BALDOCK CYCLE CHALLENGE 19TH JUNE 2016 - ONLINE ENTRIES OPEN
The Baldock Cycle Challenge is back again for a fifth year.
Organised by the Baldock Town Partnership with assistance from the Stevenage & North Herts CTC and kind sponsorship from Dts Cycle services in Letchworth. This ride is your opportunity to explore some of the parishes and wonderful countryside around the town of Baldock.
It is not a race. You can choose to ride the whole course, or just loop A starting at 10a.m. or just loop B starting at 1pm.Sportive riders start on the High Street at 0930. No mountains but expect a few Hertfordshire hills. This ride is suitable for racing bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes but not for Bmx! Please ensure that your bike is road worthy and will last the distance of the course! Each route is approx 28 miles.
Here's the choice of rides:
Loop A. Baldock, Bird Hill, Hickmans Hill, Clothall, Weston, Damask Green, Warrens Green, Halls Green, Luffenhall, Rushden, Roe Green, Sandon, Therfield, Wallington and back to Baldock.
Loop B. Baldock, Bygrave, Ashwell, Steeple Morden,Litlington, Abington Piggotts, Shingay, Guilden Morden, Eyeworth, Edworth, Hinxworth, Ashwell, Newnham, Caldecote and back to Baldock.
Or you can do the whole lot!
The start and finish for all rides will be in Baldock High Street (SG7 6AX). Not far from Baldock Railway Station and there will be plenty of parking for those coming by car.
There will be check points to make sure the correct route is followed. These will often be at or near cafés, tea rooms, village halls or pubs so no-one should go hungry or thirsty. Every rider will get a route sheet, map and a check card. You get your card timed, stamped and signed at every control. After ratification it becomes your proof that you've done the ride.
Not a lover of checkpoint based cycle rides and looking to complete the course in a fast time or to use the event as fitness training– we also offer riders a sportive option.
Riders of the sportive option will still get a route sheet map but will not be required to stop at the checkpoints. Instead simply sign out at the start point and sign in when you have completed the course. A marshal at the start will sign your card and time it and will repeat this when you pass the finish line at the end of the ride. As well as the route sheet map and commentary, the whole course will be signed.
We also plan to hand out certificates on the day, as well as a cake/donut/muffin for all who complete the course.
Independent or unattached riders and all newcomers will be very welcome. Unfortunately entries can only be accepted on the day if there is sufficient space and cards, so please enter by 15th June or you may be disappointed. It really helps us if you enter by the closing date. If any entries can be taken on the day they will cost extra. Routes, maps and other information including how to enter the ride on-line will be available for viewing and downloading on the Baldock Town Partnership at www.baldocktown.co.uk. No ride information will be posted out so please check the website for any updates. All riders will be given a map of the route, a leaflet detailing the route and a check card on the morning of the race. All riders must pick up their check card prior to starting the ride. Race information will also be available at www.northhertsctc.org.uk. Entries so far will be displayed on the website.
Please note you must have started the second loop by 2pm. and the finish will close at 5:30pm. Under 18s must have their entry form countersigned by a parent or carer and under 16s should bring a responsible adult. You are advised not to use earphones (iPods, etc) on the ride as you will not be able to hear other riders, traffic and any instructions.
Please send your entry form plus cheque for the entry fee to:
Baldock Town Centre Partnership, 2 Whitehorse Street, Baldock, Herts., SG7 6QN
More information from James Lunnon at 07973883441 email@example.com); or Jim Brown (07939 687509; firstname.lastname@example.org)
www.baldocktown.co.uk www.northhertsctc.org.uk www.bikeweek.org.uk