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Important Rider Information

Predictions for Sunday’s weather are changing, but the current forecast is for heavy rain overnight drying up by 05:00. This may affect riders in early waves as they ride to the Start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It is not currently forecast to rain during the majority of the sportives, but since the British weather is unpredictable, if you are riding, you should consider the advice below to ensure that you and your bike are prepared to ride safely, whatever the conditions…

Clothing

The complexity of getting 30,000 riders out of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park means that you should get to the Start well before your departure time – please ensure you wear appropriate clothing to keep as warm and dry as possible. 

  1. Wear (or carry) a waterproof jacket and a base layer to keep warm as you are more likely to feel the cold in wet weather.
  2. Carry arm warmers and knee or leg warmers with you – keeping your extremities warm will help you to maintain your body temperature.
  3. If you own them, wear overshoes to keep your feet warm and dry.
  4. Consider wearing long-fingered gloves – if it’s cool first thing, they will keep your hands warm and help you to grip the brakes.
  5. Carry any valuables such as your mobile phone in a waterproof case/bag to keep them dry.

Bike lights

Visibility may be poor if you set off for the Olympic Park before sunrise (05:21) so please remember to use bike lights if you’re riding in one of the early waves.

Braking

In wet conditions your brakes will work less effectively, so please don’t ride too close to other riders – give them more space than you would normally.

Tyres

Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure – 15-20psi lower than the summer maximum will increase traction. Carry extra inner tubes as you are more likely to puncture after wet weather due to debris on the road.

General Riding

If road conditions are wet, take extra care when approaching corners by braking before you arrive at the corner, not as you’re going around it. Avoid painted lines on the road and drain covers, which could be slippery. You should also keep an eye out for oily patches on the road so you can avoid them.

Descending

Take the downhills more slowly than you would usually. Stay a sensible distance from other riders.