Blast ’21 Rider info.

Belvoir Blast 2021 Rider Information  

***** Please Read Before the Event ****

We are delighted that you have decided to join us for Belvoir Blast 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!
      • All cyclists 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, and sunglasses.  We also advise that you bring a full water bottle, charged mobile phone, and basic tool kit, if you have it (allen keys, tyre levers, spare inner tube and pump.)  We have always been really lucky with the weather (apart from 1 event) – please remember sun screen.
        • 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 7am. We’ve decided to continue to stagger everyone according to their DISTANCE 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 the follow link as it contains very important information about face coverings and 1 way systems in place. http://2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk/blast-21-covid-measures/
          • Once you have arrived, please follow the signs (remembering  social distancing): right to registration and left to the toilets (from the car park).
          •  One by one (or together if living in the same house – up to 6), you will confirm:   your route, 2. your mobile number 3. emergency mobile and sign that details are correct. You will be given your rider number on a wristband (allows access to feed stations) and a route map (40 and 60 is signposted..100 is not). The wristband will have important telephone numbers for First aid; bike aid; any other queries.
          • **Please remove all cleated shoes before entering Hose village hall – please carry them, as you wont be going back out the entrance.

           

          1. Routes -minor, but important tweaks from the 2020 routes.

           

          1. Mechanical Assistance (‘Bike aid’)
          • Our mobile mechanic, Dave from No 2 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 inner tubes enroute.

           

          1. Medical and Emergency Assistance (‘First aid’)
          • A very professional team from St John’s ambulance will be in attendance on the day of the event and will be roaming the routes.  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 – riders only with the appropriate wristband
            • 100 and 60 milers only: The first feed station at Knipton Belvoir Cricket Clubhouse and it  opens at 9:30 until around 12:00. This will fall at mile 35/23 (100/60miles).  Go behind the green containers and rest your bikes out of sight of the road on the grass and follow the 1 way systems into the back of the club house, past the toilets and then into the main clubhouse.
            • Please be patient and smile. Our helpers will do their best to serve you as quickly as they canenjoy a cup of tea/coffee and some delicious home made cake, all lovingly made only 8 miles away.   Please move on out the club house and eat and drink outside on the grass, with wonderful views over Belvoir Castle. Take your time to enjoy the break!
            • We have a limited amount of gluten/dairy free and vegan options available at all feed stations including non dairy substitutes – please do ask the friendly kitchen teams.
            • After refueling, please leave the feed station the same way you entered – back up the hill and straight through Harston down to Denton, following signs.
            • At the top of Swine Hill (what a great name!), at the other end of Harlaxten – mile 32 for the 60 milers and mile 43 for the 100 milers, the 2 routes will part company.
            • The 100 milers will turn left and head for a lovely 40 mile rolling ride through the countryside – this part of the route is not signposted. We strongly recommend 100 milers take a paper copy of the map – it has the route on it and the villages listed in order.
            • The 60 milers will turn right and continue to follow signs for another 8 miles to the second feed station Skillington.

             

            • All riders: The team at Skillington village hall is happy to serve you from 10:45 until about 3:30.
            • Please wear your mask/ cycle buff inside the hall and keep social distant from other riders.  There will be  2 SEPARATE 1 way systems and queues in operation – LEFT for toilets and keep moving in 1 direction anti-clockwise; RIGHT for refreshments, moving clockwise through the hall and back outside. Please  be patient and smile. Our helpers will do their best to serve you as quickly as they can. You will be served homemade cakes, savoury options and hot and cold drinks. You can also get your water bottle topped up with tap water – please remove your lid and pop it back on again.  Please use the space on the field to eat and drink. 
            • Skillington: ** Please take off your cycling shoes before going inside– leave them on the grass, out of the way .**
            • All riders will leave in the same direction, left out of the hall and down the small hill into Skillington and turn left out of the village. All riders will follow the same 20 miles back to Hose for medals, cheers and lunch. All riders will have a lovely long downhill (Harby hill) – please take care on the descent through the trees..turn left before you hit Harby and back to Hose, entering the front of the village hall (the same way you rode out).

             

            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 points along the routes where you will cross, or turn right across a slightly busier road.  Please use extra caution at these junctions.

            10. Signage

            • Our rider information signs will be branded with our ‘2 wheels and a piece of cake’ logo. (see below).  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 (40mile/ 60miles/ 100miles), 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 Britta/Gina 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 severe change in gradient (downhill)/road surface (possibly gravel)/sharp bend (often combined with a fast section) /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).
             
            1. Juniors 8-17 Parental consent form
             
            1. Finish Line
            • Please make sure that you check in with us at the finish line!! If you decide to abandon the event for whatever reason, or if you change route mid-event, please let us know so that we don’t go out searching for you!
            • We ask you to patient 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 will hand you a medal, lunch voucher and finish goodies.  If there is anything in the bag you do not want – don’t be shy – just leave with us and we’ll reuse – would rather that then going to landfill.
            • No hugs and kisses again this year I am afraid.
               
            1. Insurance
            • No-one likes to think about things going wrong but accidents can happen and we think it’s important that riders understand their own responsibilities. Our event has public liability insurance in place that covers us as event organisers, it doesn’t cover you for your own actions or for actions of other third parties. In simple terms that means if you cause an accident that is found to be your fault, you are personally responsible for any injury to yourself or others and for any damage to yours, or other people’s property. Sorry if that all sounds a bit heavy, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable ride so please ride sensibly, control your speed and don’t take unnecessary risks. We recommend all riders have their own insurance arrangements in place to cover such accidents. There are a number of providers – British Cycling offers 3rd party insurance, as part of its different membership packages. Its insurance will cover incidents that are your fault and free legal support for ones that aren’t.
            • This link takes you to a full summary of all the benefits of the different packages and a link to join
            https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership  
            1. Feedback.
            • We strive hard to plan to make your day as enjoyable and as SAFE as possible: the routes, the signage, all the cakes and savoury options at the feed stations and lots of extras you don’t find on many other sportives. If you feel at all disappointed about any element of your day, we genuinely welcome your feedback and please, please come and talk to us, on the day ideally, or call us (‘HQ’number on wristband) or email us as soon as possible on hello@2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk. We are a very small team/business and rely on very little marketing and social media costs. Please don’t be a keyboard warrior.
            • This year rather than leaving feedback on our comments wall please message us on Facebook and we would love some up to date Facebook reviews on our ‘2 wheels and a piece of cake’ page.
              We are really looking forward to a super event!  If you have any questions please get in touch.   Gina and Britta.                                                       hello@2wheelsandapieceofcake.co

             See you on Sunday.