Ware’s Cambridge? has been one of the most talked about Sportives of recent years, we’ve decided to apply some of that magic to Essex. Ware’s Essex? will take place on Sunday the 4th of October.
We’ve designed this route so that you’ll be able to take advantage of some of the great roads that the 2013 TDF took in and experience some beautifully tarmacked surfaces. Whatever the weather throws at us, this route is made for the beginning of Autumn, keeping your motivation high for the coming months.
The Last Century of the Season
With the autumn months fast approaching, SportiveUK have come up with the perfect way for you to get your last big bike ride on the clock. Whether it’s the Long 100 or the short 40, there’s something for everyone looking to keep those legs moving. Don’t fancy the full Essex 100 loop? There’s the medium distance of 70 miles that will take you as far as Finchingfield, you’ll be able to tuck into the home made flapjacks, cheeses and crackers. There’s even a fun 15 if you’re not quite up to the 40.
All routes start and finish at Ware, Hertfordshire, where you’ll head out North east through the picturesque villages, and then onto sweeping countryside roads of rural Essex. The fast rolling roads of the 100 will take you out towards suffolk, coming within 5 miles of the county town of Sudbury.
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.
Fun 21 Miles
Fancy a short ride? Supporting a friend or relative? Or maybe you just fancy a short Sunday morning ride. £15 will get you around a well signed short course where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the day.
The 40 miler is a great route for the beginner, or for those seasoned riders who just fancy an easy day in the saddle. The 1600ft of climbing will give your legs a relatively easy ride, allowing you to explore picturesque villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery that this ride takes in.
This is the perfect distance for those who have had a steady season and managed to keep the miles going. With 3100 ft of climbing, it’s not the hilliest of courses and will allow those wanting to stretch their distances to do so, finishing their season on a high. Bundled with scenic views and fast, rolling countryside roads, what more could you ask for!
What better way to finish your season on a high. This 100 mile route will give you the motivation to keep the training going right up until the end. With 4100ft of climbing and rolling countryside lanes, this route has been designed to get you your last 100 miles of the season without too much of a struggle. The long loop also passes the bike friendly Blue Egg cafe stop, where you’ll have to keep your eye out for Alex Dowsett. Resist temptation to pop in though, as you’ll only be a mile away from the feed stop.
Ware’s Essex? Routes
We have put together some standard times to make your ride results a little more interesting.
The Standard Times for 100 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 5:50 Gold, 6:10 Silver, 6:40 Bronze.
Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:05 Gold, 6:20 Silver, 6:50 Bronze.
Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:15 Gold, 6:35 Silver, 7:05 Bronze.
Age Group 60+ = 6:40 Gold, 7:00 Silver, 7:30 Bronze.
The Standard Times for 70 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 4:00 Gold, 4:20 Silver, 4:45 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:10 Gold, 4:30 Silver, 4:55 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:20 Gold, 4:45 Silver, 5:10 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 4:40 Gold, 5:05 Silver, 5:30 Bronze.
The Standard Times for 40 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 2:15 Gold, 2:35 Silver, 3:00 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 2:25 Gold, 2:45 Silver, 3:15 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 2:35 Gold, 3:00 Silver, 3:25 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 2:55 Gold, 3:20 Silver, 3:45 Bronze.
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On The Day
If your timing chip and number has not been sent through the post it will be laid out in an envelope with your name printed on it.
Please do not arrive earlier than your route’s allotted registration time as you will not be able to register earlier.
When signing up you would have selected a start wave, arrive no more than 30 mins before your selected wave, pick up your timing chip if it’s not already been sent in the post then head to the start line.
On the Day Registration
People wishing to register on the day must fill a registration form. A form can be downloaded Here.
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!