///RIDERS BRIEF 2021 – THE REUNION!!///

HI EVERYONE, BELOW IS THE KEY INFO FOR YOUR 2021 RIDE – UPDATED TUES 14TH SEPTEMBER – FIND YOUR RIDER NUMBER BELOW!!

BETWEEN NOW AND SAT 18TH THIS ‘RIDERS BRIEF’ WILL BE UPDATED WITH THE LATEST CRUCIAL INFO FOR THE DAY – AND EMAILED 3 DAYS BEFORE. IT WILL CONTAIN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE DAY. IF YOU’VE GOT ANY QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND WE’RE HERE TO HELP.

IMPORTANT NEW CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

Please see below for some v important changes, the main ones being a brand new ‘sign on’ procedure to make it more covid secure, and also the additon of our new Vans Family Ride.

We are SO chuffed to welcome you back to our event, it feels like yonks since we’ve seen your smiles and heard the sound of fizzing chains and lager! What a bonkers wonky time it’s been for everyone, we can’t wait to catch up with you all and make some new memories. As ever the biggest thank you from ourselves and CALM – your effort and whirling legs are saving lives and smashing the stigma surrounding mental health. If the last couple of years has taught us anything it’s how crucial community, fun, sport, friends and overall health are to our lives.

 

NEW THINGS FOR THIS YEAR!!

1. IMPORTANT: NEW SIGN ON PROCEDURE

Due to us striving to be more covid secure and reduce crowding and close proximity at sign on, we are operating sign on differently this year.

 HERE’S HOW:

* For any of the 800 pre-entered you will receive (or have) received an email 5 days before event day (CORRECT NUMBER EMAILED TUES 14TH AM) from our superb timing guys at ‘Results Base’. This email will tell you your rider number and key details. Please check your junk if you haven’t had this.

* VERY IMPORTANT: If you have not recieved your updated ‘rider number’ after the computer fart yesterday you can find it on this link here. Just type in your name in the search box and hey presto.

FIND YOUR RIDER NUMBER FOR SIGN ON HERE!!

https://resultsbase.net/event/5874/participants

* Etch this number deep in your noggin and when you come to sign on at Ride HQ as normal, look for the desk that has your number. (i.e. if your nos is 100 – it’ll be on the 1 – 345 desk say)

* You will be handed your rider pack by our wonderful crew. Say hi!

* NOW THE IMPORTANT BIT: Take that envelope unopened and walk past the timing sensor clearly marked in HQ, this will ‘beep’ as you walk past, this is you signed on, and agreeing to the ‘British Cycling’ rider declaration that will be attached to your email, and printed at HQ. Please read if you are unsure.

* In the packs you will find your number (with all emergency contacts on the back), your timing chip for the left side of your helmet, and zip ties. Lash that number on and your all set for lycra clad magic.

* TRANSFERRING NAMES ETC: If anyone wants to switch distances, or transfer names, they MUST let Henry the wondrous timing operator know so he can update your details. Beer and coffee always welcome as a bribe. Joke. Maybe.

* Any questions at all just shout, or grab any of our staff on the day!

* Happy riding!!!

2. The Vans Family Ride – Ride on Rascals! (AND WE HAVE A PUMPTRACK!!)

We are really stoked to announce this year we’re putting on a small, fun kids ride for little legs and big hearts! The friendly seven mile route is shown below, is all on quiet country lanes (mostly v flat) and has a stop in Quarley village hall where they’ll be juice, tea, cake and goodies. On triumphant return to HQ all kids will receive a token for a ‘Rascal Ripple” from our ice cream van!
If some of you are thinking your little hero can’t do seven miles the good news is if they get a bit pooped you can head straight to Quarley village hall for a snack, recharge, and then head back they way you came to HQ. (It will be signed but please study map link below)
In line with British Cycling rules your own children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult or guardian, and MUST complete a form when signing on. No form, no riding sadly – we’d be in big trouble. Also we have to state that even though these roads are quiet all riders must ride responsibly and adhere to the highway code. Helmets cumpulsory for everyone still.

You will be able to pay and sign on for this on the day in Ride HQ. (Card & cash accepted) 

Start: Approx 1000 @ RIDE HQ

Route:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37356690

PUMPTRACK!!

Yes you read that right, we have rubber pumptrack landing at RIDE HQ on Friday for the weekend, this will be free and open for all little (and big) shredders to whip round till they go so dizzy they can’t walk. You can also skateboard on it so bring whatever flying craft you desire. Big thanks to an old friend and UK skateboard legend Pete King for making this happen. We may well hold some fun games and challenges on this so hang tight!

 

FOOD & DRINK ON FRIDAY NIGHT

For the first time we’re offering some food and drink on the Friday night courtesy of our culinary friends down the road – Thyme & Tides. They will have beer, wine and a selection of healthy yummy food & snacks. Enjoy!

https://www.thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk/

 

RE-USEABLE DRINKING CUPS FROM MIZU

Like you guys we are trying very hard to use less plastic, and at the same time support great companies and products at the same time. SO this year instead of the usual crappy plastic glasses, we’ve teamed up with long standing and brilliant event partner MIZU to offer a properly cool solution.

