March 22, 2013
Online entry for the 2013 Ibbo Cake Quest has now gone live. We'd love to see you and your friends this September. All money raised goes to the John Ibbotson Fund. Check out the website to see how we help young cyclists develop.
We also aim to promote the fantastic work done by CRY. All this is done by friends and family of John Ibbotson who was taken from us in 2005. He is still missed by all who knew him.
Timings for the 2012 Cake Quest are now online as are the photographs - a nice momento of a memorable day.
Hope to see you all again next year. Lets face it, the weather couldn't be any worse. Could it?!
Well, despite the horrendus weather we had another great event. Thank you to everyone who braved the conditions and rode the event, we appreciate you turning out and supporting our event.
Of course the biggest thanks goes to everyone who made the event happen. Everyone on the fund - Sue, Sam, Simon, Russell, Rohan, Julia, Andy - and all the fantastic volunteer who helped on the day - Jane, Ben, Chrystal, Dave, Mark, Jay, Josh, Jerry, John, Brian, Steve, Tom and everyone in the Ibbotson family.
There will be more updates to come as we get links to the timings and photographs so keep an eye on the site and our Twitter feed - www.twtter.com/johnibbofund
See you next year!
All Cake Quest riders, please remember the following:
- You are riding on the open road. You must obey the highway code and ride in a courteous manor at all times.
- Bring enough food and water to get you round, the feed stations are there to supplement what you have.
- Bring any spares you may need, for example, spare inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump, chain and multi tool.
- Bring clothes suitable to the changing weather conditions. Some bad weather is forecast for tomorrow (thanks to a nasty hurricane out in the Atlantic) so please be prepared.
- Familiarise yourself with the route. It is signposted and we have some marshals, but it is down to you to know where you are going. You must also pay attention to our signs, and always be on the look out of them.
- Enjoy yourself! You will be riding your bike in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Take a look around you and smile.
All members of the John Ibbotson fund will be there on the day, including most of John's family. Be sure to come and say hello, and feel free to give us any feedback. We do this in our spare time to raise money for the fund, but we're always looking for ways to improve.
Online entry is now closed!
Saturday September 22, 2012
We have not closed online entry for tomorrow's Cake Quest to allow us to produce the sign-on sheets. However, we do have 80 places left for you to enter on the day. You will be able to enter the event up until 8.45am tomorrow, or until we sell out of places.
Cake Quest climbs on Strava
Saturday September 15, 2012
There are loads of great climbs on the Cake Quest routes, and most of them have segments on mapping website Strava. Here are some of the best/toughest ones. Click on the links to see each climb's stats and who has set the fastest times on them.
- Radnor road - Pitch hill
- Abinger road / Leith hill road - Leith hill
- White downs lane - Ranmore
Want to know more about the Cake Quest?
Monday September 10, 2012
Last year Cycling Weekly magazine went out for a ride with former pro Chris Lillywhite on some of the roads the Cake Quest uses. John Ibbotson (Ibbo) used to ride with Chris when he was a junior. Here's the article.
You can also watch a video of the 2011 Cake Quest!
Cake Quest in the press
Friday September 7, 2012
The good folk at Cyclosport have given us a great plug on their website. They came and rode the event last year and had a great time. The good news is, entry is still available for the 2012 event on September 23, and entry is just £20!
Read about the Cake Quest
Tuesday September 4, 2012
If you want to know more about the Cake Quest before entering this year's event, you can read about one of the previous events here.
Don't leave it late!
Monday September 3, 2012
Enties for the 2012 Cake Quest are coming in thick and fast. We are limited to just 400 riders so please enter ASAP to avoid dissapointment. We usually allow entry on the day, but will only have a few limited slots left for this if online entries keep coming in at the current pace.
If you want to ride, please hit 'CLICK HERE TO ENTER' (above left on the screen) and sign up!
Sporting events would be nothing without volunteers. The Olympics needed 50,000, thankfully we need a lot fewer. We value them just as much though, as without them we wouldn't be able to put on the Cake Quest. So, even before the 2012 event we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has already agreed to give up their free time and help make the event happen. THANK YOU!
We've had a few people asking about the Fairy Cake ride. We won't be running this off-road guided ride this year as we want to concentrate our efforts on the more popular road events. We hope you'll come ride them!
Sportive photo at the Cake Quest
Saturday September 1, 2012
We're happy to confirm that once again Sportive Photo will be roadside at the Cake Quest to take your picture. They'll have pictures up online within a day or two of the event for you to purchase. Check out their website www.sportivephoto.co.uk
New timing for the Cake Quest
The good news is that we have confirmed DBMax as our new timing provider for the Cake Quest. More details on this years event coming all the time.
Entries are now coming in thick and fast. We are restricted on entries, so don't wait to sign up - we wouldn't want you to miss out!
Entry for the 2012 Cake Quest now open!
You can now enter the 2012 event online, just click on the 'CLICK HERE TO ENTER' button to the left and you'll be taken through to a secure login page (powered by Active.com).
We've frozen prices at £20 this year (There is a small registration fee too, sorry, but this is unavoidable) and all that money goes to the John Ibbotson Fund. The routes are the same and the cake will be even more plentiful!
If you want to learn more about the John Ibbotson fund please check out the website (it's about to be relaunched)
A short video for you to enjoy
Check out our video of the 2011 Cake Quest. Entry for the 2012 event on September 23 goes live on Feb 1st. We hope to see you there.
