What is the event?
The 2016 Bolton Bash Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride that takes place from Smithills School, Bolton and promises to be a “reet grand” day out in Lancashire. There will be free parking on the day and registration will take place at the school/leisure centre. The routes are fully signed, however it is worth noting that 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 8:00am and 9:30am. 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 return back to the finish line.
Date and Time:
Sunday September 2016 - 08:00am-09:30am
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)
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. 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!
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 the route card and description to bring with you. The route is well marked but this will act as a backup should a sign mysteriously disappear. It also has the emergency contact numbers for the race organisers and first aid. Bring basic bike tools, inner tube spares and some money, there is a sweeper van but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties or become too tired to continue. 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 8.00am and 09.30am, 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 feed stops. Times range from 3 hours to 7 hours, so please start accordingly. You will need to register when you arrive. Registration will be open from 7.00am at Smithills School. At registration you will collect your timing chip and food stop 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.
Food and drink will be available at the finish for all riders.
Are there Food Stops?
There are no food stops on the short route so please carry provisions. There will be a food 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 a free meal at the finish for all riders.
There is free event parking at the School and on the roadside.
Toilets will be available at the registration point.
What is the minimum age to participate:
To ride the 'long route' you must be 16 years old or over on the day of the event. To ride the' short route' you myst be 12 years old or over on the day of the event. Anyone riding the short route who is under the age of 16 must be accomapanied by an adult.
How much to enter?
Entry for the short event is £20 and for the long event is £25. Entry is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with the appearance of your name on the entry list.
Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment. 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 ride onto Strava following the event. The winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on the Tuesday following the event.
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 long route map GO HERE
To view the event notes GO HERE