We’re heading to Didmarton for our RIDE IT Cotswolds MTB Ride on Saturday 29th June. It’s now been more than a decade of visiting the area with a combination of off road mountain bike rides and road sportives and is always a popular event.
Anyone familiar with the area will know it can be undulating and we’re not shying away from its natural gradients. The MTB ride features long sections amongst the valleys provide some absolutely stunning views which are nicely complemented by some exhilarating woodland single track. There will of course be a few ‘ups’ along the way but the quality of trails and natural landscape make it all worthwhile. The local village community will be providing catering with profits going to local community projects.
More details and entry links can be found at RIDE IT Cotswold MTB Ride
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT Cotswolds Facebook Event Page.
By Car – The event centre is in Didmarton Village Hall just off the A433 around 8 miles from junction 18 on the M4. Please look out for the Evans Cycles signs that will direct you from the main road.
By Train – The closest train station is Kemble although has limited services over the weekend that arrive in time for the rides. There is a larger station at Chippenham which is around 15 miles away.
By Bike – Didmarton isn’t on the Sustrans cycle network, please be careful if riding on the A433 as the road can be busy with fast moving traffic.
The address for the event Didmarton Village Hall, The Playing Field, The Street, Didmarton, GL9 1DT.
There is some parking at the village hall and our event staff will direct you when you arrive.
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 event centre 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
For riders doing the long route there will be time cut off at 3pm at the ride split point which is approximately 25 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.
The event centre is due to close at 5pm, riders who are behind schedule to complete before 5pm maybe diverted to a short cut back to the finish or collected by our sweeper van.
EVENT CENTRE CATERING
The local village community will be providing catering over the weekend at the event centre, there’s bacon baps on offer as well as cakes and hot drinks both before and after your ride. All the profits raised from the catering will be going towards local community projects.
THE RIDE IT COSTWOLDS MTB RIDES ROUTE INFORMATIOM
There are 3 route distances to choose from and all are circular routes that start and finish at Didmarton Village Hall. If during the ride you want to switch to a longer or shorter route distance then that is fine but please let the event staff know at the finish that you have changed route distance.
The approximate route stats are –
RIDE IT Cotswolds MTB Ride Long Route – 34 miles/55km with 4,200 feet/1,280 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 19 and 26 miles
RIDE IT Cotswolds MTB Ride Medium Route – 28 miles/45km with 3,900 feet/1,190 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 19 miles
RIDE IT Cotswolds MTB Ride Short Route – 18 miles/29km with 1,200 feet/365 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 10 miles
After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time. 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 yellow 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 yellow arrows. We also use orange marker tape in places where it’s not possible to place an arrow to confirm you are on the right track.
You should see signs at every junction with the possible exception of dead ends/cul-de-sacs and footpaths 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.
Do not follow pink signs, these are for Sunday’s road ride and following them may take you on 80 miles of road riding!
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 –
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 as to obstruct the road or 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 uncontrolled 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 may be held responsible for any damages or injuries caused by your riding.
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS & OTHER TRAIL USERS
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 road users particularly horse riders who may be using the lanes 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.
WEATHER & TRAIL 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 June in England so best to be prepared for anything! You can keep an eye on the latest forecast here – BBC Weather Didmarton
Currently the trails are dry if a little overgrown in places. We’ll be doing our final course check on the last few days before the ride so will update if we find any specific areas of caution.
MAPS & GPX FILES
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.
A Printable PDF map can be found here – RIDE IT Cotswolds MTB Route Map
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 Cotswolds MTB 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 Cotswolds Facebook Event Page
For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via firstname.lastname@example.org