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Saturday 23rd May to Monday 25th May 2020
£ 145.00  

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The Tour of Wessex is pleased to introduce the Wessex 24 hour for endurance racers that will run alongside the 3 stage cyclosportive. Both events offer live tracking so friends and family can keep up to date with how the ride unfoldes. Tracking will be managed from the Tour of Wessex event app which is being launched in January 2020.

The cycling cognoscenti have been making the annual pilgrimage to Somerset since 2006 to experience the challenge of riding 3 days back to back while enjoying West country hospitality, and the exceptionally fine food & drink. For the very fittest adventure seekers there is now the option of completing all three stages in under 24 hours. For endurance racers it is an ideal opportunity to test out equipment and race strategy before the major races later in the year.

Expect quintessentially English countryside though the lanes and byways of the South West. Each individual stage has its own unique mix of monuments, history and challenging terrain which sets it apart from other events; add the challenge of riding three days back to back or the entire route in under 24 hours and you have truly unique challenge. Choose from 330 miles, 220 miles.

Each stage starts and finishes at Huish Episcopi Academy which provides outstanding facilities including a swimming pool which is available to Tour of Wessex participants free of charge.

Live event tracking will be availble to view in the theatre at the event HQ.

23/05/2020 - Stage 1 Start  
100 miles (Standard) 08:00 MAP
79 miles (Medium) 08:00 MAP
24/05/05/202020 - Stage 2 Start  
120 miles (Standard) 08:00 MAP
79 miles (Medium) 08:00 MAP
25/05/2020 - Stage 3 Start  
111 miles (Standard) 08:00 MAP
63 miles (Medium) 08:00 MAP

Event Information

The Tour of Wessex features 3 ride options:

  • 330 miles in 3 days.
  • 330 miles under 24 hours
  • 220 miles in 3 days

The event HQ is Huish Academy, Wincanton Road, Langport, TA10 9SS


Event Overview


Stage 1 – Somerset & Wiltshire


Distance 101 miles & 78 miles

Date: 23/05/2020

Start Time 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport


Stage 2 – Somerset & Dorset    


Distance: 119 miles & 79 miles

Date: 24/05/2020

Start Time: 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport 


Stage 3 – Somerset & Exmoor  


Distance 111 miles &  64 miles

Date 28/05/2020

Start Time: 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport


Rider Entry Packs

All rider information is available electronically. No rider packs will be posted, Ride numbers must be collected at the event HQ btween 5-7 pm on Friday 22nd May or  between 6:00 am and 7:30 am on the 23 May. Your rider number will be displayed on the event app just show this at reception and you will receive your number. Numbers are to be attached via the cable ties provided to the front of the handlebars.



Earth Sports Event App: 

  • Bike/Rider Number will be displayed on the event app next to your name (cable ties and bike number baord to be collected at reception,please see above)
  • Timing of the event is managed by the event app. You will be instructed by the announcer to start the app which will run in the background. While the app draws very little power from you battery please ensure that your phone is fully charged before the ride
  • The event app allows freinds and family to follow your progress around the route and meet you on route at supporter points like Cheddar Gorge and Porlock Toll road road.
  • The event app also allows the organisers to locate the postion of riders in the event of injury or mechanical breakdown.

 

The app allows us to record your start and finish time for the event as well as on route split times for certain climbs so you can claim bragging rights and compare sectors against others. 

Route map  

Electronic down laod of the route is avaiolble to downlaod onto your bicycycle computer, we advise all riders to downlload this as it is a back up to following the route signage. There are occasions when riders miss signs due to traffic conditions abscuring signs.

Ride guide  

A check list of equipment you may require and essential information about the ride, including emergency numbers.

Car Parking 

Car parking is free. The car parks will be signed and have stewards, please follow their directions. 

Start Times  

08:00 each day for the Standard and Medium routes.

Route Signage

The Standard route(s) are signed, with YELLOW and BLACK event signs. 100 mile (stage 1) 1119 mile route (stage 2) and 111 mile route (stage 3). 

The Medium distance route(s) split are signed with RED and BLACK event signs. 78 mile (Stage 1), 79 mile (Stage 2) and 64 mile (stage 3) 

Please pay attention to Highways road signs particularly those that indicate road hazards such as cattle grids; these can be very slippery in the wet. We have also added extra warning signs for sharp bends and steep descents. Please be careful on narrow sections of road and descents, keeping a safe distance between yourself and the rider in front, especially in the wet. 

