Well we held off for as long as we could but I think its time to make the decision to cancel the event tomorrow. It’s a tough one as the weather forecast all last night and this morning was for light rain and wind until around 2-3pm and then the heavy rain and winds from then on. Although there is talk of Storm Freya and 70-80mph winds, these are not forecast until late afternoon and further up the country where the yellow weather warning is in place. Checking a couple of forecasts now and it looks like it’s gone from rain and wind you’d expect at this time of year to heavy rain from 2am and lasting pretty much all day.
We don’t cancel without a lot of debate and trying alternatives. I have been thinking about cutting out routes, earlier start times etc. anything to get you around before the really heavy winds come in and I just can’t guarantee we can get you all back in in time.
Now, along with the relieved, there will be those you say “it’s just rain” “What do you expect at this time of year”? Personally I agree with you but we have to think of the majority, the inexperienced and also our staff who would be out there with you and a lot longer. The thought of an accident in heavy rain on the country lanes is not something I really want to contemplate or explain to the authorities.
With the lovely weather over February this event could have run at any other day, even today was perfect. I was setting up in a T-shirt!
We will refund you all automatically at the beginning of next week. This might take 3-4 days to come back to you so any longer than that call our Contact Centre on 01293 574900 and they’ll have a look. If you were entering on a free voucher please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your old code and we’ll send you a new one.
Really sorry guys.
Dean and the RIDE IT team
We’ve been looking a the weather and obviously seen reports of Storm Freya. Looking at it’s projected path it is currently going to hit Southern Ireland before heading north east towards Scotland and there is a yellow warning in place for this area. We are due rain in the morning, quieting down midday and then rain in the afternoon. Our current plan is to go ahead but we may choose to close down loops to get you back earlier. Until tomorrow, when we will have a better idea on the path of the storm as apparently it’s now even formed yet!
Keep an eye on here and Facebook and we’ll update tomorrow.
After last years snow we’re returning to the area this year with our first RIDE IT Havant Sportive based from a new venue and with new routes starting from the outskirts of Havant. From the start point we’re well placed to explore the roads through the South Downs National Park where you can expect some challenging terrain including Harting Hill on the Long which will be sure to test your fitness as we head towards spring.
Weather – It’s hard to believe that this weekend is due rain after this weeks sunshine, but it looks that way. Currently it’s not anything you would not expect to encounter at this time of year so we are going ahead, but please keep and eye on here or the Facebook page for updates.
We would recommend that you ride with lights at all times on this ride
We have tweaked the routes due to the availability of some of the drink stations so please check out the GPS and Strava link towards the bottom of the page.
This event is now SOLD OUT with no on the day entries, please do not show up expecting to ride.
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT Havant Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – Havant Academy is reached from Wakefords Way off the B2149 between Havant and Durrant. For sat nav users the postcode is PO9 5JD and the event will be signed on your approach from the B2149.
Parking – Parking is available at the event centre, please follow signs and directions from our event staff on arrival. If we do run out of room then there is on road parking outside – please do not obstruct any driveways as locals will make complaints!
By Train – There are train stations in both Havant and Rowlands Castle that are both less than 2 miles from the event centre.
By Bike – Sustrans Route 22 takes you past the entrance to the event centre, for more details visit NCN Route 22.
The event will be hosted from the Havant Academy, on arrival, after parking, follow signs for rider registration in the hall.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 8am to 09:45am and all riders should aim to arrive, register and start before the 10:00am cut off ( 9.30am for long riders). 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 –
Riders on fun, short and medium routes – Start anytime between 08:30 and 10:00.
Riders on long route – Start anytime between 08:30 and 09:30
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.
For riders doing the medium and long routes there will be a time cut off at both the medium and long ride split points. You need to pass these points before the cut off or you will be diverted onto one of the shorter route distances.
RIDE IT HAVANT SPORTIVE ROUTE INFORMATION
There is a choice of 4 ride options to chose from, all our circular routes that start and finish from Havant Academy. The routes are a real mixture from busy urban riding to almost traffic free country lanes as you head around the routes. All the routes head east from Havant and into the South Downs National Park with some significant climbs on the longer ride distances.
RIDE IT Havant Sportive Long Route – 86 miles/135km with 5600 feet/1,700 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 30 miles, 42 and 57 miles
RIDE IT Havant Sportive Medium Route – 60 miles/94km with 4100 feet/1230 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 17 miles and 32 miles
RIDE IT Havant Sportive Short Route – 30 miles/48km with 1,912 feet/593 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 17 miles
RIDE IT Havant Sportive Fun Route – 15 miles/24km with 950 feet/285 metres elevation gain
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.
RIDE CUT OFF TIMES
The event is scheduled to close at 5pm and all riders on all routes need to arrive back before then. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that should give you over 8 hours to complete the ride. Any riders not on track to finish before 5pm may be collected by the sweeper van.
Fun and Short Route Riders – there is no on route cut off times but riders are expected to remain on the routes and return to the finish before 5pm.
Medium and Long Route Riders – there is a cut off at the East Meon drink station of 1pm Riders who miss this time cut will be diverted to complete on the short route.
Long Route Riders – there is a cut off at 9.30am form the start as the long route loop starts 3miles from the event centre Riders who start after this time cut will be diverted to complete on the medium route.
For the duration of the ride you will be following pink signs (black arrow on a pink 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
March in the south of England can bring a wide range of weather conditions from warm and sunny to wet and cold. Even in dry conditions under tree cover the roads can often be damp and greasy so take it easy on the corners, there are no prizes for the fastest time and early in the season is the time for getting some steady miles in rather than racing around at full speed.
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.
We’ll be doing our final course inspection on the Saturday before the ride so will update if we find any other specific areas of caution.
MAPS & GPS 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.
Provisional GPS Files and Strava routes can be found HERE
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Friday with links to the 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
Rider times will be posted to our website the day after the ride, you’ll find them at – RIDE IT Rider Times
Finish line photographs will be posted via a gallery on the RIDE IT Cycling Events Facebook page – RIDE IT Photographs
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.
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT Havant Sportive Facebook Event Page.
For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via email@example.com.