Essential info for Sunday, September 3, 2017
Don’t panic, there’s nothing to worry about: just some general information about the schedule and logistics for the Pedal of Honour Classic ride.
9am Alford Arms, Frithsden – tea & coffee
9.30am – Riders briefing
10am – Start
Pedal of Honour isn’t a race, so we want to make sure everyone is happy before the grand depart. If that means the start time of 10am slips a little, so be it.
THE START AND PARKING
We start from the Alford Arms, but importantly we do not finish there. The ride ends in Berkhamsted, which is a mile and a half back down the hill. Parking will be extremely limited at the pub so it will make more sense to park in the town and ride the short distance to the start. There is no Residents-Only parking in the town so there are free spaces around Berkhamsted Castle, Station Road and other roads nearby, plus a small car park at the top of New Road There is also paid long-term parking at St Johns Well Lane near Waitrose as well as at Berkhamsted station. We’ve created a handy map to show you the parking options and route up the the start line, just click the image or follow this link. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16231852
The toilets in the pub will be open, but will be busy, so maybe – ahem – have a little think about that before you set off …..
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
When you arrive at the Alford please make sure you register and collect your Stamp Card, which holds essential information about the route and contact numbers. You will also need this at each of the pubs so it can be stamped. As well as being useful it’s a lovely momento of the day. Once you’re signed in, enjoy a coffee or tea in advance of the rider briefing.
By now you should all have looked at the course on the WEBSITE and figured out the general direction. But rest assured we will be signing the route so you can focus on enjoying the ride. It’s possible that some scruffy oiks will have taken signs down the day before, but we’ll check that on the day. The route is available as a download via Garmin.
There will be a vehicle following us round to support the riders. You’ll be giving telephone numbers to call in case of emergencies: like getting lost or suffering mechanical problems. Sadly, our support staff do not offer bail, counselling or philosophical advice, however they are trained first aiders and can deal with minor abrasions etc. For anything else they will use a phone and call in the cavalry. The vehicle will also carry bike tools, pumps, inner tubes, puncture repair outfits and refreshments, but it will probably be easier if you are carrying a repair kit yourself because it may take some for the support vehicle to get to you.
You’re never too far away from one of the lovely pubs on this route: the Russell Arms in Butlers Cross, Red Lion, Little Missenden and Rising Sun, Berkhamsted. There will be refreshments at each to keep you hydrated and nourished, plus a beer and cider festival at the end! We urge you to refuel responsibly…
It’s your responsibility to make sure your bike is ready for the big day. Tyres pumped, brakes and gears checked, wheels on – you know the drill. If you think you might have an issue get it sorted now at your local bike shop. We recommend you wear a helmet, but it’s your choice whether you do so or not.