All text below is from the 2011 event
The timings are now online for all riders. Just click on the Ibbos Cake Quest link on the left.
Pictures should be up on www.sportivephoto.com very soon.
Please be considerate to the local residents in Breech lane and keep the noise to a minimum first thing in the morning.
Thursday, September 8
The John Ibbotson Fund has received lots of good applications for funding for the 2012 season. All money raised from the Cake Quest goes towards backing these riders.
This year we backed Sam Allen and Dan Kogan. Go to www.johnibbotsonfund.com and click on the funding link to see their blogs.
And if you didn't see it, check out last week's Cycling Weekly for a review of the Carrot Cake ride, ridden by former GB rider Chris Lillywhite.
Saturday, August 27
Entries are coming in thick and fast but there's still time to sign up for this year's event.
In the mean time, keep an eye out for next week's issue of Cycling Weekly as Chris Lillywhite does a preview ride of the Carrot Cake route! We're hoping to see Chris on the day too.
Friday, August 19
Great news, the 2011 Ibbo's Cake Quest will be backed by Maxifuel! They'll be providing refreshments on the day at our feed stop. Check them out at www.maxifuel.com
Now they're supporting us, we'd love it if you supported them. Thanks Maxifuel!
Wednesday, June 29
We're happy to confirm that this year's Cake Quest will have electronic timing, courtesy of Black Sheep timing. More news to come on the event in the next month or so as we work on getting a few cycling celebrities signed up.
Entries are coming in and they're limited to 300 this year, so please don't leave it late to sign up!
Tuesday, March 1
COMPETITION TIME! Everyone who enters the 2011 Cake Quest between now and the end of March goes in to a prize draw to win a 2011 Giro d'Italia calendar AND a 2010 Giro DVD.
Link to online entry above. Good luck!
And don't forget it's not too late to get a bid in for issue one of Rouleur magazine. That auction runs until March 21st. See below for details.
More info on the John Ibbotson Fund Facebook page.
Saturday, February 26
The John Ibbotson fund announced this week that they would be funding Dan Kogan this year along with Sam Allen. Dan is already in Brittany getting stuck in to his racing.
You can follow Dan on Twitter on @DanKogan. Don't forget, tickets are still available for the Fish and Hits night AND the Rouleur 1 auction is taking bids until March 21st. (See posts below for more details.)
Wednesday, February 16
The John Ibbotson Fund's other event, the Fish and Hits night is on March 19 this year. We've almost sold out of tickets, so if you want one, a few or more, you'd better get in quick!
It's a fun evening of live music, fish and chips and a great raffle. Tickets are £15 each. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Saturday, February 12
Fancy getting your hands on an issue of Rouleur #1 AND helping the John Ibbotson Fund? Well now you can. The publishers of Rouleur are auctioning off five copies of their first ever issue (that regularly go for £100s on Ebay) and donating the money to the Ibbo Fund.
These are the LAST FIVE copies of the magazine ever to go on sale.
The auction is being done via blind email bid. Email the amount you wish to bid to email@example.com. The five highest bids will win one copy each.
We'll also be giving the five highest bidders free entry to the 2011 Cake Quest. Good luck - and get bidding!
More details at - www.rouleur.cc/issue-1
P.S. if you do want to contact us please use the button above, or do so via our Facebook page.
Monday, February 7
You can now enter the 2011 Cake Quest via Active.com. As per last year there are four routes to chose from - three road rides through the Surrey Hills and one guided off road ride. The price has also come down to a nice round £20. (inc. registration fee)
We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
Monday, December 20
Check out a fantastic four page feature about our ride in the December 23 issue of Cycling Weekly. A nice read with a cup of tea and a slice of Christmas cake.
Hope to see you all on Sunday 25 September 2011.
Thursday, November 4
Check out the December issue of Cycling Active for a stirling write up of the event.
In stores on now!
Wednesday, September 29
FREE PHOTO'S TO DOWNLOAD!
Photo's from Sunday's Cake Quest are now available to download on Sportive Photo. Many thanks to Paul Wright and Phil O'Connor from Sportive Photo for supporting the fund this year.
Sunday, September 26
Thank you to all that took part and helped out today. We all had fun and hope you did too.
Provisional results can be found here. Please contact us if you find any errors.
Your FREE photo downloads can be found at Sportivephoto on Monday. In the meantime check out some pics we took today.
Friday, September 24
Entries are now CLOSED.
We have 80 on the line entries left so head to registration early to grab one of these last spots.
See you on the day!
Wednesday, September 22
Not long now!
Rider Information has been emailed out today.
If you want to enter on the day here are all the details that is in the Rider Information sent out.
Tuesday, September 21
You're all getting excited now. Rider packs will be sent out tomorrow.
To answer a few of your questions, the event centre (KT20 7SN) will open at 7:30am for registration.
The start will open at 8.00am and close at 10.00am.
Fruit Cake Course Riders should start aim to start between 8.00am – 9.00am
Carrot Cake Course Riders should aim to start between 8.30am – 9.30am
Jaffa Cake Course Riders should aim to start between 9.00am – 10.00am
Fairy Cake Course Riders will be lead out at 10am. Please note this is a lead ride and the course is not route marked.