GPX files are HERE
Welcome to the RIDE IT North Downs, crossed fingers for a nice weekend…….
IMPORTANT: Firstly, as usual, I need to talk Horses. The local riders have been bombarded with events recently so are a bit fragile about events in the area. There are quite a few horse stables in the area and we have been in contact with a lot of them, pretty much universally they are OK with the event but have asked that you all take note of the information given by British Cycling about how to pass horses HERE. Although this is aimed at road riders, this applies to both MTB and road cyclists as horses can be found on both. The fact you are “on an event” is no excuse for not giving way to horses and other trail/road users who have just as much right to be there as you ( and in the case of horses, they have priority on trails, yep, they do!) Smile, take your time and we’ll all get on and everyone can enjoy the countryside
Other events in the area
We are aware of other events happening in the area on both days, from running events to other bike rides. The good thing is that, as far as I’m aware, the colours and size of our signs is unique each day. This is especially important on Sunday when there are 3 road events happening at the same time. We use PINK signs on Sunday so follow these, not yellow or orange, and all will be well. Also, please do not assume that those riders just up ahead are on our ride and follow them otherwise you might end up at a completely different finish line!
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and you’ll have to go back to your car to retrieve it.
Driving and cycling
The address is:-
Polesden Lacey House
RH5 6BD ( Although they recommend KT23 4PZ for Satnavs)
The nearest train station is either Westhumble ( pick up the pink signs and follow to the event centre – involves a hill climb) or Great Bookham which is flatter.
We have a whole field for free parking so there are no issues. Please follow the signs on the left as you go up the drive to Polesden Lacey, do not go into their main car park as you will have to pay. The entry to the field is also the exit from the start tent, so keep your speed down.
We are outside under Marquees for this event so just head for the Evans tents.
Short and Medium registration from Saturday 8am to 9.45am Sunday 8.15am to 10am
Long registration from 8am to 9.30am Sunday 8.15am to 9.45am
Short and Medium Saturday 8.30am to 10am Sunday 8.45am to 10.15am
Long Saturday 8.30am to 9.45am Sunday 8.45am to 10am
There will be 5 portable loos in the field ( the café loos are not open this year) please do not use the woods as a urinal. .
There are no hot drinks or food available on the morning as the café is owned by the National Trust and opens at 10am. In the past we have had it opened around 8.30am but there is so little purchased that it’s not worth them opening. We will have water and High 5 available from the start area.
When you come back the cafe will be selling drinks/cake/food etc. so head off there. The sausage rolls are fantastic, but get in quick before the staff polish them off!
Before I go any further I would like to point out that THIS IS NOT A RACE. You will not be given a rank and all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running a popular friendly event by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. Stop at junctions and traffic lights, and obey the highway code. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. We do 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. Evans sell insurance that starts from around £21 for a years cover and can be found HERE
We’ve not been out yet but I’m hoping it’s not going to be muddy! It’s a lovely ride but there are some big climbs and descents so please keep your speed down and manageable, especially when you can’t see around corners. This is especially important on the second descent of the day as it ends in a left turn and then over a railway track!
Please pay attention when crossing the rail track as it’s an unattended crossing. In 10 years we have had no issues but please don’t be silly and take chances for a better time that doesn’t matter in the long run.
Keep yourselves hydrated – there will be one drink station on the short and two on the Medium/Long with plenty of water.
I expect there to be a lot of walkers around so please be courteous to them all, remember they want to enjoy the countryside too and not get constantly buzzed by bikers!!
Horses The first thing you will do is ride around the back of a stable. We have spoken to them but the following applies to ANY horses you meet on the trails. If you are approaching from behind please call out “Hello” some distance back to indicate you are approaching. Wait for the rider to ackowledge you and pass slow and wide. If you are asked to wait or it’s obviously not safe to do so, please wait until you are told it’s ok to pass. Please also be aware that there might be horses coming up the trail and keep your speed under control. This way we can all enjoy the sunshine and countryside. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!!
Please also close all gates you might come across
Due to the lack of a hose or water supply there will be no bike wash at this event.
Short 16miles elevation 1850ft Drink station at 11miles
Medium 26 miles elevation 3200ft Drinks at 16 and 22 miles
Long 31 miles elevation 3600ft Drinks at 16 and 22miles
It’s not supposed to be as hot this weekend, which is a blessing! Please keep yourselves hydrated and take it easy on the climbs. You all have the tough White Downs Lane on your return route and then a little sharp climb about a mile from home so keep fuel in your tanks. It’s a lovely ride in some great countryside so take it easy and enjoy the ride.
The roads are in summer conditions, which is the same as winter but dry and without so many leaves!! Like the rest of the country, they are still prone to pot holes. Please keep your eye out for them and if you are travelling in a group, please shout out warnings to those behind. Just in case please make sure you can repair at least two punctures. We also use small lanes, so keep your speed down and be aware that there might be cars around that bend. On larger roads please keep to single file unless it’s safe to do so.
More information about how to pass horses can be found on the BC website HERE
And whilst we are here, there is a great guide to Sportive Etiquette HERE
Distances are approx.
Short -29miles/47km Elevation 2500ft/761mtrs7
Medium -50miles/80km Elevation 4000ft/1238mtrs
Long -72miles/115km Elevation 5200ft/1579mtrs
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 16miles/26km
Medium – 25 miles/40km
Long – 25 and 54miles/ 40 and 87km
Long loop cut off – 11.45am
Event centre closes at 5pm – Gate will be locked at this time so make sure you are back before then.
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Thursday afternoon around 6pm that has links to the GPX files and a guide to show you have to view them interactively. If you have not received this by 7pm please check you junk folder, old accounts, your partners email if they booked and make sure you check the address you booked with! These are all common causes for not getting the mail. If you still don’t have them then email me on email@example.com I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
See you all there!