Important Info – Redbourn Road Rider

Here you’ll find essential information regarding the Redbourn Road Rider.

Event HQ

Event HQ

Redbourn Recreation Centre
75 Dunstable Road
Redbourn
St Albans
Herts, AL3 7PP
The HQ is minutes away from the M1 or for those on Public Transport Harpenden station is convenient with regular trains from London.

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

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. We also do not allow the attachment of tri-bars/time trial bars due to the nature of riding in a group. These will be checked on the start line.

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 9.00am.

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
Sign on starts from 8.30am onwards, and we aim to get you going from 9.00am.
Riders on the short route must be on the road by 10am.

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

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.

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 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 

For the Long and Medium routes there is a food/drink stop en route that offer a good selection of energy food/snacks/gels, as well water/high 5 energy drinks. Use them to help you get round the course and don’t get caught out with an empty bottle. There are toilets and free tea/coffee available at all stops.

The Long route has 2 available stops. These are at 30/64 miles. They are at the same place as it is a loop (Long Marston village hall). You are advised to make sure you have a filled bottle and had a snack at the first feed stop as the Long loop is a 34 miles!

The Medium Route has one available stops at 30 miles. This is at Long Marston village hall.

The Short Route does not offer a food stop due to it’s short length.

The Route Splits

The Short route splits from the Medium and Long routes at just under 13 miles at a place called Totternhoe, where the short will go left and the long/medium go straight It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn. Your feed stop is at 30 miles.

The Medium route splits left from the long route about 7 miles after the first feed stop (37 miles in) at Aldbury. It then continues the route anti-clockwise, onto the final push of 13 miles.

The Long route splits right from the medium route about 7 miles after the first feed stop (37 miles in) at Aldbury. It then heads southwards and does a clockwise loop of approximately 34 miles to bring it back to the point where it then follows the route back to the end. If you haven’t made it to the long split point by 11.30 (37 miles in), then you will only be able to follow the medium route. This is so you are guaranteed to make it round in time.

All Routes

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

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

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!