Piccolofondo 20 May - 86km
Due to the Mediofondo route being 113km this year, we have taken note that not everyone wants to ride over 100km so we have introduced a shorter Piccolofondo route of 86 km.
The Piccolofondo route is ideal for cyclists who have not tried a sportive event before or who are not confident of their ability to ride over 100 km on fairly hilly terrain. It should not be taken that the Piccolofondo route is easy - it is definitely a challenge, with over 1200m of climbing to tackle - but should be within the abilities of anyone who has done some training.
For those who have to quit the ride, a "broom wagon" will collect you from the roadside if necessary.
The Piccolofondo route will follow the same roads as the Granfondo and Mediofondo until you reach Chepstow. (See details)
We recommend that you carry two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, pump and a puncture repair kit. It is not uncommon for riders to suffer punctures during sportive events. Ideally you should also carry a lightweight folding multi tool, available through any good cycle store.
Although feed stations en route will be well stocked with energy drinks, water and food, please consider taking energy gels or food of your own and at least one water bottle on your bike.
If all riders follow some basic safety guidelines we can all expect an enjoyable day!
All riders must conform to the laws of the road. This means keeping to the left, allowing vehicles to pass and not riding more than two abreast unless it is safe to do so and you are not holding up traffic.
There are a few sets of traffic lights on the Piccolofondo route, plus a couple of pedestrian controlled crossings with lights and riders must obey the lights. Marshals will be in attendance around the route and any rider found riding through a red traffic light will be disqualified and no time will be given for the ride. Also, all riders will have numbers displayed on their bikes and the Police will take action against anyone riding illegally if caught.
All riders are required to wear a helmet.
All Black Rat signs will be black with an orange arrow indicating the direction you should ride. All signs will also have the Black Rat logo on. You will see SLOW! signs in some places around the course. Please ensure that you take notice of these - they are there for your own safety!