Safety Points 

You will be riding on the open road alongside other traffic so it is essential for your own safety and that of all other road users that you comply with ALL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS. 

Please ensure you obey any instructions given by the moto marshals and pay particular attention at traffic lights, roundabouts and difficult turns. 

As we are providing back-up facilities we must insist that your supporters, friends and family do not bring any vehicles out on the route to follow you as this may create congestion and could be a danger to cyclists and other road users. 

In the event of an accident – If you are involved in a serious accident requiring immediate medical attention then ring 999, then the organisers event support number. The route is  patrolled by National Escort Group riders that are on hand to assist. For minor injuries there are basic 1st Aid kits at each of the feed stations. 

Assistance During the Ride – Should you require assistance please phone the event organisers number. We strongly recommend that you add these numbers to your mobile phone and keep with you at all times during the event. 

There are cut-off times at which the moto marshals will stand down. The sweep vehicle will be traveling along the route at 20kmh/12.5 mph and will be collecting signage as it goes. If it catches up with you, you can either be transported to the finish or if you wish to continue on at your own pace you may but be aware these will be no signage. The finish closes at 5:30 pm each day. If you arrive after this time you will not receive a time or finishing place for that stage 

N.B. If you decided to continue after the sweep vehicle has passed you, you will have to navigate your own route, and you will also no longer be covered by the event support services. If you do this, or drop-out at any other stage, then you must call the organiser to report this to the event team. The event app will provide you with a time even if the finish line has officially closed.

Riders Code of Conduct 

You will be riding on public roads, so you must obey Highway Code regulations. Any rider seen not complying with the code could be reported and we are obliged to provide their details to the police. 

Litter – There will be litter and recycling skips at the event HQ and at feed stations. Please use them and don’t drop any litter it gives cyclists a bad name! 

Ride Guide 

Traffic Regulations: Although there will be traffic management at key stages of the event, plus support from police and local authorities in planning the event, the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive does take place on public roads, so you need to follow Highway Code regulations just as you would on a regular ride. You should be confident that you can ride in the following road conditions: 

  •   Busy urban main roads
  •   Town center traffic
  •   De-restricted rural roads
  •   Narrow country lanes
  •   Complex roundabouts
  •   Riding in potentially large groups

Marshaling: The Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive relies on mobile moto safety marshals and arrows at key points along the route, to keep you safe and on track. Therefore, its in your interests to follow the instructions of all marshals and event officials. You should be aware that marshals are only in place should you get into difficulty, not to control other traffic. 

Sportive, not Race: The Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive is a non competitive event. Whilst many experienced cyclosportive riders will be keen to record a quick time, the event is not a race so do not treat it as one. Your safety and that of other road uses is paramount. 


What Bike:

When choosing a bike for the event, you need to take into account your ability to maintain the minimum average speed cut off of 20kmh (12.5mph) over the route distance. Therefore an efficient, comfortable and well maintained bike is essential. 

What to bring:

Although the event will be supported by Shimano Neutral service, and feed stations en-route, we still recommend that you bring a multi tool, two spare tubes, tyre levers, a working pump and adequate hydration and food. You must have your mobile phone with you with the Earth Sports app installed and a small amount of cash in case of emergencies, enabling you to keep in touch with event organisers. In the electronic registration information you will find the guide, please make a note of the key event emergency numbers. 

What to wear:

All riders are advised that it is compulsory to wear a correctly fitting cycle helmet that conforms to current UK safety standards. Sorry, no helmet, no ride. 

Because the event takes place on the public road, you are strongly advised to wear hi visibility clothing of some sort. Being that the event is held at the end of May, weather conditions can change rapidly! Therefore, we advise that you wear adequate layers, arm and leg warmers, gilet and a waterproof jacket. We recommend that you wear proper padded cycling shorts and a pair of cycling mitts, both of which will also add to your comfort levels on what will be a long day in the saddle for even the fittest of cyclosportive riders. It has been known to be sunny at that time of year, so make sure you protect yourself with a high factor sun block! 

Dropping Out:

If you decide to drop out of the ride for any reason, you must let the organizers know by calling the event contact number published on the Earth Sports event app ride guide so we can account for you.

Medical Cover:

First-aid cover will be provided by St John’s Ambulance for the whole event. There will also be back-up and sweep vehicles operating throughout for those riders who require them. Should this be the case, please either report to the nearest marshal or call the event organisers on the numbers given in this pack. 

