Course Map and GPS Trace

COURSE AND VENUE MAP

The map here describes the course and facilities for the race. It\’s subject to change and some more details will be added nearer the date, but it\’s not likely that we will actually update this map – it\’s as near as it\’s going to get!  

If you want it in some uber high resolution then you can grab a PDF here – or click the image below for a higer resolution image.

 

 

STRAVA GPS TRACE

Lots of health-warnings with this one, because of the way GPS is sampled in small paths like cyclocross courses, but it map help give you some idea, including elevation, relative speed of some parts etc.  Basically, good for geeks. 

Click the image to go there. 

PLEASE REMEMBER – there is no pre-ride of the course until 08:30 on Saturday 5th October

 

COURSE AND VENUE MAP

The map here describes the course and facilities for the race. It\’s subject to change and some more details will be added nearer the date, but it\’s not likely that we will actually update this map – it\’s as near as it\’s going to get!  

If you want it in some uber high resolution then you can grab a PDF here – or click the image below for a higer resolution image.

 

 

STRAVA GPS TRACE

Lots of health-warnings with this one, because of the way GPS is sampled in small paths like cyclocross courses, but it map help give you some idea, including elevation, relative speed of some parts etc.  Basically, good for geeks. 

Click the image to go there. 

PLEASE REMEMBER – there is no pre-ride of the course until 08:30 on Saturday 5th October

 

The Course

COURSE SUMMARY

The course can be described as 

  • Compact 
    We\’ve favoured a course design where almost the entire lap of the circuit is visible from a couple of key spectator points – including most of the course being visible from the pits 
  • Fast / flowy
    Come rain or shine (and contrary to popular belief, we do get a good chunk of sun up in South Lakeland), the surfaces mean we can put on a course that will flow fast and powerful riders will have plenty of opportunities to put down the hammer. 
  • Tough
    Did you think you were getting away with it that easily?  There’s nasty banks, cambers and run-ups to go at in this great venue. Yes, we\’re making the most of them.
  • “Clean” 
    By that, we don’t mean leave the jet-wash at home, but there won’t be any long grass nonsense with just one racing line. Full width course with the full width properly ride-able.  

STATS

 

  • Course is ~2900 metres.
  • ‘Flat out’ in good conditions but an unscrubbed course = 8 min 05 sec (minus start and finish tails in this Strava recording)
    An estimate based on my standard / positions in national events is that top-end riders on a scrubbed and dry course in competition would ride in ~7:10 per lap.
  • Pits on the 8:05 timed lap were reached after 2min 20s and 6min 40s making the lap slightly skewed with the shorter stretch coming after the start – which will benefit any riders with unfortunate clashes / mechanicals after the frantic start.
  • start to pits 1: 145 seconds – 30% of lap time
  • pit 1 to pit 2: 220 seconds – 45% of lap time
  • pit 2 to pit 1: 265 seconds – 55% of lap time

PARCOURS

Strava’s guesstimated ~110ft (33m) of elevation per lap seems about right. The ascent / descent comes from a combination of:

  • run-ups with no chance of riding
  • one run/ride up depending on skills, course conditions.
  • cambered slight descents
  • fast, good surface climbs
  • one fast, good surface descent
  • a number of short, heavy, grass climbs – c. 10 seconds each.

The land is well-drained but like anywhere, when it gets wet, it gets sticky. That means that the fine stone on some of the hard-surfaces could get pulled into your bike if it’s muddy. Be prepared to change in the pits ‘strategically’ rather than let mud build. 

Facilities

Parking

We have ample parking for more vehicles than this event will ever need. But please pay attention to parking marshals and helpers. 

The event infrastructure is huge and is costly, so we ask for £3 per car per day, which will help us with costs towards running this premier event.  It would help if you had change, of course. 

Overnight campers, caravans, tents

The venue has a perfect spot for campers, caravans, tents.  There is no hookup, but there is drinking water / tap available as well as hired portable toilet cubicles dedicated to the overnight guests

The whole National Trophy series have agreed with organisers a flat charge as below, with the proceeds helping to go towards the event costs. 

  • One night: £15
  • Two nights: £25

To book this in advance, contact dave.haygarth@nwcca.org.uk / 07877 699 417.  We VASTLY prefer prepayment – you can pay HERE.
Cash on the event as a last resort. It’s going to be busy enough on the weekend and door knocking for payment just adds to the hassle, if you understand.   If you can\’t pre-pay, please be prepared to pay cash only – there won’t be any card facilities at the event. 

Pits Water

The organising team will be supplying 3 x ICB 1000 litre containers, which will be kept topped-up from our two mains water outlets. They will be close to the pits and bike wash areas. It is not anticipated that you will NEED to bring any water to wash your bike, but please be prepared to queue in a sensible way if the demand is heavy.  (The supply will not stop!)

If you could bring your own water it may help with queuing at such times.