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Enjoy an Easter themed ride on quiet country lanes around picturesque Hertfordshire. April the 20th 2014 – Enter Online HERE
The Herts Easter Hunt could possibly be the best timed sportive of the year. Coupled with the knowledge of knowing you’ll be able to have an extra Easter Egg, it’ll be comforting to know your alarm clock won’t be annoying you for work on this bank holiday weekend.
Registration opens at 7.00am with riders starting from 7.30am – at the great event HQ of Chancellors School on the Easter Sunday, live this indulgent time of year guilt free, knowing that you’ll be clocking up the miles, and burning off those extra calories.
Online pre-entry allows you to get this event in your diary and is the easiest way to secure your place. Numbers are limited for this event and you will be saving yourself an admin fee if you enter on-line rather than paying on the day. On-line pre-entry will also allow you to turn up on the day and just collect your entry pack without the hassle of filling in forms, registering and queuing up.
We may have to close registration on the day if the event reaches its capacity so it is best to pre enter on-line to avoid disappointment.
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in the Hertfordshire easter hunt but hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides, this is a great introduction to sportives.
The 65 mile route will take you further out onto the quiet, rolling countryside roads of Hertfordshire towards Tewin and Ardeley. The stunning route with undulating hills creates a tougher challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.
This 98 mile route will really test your stamina, a good level of fitness will be required. This route has a mix of challenging but rewarding hills coupled with long flat straights to clock up the miles. A demanding test of the legs, but with the friendly easter themed feed stations and glorious scenery, it will no doubt leave you feeling motivated to finish strongly.
Three Spectacular Routes
You have the choice of a 98, 65 or 33 mile course. Hertfordshire’s famed changes in elevation will certainly keep you on your toes no matter what route you choose.
The medium and long routes follow spectacular countryside, through villages such as Dane End, Ardeley, Gravely and St Pauls Walden before the Long split heads out West towards Whipsnade Zoo (not quite making it to see the wallabies) and returning to meet the medium route via Studham and Harpenden. The medium and Long then have 18 miles to go at this feed stop, where they will head through Burnham Green, Tewin and then finally up through Essenden (and the hill) back to the event HQ where you can enjoy some home made food and chat about the great Easter Sunday you have had.
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Please note – routes may be subject to slight changes due to unforeseen conditions at the time of the event.
Although this is a non-competitive event, we realise that riders like to know what times they have achieved for their distances chosen, and what this times equates to in terms of the Gold, Silver and Bronze standards. Its also a good way of keeping track of your fitness levels if you decide to do any other of our events. These awards will be available to view from our website after the event.
We also realise that some riders are not interested in times and awards and are purely riding for the experience and stunning views that this ride will offer – that’s ok as well .
Standards and Categories
We have put together some standard times to make your ride results a little more interesting.
The Standard Times for 98 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 6:00 Gold, 6:20 Silver, 6:50 Bronze.
Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:15 Gold, 6:30 Silver, 7:00 Bronze.
Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:25 Gold, 6:45 Silver, 7:15 Bronze.
Age Group 60+ = 6:45 Gold, 7:10 Silver, 7:35 Bronze
The Standard Times for 65 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 3:50 Gold, 4:10 Silver, 4:25 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:00 Gold, 4:20 Silver, 4:45 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:10 Gold, 4:35 Silver, 5:00 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 4:30 Gold, 4:55 Silver, 5:20 Bronze.
Age Group 60+ = 4:30 Gold, 4:55 Silver, 5:20 Bronze
Ladies add 20 mins to each category
Herts, AL9 7BN
The HQ is minutes away from the M25 Junction 24 or for those on Public Transport Potters Bar station is very close with regular trains from London.
On the Day
Sign on and collect your pack which will include your timing chip, number and map.
Get your free energy product.
Head to the start line where you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.
Toilets and changing room facilities are available.
Riders must be on the road by 9.00am
Appox 40 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.
Riders on the short route must be on the road by 10am.
We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the day.
Once you complete the ride, make sure you report back to one of our team at the finish line and hand back the timing chip. We’ll make sure your time is recorded. If you do not report back, you may be presumed lost and emergency services may be called.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Failing to do so will result in refused entry.
Enjoy the ride!