UPDATE 29/03/18 – Our RIDE IT Windsor Sportive has now sold out, we’re unable to accept any more entries or any entries on the day. If you missed out we have lots of other rides taking place throughout the year, you’ll find details of those on our RIDE IT Webpage.
After a sell out in the last 2 years we’re returning to Windsor racecourse again on Saturday 14th April for our RIDE IT Windsor Sportive with a choice of 4 sportive rides. The routes head out through Windsor and Dorney and on towards Cookham where the short riders split and start heading back for home. Riders on the medium and long routes head on through Marlow, with the long riders doing an additional loop out into the Chilterns and some hillier terrain before heading through Henley and onto faster more rolling roads to bring you back to the finish.
More details and entry links can be found at – RIDE IT Windsor Sportive
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT Windsor Sportive Facebook Event Page
If you’d like to read a review from a previous riders experiences visit – RIDE IT Windsor Sportive: A Riders Review
By Car – The event starts from Windsor Racecourse which is easily accessed from the M4 and surrounding area. If you’re using a sat nav, the postcode SL4 5JJ should get you there.
Parking – There is ample parking at the racecourse, please follow the parking signs and directions from our marshals when you arrive. We’re parking in the overflow car parks near the main gate to minimise any conflict between cars and cyclists down by the start area. It’s a short walk or ride from the car park to sign on.
By Train – Windsor has two train stations and is well served by the rail network coming in and out of London. Both stations are around 2-3 miles from the racecourse.
By Bike – There are several Sustrans cycle routes from the surrounding areas, you can find out more on the Sustrans website. There is also a local cycle route from the centre of Windsor following the A308 that takes you right past the racecourse.
The event will be hosted from Windsor Racecourse, rider registration is near the main Grandstand and the start and finish is alongside the Paddock Lawn.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 7:30am to 09:45am but long route riders should aim to arrive, register and start before 9:00am. As the event will be busy we’d like to try and limit the queues at the registration and starts by asking those doing the shorter route distances to arrive after 08:30. This will mean less waiting for you and allow those doing the longer route distances a chance to get away earlier.
Registration desks are arranged by rider surname, please ensure you join the correct queue to save you the frustration of queuing up twice.
There 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 listed below –
Long Route Riders – anytime between 08:00 and 09:30.
Medium, Short and Fun Riders – anytime between 08:00 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.
TIME CUT OFFS
Long route – For riders doing the long routes there will be a time cut off at the long ride split. You need to pass this point, which is approximately 25 miles from the start, before midday. If you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto the medium route distance.
All routes – The event centre closes and all vehicles must be off site by 4:30pm. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that should give you over 8 hours to complete the ride. Any riders who are behind schedule to complete the ride before 4:30pm maybe collected by our sweeper van.
Teas, coffees and a limited selection of food will be available to purchase on your return from one of the concessions at the racecourse.
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 Source 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.
All routes are circular, starting and finishing at Windsor Racecourse. There are a choice of 4 ride distances to choose from so should be something to suit riders of all abilities. A lot of the terrain is rolling although there are a few hills too including some lumpier terrain on the long route as it heads briefly into the Chiltern Hills.
The Long Route – 75 miles/121km with 3,723 feet/1,135 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 16 and 52 miles.
The Medium Route – 53 miles/86km with 2,158 feet/658 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 16 and 32 miles
The Short Route – 32 miles/51km with 994 feet/303 metres elevation gain
Feed stops at approximately 16 miles
The Fun Route – 15 miles/24km with 387 feet/118 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.
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. 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.
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’re hoping for some dry and sunny conditions but the weather in April can be quite changeable so you should come prepared for the conditions on the day.
Like most areas of the UK there’s always the risk of potholes, poor surfacing or gravel especially on some of the smaller lanes so always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards to riders behind you.
We’ll be doing a final course inspection on the Friday before the ride so will update if we find any other 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 final pre-event mail the week before the ride linking you back here for final GPS files. Whilst you’re welcome to download and view the provisional files before then 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
We have on course photos available to purchase from Neil Taylor Media, you find his image a gallery online shortly after the ride at – Windsor Sportive Photos
Finish line photographs will be published on our Facebook page shortly 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. Whilst we try and capture everyone this isn’t always possible so please don’t be disappointed if we miss you.
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.
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT Windsor Sportive Facebook Event Page.