East of England Showground,
East of England Showground,
VENUE OPENS: 8:00am
REGISTRATION OPENS: 8:15am
REGISTRATION CLOSES: 10:20am
Epic Route Start Time: 8:45am - 9:45am
Standard Route Start Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Short Route Start Time: 10:00am - 10:30am
LAST FINISH TIME: 4:00pm
A very big thank you for entering the Cambridgeshire Classic. Can't wait to ride? Great!
As we set to work laying the course, stocking your feeds, and polishing your medals, we ask that you read this information carefully as it contains details that will ensure the event runs smoothly and that you have a great day
If you've entered for other riders, please ensure they receive a copy of this information before the event. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Please note that vehicles must enter the venue by the Orton Southgate entrance, just off the A1139. There will be no access from Oundle Road.
The event centre will open at 8:00am to allow riders to park and prepare. Please do not arrive before this time.
Registration will open at 8:15am and closes at 10:20am. On arrival report to registration with your helmet, ID and order confirmation so you can collect your registration pack, timing chip and bike number.
Remember to bring your helmet to registration so a member of staff can stick your timing chip to it.
It is mandatory that all riders wear a safety approved cycling helmet complying with latest US Snell B90/B95 or European standard CE standards. Any rider not wearing a helmet will be disqualified from the event.
Once you have registered you can get yourself and your bike ready to ride. Remember to bring everything you will need for your ride such as drinks, energy bars, mechanical spares, mobile phone and route map. Below are some pointers on what you should bring with you.
You should take time to study the route you have chosen to ride before the event. An online version of the course is available via the event page but we also provide it in a PDF for you to download, which contains locations of the feed stations and mile markers. This can prove useful when out on the course as it will help you identify where you are (although there is no substitute for using your mobile phone to find your location). You should refer to your map frequently during your ride to confirm your location.
You can download the PDF map here: Download Event Map
You should carry basic tools, inner tubes and a pump to fix punctures or mechanical problems you may experience. A basic first aid kit is also recommended and you should bring a mobile phone so you can contact us if you need to. Spare inner tubes and basic spares are on sale on the day. There will be mechanical support if needed prior to the start. This support should not be relied on to fix existing problems with your bike, but to help resolve any problems that have occurred on the way to the event. It is advisable to bring lights and high visibility clothing on days where fog or rain is forecast or where light is likley to be reduced, especially during the winter months.
You will find contact numbers on your map and on the bike rider number:
Please add these numbers to your mobile phone before you ride. These numbers are for use in emergencies only. Please do not call these numbers for non emergency situations.
In the event of mechanical issues, please be mindful of other road users. For your safety, and theirs, try to move to the side of the road and come to a safe stop. If possible, move yourself and your bike away from the road. If you are unable to fix the mechanical fault yourself, use the number above and wait for assistance. Place your bike upside down so it is sitting on its saddle and handlebars so our mechanic can spot you more easily.
In the event of a medical emergency, call us on the number above immediately. If the situation is deserving, please call 999 first and ask for an ambulance, but always call us straight after so we can get to you and assist the emergency services.
It's also a good idea to familiarise yourself with how to share your location from your phone. That way, in the event of mechanical failure or a medical emergency, you can send us your location and we will find you much quicker. Here are instructions on how to share your location using Google Maps and Maps for iPhone.
When you are ready, join the group of riders waiting to start. The start marshals will start riders in groups at 2 minute intervals. Listen to any instructions and route information the start marshals gives. Once you are instructed to, you can start the ride.
(Short Route Only)
Woodnewton Village Hall
Catworth Village Hall
Great Gidding Village Hall
There's no better way to start your early season riding than a gentle traverse of the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire countryside. All routes on the Cambridgeshire Classic Sportive have a series of short climbs and descents, broken up by opportunities to spin the legs on the flatter sections. Depending on your selected distance, here's a few fun sections you might encounter along the way!
Woodnewton - take a deep breath as you head towards this climb, around 5% average for half a mile instantly followed by a fast quarter mile descent.
Bedford Purlieus Nature Reserve - make yourself comfortable as you take on the 1% climb. Sounds easy, but after 4 miles, you’ll start to notice it.
Kimbolton - 100ft in under a mile. The first quarter of this climb is by far the toughest. A little downhill to catch your breath then it gets a lot easier for the remainder.
Catworth - take the opportunity to get a good run up on this one, average 3% with a naughty bit of 6% right in the middle. It’s just over half a mile but dead straight. Team GB youngster Danni Khan set a QOM for this climb in Sept 2018.
