THE ETAPE DU SUSSEX CYCLOSPORTIVE 2015
DATE OF EVENT: tbc
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
Details of what you should be doing on the day of the event will be released here a week before the event.
Plenty of free parking in Burgess Hill on Sundays there is even a free car park just behind the HQ.
Click on the map for a pdf version
Please check that there is a service for trains on the day of the event, before attempting to travel by train with your bike. Although many entrants use the train from places like London to ride in our events there are the usual train track maintenance procedures carried out on Weekends especially this time of year.
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.
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You can use the National Rail Enquiries website to plan your trip.
Useful Contact Numbers:-
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 TrainTracker™: 0871 200 49 50
TrainTracker™ 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
When you arrive at the HQ you will have to sign on to collect your brevet card. Some form of photo ID is required. Drivers licence, British Cycling Membership or any other type of photo ID will be accepted.
Riders will start in groups of 20 an be released every 2 mins
This is not a race so finishing times will not be recorded in order of times but will be recoreded in alphabetical order. You will als have your time recorded on your Brevet Card. Those with compatiable GPS devices that have downloaded the Strava app onto their smart phone will be able to compare their time and how well they were climbing with other riders who will be using the Strava app.
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.
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 or damage.
Any belongings left in cars in the car park should be done discretely and obviously it is best to make sure nothing of value is in sight of potential theives. Saying that it is a relatively crime free town.
WEATHER AND YOUR KIT
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 incase 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 ! Come prepared.
YOUR BIKES 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 when your doing a sportive, although you should ride them a few times just to bed them in.
Also be aware that it is getting close to the end of the season and that narrow 10 speed chain on your bike might well need changing along with the sprockets. On this event last year we had lots of people breaking chains not because there power output was so high their chains couldn't take the strain but because the chains were stretched and should have been replace 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 BRING A TOOL BAG with you which fits on your bike.
Make sure your tool bag has at least two inner tubes, tyre levers, a chain link extractor and spare fixing link. A multi tool which has all the allen keys sizes that your bike needs is also essential. . If you have room in the bag a puncture repair kit might also be an option.
Check out this great video by Quick Release TV
Note although you may well get away with one inner tube you are advised to carry more than one inner tube for this Reliability trial .
Those with Garmins etc make sure you charged your bike computer up the day before, don't be tempted to charge it over night only to find that it hasn't charged properly :-(
You must wear a helmet to ride this event.
Click here for details of the routes
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 and 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:-
BACK FROM THE RIDE
Food and drink will be available at the HQ for riders to replenish their energy needs. More details to follow.
The official photographer of this event will be Rupert Rivett.