Essex Season Ender

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.

The Essex Season Ender

We have the ride for you! The Essex Season Ender takes place on Sunday the 9th of November 2014, 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.

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!

42 Miles
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.

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72 Miles
The 72 mile route  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 lap of the 1 km circuit. This stunning route with a few rewarding hills creates more of a challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.

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Essex Season Ender Routes

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Event Headquarters

Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road
Ilford
Essex IG6 3HP
The HQ is minutes away from the A12 or for those on Public Transport Chadwell Heath station is very close with regular trains from London.

On The Day

The event HQ will open at 7.30am for registration.
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

The event will start at 8.00 am
Riders must be on the road by 9.30am
Appox 40 riders will go off with  2 minute intervals between each group.

Other Information

There are stops on route where you can refill your bottles and tuck into some food to keep you going. You should however bring spare food and drink as the route is rural and may not be near shops.

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. Unfortunately British Cycling’s insurance does not allow Time Trial Bars in any Sportive event.

Enjoy the ride!

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