The nature of a Sportive is to offer a cycle ride that provides a challenging combination of distance and climbing on public roads traversing rugged and often beautiful terrain. You need to be self-sufficient to deal with any problems you might encounter on the course:
Ø There are distinctive signs round nearly all of the course, but it is your responsibility to navigate accurately
Ø You should carry a copy of the route notes and associated map. These can be downloaded from the website. There will also be copies for collection at Registration.
Ø You are also advised to carry a copy of OS Explorer Map OL41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.
Ø The courses pass through the following villages where it may be possible to refuel (but it cannot be guaranteed that cafes etc are open, and they may be busy with other customers):
Ø Short Course – Dunsop Bridge (14 miles), Slaidburn (18 miles), Wray (35 miles)
Ø Medium Course – Chipping (20 miles), Waddington (31miles), Slaidburn (38miles), Wray (54 miles)
Ø Long Course – Chipping (20 miles), Waddington (31miles), Slaidburn (38 & 77miles), Wray (92 miles)
Ø A water station will be sited at the crossroads at 44.5miles on the long route.
Ø Feed stations for all routes will be Slaidburn Youth Hostel and at the farm at the end of Park House Lane (32,52 & 90 miles respectively) and although it may be 150yards off route the feed station may be still open at Slaidburn for long course riders at 77miles
Ø It is recommended that you carry a mobile phone (though mobile coverage is patchy), have ID and a certain amount of money.
Ø The phone numbers for contacting Event HQ will be on the back of your ride number in order of preference.
Ø Dial 999 directly if there is a serious problem.
Ø It is strongly recommended that you have your own third party insurance (e.g. through membership of the CTC)
This will be located at the Gateway building in the University of Cumbria Lancaster campus. A map of the campus is available here – University of Cumbria map
Access to the campus should be made by the main entrance on Bowerham Road and the Gateway building (Location 17 on the map) is at the top of the drive on the right. Permission has been granted for competitors to use the car parks on the right as you go up the drive.
Registration 07:00 - 08:00 for the Long and Medium routes
07:30 - 08:30 for the Short route
Start Time: 07:30 - 08.30 for the Long and Medium routes
08:00 - 09:00 for the Short route
Should you be using satnav etc to get to the HQ the postal address is University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster,Lancashire LA1 3JD
To reach The University of Cumbria by road:
from the South – enter the Lancaster from the south on the A6. Turn right At the large roundabout before you reach the town centre (the only roundabout between Galgate and Lancaster town centre) turn right – fourth exit – onto Bowerham Road and head up the hill. The main entrance to the campus is on the left half way up the hill.
From the North - enter the Lancaster one-way system and continue until you get to The traffic lights at Dalton Square. Straight on at the lights but keep in the left-hand lane to exit the one-way system on South Road (A6) heading South to the large roundabout (pointer roundabout) were the first left is Bowerham Road. Head up the hill. The main entrance to the campus is on the left half way up the hill.
Registration will be signposted from the car parks.
SportIdent has provided the pre-entry system but Mi-Tri is providing the timing system that will demonstrate that you have successfully completed the course This means that all riders must collect a personalised ChampionChip from Registration. At registration you will also receive course notes/route card and any last-minute information. The route card will also details of cut-off points on the course, most important of which will be for medium/long course riders at Slaidburn. Here riders on the long course, if they are making very slow progress, may be advised to go on the medium course rather than take on the 40 mile circuit that brings them back to Slaidburn.
After registering at the Gateway building follow the signs through the campus to the official start which will be located at the Car park exit Coulston Road. Report to the Starter at a time of your choosing between 7:30 and 8.30am. for medium/long course riders and 8 and 9am for short course riders. You will have to cross the timing mats and there will be an audible beep as it records the time that you have started. You can then mount your bike and head off.
On the Course
Whilst the route notes provide information about various potential hazards on each course, they cannot provide warning of every bend, junction, descent etc. Remember that this is not a race, and that you should be alert to your environment at all times. You should be at a speed appropriate to the road conditions and circumstances. You are cycling through rural terrain, so be prepared to encounter (among others):
• Cattle grids (may be slippery when wet)
• Poor road surfaces and potholes
• Narrow lanes, possibly narrowed further by overgrowing vegetation
• Blind bends
• Junctions that are difficult to spot
• Mud, hedge clippings
• Animals (such as sheep on open moorland areas, horses)
• Speeding motorbikes, slow agricultural vehicles
Remember to inform the event organisers should you decide, for any reason, not to complete the ride.
Control Points & Cut-Off Times
There are various control points along the course. Although Le Terrier is not a race, there are time constraints imposed on your participation. The time allowances are very generous but should you get very far behind the slowest schedule you should make contact with the HQ on one of the emergency numbers. This will signal that you are no longer part of the event, and although we will do as much as we can to help the event organisers will have no responsibility for monitoring your safe return to The University of Cumbria.
The cut-off times at each of the control points are on the ‘Route Card’
At each of the SI Control points, you will need to timing mats and there will be an audible beep as it records the time that you crossed. If you have any doubts of your ability to ride within the cut-offs you should consider setting off earlier.
With one exception, you should not deviate from the official route. Medium/Long and Short Courses diverge for a second time in Wray. For the medium/Long Course, stiff climbing through Roeburndale and Littledale is yet to come. Whilst by no means flat, the Short Course offers a much easier and slightly shorter return. Long Course riders may choose to take the Short Course return. Short Course riders keen on a further challenge may opt to take the Long Course return. Only riders who decide to take the Roeburndale route should log in this control point. An entry (or not) on your SI-card at this control will be used to determine which variant you have ridden. On finishing, please also inform officials that you have varied your route.
The finish control point is at the entrance to the Car park on Coulston Road. Register your Finish time here then proceed to the HQ at the Gateway building where you Must return your ChampionChip and in return receive a printout showing the time you have taken to cover the route. The times at which you visited the intermediate control points will be available once the timing systems have returned to HQ. Do not forget to return your chip – even if you fail to complete the whole course – as this provides us with evidence that you have returned safely.
the table below shows the control points you pass through each of the six possible routes (long, medium, short – each with two finish options from Wray.