On Sunday 19th May the Evans Cycles RIDE IT team will be hosting a 50 mile Prudential RideLondon Training Ride Sportive from our Head Office near Gatwick. It will be the perfect way to help with your training for this summer’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, meet other riders taking part in the event and get a chance to have a practice run up Leith Hill, the toughest climb you’ll face on the Prudential RideLondon route.
The ride will follow a standard sportive format with a fully waymarked route so you ride at your own pace. They’ll be an on route feed stop around half distance so you can top up your energy levels with plentiful free cake, flapjack, jelly beans and energy products. As well as mechanical back up should you have a problem whilst out on the ride
More details and entry links can be found at RIDE IT Prudential RideLondon Training Sportive
You can also join the event over on Facebook via RIDE IT Prudential RideLondon Training Sportive Facebook Event Page
By Car – Leave the M23 at Junction 10, take the A2011, then from the roundabout follow Gatwick Road towards Tinsley Green. The postcode if you’re using a sat nav is RH10 9TZ
Parking – There is limited parking in our office car park which has a 6ft height restriction so not suitable for cars with roof mounted bike racks. There is additional free on street parking opposite our office building and all the way along Whittle Way. Our event staff will direct you once the office car park is full. We have also arranged with some of the other local businesses on the trading estate to use their office car parks but please don’t park in the car par parks of other business unless directed to do so by our event staff and please don’t park anywhere that would obstruct the access to other businesses.
By Train – Gatwick train station is a short ride away from the start and we suggest following the National Cycle Network Route 21 to get from the station to the start. This is accessed from the departures area inside the airport, so don’t head outside from the train station. As you enter the airport turn left and then you are looking for a door on the left that says “Stairs to Cycle Lane”. If in doubt ask a member of staff at the airport or train station for directions.
By Bike – NCN Route 21 takes you close to our head office, more details can be found on the Sustrans website – Route 21 Information
We’ll be based from the Evans Cycles head office, registration will be inside the showroom store with the start and finish point outside the front of our main office.
Pleas note other Evans Cycles staff will be working in our head office building and warehouse over the weekend so please don’t try and enter any areas marked as staff only. If you’re looking to check out the latest bikes and kit our Gatwick Showroom Store will be open until 5pm on the day of the ride.
Toilets are available in both Unit 1 and Unit 2, these will be signed and if you find a queue it’s almost certainly worth the short walk to the other side.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
Registration will be open from 08:30 to 09:30am and we’ll start riders in groups between 08:30 and 09:30am. There are no specific start times per rider so you’re free to join a group and start when you’re ready to ride within that start period.
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.
We’ll have free tea and coffee available at the event centre, this is on a self serve/help yourself basis.
If you’d like to purchase other hot drinks or hot food before or after the ride there is a catering van less than 100 metres from the start/finish point of the ride. They are normally open from 8am until 3pm.
The ride consists of a single 50 mile route starting and finishing at the Evans Cycles Head Office near Gatwick. From the start it’s a quick skirt around the edge of the airport before we’re into some quieter country lanes heading through Norwood Hill and Newdigate then onto the main challenge of the day. Leith Hill is the highest point in Surrey and the toughest challenge on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey route at approximately 1.5 miles long with an average gradient of around 7% (although ramps up to around 12% in places!).
Prudential RideLondon Training Ride Route – 50 miles/80km with 3,040 feet/925 metres elevation gain.
Feed stop at Walliswood Village Hall approximately 32 miles/51km.
After completing the sportive route please head back through the finish timing point. If you don’t you won’t register a finish time and will show as a DNF when we publish the rider times.
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. Please pay particular attention to any caution or warning signs you see whilst on the ride.
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 is a feed stop a bit further than half 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.
High 5 are the official nutrition partner for Prudential RideLondon so it’s a great opportunity to try some of the products if you haven’t done so before.
For advice on nutrition for before, during and after your ride click on the guide below from High 5 –
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/signals. 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 quieter country 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, the actions of other participants or the actions of any 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 there are lots of specialist cycle insurance providers that can provide tailored cover for you and your equipment.
WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS
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.
At this time of year the weather can still be quite changeable so we suggest you check the forecast and come prepared for the conditions. You can find the latest BBC Weather forecast at Crawley Weather Forecast.
We’ll be doing our final course inspection just before the ride so will update if we find any other 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 event team contact numbers, the location of the feed station and any key climbs or caution points.
Printable Map – PDF Map
Strava fans can check out the route and segments here – Strava Route
Whilst you’re welcome to download and view the provisional files we suggest you download them again the day before the event just in case we have to make any last minute route diversions.
Rider times will be posted to our website the day after the ride, you’ll find them at – RIDE IT Rider Times
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 Prudential RideLondon Training Sportive Facebook Event Page.