The Hospice 100
Here you’ll find essential information regarding The Hospice 100.
Start and End Point
Bowling Green Lane,
Hertfordshire SG9 9BT
The HQ will be manned from 7.30am to 4.30pm.
Sign on and collect your pack, which will include your timing chip, number, High Five energy product. Collect a map if needed, pick up a banana and head to the start line.You must bring your helmets to registration in order to pick up your pack as helmets are a requirement and you will NOT be allowed to ride without one.Once at the start line, you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.
Registration From 7.30am
100 and 76 mile Entrants Must Be Registered By 8.30am
44 and 26 Mile Entrants Must Be Registered By 9.30am
On the Day Registration
People wishing to register on the day must fill a registration form and pay for their entry in cash. A form can be downloaded Here.
Cycling Equipment Requirements
There will be a mechanic available on the day, however it is important you are self sufficient in changing your inner tube in the event of a puncture. We recommend you carry a minimum of 2 spare tubes and a puncture repair kit.
It might seem obvious, but you must make sure you have suitable tyres for puncture free riding. If you are running on old tyres, think about getting a set of new tyres for the ride – as sitting around waiting for a pick up won’t be much fun.Participants are responsible for their own cycle, which must be fully roadworthy.You must have at least:A hand pump, spare inner tubes and a small multi-tool. We also recommend you have money, a mobile phone and spare clothes in case of any adverse weather conditions.
You must also have a water bottle/cage and be carrying some food.
Timing Chip Attachment
The timing chips will be attached to your helmet during registration, you must bring this in with you when you register.
Course Signs and GPX/TCX Route Files
The course is marked with black arrows on bright Pink paper that clearly mark the way as well as the route splits.
Please ensure you follow the Pink Paper arrows as there are other events in the area and we wouldn’t want you getting lost.
A link to the Garmin GPX/TCX files will be sent via email on Friday – this is so we are able to send out the correct routes after checking there are no issues around the courses. The link will also be available on the website.
We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the back of your number.
Route Splits and Feed Stops
Signs that denote splits to certain routes will removed at certain times in order to make sure everyone is back at the HQ by 4.30pm.
The Short to Medium Route Split will be removed at 12.30pm - If you do not reach this point by then you will continue to the short route.
The Medium to Long Route Split will be removed at 1pm - If you do not reach this point by then you will continue to the medium route.
There are food/drink stops en route that offer a good selection of energy food/snacks/gels, as well water/high 5 drinks. Use them to help you get round the course and don’t get caught out with an empty bottle.
The Long Route has three stops. These are at 34 / 71 / 90 miles.There will be toilets to use at all stops which will be at Berden Village Hall at 34 & 90 miles (THIS FEEDSTOP WILL CLOSE AT 3.45PM) and Great Chishill Village hall at 71 miles (THIS FEED STOP WILL CLOSE AT 2.30PM).
Make sure you fill your bottles at the first feed station before embarking on the 37 mile trip to the next one. There is an opportunity for those on the Long Loop to visit an additional feed stop at the Long/Medium split point at 47 miles in but would have to retrace their tracks back to that split point to follow the Long route as it is 200 meters towards the medium route. At that point the Long route have a 24 mile loop which will take them to that same feed stop.
The Medium Route has three feed stops at 34 / 48 / 66 miles (toilets at all stops).
The Short Route has one stop at 34 miles – there are toilets at this stop (Berden Green Village Hall).The Route SplitsThe Long/Medium/Short splits right while the Fun continues straight at 19 miles just after Dane End. It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn.
The Long/Medium Route splits from the Short route 5 miles after the first feed stop at 39 miles in, just after Brent Pelham where the Short turns left, while the Long/Medium continue straight.The Long and Medium split from each other at 47 miles in. The Medium route turns right, while the Long continues straight. There is an opportunity for the Long route to have a feed stop at the 48 mile point, but they would have to go off route towards the Medium route by 200 metres and then retrace where the split point happened. The Long route then does a loop of 24 miles back to that same point (71 miles), where there will be a feed stop at the Great Chishill village hall again. Directions will be made clear on the day.It will be fully signed and will be obvious which way you need to turn. There will also be signs after the splits confirming which route you have chosen.
At the last feed stop, there is only 10 miles to go – so stop and get refreshed before making the final push.All routes will have mile indicators after each split point to confirm that you are on the correct route.
Emergencies and Problems
If you have a problem on route emergency numbers are on the maps of the course available at registration – should you require the emergency services please stay on the course to enable them to assist you quicker.If you need mechanical assistance we recommend you text your problem and location to the mechanic who’s number is on the reverse of the rider number. Texting your location makes it much easier for the mechanic to quickly respond to you. You are required to wear a helmet, please ride carefully and respect the locals, horses and motorists.
Included in the entry fee is Third Party Insurance provided by Insignia Underwriters. The wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 is mandatory for all riders at all times whilst on the course.
ALL RIDERS MUST CARRY a form of identification showing their name, address and the contact details of a person to be advised in the event of an accident.
Download: Hospice 100 GPX_TCX files.zip