Well summer has well and truly arrived and requires yet more planning ahead for a day out riding: sunblock or snorkel.
The ride is Thursday, 28 June 2012. We have 130+ riders registered this year and the route has been improved for the eastern stages to avoid the traffic and Skegness
Routes are now posted on the route page of our new website and you can click through to the detailed maps on the Ride with GPS website. Within the map window, click on View full route
Disclaimer: The ride is not an organised ride as such - the simple aim is to encourage people to get out and ride. There are no closed roads, no marshals and it’s not a race, but we understand some people may be in a rush or just plain quick. Most aren't. We have provided a suggested route and feed station on the way out and back and a rendezvous point (at a café) at the coast, but all are optional.
Many people aim to start between 7 and 8am but we will have a starter in place between 7am and 9am, one rider per team will be asked to send text messages confirming their departures and advising if the team are not returning via Hemingby, the number will be provided the week prior to the race.
There is no technical support or broom wagon - riders are responsible for getting themselves out and back, but we will help where we can and you will find that riders on the route are always helpful (aren’t you?).
We will have some rudimentary tools at the feed station and the route passes a cycle shop in Alford:
21 West Street
LN13 9DG (Location map)
Tel: 01507 463 329
This year we will also be having a BBQ back at the Lindum Sports Ground on St Giles Avenue / Wragby Road (LN2 4PE) (and the bar will be open). Cars can be left overnight at the Lindum, if the bar proves too tempting or the thirst too great.
We are setting off from the Lindum this year due to the Olympic torch passing through Lincoln on that day, but the route starts and finishes by passing the Castle / Cathedral.
There will be refreshments at Hemingby Village Hall in Mill Lane (end of Stage 1 and 3). 100 miles is a long way and if you haven't done this sort of distance before, please make sure you have some emergency food with you - it's not only marathon runners that can hit the wall!
Café and public loo facilities at Chapel Point. Extra staff will be drafted in on the day, but it is a small café, so don’t expect a 2 minute turnaround if you want to order a bacon, egg and sausage bap (tested and recommended).
The route has a couple of options to shorten the route if it’s a bad day in the saddle:
Really bad day – turnaround at Hemingby - skip stages 2 and 3, missing out 61 miles
Coastal aversion: Aby / South Thoresby can rejoin Stage 3 back to Hemingby effectively skip 28 miles and the café stop.
Fear of the fens – you can just ride Stages 2 and 3 (61 miles) starting and finishing at Hemingby.
If you choose any of the options, please advise Claire Grieves aka Miss Hemingby on and confess your weaknesses.
Please ensure you pass all information on to your team mates if you haven’t provided their email addresses.
We will be adding some more info to the website over the next 10 days and a final email will be sent to riders in the final week with any last minute instructions. If you spot any glaring errors, please let us know.
The C2C2C2012 team