Important Info – Ware’s 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. 

Event HQ

Event HQ

Westmill Farm
Westmill Road
Ware
Hertfordshire SG12 0ES

The Event HQ will be manned from 7.00am to 4.30pm

Registration

Registration

If your timing chip and number has not been sent through the post it will be laid out in an envelope with your name printed on it.

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

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.

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.

Please ensure you follow the Pink Paper arrows as there are other events in the area and we wouldn’t want you getting lost.

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 

There are food/drink stops 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.

The Long Route has three stops. These are at 38 / 69 / 88 miles. There will be toilets to use at all stops which will be at Finchingfield Village Hall (38 & 69) and Berden Village Hall (85).

The Medium Route has two stops at 38 / 58 miles (toilets at both stops – Finchingfield Village Hall (36) and Berden Village Hall (58).

The Short Route has one stop at 28 miles – there are toilets at this stop (Berden Village Hall).

The Fun Route route does not have a feed stop but will be provided with food/energy gels at registration to take with you.

The Berden Feedstop will close at 3.15pm and the Finchingfield Stop at 2pm.

The Route Splits

At 12 miles into the ride, the Fun splits left while all other routes go right. It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn.

At  28 miles in – Rickling Green – The Long/Medium splits right while the Short turns left . 

At 36 miles, the Medium route splits from the Long route just after the first feed stop at Finchingfield. The medium splits left while the long continues straight at this point.. The Long route then does a 30 mile loop back to the same feed stop and then follows the medium route. Directions will be made clear on the day.

The Long Route split will be taken down at 11.15 – If you do not reach this 38 mile point by 11.15 you will automatically continue onto the medium route. 

It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn. There will also be signs after the splits confirming which route you have chosen.

All Routes

At the last feed stop, there is only 16 miles to go – 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.

Standards and Categories

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

The Standard Times for 100 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 5:50 Gold,  6:10 Silver,  6:40 Bronze.

Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:05 Gold,  6:20 Silver,  6:50 Bronze.

Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:15 Gold,  6:35 Silver,  7:05 Bronze.

Age Group 60+          = 6:40 Gold,  7:00 Silver,  7:30 Bronze.

The Standard Times for 70 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 4:00 Gold,  4:20 Silver,  4:45 Bronze

Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:10 Gold,  4:30 Silver,  4:55 Bronze

Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:20 Gold,  4:45 Silver,  5:10 Bronze

Age Group 60+          = 4:40 Gold,  5:05 Silver,  5:30 Bronze.

The Standard Times for 40 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 2:15 Gold, 2:35 Silver, 3:00 Bronze

Age Group 40 to 49 = 2:25 Gold, 2:45 Silver, 3:15 Bronze

Age Group 50 to 59 = 2:35 Gold, 3:00 Silver, 3:25 Bronze

Age Group 60+       = 2:55 Gold, 3:20 Silver, 3:45 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 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!