Here you’ll find essential information regarding the Tour’ Essex.
Please read carefully as due to COVID-19 things will run a bit differently than usual.
We recommend all participants wear a mask when not riding, this includes registration and feedstops, think of us like a supermarket!
Please do not ride in groups of more than 6.
GPX / TCX Files can be downloaded here.
If travelling by car pay special attention to the Event Parking page.
Redbridge Cycling Centre
The Event HQ will be manned from 7.00am 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.
Timing chips and numbers have been sent in the post, please DO NOT arrive more than half an hour before your allocated wave. There will be a carpark attendant checking names and numbers upon entry.
Once your allocated wave time arrives you can follow signs to the start line and begin.
On the Day Registration
On the Day Registrations are by appointment only, please contact us to confirm there are places and to have your name added to the list. 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.
Cycling Equipment Requirements
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
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.
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
Please wear a mask when using the feed stations (think of it like a shop), we recommend gloves too. There will be some masks available for those who don’t have them.
Hand sanitiser will be available. Please ensure you keep at least 1 metre distance from others.
The Long route has 3 available stops. These are at 34/73/95 miles. The first two are at the same place as it is a loop (Great Waltham Village Hall), and the last is at Moreton 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 39 miles! There is also free tea/coffee facilities at this stop if you aren’t too worried about your time!
All food is individually wrapped
To avoid crowding and feedstops will be monitored, to ensure that only event riders are using them. Please display your rider number clearly on your bike.
The Medium Route has two available stops at 34/57 miles. These are at Great Waltham Village Hall and Moreton Village Hall. Free tea/coffee will be available at the school feed stop.
The Short 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
The Short route splits from the Medium and Long routes at just over 22 miles at a place called Willingale, where the short will go straight and the long/medium go right. It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn. Your feed stop is at 27 miles.
The Long route splits right from the medium route about a mile after the first feed stop (35 miles in). It then heads northwards and does a clockwise loop of approximately 39 miles to bring it back to the same feed station (Great Waltham Village Hall). It then carries on back along the medium route anti-clockwise. If you haven’t made it to the long split point by 11.15 (35 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.
The Medium route splits left from the long route about a mile after the first feed stop (35 miles in). It then continues the route anti-clockwise until the second feed stop at 57 miles, and then onto the final push of 15 miles.
All routes will have mile indicators after each split point to confirm that you are on the correct route.
At the last feed stop, there is only 15 miles to go (but a few hills) – so stop and get refreshed before making the final push.
Standards and Categories
We have put together some standard times to make your ride results a little more interesting.
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.
The carpark at Redbridge Cycling Centre will close at 4.30pm, we need to ensure there are no riders left on the road after this time. There will be a broom wagon to pick up any stragglers.
Emergencies and Problems
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.