Polebrook - your final big climb of the day. It’s just a mile but at a 2% average and after 60 miles, you’ll really feel this one! Get to the top and it's all downhill from here with a fast descent back toward the Oundle road, then its a short spin back to the finish line!
Once you set off from the event centre the route will be marked with the use of arrow signs and marker ribbons. Arrows signs will be at all junctions on the route. So quite simply you follow these signs as you come to a junction.
The route is marked using red signs with white arrows. The route signs will direct you around the course and will be found at junctions and turnings.
Although the route is clearly marked you should study your map before starting to familiarise yourself with your route. You should refer to your map frequently during your ride to confirm your location. If you accidentally stray from the route you should back track to the last point where you knew you were on the route.
On occasions the general public will tamper with signs. It is therefore each riders' own responsibility to follow the route themselves and to ride appropriately on the public roads.
Riders are welcome to change to shorter routes, as they are completing the event, simply follow the signs for one of the shorter routes at the course split points and inform us of your route change at the finish.
UK Cycling Events makes every effort to work collaboratively with local communities to run events. We ask that all riders please respect the local environment and members of the public whilst riding this event by taking care not to block private driveways or impose on private property whilst out riding. Please help us to continue working in harmony with local communities by respecting the environment, throwing litter in bins and using the toilets provided.
Occasionally traffic may need to pass you whilst out riding. Please respect other road users and try to make room where it is safe and appropriate to do so. If riding in big groups of more than pairs, please try to let other road users pass safely. If you need to stop on the course, be aware of other riders around you before pulling up. We ask that where possible, you pull over to the left, in an area where you are safe, and not likely to obstruct other riders or road traffic.
On steep climbs, we recommend you allow faster riders to overtake you on the right. Please leave room for other riders to manoeuvre safely. If overtaking, call out to other riders to tell them where you are if necessary.
There will be Science in Sport feed stations along the course. These are indicated on your event day map. This is an opportunity to top up your water bottles with SiS energy drink and take on board some food. Each feed station will have 2 sections:
This should supplement the food / drink you have taken on the ride and you should not solely rely on this as your only form of nutrition. Please take only your quota of free food at the feed stations as we have to cater for all the riders.
Track pumps, inner tubes and multi-tools will be available to use at these stations to assist you with mechanical problems.
For safety, riders must slow down in the approach and exit to any feed station. We ask that you please park your bikes and treat feedstation facilities with care and attention.
We ask that all riders are considerate of the local community and the environment by placing any litter or nutrition packaging in the bins provided at the feedstations or the event village, or by tucking old wrappers into jersey pockets. Please do not be the rider who throws wrappers into the environment.
Approx. 30 minutes after the last rider starts, our team will set out to clear the route. They will be removing all route signs and markings at this point.
Our team will stay behind the last riders and assist any riders who may be having problems. They will aim to have all route markings removed and all riders finished by approx. 4:00pm. Riders taking too long to complete the route may be directed back via a shorter route if it is deemed necessary by our experienced team.
On certain events, especially the longer ones, it is necessary to remove the course split signage to ensure slower riders will make it back to the venue in time. This means riders expecting to ride the Epic route who are behind schedule will be diverted to the Standard route.
At the finish line, make sure you cross the finish line so your time is recorded. There is no need to give your start number / timing chips back, as these are disposable.
Please make sure you collect your Finishers medal as you cross the finish line.
Although Sportives are non-competitive, riders often like to set themselves targets to aim for. The table below shows the time and average speed required to achieve either the Gold, Silver or Bronze standard at this event. Rider times will be displayed in alphabetical order on our website www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk the day after the event. An email with a link to the rider times will also be sent to all riders when ready.
|Route||Award||Distance||Avg Speed (Men)||Time||Avg Speed (Women)||Time|
|Epic||Gold||70||> 15.5 mph||<||> 14.5 mph||<|
|Epic||Silver||70||> 14 mph||<||> 13 mph||<|
|Epic||Bronze||70||< 14 mph||>||< 13 mph||>|
|Standard||Gold||52||> 15.5 mph||<||> 14.5 mph||<|
|Standard||Silver||52||> 14 mph||<||> 13 mph||<|
|Standard||Bronze||52||< 14 mph||>||< 13 mph||>|
|Short||Gold||34||> 15.5 mph||<||> 14.5 mph||<|
|Short||Silver||34||> 14 mph||<||> 13 mph||<|
|Short||Bronze||34||< 14 mph||>||< 13 mph||>|
Please feel free to let us join the fun and tag us in any pics of your day. Our hashtag is #GetOutAndRide. We do promote responsible picture-taking! You can also get event updates, promotions, advice or simply make friends and join the conversation with lots of other riders on social media.
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