Taking place on Sunday 21st July the Cheshire 100 Sportive offers a choice of 100km or 100 mile route options. Starting from the grounds of the Arley Hall Estate the 100km route winds its way through country lanes on the Cheshire Plains passing both Dunham Massey Deer Park and Tatton Park along the way before returning back to the finish. For riders looking for more of a challenge the 100 mile route is not only longer but heads for some more challenging terrain on the edge of the Peak District. There’s a chance to test your legs as we climb up through Macclesfield Forest before starting to head back past Alderley Edge and then a relatively fast and flat run in across the Cheshire Plains to the finish.
More details and entry links can be found at – The Cheshire 100 Sportive
You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the The Cheshire 100 Sportive Facebook Event Page.
By Car – Arley is signposted from Junction 9/10 on the M56 and Junction 19/20 on the M6. Follow the brown tourist signs as you get closer. Once arriving please follow the event parking signs and directions from our parking marshals.
By Train – The closest train station is Northwich on the Mid-Cheshire Line, from here it’s about a 6 mile ride to Arley Hall. If you are planning to travel by train please check travel times and ensure you can reach the venue in time for the start as we won’t be able to let riders join the ride once we’ve closed the start.
By Bike – Arley Hall is close to NCN Route 70, for more information visit the Sustrans site at NCN Route 70. Please be aware if you are planning to ride to the start and not familiar with the area some of the A roads are particularly busy and best avoided.
The event will be hosted from the grounds of the Arley Hall Estate, we’ll be down in their event field but if you have time after your ride the hall and gardens are well worth a visit. If you have family with you there is also Stockley Farm Park opposite to keep the kids entertained.
REGISTRATION & TIMINGS
The site will be open for access from 07:00 with registration opening from 07:15.
Rider registration will be open between 07:15 and 09:15.
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.
The first rider starts are from 08:00 for all route distances.
There is no designated start time per rider, just register then head to the start line when you’re ready to ride. We’ll set off groups roughly every 5 minutes so you shouldn’t have too long to wait before you’re out on the roads. Please be aware we do have to stagger the starts so as not to cause congestion on the roads, we can’t let everyone leave in one massive group at 8am so please be patient if you have to wait. Please don’t be tempted to bypass the start, you’ll miss the safety briefing and won’t record a start time so will appear as a DNS in the rider times.
The last start for riders on all routes is 9:30am but we’d suggest if you’re doing the 100 mile route you aim to start with the first groups if you’re concerned about making the time cut off.
THE CHESHIRE 100 SPORTIVE ROUTE INFORMATION
We have a choice of two routes available, both will allow you to say you clocked up a century ride, so you just need to choose whether that century is going to be the full 100 miles or the metric 100 kilometres.
Although the routes both start and finish together they have very different characters. The 100km stays on the Cheshire Plains and is predominately flat whilst the 100 mile route takes a diversion into the Peak District with some challenging climbs that should test even the strongest riders.
Please remember to pass through the finish point at the end of your ride to record your time and collect your finishers medal, barbeque token and goody bag.
The Cheshire 100 Miles Route Information
101 miles/163km with 4,498ft/1,371m elevation gain with feed stops at approximately 25miles (Goostrey), 52 miles (Macclesfield Forest) and 80 miles (nr. Altrincham)
If you like to know what lies ahead the notable climbs on the 100 mile route are –
Artists Lane – A warm up for the bigger hills to come, 1 mile with an average gradient of 4.5%
Blaze Hill – The big one! 2 miles with an average gradient of 6% but much steeper in places
Ankers Lane – Legs are feeling it now, 1 mile with an average gradient of 5% but over 10% in places
Lamaload – Short and steep at only 0.25 miles but with an average gradient over 10%
If you find yourself struggling on one of the hills you can console yourself with the thought that once you pass half way it’s mainly downhill to the finish!
The Cheshire 100km Route Information
65 miles/105km with 1,818ft/1554m elevation gain with feed stops at approximately 25 miles (Goostrey) and 42 miles (nr. Altrincham)
There are no notable climbs on the 100km route, the terrain is best described as rolling but with tired legs those bridges up and over the motorway towards the end can start to feel like mountains!
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.
TIME CUT OFFS
For riders doing the 100 mile route there will be a time cut off at the ride split, approximately 35 miles into the ride at 11:45am, if you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto the 100km route distance. The route is quite flat and fast to this point and if you haven’t made it to the cut off by then you’ll probably struggle to keep pace on the more challenging terrain ahead and finish before the event closes.
The event centre is planned to close at 5pm so you should aim arrive back before then. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that will give you nearly 9 hours to complete the ride.
Any riders who are on schedule to finish significantly after 5pm maybe collected by the sweeper van or diverted to a shorter route back to the event centre.
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 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.
If you’re new to participating in sportives or riding in a group with other riders then the check out the British Cycling Ride Smart video on sportive etiquette with some great tips to ensure you and your fellow riders have a safe and enjoyable ride.
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 trail users particularly horse riders who frequently use the bridleways 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.
POST RIDE CATERING
After the ride we’ll be firing up the barbeque and all riders will be given a meal ticket when they finish to claim your free burger or hot dog (vegetarian options also available).
Fresh Catering will also be on site from 7am should you want to purchase hot drinks or something extra to eat before or after your ride.
TOUR DE FRANCE OPEN AIR SCREENING
During the afternoon we’re planning to show the Tour de France on our big outdoor screen so after your ride you can relax and catch up on the latest action whilst enjoying some food from the barbeque
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/
WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS
The long term weather forecast is looking ok at the moment, if it’s hot make sure you slap on the sun cream and drink plenty whilst you’re out on the ride but this is British summer time so it might be worth packing a rain coat too!
Whilst most roads in Britain suffer from some potholes at some points the roads around Cheshire seem a lot better than some of the areas we visit 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 areas of caution.
MAPS & GPS ROUTE 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.
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail by 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
We have on course photos available to purchase from Sport Sunday Event Photograohy, you find his image a gallery online shortly after the ride at – The Cheshire 100 Sportive Photos
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