2022 Reliability Ride

The annual early season Malvern Cycle Sport Reliability Ride takes place on 6th February 2022.
Reliability rides are self-supported group rides – please read the pre-ride briefing notes below carefully, plus our COVID guidelines and parking notes to ensure the ride is as safe and enjoyable for you and the people you ride with as possible.
HQ, START TIMES AND ROUTES:
The HQ for the ride will be Poolbrook Village Hall, with sign on from 8.15am. Tea, coffee, squash and cakes will all be available after the ride in the hall.
50 mile – first riders off at 9am: https://www.strava.com/routes/2913832521306516582…
30 mile – first riders off at 9.30am: https://www.strava.com/routes/2913805469681372262…
15-20 mile led ride – first riders off at 10am: this will be a steady introductory / social ride led by Mike Tibbits. The route for this will be flat, and everyone will stay together at the pace of the steadiest rider.
The 50 mile and 30 mile routes will be signposted, but please make sure that you are familiar with the route in advance. Mike Tibbits will lead the group on the 15-20 mile route.
IMPORTANT PRE-RIDE NOTES:
1. There will be a maximum of 15 riders per group, setting off at 3 minute intervals
2. Helmets are compulsory
3. This is not a closed road event, and all road laws apply – this includes, but is not limited to: riding on the correct side of the road, observing all road signs and traffic signals, slowing down for horses and pedestrians to give them plenty of room
4. Check your bicycle before the event and ensure it is in a safe working condition
5. There will be an emergency contact number displayed at HQ – please call this number in the event of an emergency or if you are unable to finish the ride. We recommend that you carry a charged mobile phone with you on the ride
6. Be wary of changes in road conditions, and call out hazards including potholes to riders behind you
7. Long route: out to Welland via Guarlford, Hanley Swan. Turn to Upton at Welland to avoid possible flooding via Hook Bank. Don’t forget at the traffic lights in Ledbury turn LEFT onto the bypass to use whole by-pass around the busy main High St of Ledbury. CAUTION: after Hollybush climb, descent into Eastnor is fast, but with treacherous potholes on the Bronsil straight
8. Short route: out to Welland via Guarlford, Hanley Swan. Turn to Upton at Welland to avoid possible flooding via Hook Bank. Follow the long route arrows until 25 mile point at Rye Cross 4 way staggered junction, then leave long route, by going straight on, to finish shorter route via Castlemorton & Welland.
9. We recommend wearing gloves to limit damage to hands in the event of an accident
10. We recommend the use of front and rear lights (non-flashing)
COVID GUIDANCE:
1. If you feel ill in any way before the event, especially if you or your family members have COVID symptoms, please do not attend the ride.
2. We would encourage everyone attending to take a lateral flow test prior to arriving.
3. Hand sanitiser will be available at sign-on and in the catering area.
4. With the recent changes to Covid rules, we would ask everyone inside the hall to wear a mask – at sign-on, and to collect hot drinks / cakes from the MCS team at the finish.
5. There is space inside and outside the hall to socialise.
PARKING:
Parking at the HQ is very limited, with spaces reserved for volunteers at the ride. We would prefer you to ride to the HQ, but if you need to drive, please park away from the HQ – there is on-street parking available on Geraldine Road, and a car park where Geraldine Road meets the B4208. Both are < 2mins cycle to the start. Please park considerately and do not block any local resident driveways or roads, including the entry roads to the Three Horseshoes pub.
ENTRY FEE:
FREE for MCS members who bring cake to share with everyone; £2 for MCS members who arrive without cake, and £4 for non-MCS members. Please bring correct change for your entry fee.
WEATHER:
If the forecast looks like it will be icy on Saturday 5th February night, we will make a call on Friday 4th February evening as to whether the ride goes ahead – an update will be posted on the Malvern Cycle Sport Facebook public page
We hope to see lots of you there! A big thank you to Les Dalley for organising the event and for MCS members and friends of MCS for helping out!