Mechanical Cover:

There will be 3 Shimano neutral service vehicles on route and mechanical assistance located at feed stations , you will be charged for parts but we will try to get you back on the road if at all possible. 

Refreshments:

Refreshments are provided as follows: 

HQ – Pre-booked breakfast will be available from 6:30 am each morning at the HQ. Other refreshments will be available to purchase all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 7:00 am. There will be hot/cold drinks, food, cakes, snacks and sandwiches from 10:30 am each day.

En-route – There will be three feed stations en-route, approximately every 40 km (25 miles) 

Toilets:

These are provided at the start, finish, and at the feed stations so there will be no need to attend to the call of nature in public! If you are seen urinating at the start, in any urban areas, at feed station or any other public place you will be removed from the event and your details passed to the police. You have been warned!

Showers:

Are located at the HQ in the leisure center. 

After the Finish:

You will finish the event each day at the HQ, once you have passed the finish line (at which point your finish time will be recorded) you are asked to clear the area to allow room for the next finishers. You will be directed through the finish site where you will collect your medal. Your timing chip is disposable so you do not need to hand it back . However if you are riding more than one day please remember not to damage your chip which is located on the back of your number board.

Finish Times:

An alphabetical list of finishers and times will be posted on www.tourofwessex.com the day after the event. 

 Age categories will be as follows:

A : 18 to 29 years

D: 50 to 59 years

 B : 30 to 39  years

 E: 60 years and over

 C: 40-49 years

 F: Para Cycling

 * To calculate Women’s age categories add 20 minutes

Time bands are printed in the event program.

General Queries:

Contact Pendragon Sports: [email protected] or 01963 341250

Event HQ

The Start/Finish and Registration are all located at Huish Academy, Wincanton Rd, Langport TA10 9SS

Getting to the Tour of Wessex

The closest international airports are Bristol (38 miles), Heathrow (100 miles), Southampton (60 miles), Exeter (60 miles).

Drive time: Bristol to event – 40 mins, Heathrow to event 2 hrs.

Train service: From Heathrow take airbus to Reading then a train to Castle Cary or Taunton (Somerset). Or airbus to Woking and a train to Yeovil.

Sea

From St Malo, France to Poole, Dorset. 4hr 30 mins Condor Ferries

Road

  • From central London (120 miles) 2hrs – 2 hr 30 mins. Take the M3 then the A303. At the Podimore roundabout take A372 direction Langport. 
  • From the West take the A303, At the Podimore roundabout take A372 direction Langport.

  • From Bristol take the M5 to Jct 23, then the A39 direction Street and Glastonbury. At Street take B3151 to Langport.

 Rail

  • The nearest train stations are Taunton (14 miles) Castle Cary (17.5 miles), Yeovil (14 miles). Further information can be found at National Rail Inquiries.

Coaches

 

1. Definitions
"Conditions" means these terms and conditions of entry for the Event.
"Entry Form" means the website pages which must be completed in order to participate in the Event.
"Event" means the event named on the Entry Form.
"Event Organiser" means Pendragon Sports Ltd, a company registered in England & Wales.
"Fee" means the price of entry into the Event as set out in the Entry Form.
"Participant" means the person named on the Entry Form who will be participating in the Event.
Acceptance of Conditions

These Conditions shall apply in place of and prevail over any terms or conditions (whether or not in conflict or inconsistent with these Conditions) contained or referred to in any documentation submitted by the Participant or in correspondence or elsewhere or implied by trade custom, practice or course of dealing. A variation of these Conditions is only valid if the Event Organiser gives notice to the Participant in writing in any official Event material or correspondence prior to the Event (including via email), The Participant shall be deemed to have accepted these Conditions upon completion of the Entry Form.

2. Participation
The Participant acknowledges that participation in the Event is physically strenuous. It is acknowledged that participation in the Event will be physically demanding and the Participant is aware of the nature of the Event and associated medical and physical risks involved.
The Participant agrees that he/she is physically capable of competing in the Event and agrees to be solely responsible for his/her actions and the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, agents, affiliates, associated companies, sponsors or medical advisers are not responsible for any injury or illness that the Participant may suffer as a result of his/her participation in the Event. The Participant accepts that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the Event which is likely to affect his/her ability to compete, the Participant will withdraw in accordance with these Conditions.

