SPRINGTIME CLASSIC 2017
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday 19/03/17
All riders are required to sign on at the HQ in the morning.
To help with reducing queues at the sign on desks riders are asked to sign on at the following times.
CLASSIC RIDERS SIGN ON FROM 7.40 am to 9.30 am
CHALLENGE RIDERS SIGN ON FROM 8.30 TO 9.30 am
TOUR RIDERS SIGN ON FROM 9.00 to 9.30 am
Oakmeeds Community College
PARKING AT THE HQ
Some parking is available at the HQ but if this space runs out there is plenty of free parking in Burgess Hill on Sunday's.
SAFTEY OF EVERYBODY
Click on the above horse sign
Remember you must follow the rules of the road when you take part in this cyclosportive.
Please take extra precautions when in the vicinity of other road users and especially be aware of horses and their riders.
Care and attention to how you are riding is important for your safety as well as others. When you sign up for this cyclosportive you are stating that you are agreeing to the fact that you are participating in the event entirerly at your own risk. For more information about the terms and conditions click here
Please take care while taking part in this event. Please follow the highway code and especially take extra care when approaching horses on the road.
Cyclists and horse riders have a healthy respect for each other. We both are often abused by motorists wanting to pass quickly and taking dangerous risks. So, what is the safe way to pass horses if you're on your bike?
The British Horse society
offer this advice to cyclists: -
Horses are creatures of fright and flight and sudden movement or noise can cause problems for all concerned.
Because cycles are generally quiet, they may not be noticed by either the rider of the horse until they are very close. Try to attract the the horse rider(s) attention by making verbal contact before you reach them. Call out to the horses riders especially if you are coming up on them from behind them. Don't pass until you know they are aware of your presence.
Look out for the riders' signals and heed any request to slow down or stop.
For the safety of all involved, please be patient and wait for the rider to sort out any riding issues your presence might have raised.
Riders may be attempting to get off the road into a safe place, in order to let you pass - given the chance to do this by adjusting your speed and keeping a safe distance.
If possible, ask the horse rider if it is safe to pass, before attempting to do so.
Pass the horse(s) wide and slow. Horse riders may need to ride two abreast for safety, when escorting a young, or inexperienced horse or rider, give them a chance to sort themselves out. Don't be annoyed if a horse rider doesn't appear to be acknowledging your kindness and consideration. They do appreciate your help but may be concentrating on controlling their horse.
Bikes and horses are valuable. With a little courtesy and consideration all around, there is room on the road for everyone.
Please remember when taking part in this or any cyclosportive that they are not races. There are no prizes for setting a fast time. These events are just personal challenges to finish and enjoy the day cycling with friends and other like minded cyclists. Make the most of the views and make sure you are courteous to all other road users even if they aren't at times as courteous to you.
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND WATCH OUT FOR POT HOLES & OTHER HAZARDS ON THE ROAD
We refer you to point 8 in the Terms and conditions of this event
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must ride in a manner which is safe to myself and others.
FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THIS IS IMPORTANT !
Please Please remember when you are out on your bike you are a representative for cycling in general .
We don't want anybody in our events gaining the label of lycra loute, so easily portrade in some sections of the press.
So please no going to the toilet out in the open at the HQ or anywhere that is in public and in eye shot of passers by.
It is sad that we have to ask you this but, in the past we have had one incident where the police turned up at one event after complaints were made with one person urinating against a local residents hedge in full view of their children.
We don't want to upset or alienate the local community who graciously welcome our cyclosportives on many Sundays throughout the year.
AND WE DON'T WANT YOU ARRESTED !
There are ample toilets at the HQ.
Obviously out on the course going to the toilet in the open is at your discression.
BUT PLEASE BE DISCREET
Also be aware that all the feed stations are at Village halls / or places which have toilets.
PARKING IN THE TOWN
As far as we know there is free parking on Sundays at the Following Car Parks,
The Martlets Place Shopping Centre MAP
The car park next to Mc Donald's Car Park MAP
Please check that your car is parked legally as we can't be responsible for cars parked illegally. Have consideration for Local citizens and use the free car parks rather than parking outside of peoples homes. You are asked not to park on Chanctonbury road especially on the Col de sacs leading up to the School entrance.
