On Sunday 23rd June we’re heading back to Hatfield for what has become one of the longest running events on the RIDE IT calendar, the original RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive. Based just south of Hatfield, the route takes in some quiet lanes and typical English countryside that often surprises riders given our proximity to London.
More details and entry links can be found at – RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – The event starts from Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park which is just off the A1000 Great North Road and approximately 3.5 miles north of the M25 Junction 24. If you’re using a sat nav, then postcode AL9 7BN should get you there.
Parking – Parking is available on site, please follow signs and directions from our event staff on arrival. Some of the parking is on a field and this is subject to the weather. If we do have to close this you may need to park on the local road outside, if this is the case please do so without blocking residents drives and be respectful of local residents by keeping the noise down.
By Train – The closest train station is Brookmans Park with the event centre less than 2 miles away. Please ensure you check train times and bike restrictions if you’re planning to travel by train.
By Bike – If arriving from further afield by bike then NCN route 12 passes close by to Brookmans Park, more details can be found on the Sustrans website – NCN Route 12
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. Follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived and remember you will need to 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.
Registration desks are arranged by rider surname, please ensure you join the correct queue to avoid the frustration of queuing up twice.
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 and Short Route Riders – anytime between 08:00 and 10:00
TIME CUT OFFS
Long route – There will be a time cut off at the long ride split at 11:45, approximately 27 miles from the start. Any riders who haven’t passed this point before the time cut will be diverted to finish on the medium route.
All routes – The event centre closes and all vehicles must be off site by 17:00. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that should give you over 8 hours to complete the ride. Any riders who are behind schedule to complete the ride before this time maybe collected by our sweeper van or diverted onto a short cut back.
EVENT CENTRE CATERING
Phil and Julie from Fresh Catering will be on site before and after the ride if you need a pre ride breakfast or post ride refuel. Please note on site catering will close at 16:00.
RIDE IT HATFIELD SPORTIVE ROUTE INFORMATION
All routes are circular, starting and finishing at the event centre. You have a choice of 4 route distances ranging from the 13 mile fun route up to the longer and more challenging 87 miles long route.
RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive Long Route – 87 miles/141km with 5,082 feet/1,549 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 27 miles (Dane End), 59 miles (Dane End) and 72 miles (Little Berkhamstead).
RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive Medium Route – 56 miles/91km with 3,356 feet/1,023 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 27 miles (Dane End) and 40 miles (Little Berkhamstead).
RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive Short Route – 28 miles/46km with 1,795 feet/547 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 14 miles (Little Berkhamstead).
RIDE IT Hatfield Sportive Fun Route – 13 miles/21km with 938 feet/286metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 7 miles (Little Berkhamstead).
After completing your ride 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.
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.
If you’re new to participating in sportives or riding in a group with other riders then the check out the British Cycling Ride Smart video on sportive etiquette with some great tips to ensure you and your fellow riders have a safe and enjoyable ride.
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
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather and are hoping for some dry and sunny conditions but this is early spring in England so best to be prepared for anything! You can keep an eye on the latest forecast here – BBC Weather Hatfield
The routes does use lots of smaller lanes and like most roads in Britain suffer from some potholes in places; 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 Friday before the ride so we will update if we find any other 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 Hatfield Sportive Route Map
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail once online entry closes with links to the final GPS files. Whilst you’re welcome to download and view the provisional files before then 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.
For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via email@example.com