Possibly the best day we’ve had at the Leicester RIDE IT. We all hope you enjoyed your day.
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We’re back for 2018 with Cycling Mallory and will be heading to the impressive Mallory Park motor circuit for this ride. The ride will start with a warm up lap of the circuit before you head out into the countryside on a choice of 4 route distances. All the routes feature mainly flat or rolling terrain around quiet country lanes making it a great way to get some miles in as we head into winter.
Arriving on site
There are a couple of sign posted ways to enter the site so please approach Mallory Park via Church Road as per the post code LE9 7QE
Parking – As you come on to site the parking area will be on the left as directed, please follow directions from signs and marshals. Registration will be back by the track entry point down by the paddock
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 8:00am to 9.45am but long route riders should aim to arrive and register 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.
Once you have registered and are ready to ride please head to the start area for your rider briefing.
We have the race course for the whole day so will be allowing you to ride around before the event starts to warm those legs up and after the ride to warm them down. Just go through the start in the morning and do your laps. At about 8.25am we will pull you off the course and into the start. After the ride either finish and then ride loops or do loops and finish, up to you
First riders start at 8:30am, the last start for riders on the long route is 9:45am, the last start for riders on the shorter routes is 10:00am.
There will be a time cut off at the long ride split, which is approximately 28 miles away from start. You need to pass this point before midday, if you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto the medium route.
The event centre will be closed at 4pm and the site closed at 5pm so you should aim to arrive back before then. If you start in one of the earlier start groups that should give you over 7 hours to complete the ride but please be aware it starts to get dark fairly early now so if you expect to be returning late in the day you should have some lights on your bike.
Teas, coffees and snacks will be available to purchase in the morning before your ride. After the ride there will be hot food available to purchase should you wish to refuel before your journey home.
Neil will be out taking photos of you on the course. He usually sits at the hairpin at the top of the curcuit on the way out and then out on course for additional photos.
We will also be taking free finish line photos.
Links to these will be on the FB page and on psot event emails
All FWE clothing, glasses and lights are a minimum 30% off at the event – most prices you won’t find in store. Grab a bargain!
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 LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS
The ride takes place on public roads and trails which we don’t have exclusive use of these for the event. Please 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
The approximate route distances are –
Fun – 18 miles
Short – 34 miles with 1200 feet of climbing, drink station 22miles
Medium – 50 miles with 2000 feet of climbing, drink stations 25 and 38miles
Long – 69 miles with 2900 feet of climbing, drink stations 25 and 56miles The time cut off at the long ride split, which is approximately 27 miles away from start will be 12midday. You need to pass this point before midday, if you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto the medium route.
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.
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.
British Cycling have produced a guide for Sportive etiquette HERE
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 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 & 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 and the location of the ride splits and feed stations.
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail by Friday evening with links to the final GPX files. If you do not receive this 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 them then email me on email@example.com and I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
PROVISIONAL GPX files are HERE If there is no update by Saturday 6pm these are the correct files.
If you want to find out more about cycling in general at Mallory Park and the plans for further developing the circuit as a cycling facility then head over to the Cycling Mallory website.