Hell of the North Cotswolds
14 Apr 19
The original & classic British Endurance Cycling Event, now in it’s 35th year. Promoted and organised by Winchcombe Cycling Club* and Cheltenham & County Cycling Club
HONC was originally conceived as an “homage” to the famous Paris – Roubaix event in France & is still run on the same day each year. It features a mass start at 09.00hr. from Winchcombe Community School near the picturesque town of Winchcombe. Registration opens at 07.30hr.
It is a Non Competitive On & Off Road Endurance Event aimed at experienced riders & is run over challenging routes across the hills and valleys of the beautiful Cotswolds, using a combination of roads, tracks and bridleways, with significant off-road sections.
You can choose on the day between a 100km route for experienced and fit riders and a 50km route for those who know just how tough the off-road Cotswold Hills can be. Alternatively you can ride a 75km route by following the 100km route to the Food Stop & then following the 50km to the finish.
Printed route maps will be available at registration. Gpx routes will be made available to all registered riders in the week before the event. Routes will be marked by distinctive black & yellow HONC arrows
Food & drink will be available all day at the start/finish from 07.30hr and there will also be a Food Stop at around the half way point of the 100km & 50km routes where food, water & toilets will be available.
Car Parking, changing, toilets, showers & a bike wash will be available at the start at Winchcombe Community School & a back-up cycle recovery service will be provided.
Leisure Lakes will kindly be providing a mobile repair van at the start & the food stop.
A certificate and medal will be awarded to all finishers.
Our Junior Prize Draw aims to encourage young riders to enter and we have again teamed up with the great guys at Whyte Bikes to offer a Whyte Hard Tail Mountain Bike as the prize in our draw. All U-18 riders successfully completing the event will be entered.
ENTRY FEE Adult £22. Junior (under 18 years on the day) £8. NB No entries will be accepted on the day.
PAYMENT can be made for individual or multiple entries by a secure card transaction.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS - the organisers aim to donate up to £5000 to local and national charities including Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation. Details will be published on our web site after the event.
HQ & Start/Finish Winchcombe Community School, Greet Road, Winchcombe, Glos OS Sheet 163 GR025295
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SORRY THE FLYING OF DRONES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED !
Please read the following Event Rules - you will be asked to agree to comply with them during entry
EVENT RULES incorporating British Cycling Regulations - Hell of the North Cotswolds 2019
- The ride is a Non - Competitive On & Off Road Challenge aimed at EXERIENCED RIDERS. It is NOT a race and is promoted under the British Cycling Guidelines for non – competitive events. A commemorative HONC medal will be awarded to all finishers.
- 100km, 75km & 50km routes are available. (To complete the 75km route you must follow the 100km route to the Food Stop & then follow the 50km to the finish).
- Riders are required to register before the start & sign off at the end of the event. Bar coded Rider Numbers (which are provided at registration) must be fixed to the front of their bike & be visible. Any rider unable to complete the event must advise Event HQ.
- There will be a number of Scan Points around the course and at the food stop where your Rider Number must be scanned.
- Marshalling & Scan Points open based on a 25kph average and close based on a 12.5 kph average. (Equivalent to riding the complete 100km route in 4 hours and not more than eight hours). Riders arriving late at the food stop on the 100Km route will be directed to the 50Km route & must use this to return to Winchcombe.
- The wearing of as hardshell helmet conforming to CE Standards EN1078 is mandatory for all riders at all times whilst on the course.
- It is the responsibility of each rider to follow the course on the route map that will be available at registration. The route will also be identified by distinctive yellow & black HONC route markers. Gpx routes will be issued to all registered riders in the week before the event.
- It is the responsibility of each rider to assess the prevailing conditions and terrain and adjust their speed appropriately or dismount if necessary. Permissive Use sections of the route must not be used at other times.
- The function of the marshals in this event is to do no more than indicate the direction the rider should take. Responsibility for safety whilst negotiating corners, junctions, turns and other hazards rests with the rider alone.
- Where the event crosses or travels on public roads, then the laws of riding on the road and the Highway Code must be obeyed. Some sections are held on un-surfaced tracks and bridleways and due consideration must be given to other users, particularly horse riders and walkers and the Countryside Code should be adhered to. On Bridleways there is a legal obligation to give way to pedestrians and horseriders.
- All riders, riding in a group must ride in an orderly manner in accordance with the Highway Code, not more than two abreast & singling out on narrow lanes, busy roads and on bends. All riders should extend all reasonable courtesy to other road users. The use of earphones (Eg. MP3, iPod) is discouraged.
- The following are NOT PERMITTED - a) Triathlon/time trial bars or similar, disc wheels or tri-spokes, penny farthings b) recumbent cycles c) The use of child carriers. d) The flying of DRONES
- Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPCs) complying with the EAPC Regulations 1983 SI 1983/1168 are permitted if they meet the following requirements – a) The bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it b) The electric motor should not be able to propel the bike when it is travelling more than 25kph / 15.5mph c) The motor should not have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts. It must display one item from each of the following i) The power output or manufacturer of the of the motor ii) The battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike. NB any form of e-bike that does not comply with the above (e.g. ones with a “twist & go” throttle) are not permitted.
- It is the rider's responsibility to ensure their bikes are in safe working condition and roadworthy. Riders should carry sufficient water, food and money and ensure that they are adequately equipped to deal with punctures, mechanical breakdown & inclement weather.
- All riders should carry a fully charged mobile phone and some form of personal identification with their name, address and the emergency contact details of a person to be contacted in the event of an accident.
- Riders are not permitted to have their own “personal” support vehicle.
- All riders under the age of 18yr. must submit a [PARENTALCONSENT FORM] signed by their Parent/Guardian by post to HONC Administration within 7 days of entry. ENTRIES ARE NOT VALID UNTIL RECEIPT OF THIS FORM.
- Riders under the age of 16yr. must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- No refund of entry fees will be allowed but transfer of an entry may be allowable entirely at the Organisers discretion and then only by following the Organiser’s instructions.
* Winchcombe Cycling Club - a company limited by guarantee Registered in England Number 8113168. Registered Office Gretton Hill Farm, Gretton, Cheltenham, Glos GL54 5EW