This event is the season opener for many riders and gives everyone the opportunity to get that magic 100 in without the pressure of a Classic Sportive.
The route winds in way around four counties starting and finishing in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, on quiet roads without the mammoth climbs of other events.
However don’t be fooled as the distance and sometimes the wind will offer a good challenge for the 100milers. If you just easing into the season the 67 mile ride with be a good enough test for fresh legs.
We are again pleased to have the support of the Richardsons Cycles Group and with the start and finish outside their St Ives shop and the first feed at Stamford followed by the Corby shop for the second feed at 60 miles. Clifbar will again supply the energy products and drinks plus fruit, cake and savouries. The short route will have its own stop at the Black Horse pub in Nassington, serving Clifbar nutrition drinks bars and Bloks with fruit and cake. Teas and coffees can be purchased at the bar along with their normal menu.
Each feed point will have opening and closing times posted at Registration based on a 9mph average
On your return to the finish you will receive a food token for the “Local Cafe” opposite the finish for your beans on toast and a hot drink
Registration will again be at the new St Ivo Centre on Westwood Road PE27 6WU where there is ample car parking and changing facilities. There is a vending machine for hot drinks, but may we suggest the “Local cafe” opposite the start that is sponsoring the after ride snack. There is an overflow car park in East Street less than ½ mile from registration and 200m from the start this is free on Sundays.
Registration will open at 7.00am and close at 09.00am to sign on and collect your numbers, the first riders can start at 08.00am on the long ride and 08.30am for the short ride. The ride will not be timed as to take away the pressure for our newcomers to sportive events, and keep cost to a minimum.
The route will be fully arrowed using the well tried Wheels in Wheels system with confirmations within 200m of each turn and every mile along the whole route. If you don’t see a sign don’t turn.
Extra warning signs will be displayed where necessary and we will ask riders to adjust their riding to the conditions. See samples on display.
A basic map is available on request for each route. Please note the emphasis is on the rider to stay on the route, emergency telephone numbers for the day will be available at registration and the start so please make a note of these for your own safety.
For the less experienced riders and newcomers we will have road captains on the ride who will take groups to help to pass on information on riding in groups, sportives and nutrition during the ride.
These will ride at a speed suitable for each group and will keep everyone together to help pass on their experience. These will only be available for the shorter route and riders wanting to sign up with these groups must do this in advance. The service is free and anyone on the shorter ride can join the groups
We will have our team of mechanics at the Richardson’s shop to check machines and of course our BMW Service bike out on the route to help repair more than the basic punctures. Each feed will also have a supply of spares. Please read our terms and conditions concerning cycles.
We will also be operating a “broom wagon” to pick up terminal mechanicals and riders.
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The all new St Ivo –One Leisure centre in Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU will host the registration from 07.15 in the new Zest Caffe adjacent to the main reception.
Tea and coffee plus pre packed cakes and sandwiches will be available for sale.
Parking is available at registration, but nearer parking to the start can be found at West street public car park (free on Sundays). Registration is only 1 km from the start. All locations are signed.
Please sign on and collect your ride number to be displayed on the front of your bike /handlebars for identification and recognisation by our en route photographers.
Riders wishing to join our lead rides please sign on at registration to meet the ride Leaders.
The LONG ride will start at 08.00 from outside RICHARDSONS CYCLE in Town (follow signs) and the SHORT ride will start at 08.30am all riders must start by 09.00.
The escorted ride will start at 08.40 from the same start.
Please note there will be a cut off time for the long route this will be based on 9mph where you will be diverted on to the short route. Times will be displayed.
There are 2 FEEDS on the long ride at the RICHARDSONS shops in STAMFORD* at 41 miles and CORBY** at 66 miles.
*(This feed will close at 12.30) ** (this feed will close at 14.30)
The short ride will have a new feed at NASSINGTON the BLACK HORSE public house at 35miles/57kms.
All feeds have CLIFBAR products by allocation so please ask as we want ensure everyone gets supply, there of course will be our famous fruit cake, savouries and bananas, plus water and nutritional drinks. All feeds have limited toilet facilities.
The route is fully arrowed with warning signs for your and others safety. Please adhere to these signs at all times.
We will have our BMW service bike out on the route looking after major problems as we expect everyone to look after minor repairs and punctures.
These will be displayed at Registration and the Start please make a note of all numbers as mobile reception is poor on some parts of the route.
The finish is the same place as the Start where you will receive your food voucher for the LOCAL CAFÉ opposite RICHARDSONS SHOP they will supply beans or egg on toast plus a cuppa to help replenish your reserves.
PLEASE have an enjoyable and safe ride and please remember this is a sportive and not a race, so please adhere to the HIGHWAY CODE at all times and be courteous to all road users and fellow cyclists at all times
SEE you all on Sunday.
Please note we will accept entries on the day at £25