For once I didn’t get out on the bike today and had to let the boys set up the whole route WIth the weather supposedly getting better for the weekend it should be a great weekend in the saddle.
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.
Please follow the marshals instructions and signs to the parking – we have lots but it’s not necessarily the ones right in front of you
Registration is back in the Sports Hall this year – follow signs
There will be toilets in the building . Men – on eof the toilets takes while to refill with water after flushing – please give it time to build up a good quantity before flushing otherwise it’ll get blocked. You can also use the disabled loo.
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.
As we are putting on the new Enduro route for this event I’m not going to release the GPX files and info until Friday late afternoon when it’s all up. Distances and drink stations below are correct provided the routes stay as planned.
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 acknowledge 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.
Short 15miles elevation 2400ft Drink station at 10miles
Medium 28 miles elevation 4100ft Drinks at 18 and 23miles
Long 36 miles elevation 5100ft Drinks at 18 and 31 miles
Enduro 50 miles elevation 7400ft Drinks at 18 and 31 miles, You can return to the last one at about 44miles
Enduro loop cut off at 2pm.
A lovely route through the countryside with the one huge climb over the South Downs, yep, Ditchling Beacon. After you descend into Brighton we use the cyclepath to keep you off the dual carriageway, Please take care as it’s a two way lane. The roads are in ok condition but, like the rest of the country, they are prone to pot holes. Please keep your eye out for them and if you are travelling in a group, shout out warnings to those behind. We also 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.
Distances are approx.
Short -29miles Elevation 2100ft
Medium -58miles Elevation 3700ft
Long -85miles Elevation 5000ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 18miles
Medium - 18 & 35 miles
Long – 18, 35 and 62miles
Long loop cut off – 12.30 Midday
Food is stopped at 4pm
Event centre closes at 5pm
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 map 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!