The Participant agrees to abide by all applicable rules and regulations including relevant British Cycling regulations. The Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the Fees if he or she is disqualified from the Event as a result of an infringement of these Conditions or any such rules and regulations. The Event Organiser is also entitled to impose Event rules upon the Participant from time to time which will form part of these Conditions. The relevant rules and regulations may be obtained from the Event website.

The Participant must complete the appropriate registration process at the times and on the day as instructed in the Event Information which will be issued by the Event Organiser before the Event. If required they will also supply their bike for inspection as part of the registration process.

It is the Participants responsibility to provide and use a roadworthy bicycle and helmet which comply with rules and regulations.

The Event Organiser may introduce cut off times as they see fit as part of the Event rules, being limits on the time taken to complete sections of the Event (as initiated by the Event Organiser at its discretion) to ensure the safe and proper running of the Event. Subsequently, competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the event in accordance with imposed cut off times.

The Event Organiser reserves the right at any time to remove Participants from the Event or prevent Participants participating in the Event if in the Event Organisers sole discretion, it considers such action necessary for safety reasons or the proper enjoyment of the Event by other Participants or for any other reasonable reason. No refund of the Fee shall be made if the Participant has acted negligently, maliciously, with wilful misconduct or otherwise without due care and attention for the Event or other participants, so as to cause his/her removal.

At registration, the Participant must produce appropriate photographic personal identification acceptable to the Event Organiser (such as drivers licence or passport). While the Event Organiser takes every care with the staging of the Event, the Participant acknowledges that third party, personal accident and personal items insurance is his or her sole responsibility.

The minimum age of entry is 16 years old at the 31st December of the Event year.
All decisions and rulings by the Event Organiser, its employees and its agents are considered final. Accordingly, the Participant will comply with all Event rules and all instructions and guidelines given by stewards, marshals, and safety personnel. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Event Organiser will organise and run the Event and will have sole authority and be the final arbiter on all decisions relating to the safety, running and organisation of the Event, the rules of the Event, the timings/finish times and the placings.

These Conditions are personal to the Participant and it may not assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Event Organiser. The Participant represents and warrants that the Entry is purchased for personal use only, that it cannot be donated free of charge or otherwise given away for free, and that it is not purchased as part of any form of business or commercial activity (save as expressly authorised by the Event Organiser), and in particular, that the Entry may not be resold or offered for resale by anyone whether at a premium or otherwise and may not be used for advertising, promotion use as a prize (including in competitions and sweepstakes), travel packages, or for any other trade purposes. Donation, give away, resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure or cancellation without refund or other compensation.

The Participant acknowledges and accepts that circumstances concerning an Event may change from time to time for reasons out of the Event Organisers reasonable control or otherwise, without the Event Organiser incurring any liability and without any rights to withdrawal being accrued by the Participant other than set out in clause 4 below. By way of example, and for illustration purposes only, car parking arrangements and issues with hotels, may arise/change but such changes/issues will not allow the Participant to withdraw and nor will the Event Organiser be deemed liable except as otherwise set out herein.

3. Bookings and Payments
In consideration for being granted the right to participate, the Participant must pay the Entry Fee by no later than the closing date set out on the Entry Form.

The Participant shall complete the Entry Form online and submit it together with payment of the Entry Fee online in accordance with the Event Organisers website.

The Participant shall not be eligible or entitled to participate in the Event until full payment of the Entry Fee has been received by the Event Organiser. No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Event Organiser has received cleared funds.

4. Withdrawal, Cancellations or Alterations
The Event Organiser operates a 7 day cooling off period commencing the following day after a purchase. Accordingly, the Participant is entitled to cancel his/her application to participate provided the Event Organiser receives written notice of cancellation within 7 days of payment of the Fee (payment being deemed made for the purposes of this clause 4.1 by clicking on the make payment link on the webpage. During this 7 day period the Participant is able to cancel its entry and receive a full refund of the Entry Fee by emailing [email protected] or writing to the Event Organiser, Pendragon Sports, Brickfield Offices, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8EG. The notice must be received by the end of the 7 day cooling off period.

The Event Organiser reserves the right to change the date of the Event. Should a change of date be made, and the Participant is unable to attend on the revised date, he/she has three weeks to inform the Event Organiser in writing from when the change in date is announced to receive a refund of their Entry Fee.

