Looking forward to seeing you this weekend at my home event. I’m posting this up a bit earlier and before Thursday as I have a lot to do tomorrow and need to go out in the evening. So……..
Some IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ.
Whitchurch Bridge in Pangbourne is closed and you can’t cross it by car. The only way to the event centre is via Reading Town Centre/Caversham or via Streatly. This will add about 20/30 minutes if you have to go around from Pangbourne. There is pedestrian access via a foot bridge so if you are coming by train then that’s OK.
PARKING OPENS AT 7.35am. Please do not attempt to arrive before this time as it will cause problems with traffic and the local roads. We have tarmac parking this year just across from the village hall but it’s gated and these will not be open until 7.35am.
For this event we have hard standing at a local company. They have kindly let us have it for free so please do not abuse this facility.
Keep your speed to the 20mph limit
Obey marshals/security personnel
Do not drop litter – take it home or to the event centre
DO NOT URINATE in their parking area. There are plenty of loos at the event centre. If you are seen peeing anywhere on their land you will be asked to leave and we will not allow you to take part in the event.
Do not attempt to enter any of their buildings.
The event centre is back down the lane you drove up.
If you walk to the event centre, please follow the “Walk” signage across the village green, along the gravel and cross the road just past the church. DO NOT walk in the road as it is a dangerous corner.
If it’s getting crowded in the village hall, please take your bikes to the start and leave them in the “Start” carpark. We have staff there so they should be safe.
Finally – do not stand in or obstruct the private drive between the village hall and Start area, it is in constant use.
In order to make life easier for you we will have a marquee in the main car park. This will mean that you can register near your cars and then ride over to the start at the village hall when you are ready. There are loos near the start AND in the village hall.
Morning drinks and after ride food and drink are available in the Village Hall near the start area.
Womens led rides
Please meet in the Village Hall at your appointed time.
Just a reminder that the Sunday Sportive is sold out – please do not come to the event hoping for cancellations, we won’t be accepting on the day entries.
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.
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 Friday, but looking at the trails as I have ridden past recently, they seem to be dry!! One of the staff rode a lot of the route last night and said there are some muddy patches, but these seem to be in small sections
Short 15miles elevation 1200ft
Medium 26 miles elevation 2000ft
Long 33 miles elevation 2400ft
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!! Please also close all gates you might come across.
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 -34miles Elevation 2000ft
Medium -59miles Elevation 4000ft
Long -83miles Elevation 5900ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 17miles
Medium - 17 & 41 miles
Long - 28, 43 and 65miles
Long loop cut off – 9.45 from the Start. The top Medium loop will be shut down at 1.30pm
Event centre closes at 5pm – Hot food will finish at 4pm.
I’ll post these up on Friday after we have put out the courses. These will be for info only and are not down loadable, you will get a hard copy 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.
See you all there!