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CIRCUIT OF THE FENS GRAND PRIX SPORTIVE
SATURDAY 26TH JULY 2014. Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

CIRCUIT OF THE FENS SPORTIVES FINAL INFORMATION

SATURDAY 26TH JULY WHITTLESEY CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

We will accept and guarantee all entries on the day at £5 surcharge.
Welcome to the Circuit of the Fens Sportives linked to the professional races held on the following day Sunday 27th July.

 

HQ and REGISTRATION

 

SIR HARRY SMITH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, EASTREA ROAD, WHITTLESEY, CAMBS, PE7 1XB.

 

There is plenty of free car parking at the school with canteen facilities opening at 7am for light refreshments.
Signing on will not open until 7.15am and not before.

 

Please sign on and collect your handlebar number and timing card. Check notice board before signing on.
Timing cards will be stamped and kept at the START proper in the Town Market Square.

 

The start team will keep your card for a record of you starting and out on the route.
TO THE START please follow the small orange arrows (see sample at registration) which is only a mile from the school.

 

PLEASE NOTE AMENDED STARTING TIMES

 

GRAND PRIX RIDE 132 miles LONG 07.45-08.00

ELITE RIDE 86 miles MEDIUM 08.30-09.00

COME and TRY RIDE 37 miles SHORT 10.00-10.30

 

All start times are from the Market Square after a short briefing.

PLEASE DO NOT START OUT SIDE YOUR TIME ALLOCATIONS AS THE ROUTE AND FEEDS MAY NOT BE READY.

TIMING WILL CLOSE AT 18.30

All riders’ times will be available on the website on late Monday 28th July.

 

FEED STOPS

GRAND PRIX –LONG ROUTE
1, WOODWALTON VILLAGE HALL at 39 miles. Opens at 09.30 closes 10.30
2, MANEA VILLAGE HALL at 65miles. Opens at 10.30 closes at 12.30.
3, WIMBLINGTON PARISH HALL at 109miles. Opens at 12.00 closes 17.00.
4, BENWICK PUBLIC HOUSE at 119miles. Opens at 11.30 closes 17.30.
Please note feeds 2 and 3 are just off the main route please follow the signs.

 

ELITE RIDE - MEDIUM ROUTE
1, MANEA VILLAGE HALL at 32 miles Opens at 10.30 closes 12.30
2, WIMBLINGTON PARISH HALL at 65miles. Opens at 12.00 closes 17.00.
3, BENWICK PUBLIC HOUSE at 74miles. Opens at 11.30 closes 17.30.
Please note feeds 1 and 2 are just off the main route please follow the signs.

 

COME and TRY RIDE – SHORT ROUTE
1, BENWICK PUBLIC HOUSE at 25miles. Opens at 11.30 closes 17.30.
Please note there are also many local village shops open on Saturday along the routes.

 

 

MECHANICAL SUPPORT and BROOM WAGON

We thank SHIMANO for their support at the start in the Market Square and en route.
We expect all riders to complete minor repairs including punctures, and only in terminal exceptions will we pick –up riders in the broom wagon.

 

MEDICAL BACKUP

We have a VELOMED motorcycle support en route and please use the emergency numbers if you require help.
Please note due the length of the routes this support maybe many miles away and will take some time to reach you. Therefore if the incident is deemed urgent please use the emergency services.

 

ROUTE INFORMATION

All routes are fully signed with fluro yellow arrows and where routes split and merge there are GREEN information signs to keep you on your ride.
Each route will also be displayed with GREEN information boards at the important turns and a confirmation after the turn.

Each turn will have a warning arrow plus arrow on the turn and a confirmation after the turn. Further confirmation arrows will be displayed along the route. Please note there are long straight stretches of Fen roads so if you don’t see an arrow /sign DON’T TURN.

 

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER.

We have local photographer SW PHOTO out and about all the routes capturing your ride efforts. Please ensure your ride number is displayed permanently to the front of your handlebars so he can see you. All photos will be available to purchase from the SWPHOTO website from Monday 28th JULY.

 

 

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

There will be 2 numbers displayed at Registration, please make a note and put them in your mobiles, they will be on 2 different networks.
Please note the route has many stretches with very poor reception and should you need to contact HQ and you have no signal, ask another rider to help and pass on your details including ride number and the problem and we will assist as quick as possible.

 

HIGHWAY CODE

Please note this is a non-competitive event and is run under the Highway Code rules of the road at all times.
Please be courteous to all other road users and fellow cyclists at all times.

 

PLEASE HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE RIDE.

 

Ride information

Welcome to the first replica sportive based on the Professional Grand Prix road race held the day after.
The challenge matches the Pro event distance and at 132miles is one of the longest sportives in the UK, there are 2 shorter distances for all abilities, plus a family ride.

 

The ride will start and finish in the Market Square in Whittlesey, on the edge of the East Anglian fens, so a good test for all riders. There are many activities based in town and Raleigh Cycles are bringing their “Road Show” to add to the entertainment, excitement and support the riders and their families.

 

The rides will follow the pros route before deviating into the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside and into the fens before picking up the pros route back into Whittlesey town centre for a well-earned evening.

 

All routes are fully signed and there will be 3 feeds and a drinks stop on the Grand Prix route and 2 and drinks on the Elite route. The “Come and Try” will have one stop.

 

All rides will have full mechanical support at the start and at various points along each route.

 

There will also be a broom wagon to help out more terminal breakdowns.

 

There’re are many hotels and B & B establishments so why not bring the family and make a weekend out of it. It is also planned to have camping available close by, allowing you the see the professionals the following day and those teams testing their fitness for the Commonwealth Games a week later.

 

This weekend is the 2nd biggest cycle event in Cambridgeshire just behind the Tour De France.Raleigh Cycles

 

EVENT DETAILS

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ENTRY FEES

 

 

Any further information please contact entries@wheelsinwheels.com

For accomodation and local info www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org/

Routes and maps available soon

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