The Participant acknowledges that participant places are limited and payment of the Fee and reservation of the place has an affect on logistics and the subscription for the Event. Accordingly, subject to clauses 4.1 and 4.2 above, the Participant may only withdraw from the Event at any time, subject to the following:

  • If the Participant withdraws from the Event 90 days or more before the Event he/she will receive a refund less a £20 administration fee.
  • If the Participant pulls out of the Event with 90 days or less of the Event or if the Participant fails to arrive for the Event he/she will receive no refund.
  • No Participant shall be entitled to change the event category further to submitting the Entry Form.

Notice of withdrawal from the Event must be communicated by withdrawing through emailing [email protected] or by writing to the Event Organiser, Pendragon Sports, Brickfield Offices, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8EG. Withdrawals WILL NOT be accepted by telephone. Date of receipt of notice will dictate whether or not a guaranteed place is offered for the following year in accordance with this clause 4.

Should places in any category for the Event be oversubscribed, the Event Organiser reserves the right to either offer the Participant a place in a suitable alternative category for such Event or withdraw the offer of a place.

In the event the Event Organiser withdraws the offer of a place to the Participant in the Event for any reason at any time it will provide the Participant with a full refund of the Fee, with no further liability whatsoever arising from such withdrawal. Notwithstanding this clause 4.7 no refund shall be made where otherwise set out herein (including for the avoidance of doubt clauses 2.3, 2.8 and 2.14).

The Event Organiser reserves the right to amend the Event format or cancel the Event due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. In the event of the Event being cancelled it shall provide the Participant with a 50% refund with no further liability whatsoever arising from such cancellation, if the event is changed to another format the Participant will not be entitled to any refund and there shall be no further liability whatsoever arising from such change of format.

The withdrawal policy set out in this clause 4 does not apply to Charity Pledge Place Participants whose places are the property of the charity.

Entries are not transferable. If you are unable to participate please cancel your entry.

5. Event Organiser Responsibilities/Liability
Notwithstanding anything in these Conditions the Event Organiser shall not be liable to the Participant for any liability in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any loss of business, revenue or profits, anticipated savings or wasted expenditure, loss or damage of or to personal equipment belonging to the Participant or any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (notwithstanding that such loss was within the contemplation of the parties at the date of submitting the Entry Form) arising out of the Participant taking part in the Event or any other matter arising under these Conditions nor for an aggregate amount greater than the Fee paid by the Participant. Without limiting the foregoing, the Event Organiser will not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties unless otherwise set out herein.

Accordingly the Participant hereby expressly and irrevocably renounces, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title the right to any recourse or claims whatsoever against the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, suppliers and/or sponsors and/or persons for whom it is answerable (Associated Parties) as a result of any kind of physical, mental or other loss or damage of whatsoever nature (including any loss of earnings, profits, or pain and suffering) suffered by the Participant, directly or indirectly, or by his/her family or by any dependents and caused by an event in any way relating to the Participant's participation in Event, and the Participant hereby undertakes, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title to indemnify and hold harmless the Event Organiser, and the Associated Parties for any costs and/or amount which they or any of them may be required to pay as a result of any recourse or claim aforesaid by whomsoever made. The Participant also agrees to indemnify the Event Organiser and the Associated Parties for any claim, actions, liabilities or losses resulting from any breach of the Participant s declarations above and/or the Participants negligent acts or omissions and/or wilful misconduct.

Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the Event Organiser:
             i) for death or personal injury caused by the Event Organisers negligence;
             ii) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
             iii) for any matter which it would be illegal for the Event Organiser to exclude or attempt to exclude liability.

This clause 5 shall be read and construed and shall have effect subject to any limitation imposed by any applicable law.

6. Publicity and Results
The Participant irrevocably consents to:
 
his/her appearance in the Event being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any television program, film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and formats now or invented after the date of these Conditions; and the use and reproduction of the Participants name, likeness, appearance and photographs, films and recordings by all means and in all media for the purpose of advertising, publicity and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of the Event (and future events) and/or the promotion of the Event (and future events) and the commercial rights relating to the Event (and future events) provided that such use does not imply direct endorsement by the Participant of any official sponsor or supplier of the Event.

Any film, photographs (by camera or mobile phone), or any other recording of moving or still picture, and all intellectual property in connection therewith (including but not limited to copyright) shall remain the property of the Event Organiser, and where such intellectual property does not automatically vest in the Event Organiser, these Conditions shall constitute a legally binding assignment thereof and/or the Participant shall sign all reasonable documentation required to give affect thereto. Accordingly any such recording shall not be used other than for private use without the Event Organisers prior written consent.

