MCC VAUXHALL FIELDS, WATERY LANE, MONMOUTH, NP25 5BA.
TRADE MARQUEE at the end of Watery lane, please follow the signs.
Thank you for entering and we hope you enjoy the new format with an extra day added as a warm up to the “Classic” on the Monday.
Please read the following information for your safety and registration
The HQ is at a new site in Monmouth very close to the town centre (5mins walk) and there is a Steam Rally on the Sunday in adjacent fields, so beware of the extra traffic. Free car parking is on the grassed area behind the marquee
Free camping is available adjacent to the Marquee and we have power and toilet facilities but no showers this year, we apologise for this and the ground is not ideal. Motorhomes will have no problem.
Tea and coffee are available through both days and we have porridge on the Monday.
Please read the notice boards for timing chip positioning and bike number identification.
Both routes have recently been checked after the winter and we are pleased to confirm that both routes are in good condition. Please just follow the green arrows and information boards
The Classic route has road closures on the Stowe Climb and Bulls Hill both of which are due to be completed before the event. Please check notice boards for confirmation and or diversion details. Good news is that after 2 years the English Bicknor climb is back.
Riders on both days will keep their same number and chip so please take care of these.
Will be displayed on the boards at registration, please take a note of all 3 different networks as mobile phone communications are poor in many parts of the Forest and surrounding area. If you can’t get a signal ask a fellow rider to call in for you when a signal is available giving your location and ride number. If in an accident please use the emergency services if you feel it is deemed necessary as due to the length of the route we cannot all ways respond as quickly.
We will have vehicles patrolling the route along with service vehicles for assistance as well.
Both routes are challenging and to avoid major roads where we can use cycle routes and narrow lanes some of which have gravel and dirt in the centre so please take care.
Many hedgerows have recently been cut and there is debris laying in places please take care and worn fellow cyclists when you can. The narrow lanes many of which have high banks and hedges making short term visibility poor so please ride to the left at all times in these areas.
We will have mechanical assistance at the start and finish thanks to Shimano, but ensure you have spare tubes and we recommend 25c width tyres as a minimum for this event.
Finally please this is a non-competitive event so please ride to the Highway Code at all times and please be courteous to fellow road users at all times. Have a very safe ride.
Entries on the Day accepted £5.00 extra
Now in its 11th year the ever evolving Forest of Dean Classic road sportive has gone 2 –DAY with a new route on Sunday, The Monmouthshire Challenge, over roads mostly within the county and offering a good testing ride following some of the British Road race Championship route of 2014 where possible. This is an ideal warm up for the Forest of Dean Classic route on the Monday with over 9000ft 0f climbing over 18 listed climbs all in 90 miles, still presents one of the hardest rides on the UK calendar.
A brand new Registration, start and finish on Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth Town offers FREE PARKING right next to the registration marquee, all at 2013 prices.
MONMOUTHSHIRE CHALLENGE £15,
FOREST OF DEAN CLASSIC £35 or ride BOTH for only £45.
All at 2013 prices
Entrie on the day accepted, £5.00 extra
The Forest of Dean Classic sportive was conceived over 12 years ago in a cafe in Pau after an Etape du Tour when many Brits had been bused to the finish as the event was so hard and different from any UK events. The Forest of Dean was designed as training for the big European events such as the Etape with as much climbing as possible and a good overall distance. The event was first run in 2005 which at the time was one of only 18 sportives in the UK!
We now limit the event to 500 riders to offer a better experience and changed the format this year to a two day with a 100km warm up ride the day before the classic event.