Ride Info

///RIDERS BRIEF///

5 DAYS BEFORE THE RIDE A FULL RIDERS BRIEF WITH ALL THE CRUCIAL INFO FOR THE DAY WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU. IT WILL CONTAIN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. IF YOU’VE GOT ANY QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND WE’RE HERE TO HELP.

SEE YOU SOON!

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS EVENT?

In loving memory of local resident, pro-snowboarder and keen cyclist, Nelson Pratt, who died in June 2012, we have put together a superb sportive with three fantastic routes in the stunning Test Valley.

Our aim is to put on an extremely high quality event, offering something for every level of cyclist, giving you the best possible day in the saddle. Facilities for all riders are paramount to us, with years of riding sportives ourselves there is nothing we haven’t thought of.

The three routes are all on quiet roads allowing you to enjoy the spectacular scenery, impeccably signed and offer well stocked feed stations.

The queen stage of Nelson’s event, the 160km (100 mile) route offers a tough test, taking in the areas best climbs, fast descents, spectacular views and only the finest roads. This was Nelson’s first 100 mile route and remained his favourite ever ride.

This is a non-profit charity event, all proceeds and 100% of money raised will go directly to our official charity partner CALM.


WHATS THE FORMAT?

Event date:  Saturday 15th Sept 2018

Nelson’s ‘Tour de Test Valley’ is a cycle-sportive offering something for the whole family with stunning 40, 80 and 160km routes.

WHAT DOES THE EVENT INCLUDE?

– FREE parking & Friday night camping at Ride HQ

– Full route marking & map
– Rider public liability insurance
– Mechanical support
– Free energy drink & food
– Hot meal for every rider at finish
– Electronic chip timing
– Emergency support
– On site catering
– Event photography
– Broom wagon
– Toilet facilities at Ride HQ

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

After three of Nelson’s favourite foods each ride has a culinary flavour:

– Chicken Curry: 40km (25miles) £20
– Spag Bol: 80km (50miles) £25
– The Full Monty: 160km (100miles) £30

All entries must be done online through British Cycling.

Please note: Entries are non-transferable and entry via the British Cycling website only.

WHAT TIME CAN I START MY RIDE?

Riders will be able to start anytime between 8.00am and 11.30am on Saturday morning. All riders MUST ‘sign in’ – once you arrive report to the registration tent where you will receive your rider pack with number and timing chip. Clear instructions will be given at the start line.

This registration tent will also be open on Friday evening between 15.00 – 18.30 so you can sign in before the morning if you like.

Riders will be set off in groups of 20 with at least 2mins between each group. This is so we can give each group a quick safety briefing.

WILL THE ROUTE BE SIGNPOSTED?

Yes. All routes are on quiet, stunning roads, avoiding major main roads and will be clearly way-marked all the way. There should be no danger of getting lost! As a back up all riders at registration will be given a route sheet with emergency contact numbers clearly marked.

There will also be marshals at key locations on routes providing extra confidence.

WHERE IS THE START AND FINISH LOCATION?

Ride HQ is located at the Pratt’s Farm where all routes will start and finish. The location provides the ideal base for the sportive and a beautiful roll out for the start of your ride.

There is FREE camping available on the FRIDAY night (only Fri) Site open from 1500 Friday.

Address:
Grateley, Nr Andover, Hampshire. SP11 8LH
Click here for a map.

Ride HQ will be clearly sign posted from all directions.

PARKING: (OPEN FROM 0700 SAT)

Parking is at RIDE HQ, event staff will direct you on arrival. Please park as close to the next vehicle as possible and keep a beady eye out for cyclists leaving the start if you are arriving after 0800 on Saturday.

Once you have parked follow ‘registration’ markers for signing on in the barn.

CAMPING AT RIDE HQ

* Free camping is available at Ride HQ on the Friday night. The site will be open from 15.00 FRIDAY.

* There will be a separate area for camper vans.

* No cars will be allowed to park next to tents this year due to space restrictions.

* Showers and toilets on site.

* There is no food/drink available at HQ on Friday evening so please make arrangements if staying the night. There are a plenty of great pubs close by in Grateley, Wallop and Amport.

