What is the PRESTON PedalFest?
Preston PedalFest Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride which will take place from Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 24th July 2016.
There are two routes available and both start from the beautiful Avenham Park, Preston. The long route initially heads out of the park and over towards Mellor and then Whalley, taking in some of the beautiful Ribble Valley lanes and hills. From Whalley you will head out via Great Mitton & then Whitewell before arriving in Dunsop Bridge to tackle the infamous Trough climb. Having earned a food stop you will head down into Abbeystead for a half way feed.
Following the food stop the homeward leg skirts around the Forest of Bowland, along some quiet country lanes through Oakenclough and Inglewhite before heading through Broughton and Woodplumpton. From here you will meander your way back to Avenham Park via Preston Docks where you can relax and take in all that Avenham Park has to offer.
The short route will follow the same course as the long route until you fork off at Wilpshire via Longridge and over to Inglewhite where it will rejoin the long route back to Preston.
The route is undulating, the roads are quiet and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Full refreshments are available at the half way stop (long route only) and Avenham Park will be the host of lots of other activities during the day as well as the Riverside Cafe selling food and drinks once you finish your ride.
The long course is 65 miles and the short course is 37 miles.
Date and Time:
Sunday 24th July 2016, 08:00-10:00am
How is the route marked?
Both routes will be marked with fluorescent yellow 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and road markings where applicable. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card. Alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link.
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as back up and also has the emergency contact numbers on it.
Bring tools, spare inner tubes and some money, there is a small sweeper wagon but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have any mechanical difficulties.
It is compulsory hat you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
What do I need to do on the day?:
On the day the start times are between 08:00am and 10:00am, you should choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes.
Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at feed stops. Finish times can range from 3-7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 07:00am on Avenham Park.
At registration you will collect your timing chip and wristband as well as any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
Once you have finished the ride a marshal will remove the timing chip from your forks.
Are there food stops?
There will be a stop situated in Abbeystead. This is the long route only. The food stop offers a selection of refreshments, to include sandwiches, cakes and hot/cold drinks.
Post Ride Refreshments:
Food and drinks can be purchased on Avenham Park at the Riverside Café.
There will be activities happening on Avenham Park all day from 11am which are suitable for all the family. You can find out more about the family festival here.
There are numerous city centre car parks within a 5-10 minute walk. The train station is also only a 5 minute walk from the Park.
Portable toilets will be available on the park at the start/finish point.
How old do I have to be?
Minimum age for the Long Route is 16 years of age.
Minimum age for the Short Route is 12 years of age.
Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE. Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike onto Strava following the event and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on the Tuesday at noon following the event.
How much to enter?
Entry for the PRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportive Long Course is £25.
Entry for the PRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportive Short Course is £20.
Entry is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. Entries will close at 12 noon on Thursday 21st July or when the event is full. There are no late entries and no entries on the day.
Included within your entry is:
A well stocked food stop (long route)
Free event photographs
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Avenham Park GO HERE
To view the long route card GO HERE [not yet available]
To view the short route card GO HERE [not yet available]
To view the short route map GO HERE To view the event notes GO HERE [not yet available]
To find out more about the family festival GO HERE