Before the event

On your entry being accepted you will receive an acceptance email confirming the Riders Name, Rider Number, Time Slot, Emergency Contact Details and Password to enable access to the Riders Dashboard. Also included are links to Parking Instructions, Route Sheet and Riders Agreement.

Please check your details are all correct and update if necessary via the Riders Dashboard.

KEEP THIS EMAIL SAFE AS YOU WILL NEED TO PRODUCE IT ON THE DAY AT THE HQ REGISTRATION DESK- NO COPY –NO RIDE.

Location and arrival

The event Head Quarters (HQ) is Charles Darwin School, Jail Lane, Biggin Hill TN16 3AU.

On arrival, please follow the parking marshals directions. There should be adequate parking available at the HQ car parks and we ask if you choose to park on the streets, park well away from the HQ and do so with full consideration given to local residents. Do not park across residential drives or part on the pavement. Marshals will be checking the area for inconsiderate parking and if deemed to be causing restriction to local residents may be moved. PLEASE CAR SHARE WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

Please do not leave rubbish and articles of clothing, including cycle helmets, on the streets surrounding the Event HQ and especially on the walls of local properties.

Once parked, please proceed to registration in the main school-location will be signposted.

Do not take cycles into the school- bike racks are provided in the bike park area adjacent to the entrance. (At your own risk)

Registration

Registration will be open from 07.15am in the Registration Hall.

There will be six registration desks in Rider Number order in blocks of 200 numbers.

When signing in you will receive:

Your rider number, to fix on your handlebars (plastic ties for attachment included), includes your Timing Chip, which you must have in place in order to register your time. Make sure it is clearly visible for identification purposes and as an aid to the Photographer.
The rider number/chip is fully disposable and there is no need to return it after completion of the ride.

A route card which will include the emergency contact number.

Before setting off a qualified cycle mechanic will be on hand to provide any last minute mechanical support and supply a limited stock of spare parts.

Canteen facilities are provided at the HQ, offering a range of hot & colds drinks, which will be charged for.

Menus available

  1. HQ Menu
  2. Feed Stations and Ashdown Forest

Starting the ride

Departure starts at 8.00am through to 10.30am. It is important to stick to your allocated departure time because only a limited number of riders can set off together – there will be plenty of opportunities to regroup with friends during the ride.

You will be asked to wait in a holding area and then called into a waiting area. At the appropriate time you will be then move forward into the departure area. Please listen to the starter’s instructions whilst waiting to start. When you roll over the matting, your timing will start.

Check & Feed Points

There are two indoor feed/check points on the route. First after 31 miles at the Ashdown Forest Centre and the second after 53miles at the Scout Hut in Sevenoaks Weald. Be sure to at least cross the timing mats at these locations. Both Feed/Check points will be well sign posted.

Mechanics will be on hand at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

There will be a range of foods (bananas, energy bars, cakes etc) together with water and energy drinks at no cost to riders.

Riding

Please be on your best cycling behaviour on the ride, obey the highway code, be courteous to other road uses and riders, don’t drop litter, if you need to take a natural break please do so as not to cause offence to others. The route will be fully sign posted and you will be helped by some 60 marshals (in high viz jackets) on the course together with NEG’s motorbike marshals.

A roving mechanic will also be on hand should assistance be required. Be sure to have the Emergency Number available at all times during the ride.

The route is very demanding with a lot climbing and very fit riders can finish in under 4 hours others could take 7 hours.

Text update of position

Registered riders who complete the Hell of the Ashdown 2018 and gone through all of the checkpoints on the course will receive a text update congratulating them on their achievement, together with the recorded time for the event. Any queries on time should be addressed to the head of Registration, Ray Smith, who can be found in the main hall.

Finish

On your return to the HQ be sure to go over the finishing line/mat in order to register you finishing time, which will be forwarded to you via a text message. So please be sure to have included your mobile phone number onto your entry form. Full results will be available on the HOTA website within 48 hours.