VRR - Sunday 3rd March 2019

Reliability Ride 2019

One hell of a ride

Congats to all the riders who took on the challenge of the VRR on Sunday. The weather did its worst for us but 65 hardy souls braved the harsh conditions and just 3 who started failed to cross the finish line (and we can confirm they're all ok)!

Whilst a Reliability Ride is always a challenge, not a race, the event was timed. Finishing times below:

VRR Rider Times 1VRR Rider Times 2

 

Information about the Verulam Reliability Ride held on 3rd March 2019

Two routes:

The main route is 113km (70 miles) whilst the shorter route is 78km (48 miles). The rides follow two challenging routes, starting in Redbourn (AL3 7PP). The main route has 6 significant climbs including Whiteleaf, Wardrobes, Wigginton Lane and New Road.  The course is not particularly difficult but it is a tough test, making it a good training ride for the early Autumn.

The shorter route misses out Whiteleaf and Wardrobes, but has the added benefit of including The Crong!

Start times:
Registration from 8.45am for departures from 9.15am, leaving in waves of 15 (max).

HQ address:

Redbourn Recreation Centre sign

Redbourn Recreation Centre, 75 Dunstable Rd, Redbourn AL3 7PP (see map here).

Redbourn Recreation Centre location map

Entry fee:

VCC Members: £6
Non-Members: £8
On the day: £10 (if available)

Entries: 

Advanced entries now closed.
On the day currently available for both routes (max 200 riders).

Maps and elevation profiles

Long route / GPS track - see here.
Shorter route / GPS track - see here.
Note: The routes will not be signposted - so take a map or load up your Garmin (or equivalent)!

Route/Cue Sheets
Long route - see here.
Shorter route - see here.

Hazards
The event takes place on public roads so normal care and attention is required. Please observe the Highway Code and show respect at all times for all other road users. There are a number of hazards identified in our Risk Assessment we’d like to draw your attention to:

Long (L) and Short (S) routes:

  • L=0.7Km, S=5Km Turn right on blind bend into Redbourn High Street
  • L=4.7Km, S=4.7Km Double blind bends on Gaddeston Row. Single out and take care of traffic
  • L=9.3Km, S=9.3Km Steep descent with parked cars then sharp left at bottom in Markyate. Slow and take care of traffic.
  • L=11.6Km, S=11.6Km Steep descent with crossroads at bottom. Slow down the hill.
  • L=19.4Km, S=19.4Km Descent on Studham Lane past Whipsnade golf club turning; poor road surface, turnings off; blind bends; gravel at bottom. Slow & single out.
  • L=25.2Km, S=25.2Km Double roundabouts on fast road. Caution of approaching traffic.
  • L=31.3Km, S=31.3Km Narrow road on shallow descent into Aldbury & through Aldbury. Take care of road surface, walkers, horses & traffic.
  • L=33.5Km, S=33.5Km Very sharp blind bend past pub. Keep on left side of road and take care.
  • L=35.5Km, S=35.5Km Crossing major road with fast traffic.
  • L=42.1Km, S=42.1Km Steep descent down Marlin Hill to Tring with blind bends, parked cars & poor road surface. Wakers and parked cars towards the bottom of the hill. Take care and ride slowly.
  • L=46.1Km, S=46.1Km Routes split on sharp bend. Likely cyclist traffic - caution.
  • S=47Km Narrow roads with poor surface and a sharp incline up The Crong. Take care.
  • L=59Km Sharp right turn off fast road into Longdown Hill. Take care of traffic.
  • L=61.4Km Steep descent with narrow bend & turning. Take care; slow & ride single.
  • S=47Km Steep descent with farm tracks off. Take care.
  • L=71.8Km Steep descent with bend and right teurn. Take care.
  • L=76.7Km Sharp uphill turning on Fryth Hill with very poor road surface.
  • L=78.6Km Steep descent followed by sharp Left bend. Take care & slow down.
  • L=79.7Km Steep descent followed by sharp Left then right bend. Take care & slow down.
  • L=82.8Km In the wet a hazard at the bottom of a short descent with broken road surface and potential flooding.
  • L=83.9Km Very sharp blind right hand turn. Take care & single out.
  • L=84.8Km, S= 49.6 Routes join. Potential congestion.
  • L=93.1Km, S= 57.9 Tee junction with broken road surface and no road markings. Particularly dangerous in the wet with standing water.
  • L=95.3Km, S= 60.5 Traffic lights on High Street. Be patent and do not jump lights.
  • L=95.7Km, S= 60.9 Narrow road under rail bridge. Beware oncoming traffic and other cyclists. Single out and take care.
  • L=106Km, S= 70.8 Sharp left turn with gravel. Approach with care.
  • L=108Km, S= 72.8 Sharp double blind bends. Single out and take care.

This is a Reliability Ride with a target speed range of 13 to 18mph. This equates to about 4 to 5.5 hours for the long ride and 3 to 4 hours for the shorter version. We expect that there will be some faster riders but, please remember, the events are challenges not races. Riders will be set off at intervals to reduce the risks from riding in large bunches on narrow lanes. Please do not ride in groups of more than 10.

On the day
There is plenty of free car parking space nearby, both at the Recreation Centre and on Dunstable Road. The nearest Railway Stations are Harpenden (3.5 miles) or St Albans (5.4 miles).

There will be tea and coffee available before the ride and a selection of food at the end. Both rides close at 3:30pm. We’ll have a hot drink and food waiting for you until then. If you think you are going to be later than that, or if you decide to abandon at any time, please call us on the number we will give you on the day.

Insurance
The event is being run by Verulam CC which is affiliated to Cycling UK. This provides Organisers’ Liability insurance as long as the event has no more than 200 riders. The ride is therefore limited to this number. We expect all riders to have their own third party liability insurance. This is intended to cover you should you ever be adjudged to have caused an accident which led to injury or damage to another cyclist, anyone else or their property. The main cycling organisations (Cycling UK, British Cycling and LVRC) all provide this as part of their membership benefits.

Inter-Club Competition [Not open to Verulam CC]
The event includes a competition for the VRR Club Trophy. Each rider from a Club who completes the long route scores two points, whilst each rider completing the shorter route scores one point. The club with the most points will hold the trophy for a year, until the next event, when the trophy will return to be awarded again. Will your club be the winners?

Charity

Herts air ambulance
We’re pleased to be supporting Herts Air Ambulance for this event. A charity that has come to the rescue of VCC riders and so sits close to our hearts. Herts Air Ambulance receives no Government funding - a donation of at least £2 per rider will be made. More information about Herts Air Ambulance is available here.

Chiltern Classics
The Verulam Reliability Ride is part of the Chiltern Classics series of reliability rides
See here for info on the other rides (see here).

Under 18s
There are risks associated with this ride, from bad weather conditions and the 100Km route is a serious challenge so…
- Minimum age 12.
- Under 14s can only ride the 78Km event, with a parent or guardian.
- Under 16s can ride either distance with a parent or guardian.
- 16 and 17 year olds can ride either distance unaccompanied.

In every case (all under 18 riders) a signed Parental Consent Form must be completed and lodged with the organiser.

More information
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