The Event Organiser will use best endeavours to provide an Event finish time for the Participant however it cannot be held responsible for any computer result anomalies or any technical malfunctions.

7. General
These Conditions (and the documents referred to in them) constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersede any previous agreement between the parties relating to the Event. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that in submitting the Entry Form (and the documents referred to in it) it does not rely on, and shall have no remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, warranty, understanding, promise or assurance (whether negligently or innocently made) of any person (whether party to these Conditions or not) other than as expressly set out in these Conditions.

Nothing in these Conditions shall constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership between the parties hereto or constitute or be deemed to constitute either party as agent of the other for any purpose whatsoever and neither party shall have authority or power to bind the other or to contract in the name of the other in any way or for any purpose.
No waiver by either party of a breach or a default hereunder shall be effective unless in writing and signed by both parties and any such waiver shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or similar nature.

To the extent permitted by law all provisions of these Conditions shall be severable and no provision shall be affected by the invalidity or unenforceability of any other provision with the remaining provisions if necessary, being so amended as shall be necessary to give effect to the spirit of these Conditions so far as possible.

These Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and any dispute arising here under shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the roads be closed?
The Tour of Wessex is run on open roads and complies with current legislation regarding cycling on the highway. Given the location and length of the routes it would be impractical and inconvenient to other roads road users to run the event on closed roads.

Will there be water/food on the course?
There will be feed stations available approximately every 30 miles on each stage of the Tour of Wessex. 3 on the standard route and 2 on the medium route. High5 products and bananas will be available at feed stations, along with a supply of savory food for each rider. Do not take more than you require, remember your fellow cyclists arriving after you. You can only absorb the following amounts when exercising:
  • 65 -70 grams of carbohydrate per hour. (23g of carbohydrate energy is found in the average gel)
  • 1 liter (16 to 32 oz). of fluid per hour. (800ml or more: no gel, 750ml: 1 x gel per hour, 400ml: 2 x gel per hour)
Anymore and you will impair your performance. You will be able to purchase gels, bars, energy and recovery shakes from Bike Nut at the cycle expo at the HQ.

Why is there a cut off time?
To enable the organisation to prepare for the following stage and clear up after the event the finish will close at 17:30 each day. To assist you in making the finish line in time there will be a “Grupetto” traveling at the minimum average speed of 12-13 mph. The Grupetto leaders are experienced riders and can be identified by their Grupetto Magenta Jerseys.
A sweep vehicle follows the Grupeto removing signage, if the sweep vehicle catches up with any riders they will be allowed to continue on the route but will have to do so outside of the event support infrastructure.
The sweep vehicle will be available to collect participants who choose not to complete the full course.

Where is the event to be held?
Each of the three stage of the Tour of Wessex starts and finishes at Huish Academy. Langport, TA10 9SS. The routes cover the road and byways, Somerset, Wiltshire and, Dorset. See location map

When can I register?
Entry packs are sent via post for all UK residents 10 days prior to the event, please follow the instructions contained in the pack; no further registration is required on the day, just go directly to the start line.
For non UK residents or those that have nor received their packs in the post Registration will be open from 07:00 until0 8:00 each morning of the event.  Please bring proof of purchase and photo ID to collect your pack.

Withdrawals and Refunds
Please see our Terms and Conditions page.

How will the starts be organised?
The first start group will be reserved for entrants who can demonstrate their cycling ability through results in a select number of cycle events; If you have gone under 5 hours 15 mins for 100 miles you can start in this group.  You will need to email [email protected] with previous verifiable results.
All other riders will be placed in a general category and line up according to arrival time at the start.

How can I check entry or amend my details?
You can amend your basic information like address and email by logging in via the entry page and clicking the ‘Edit Entry’ button. For all other queries on your entry please [email protected]

Can I ride with a friend?
Yes. As long as your friend is not planning to start in the first start group and you have not reached the required standard.

Can I give my space to a friend?
It is not possible to change participants details and transfer your entry. Riding under another persons numbers is against the rules and will lead to disqualification.

When will I receive my race pack?
All UK residents will have their entry packs posted to them 10 days prior to the event. Foreign residents are required to collect their Rider Packs at the Information desk at Huish Academy between 07:00 and 08:00 on the morning of the event. Please bring a valid photo ID with you or a signed photocopy and a letter of authorisation if you are collecting it on someone else’s behalf.

