This year Sign On will take place every day in the week leading up to the LONDON-PARIS. We are doing this in partnership with our retail partner Sigma Sport so that you have a more flexible window to collect your Rider Pack and meet the HotChillee Team. Below are the dates, times and locations for Sign On and the Grand Depart (Please note the address of Sign On on Wednesday).
Sigma Sport Store:
St Johns Place, 37-43 High Street, Hampton Wick, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 4DA*
Saturday 15 July: 11:00 – 16:00
Sunday 16 July: 11:00 – 16:00
Monday 17 July: 11:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 18 July: 11:00 – 20:00 (late night opening with Q&A for new riders at 19:00)
*There is a limited number of spaces available behind the store, however on busy days this car park can become full very quickly. There are meter bays along Bushy Park Road and around the store. Charges are payable between 08:30- 18:30. There also are two car parks (Bennett Close and Old Bridge Street) only 2 mins from the store and more parking available in Kingston Town Centre. Click here to find the easiest car parking option for you!
Sigma Sport Collection Point:
Sigma Sport Ltd, Unit D5, Sandown Industrial Park, Mill Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8BL*
Wednesday 19 July: 12:00 – 18:00 (Mechanics/Ride Captains and bag/bike box drop available)
*Parking available all day
New Rider Welcome and Q&A
Tuesday 18 July
At 19:00 on Tuesday 18 July there will be an event Q&A at the Sigma Sport Store. This will be an opportunity to ask any questions and meet some of the Ride Captains, event veterans, HotChillee crew, sponsors and partners. Can’t make this? Fear not! Ride Captains and experienced HotChillee crew will be available throughout Sign On week to answer any questions you have.
Sign On at Sigma Sport Collection Point
Wednesday 19 July
On Wednesday we are moving Sign On to the Sigma Sport Collection Point in Esher which is round the corner from the LONDON-PARIS 2017 start line the following day. Here you will be able to collect your Rider Pack, ask the HotChillee Ride Captains and crew any questions and have your bike checked by our experienced mechanics. There will also be sports therapists, our partners and sponsors, Sigma Sport staff and the opportunity to buy any last minute items as well as the DHL lorries for riders wishing to drop any bike boxes/bikes/luggage. This will all be transported for you to the start the following day.
Imber Court Sports Club:
Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Moseley, KT8 0BT* (entrance via back gate / on map as CrossFit 2012)
Start times between 05:30 and 07:00. Exact Group Start Times TBC. Riders will need to be ready to roll at least 45 minutes before their start time.
*Parking available 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: