Date of event 23rd February 2014
The HQ location :-
THIS IS IMPORTANT !
Please Please remember when you are out on your bike your are a representative for cycling in general . Please be courteous at all times to other road users. Please take special care with regards people on horses by slowing down and giving them as much space as possible for their safety as well as yours.
There are ample toilets at the School so please no urinating in public 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 have toilets.
There is limited parking for riders at the HQ, Should this fill up there is plenty of parking only five minutes away in the local car parks.
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 Donalds Car Park MAP
Please check that your car is parked legally as we can't be reasonable for cars parked illegally. Have consideration for Local citizens and use the free car parks rather than parking outside of peoples homes.
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.
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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
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 entering on the day of the event please fill out this entry form :-
But please phone the day before to make sure there are places available we may not be taking entries on the day, it is always best to sign up for our events early.
Please make sure you return your timing chip after your ride.
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.
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.
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 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 cyclosportive.
Those with Garmins etc make sure you charged your bike computer up the day before, don't be tempted to charge in over night only to find that it hasn't charged properly :-(
Riders can start any time between 8.30am and 9.30am or even as late as 10am if you are doing the Kermesse ride but Classic Riders are encourage to start at 8.00am . To cut down on queues and as a rough guide only please queue at the start at the following times
CLASSIC RIDERS QUEUE @ START 8.00AM
CHALLENGE RIDERS QUEUE @ START 8.15AM
TOUR RIDERS QUEUE @ START 8.30AM
Routes will be marked with red arrows on a yellow back ground.
All riders will receive maps and route cards, although 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.
Find a sign post for directions and refer to your map.
Routes are shown below
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:-
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 SIS 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
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
and hand this number in for your
SRS Goodie bag !
At the HQ on your return you will also receive a Token for a free snack meal at the HQ.
While enjoying your free food you will also have the chance to watch one of the Cycling Documentaries showing on our large screen.
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.
Timing chips not returned on the day should be sent to :-
PO BOX 5198
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