October the 2nd and I was riding in shorts and a T-shirt today Let’s hope it stays that way for you guys………
The sportive generally starts in the hills, does a stretch on the flat and then returns to the hills . The MTB stays in the hills……
Sportive road conditions – generally OK but a few rough patches so go carefull and make sure you can repair a puncture
MTB trail conditions – we’ve not been out yet but it looks nice and dry from the road. But rain is forecast!
I’m running a bit late due to route changes so I’ll stop rambling and get on with the important stuff.
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.
We have some hard standing at the front of the sport centre ( It’s only a small centre!) and then we are on the grass around the back. Please follow parking signs and marshalls. Drive sensibly and slowly on the grass.
This will be under the covered terrace at the BACK of the building. Please do not use the front entrance.
Due to a clash with football the changing areas are not available this year. We have some portable loos in place which I’d suggest are for the boys, if the Ladies use the loos inside the building on the right as you enter, this will relieve the pressure on the Portable loos.
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 I said above, we haven’t been out but from the roads the trails look dry. It is forecast to rain though at some point and this might make the chalky trails a bit slippery, so if it’s wet slow down, take care and keep safe.
I expect there to be a some walkers around so please be courteous to them all, remember they want to enjoy the countryside too and not get constantly buzzed by bikers!!
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.
Short – 19miles elevation 2000ft, drink station 9.5miles
Medium – 28miles, elavation 3300ft, Drink stations at 12 and 19miles
Long – 34miles, elavation 4300ft, Drink stations at 17 and 26miles
I hope you all have a day like we did today, I think the forecast is looking good…. 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, please 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 -27miles Elevation 2000ft
Medium -61miles Elevation 4000ft
Long -84miles Elevation 50000ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 17miles
Medium - 30 and 46miles
Long - 30 and 66miles
Long loop cut off – 1pm (40miles 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!