REMINDER – Clocks go forward on Sunday, make sure you don’t miss the start!
For 2019 our RIDE IT South Wales Sportive moves to a new spring date taking place on Sunday 31st March. We’ll be heading to the Parc Bryn Back country park in Tredegar with a choice of road sportive rides which will see riders take on some challenging terrain in the Brecon Beacons National Park including Gospel Pass for those riders on the long route.
More details and entry links can be found at RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Ride
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – Parc Bryn Bach is situated just off the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road. Visitors should follow signs for Tredegar and once you’re off the A465 just follow the brown tourism signs for Parc Bryn Bach. For sat nav users postcode NP22 3AY should get you there.
By Train – The closest train station is Ebbw Vale but weekend services may be limited so best to check with National Rail enquiries.
By Bike – Parc Bryn Bach is located close to Route 46 on the National Cycle Network so easily reached by bike from the local area, for more information visit the sustrans website.
The event will be hosted from the visitor centre at Parc Bryn Bach.
The Parc Bryn Bach cafe will be open during the day and has a selection of hot and cold food and drink to purchase should you want to eat before or after your ride.
There are also changing and shower facilities available for those that need them before travelling home.
Please note the event centre closes and park gates will be locked at 5pm and you should plan to finish before then. If you start in the first groups that will give you over 8 hours to complete the rides.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 8am to 09:45am but long route riders should aim to arrive, register and start before 9:30am. 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 up to 9 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.
TIME CUT OFFS
For riders doing the long route there will be time cut off at 10:30am at the ride split point which is approximately 10 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.
The event centre is due to close at 5pm, riders who are behind schedule to complete before 5pm maybe collected by our sweeper.
RIDE IT SOUTH WALES SPORTIVE ROUTE INFORMATION
Starting from the popular Parc Bryn Bach riders will head out over the bleak tops before plunging down a fantastic 6 mile descent. The long loop heads off here to ride a long, gradual incline past Crickhowell before yet another 6 mile drop. Obviously all this talk of descents doesn’t hide the fact that there is a fair amount of climbing and a little sting in the tail. After the last drink station you pass the beautiful Talybont Reservior before climbing out the back of the valley on a 20% hill. Look out for the cattle grid as this signals the top and most of the uphill is now behind you as you head back to the finish.
RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Long Route – 75 miles/121km with approximately 7,172ft elevation gain and feed stops at 24 and 54 miles
RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Medium Route – 50 miles/80km with approximately 4,845ft elevation gain and a feed stop at 28 miles
RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Short Route – 32 miles/51km with approximately 3,211ft elevation gain and feed stop at 17 miles
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 –
Teas, coffees and snacks will also be available to purchase after your ride.
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.
WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS
We’ll be keeping on eye the weather forecast as we get closer to the event day. September can be a bit changeable but fingers crossed we’ll have some warm and dry weather as we head out of summer.
Whilst most roads in Britain suffer from potholes at some points the roads are in this area are in reasonable condition but as 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 Saturday so will update if we find any 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, the location of the ride splits and the 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 Friday with links to the final GPS files. 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 email@example.com 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
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.
On course photography is by Neil Taylor Media, you can browse his images and purchase copies directly from their website at RIDE IT South Wales Sportive Photos
For any urgent last minute enquiries you can also contact the event manger via firstname.lastname@example.org