You can download the rider times from this weekend’s Ride It Hampshire event using the links below -
INFORMATION FOR THE WEEKEND – IMPORTANT.
What a lovely Autumnal ride today. Lots of quiet lanes, flanked by golden trees blowing in the wind – spectacular. Talking of the wind, you know it’s windy when the leaves are overtaking you down the lanes……… Hopefully it will have blown over by the weekend.
We’ve not ridden the MTB yet. It’s usually pretty muddy around here but it hasn’t rained too much recently and looking along bridleways as I passed on the road ride, they are looking ok. I’d still go for mud tyres though
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.
We have two carparks available this weekend, both hard standing. Please follow signs and Marshals to these areas. If you come to a barrier, please drive up to it and it should open.
Queen Mary’s College is pretty huge! Please follow signs to registration from the carparks.
Follow signs to registration which is inside the Gym ( smoked glass building with yellow frames)
There are Loos available on site. The mens will be in the Gym, the Ladies will be in the Sports centre around the corner – follow the signs.
Showers/changing rooms. Both are available in the Gym. If you are particularly muddy – MTBer’s I’m talking to you – please remove as much muddy clothing as possible/decent before entering the changing rooms. DO NOT use the showers to wash your clothing. We want to use this facility again and clogging up their drain would pretty much exclude it for next year.
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 – please check back here to see if we have had to update the GPX files. As we are on the other side of the M3 there is a bit of road to and from the off road sections. The ride distances have been increased to compensate for this. To cross the M3 we are using a footbridge. You MUST walk your bike on both occasions you come to it. It is a FOOTBRIDGE and therefore illegal to cycle on it – we will sign this but if you choose to ignore these signs, you are responsible for your actions and their consequences
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 on the field behind the school, please follow signs
Short – 18miles elevation 1200ft, drink station 11miles
Medium – 28miles, elevation 1900ft, Drink stations at 11 and 21miles
Long – 35miles. elevation 2500ft, Drink Stations at 11 and 21miles
It’s Autuminal 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 -30miles Elevation 1900ft
Medium -51miles Elevation 3000ft
Long -70miles Elevation 4200ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 24miles
Medium – 24 and 34miles
Long – 24 and 52miles
Long loop cut off – 12midday (30miles 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 email@example.com 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!