The Tour Essex Sportive will take place on Sunday the 12th of May 2019.
We’ll guide you through many of the wonderfully road bike friendly lanes that we at SportiveUK cycle on a regular basis. Immaculate surfaces will get your wheels spinning making for an impressive average speed, but you prefer to meander you’ll enjoy the beautiful Essex countryside in full bloom.
All routes enjoy the picturesque roads of Essex that is known for its flattish nature, however, there are a few lumpy surprises in the last 10 miles that’ll certainly get your legs pumping. You’ll then be greeted onto the the last 2km of the closed road circuit at Redbridge Cycling Centre – There are no cars here so you can really push it, maybe have a friendly race with a mate.
A distance for everyone!
Tour Essex features a 42, 72, and 110 mile choice of routes that utilise many of the same spectacular roads as a certain British stage of a famous French race.
Online pre-entry allows you to get this event in your diary and is the easiest way to secure your place. Numbers are limited for this event and you will be saving yourself an admin fee if you enter on-line rather than paying on the day. On-line pre-entry will also allow you to turn up on the day and just collect your entry pack without the hassle of filling in forms, registering and queuing up.
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in the Tour de Essex and hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides, this is for you.
The 72 mile route will take you further out onto the quiet countryside roads of Essex towards picturesque villages and well kept roads. The stunning route with few, but rewarding hills creates more of a challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.
If you are looking to experience anything close to the distances those in the peloton encounter on a daily basis then this is the route for you. We’ve not pulled any punches with this route, its tough and should only be attempted by those who really want a challenge. You’ll still see some fantastic countryside but boy, will it be a test of your endurance and stamina.
The Giro will be in full swing on this date (stage 15 mountain stage), you’ll surely be fired up and raring to get out onto your bike and experience the wind in your hair and hopefully some sunshine. However, there certainly wont be any Dolomite type climbs to finish you off. The nearest you’ll come to this is roughly 5 miles from the finish where you’ll face Hoe Lane which is quite a popular hill and Strava segment. Hopefully you’ll have enough juice in the tank to get on the leader board and finish this ride like Chris Froome!
Tour Essex Routes
The Standard Times for 110 miles are:
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.
Ladies add 20 mins to each category
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ON THE DAY
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.
Registration starts from 7.30am onwards, we aim to get you going at 8.00am.
Riders must be on the road by 9.00am.
Sign on starts from 8.00am onwards, and we aim to get you going at 8.30am.
Riders on the medium route must be on the road by 9.30am.
Sign on starts from 8.30am onwards, and we aim to get you going at 9.00am.
Riders on the short route must be on the road by 10am.
Please Note – Do not arrive earlier than your designated time as you will not be able to register.
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. A form can be downloaded Here.
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 and hand back the timing chip. 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.
Enjoy the ride! Tour de Essex