The Tour De Essex

The Tour de Essex Sportive will take place on Sunday the 21st of June 2015.

2014 was a unique year for the County of Essex and for all who cycle on her. The third stage of the Tour headed through many of the wonderfully road bike friendly roads that we at SportiveUK cycle on a regular basis.The Tour De Essex features a 42, 72, and 110 mile choice of routes that utilise many of the same spectacular roads as the 2014 Tour de France.

Online Entry

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.

42 Miles
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in the Essex Season Ender and hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides, this is for you.

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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 and well kept roads. The stunning route with few, but rewarding hills creates more of a challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.

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110 Miles
If you are looking to experience anything close to the distances those in the peloton encounter on a daily basis then this is the route for you. We’ve not pulled any punches with this route, its tough and should only be attempted by those who really want a challenge. You’ll still see some fantastic countryside but boy, will it be a test of your endurance and stamina.

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Tour De Essex Routes

42 MilesTour de France Essex SportiveView Larger Map

72 MilesTour de Essex FranceView Larger Map

110 MilesSmall long routeView Larger Map

The Standard Times for 110 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 6:10 Gold,  6:30 Silver,  6:50 Bronze.

Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:25 Gold,  6:40 Silver,  7:00 Bronze.

Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:35 Gold,  6:50 Silver,  7:10 Bronze.

Age Group 60+ = 6:50 Gold,  7:10 Silver,  7:30 Bronze.

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.

Ladies add 20 mins to each category

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 is a mechanic and drink 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 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. Unfortunately British Cycling’s insurance does not allow Time Trial Bars in any Sportive event.

Enjoy the ride!