This weekend we’re heading just over the border into the North Wales Borderlands for our RIDE IT North Wales Sportive. Starting from the town of Mold on Sunday 30th September we’re based close to the Clwydian Range, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the routes offers some stunning scenery on some wonderfully remote roads with a few challenging hills thrown in for good measure.
There’s the chance to take on Bwlch Penbarra, as featured in Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Climbs, which hits a gradient of 25% at it’s steepest as you head round the hairpin and is sure to test your legs and determination. It’s not all about climbing though, there are also some great rolling roads and fun descents including a 5km descent of The Shelf.
More details and entry links can be found at – RIDE IT North Wales Sportive
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Facebook Event Page.
By Car – Mold is located a short distance from Chester and Wrexham and is about a 30 mile drive from the M6. For those using a sat nav the post code for the event centre is CH7 1EP.
By Train – The closest train station is Buckley which has connections to Wrexham and Liverpool. It’s around a 3 mile ride from the train station in Buckley to the event centre in Mold via the A549 and A 541.
By Bike – Unfortunately Mold isn’t on the Sustrans National Cycle Network but can be reached via some fairly quiet A-roads. The Leisure Centre is located just off the B5444 Wrexham Road and on bike is best approached through the town centre via the A541 and A5119.
The event will be hosted from the Mold Leisure Centre, when you arrive please follow the parking signs and directions from our marshalls. Parking for our event will be to the rear of the building rather in the front car park.
Registration is inside the main sports hall and there will be access to changing and shower facilities if you want them before and after your ride.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 08:00 to 09:45 but long route riders should aim to arrive, register and start before 09:30. Please follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived.
The 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 –
Long Route Riders – anytime between 08:30 and 09:30
Medium and Short Riders – anytime between 08:30 and 10:00
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 near the main entrance.
The main event centre is planned to close at 5:00pm which gives you over 8 hours to complete the ride if you start with the first groups. Please note there will be a time cut off at the long ride split and if we don’t think you’re on track to finish before 5:00pm at that point you will be diverted to finish on the medium route.
THE RIDE IT NORTH WALES SPORTIVE ROUTES
There’s no denying that this is a tough ride, even the shorter route distances pack in plenty of climbing with all but the fun route taking in the ascent of Penbarra with it’s brutal 25% hairpin. The reward is some great scenery in some wonderfully remote countryside and hopefully a great sense of achievement once you cross the finish line.
The approximate route stats and elevation profiles are –
The RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Long Route – 77 miles/124km with 6,857 feet/2,090 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 32, 50 and 68 miles
The RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Medium Route – 61 miles/98km with 5,496 feet/1,675 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 32 and 51 miles
The RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Short Route – 30 miles/48km with 3,328 feet/1,015 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 23 miles
The RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Fun Route – 16 miles/26km with 1,690 feet/515 metres elevation gain
After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time. 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.
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.
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 –
In addition Fresh Catering will be on site offering hot food and drinks for purchase both before and after the ride.
TIME CUT OFFS
Medium Route – For riders doing the medium route there will be time cut off at midday at the medium and short ride split point which is approximately 16 miles from the start. If you haven’t passed this point before the time cut off you will be diverted to finish following the short route.
Long Route – For riders doing the medium route there will be time cut off at 12:15 at the long and medium ride split point which is approximately 34 miles from the start. If you haven’t passed this point before the time cut off you will be diverted to finish following the medium route.
All Routes – The event centre is due to close at 5pm, riders who are behind schedule to complete before 5pm maybe collected by our sweeper van.
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 or we offer our own specialist cycle related insurance services – http://www.evanscyclesinsurance.com/
WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS
We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather over the coming days and whilst we are hoping for some fine and dry conditions the area is quite mountainous and as a result the weather can be very changeable, it’s often Sunny in Mold whilst it’s raining on the hill tops or over in the next valley. Even if it’s dry when you start we advise you to take a rain jacket/extra layer with you on the ride.
Some of the descents are long and steep and you can build up speed really quickly, on some of them you can see the road ahead for miles but on others they’re twisty with blind corners. We’re not trying to stop you having fun, we all love a blast down the hills, but remember the roads are shared with other traffic and you can’t always assume the road around the next corner is going to be clear.
Always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards such as gravel, pot holes or obstructions to riders behind you.
We’ll be doing our final course inspection on Saturday so will update if we find any additional specific areas of caution.
MAPS & GPX 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.
Strava fans can check out the routes and segments here – Strava Routes
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Thursday or Friday which will likn you back here to confirm GPS files are the final versions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can check your entry and send you a copy.
RIDER TIMES & PHOTOGRAPHS
Your rider times will be published on our website 24-48 hours after the ride, once available you’ll find them via the Rider Times link at www.evanscycles.com/ride-it
On course photography is by Neil Taylor Media, you can browse his images and purchase copies directly from their website at RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Photos
Finish line photographs will be published on our Facebook page after the ride, you’ll find them at www.facebook.com/rideitcyclingevents. You can tag, share or download the photo’s directly from the Facebook gallery.
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 RIDE IT North Wales Sportive Facebook event page.
For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via firstname.lastname@example.org