Granfondo Rider Instructions
In order to keep this event as “Covid safe” as possible we are giving each group of riders instructions pertinent to them.
Registration will take place at the following times:
Friday 21st May at Haiko Cycling, Unit 1a Harbour Road, Portishead, England, BS20 7BL from 3.00pm until 6.00pm
Saturday 22nd May at Marlwood School, Vattingstone Lane, Alveston, S. Glos, BS35 3LA from 12.00pm until 3.00pm
Sunday 23rd May at Marlwood School from 7.15am
If you are able to get to either Haiko Cycling in Portishead on Friday or to the School on Saturday to collect your rider number and timing chip, it will save you queuing on Sunday morning.
When you enter the school premises, please ensure you are wearing a mask at all times. This includes when you are lining up to start riding.
If you have not collected your rider number and timing chip on either Friday or Saturday, please follow signs to the School Hall where you will be able to collect them. We will supply you with zip ties to attach them to your bike. There will be cable snips available to trim them but you may find it worthwhile bringing scissors or snips of your own as a lot of people will be asking to use ours.
Once you have collected your rider number and timing chip, please wait until you are called to ride. We will call numbers in order to go to the starting area, so numbers 1 -25, 26 – 50 etc.
Our aim is to get 25 people started every 2.5 minutes. With delays that may occur, this means that all GF riders should be on the road by 8.45am – 9.00am.
Once you start riding you can remove your face mask.
When you are on the road, you need to look out for the Black Rat signs which are black with orange arrows.
The first feed station will be in Monmouth. Again, we have Covid precautions in place. Staff will be wearing face masks and gloves and will hand you food in pre packed bags. You will not need to stand around the table choosing what you want. You just need to take your bag and move away to consume the food. Please ensure that when approaching the feed station you wear a mask. If you are riding with others please appoint one person from your group to collect the food to avoid large crowds.
Drinks will be dispensed from the containers provided.
After you leave Monmouth and head towards Hay on Wye, please note that there is a short diversion to the course published so that we avoid a cycling time trial. The diversion only adds 200m to the overall distance of the ride and an extra 4m of climbing so it’s fairly insignificant.
When you reach Hay on Wye, follow the signage out of the town centre to get to the next feed station. The same rules apply at this feed station as the one in Monmouth.
Please note that you MUST cross the timing mat at this feed station. If you do not, you will be given a Mediofondo time.
The feed station will be in the car park of Drover Cycles. In addition to the feed station, Drover Cycles shop will be open so you can pick up energy bars, gels or even spares if needed.
In addition to the shop, Drover Cycles has a breakfast van where you will be able to buy coffee, tea, bacon rolls etc. After almost 100km of pretty lumpy riding a bacon roll and cup of coffee might be just the thing before you climb Gospel Pass.
After crossing Gospel Pass, the road back towards Abergavenny is quite narrow in places. It isn’t usually a busy road but other vehicles will be using it so please take extra care, especially in the woods just after the cattle grid.
After leaving Abergavenny you will head to Raglan, where the final feed station is located in Raglan Village Hall. Again, the same rules apply as the other two feed stations.
On return to the school, you should cross the timing mat below the arch in order to get your finishing time.
After finishing, please remove your timing chip and hand it in to the staff. This is important. Any chips not returned will be charged at £45.00 each by the timing company. Even if you don’t finish the ride for any reason, you must hand your chip back.
You will be offered food at the finish and there is enough space for you to eat it at the school and cheer other finishers as they cross the line.
Please be tidy with your food utensils and plates when you have finished – we will have plenty of rubbish bags around and we want you to use them!
We want you to have as enjoyable a day as possible. It will be different for everyone this year and some things may not go exactly to plan, but if everyone keeps their cool and has some understanding that other people may be a bit more risk averse than you are we should all have a great day.