Herts Easter Hunt

What a lovely day it was! Results can be seen at https://www.sportiveuk.co.uk/herts-easter-hunt-2024-results/

April 14th 2024 – Eating a lot of chocolate this Easter? This sportive will help you get your shape back after all those indulgent moments. There is a choice of either 32, 64 or 96 miles depending on your level of fitness.

All three routes take in the spectacular countryside of Hertfordshire – passing through the many quaint villages it has to offer on its quiet, rural roads. The picturesque views will help you tackle the undulating hills these routes have to offer, which should make this one of the more memorable sportives of the season.

Our much talked about feed stops will help you on your way, where you’ll be able top up your bottles and tuck into some of our famous homemade flapjacks, as well as cheese and crackers if you prefer something more savoury.

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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.

We may have to close registration on the day if the event reaches its capacity so it is best to pre enter on-line to avoid disappointment.

32 Miles
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in the Hertfordshire easter hunt but hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides, this is a great introduction to sportives.

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64 Miles
The 64 mile route will take you further out onto the quiet, rolling countryside roads of Hertfordshire towards Tewin and Ardeley. The stunning route with undulating hills creates a tougher challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.

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96 Miles
This 96 mile route will really test your stamina, a good level of fitness will be required. This route has a mix of challenging but rewarding hills coupled with long flat straights to clock up the miles. A demanding test of the legs, but with the friendly easter themed feed stations and glorious scenery, it will no doubt leave you feeling motivated to finish strongly.

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Three Spectacular Routes

You have the choice of a 96, 64 or 32 mile course. Hertfordshire’s famed elevation changes will keep you on your toes no matter your route.

The medium and long routes follow spectacular countryside, through villages such as Dane End, Ardeley, Gravely and St Pauls Walden. The 64 miles course goes up to Weston and breaks off from the Long route at Preson to return through the lanes of Codicote.  The Long split heads out West towards Whipsnade Zoo (not quite making it to see the wallabies) out towards the Chilterns and touches Buckinghamshire tasting some of the hills the area is renowned for before returning to meet the medium route via Studham and Harpenden. The medium and Long then have 18 miles to go at this feed stop, where they will head through Burnham Green, Tewin and then finally up through Essenden (and the hill) back to the event HQ.

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Please note – routes may be subject to slight changes due to unforeseen conditions at the time of the event.

Herts Easter Hunt from SportiveUK on Vimeo.

Although this is a non-competitive event, we realise that riders like to know what times they have achieved for their distances chosen, and what this times equates to in terms of the Gold, Silver and Bronze standards. Its also a good way of keeping track of your fitness levels if you decide to do any other of our events. These awards will be available to view from our website after the event.

The Standard Times for 96 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 6:00 Gold,  6:20 Silver,  6:50 Bronze

Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:15 Gold,  6:30 Silver,  7:00 Bronze

Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:25 Gold,  6:45 Silver,  7:15 Bronze

Age Group 60+        = 6:45 Gold,  7:10 Silver,  7:35 Bronze

The Standard Times for 64 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 3:50 Gold,  4:10 Silver,  4:25 Bronze

Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:00 Gold,  4:20 Silver,  4:45 Bronze

Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:10 Gold,  4:35 Silver,  5:00 Bronze

Age Group 60+        = 4:30 Gold,  4:55 Silver,  5:20 Bronze

We also realise that some riders are not interested in times and awards and are purely riding for the experience and stunning views that this ride will offer – that’s ok as well .

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Venue Info

Event Headquarters

Chancellor’s School
Pine Grove
Brookmans Park
Herts, AL9 7BN

The HQ is minutes away from the M25 Junction 24 or for those on Public Transport Potters Bar station is very close with regular trains from London.

On the Day

You will have chosen at Start Wave during registration. Please refer to your entry confirmation email.

On the Day Registration

Some on the day entries are available but you must contact us first to go onto the entry on the day list, due to social distancing we have to strictly cap numbers. People who show up on the day without contacting us first will be unlikely to get a place. 

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.

Other Information

There is a mechanic and drink stops on route where you can refill your bottles and tuck into some food to keep you going. You should however bring spare food and drink as the route is rural and may not be near shops.

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 have not seen a marker for a while, stop andp, ask someone, or find a landmark and call us consult your ma 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!

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