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Instructions for the Southwell Cycle Tour Sunday 25th March 2018 sponsored by Impsport. 

Please read the following carefully


ACCESS to Southwell Racecourse is from the address above NOT from Southwell town and Racecourse Road off A612.  Please follow ‘Sportive parking’ signs when you arrive at the racecourse.


Know your route option. 

Please make sure you are clear as to which route option you have chosen.

The routes are labelled as follows on the road

Long route – 80 miles
Medium route - 59 miles
Short route – 33 miles

The route GPX files can be downloaded from

Registration and Starts
·         Long 80 Mile: Registration 0730 – 0800 (Start riding 0800 – 0815)

·         Medium 59 Mile:  Registration 0800 – 0830 (Start riding 0830 – 0845)

·         Short 33 Mile:  Registration 0830 – 0845 (Start 0900-0915)


The starting area is next to the HQ registration area as indicated above. Please follow the signs to the start area according to the times for your route above.


There are toilets available at the HQ and at the feeds, which are based at village halls. Please avoid going in public. 


Helmets are mandatory for insurance purposes. Any rider not wearing a helmet will be deemed to be not part of the event.


Riding around horses.

Horse ownership is very high in this area. If you encounter horses please speak as you approach to let the horse know you are there and pass wide and slow. 
Please take a look at the guidance on the pdf on this page

Feedstations and Toilets 

The feeds are at Oxton village hall (long/medium route at 33 miles from start) and Egmanton village hall (long route only, 60 miles) where food, water and sports drink will be available. There are toilet facilities available. There is no feed on the 30 mile route.


Route Splits

6.5 miles – Thurgarton – Short route right, all other routes left.
46 miles – Eakring – Medium Route straight on, long route left. 



Please avoid dropping litter on route. You can dispose of wrappers etc at feedstations. 
Please also try to be courteous and considerate to other road users at all times to maintain the goodwill of local people. This includes fellow participants. These events attract riders of all levels or experience and fitness. Please allow for this when overtaking or riding in a group.


The route has been designed  to account for some very poor road surfaces, especially in the early going. There is still the occasional lane that is not the best but these are kept to a minimum and are included to avoid riding on A roads and/or busy junctions. Please ride with your head up and point out potholes to riders who may be behind you. 

Emergency and Organizer Contact

To contact the event control room please use the following numbers. Please use these numbers for mechanicals, broom wagon or to notify accidents. 

07881 632552
07429 250947 

If there is a genuine emergency on the road please ring the emergency services first and then the event organizers.

Mechanical support – our mechanics will have a range of spares but will only have time to perform roadside repairs. If the mechanical is major and cannot realistically be repaired at the roadside they will take you to the nearest feedstation to be fed, watered and arrange collection.

If the mechanical requires a more expensive part you may arrange with the mechanic to keep it once fitted and be invoiced by them. 


The route is fully signed with A3 signs with a red arrow on a white background. An example will be at the start. You will also be given a route map. If you find yourself off course please use your map or ring the organizer, who will try to talk you back onto the route. Please do this as soon as you suspect you are lost, not ten miles later. Please ensure you use your map or other independent means of navigation as, sadly, tampering with signs sometimes happens despite the sign marshals ahead of the event.  
If it becomes obvious that signs have been tampered with anywhere on the route, please contact the organizer or report it to other event staff immediately so this can be remedied.   


The finish is in the same place as the start. Please ensure you cross the line to register your time. 

After your Ride 

Please return to the main grandstand where hot food will be available (included in the entry fee, extra food can be purchased). 
Also available in the grandstand is your event medal and the opportunity to purchase the official event jersey from IMPSPORT.

Ride Responsibly 

Please obey the event staff.  You ride under your own responsibility and must ride with due care and attention at all times, so as not to endanger your personal safety as well as others. You must follow the normal rules of the road at all times and be considerate and reasonable towards other road users. This is not a closed road event or a race. It is your responsibility to ensure your bicycle is well maintained and roadworthy. Tri-bars - these are allowed as they are road legal, however the organizer recommends that you do not use these when riding close to other riders. Also, some descents are steep and the road condition poor in places, so please be cautious when choosing to ride on tri-bars. 

Hospitals - The nearest A & E Hospitals depending on where you are on the route:
King's Mill Hospital
Mansfield Road
Sutton in Ashfield
NG17 4JL
Tel: 01623 622515

Newark Hospital
Boundary Road
NG24 4DE
Tel: 01636 681681