Is there a cancellation/waiting list?
Please note that we don’t operate a reserve/cancellation list as we already take into account the usual drop-out rate prior to the event.

How do I know I’ve been accepted into the Tour of Wessex?
Please note that only if you received a confirmation email from us and have been charged the entry fee can you be sure you entered the event. Please ensure that you provide us with the correct spelling of your email address upon your application and add [email protected] to your address book. Learn how

Will I receive anything before the event?
You will receive a number of e-newsletters and regular updates in the lead up to the event. Your Race Packs will be available for collection at Race Registration before the event.

I am not receiving e-newsletters and email communication?
There may be several reasons for this. Firstly, please ensure that you are entered correctly into the event by following the instructions outlined above. Secondly, emails often get directed straight into junk/spam folders or get rejected by email servers altogether. Please ensure that you check those filters and additionally add [email protected] to your safe senders list .

Where is the start/finish?
Huish Academy, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9SS will host the start and finish of the event. Please click here for a map of the event location.

What time does each stage start?
The stages start each morning at 08:00.

What happens if I feel unwell whilst cycling?
Please contact the organiser via the telephone number provided in your rider pack we can then advise you of the estimated wait time of arrival for the sweep vehicle. Please note that this can be a lengthy wait, so please be prepared. If you have suffered a serious injury that required hospitalisation please dial 999 for an ambulance.

Do I need to bring anything with me on race day?
There is a comprehensive list on the Event Information page.

Can I listen to my iPod?
No. Please note that listening to portable music players on route is not permitted for participants’ safety reasons.

What do I do with my timing chip?
In order for us to record your race time correctly your timing chip comes pre attached to the number you attach to the handlebars of your bike. For those riding more than one stage please leave your handlebar number and chip in place until you complete your final stage. Do not bend or cut the number as this will damage the chip and prevent you receiving a time.The timing chip is disposable so will not need to be collected at the end of the event.

How will I know my finishing time?
Live results will be projected on the wall of the Refreshments Hall along with a live video feed from the finish line.
Providing you supplied us with your correct email when you entered you will receive a notification with your result. Additionally, all results will be posted on our website at the end of each stage. Combined results for three stages will be posted after the event.

How do I buy a photograph of myself crossing the finishing line?
Charles Whitton Photography  are the official photographers for the event. Please click here to retrieve your photos and further information.

Who do I contact for lost property?
Please visit the Information Desk on the day of the event or /email us at [email protected] post event.

Is there accommodation available near the event?
Please visit our accommodation pages for information about camping at the HQ and links to local hotels and suppliers.

What are the age restrictions for taking part?
The event is open to individuals between ages 18 and 80. And under 18’s if accompanied by an adult. Those over the age of 16 may participate if they provide a completed parental consent which can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

What bike can I ride?
A standard road bike is the most suitable bike but a mountain bike with road tyres can also be used. Time trail bikes can be used but only if the rider plans to ride solo as they would in a time trial. Riding a time trail bike in group is not permitted.

Where do I find more information?
Please visit our Event information page

When will my merchandise arrive?
All merchandise will be collected at registration.

Is there parking available?
Free parking is available adjacent to the HQ start. You will be directed by car park marshals to an appropriate space

Is there an official meeting point?
The entrance to the cycle expo, is the Official Meeting point.

Camping 

Camping is availble at The Rose and Crown Inn located  to the rear of the Huish Academy and 200 meters from the Start. The campsite comprises two camping fields for tents and a third field for camper vans and motor homes.

Please note there are a limited number of places available so please book when you enter online if you wish to guarantee your place.

There is live music at the pub on Saturday afternoon and evening meals are availble.

£18 per person per night (Children £8). Includes parking, use of showers, loos.

Please note there are no electric hook up’s for caravans and no black or grey water disposal.

No Dogs are permitted on site.

 


 

The inaugural Wessex 24 hr start is at 07:30 on the 23.05.2020 just 30 mins before the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive at Huish Academy, Langport, TA10 9SS. It will be a group start and riders are allowed to ride together. The aim of the event is to complete the 330 miles (530 km) in under 24 hours. Finishers that do finish within the 24 hours will receive a unique finishers trophy to mark the completion of this huge challenge. Those that arrive after 07:29.99 on the 23 will receive a time but will not receive the award.

The event is run on open roads and as such all participants must obey the Highway Code, road safety and vehicle rules.

