As the Cycling season draws to a close, good Sportives are becoming harder and harder to find. If like us you don’t want to lose your form over the winter, you’ll be looking for a November ride that is challenging yet suitable for the Autumnal conditions.
Tier 2 Covid-19 Restrictions in Essex DO NOT currently affect this event. All aspects of the event apart from toilet facilities take place outside. Every effort to enforce social distancing has been made, this will be the 4th Covid-secure event we have run so you can cycle with confidence.
We have the ride for you! The Essex Season Ender takes place on Sunday the 15th of November 2020, covering roads that can be thoroughly enjoyed at any time of year. We’ve worked hard to take this route through some beautiful countryside that can be enjoyed by all, at the same time minimising junctions and crossings so that all you fast people can get a real rhythm going.
The Perfect End of Season Sportive
Our event HQ is the prestigious Redbridge Cycling Centre, here the ride can make use of the newly built closed track. The raised location of the land in this part of Essex gives you a amazing panoramic view of the City of London while still being surrounded by the peace of the countryside.
The Essex Season Ender offers two stunning routes that head out North East from Redbridge Cycling Centre onto quiet rolling countryside roads. Both routes take in beautiful scenery that is extremely popular amongst local cyclists due to the variety of terrain on offer – both routes take on hills such as Hoe Lane, as well as offering flatter sections for those looking to get their average speed up.
2 Km Closed Road Segment!
Redbridge Cycling Centre has a superb closed road track, so if the feeling takes you you’ll be able to go full out without the risk of encountering traffic and maybe claim the king of the mountain?!
So don’t miss out on this season’s last chance to have a ride with friends and like minded people. Let’s keep that summer form for as long as possible!
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in long distance cycling and hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides yet, this is for you. You’ll follow those on the long route for the first 21 miles, then cutting off west and rejoining those on the long at the feed station at Moreton. Together you’ll tackle Hoe Lane before a final 1km loop of the closed track at Redbridge Cycling Centre.
The 72 mile route (+ 2km on closed track if you like!) will take you further out onto the quiet countryside roads of Essex towards picturesque villages such as Doddinghurst, Willingale and Good Easter before heading west towards High Roding. Enjoy a cup of complimentary tea or coffee at the first feed station. It then heads south towards Hatfield Heath before Epping and Toot Hill. For the finale all routes have to climb Hoe Lane at 6 miles to go before a final optional lap of the circuit. This stunning route with a few rewarding hills creates more of a challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.
To provide a Covid secure environment entries will be capped and masks are to be worn at every point in the event when not riding.
Extra provisions will be put in place at HQ and at feed stations to ensure relevant government guidelines are adhered to, whatever they may be at the time of the event.
Feedstations will be monitored closely to ensure that only riders on the sportive are using them. Rider numbers will be checked and participants given ID stickers for their helmets.
Essex Season Ender Routes
The Standard Times for 72 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 4:20 Gold, 4:40 Silver, 5:00 Bronze.
Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:35 Gold, 4:50 Silver, 5:10 Bronze.
Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:45 Gold, 5:00 Silver, 5:20 Bronze.
Age Group 60+ = 5:00 Gold, 5:20 Silver, 5:40 Bronze.
The Standard Times for 42 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 2:20 Gold, 2:40 Silver, 3:05 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 2:30 Gold, 2:50 Silver, 3:15 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 2:40 Gold, 3:05 Silver, 3:30 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 3:00 Gold, 3:25 Silver, 3:50 Bronze.
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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 9.30am
Appox 20 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.
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, 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!