The official meet time for the imperial 125 is 7.00 at St. Ann’s Well Café with a view to getting everyone on the road as soon thereafter as possible. I don’t know how many people are planning to be there for that time as I’m aware that some groups have made their own arrangements. Either way, I will be there at that time to kiss everyone goodbye…which will no doubt motivate a few more to meet elsewhere! As I said previously, it is a very hard route but well within the capability of many Mitre members.
As has been mentioned, 7.00 is unnecessarily early to be setting off on a 125K loop so I believe the metric consensus is to meet at the café 8.00-8.30 and roll out from there; that’s the window during which I shall be departing. I’m going to see how I feel when I get back to Partridge Green and might extend via Ardingly rather than heading straight back over the Dyke to make an imperial century. Some people are also planning to do a shorter 90K version.
Please note that the rides are, like all our Saturday rides, unled so you are all responsible for yourselves, your kit and equipment. I have, however, done a full route risk assessment for the 125 mile route as it takes in lots of roads that we never normally ride on. I will put it on the website and I would urge folk to have a look at the final section which details the particularly sketchy sections, of which there are quite a few. Lots of us have ridden the 125K before but I would again draw your attention to the really narrow, steep descent after about 52km with the nasty left hand chicane after about 200yds and the large, concealed pot hole on the apex, and the tight right then left hand blind bend combo further down.
We have space in the Good Companions pub from 6.00 which should give you a chance to go home and shower first. I hope everyone will be there, whether they have ridden as part of today’s groups, ridden on their own or not ridden at all. All are most welcome and we have a special 125 anniversary cake to be ceremonially cut and shared – it might be nice if we could get the oldest and youngest Mitre members to make the cut – obviously using a Park Tools pizza cutter.
Links to the routes are below and I have shortened the names so that they can be downloaded onto delinquent Garmins. I hope you all have a great day of riding.