Thanks for everyone who braved the varried weather yesterday. I was standing in the carpark in the morning in the pouring rain, looking to the horizon for that promised sunshine. It came, on que, at about 10am and stayed clear for the rest of the day. After a breezy 15minutes that took down 3 of our flags everything seemed to settle down. We were, however, fairly low down and soon as riders started coming back with tales of high winds and hail that covered the road! So hat’s off to those that carried on with the long route and had to pedal downhill to keep going, in fact, hat’s off to you all for coming along and getting out on your bikes.
The times are available to download now -
You weren’t the only people out there in the wind. There were two photographers out there, so pop over to SportSunday to see if you were snapped – Here
Update Saturday 5.30pm
Sportive is on tomorrow. The only reason it won’t be is if it snows or freezes tonight, neither of which are forecast ( supposed to be 6-7degrees tonight) The roads we use are looking clear and the snow is melting near the event centre. So bring your waterproofs for the morning and enjoy the sun(?!!) from 10am.
Update Friday 11pm
I realy don’t want to do this, but looking out the window at the falling snow and knowing that it’s still got 3 hours to go, I think it’s best for everyones safety if I cancel the MTB ride for tomorrow. We will still be there, if I can get the van out the carpark, as we need to get set up for Sunday and strip the course. I intend to go out to strip the course around 10 am, so if you are set on a ride and don’t mind the slog…….. We will sort out refunds next week. Sorry Dean
Update Friday 6.30pm
It’s snowing on cue! The forecast is that it will stop tonight and will be mild and plus degrees tomorrow. We obviously won’t know until tomorrow morning first thing what is actually going on so I’ll try and post here about 7 -7.15am if we feel we have to cancel – but at the moment I am full committed to running the event – so be prepared!!
We are all back from putting out the MTB course, and we have all had a great ride in the snow!! This might, however, change with this afternoons forecast snow. With this in mind we have taken out the more remote loop and decided to run just the two lengths tomorrow. There is a Short which comes in at about 14.5miles and a Medium at 21miles which we think will be enough for most riders. At the moment there are a few short sections that require a push unless you are super fit but most riding is on compacted snow, so are rideable. Obviously this is likely to be covered with a layer of snow tomorrow so take care and don’t be recklessly fast.
After 24 hours of indecision, one sign today made my mind up about the Sportive route on Sunday. This was “Road Closed” and formed part of the long loop. I’d been umming and ahhing about this loop because, as anyone who’s ridden it with us will tell you, it’s fairly remote and unlikely to be cleared. We are due snow tomorrow but warm and wet weather for the weekend and I was thinking that we might get away with it so went out in the van to see what it’s like at the moment. The long loop now follows the Medium route back to the top of Crag Vale where it splits off back down Crag Vale ( so you will descend the longest continuous gradient in England) You then reverse the route back to the event centre. A bit more main road than we’d like/usually use, but at least you’ll be able to ride it. This has shortened the ride length to about 65miles as well.
Obviously on everyone’s minds at the moment. The forecast here is for snow tomorrow afternoon and then a warm, wet weekend. The MTB on Saturday will go ahead as planned. There will be snow to deal with but this is the same as the last two years so I don’t foresee there being a problem. We might change the route slightly so won’t up date the GPX files and maps until tomorrow evening. The Sportive will 99% be going ahead. The roads today are all clear of snow and are black tarmac all the way ( subject to Keith reporting in on the Medium loop) The snow from tomorrow will have 36hours of warm weather and some rain to help it melt.
I will keep the blog updated over the weekend and will keep you all informed. For the Sportive on Sunday I check out the course from 3am. I will post up at 6am to give the final decision.
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.
There is a small parking area just after the school on the left. Please park here until it’s full when you’ll have to park on the road. Please park sensibly and do not block off drive ways. Please DO NOT DRIVE DOWN OR PARK IN GREEN MEADOWS CLOSE which is next to the event centre. The locals get angry and are likely to come out and tell you to move your car! We will have parking signs at the top of this road so don’t come down it – even to drop off riders! The other place not to park is within the Hospital grounds – they are private property.
I won’t know what it’s like until tomorrow but it’s likely to be snowy 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.
Everyone follows the same route to Hebden Bridge and then up Crag Vale to the first drink station. Here the short splits off and returns to base and the Medium and Long drop down towards Ripponden and a loop around Moss Moor. Returning to the drinkstation and the medium follows the short back to the finish whilst the Long goes back down Crag Vale and then reverses the route back home.
Long loop is closed at 1.30pm – last start time is 9.45am
Distances are approx.
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, medium,long - 19miles
Medium,long – 35miles
Long – 44miles
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 firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll check your entry and send you a copy. If you have not pre-entered then you can down load the files from our computers in the morning ( except Sportive as there are no on the day entries), please don’t email me asking for them
See you all there!
I’ll be updating this page with information about the up coming Rochdale Ride It.
Maps and routes. As usual we do not publish the routes until we have put out the route and know it’s correct. On Thursday night all pre-entered riders should receive an email with links to the GPX files and how to view routes.
Firstly, if you don’t already know. The Sportive on Sunday is sold out, there are no more spaces available on the day so please do not turn up expecting this to be the case.