THE 2018 GS HENLEY RELIABILITY RIDE takes place on Sunday March 4, do come join us, why don’t you? A morning to see just how ready you are for the season ahead – open to all, so let’s see if we can entice as many of you out as possible.
Once you have finished there’s a chance to sit down and refuel at Athlete Services.
The ride is a traditional no thrills test of self-preservation, it’s not a race (!) but a non-competitive ride and is open to all club riders. There are longer and shorter route options, with the longer route having 3 levels of target average speed, so no excuses as there’s something for everyone.
Reliability Rides have been a feature of club cycling for over 100 years. They are not races and are organised to require each entrant to ride over a pre-set course within an agreed time. The routes are planned to necessitate all-round riding ability and not sheer speed. Historically a reliability ride is a test of a cyclist’s reliability and that of their bike coming out of the winter period. The emphasis is on fitness, self-reliance and navigational skills.
The aim of our Reliability Rides is to finish within (and as close to) your target time for the fixed route.
Registration and a nominal fee of £3.00 cash on the day please (correct change please)
Start: Registration from 8:00am inside Athlete Service, The Oast House, Greys Road Car Park, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AA.
Finish: Midday by the entrance to Grange Farm just up from Badgemore Golf Club
Post event: 12:30 Athlete Services regroup for sharing of stories and announcement of the most reliable riders
Please be at the start in advance of your chosen start time, having already signed on
Times will be recorded to the next complete minute
You are responsible for ‘checking in’ with the marshal at the finish
Gentle: Distance: 66.1km, Ascent: 555, Target Speed: 25.1kph, Start: 09:22:00, Finish: 12:00:00
Medium: Distance: 90.4km, Ascent: 687, Target Seed: 27.5kph Start: 08:43:00, Finish: 12:00:00
Fast: Distance: 90.4km, Ascent: 687m, Target Speed: 30.6kph, Start: 09:03:00 Finish: 12:00:00
Faster: Distance: 90.4km, Ascent: 687m, Target Speed: 33.7kph, Start: 09:19:00, Finish: 12:00:00
Start times will be prompt, according to the above schedule.
This ride is run under the rules of British Cycling (though NOT a registered event)
You just need to be self-sufficient (there is no route signage or marshals, food stop or mechanical help)
You must ride with normal consideration for your fellow riders and all other road users.
No riding more than two abreast unless overtaking briskly.
Out of courtesy, slow to walking pace when passing any horses.
You are responsible for finding your own way, and for any mechanicals