RIDE IT Rochdale 2019


01/02/19 – SPORTIVE CANCELLED – e held out making a decision to see if the conditions would change but unfortunately the weather gods are against us and in the interest of rider and staff safety we are cancelling Sunday’s RIDE IT Rochdale Sportive. All riders will receive a refund on their entry which will be processed over the next week.

30/03/19 – MTB RIDE CANCELLED – Due to the forecast conditions we have taken the decision to cancel the MTB ride in the interest of both participants and our event staff safety. There’s significant snowfall and with temperatures not set to rise much above freezing until after the weekend it’s likely to be make for challenging conditions.

31/01/19 – SPORTIVE RIDE – At the moment the sportive ride is still planned to go ahead, the roads we use are currently clear and get gritted frequently so whilst it will be a cold day in the saddle we expect it to still be safe to ride. Obviously we’ll be monitoring the conditions closely and will update if anything changes. We suggest you keep an eye on the Facebook event page where we’ll be posting updates over the next few days – RIDE IT Rochdale Sportive Event Updates


Now in its 10th year, this route is a fantastic example of the stunning road cycling on offer in the north of England. The natural contours of the land make for a hilly, challenging route that will reward riders for their winter efforts! The route loops over the picturesque Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, taking in the local moors for a great stretch of remote, panoramic riding. The challenging nature of the ride continues but will also provide some boasting rights amongst friends with a spin over Crag Vale, the longest continual climb in England and feature of the 2014 Tour de France! This ride is an excellent opportunity to blow away the winter cobwebs whilst clocking up some mileage in the great British countryside.

Wardle Academy
Birch Road,
OL12 9RD


There is limited parking on site. Once this is full please park CONSIDERATELY on the local roads. We have kept the number of entries low so there should be no problems with space. It’s also likely to be early – so please keep your volume down to allow people to enjoy their Saturday or Sunday morning lie-in.


Please follow signs to registration which is around the back of the school and is accessed through the carpark to the right. There is no access through the main doors at the front.

Registration will be open from 8:00am to 9.45am but long route riders should aim to arrive and register before 9:30am.

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.

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.

For riders doing the long routes there will be a time cut off at the long ride split, shown below, and you need to pass this point before the cut off. If you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto one of the shorter route distances.

The event centre closes at 5pm so you should aim to arrive back before then. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that should give you over 8 hours to complete the ride but please be aware it still starts to get dark fairly early now so we’d recommend you have some lights on your bike if you expect to return later in the day.


There is plenty of the above – just follow signs ( you have to go past the outside entrance to registration and enter the school by an entrance a bit further along) This is a new school and sparkling clean. Please do not take dirty/muddy clothing/shoes/camelbacks into the building. Strip off as much as possible by your car and help us keep coming back by not trashing the place.


There will be hot food available until 3pm each day from the Fresh Caterers wagon. After this we will endeavour to have food available but please do not expect a full spread. There will be bacon sarnies available in the morning and their ham, cheese and mushroom toasties are awesome!


Distances are approx.

Short -24miles  Elevation 2600ft

Medium -49 miles Elevation 5700ft

Long -64miles Elevation 74ooft

Drink stations are approximately at:-

Short, – 19miles

Medium –  19 and 35miles

Long – 19, 35 and 45miles

Long loop cut off – 1.30pm (44miles in)

Event centre closes at 5pm – Gate will be locked.


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 –

RIDE IT High 5 Nutrition Guide


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.


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.

BHS Cyclist and Horse Rider Code of Conduct


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/


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.

It’s cold out there!  The routes take you into the hills and quite high up where it’s exposed and can be windy so please make sure you have appropriate clothing with you. It’s always worth carrying an extra layer just in case you have to stop with a mechanical issue during the ride.

Although the road are generally OK we are in winter conditions which means that they might be wet, there might be icy patches and there might be mud on the road near farms. There are certainly potholes  so if you are travelling in a group, please shout out warnings to those behind. Make sure you have the ability to change a couple of punctures, especially if you are running  lightweight skinny tyres. (Please  don’t use skinny, lightweight tyres or tubs.) A van can be sent out to your aid, but in might be over an hour to get to you depending upon where you and it are. We 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.


You can download GPX and TCX files from the following link – GPS Downloads

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 tonight 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 dean.stacey@evanscycles.com I’ll check your entry and send you a copy. I have to change the MTB routes so there will be a delay in getting these produced, they should be available tomorrow.

See you all there!



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