DATE OF EVENT: 11/05/14
A GUIDE TO YOUR ARRIVAL IN BURGESS HILL
Below you will find information which aims to help you with your ride on the Beacon Rouleur Cyclosportive. If you need to know more please don't hesitate to contact the organiser.
We are obviously busy running up to the event but you should be able to get in touch using one of these ways.
OFFICE 01273 695107 (answer machine available)
The main thing is to bring your helmet and the rest of your kit .
You may be asked for some ID on the day when signing on so bring some sort of proof .
ie passport, rail card even a credit or debit card with your name on will surfice.
Be aware when taking part in this event you are confirming that you are accepting and understand that the event takes place on the open road and you must abide by the Highway Code at all times.
You must also understand and agree that you participate in this event entirely at your own risk, that you must rely on you own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that you must ride in a manner which is safe to yourself and others.
Please take care on the descent of Coldean lane as you enter Brighton.
Fast speed can be reached on this descent but there are blind junctions at the bottom where you may have to stop suddenly due to cars not seeing you and pulling out.
This is not a race, please think of your own and others safety at all times.
Watch out for pot holes and shout out and point out the hole to other riders you are riding with.
Sign on at the HQ 7.40 - 9.30AM where you will receive your riders number and maps.
Riders Start anytime between 8.00am and 9.30am.
Emergency Number 07771928201.
There is ample Free parking behind Cyprus hall.
More free parking on Sunday is available CLICK HERE
START AND FINISH OF THE CYCLOSPORTIVE
You can start anytime between 8.00am and 9.30am
Please be aware the cut off time for finishing this event is 17.00 hrs
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SIGNED ON AND PICKED UP YOUR TIMING CHIP AT THE HQ BEFORE GOING TO THE START.
Please make sure you place your number on the front of the handlebars
THIS IS IMPORTANT
Please Please remember when you are out on your bike your are a representative for cycling in general .
We don't want anybody in our events acting up to the negative label given to some cyclists these days by the press ie:- lycra louts !
So on this point please no going to the toilet out in the open at the HQ or anywhere in public, In the past we have had the police around after complaints were made with one person urinating in public at the HQ. Please be considerate and think about local residents who graciously put up with our cyclosportives.
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 and have toilets.
Please check that there is a service for trains to Burgess Hill on the Sunday before attempting to travel by train with your bike. 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
Opens at 7.40am on the day.
When you sign on you are saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions
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
WEATHER and your kit
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 although going for a few rides on new tyres is also a good idea just to bed them in.. Also 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. Click here
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.
A note about Garmins
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 :-(
NO HELMET NO RIDE
Please make sure you wear your helmet on all our
We insist that everybody wears a cycling helmet on our rides.
All riders can start any time after 8.00am but must start before 9.30am
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 re-track to get back on route. OR FInd a signpost for directions and refer to your map.
Please make sure you take your route map with you as this will help trace your location should you need our assistance out on the road.
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 i.e. 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 the route card you should be able to gauge 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.
YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BE CALLING THE MECHANICS TO CHANGE AN INNER TUBE FOR YOU, IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO CHANGE AN INNER TUBE 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 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.
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 are as follows:-
Must stop at Mayfield Feed Station at 60 miles, to log in their timing chip
Must stop at Framfield Village Hall Feed Station at 53 miels, to log in their timing chip
Must stop at the Iford Feed Station @ 25 miles to log in their timing chip this is the only feed station on the Tour route.
BACK FROM THE RIDE
When you return from your ride log your timing chip in with the SPORTident Official, who will give you a print out of your time for the ride. The Finish is infront of Cyprus Hall.
TIMING CHIP and dnf
All timing chips should be returned to SRS Events at the finish.
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 on-line, go to the results area on this website page to get info on how to download your certificate.
Go to the results area to get info on photography at this event. click here
Don't forget if you entered this event online via SI Entries you will get a 10% discount on all future events in the series this year.
This discount applies to standard entries only.
The next event is the Burgess Hill 1066 Cyclosportive on the 25th May 2014