On the day when you buy a drink from the bar, you’ll given one of MIZU’S fine metal ‘party cups’ and asked kindly to either leave a £8 deposit, refunded o return, or an £8 donation to keep your cup for ever. (we’ll be able to take card or cash)

Why £8 you say – well that’s the cost of a potentially life saving call on the CALM helpline.

So drink beer, look cool, help save lives. Good hey.

https://mizulife.eu/products/party-cup?variant=32945566285899

THE SNOWBOARD ASYUM – NEW GIN BAR!!

Our fine friends at TSA and long time supporters of CALM and our event – have had a genius idea, why not run a gin bar at this years event. So that’s what they’re doing! Go and say hi and throw them a high five! ALL PROFITS OF THIS GOING DIRECT TO CALM. Legends.

https://www.snowboard-asylum.com

 

COVID POLICY

Of course we are doing everything we can to keep you safe during the event, and we are lucky that most areas are either outside or have good airflow. Please do think of others during the day and try to give everyone a bit more space. We’re not making anyone wear masks, but please feel free to do so if you prefer.

Seems so obvious to say but please if you feel unwell or experiencing any symptoms at all, please stay at home and sit this one out. If you would like any more info on what steps we’re taking or have any questions please feel free to get in touch, and you can read British Cycling’s policy here:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0

 

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: In 2019 we had to alter a junction within the last few miles to make it safer, avoiding a very busy crossing. It does add a couple of miles to the routes but much safer. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Chicken Curry: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882783 – 29.6 miles – 1419 feet climbing
Spag Bol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882775 – 51.9 miles – 2552 feet climbing
Full Monty: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882697 – 101.3 miles – 5894 feet climbing

If you’ve never been to the event and you want a teaser of what it’s all about and to hear Nelson’s story, have a look at this:
https://www.thecalmzone.net/2019/08/lvl-headed-exploring-physical-fitness-and-mental-health

 

More news to come…. keep checking!

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We have to say a massive thank you for entering our sportive in memory of Nelson Pratt. The stunning lanes and climbs you will be riding in the Test Valley were his favourite place to pedal his bike, he would love to know so many of you are will be riding them too.

With every pedal rev and bead of sweat your efforts are supporting a great cause and raising awareness for reducing male suicide – the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. That’s over 14 a day right now. Truly shocking.

Over the last 9 years with your help the event has raised well over half a million pounds for CALM, saving hundred of lives.

PLEASE if you haven’t already set up your CALM fundraising page there’s still time, every little bit really does really help. The call centre is currently saving just over two lives a day – just £96 could answer 12 potentially lifesaving calls.

SO thanks again and have an amazing ride. See you at the finish!

 

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.

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WHATS THE FORMAT?

Nelson’s ‘Tour de Test Valley’ is a cycle-sportive offering something for the whole family with stunning 40, 80 and 160km routes, and the new Vans Family Ride of 7miles.

Event date:  Saturday 19th Sept 2020

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) £25
– Spag Bol: 80km (50miles) £30
– The Full Monty: 160km (100miles) £35

All entries must be done online through British Cycling.

Please note: Entries are non-transferable and entry via the British Cycling website only. There will be limited ‘entries available on the day.

 

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 on FRIDAY.

* There will be a separate area for camper vans.

* No cars will be allowed to park next to tents due to space restrictions. We will also have an overflow area for campervans this year.

* There are showers and toilets on site.

* New for 2021 we will have some drink and food avaialble at HQ on Friday evening, from our good friends at Thyme & Tides down the road. There are a plenty of great pubs close by in Grateley, Wallop and Amport too.

 

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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 providing 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 will be sent to your email as well, please check and download for devices if needed. Any questions just shout!

Chicken Curry: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882783 – 29.6 miles – 1419 feet climbing

Spag Bol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882775 – 51.9 miles – 2552 feet climbing

Full Monty: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30882697 – 101.3 miles – 5894 feet climbing

Vans Family Ride – ‘Ride on Rascals.’
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37356690

ROUTE MAP

ANYTHING ELSE?

JERSEYS
Everyone that has pre-ordered a cycle jersey your order will be waiting for you at registration. PLEASE BRING CASH.
For those who didn’t pre-order online we have a few left in stock or you can order for delivery after the ride.

CAPS
Our spiffing new cap will be available to collect and buy. They are £15 with all proceeds going direct to CALM.

SPORTS MASSAGE
We are really chuffed that once again the fine physios from Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice will be offering sports massage and treatments after your ride. These guys are incredible and will have you walking like normal again in no time! All donations go direct to CALM.

GOODIE BAGS
In an effort to reduce plastic bags and waste we won’t be giving away goodie bags to everyone, we hope you understand. There will be some free goodies available so please keep your eyes peeled.

And Finally…

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 finish…