We hope you are looking forward to your ride with us this weekend – we have moved the event back from March to a much warmer July so hopefully there will be no snow like last year!.
The details for both the MTB and Leeds 100 Sportive are below so please take the time to read the information as there is important stuff there that will help you have a great event and your day go smoothly.
Please bring your helmet to registration. You can’t register without it and will have to go back to your car to retrieve it!
This year we are hosting the event from Harewood House again.
The house is open to the public so any family can spend their day enjoying the history and play ground whilst you are out on your bike. ( Entry to the house is not included with your entry) Details HERE The grounds are also very pretty so please only ride or drive where you are told to and not on any grass or verge.
Access is via the main entrance at the traffic lights and through the arch and then turn imediately right following signs to the event centre. Once on site you are very likely to encounter cyclists so please keep to the left and your speed down to 10mph.
Parking is in the field next to the event centre, please follow signs and Marshals.
We have portable loos on site. If you require a disabled loo then there are some down at the main house and we will need to arrange access so please speak to a member of staff.
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 Bridleways and public roads so please obey the Countryside and 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
As the ride takes place on bridleways 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.
After running the event in March for a few years we are looking forward to some dry and dusty trails this weekend! There are no specific technical/big descents but there is a drop after the second drink station on the medium and long routes. Please keep your eye out and smile/say hello to everyone you meet. It’ll do a lot to promote cycling as a friendly sport.
8am to 9.45am Short and Medium
8am to 9.30am for Long
8.30am to 10am for Short and Medium
8.30am to 9.45am for Long
There are no cut off times for the loops but please bear in mind that the event centre is closed ( i.e. the gates are locked) at 5pm and food stops at 4pm.
Food at the event centre
Fresh catering will be along as usual serving coffee, cold drinks and hot food throughout the day so grab a burger and chill out post ride.
Please follow yellow arrows and orange ribbon. DO NOT follow pink signs as they are for Sundays road ride! Route splits are marked up with specific signs so follow those, but all still follow the yellow arrows.
Routes and GPX files.
The below are provisional until 6pm Friday.
Short 15miles 1315ft elevation
Feed station approx. 7.5miles
Medium 25.5miles 2304ft elevation
Feed stops 7.5 and 18.5 miles
Long 35miles 2900ft elevation
Feed stops 16 and 28miles
Leeds 100 Sportive
This is the first running of our Leeds 100 Challenge event. As the name suggests, the longest route is a smidge over 100miles with a 100km Medium and a shorter route for those not wishing to take on the longer ones.
There is a guide to the route HERE, so for specific route info have a read, but for event info read below.
When you get back you’ll recieve a bespoke Leeds 100 finishers medal, show this to the catering van and they’ll give you a Hotdog or Burger which you can munch whilst watching the Tour De France on the big screen on the field.
Registration and Start times are a bit earlier than our usual so please pay attention to the below!
Short and Medium 7:45 – 9:10
Long 7:45 – 8:50am Long
Short & Medium – 08:00 – 9:15
Long – 8:00 – 9:00
Event Closes – 17:00 (food finishes at 4pm)
Long loop cut off
The first Long loop of the ride must be reached by 11.45am. It’s 30miles in so will give you 2.45 – 3.45hours to get there, but those first 30miles do include the 2 big climbs!!
There is a second loop which is towards the end and this will be closed at 3.30pm
Please do not ride these loops after this time on your GPS units. The signage, feed stations and support will be removed. You also need to have your cars out of the field before 5pm and we need to know you are safe.
There is onsite catering in the morning selling tea/coffee/bacon sarnies etc. After the ride there is a free burger/hotdog/squash and tea/coffee to purchase
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 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.
Like the rest of the country the roads are likely to have potholes and uneven surfaces. Unless these are particularly big or unexpected we do not mark these up so keep your eyes peeled and if you are riding in a group shout out the other riders as a warning. We are hoping that the weather holds and the roads stay dry but if there is a deluge there might be other debris washed into the road.
Whatever, we’d suggest being able to repair at least 2 punctures out on the course. It might be a long wait for a van to get to you depending on where you are.
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.
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.
Short 60km/37.5miles and 930mtrs/3100ft elevation
Feed station at 33km/21miles
Medium 100km/63miles 1720mtr/5700ft elevation
Feed stations at 36and 72km/ 22.5 and 45miles
Long 163km/102miles 2800mtr/9240ft elevation
Feed stations at 36/77/121kms / 22.5/48/75miles
Provisional GPX files can be found HERE
These will be linked in an email sent to all pre-registered riders on Thursday night around 6.30pm. If you don’t receive it please check:-
An old/alternative email address you might have signed up with
Your junk folder
The email of the person who bought the ride for you
If you still can’t find it then please email me on Dean.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll resend the email to you. Please note – I have to eat and sleep so requests made after 10pm before your ride day are very likely to not get answered