The 'tourist trial' (named after a former member of the club) is always the most difficult event on our calendar to explain. The winner could easily be the slowest rider taking part - basically you are given a route and a target time in which to complete it and whoever finishes closest to their target time wins.
In a break with tradition, this year the routes are available in advance (so no messing around with OS maps and pencils). I've tried to cater for everyone so there are four separate routes available: the longer the route, the faster you are expected to ride it (details below), ranging from A-group pace to a group for beginners.
The start and finish is our Burton End HQ near Stansted Airport. This is our 'hut' in a field behind 'The Ash' pub (as you look at the pub, you need to go down the track on the right hand side). Location here: https://bit.ly/330fyc2
If you don't have a car, it should be easy enough to arrange a lift with someone. Or if you prefer to get a train, the 8:22 from Tottenham Hale gets to Bishops Stortford at 8:49, and the 8:52 gets in at 9:15.
The event is free to enter, but we expect most people to pay a fiver for food. Tea/coffee and cake will be available at the start and then Frida will be cooking up some kind of chilli or curry (with a vegetarian option) for everyone to tuck into post-ride at about 1pm.
You can ride alone or in a group - it's up to you. Your departure time will be logged and we will see when you make it back and how close that is to your target.
Elite Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30471362
Approx 100km with a target time of 3 hours 15 minutes. Suggested departure time: 9:15am.
B Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30471391
Approx 76km with a target time of 2 hours 45 minutes. Suggested departure time: 9:40am.
C Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30471432
57km with a target time of 2 hours 30 minutes. Suggested departure time: 9:50am.
Easy Riders Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30471459
Approx 32km with a target time of 2 hours. Suggested departure time: 10:00am.
One extra rule: you need to take a selfie! The elite riders will need on outside The Fox in Finchingfield, and the other three groups will need to get one at the Guild Hall in Thaxted.
Frida will need to know how many to cater for by Friday 18th October, so please get your free 'ticket' online here before then: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lea-valley-cc-tourist-trial-gordon-attwell-tickets-75606305495
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