THE ETAPE DU SUSSEX
Date of event 14th June 2015
CHECK YOUR ENTRY
If you want to check that you have a place on this event go click on the following banner.
On-line entries closed on the
day entries are avaialble @ £35 see the how to enter page Click here
The event head HQ for the Etape du Sussex is :-
There is ample parking in Burgess Hill in the car parks around the town most of which are free on Sundays. Please check that you are parked in a free area before leaving your car and don't leave any valuables in the car.
If you have a bag we can look after it for you at the HQ.
The Best place to park is behind Cyprus hall, the car parks are free on Sunday. and it's a short walk to the HQ..
Please check that there is a service for trains to Haywards Heath 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
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
Signing on starts at 7.45am Finishes 9.30am.
Please make sure you have a form of identification with you before attempting to signing on.
We would like riders to sign on at the following times.:-
Classic Riders 7.45 to 8am
Challenge Riders from 8am
Tour Riders from 8.10am
Please help to reduce queues by registering at the above times.
When signing on you will receive:-
one number for your bike
Map of the Routes
SPORTident timing chip
This event is a little bit different to our other events which normally start in Oakmeeds College. In a prelude to bigger events in 2016 in Burgess Hill the start of this event is happening in the heart of Burgess Hill shopping area on Church Walk.
The start of this event is on Church Walk which is not far from the HQ in the centre of Burgess Hill.
You can start anytime between 8.45 to 9.30am
All riders taking part in the Classic route are advised to queue at the start @ Church Walk from 8.30am.
First rider off at
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.
WEATHER and your kit.
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 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.
Also be aware that that narrow 10 speed chain on your bike might well need changing along with the sprockets, If your chain breaks on this event it may mean waiting for the broom wagon for sometime.
On this event last year we had lots of people breaking chains not because their power output was so high that their chains couldn't take the strain but because the chains were stretched and should have been replace a long time ago.
If you are 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 which has the main tools that fit 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 might also be an option.
Note although you may well get away with one inner tube you are advised to carry more than one inner tube for this cyclosportive, ideally you should carry three inner tubes to be sure of getting home.
Those with Garmins etc make sure you charge your computer up the day before, don't be tempted to charge it over night only to find that it hasn't charge properly :-(
Also if you are using a garmin we encourage you to join Strava to record your ride.
CARE AND ATTENTION
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 (I normally 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 go to the specific route page to find out more.
GPX MAP FILES
Map Files can be downloaded off te Ride with gps website or from the Garmin Connect Site.
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.
If you have a mechanical problem or just need picking up then call the number below.
THIS IS THE EVENT NUMBER FOR THE ETAPE DU SUSSEX CYCLOSPORTIVE
FEED AND TIMING STATIONS
There are 3 feed stations on route for the longest route they are :-
1 Forest Row in Gear Cycles @22miles
TOUR ROUTE RIDERS MUST LOG IN HERE
2 Ardingliy St Peters Chuch centre @34 miles
CHALLENGE ROUTE RIDERS MUST LOG IN HERE
3 West Chiltington Village Hall @61miles
CLASSIC ROUTE RIDERS MUST LOG IN HERE
STOPPING AT FEED STATIONS
You don't have to stop at all feed stations if you don't want to, but if you do stop and log in your timing chip at each feed station you will be given a split time for the event.
We advise that you do stop at our feed stations just to make sure you are keeping your energy levels high. A five minute stop for something to eat and drink will hopefully stop any risk of getting the BONK during the ride.
To confirm which ride you have done you must stop at the following stops:-
CLASISIC ROUTE RIDERS MUST STOP AND LOG IN THEIR TIMING CHIPS @ :-
WEST CHILLTINGTON VILLAGE HALL
CHALLENGE ROUTE RIDERS MUST STOP AND LOG IN THEIR TIMING CHIPS @ :-
THE ST PETERS HALL ARDINGLY
TOUR ROUTE RIDERS MUST STOP AND LOG IN THEIR TIMING CHIPS @ :-
IN-GEAR CYCLE SHOP FOREST ROW
BACK FROM THE RIDE
For riders on the Etape Du Sussex, when you return from your ride log your timing chip with the SPORTident Offical, who will give you a print out of the time of your ride.
Make sure you take your
number off your bike
and hand it in to get your official time.
YOU WILL RECEIVE A SECRET TRAINING
BOTTLE WHEN YOU HAND IN YOUR NUMBER.
There's a few other great things from Secret training in the bottle as well.
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
Certificates can be downloaded from the SPORTIDENT Website after the event. Go to the Riders page to find out more CLICK HERE
The official photographers Avelo Images will supply photography of the events a few days after the event.
All entrants will receive an e-mail when the photos are ready and links will be available on this page to the photos.
Avelo images are selling images for this event at a reduced rate.
You can go to their website by clicking here