We’ve done lots of events all across the country over the last few years but this year’s Ride It Gatwick event is definitely one of the muddiest, coldest and wettest I can remember.
The MTB ride on Saturday featured plenty of mud that made walking let alone riding difficult at times and unfortunately the conditions were hard on the bikes as well as the riders which saw several come back in one of our support vehicles due to mechanical problems.
The road riders on Sunday didn’t get things any easier, riders started in the rain and it seemed the rain only eased up when the conditions got cold enough for the rain to turn to sleet and snow. Myself and Keith had the job of riding around and clearing the course signs after the last riders and both of us agreed that it had been one of the coldest and wettest rides we’d done. Despite several layers of Gore Bike Wear’s finest the cold and wet still managed to find it’s way in after several hours on the bike. I think it’s the first time in 5 years of doing the job that we actually thought about calling the support van out for ourselves especially after Keith picked up his fourth puncture of the day.
You can download rider times using the links below. A lot of people, understandably, switched to shorter routes and I think I’ve updated most riders but if there are any errors let us know.
Pictures of the weekend can be found here Mick Hall Photos At the moment there are MTB ones there and Sportive ones should be coming soon.
Update 9.30pm Friday
Looking at the weather forecst for tomorrow and I don’t think it’ll be any suprise to anyone that it’s going to rain. Come prepared to get wet!!
Update 6pm Friday
Sorry for the problems with email today – all sorted. I have replied to all emails and comments on here.
MTB conditions – It’s going to be wet and muddy out there. Some pushing will have to be done so make sure you top up with cake at the drink stations!! There might even be some snow as this picture from today shows…….
Update 5.40pm Thursday
Lovelly day out on the bike today putting out the Medium section of the road route. Those roads are in winter conditions so please keep an eye out for the occasional pothole and debris. Make sure you can repair at least two punctures and we’d recommend staying away from skinny, lightweight tyres.
I have a lot on at the moment so I wont ramble on, here’s the bones:-
SPORTIVE AND MTB SOLD OUT – yep, a first for us!!
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 parking around the area and in some neighbouring retail units. There will be marshals directing you on the morning, please follow their directions and do not park where you want. We have to keep areas free for vehicular access and if you park where there are bollards, you might end up having an argument with an articulated lorry . If you came to King of the Downs, please do not park in the local retail units unless directed to do so. At KotDs cars were blocked in and some riders had to wait 2 hours before they could leave!! Once these are full we have some parking arranged a couple of hundred mtrs away – just follow the Marshals.
This will be inside the righthand building of our Head Office. You get there by walking between the two units and looking for the door on the right with Registration signs on it.
I won’t know what it’s like until tomorrow but it’s likely to be MUDDY soI’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. I saw the odd pothole today 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.
All the routes go to the first drink station at 21miles. Here the Long splits off to ride “The Wall” and the Medium and Short take a slightly easier route. This drink station is slightly off route so please ask if you are unsure how to get back onto your ride. There#s plenty of ups and downs wiggling your way back to Evans HQ and a warm drink.
Long loop is closed at Midday as it’s only 20miles in - last start time is 9.45am
Distances are approx.
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, medium,long – 21miles
Medium,long – 54miles ( long stretch so make sure you fill up at the first drink station.)
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 MTB 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 email@example.com I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
See you all there!
This is the place to come to for details of this weekends Ride It at Gatwick.
Pre-event emails will be sent on Thursday night. These will include links to the GPX files and instructions on how to view the maps interactively.
First thing to note is that the Sportive is sold out so please do not come along as there are no places available.
I’ll update as the week goes so keep popping back for more info.