Rider Information Pack- Belles of Belvoir 2019

Registration opens 8.00 a.m.

70 mile riders start from 8.30 a.m. 

50 mile riders start from 9:00 a.m.

24 mile riders start from 9:30 a.m.

Last riders leave no later than 10.00 a.m.

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

We are delighted that you have decided to join us for Belles of Belvoir 2019 – our 5thLadies-Only Sportive.  We hope to deliver you a memorable and enjoyable event from start to finish. 

1.   Event Venue

Hose Bowls Club, Melton Mowbray. If arriving by car, please follow directions to Hose Village Hall LE14 4JR, where there is ample free car parking next door.  For those who have ridden with us before please note due to fire damage September 2018, we are not able to use Hose Village hall for registration.

2. Directions by Car

There is plenty of parking at the venue.  Please follow signs to our Car Park, which will take you past the front of Hose village hall and towards the back end of the field. The registration venue is Bowls clubhouse, to the left of the tennis courts.  All cyclists arrive and leave via the bottom lane entrance to the Tennis and Bowls Clubs. Please note if arriving by car you will go out the way you came in.

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.  

All routes: In Hose, please follow car park signs which will direct you into Hose Village Hall – please park down the far end of the field on the left as directed.

3. 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, andsunglasses.  We also advise that you bring a 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.)  We have always been really lucky with the weather – please remember sun screen.

If you have any concerns about your bike, our mechanic, Mark will be at the venue, before moving out onto the route, to carry out basic adjustments/repairs.  Please try to ensure that your bike is in good working order before arriving at the event. 

4. Registration

We will be open for registration from 8.00 a.m. Please head to the registration desk inside the Bowls Clubhouse to sign on, confirm your route and receive your rider number, route map and contact telephone numbers for medical and mechanical assistance.  Please also make sure that you provide your own mobile number and your emergency contact details to the organisers.

POLITE REQUEST! Please remove all cleated shoes before entering the Clubhouse.  The Bowls Club have very kindly let us use their space and we ask you to respect their wish to not walk on their bowling lawn…with or without shoes. Thanks so much.

Toilets will be available at the registration venue and at each Piece of Cake Feed Station.  

5. Start times

Please wait at the start line to hear the rider safety briefing.  We’ll aim to set off riders in small groups at 5 minute intervals, with the first group of riders leaving at 8.30 a.m. – ideally these will be the riders on the 70 mile route.   The 50 mile riders will depart around 9.00 a.m. and the 24 milers will head off at 9:30 a.m.  Please note that we will not be allowing any riders to set off after 10.00 a.m.   We don’t want to dictate who goes off first, but suggest that riders who want to go at a more relaxed pace try to get to the start for an early-ish slot so that we can enjoy a more sociable atmosphere at the end of the ride.  If you are riding with friends, just make sure you arrive at the start together.  Please remember that the ride is non-competitive, so just relax and enjoy it! 

6. Routes

Printed route maps will be available at the registration desk.  

You may like to load these routes to your GPS device.

Ridewith GPS GPX/TCX files

24 miles:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29198360

50 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29256937

70 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29256946  

Strava GPX/TXC files   

24 miles: https://www.strava.com/routes/18905379

50 miles:  https://www.strava.com/routes/18905392

70 miles:https://www.strava.com/routes/18905401

7. Belvoir Belles

This year we have a number of official ‘Belvoir Belles’ riding each route. These lovely people will be offering you encouragement and help along the way, if you need it! They will have a stylish rear helmet “charm”, so please grab them if you need any help on the ride. 

  • 8. Mechanical Assistance 

Our mobile mechanic, Mark from CycleCraft, will be at the venue before the start and will then move out onto the course for the duration of the event.  Mark be carrying various smaller items ie inner tubes, tyres etc en route and he will have equipment for sale on the morning of the event to deal with any last minute panics! Please bring enough cash to cover the cost of these.

If you need mechanical support during the ride, please use the telephone number provided to you on your wristband when you sign on

We will have a second vehicle roaming the course as broom wagon to help out with any unforeseen problems!  If your bike or your legs, fail beyond repair, we can give you a lift back to the venue at Hose.  

