Update 4.40 Friday 31st
MTB GPX files now on line.
Just a reminder that the Sportive on Sunday is SOLD OUT. There will be no on the day entries and no reserve lists.
Please read below so that 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.
The Sportive is sold out. There are no pre-entries, on the day entries or reserve lists. If you don’t have an entry, please respect this and for the safety and enjoyment of those who do have an entry, don’t turn up on the day. .
The venue is Fairchildes school. Please note, it is NOT the highschool which might be the first school you come to, keep going for another 100mtrs.
There are two entrances to two parking areas – please follow marshals directions on and be patient whilst we change over. The overflow parking in the field around the back might be waterlogged so once the school hard standing is full, please park outside on the surrounding roads. Please park sensibly and do not block or obstruct driveways!!
Follow signs to registration. Once in the lobby, follow the relevant signs. Please note, if you are directed into the main hall there are hot drinks ( and food later) available next to the other registration area.
ThePlease follow signs to the loos. There are 7 for use, but please note that it might be quicker and more comfortable to go before you leave home……
There will be hot food available until 4pm each day. Aftert this we will endeavour to have food available but please do not expect a full spread.
Before I go any further I would like to point out that THIS IS NOT A RACE. You will not be given a rank and all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running a popular friendly event by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. Stop at junctions and traffic lights, and obey the highway code. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. We do 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.
Horses If you meet ANY horses on the trails and you are approaching from behind please call out “Hello” some distance back to indicate you are approaching. Wait for the rider to ackowledge you and pass slow and wide. If you are asked to wait or it’s obviously not safe to do so, please wait until you are told it’s ok to pass. Please also be aware that there might be horses coming up the trail and keep your speed under control. This way we can all enjoy the sunshine and countryside. 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.
There will be a bike wash on the field behind the school, please follow signs
Distances ( PROVISIONAL)
Short – 16miles elevation 1400ft, drink station 7miles
Medium – 26miles, elavation 2300ft, Drink stations at 7 and 14miles
Long – 33miles. elavation 3200ft, Drink Stations at 7 and 18miles
It’s Autuminal out there! There is quite a lot of leaf cover and debris on the roads, especially near farms where tractors have been dragging mud out onto the tarmac.If there are standing puddles, go carefully as the roads are prone to pot holes. Please keep your eye out for them and if you are travelling in a group, please shout out warnings to those behind. Make sure you have the ability to change a couple of punctures, especially if you are running lightweight skinny tyres.( PLEASE, PLEASE don’t use skinny, lightweight tyres or Tubs.) A van can be sent out to your aid, but in might be over an hour to get to you depending upon where you and it are. We use small lanes, so keep your speed down and be aware that there might be cars around that bend. On larger roads please keep to single file unless it’s safe to do so.
IMPORTANT. At just under 6miles there is a steep descent with a hairpin. As we speak we are intending to still use this section of road, depending on what I find on the pre-drive on Sunday morning, this might change. If we do go down it, KEEP YOUR BRAKES ON, it’s scary enough in the dry and you will not be able to stop for the hairpin. There will be loads of signs from top to hairpin – they are there for a reason, don’t ignore them!!!
Distances are approx.
Short -31miles Elevation 2500ft
Medium -51miles Elevation 4000ft
Long -72miles Elevation 5300ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 20miles
Medium – 29 and 40miles
Long – 29, 50 and 61miles
Long loop cut off – 12pm (29miles in)
Event centre closes at 5pm – Gate will be locked.
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 cause and accident, you are responsible for the consequences and any costs. Horses. If there are any horses on the road, please slow down and shout out “Hello” with good warning – then wait until you are told it is safe to pass.
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 and a guide to show you have to view them interactively. If you have not received this by 7pm tonight 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. I have to change the MTB routes so there will be a delay in getting these produced, they should be available tomorrow.
See you all there!