Important on the day information for the Ullapool Sportives.
To accommodate the number of vehicles arriving for this event we have use a number of car parks within Ullapool. Please follow the directions given by the marshals and park where asked to. It is important that we retain the support of the local community if this event is to continue so please help us with this.
Registration will take place on Saturday morning at the Village Hall, Market Street, Ullapool (http://www.ullapoolvillagehall.com/findus.htm) at 07.30 to 09.00 for everyone competing in either of the two sportives.
Please note that there will be no registration on Friday evening.
Participants will start from outside the Village Hall, Market Street, Ullapool between 09.00 – 09.30 for everyone.
The finish will close at 19.00. You must arrive at the finish before this time.
For the course and route profiles on Garmin Connect see –
Ullapool Mor – http://connect.garmin.com/course/4673054
Ullapool Beag – http://connect.garmin.com/course/3337833
For those of you a bit more traditional, there will be maps of the courses and route profiles displayed at registration.
We will be operating a dib and go system – when you are ready, just turn up at the start line – your dibber will be scanned for safety and timing purposes and then you can set off.
PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL ON THE ROADS AND BE COURTEOUS TO CARS AND OTHER ROAD USERS. All the roads on both routes remain open to traffic throughout the event so please be careful especially on the single track sections where some blind bends demand a very cautious approach. There are some very steep climbs and descents, especially on the Mor route. Take care on these please.
There are food stations at the following locations:
Mor route – Lochinver (48km), the junction of the Drumbeg road and the A894 at 75km and Ledmore Junction at 110km
Beag route – Lochinver (48km) & Ledmore Junction (78km)
At each food station there will be water, bananas and tray bakes as well as track pumps and a few spare tubes – please be careful entering and leaving the food stations as this is often a time when cyclists “interact”!
YOU MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU START WITH SUFFICIENT DRINKS ON BOARD AND SOME FOOD IN YOUR BACK POCKET!
First Aid this year is being provided by the Coast Guard – we sincerely hope that the weather conditions don’t reach the stage where the lifeboat will need to be launched to rescue cyclists!!
As always we rely heavily on our marshals to make these events work so please do as they ask. They are there to help and to keep you safe. If you have a problem please find an organiser – Alasdair, Linda or David – to discuss this with.
During the event it is extremely important that any emergency vehicles can respond to a call out as quickly as possible. If you hear an emergency vehicle approaching from either in front or behind, while you are on a single-track road, you MUST dismount and stand off the road until the vehicle has passed you. Whatever they are responding to it is more important than adding a couple of minutes to your time.
The Highway Code
Please observe the spirit of the Highway Code at all times. RIDE NO MORE THAN 2 ABREAST at any time and in some places only single file – use your judgment.
Let cars past at the earliest opportunity, at most within 3 passing places but preferably much sooner.
Your dibber will be scanned at the finish to record your time and this also acts as an important safety procedure – this lets us know who is back and who is still out there.
You must ‘dib’ at the finish. You must ensure that you hand in your dibber at the end. You will then immediately receive a print out of your time, race certificates will be available online with results after the event.
There will be hot food and drinks available in the Village Hall at the finish as well as a professional massage service (for donations to charity).
We’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors AJG Parcels Ltd (http://www.ajgparcels.com/ ) again for their generous support and sponsorship of all of this year’s Hands On Events Sportives. Please help us help our sponsors. If you could go on to the AJG Parcels Facebook Page and ‘Like’ it that would be greatly appreciated – https://www.facebook.com/ajgparcels?fref=ts
Safe travels to Ullapool at the weekend. The Handsonevents Team
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