Important Info – Essex Season Ender

Here you’ll find essential information regarding the Essex Season Ender

Event HQ

Event HQ

Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road
Ilford
Essex
IG6 3HP

The Event HQ will be manned from 7.30am to 4.30pm

The HQ has a car park, however, should this become full there are parking spaces on the nearby Hainualt Industrial Estate. Please see http://www.sportiveuk.co.uk/event-parking/ for more details.

Registration

Registration

Sign on and collect your pack, which will include your timing chip, number, High Five energy product. Collect a map if needed, pick up a banana and head to the start line.

You must bring your helmets to registration in order to pick up your pack as helmets are a requirement and you will NOT be allowed to ride without one. 

Once at the start line, you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.

Long Route
Registration starts from 7.30am onwards, we aim to get you going from 8.00am.
Riders must be on the road by 9.30am.

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.

Approximately 20 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.

On the Day Registration

There may be limited spots for the people who have not registered advance online. 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.

Please take note of the allotted registration times as you will not be able to register beforehand. 

Cycling Equipment Requirements

There will be a mechanic available on the day, however it is important you are self sufficient in changing your inner tube in the event of a puncture. We recommend you carry a minimum of 2 spare tubes and a puncture repair kit. 

Suitable Tyres

It might seem obvious, but you must make sure you have suitable tyres for puncture free winter riding. If you are running on old tyres, think about getting a set of new tyres for the ride – as sitting around waiting for a pick up won’t be much fun.

Participants are responsible for their own cycle, which must be fully roadworthy.

You must have at least:

  • A hand pump, spare inner tubes and a small multi-tool. We also recommend you have money, a mobile phone and spare clothes in case of any adverse weather conditions.
  • You must also have a water bottle/cage and be carrying some food.

Timing Chip Attachment

The timing chips are pre-attached to rider numbers. You will be given cable ties to attach the rider number to your handlebars.

Please attach the before you start and make sure you pass through the gantry when you finish.

Course Signs and GPX/TCX Route Files

The course is marked with black arrows on bright Pink paper that clearly mark the way as well as the route splits.

A link to the Garmin GPX/TCX files will be sent via email on Friday – this is so we are able to send out the correct routes after checking there are no issues around the courses. The link will also be available on the website.

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 back of your number.

The Routes, Feed Stations and Toilet Stops 

The Long route has two stops. These are at 34 / 57 miles. There will be toilets to use at all stops which will be at Great Waltham Village Hall (34) and Moreton Village Hall (57).

The Medium Route has one available feed station at Moreton Village Hall on the 27 mile mark.

There are toilets available at both stops.

The Route Splits

At 22 miles in – Willingale – The Long splits right while the Medium continues straight.

All Routes

At the last feed stop, there is only 15 miles to go (and a few hills) – so stop and get refreshed before making the final push (and maybe a cup of tea.)

All routes will have mile indicators after each split point to confirm that you are on the correct route.

Timed Section

On your return to Redbridge Cycling Centre you will be directed to turn right onto the track, where you will complete a lap of the track (2km) before returning back under the marquee to register your overall time. There will be start/finish signs for this timed section, if you choose to go for it!
Please be aware of other riders on this timed section of the circuit so as not to cause any accidents.

 

Standards and Categories

We have put together some standard times to make your ride results a little more interesting.

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

Emergencies and Problems

If you have a problem on route emergency numbers are on the reverse of your ride number – should you require the emergency services please stay on the course to enable them to assist you quicker.

If you need mechanical assistance we recommend you text your problem and location to the mechanic who’s number is on the reverse of the rider number. Texting your location makes it much easier for the mechanic to quickly respond to you.

You are required to wear a helmet, please ride carefully and respect the locals, horses and motorists.

British Cycling Standards

You are required to wear a helmet, please ride carefully and respect the locals and motorists.

We suggest riders carry food, drink, money, a mobile phone, spare inner tubes, a working pump, a basic tool kit and spare clothing sufficient to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.

Participants will be responsible for their own cycle which must be fully roadworthy.

It is the responsibility of any entrants to carry a map of the route. We will provide maps/cue sheets before the event. GPX/TCX files will also be sent out to you via an email link

All of our Events are run to the British Cycing Non competitive guidelines 
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Included in the entry fee is Third Party Insurance provided by Insignia Underwriters.

The wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 is mandatory for all riders at all times whilst on the course.

ALL RIDERS MUST CARRY a form of identification showing their name, address and the contact details of a person to be advised in the event of an accident.

And finally

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable ride, and look forward to seeing you all on the day!