Saturday 11th April
& Sunday 12th April
2015

Event Info

Directions & Travel:

Event HQ/Registration is located at the historic 19th Century Village Hall in the centre of Newcastleton (TD9 0QD). Parking is available in the village centre.

How much does it cost?

Sportive pre-entry costs £20 per person to register for either route on Saturday or Sunday. A weekend entry with a choice of route on both days costs £35. On the day entry will be £25 per day. Cash only entries on the day.

The Copshaw Cracker Hill Climb TT costs £3 to pre-enter, £4 on the day.

Enter online here

N.B. Entry forms should reach the organiser no later than 31st March. Online entry or entry on the day only after this date. Online entry closes Thursday 3rd April.

What's included in my entry fee?

  • Route choice
  • Route signage and waymarking
  • Timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Feed stations and water (1 on short routes, 2 on long routes)
  • Accelerade energy drink
  • First Aid
  • Toilets, shower and indoor changing facilities
  • Good free parking facilities in the village

Event Start

Event signage will guide you through the village to the car parks where event Stewards will usher you in. A majority of car parking is next to the village hall, so it's just a minute to walk from your car to registration to sign on and pick up your number.

  • 07:30 - 08:20 Event HQ Open (entry will be available on the day, £25, cash only)
  • 08:25 - Short rider briefings begin on the start line
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Riders start (max 10 riders per group every few minutes)
  • 17:00 - Last riders arrive back

Short rider briefings will take place on the start line, event guidelines will also be posted at Registration and all riders should take a minute to read these. By entering the event you have agreed to the event Terms and Conditions and will abide by all safety guidelines. Helmets must be worn throughout the event.

Before you leave the start area, make sure you have given your number to the Start Official so your event start time can be logged.

Route Signage

Both routes will be well signed with yellow and black arrow boards, Feed Station markers and course split signs. Riders should obey the Highway Code at all times. Please be aware of your fellow cyclists and let those who are faster overtake - likewise, respect the slower riders and overtake in a polite and courteous manner. Please extend reasonable courtesy to all other road users, riding in single file when appropriate and no more than two abreast at other times. Be aware of traffic approaching from behind on narrow roads and allow overtaking at your earliest convenience.

Each participant should stay on the official marked routes. Riders choosing to opt for different routes other than those officially identified by the Event Organisers, do so at their own risk.

Riders should respect warning signs at particular points on both routes. In the absence of any warning signs, it is the individual riders responsibility to be aware of road conditions, road users and hazards at all times, especially at busy road junctions. Care and attention should be taken on all descents. This is a very rural area so please be aware of heavy farm and forestry vehicles and livestock and mud on the roads.

Feed Stations

Feed stations will be provided along the route stocked with water, Accelerade energy drink and snacks. They will also have a small amount of spares and tools available for repairs. Please use the litter bins provided to dispose of your rubbish - riders should not drop litter along the route.

Mechanical Information

Please ensure that your bike is in good working order before arriving at the event and that your choice of bike is appropriate. You should also carry some essentials in case of mechanical failure (spare inner tubes/pump/puncture repair kit) and any other tools you think might be necessary to fix your own bike and have a great ride. As the Boy Scouts say, be prepared!

There will be limited mechanical support at feed stations, as well as a few more spares that may help you finish your ride. We'll try our best to keep you out on the road, but in the event of complete mechanical failure the Broom Wagon will return you and your bike to Newcastleton.

Weather and Clothing

The weather in this part of the country, especially at this time of year, is very unpredictable. Please keep up with local weather updates and dress appropriately. All routes use varied terrain and every route crosses some very exposed and open sections of rolling moorland with some long descents. Riders could easily experience a drastic drop in body temperature on these sections so we recommend you carry or wear clothing to account for this: arm/leg warmers, gillets, windproofs and a good water proof jacket.

Event Photography

Event photos will be available from our official photographer Joolze Dymond on www.joolzedymond.com

Accommodation

There's a variety of accommodation available in Newcastleton and surrounding area. See the Visit Newcastleton website for more details.