What is the Bolton Bash Sportive?
The 2014 Bolton Bash sportive takes place from Smithills School, Bolton, on September 21st 2014 and promises to be a great day out in Lancashire.
Free parking will be on the day and registration will take place at the school and leisure centre. Whilst the route is marked/signed, the roads are not closed and you will be required to follows the rules of the road, stopping at junctions and traffic lights on the course. This is a non-competitive 'cycle challenge' event and you can start any time between 8:30am and 10:30am. At registration you will be given a timing chip which is attached to your bike. As you roll across the start line your personal timing will start and then finish as you reach the finish line.
What's the route options?
There are 2 route options and distances on the day (please note that cycle helmets are compulsory for either route):
1. It'll Be Reet (35 miles)
2. Ecky Thump (60 miles)
Certificates will be available for all riders on the day and will be categorised as follows:
It'll Be Reet (35 miles)
1. The Flat Caps (More than 3 hours)
2. The Hot Pots (Between 2-3 hours)
3. The Whippets (Less than 2 hours)
Ecky Thump (60 miles)
1. The Flat Caps (More than 4.5 hours)
2. The Hot Pots (Between 3.5 - 4.5 hours)
3. The Whippets (Less than 3.5 hours)
How is the route marked?
The route will be marked with large fluorescent 'CYCLE ROUTE' signs and where deemed necessary road markings will be used. It is advisable to study the route and carry a route card, alternatively you can download the GPS file from the route map link. There will be some traffic control in place on the route, but there are no road closures and you must follow the highway code throughout the duration of the route. The long route includes the infamous climb of 'The Rake' and takes in the sights of Crown Point. From here the route returns via Darwen and Chorley to tackle the climbs of Anglezarke and Sheep House Lane. The shorter option takes a more direct route to cut out earlier climbs, but there's no avoiding Anglezarke and Sheep House!
Are there food stops?
There are no food stops on the short route so please carry provisions. There will be a stop on the long route with a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks. For a more accurate description of the food stop location view the route card below. There will also be free refreshments at the finish for all riders.
What do I need to do before the day?
Ensure you bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are 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 a back up and also has the emergency contact numbers. Bring tools, spares and some money, there is a sweeper wagon but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that 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 8.30am and 10.30am, you 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 feedstops. Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7.30am at Smithills School. At registration you will collect your event number and any other information necessary on the morning of the event.
How will my entry be confirmed?
Entry for the short event is £15 and for the long event 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. If you are able to enter online, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.
Other things you'll find useful for the day:
For the location of Smithills School GO HERE
To view the short route Card GO HERE
To view the short route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE