGRAPHS
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
We have on course photos available to purchase from Neil Taylor Media, you find his image a gallery online shortly after the ride at – RIDE IT Cambridge Sportive Photos
If you have any queries or questions relating to the ride that aren’t covered then please email email@example.com or get in contact with us via the facebook event page.
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT Cambridge Facebook event page.
For any urgent enquiries you can also contact the event manger via firstname.lastname@example.org