REGISTRATION / SIGN ON PROCEDURE

All riders must register/sign in before riding. Please be advised that if you’re able, registering on Friday afternoon is recommended to avoid congestion on Sat morning when most riders will arrive.

Registration opening hours:

Friday: 15.00 – 18.30

Saturday: 0700 – 1000

* Look for the distance you are doing.

* Registration desks will have riders surnames placed alphabetically on the tables.

* Find your name on the list and grab your pack containing your number, timing chip and cable ties.

* Your rider number should be secured to the front of your bars with cable ties and clearly visible at all times.

* Your timing chip should be stuck to the left hand side of you helmet.

START TIMES & RIDE DETAILS

With the three rides on offer, we have set start windows for each route, aiming to ensure all riders finish within a certain time span – both for safety and meaning your well earnt free hot meal at the end isn’t stone cold!

We will be starting you in waves of 20-30 riders, with a five min gap in between.

There will be a full safety briefing at the start line. Please listen carefully.

Take your time, soak in the views, enjoy the food at the feed stations (eat every hour as a rule of thumb) and drink regularly.

Keeping well fuelled is absolutely the key to keeping those legs turning and maintaining energy levels – no fuel, no engine!!

Please stick to these start times, especially the 100 mile riders.

FULL MONTY

Start: Between 0800 – 0900

SPAG BOL

Start: Between 0900 – 1000

CHICKEN CURRY

Start: Between 1000 – 1100

IMPORTANT NOTES

* No riders will be able to start before 0800, and none later than 1130.

* The start organiser will brief you immediately before you depart. Please go slowly across the start line to ensure your timing chip activates.

* Remember you are riding on an open road so normal traffic rules apply.

* Should you have an un-fixable mechanical problem, or have an emergency, there will be a mechanic and broom wagon on hand to scoop you up. Contact details will be on the reverse of your rider number.

* There will be a mechanic at HQ for the start to help with any last minute tuning. Gary will have spares etc to buy if needed.

* Riders are advised to carry at least two spare inner tubes with them, a pump and tyre leavers.

* HALO Sports will be running a cycle clothing stand stocking the essentials, just in case you left your helmet & jacket on the kitchen table.

* It may well be cold first in the morning, bring suitable clothing, especially if it’s wet!

* THERE WILL BE SECURE BAG STORAGE IN THE BARN.

* UNDER BRITISH CYCLING RULES ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET. NO HELMET NO RIDE.

WHERE ARE THE ‘FEED STATIONS’ ?

Feed stations will be located at regular intervals during your ride. Feed stations will be provide a fantastic array of food, water and energy drink. Please be sure to take full advantage and stock up before you leave. Feed Stations will all have toilet facilities. CHECK OUT THE MAP BELOW FOR LOCATIONS.

WHAT IF I GET KNACKERED AND AM TOO TIRED TO FINISH, OR HURT MYSELF ON ROUTE?

There will be a ‘broom wagon’ that follows the last rider and floats between all routes. If in the case of an emergency you will find a contact number on your route card, this is only for emergencies – sadly it’s not a taxi! There will also be two medic motorbikes and a response vehicle at Ride HQ.

WHAT IF I GET A PUNCTURE OR MY BIKE BREAKS?

There will be a mechanical van offering basic repairs, spare inner tubes etc. Your route card will have a contact number in case of emergency. It is recommended every rider carries two spare inner tubes and a small lightweight tool. Inner tubes will be available to buy from Ride HQ, and the feed stations.

GPS FILES

There are GPS files for all the three routes. You will also be given a route map for your pocket at sign on.

These GPS files and a route map showing all three rides have been sent to your email as well, please check and download for devices if needed. Any questions just shout!

ROUTE MAP

ANYTHING ELSE?

Enjoy the ride! Remember even though you are being timed this ride is not a race and you are still on public roads that are open to other traffic. Respect other road users and be vigilant. Any danger spots will be marshalled but remember the roads are open!

All riders MUST wear cycle helmets, this is mandatory for all British Cycling / UCI registered events.

Allez et bon chance! See you in the bar at the fiinsh…