The good weather has held out again!! A nice, if humid day in the saddle today, let’s hope it carries on this way.
IMPORTANT: Firstly I need to talk Horses. The local riders have been bombarded with events recently so are a bit fragile about events in the area. This is not really being helped by the shut down of some major local roads for next weekends London Ride. I have been talking to them and seem to have a new job of cycling/horse riding advisor for the area!! So please pay attention to the sections below regarding horses over the weekend – both on road and on MTBs.
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 a whole field for free parking so there are no issues. Please follow the signs on the left as you go up the drive to Polesden Lacey, do not go into their main car park as you will have to pay. The entry to the field is also the exit from the start tent, so keep your speed down.
We are out side under Marquees for this event so just head for the Evans tents.
Are by the entrance to the house and will be open from 7.30am – please do not use the woods as a urinal.
We will have Tea/coffee/snacks available in the morning. When you come back the cafe will be selling drinks/cake/food etc. so head off there.
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.
I have not been out and the course is not due to be put up until tomorrow, but it’s hot and sunny here and it’s never very muddy so I expect it to be dry and dusty…..
Keep yourselves hydrated – there will be one drink station on the short and two on the Medium with plenty of water.
As it’s so sunny I expect there to be a lot of 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 The first thing you will do is ride around the back of a stable. We have spoken to them but the following applies to ANY horses you meet on the trails. If 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 16miles elevation 1850ft Drink station at 11miles
Medium 26 miles elevation 3200ft Drinks at 16 and 22 miles
Long 31 miles elevation 3600ft Drinks at 16 and 22miles
I hope you all have the day we did today, but a little bit cooler…… 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.
Horse event – There is an event just before Polesden Lacey, do not follow signs to “Great Bookham Events” or you will be entering yourself for horse trials!! Follow Evans signs.
Distances are approx.
Short -27miles Elevation 2200ft
Medium -40miles Elevation 3500ft
Long -69miles Elevation 4800ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 16miles
Medium – 16 & 25 miles
Long – 16, 25 and 54miles
Long loop cut off – 12 Midday
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. There is a horse event at the stables near the start. Please give way to any turning horse boxes – they will not give way to you!! 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.
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.
See you all there!