Please check that there is a service for trains to Burgess Hill on the Sunday before attempting to travel by train with your bike. Although many entrants have in the past come by train from places like London to ride in our events there are the usual train track maintenance procedures carried out on Sundays. This can lead to passengers having to use the bus for some or all of their journey. This might prove to be a non starter if your lugging your bike around with you.
ENGINEERING WORK CLICK HERE
MORE DETAILS CYCLING AND CYCLISTS CLICK HERE
You can use the National Rail Enquiries Website to plan your trip.
Useful Contact Numbers
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50
Train Tracker™: 0871 200 49 50
Train Tracker™ Text - text station name to: 8 49 50
National Rail Enquiries from overseas
(Please note: International rates apply): +44(0)20 7278 5240
National Rail Enquiries Textphone (for customers with hearing impairments): 0845 60 50 600 Welsh language: 0845 60 40 500
Signing on starts at 7.40am Finishes 9.30am Please make sure you have a form of identification with you before attempting to signing on.
When signing on you will receive:-
one number for your bike
Map and Route description
SPORTident timing chip
Those that are attempting to enter on the day please bring the exact money needed in cash, see on the day entry details click here
Please make sure you return your timing chip after your ride.
It is essential that you attach your rider number to the handlebars of your bike so that our marshals and other staff are able to identify you as a rider taking part in the event. Please attach it before starting.
Riders over 16 but under 18 need to have a Parental Consent form signed and can ride on their own.
Riders 16 and under must have a Parental Consent form signed and have a parent or guardian cycling with them on the ride at all times. Click here for a Parental consent form
There will be a safe area for baggage, where you can leave bags and belongings before the ride. Although we do our utmost to keep your luggage and personal belongings safe, we cannot be held responsible for any loss.
WEATHER and your kit
Please come prepared for all weathers! On many of our events we have had very changeable conditions.
Check the weather forecast above but don't depend on it. Bring everything in your kit bag just in case the conditions change from leaving home to starting the cyclosportive. Remember just because it's sunny and dry when you start doesn't always mean it will be sunny and dry all the way around ! Please also don't rely on any of the new what to wear clothing apps, Come prepared.
Check out this great explanation by Cycle Film.
YOUR BIKE and tools
It is a good idea to check your bike a few days before the event to give yourself time to repair anything should you find something broken or not working properly.
There is nothing worse than traveling to an event to find that your bike isn't working properly.
Check your tyres, for wear and go over your bike tightening up everything . New tyres are always a good idea before riding a sportive.
Also be aware that it is the beginning of the season and if you haven't changed your chain from last season there is a chance your chain might break. If you have had a worn narrow 10 or 11 speed chain on your bike now for some time it might well need changing along with the sprockets and chainrings.
On many events we have lots of people breaking chains not because their power output is so high that their chains couldn't take the strain but because the chains were stretched and should have been replaced a long time ago. If you not sure if your chain needs replacing take your bike down to a good bike shop they should be able to give you advice. Click here
DON'T FORGET TO ATTACH A TOOL BAG to your bike for this cyclosportive.
Make sure your tool bag has at least the following in it:-
Two inner tubes
Tyre levers, (ideally one metal one),
Chain link extractor
Spare fixing link in case of broken chain .
A multi tool with allen keys etc for your bike.
If you have room in your tool bag for a puncture repair kit that might also be an option, although three inner tubes fitted into your tool bag is probably better.
Check out this great video by the Global Cycling Network on how to change an inner tube if you don't know already how do this.
Note although you may well get away with one inner tube you are advised to carry more than one inner tube for this cyclosportive.
ELECTRONIC MAP DEVICES.
Tip: Those with Garmin devices or equivalent make sure you charge your device up the day before, don't be tempted to charge it over night only to find that it hasn't charge properly :-(
NO HELMET NO RIDE
Please make sure you wear your helmet on all our sportive events.
YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START IF YOU AREN'T WEARING YOUR HELMET
Riders can start any time between 8.30am and 9.30am or even as late as 10am if you are doing the Tour ride, but Classic Riders are encourage to start at 8.30am. To cut down on queues and as a rough guide only please queue at the start at the following times
CLASSIC RIDERS .............START FROM 8.20AM
CHALLENGE RIDERS....... START FROM 9.00AM
TOUR RIDERS...................START FROM 9.15AM
MASSAGE AT THE EVENT
We are happy to announce that there will be a sports massage service available at the event.
