Belles ’21 Rider Info.

Belles of Belvoir 2021 Rider Information  

***** Please Read Before the Event **** We are delighted that you have decided to join us for Belles of Belvoir 2021.  We hope to deliver you a memorable and enjoyable event from start to finish.  **Please download the free app ‘what3 words’. Should you need any assisstance you can use this app so that you can be found quickly and accurately, should you require medical or mechanical attention.  You don’t need your mobile data on.

 

  1. Event Venue
  • Hose village hall , Melton Mowbray LE14 4JR
  1. Arrival
  • If arriving by car, please follow directions to Hose Village Hall, where there is ample free car parking at the back of the hall on the field. Cars should access this via the tennis and bowls clubs. Please follow signs.
  • From the South (Leicester):  From A46 take turning for A606 to Melton Mowbray.  In Nether Broughton turn left, taking signs for Long Clawson.  In Long Clawson, turn right, then left (through the village centre) towards Hose.
  • From the North (Newark):  From A46 take turning for A52 to Grantham.  After 2 miles, turn right on Tithby Lane to Langar.  Follow the lane through Langar, and into Harby. Just outside Harby turn right, following signs to Hose.
  • From the East (Grantham):  Take the A52 towards Nottingham.  At Bingham, take the left hand turn – Tithby Lane to Langar. Follow the lane through Langar, and into Harby.  Just outside Harby turn right, following signs to Hose.
  • Please note if arriving by car you will go out the way you came in, to avoid any tangling of cars and bikes!
  • Allcyclists arrive and leave via the main entrance to the village hall.

 

  1. What to bring
  • A helmet is compulsory for this event.  We recommend that you wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and footwear, and wear or carry a waterprooftop layer. We also advise that you bring a full water bottle, form of ID in case of an incident, charged mobile phone, and basic tool kit, if you have it (allen keys, tyre levers, spare inner tube and pump.)  It’s forecast to very hot and sunny, so please remember sun screen and sunglasses.
  • Please try to ensure that your bike is in good working order before arriving at the event.
  • **Ensure you bring a face covering for registration and during the day.**

   4.Registration and Start times

  • We will be open for registration from 8am. It’s vital that we stagger everyone according to theirDISTANCE and SPEED, quite simply to avoid too many people in the same place at the same time and to reduce queuing as much as possible in the village halls…whilst also allowing people to cycle together. We will not be giving out individual start times – we ask riders regulate themselves.
  • Please read:http://2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk/belles-21-timings/
  • Please read the follow link as it contains very important information about face coverings and 1 way systems and a strict limit on the number allowed inside the hall at any one time.http://2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk/belles-21-covid/
  • Entry for registration is a different 1 way system from the toilets .  Please register inside at the appropriate time. One by one (or together if living in the same house – up to 6) you will be asked to confirm your details and sign that they are correct. You will be given your rider number on a wristband (allows access to feed stations) and a route map for each group.  The 30 and 50 is signposted..the 75 is not. The wristband will have important telephone numbers for First aid; bike aid; any other queries contact Gina/ Britta at ‘HQ’
  • **Please remove all cleated shoes before entering Hose village hall – please carry them, as you wont be going back out the entrance.

  

  1. Routes

 

  1. Mechanical Assistance (‘Bike aid’)
  • Our mobile mechanic, Dave from ‘No TWO Cycles’ based in Croxton Kerrial, will be at the venue before the start and will then move out onto the course for the duration of the event.  If you need mechanical support during the ride, please use the telephone number on your wristband. He accepts contactless payment should you need to buy any emergency parts enroute.
  1. Medical and Emergency Assistance (‘First aid’)
  • A professional team from St Johns will be in attendance on the day of the event  For minor incidents or accidents please call the First aid number provided on your wristband. Our roving first-aiders may be able to reach you before the ambulance does.
  • In the case of medical emergency, if in doubt, please call 999.
  1. Refreshments and Piece of Cake Feed Stations –for riders only with the appropriate wristband.                                                                                                                                                 HOSE Village Hall: From 8:15 – 11:00, complimentary hot drinks will be available to riders with a wristband from outside the kitchen near the main entrance.  Breakfast items and drinks for non riders will also be on sale from 7:45 from the Gastropod, gourmet mobile catering service.                                                                                                                      

