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EVENTS

The Ridgeway Ride Information

Getting there

Meet at Musette Cafe, The Old Barn, Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury nr Tring HP23 5RS 

Parking is available at Musette Cafe. Drive up to the gates and they will open automatically. Turn right once you get into the farm and Musette Cafe is an old barn building at the end. Please use the car park which is at the entrance of the farm by the big oak tree (it’s signposted).  Note the cafe will not be open when we arrive.

Public transport. The closest mainline station is Tring.

 

Hotchillee the ridgeway off road

You will be transferred via coach to the start location in Overton Hill, Marlborough. The coach seats are forward facing with high backs and therefore the guidance from the department for transport is that there are no capacity restrictions, however we have arranged a coach with ample seating to allow for ample social distancing. Please make sure you have a face mask for the journey.

Your bike will travel in the support vehicle.  It will be carefully packed and protected with blankets however this is at your own risk. Please ensure you have removed any bike computers before they are packed. 

If you’ve not already got bike insurance, as a Hotchillee Premium member you can get £40 off your new policy with our friends at Laka 

You can of course go directly to the start at Overton Hill if you don’t require the transfer.

Timings

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06:00 Meet at Musette Cafe

06:30 Transfer departs

08:45 Arrive Overton Hill

09:00 Riders depart

18:00 All riders finish at Ivinghoe Beacon.  It is then a 10 to 15 mins cycle to Musette Cafe

18:15 Beer and grub at Musette Cafe

What to bring

Please bring a named day bag or musette with you – a small rucksack is ideal.  This will be carried in the support vehicle throughout the day so you will have access to it at the water/feed stops.  If you want to get changed at the end of the ride it is best to leave clothes in your car as the support vehicle may not be back before you.

We suggest you bring and carry with you:

  • Bars
  • Gels
  • Hydration tablets
  • Water bottles x 2
  • Pump
  • Gas
  • Tubes x 2
  • Tyre levels
  • Gilet, arm/leg warmers (in case it’s chilly first thing)
  • Face mask
  • Sun block
  • Mobile phone
  • Garmin/Wahoo
  • Chargers

The Hotchillee Ride Captains will be en route to lend a helping hand, as well as our trusted mechanic in the following support vehicle, however you will need to be self-sufficient for large sections of the ride. 

You may also want to bring the following:

  • Spare chain links
  • Spare bottom bracket
  • Spare mech hanger
  • Tyre boot

We recommend you ride the event on a gravel/ adventure bike. Hotchillee Ride Captains will be riding the Specialized Diverge.  You can also join us on a Mountain Bike if you would prefer.

We recommend gravel tyres at 38 mm or wider ideally.  If the forecast is wet we recommend you ride with intermediate or wet weather tyres as there are some chalk and mud sections which will be slippery.

Hotchillee the ridgeway off road

 

If you haven’t yet purchased one of the new Hotchillee Classic jerseys there is still a small amount of stock in the Hotchillee Shop.  Don’t forget to use your Premium Member discount coupon code kalaspremium15 at checkout to get your 15% discount.

 

Nutrition

The support vehicle will have plenty of snacks for you including:

  • Flap jacks
  • Haribo
  • Cake
  • Bananas
  • Nuts
  • Sausage rolls
  • Vegetarian rolls

Any specific sports nutrition you will need to bring with you.  As well as carrying gels and bars in your pockets you can keep a supply of ‘extras’ in your day bags which will be on the support vehicle.

As a Hotchillee Premium Member you get a 25% discount off all products from RawVelo, more details can be found here

At 63km you can collect a prepared baguette and coffee from Pierreponts Cafe, 1 High St, Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG8 9AB.  You can collect and take this with you or take a break and eat your lunch there (they do great cake too!).  

There will also be plenty of water.

The Ride

Please ensure you have downloaded the GPX file and that your bike computer is fully charged.  The route will not be signed.  

This is a gravel adventure, not a race and you are free to ride solo if you wish or in groups supported by the Hotchillee Ride Captains. Your Ride Captains are Ian Holmes (Holmesy) and Stephen Niblett (Nibs). There will always be one Ride Captain at the back with the last rider.  Holmesy and Nibs are there to support, encourage and help with any mechanicals. They will also be in contact with the support vehicle – Glen (mechanic) and Jane.

The support vehicle will meet riders at various points along the route where you can fill up your water bottles, eat and replenish your supplies. You will also be able to access your day bags and Glen can assist with any mechanics.  These points will be provided to you prior to the ride.

If you need to contact one of the team during the ride please call Jane as your first point of contact. The Hotchillee team mobile numbers are listed oppostite, please put them into your phones.

In the event of poor weather in the days before or on the day, we may start approx 10km further into the route.  You will be advised of this in advance.

If you have any questions before the ride or need additional information please message in #evnt_the_ridgeway group on the Hotchillee companion app or email [email protected].

 

Jane 07734 778359

Glen 07541 725606

Holmesy 07800 563724

Nibs 07789 814911

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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