Rider times are now up.
Not long until this weekends Watlington event, hope you are looking forward to it. Below is a load of info so have a read, but please note the distances are provisional until we have put the routes out on Friday.
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION – YOU CAN NOT ENTER WITHOUT IT!
By Car– The event centre is at the Icknield community college at the address below. The easiest way to get there is to follow our signs at the turning off the B4009 into Love Lane and not through the centre of Watlington. Address is – Love Ln, Watlington OX49 5RB
Parking – When coming down Lave lane please do not enter the college via the entrance in front of you as this is an exit only. There is a one way system in place so follow the signs. The first riders will be parked in the school parking and then further parking is available around the back, we will have marshals to guide you to these places.
By Train– Princess Risborough is the nearest station.
The event centre is inside the college and is accessed via the entrance around the front of the building.
There are loos available from the registration area, please follow the signs.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
PLEASE REFER TO THE SPORTIVE SECTION AS THERE IS A CHANGE TO START TIMES FOR THE SPORTIVE DUE TO THE CLOCKS GOING BACK ON SUNDAY MORNING
Registration will be open from 8am to 9.45am but long MTB 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. ( 9.00am Sportive )
Medium, Short and Fun 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.
Fresh Catering are along this weekend with their posh coffee, bacon sarnies, lovely burgers and nice cake. I recommend my usual – Ham and cheese toastie with mushrooms.
All hot food will stop being served at 4pm.
EVENT CENTRE CLOSES
The event centre is closed at 5pm, this means we will probably be packed up and the caretaker will be waiting to close the doors. We will be there waiting for our course strippers who will not overtake the last riders so don’t think there will be no one there, but please aim to be back before 5pm and not at 5pm.
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 –
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS
The ride takes place on public roads and trails which 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/
We have a great route out there for you this weekend, lots of climbs, descents and great views We’ve not been out yet but it’s been fairly dry so hopefully the routes will be in a stable condition and little mud, crossed fingers!
Whilst out on the ride you are likely to come across walkers and horse riders so it’s vital that you ride within your capabilities and those of the trails. This means not going so fast down hill that you can’t stop if there is an unexpected horse arougn the corner. Remember. you are responsible for your actions and Evans do not insure you if you cause an accident – it’s up to you to pay for any damages.
British Cycling have produced a guide on how to pass horses ( it’s based on the road but still applies) so have a read HERE
Short – 14miles and 1450ft elevation
Drink station at 11miles
Medium 25miles and 2400ftelevation
Drink stations at 14 and 21miles
Long 31miles and 3000ft elevation
Drink stations at 17 and 27miles
PLEASE NOTE – THE CLOCKS GO BACK SATURDAY NIGHT. Enjoy the extra hour in bed
When the clocks go back we revert to out Winter distances of 50 and 70 miles for the Medium and Long routes, but have advertised the Summer 60 and 90 versions. In order to get you back in the light we are going to tweak the routes a little to reduce them to about 58 and 84 miles. The Long route start time is from 8.30am to 9.00am to give you as much time as possible to get around.
Due to the nights closing in we recommend that if you are on the long ride or are a slow medium rider that you ride with a minimum of a rear light at the event.
This is a pretty route using some country roads. It’s always a balancing act between busy roads and quiet ones and we tend to hedge towards the ones with less cars where possible. The unfortunate result of this is that they are not always as clean as the ones constantly swept by vehicles, so you might get sections with mud and stones. Please make sure you are able to mend a couple of punctures – we can come and help you out but it might take a while if the vans is dealing with another incident on course. Crossed fingers the weather forecast is correct and it’s just going to be overcast from now until then!
We are still tweaking the routes so these are provisional stats until we write that they are confirmed.
The approximate route stats are –
The Long Route–84 miles/134km with 4500 feet/1364 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 25 miles, 51 miles and 75 miles.
Please note there is a time cut off 51 miles into the long route that you need to pass before 12.45pm.
The Medium Route–58 miles/93 km with 3800 feet/1170 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 24 miles and 51 miles
The Short Route– 30 miles/48km with 3800 feet/570 metres elevation gain
Feed stop at approximately 25 miles
The Fun Route– 12 miles/19km with 600 feet/181 metres elevation gain
After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time before returning to your car. 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.
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
We’ll be keeping on eye the weather forecast as we get closer to the event day. October can be a bit changeable but fingers crossed we’ll have some warm and dry weather as we head out of summer.
Most of the B-roads are really well surfaced and a pleasure to ride, however, we do also use some of the smaller lanes which have some sections of broken tarmac, poor surfacing and gravel to look out for. Always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards to riders behind you.
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.
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.
Provisional GPS Files can be found HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org I can check your entry and send you a copy.
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.