Well done to everyone who came along this weekend, it was a tough weekend of riding but has hopefully set you up nicely for the year ahead!
Your times are available using the links below:
The RideIt! Team
The MTB Gpx files are now online. I have had a few issues uploading the Medium and Long routes. All this means is that they might not appear as named routes on your unit, the routes are ok.
The setting out guys have said that is not as bad out there as they thought, more “Wet than muddy” but we’ll see…
INFORMATION FOR THE WEEKEND – IMPORTANT.
Firstly – Both days are now sold out. This is to twofold. For both days we have kept the entry figures at a level that will cause as little disturbance to the residents of Chieveley as possible. The field we usually use is waterlogged so the some people will have to park on local roads – please see parking section below. Secondly, on the MTB we want to reduce our impact on the local trails, so have capped the number of riders accordingly.
There are no on the day entries or waiting lists. If you don’t have an entry, please do not turn up and cause extra friction with the locals.
Onto the rides.
Today, the sun was out, no rain and some dry roads – quite a surprising day in the saddle!! The roads are in winter conditions, so please see the Sportive section below.
We’ve only ridden the short loop recently and it’s not too muddy ( Yet!) but it is quite wet. So expect to come back in a bit of a state!!
So, to the weekend.
Please BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION You will not be allowed to register without one and will have to return to your car.
There is limited parking on site. Once this is full please park CONSIDERATELY on the local roads. We have kept the number of entries low so there should be no problems with space. It’s also likely to be early – so please keep your volume down to allow people to enjoy their Sunday morning lie-in.
Follow signs to registration which is inside the village hall
There are Loos available on site.
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.
We have not ridden the route as yet – I’m a bit unsure about the conditions on all of the route so we will post up the GPX files tomorrow once we have put up the course and know if there are any changes.
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 around the side of the basketball court
Short – 14iles elevation 1000ft, drink station 9miles
Medium – 24les, elevation 1600ft Drink stations at 18miles
Long – 31miles. elevation 2100ft, Drink Stations at 18miles
It’s Wet out there! There is a bit 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.
Distances are approx.
Short -34miles Elevation 1900ft
Medium -47 miles Elevation 3000ft
Long -70miles Elevation 45ooft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 21miles
Medium - 33miles .We will put a small “splash and dash” around 25miles
Long – 22 and 55miles We will put a small “splash and dash” drink station around 47miles
Long loop cut off – 11.30am (23miles 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!