We’re heading to Didmarton for our RIDE IT Cotswolds Sportive on Sunday 1st July. It’s now our 10th year visiting the area with a combination of off road mountain bike rides and road sportives and always a popular event.
The Sportive ride is one of our flatter courses (except for the long ride extension which packs in a couple of hills!) and offers a choice of 4 route distances that head towards the river Severn before looping back towards the Water Park, with an abdundance of quiet roads, traditional stone buildings, and beautiful Cotswolds villages along the way. On Sunday as well as the sportive rides we’ve also hired a large outdoor TV screen and will be showing live coverage the final stage of the Tour de France. 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 Sportive
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 after which we’ve arranged overflow parking on one of the fields opposite owned by the Badminton Estate. Parking marshals 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 big screen will be live from around mid morning until the days Tour de France coverage finishes.
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 2pm at the ride split point which is approximately 55 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.
For riders doing the medium route there will be a time off at 3pm at the final ride split which is approximately 40 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.
The event centre is due to close at 5pm, riders who are behind schedule to complete before 5pm maybe collected by our sweeper van.
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.
The local village community will be providing catering over the weekend, there’s bacon baps on offer in the morning and then hot food for after your ride. The profits raised from the catering will be going towards local community projects.
There are a choice of 4 route distances, all are circular routes that start and finish from Didmarton Village Hall.
The approximate route stats and elevation profiles are –
The Long Route – 88 miles/141km with 4,115 feet/1254 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 32 miles (Crudwell) and 61 miles (Wickwar)
The Medium Route – 58 miles/93km with 2,165 feet/660 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 32 miles (Crudwell)
The Short Route – 39 miles/63km with 1,605 feet/490 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 25 miles (Crudwell)
The Fun Route – 19 miles/30km with 765 feet/233 metres elevation gain
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.
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. 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.
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 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 Route Map
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 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 Hatfield 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 Cotswolds Facebook Event Page