16/03/19 – We’ve corrected a small error in the medium and long route GPS files, the links below will now link you to the updated files.
15/03/19 – Online entry has now closed but we still have on the day entry places available if you want to join us.
The RIDE IT sportive series heads back to the popular Cyclopark venue on Sunday 17th March offering riders the chance to sample the dedicated cycle track before taking in one of 4 marked sportive routes around the Kent countryside. The routes are a great test of fitness as we head into spring and have a good mix of rolling terrain and fast flat sections plus few tough climbs especially on the longer route that will be a good test of your fitness as we head towards spring.
More details and entry links can be found at RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive
You can also join the event over on Facebook via RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – Cyclopark is located close to the A2 just south of Gravesend. Take the A227 junction and then follow the signs for Cyclopark. If your using Sat Nav then the postcode DA11 7NP should get you there. When you arrive please follow the signs and directions from our staff on where to park. Our event parking is in the overflow car parking and top of the circuit rather than the main pay and display car park. When you sign in at registration you will need to provide you car registration as the car park exit is controlled by ANPR.
By Train – There are several train stations close by, train times permitting, we’d suggest you travel via Gravesend which is then a short ride from the event centre.
By Bike – The National Cycle Route 177 runs right along the length of Cyclopark, if you’re cycling from further afield Route 177 is also linked to Route 1. You can find more details on these routes via the Sustrans website.
Being a dedicated cycle centre the Cyclopark is well equipped to provide some great facilities for our event.
The café will be open from 8am if you want to grab a coffee or some breakfast before your ride and there’s plenty of changing and shower facilities for when you get back from the ride.
You’ll all get a chance to ride on the track but please do not venture on to it until directed to do so by one of our marshals. You’ll need to have registered for the ride and been through the start briefing before being allowed on the track.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 08:00 to 09:45 but long route riders should aim to arrive, register and start before 09:30. Please follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived.
There are no specific start times per rider so you’re free to join a group and start when you’re ready within the following time slots listed below –
Long Route Riders – anytime between 08:30 and 09:30.
Medium, Short and Fun Riders – anytime between 08:30 and 10:00
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.
TIME CUT OFFS
To ensure all riders return safely before the event centre closes there will be time cut off on the course for the long and medium routes.
11:00 – 17 miles from the start at the point where the medium and long routes split; riders who miss this cut off will be diverted onto the medium route distance.
15:00 – 53 miles from the start near Shorne Woods Country Park; riders who miss this cut off will be diverted to finish by following the short route.
15:00 – 30 miles from the start near Shorne Woods Country Park; riders who miss this cut off will be diverted to finish by following the short route.
The event centre closes at 5pm and you must return to the finish before then. Any riders on any of the routes who we determine aren’t on track to finish before 5pm may be collected by our sweeper van or diverted onto a shorter route. If you start in one of the earlier start groups that would give you around 8 hours to complete the ride.
RIDE IT CYCLOPARK SPORTIVE ROUTE DETAILS
There are a choice of 4 ride distances to choose from all starting and finishing with a lap of the Cyclopark track so we should have a ride distance to suit all abilities.
The routes are best described as lumpy, while there are no mountains there are some tougher climbs and you seem to be going either up or down for most of the ride which soon racks up your total elevation.
Please note the distances and elevation figures below exclude the lap of the track which adds up to 2 miles to the totals depending on if you do the full or shortened circuit. You’re free to do more than one lap if you’re particularly keen!
RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive Long Route – 72 miles/116km with 5,345 feet/1,630 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 24 Miles (Underriver Village Hall) and 44 miles (Ash Village Hall).
RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive Medium Route – 50 miles/80km with 3,215 feet/980 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 22 miles (Ash Village Hall).
RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive Short Route – 34 miles/55km with 2,295 feet/700 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 22 miles (Ash Village Hall).
RIDE IT Cyclopark Sportive Fun Route – 15 miles/23km with 900 feet/275 metres elevation gain
There are no feed stops on the fun route.
All routes will start with a short circuit of the Cyclopark track, this doesn’t mean it’s a race to see who is the fastest around track so please ride sensibly and watch out for other riders. If you do want to race on the circuit Cyclopark hosts plenty of other competitive races right throughout the year which any of the Cyclopark team will be happy to give you details on.
After a lap of the track you’ll be directed out onto the sportive routes by one of our marshals.
After completing the sportive route please head back on to the track for a finishing lap then out through the finish timing point. If you don’t head back on to the track 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.
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 –
Teas, coffees and snacks will also be available to purchase after your ride.
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
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 & ROAD CONDITIONS
Like most areas of the UK there’s always the risk of potholes, poor surfacing or gravel especially on some of the smaller lanes so always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards to riders behind you.
At this time of year the weather can be quite changeable so we suggest you come prepared in case there are rain showers. You can find the latest Met Office Weather forecast at Gravesend Weather Forecast.
We’ll be doing our final course inspection just before the ride so will update if we find any other 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.
Strava fans can check out the routes and segments here – Strava Routes
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a final pre-event mail a few days before the ride 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 email@example.com 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
We’ll publish any photographs we take at the finish line over 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com