Ware’s Essex?

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in Ware’s Essex? We had a great day, sabotage and diversions added to the challenge for us but everyone, including the police and everyone on the ride were great with letting us know. We had fun responding!

Preliminary timing results are now up and can be viewed here.

Ware’s Cambridge? has been one of the most talked about Sportives of last year, 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 tarmaced 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.


Fun 15 Miles
Fancy a short ride? Supporting a friend or relative? Or maybe you just fancy a short Sunday morning ride. £10 will get you around a well signed short course where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the day.

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40 Miles
£18. 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.

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70 Miles
£20. 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!

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100 Miles
£20. 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.

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Ware’s Essex? Routes

Event Headquarters

Allenburys Sports and Social Club
Priory Street
Hertfordshire SG12 0DJ

The HQ is minutes away from the A10 or for those on Public Transport Ware Station is very close with regular trains from London.


On The Day

The event HQ will be manned from 7.15am to 4.30pm.

Long Route Registration will be open from 7.30am.

Medium Route Registration will be open from 8.00am.

Short Route Registration will be open from 8.15am.

Fun 15 Mile Registration will be open from 8.15am.

Long, Medium and Short Route will 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.

Please do not arrive earlier than your route’s allotted registration time as you will not be able to register earlier. 

Start Time

Long Route
Registration starts from 7.30am onwards, we aim to get you going from 8.00am.
Riders must be on the road by 9.00am.
Approximately 20 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.

Medium Route
Sign on starts from 8.00am onwards, and we aim to get you going from 8.30am.
Riders on the medium route must be on the road by 9.30am.

Short Route and Fun Route
Sign on starts from 8.15am onwards, and we aim to get you going from 8.45am.
Riders on the short route must be on the road by 10am.

On the Day Registration

People wishing to register on the day must fill a registration form and pay for their entry in cash. A form can be downloaded Here.

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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