The event will start from Imber Court Sports Club, Esher (near Hampton Court) where there will be parking for the duration of the event.
There will be five groups based on both ability and experience. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be as listed below:
Group 1: 30+ km/h
Group 2: 28-29 km/h
Group 3: 26-27 km/h
Group 4: 24-25 km/h
Group 5: 22-23 km/h
Each group will have approximately 50 cyclists and ride as a peleton. They are each supported by their own lead car, motorbike outriders (which protect the cyclists and manage the traffic in the UK and close the roads completely in France), mechanics van and medical support. Each group is also looked after by the HotChillee Ride Captains who motivate during the ride, provide assistance for the smooth running of the event, such as but not limited to, directions, peloton etiquette, drink breaks and advice.
Each stage consists of flagged race sections with social group riding in-between. The format allows for ample racing in the race groups (Groups 1 – 2) and with the “Social” level groups more focused on completing the endurance nature of the event (Groups 3 – 5).
The flagged race sections cover sprinting, climbing and general classification (GC).
Red climb flags denoting the start and finish of the climb. Points are awarded in Group 1 for the top 5 riders on the climb, with points being higher for more difficult climbs. A green HotChillee flag is placed 1km from the top of the climb.
Green sprint flags at start and finish of the sprint. The flags are generally 1km apart. The peloton will generally speed up as it gets closer to the initial green flag. There is no timing but points are awarded for the first 5 riders to cross the second green flag. Points are awarded equally across all the sprints.
Yellow flag at start and finish of the GC section. There is a HotChillee green flag with 1km to go. Riders are timed across the yellow flags with the first rider crossing the first flag setting off the clock. The times for your Yellow GC sections are added together to provide you overall GC Ranking. Your prologue time counts to your GC time and the male and female yellow GC Leader’s jersey.
Sprint points – points are the same for all green sprint sections, namely 1st 10, 2nd 8, 3rd 6, 4th 4, 5th 2
Climbing points are based on the category of climb
Yellow Jersey Amateur Male – the best amateur GC male based on prologue and yellow flagged sections.
Yellow Jersey Amateur Female – the best amateur GC woman based on prologue and yellow flagged sections.
Green Jersey Amateur – the best amateur male sprinter based on total sprint points.
Red Jersey Amateur – the best amateur male climber based on total climbing points.
Master male – best GC time for male in 40-49 years age group.
Master female – best GC time for female 40-49 years age group.
Grand Master male – best GC time for male in 50+ years age group.
Grand Master female – best GC time for female 50+ years age group.
Best Team – best amateur team. Based on 3 best riders aggregate times across all stages. To qualify for the Best Team award all riders must ride in Groups 1 or 2 for the duration of the event. Best Team Awards in the following categories: