Well done to everyone who braved the wet, cold and muddy conditions and came and joined us for our first event of 2013. You can now download rider times from the Chieveley Ride It! using the link below.
MTB photos available, everyone is a shade of brown so look closely -
We are on site running the MTB ride today and I’ve been forced to make the descision to cancel tomorrows Sportive. If you know me and have been on our winter snowy rides, you know I don’t do this lightly!! As you know, the weather has not played ball and there was forcasted snow over night. This now looks unlikely but it’s still going to get really cold tonight and possibly icy. Which wouldn’t be too bad if it hadn’t rained pretty heavily for the last day which left the road wet and therefore potentially dangerous if it does ice up. The real nail in the coffin is that the field we were going to use to park you all is now water logged and we have only managed to get 5 cars on it today. Tomorrow we need to get atleast 150 – which is just not going to happen. The village can’t take this amount of on road parking so there is literally no where to park you all.
We are removing the course today and I will be the only one on site explaining to anyone who didn’t get the message.
We will sort out refunds next week but bear with us as there’s about 350 to do!!
Sorry about this and hope to see you at a sunny event later in the year.
Bit late in theday but………rather helpfully our IT dept cancelled our PDQ machine yesterday and it takes 24 hours to shut down so has now gone blank! I can’t get it running until Monday so please can I ask that you bring cash if at all possible.? Many Thanks
Just looking at the forecast for the weekend and it’s forecast to snow on Saturday night for a short spell. I drive the course from 4am so will have an idea of the road conditions for the Sportive. I will post here and on Facebook by 6am to let you know if we need to cancel so check here before you set off. If we do cancel you recieve a refund.
Just got back from putting out the Long road loop, my first work ride of the year! The temperature has dropped so there was a bit of a nip in the air as I set off but after a few miles I was nice and warm and by Streatley Hill I was pretty toastie
Here’s all the details you’ll need for the weekend.
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.
This might be a bit of a problem this weekend. There is a field and it’s OK at the moment but I will need to keep an eye on it to make sure we don’t destroy it. Please follow the directions of the marshals. If we do have to close down the field please find somewhere in the village to park. There is space down near the local shops and along local roads, please DO NOT park in the small cu-de-sacs or block off peoples drives. If you have a LARGE VAN then please park along the road anyway as you Will not be allowed onto the field. Thanks for your understanding if this occurs.
I don’t think it’s going to get cold enough to freeze the ground so expect some mud! Some friends went out last might and rode the route, their thoughts were that is wasn’t as muddy as they thought…….. I’d prep your bike with some knobblies.
It’s not a race!
Please give way to other trail users, walkers, horse riders etc. If you come across a Horse, please let the rider know you are there in plenty of time and follow their instructions. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!!
The roads are in winter conditions. On my loop there was the odd pothole, a bit of mud and one big puddle but nothing particularly bad. I’d make sure you have a way to repair at least two punctures with you. We will come to your aid but it might take us a while depending upon where the vans are, much better to be prepared.
The Long loop breaks away from the the rest of the routes after about 200mtrs and does a loop back to the start. There will be a drink station set up around the entrance to the village hall by the road. If you want to stop then great but please DO NO APPROACH THE START. If you do and the timing system registers you then that will be your ride time. If you wish to use the loos then remove your helmet with the timing chip and leave it by the drink station. The Long loop will be closed at 9.45 as usual and we will removed it at 10am, please do not start after this as you will be behind our riders.
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short – 21miles
Medium – 31miles
Long – 22 and 53miles
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.
I will try post up maps for both days by tomorrow night. These are for info only and you will get a hard copy at registration.
Everyone who has pre-entered will have received a pre-event mail 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. If you have not pre-entered then you can down load the files from our computers in the morning ( except Sportive as there are no on the day entries), please don’t email me asking for them
See you all there!
Welcome to the New Year and the first of this years Ride It Events.
And to kick it off we have sold out on the Sportive ride. If you don’t already have a place please do not turn up as we do not have any parking for you – it’s very tough and go as it is for the numbers we have.
I will update as the week progresses.