Well that’s out first “challenge” RIDE IT for this year done and dusted. I was out in the van and it just seemed to be MK that had the drizzle, so glad it brightened up for you as the day went on.
Well done to those who completed the 100miles and also to anyone else who pushed themselves out there today, 40miles to some feels like 100
Times are now available here:-
Finishline photos are here:-
Some of you might have seen a lady laying by the side of the road about 6miles from the finish – I just wanted to let you know that she had strained her knee and that was the most comfortable position We collected her and bought her back to base where after a rest she was much better. Her husband told me that loads of you asked if everything was Ok, and this was a common theme with all the pick ups I did today. So I’d like to thank you all for being such a nice, friendly crowd.
If you fancy some more challenges the King of the downs, Cheshire 100 and Leeds 100 are all coming up in the next couple of months.
Welcome to the RIDE IT Milton Keynes 2019 Sportive.
We are back at the National Bowl for the 5th year and are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday for a great ride and the first of our 4 100mile challenge rides in 2019. Below is a lot of information on the ride that will help you get the most out of your day, please read it paying particular attention to the Parking section.
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION – YOU CAN’T SIGN ON WITHOUT IT AND YOU’LL HAVE TO GO BACK TO YOUR CAR.
The event is run from a marquee on the hard standing in the bowl.
H7 Chaffron Way
Please note the official address is Wattling Street but access is via Chaffron Way
Parking is on site and there is loads of it! Just follow the signs and Marshals and then park sensibly. If the grass areas are wet then we’ll be using a parking area a minutes walk away from the event centre.
There will be a catering van on site serving lovely coffee, home made cakes, bacon sarnies, toasties ( Ham, cheese and mushrooms is the best) etc during the morning registration period. You will need to pay a very reasonable amount for these.
After your ride you will be given a raffle ticket that can be exchanged for a free burger or hotdog, just head for the catering area. There will be free squash but other beverages will be chargeable.
Please note that the free food will stop being served at 4pm. We will try keep food coming as long as we can after that time but we do need to clear up and be off site by a certain time so can’t keep it open indefinitely.
There are portable Loos available on site and all 3 drink stations
Please follow signs to registration and you are sorted on the surname of the rider.
Registration open: 07.45 – 9:45am
The start area will be by the Evans mini Marquee, just follow signs to the Start. Queue here and wait for the next briefing and then you are off on the ride. On your helmet is a timing chip that is barcoded, we will scan this as a back up so file past the start staff to enable them to do this.
Short/Medium starts: 08:30 – 10:00am
Long Route starts: 08:00 – 09:15am
Event centre closes 17:00
All routes will be way marked, simply follow the arrows as you ride. See the Sportive Way-Markings Guide for a detailed example of what to expect. Please see the GPX section at the bottom for files
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 –
High5 litter exchange
Nobody likes litter and one of the most frequent comments we get from locals is about the gel and bar wrappers left after events. We do sweep our courses and, to be honest, we don’t find too much, but to be extra sure we are now running a littler exchange. Quite simply, bring back your old bar/gel/rubbish, put it in the litter exchange bin after the ride and receive a free gel. The countryside stays clean, the locals are happy and you get a gel – everyone’s a winner!
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS
As the ride takes place on public roads and bridleways that we don’t have exclusive use of these for the event, please be look out for other 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
We have three routes out there for you.
40miles – 64km
1900ft elevation – 586 mtrs
Drink station and loos at 28miles – 44km
64miles – 102km
3400ft elevation – 1040mtrs
Drink station and loos at 28 and 52miles – 45km and 84km
Please note – At the first drink station you should not carry on past the village hall but return the way you came otherwise you’ll be on the long route
102miles – 163km
5800ft elevation – 1780mtrs
Drink stations and loos at 28,60 and 89miles – 44km/96km/142km
There are two loops for the long.
The first one is after the first drink station and this will be closed down at 11.30am.
The second loop is at 60 miles and will be closed at 1.30pm.
Please do not ride the loops after this time as all signage and ride support will be removed
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.
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.
We’re hoping for some dry and sunny conditions but the weather in May can be quite changeable so you should come prepared for the conditions on the day. The week leading up to the event looks to be a mixture of sunshine and showers so even if Saturday is dry it’s possible there maybe puddles in places and some of the roads may still be damp.
We’ll be doing our final course inspection on the Friday before the ride so will update if we find any other specific areas of caution.
MAPS & GPS 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 provisional GPS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
Provisional GPS files can also be found HERE
Your free finish line photos will be available after the event and will be linked on Facebook shortly after the event. On course photos will be available to buy after the event. You will also receive an email after the event with all these links in.
Rider times are usually available from Monday afternoon, you’ll find them at RIDE IT Rider Times
If you have any queries or questions relating to the ride that aren’t covered then please email email@example.com 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 MK Sportive Facebook Event Page.