9. Medical and Emergency Assistance

We recommend that you carry a small first aid kit (plasters, antiseptic wipes and maybe a dressing or two) and a charged mobile phone for emergency use.  

Qualified first aiders will be in attendance on the day of the event and will be roaming the routes.  

In the case of medical emergency, if in doubt, please call 999.  You can then also call the medical assistance number provided on your rider wristband. Our roving first-aiders may be able to reach you before the ambulance does. 

For minor incidents or accidents please call the medical support number provided on your wristband.

We recommend you add our mechanic and the emergency phone number to your contacts prior to the day and maybe consider using the ‘share your location’ option on your phones

2019 Belles Mechanic 07870 268070

2019 Belles First Aid 07798 777259

10.    Piece of Cake Feed Stations 


Self service tea and coffee will be available at registration for RIDERS only, wearing a wristband before your ride free of charge. 

Friends and family can purchase refreshments for family and friends can be purchased from ‘Café Allez’ (now also up at Belvoir Castle)  and ‘Jo and Mel’s Kitchen’. 

Feed stations along the route

The first feed station for all routes will be at Woolsthorpe Social Club (next to the Village Hall).  This will fall at mile 13 on the 24 and 50 mile routes and at mile 24 on the 70 mile route.   You will be able to sit and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and piece of cake (or two) as well as topping up your water bottles.  Take your time to enjoy the break! There are brand new toilet facilities – hurrah! 

The second feed station will be at 35 miles on the 50 mile route and 50.5 miles on the 70 mile route.  In Cropwell Bishop you will turn left at the church and find The Old School Village Hall on your left. Again, this will be fully stocked with food for RIDERS only…including sandwiches. If you do not wish to stop, please follow ‘route continues’ sign.

We have a limited amount of gluten/dairy free and vegan options available at all feed stations including milk substitutes for drinks –  please do ask the friendly kitchen teams.

Non riders may purchase tea/coffee for £1 at the feed stations enroute, subject to milk supplies. 

Our priority is to fuel our riders and support crew, so please be understanding that we are unable to sell any cake to non riders.


Complimentary self service tea and coffee will be available to all RIDERS back in the club house. Hot and cold drinks and food will be available for all friends and family supporting you – these should be purchased from Café Allez and Jo and Mels Kitchen by the tennis courts.

11. 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.   Any steep gradients and sharp bends will be signed (see below), but 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.  

12. Signage

Our rider information signs will be branded with our 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 incidents of signs being tampered with so we recommend you carry one of our route maps, or, ideally, 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. 

Please note there is a cycle event in the area on Saturday 8thJune and the signs may still be up – please do not follow them – they will take you all the way down to Rutland Water!

**Missing Sign Hot Spots**

  • Harston  (before first feed station)– All routes. At the crossroads in the middle of the village, please turn left to Woolsthorpe to continue the route and find the feed station a mile or so on the right
  • Knipton – all riders enter the village down 2 lovely hills. Please turn right at the junction at the end of the hill. 

If you know the route and manage even with 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.  

**‘Please Stop’ signs*** 24/50 mile routes – There is a sign at the bottom of Knipton hill (mile 11)–the road markings are poor, but you do need to stop at the bottom as at the junction you will be turning right through the village. Traffic both left and right has right of way.

* 70 mile route – At mile 61,  after the 2nd feed station and after your last big climb, there are 2 cattle grids close together in Holwell. Please note the second cattle grid  has a rather large gap before the first rung – we strongly advise you stop and walk across. 

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) a call (number on wristband).

13. Girls 8-17 Parental consent form

If you are riding with a young rider under the age of 18, please copy and paste this link into a new browser. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/non_comp/FORM_-_Parental_Consent_Form_TemplateLATEST.pdf

….print out and bring with you on the day. Please bring £10 cash and after registering yourself, please come to the ‘On The Day’ desk.

14. Finish Line

Please make sure that you check in with our Marshalls at the finish line and collect your medal,  goody bag and meal voucher.  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!

15. 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

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

                                                   See you on Sunday.  

Ladies only – Sunday, 9th of June, 2019