Thank you for entering Ibbo’s Cake Quest Sportive. Please find below the pre event information sheets. We ask that you read this information thoroughly as it contains details that will ensure the event runs smoothly and you have a great ride!
If you have entered for other riders aside from yourself, please ensure they receive a copy of this information sheet prior to the event.
The event centre is at:
Walton-on-the-Hill Community Centre,
The first 30 cars will be able to park at the hall, the remaining cars will need to park on the main road Walton Street/Chequers Lane. Please pass the hall and park further down the road so you are not on the course.
When you approach Walton on the Hill, please head along Walton street/Chequers lane until you see the John Ibbotson Fund sail banner. Follow the road down, the hall will be on your right and the car parking is behind the hall. If you would like to ride to the event, you may leave a bag of clothes at the hall as there will be people there all day.
The event centre will open at 7:30am to allow riders to park and prepare. Please do not arrive before this time. Registration will open at 7:30am. On arrival report to registration (within the community centre) please collect your registration pack.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR CYCLING SHOES IN THE HALL
The roads are not closed meaning you must respect the highway code at all times and beware of traffic.
A route card will be provided to you in your registration packs, please take this with you. Please take time to fill out your emergency contact details on the back of the card before leaving registration. Emergency contact numbers are provided on the back.
For GPS information, click on the maps on the event website www.ibbocakequest.com This will take you through to MapMyRide where you can download either TCR or GPX files to your device.
Please note we strongly advise wearing a helmets at all time.
Spares and repairs
You should be carrying basic tools, inner tubes and a pump to fix punctures or mechanical problems you may experience. Please know how to use them too. A basic first aid kit is also recommended.
Stuart Jeffreys from Neutral Service will also offering mechanical support if needed prior to the start and at the feed station in Ockley. This support should not be relied on to fix any existing problems with your bike, but to help resolve any problems that have occurred on the way to and during the event.
Food and drink
Make sure that you have enough food and drink for the ride. Cycles Dauphin is sponsoring and manning the feed station in Ockley. This will be stocked with water, energy bars and snacks, but you should carry enough food to last you the ride.
The Lucky Duck Café in Shere and Fanny’s Farm Shop in Merstham are on the route and were favourites of John’s.
A selection of homemade cakes, rolls and hot drinks will be available at the finish for a donation. So don’t fill up too much on energy products, leave some room for yummy cake.
The start will open at 8.00am and close at 10.00am.
Fruit Cake Course Riders should start between 8.00am – 9.00am
Carrot Cake Course Riders should start between 8.30am – 9.30am
Jaffa Cake Course Riders should 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.
When ready join the group of riders waiting to start outside the Community hall.
The start marshals will start riders in groups at five minute intervals.
Listen to any instructions and route information the start marshals give. Once you are instructed to, you can start the ride.
Once you set off from the event centre the route will be marked with the use of arrow signs and marker ribbons. Arrows signs will be at all junctions on the route.
Quite simply you follow these signs as you come to a junction.
The route is marked using both the orange and black arrows and Ibbo’s Cake Quest signs. The route signs will direct you around the course and will be found at all junctions and turnings.
Caution signs will be used where appropriate to mark potential hazards. When you see these sign you should reduce your speed and ride with extra caution. Marshals will help you at busy intersections. Please note they are legally not allowed to stop or direct traffic.
Signs will also highlight where the routes split for the different distances. It is important you take extra care when you see these signs to ensure you follow your chosen route.
Although the route is clearly marked, you should study your map before starting to familiarise yourself with your route. A detailed map will be on display at registration.
You should refer to your map frequently during your ride to confirm your location. If you accidentally stray from the route you should back track to the last point where you knew you were on the route. Signs have been tampered with in the past, so please do check your route card regularly.
Riders are welcome to change routes as they are riding the event. There are two split points - Newdigate and Weare street - so simply follow the signs for route you wish to complete and inform us of your route change at the finish.
Dependent on the length of the route you have entered there will be 1-2 feed stations. These are indicated on your event day map.
This is an opportunity to top up your water bottles and take on board some food.
The feed station will have the following on offer:
Rolls, cheese, ham, ready salted crisps
Cake – of course! Bananas
A selection of energy bars
This should supplement the food and drink you have taken on the ride and you should not solely rely on this as your only form of nutrition.
Cycles Dauphin have sponsored and manned the feed station. Please take only your quota of free food at the feed station as we have to cater for all the riders.
Stuart Jeffreys from Neutral Service will be at the feed station. He will have spares and a track pump to assist you with any problems.
For safety, riders must slow down in the approach and exit to any feed station.
Approximately 30 minutes after the last rider starts, our broom wagon team will set out to clear the route.
They will be removing all route signs and markings at this point.
The broom wagon will stay behind the last riders and assist any riders who may be having problems. They will aim to have all route markings removed and all riders finished by 4pm. Riders taking too long to complete the route may be directed back via a shorter route if it is deemed necessary by our the broom wagon team. It should be noted that the event HQ will close at 5:30pm. The broom wagon crew will reserve the right to pick up or point riders to complete a shorter course who are falling short of this finish deadline.
Riders concerned about completing in the time available are urged to start as early as possible.
You will find contact numbers on your map and on the back of your rider number. These numbers are for use in emergencies only. Please do not call these numbers for non emergency situations.
At the finish
At the finish line, make sure you cross the finish line so your time is recorded.
Please make sure you collect your medal as you cross the line and certificate with your time on inside the hall.
Check the spot prize list inside to see if you have won one of the prizes.
A selection of homemade cakes, savoury snacks and hot drinks will be available in the hall for a donation to the fund. Please come in and meet the people behind the fund, relax and reflect on your achievement. Certificates will be printed for you to take home.
Information on the riders sponsored by the fund will be on display to read. No showers are available, but there is changing facilities and toilets.
www.sportivephoto.com will be taking photos of riders during the event. They have kindly nominated The John Ibbotson Fund as their charity event of the year and are providing free downloads of your photos after the event. Visit their website after the event to view your photos. It will be free to download the photos of the day.
The John Ibbotson Fund would like to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors for their invaluable support in making this event happen:
Cycles Dauphin - www.cyclesdauphin.com
Cycling Weekly / Cycling Active - www.cyclingweekly.co.uk
Sportive Photo - www.sportivephoto.com
Thank you for entering Ibbo’s Cake Quest and supporting the John Ibbotson Fund.
Have a great ride and enjoy all the cake!