The route will follow the exact same roads at the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive but in the following order:

  1. Stage 1 of the Wessex 24 hr remains the same as  stage 1 of the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive
  2. Stage 2 of the Wessex 24 hr will be stage 3 of the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive
  3. Stage 3 of the Wessex 24 hr will be stage 2 of the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive

Event Rules

  1. Spirit: Above all, the Wessex 24 hour is intended to be completed solo, self-supported, and as a single stage, i.e. the clock runs non-stop.
  2. Core values: Fairness and honour is valued above completing the course in the alloted time.
  3. Organisation: The Wessex 24 hr organisation provides the route, control points, start and finish and a framework for competitors to adhere to and to present rider progress. This is where the orgnaisers responsibility ends.
  4. Navigation: Riders are responsible for navigation, it is important that that each rider is familiar with the route.
  5. Safety: Riders are responsible for their own safety.
  6. Conduct: Riders must self-police their conduct.
  7. Communication: There is no mechanism to communicate to riders on course other than at control points, this being the HQ at Huish Academy. Riders alone are responsible for communicating with their friends and family.
  8. Tracking: Online GPS tracking is not intended to ensure rider safety. It is for information purposes only, and validation of course compliance.
  9. Disqualification: Wessex 24 hr reserves the right to disqualify a rider from the event for confirmed rule violations.
  10. Time penalties: Wessex 24 hr reserves the right to award time penalties to a rider for confirmed rule violations.
  11. Insurance: Participants must hold 3rd Party insurance that covers them for cycling. If you require insurance this can be obtained via British Cycling or Yellow Jersey

Tour of Wessex 2020

- 330 Miles, 3 Stages Over 3 Days - 23.05.2020 - 25.05.2020
  • Robert Allan
  • Adam Baker
  • Anthony Baldwin
  • Melanie Baldwin
  • Paul Bartlett
  • Kevin Bomher
  • Simon Boswell
  • Kavian Brown
  • Andrew Bruce
  • David Bruce
  • Jonathan Bunn
  • Matthew Clement
  • Duncan Cooper
  • Florian Diederichsen
  • Shaun du Bernard
  • Benjamin du Bernard
  • Steve Faber
  • Daniel Faulkner
  • Jamie FInlay
  • Martin FOx
  • Tom Foy
  • Peter Fraser
  • Dave Gillard
  • James Glazier
  • Noelle Godfrey
  • Michael Halloran
  • Zachary Gomperts
  • Jason Gould
  • David Green
  • Edward Green
  • john greenwood
  • robin gue
  • Jenny Gue
  • Marine Guerin
  • Lloyd Hamilton
  • Paul Harding
  • Alvin Hargreaves
  • Rob Hayden
  • Deborah Heath
  • Mike Heptonstall
  • Richard Hoare
  • David Holden
  • Michael Holmes
  • Ian Hutchinson
  • Ronel Irvine
  • Louis Irvine
  • John Jeffrey
  • Andy Johnson
  • Dominic Jones
  • Nicola Kaye
  • Ali Kenny
  • Joe Killen
  • Nathan King
  • Jan Kozera
  • julian ladd
  • Judith Ladd
  • Harriet Langworthy
  • Guy Langworthy
  • Ramona Loveridge
  • Andrew McCombe
  • Kate McCombe
  • Emma McDermott
  • Rob McDermott
  • George Murphy
  • Ivor O'Connell
  • Andy Pearson
  • Adrian Peters
  • Ben Pigott
  • Chris Piper
  • Will Robertson
  • Gary Rudd
  • Kate Sanders
  • Richard Shaw
  • Holly Sheahan
  • Joseph Halloran
  • Ian Short
  • Ann Shuttleworth
  • Simon skinner
  • Don Smith
  • Cas Sparks
  • Dieter Stein
  • Daniel Sudbury
  • Chris Tackaberry
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Nick Taylor
  • Leanne Thompson
  • sam thompson
  • Quintus Travis
  • Simon Trudgett
  • brochan watts
- 220 Miles, 3 Stages Over 3 Days - 23.05.2020 - 25.05.2020
  • Mary Bruce
  • Jo Hibbert
  • Rob Ingle
  • Karine Maillard
  • Ross Peebles
  • Nichola Skinner
- 23.05.2020 (24hr) - 330 Miles, 3 Stages in 24 hrs
  • toby leyland
  • Mike Skidmore
  • Harry Walton