|8:00am||Car park opens (Off A417 – Not on the Recreation Field).|
|8:00am||Event registration opens|
|9:20am||Event briefing for 35 mile “Endurance” ride|
|9:30am||35 mile “Endurance” ride start on recreation ground|
|9:50am||Event briefing for 25 mile “Leisure” ride|
|10:00am||25 mile “Leisure” ride start on recreation ground|
|10:00am||Blewbury Brass Band (lawn)|
|10:10am||Event briefing for 18 mile “Teen Spirit” ride|
|10:15am||18 mile “Teen Spirit” ride start on recreation ground|
|10:25am||Event briefing for 12 mile “Family” ride|
|10:30am||12 mile “Family” ride start on recreation ground|
|12:30pm||Music Act No. 1 (TBC)|
|1:00pm||Cut off time for riders at A34 underpass (for riders doing the 18/25/35 mile rides) and at East Ilsley (for riders doing the 35 mile ride)|
|1:50pm||Event briefing for 5 mile “Little Wheels” ride|
|2:00pm||5 mile “Little Wheels” ride start on recreation ground|
|2:10pm||Music Act No. 2 (TBC)|
|3:30pm||Rabbit Foot Spasm Band|
Registration will open at 8.00am on the morning of the event inside Upton Village Hall. Registration is compulsory for all participants on all routes – please allow 40 min ahead of your start time.
At registration you will receive your Entrance Number. No entrance number, no ride.
We will also attempt to “clock in” each participant at the end of their ride, so please ensure you pass through the “finish funnel”.
Travel & Car Parking
Parking address: A417, Upton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 9HX (the parking will be clearly signposted and manned from 8:00am)
Venue address: Station Road, Upton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 9HX
Upton lies below the Ridgeway on the A417, south of Didcot and is easily accessible from the A34 via the Chilton Junction (northbound) or Milton Junction (southbound). We are also blessed with being on the National Cycle Network, with Route 44 passing through the village. This can be used if travelling from Didcot or if arriving by train to Didcot Parkway train station.
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Parking will be available free of charge at a number of locations close to Upton Village Hall. Parking is at the owner’s risk and the organisers or their officials take no responsibility for any theft or damage caused. Parking on the recreation ground itself will be limited to campers and suppliers this year, as we can no longer allow vehicles to leave during the period that cyclists are finishing their ride.
Breakfast baps will be served from 8:00am onwards. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be available throughout the day – these were incredibly popular last year.
A BBQ will be available from mid-day onward using only quality meat from Q Gardens. Veggie burgers will also be available.
Having drunk the bar dry again last year the licensed bar will be back with more real ales from Ridgeway and Loose Cannon Breweries, two of the area’s micro-breweries. For the cider lover there will also be the local favourite Red Dog Cider from Benson.
We’re also upping our wine game this year, with more choice of quality wines, served to you by the wine boffins at Strictly Wine.
We hope to have a fabulous line up for you again this year. Click on the image below for a review of previously performing acts.
The event is aimed at being really family friendly. In addition to the 5 and 12 mile family rides there will be the following facilities available at the recreation ground in Upton:
- Juice bars en-route on all rides
- Cold drinks, cakes and ice creams
- Kids’ Adventure Play area
- Bike pump track
- Lots of Music!
Support for the riders
There will be regular way markers on the routes and marshals at certain points, including all road crossings. An emergency number will be issued on the day should you need to summon help.
First Aid will be provided on the day by EMC Medical Services.
Mountain Mania will have a mobile unit for field repairs/bike recovery and the police will be present for advice on bike safety/security.
Event photographers will be doing their best to capture images of every rider on the day that will be available to buy online shortly after the event.
Bike – Check, Beer – Check, Music – Check. Did we forget something……..