Ride Info

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 20th Sept 2014

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 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 10.00am 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 16.00 – 19.00 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.

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

Ride HQ will be clearly sign posted from all directions.

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.

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

Here are links to the GPS files for the three routes:

CHICKEN CURRY – 40K (right click, save as…)
SPAG BOL – 80K (right click, save as…)
THE FULL MONTY – 120K (right click, save as…)

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…