Portishead Peaky Blinder

Sunday 8 September 2019

 

Whether you are taking on a sportive for the very first time or are an experienced cyclist looking to notch a 100-miler by completing four or more laps within a set time limit, the Portishead Peaky Blinder has something for you.

The 26-mile circuit takes in coastal roads and quiet country lanes around North Somerset, with a graded climb and a sweeping descent thrown in for good measure.

The route starts and finishes at Mike’s Bikes in Portishead, with riders free to start any time from 9am to 3pm. Mike’s Bikes will also be the only feed station on the route, serving a BBQ and refreshments from 2pm.

Route

Starting from Mike’s Bikes in Portishead, you will start climbing the gentle gradients of the Cabstand before taking on the undulations of Nore Road and descending down the Coast Road, which offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel.

From there, you head briefly into Clevedon and out towards Tickenham before turning onto the flats of Kenn Moor, Claverham Drove and Brockley Lane, which take you into Nailsea.

Enjoy the B3130 Bristol Road from Nailsea, through Wraxhall and past the Battleaxes pub until the road ramps up with the Category 4 climb of Belmont Hill, which features an average gradient of 8% for 0.8 miles.

Once you have conquered the climb, you head left along the B3128 through Failand before enjoying a thrilling descent down Portbury Lane, crossing the M5 onto Sheepway before arriving back at Mike’s Bikes.

Safety

The Portishead Peaky Blinder is not a closed-road event, and as such you will need to follow some basic safety guidelines.

All riders must abide by the laws of the Highway Code, including Rule 66: never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file when on narrow or busy roads, or when riding round a bend. Portishead Cycling Club also promotes its own etiquette if you are in any doubt.

The route encounters permanent traffic lights in Clevedon and Nailsea, while crossing the footbridge over the M5 between Portbury and Sheepway may require care. While the route is signposted, marshals will be in attendance and participants seen riding through red lights will be disqualified.

You are required to wear a helmet and display your Peaky Blinder registration number on your bike.

Rider information

Information for riders taking part in the Portishead Peaky Blinder on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Registration will open at 7.30am ahead of a 9am start. Should you wish to avoid any potential queues on the day, you can pre-register – and stock up on any last-minute supplies – at Mike’s Bikes on Saturday 7 September between 12pm and 4pm.

Directions

From Junction 19 of the M5, join the A369 (Portbury Hundred) and go straight over the first roundabout taking you onto Wyndham Way. At the second roundabout, take the third exit (Quays Avenue) followed by the first left at the next roundabout (Harbour Road). Mike’s Bikes appears on your right-hand side after around 300 metres.

Parking

You will not be able to park at our event HQ at Mike’s Bikes, although free parking is available at the following destinations:

When you have parked, please go to the registration area to collect your rider number from a marshal. Your rider number must be attached to your bike using cable ties provided, or attached to your seatpost.

You will also need to sign to confirm your acceptance of the risks of taking part. Without signing your event insurance is invalid.

Essentials

We recommend you carry two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump and a lightweight folding multi-tool in case you suffer a puncture during the Peaky Blinder. It is also advisable to take energy supplements and enough fluids for your ride.

Emergency contacts

If you need assistance on the route, call one of the following numbers:

  • Rob Ellis – 07968 118420
  • Tony Smith – 07976 897860
  • Pete Wyatt – 07814 711128

These emergency numbers will also be on the reverse of of your rider number, while mechanics will be available at Mike’s Bikes and mobile support can be arranged if needed.

FAQs

How much does it cost to enter?
Entry costs £21.50 per rider and you have until 1 September 2019 to enter. Subject to availability, places may be available on the day for £25.

Where do I register and where is the event HQ?
Mike’s Bikes, Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7BL.

Where will I get my rider number?
All riders will receive their rider numbers with emergency contact numbers on the back when they sign in at Mike’s Bikes on the morning of the ride. Cable ties will also be supplied if you need them to attach your rider number to your bike.

Will there be accessible toilets at the event HQ?
No, however, there are public toilets at two of the free parking sites: the Lake Grounds and Wyndham Way.

Can juniors participate?
Youth riders aged 12 to 16 can take part in the event as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Riders over the age of 16 can ride solo, subject to the completion of a parental or guardian consent form.

Are electric bikes permitted?
Unfortunately not. As this is a British Cycling-approved event, only road and hybrid bikes are permitted.

How will the event start be organised?
A maximum of 230 entries are available and any remaining places will be available on the day. Despite the event starting at 9am, you can set off when you are ready and therefore there will be no staggered start. Marshals will give you a pre-event safety briefing if you intend to ride in groups.

What is the cut-off time?
You have until 3pm to depart on your first lap – but this will be the only lap you can complete if you leave it this late to set off.

Can I get a refund if I withdraw?
If you wake up and simply do not fancy it because rain is in the air, refunds are not permitted. However, in exceptional circumstances refunds will be at the discretion of the event organisers.

230 places are available until 1 September 2019, priced at £21.50. This includes registration, event insurance, mechanical support, and food from the feed station and post-event BBQ.

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