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The Solstice 100 – 23rd June 2018

 


A Challenging Mtb Experience…

The Solstice 100

Saturday 23rd June 2018

The Pomfret Arms, 10 Cotton End, Northampton, NN4 8BS

This 100 mile (160km)  mountain bike sportive takes place close to the longest day of the year –
The Summer Solstice.

The Solstice 100 is back for a fourth year and is once again hosted by The Pomfret Arms.

 

This year’s event will feature yet another interesting new route and a shorter 50 mile (80km) option.

The route, around 50% off-road, starts and finishes in Northampton and will head to The Cotswolds and back via the beautiful rolling countryside of  South Northants, Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire. Highlights on this year’s route include the scenic Dassett Hills and the historical Edge Hill escarpment.

The trails will consist of bridleways, byways, double & singletrack, cycle paths, forest tracks and quiet lanes, all with a wide variety of surfaces. There are no mountains, but this single loop event is one of the longest of its kind in the UK.. Are you up for the challenge?



The Pomfret Arms,  a bike friendly pub close to Northampton town centre, will host this event and will once again be serving a special beer for the occasion, produced at their on-site micro-brewery. A pint of  ‘Solstice 100’ will be a light and refreshing ale – a  perfect thirst quencher after all day in the saddle!  There will also be food available at The Pomfret from mid afternoon.

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Entry fee is just £20.00

What’s included in the entry cost ?

– Fully detailed 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey mapping with clearly marked route
– GPX files of route
– Vehicle back up for major bike mechanicals (not punctures!)
– Public liability insurance for all entrants
– Water & Feed stations en route



FAQ’s

– What type of bike would be suitable for this event?
A. Hardtail or full suspension mountain bikes and cyclocross/gravel bikes would all be fine

– Will event run in bad weather?
A. Yes, for example if part of the route is flooded, a diversion will be in force.

–  What time does event start?
A. Signing on is early and will be from 6.00am to 7.00am!  The event will be a mass start scheduled for 7.05am.

– I’m planning on arriving the night before, is there anywhere to camp/stay?
A. There are numerous budget hotels in and around Northampton and a very large campsite  for tents, camper vans, caravans etc at the nearby  Billing Aquadrome.

– Is the whole route signed?
A. Yes, and the fully detailed OS maps provided will make navigation easy plus gpx files will be emailed to entrants before the event.

– Can I enter on the day?
A. Yes, unless event is sold out. (NB. On day entry will be £25 – cash only)

– What happens if i can’t make it to the finish?
A. We can ‘sweep’ you up and take you to the finish – but there will be a charge, dependent on where you are! Alternatively, with a small detour, It would be possible to get a train from either Banbury or King’s Sutton back to Northampton (albeit an awkward route with changes and probably pricey..!)

 

Tips

– An external power pack is handy for keeping phones and GPS units topped up

– A small set of front & rear lights – just in case!

– Full size OS maps could be useful if you need to bail and look for short-cuts! The map numbers are OS Landranger 152, 151 & 164 (NB: These can be borrowed from libraries)

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