April the 9th 2017 – Eating a lot of chocolate this Easter? This sportive will help you get your shape back after all those indulgent moments. There is a choice of either 33, 63 or 96 miles depending on your level of fitness.
All three routes take in the spectacular countryside of Hertfordshire – passing through the many quaint villages it has to offer on its quiet, rural roads. The picturesque views will help you tackle the undulating hills these routes have to offer, which should make this one of the more memorable sportives of the season.
Our much talked about feed stops will help you on your way, where you’ll be able top up your bottles and tuck into some of our famous homemade flapjacks, as well as cheese and crackers if you prefer something more savoury.
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 63 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 96 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 96, 63 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. The 63 miles course goes up to Weston and breaks off from the Long route at Preson to return through the lanes of Codicote. The Long split heads out West towards Whipsnade Zoo (not quite making it to see the wallabies) out towards the chilterns and touches Buckinghamshire tasting some of the hills the area is renowned for before 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.
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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.
The Standard Times for 96 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 63 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
Ladies add 20 mins to each category Signing on
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 .
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
Long Riders will be able to register from 7.30am
Medium Riders will be able to register from 8.00am
Short Riders will be able to register form 8.30am
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.
Start Time – 96m & 63m Routes:
Riders must be on the road by 9.30am
Appox 40 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.
Start Time – 33m Route:
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!