We are out over the next few days putting out the courses so we’ll update as and when, but there’s lots of info below regarding the event that’ll help you get the most out of the day.
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and you’ll have to go back to your car to retrieve it.
Chobham ( NOT Cobham!!)
Parking is in the fields around the pavilion, please follow the signs and marshals
There is now a height restriction into the grounds. We will remove this at 7.30am so please do not arrive before this as you won’t be able to get on site. It also gives us a head start on getting the event set up.
This is in the hall, follow signs to registration. If it’s sunny we’ll have registration outside as it’s less cramped.
Opens at 8am until 9.45am ( 9.30am for Long)
Fun/short/medium 8.30am until 10am
Long 8.30am until 9.45am
At the event centre there are loos inside and 3 portable Loos outside.
On the MTB course there are no loos at drink stations – Please try to go somewhere other than at drink stations, there is plenty of countryside to pop behind a bush – or call into a Pub as you pass.
On the Sportive there are loos at the drink stations – please use them and not the hedges as they are at nice village halls we want to go back to!!
All routes will be way marked, simply follow the arrows as you ride. See the Sportive Way-Markings Guide for a detailed example of what to expect. MTB riders follow the same signs but they are yellow. Please see the GPX section at the bottom for files
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 –
High5 litter exchange
Nobody likes litter and one of the most frequent comments we get from locals is about the gel and bar wrappers left after events. We do sweep our courses and, to be honest, we don’t find too much, but to be extra sure we are now running a littler exchange. Quite simply, bring back your old bar/gel/rubbish, put it in the litter exchange bin after the ride and receive a free gel. The countryside stays clean, the locals are happy and you get a gel – everyone’s a winner!
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HORSE RIDERS
As the ride takes place on public roads and bridleways that we don’t have exclusive use of these for the event, please be look out for other 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
I won’t know what it’s like until Friday but the area is generally sandy so drains well. There is still likely to be mud out there though!
Just for clarity when you check the GPX files. The Long route comes nearly back to the event centre and then follows the route around again until the 29mile mark when it turns left onto the new route and back to base. This split won’t go up until after the last rider goes through so you won’t see it first time.
The long loop will be closed at 2pm.
Short route – 16miles, 620ft elevation Drink station at 7miles
Medium route – 24miles 850ft elevation Drink station at 13miles
Long route – 33miles 1120ft climbing Drink Station at 13 and 27miles
Long loop closed down at 2pm.
It’s not a race!
Please give way to other trail users, walkers, horse riders etc. If you come across a Horse, please let the rider know you are there in plenty of time and follow their instructions. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!! Please also close all gates you might come across and smile at all the other countryside users
More information can be found on the BC website HERE
The roads are in ok condition with a few pot holes so keep a look out whilst you are enjoying the countryside. Please make sure you are able to repair a few punctures as well – we will help you out if you get stuck but it may take up to an hour depending upon where the van is and what it’s doing – far faster and warmer to repair it yourself.
This is not a race!!
Please obey the highway code, stop at junctions and only ride two abreast where it is safe to do so – not on main roads or winding country lanes where cars travelling at speed will not be able to see you and stop!!!! If you come across a Horse, please let the rider know you are there in plenty of time and follow their instructions. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people. If you cause an accident, you are responsible for the consequences and any costs.
And whilst we are here, there is a great guide to Sportive Etiquette HERE
Distances are approx.
Fun – 14miles / 22km
Short -35miles / 56km
Medium -58miles /93km
Long -85miles / 136km
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 21miles / 34km
Medium – 35 and 50miles / 56 and 80km Please note. Your first drink station is quite a way into the ride so make sure you are fuelled to get that far.
Long – 35,60 and 75 miles /56,96 and 120km
Long loop is closed at 12.15pm as it’s 35miles in – last start time is 9.45am. At this point you will have 4.5 hours to ride 50miles.
You’ll receive a hard copy of the maps at registration
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Thursday afternoon around 6pm that has links to the GPX files. If you have not received this by 7pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
Provisional GPX files can be found HERE
See you all there!