Village hall feed stations enroute

  • WYMESWOLD Village Hall – This will be open from 10am to ALL riders. There will be two SEPARATE 1 way systems and queues in operation – 1 for toilets  and 1 for refreshments. Please follow the signs. Please ensure there are no more people than arrows on the floor, in any given area(1 arrow = 1 rider).  These also indicate direction of travel and space required. Our helpers will do their best to serve you as quickly as they can  enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and some delicious home made cake (from Peacock Farm in Muston – made locally). There may be limited seating at a table inside the hall – please only take your mask off when you are seated.  If there are no empty seats, please move on out the hall and eat and drink outside on the paved area. Take your time to enjoy the break!
  • We have alimited amount of gluten/dairy free and vegan options available at all feed stations including non dairy substitutes – please do ask the friendly kitchen teams.  Whilst we understand the need for strict care in avoiding cross contamination,  we cannot guarantee they are 100% free of any traces, as both kitchens are also used in preparing all cakes.
  • After refuelling, please leave the feed station, turning right onto the road.
  • The 30 milers will then be directed for a short stretch on a moderately busy road. We suggest you cycle single file and within the mile you will be back on a quiet road. You have 15 miles back to medals and lunch.
  • The 50 and 75 milers will share this next stretch which will be signposted to the next feed station and a bit beyond.  You will leave the backwaters of Wymeswold up a long gentle incline along a pretty stream. You have 25 miles to get to your next feed station, at the bottom of the hill in Old Dalby

 

  • OLD DALBY Village Hall– This will be open for the 50 and 75 mile riders only (blue and pink wristbands). The team will be happy to serve you from 11.  Please leave your bikes either INSIDE the paved area in front of the village hall, against railings,  the building or in the park to the right of the building. Please note that left of the hall the owners of the house do not want bikes leaning against their railings. Also the pedestrian gate, directly to the right of the main door is actually private much as it looks like a good place to put your bike!
  • You will be served in the little anteroom, before moving into the hall. The 3 toilets are accessible off the main hall. The corridor is tight – so please 1 in, 1 out. There may be limited seating inside the hall at tables. Please only remove your mask when seated and if there are no empty seats, please move on to either the paved area outside or the park.
  • Please ensure there are no more people than arrows on the floor, in any given area(1 arrow = 1 rider).  These also indicate direction of travel and space required.  Please be patient and keep smiling.
  • We have alimited amount of gluten/dairy free and vegan options available at all feed stations including non dairy substitutes – please do ask the friendly kitchen teams.  Whilst we understand the need for strict care in avoiding cross contamination,  we cannot guarantee they are 100% free of any traces, as both kitchens are also used in preparing all cakes.
  • After refuelling, please follow the signs from the feed station right.  You have a bit of a warm up before another cheeky hill;)

 

  1. Staying Safe 
  • The rides will be on open roads, so you will be sharing the route with other road users.  The Highway Code applies as usual, so please follow it, riding no more than two abreast and being considerate to other road users., including horses and be mindful or dog walkers and their dogs.
  • Please ride with control and take care of yourself.
  • All of the routes follow relatively quiet country lanes with low levels of traffic, but there are small sections along the routes where you will cross, or turn right across a slightly busier road.  Please use extra caution at these junctions.
  1. Signage   
  • Our signs will be teal branded with our ‘2 wheels and a piece of cake’ logo.   They will be positioned at (or in advance of) each junction or turn on the routes. These will be brought to your attention before you set off.  Please do not follow any other signs.   We have, unfortunately, had previous isolated incidents of signs being tampered with so we recommend you carry one of our route maps, and/or, possibly have your Garmin etc. loaded with the route as a back-up.   If you reach a junction and there are no signs please call the number on your wristband.  Where routes split (30mile/ 50miles/ 75 miles), please look out for distance markers at the point where arrows seem to be going in different directions.
  • We will put these signs up on Friday/ Saturday and  they will all be checked again early on the Sunday. If you know the route but spot a missing sign, please call ‘HQ’ (Gina/ Britta) on the number on your wristband and let us know so we can come and rectify the situation for other riders.

**‘Be Safe!’  signs** If you see a “Be Safe!” sign, please sit up and take care.

 

These signs will be placed at locations where we have identified: a steep downhill; bad road surface (possibly gravel); a sharp bend (often combined with a fast section); a busy road crossing/junction or other risk.

  • Lost? – Don’t keep going!  Track back to the last sign that you saw and get back on course.  If in doubt, please give us (Gina/Britta- ‘HQ’) a call (number on wristband).

 

 

  • Finish Line
  • Please make sure that youcheck in with our welcome back team at the finish line!! If you decide to abandon the event for whatever reason, or if you change route mid-event, please let the event organisers know so that we don’t go out searching for you!
  • We ask you topatient as whilst we have done our best to spread you all out at the start and at each feed station, as well as at the end. We may have to ask you to wait, accepting no more than 6 riders back at a time.
  We are really looking forward to a super event!  If you have any questions please get in touch.   Gina and Britta.                  Our email: hello@2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk

 

Sunday, 13th of June, 2021

 See you on Sunday.