Well done to everyone who came and rode with us today, a cold start followed by sunshine, rain and hail all before lunch for the mountain bikers whilst we finally got some dry weather for Sunday’s road ride.
We think we got all the changes but if you have any queries, please email Mark at the address on the top of the times sheets.
You can download rider times using the links below -
Put out the Long road loop today with water in my eyes……..but for a change it was sweat!!! Best day of the year so far for cycling, shorts and T-shirt all the way The weather is supposed to change though so make sure you pack some warmer kit as well. Without further ado, here’s the details:-
Firstly, 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.
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 It is due to rain a bit though, so be prepared! 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
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. Here’s the stats from my ride today Garmin Connect
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
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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
See you all there!
This will be the place to come for all the last minute info on this weekends Watlington Ride It
First off, the Sportive is closed for pre-entry and on the day entries. It is sold out, so please do not come along on the off chance of an entry as we do not have the room!!
I will up date during the week.