Hi All. MTB photos are now available and the Sportives should be ready tomorrow. See here Fotosportive
Until then, here’s a (low res.) sample of what to expect.
Put out the Long road loop today in the Sunshine, let’s hope you all have the same for the weekend. Saturday’s looking Ok – Sunday’s looking a bit dodgy……
To Start with:-
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 plenty of parking on site. Those early enough will get onto the hard standing, those a bit later will be on the school field. I had a walk around today and it’s very dry and hard, so shouldn’t be a problem. There might be a period where we change from one carpark to another so bear with us if it gets a bit confusing for a minute or two, but just follow the parking signs and the marshals.
This is in the canteen, follow signs to registration.
I have not been out and the course is not due to be pt up until tomorrow, but looking at the trails as I have ridden past today, they seem to be dry!! One of the Ride It staff went out on Wednesday night around the area ( not specifically our route) and filmed the tracks so have a look here One other thing, there is a house you pass with some small dogs. I have spoken to the owners and the dogs bark, but don’t bite! If they run at you, stop and give them a stroke as this is all they want…….
Medium 25 miles
Long 31 miles
The first drink station is at a pub, please use this for loos and if you are muddy, please remove as much as you can before going inside.
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.
I hope you all have the day we did today! 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.
The Long loop is one big descent, 28miles of flat and a big climb, profile like a bathtub. The Short and Medium will be mainly up and down……
Distances are approx.
Short -32miles Elevation 1700ft
Medium -56miles Elevation 3600ft
Long -86miles Elevation 4600ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 25miles
Medium – 25 and 51 miles
Long – 25, 51 and 81miles
Loos – I’m just waiting to hear back about using a pub for the first drink station which will have loos, there are none at the second/third so please use bushes in the countryside if you get caught short. Do not wee at the drink station – everyone has to eat and drink there!!
Long will be shut down at 1.30pm
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.
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!