Sports massage at the event only costs £6 and we strongly recommend this service from Hazel Crowley sport massage associates. Please ensure you have some money in your back pocket to take advantage of this service.
If you are looking to recover fast after the ride then get yourself a massage, it really is money well spent.
Routes will be marked with red arrows on a yellow back ground. All riders will receive maps and route cards. You should be able to get around the course by arrows alone as long as you keep your head up and eyes open. In the unlikely case you get lost retrack to get back on route. OR FInd a signpost for directions and refer to your map.
Classic Route, click here
Challenge Route click here
Tour Route click here
Overview of all Routes click here
Riders are advised that if they are going to be using their Garmin device or other bike computer route advisers, that they might want to down load the "Route You" map first onto their computer and then convert it into a TCX file using web based software such as
before loading it to their Garmin or other bike mapping computers.
Ride with GPS
Maps for Garmin and other device can be downloaded off the ridewithgps site.
RIDE WITH GPS APP
You are advised and encouraged to download the Ride with Gps APP onto your phone.
On the day of the event when signing on you will receive a start pack that will consist of things like maps and route details etc.
Also in the start pack you will receive a bike number that goes on the handle bars of your bike. On the back of the number is an emergency number to be used if your bike has mechanical problems or you have an accident.
Obviously if you or a friend are involved in a serious accident then 999 should be called, but we do have our own ambulances on the circuit and if you feel the accident doesn't condone calling 999 you can call the emergency number with your location and our Ambulance crew will get to you as quick as they can.
You might want to put the emergency number in your phone now, the number is :-
When you have to call the above emergency number:-
To work out where you are it is best to have a bike computer on your bike that tells you how far you have ridden on your chosen route ie Classic, Challenge or Tour route.
When you sign on for the event in the morning at the HQ you will pick up a route card and map.
With t he route card you should be able to guage where you are before phoning up to ask for help.
All the SRS Events bike mechanics will be only too pleased to help you should you get a bad mechanical problem that calls for their assistance. They are very busy on the day so give them some time to get to you. Obviously though if you wait more than half and hour then phone the above number again just to make sure someone is on their way to you.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO CHANGE AN INNER TUBE YOURSELF,
PLEASE LEARN BEFORE THE EVENT.
FEED AND TIMING STATIONS
All Feed stations are based in Village Halls which offer toilets and a place to shelter from potential bad weather. Hot Drinks and cake will be available inside the Feed Station for those who wish to stay a while and stop for a cup of tea or coffee and cake.
For those in more of a hurry Energy drink and Bananas, etc, will be available outside each Feed station for a fast service.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO STOP AT EACH FEED STATION IF YOU DON'T WANT TO.
BUT IF YOU DO YOU WILL BE GIVEN A SPLIT TIME FOR YOUR STOPS.
Depending on which ride you are doing you do have to stop at one specific feed station to log in your timing chip.
Specific feed stations stops and places to log in your timing chip.
Must stop at Hever Village Hall to log in their timing chips
Must stop at Forest Row to log in their timing chips
Must stop at Ardingly to long in their timing chips
BACK FROM THE RIDE
When you return from your ride log your timing chip in with the SPORTident Official, who will give you a certificate for the time of your ride.
Make sure you take your
number off your bike
in return you will get a token for free food at the event.
TIMING CHIP and DNF
All timing chips should be returned to Sportident when returning to the HQ.
IF FOR SOME REASON YOU DO NOT FINISH (dnf) AND DON'T RETURN TO THE HQ. YOU MUST PHONE THIS NUMBER TO INFORM US THAT YOU HAVE ABANDONED THE EVENT. 07771028201
Timing chips not returned on the day should be sent to :-
12 B Marine Square, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1DL
Avelo images are the official photographers of all SRS Events.
Some great pictures have been made by Avelo Images and we thank them for supporting the events & offering their professionally produced images at greatly reduced prices to all riders.
Remember if you want to see your photos taken on the day you must clearly fix your rider number to your bike's handel bars.