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THE PASSISTA CLASSIC CYCLOSPORTIVE

Date of event 16th November 2014

 

 

INFORMATION PACK

HQ

Oakmeeds Community College

Station Road,

Burgess Hill

West Sussex

RH15 9EA

 

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

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 on how you are riding is important for your safety as well as others.

 

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 who take 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 ( shout "rider behind"). This advice is particularly important when coming up behind horses.

 

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.

 

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 lout, so easily portrayed 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 an 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 through out 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 discretion BUT PLEASE BE DISCREET Also be aware that all the feed stations are at Village halls / or places which have toilets.

 

PARKING

 

There is free parking in Burgess Hill

 

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.

 

THE TRAIN

 

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 Trackerâ„¢: 0871 200 49 50 Train Trackerâ„¢

 

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

 

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 thinking of entering on the day are advised to contact SRS Events first before you turn up on the day, so that we can check to see if there are place available.

 

Please make sure you return your timing chip after your ride.

 

PARENTAL CONSENT

 

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

 

BAGGAGE AREA

 

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.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

 

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 ! 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 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.

 

DON'T FORGET TO BRING A TOOL BAG which fits on your bike with you to the cyclosportive.

 

Make sure your tool bag has at least three 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 that might also be an option, although three inner tubes is event better. Check out this great video by Quick Release TV they don't recommend as many inner tubes as us but it's still a good video.

 

Note although you may well get away with one inner tube you are advised to carry more than one inner tube for this cyclosportive.

 

Those with Garmins 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 :-(

 

 

HELMET NO HELMET NO RIDE

 

Please make sure you wear your helmet on all our sportive events.

 

 

 

 

START TIMES

 

Riders can start any time between 8.30am and 9.30am or even as late as 10am if you are doing the one of the shorter routes.

 

But Classic Riders are advised and encourage to start at 8.30am . To cut down on queues please queue at the start at the following times

 

CLASSIC RIDERS .............START AT 8.30AM CHALLENGE RIDERS....... START AT 9.00AM TOUR RIDERS...................START AT 9.15AM

 

MASSAGE AT THE EVENT

 

Details to follow

 

 

ROUTES

 

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.

Alternatively find a signpost for directions and refer to your map.

 

Classic Route,

Challenge Route

Tour Route