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The Rawlinson Bracket 2017

Cycle Sportive , Gaydon – Sunday, 26 Feb 2017

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Event Summary

Event Overview

The Rawlinson Bracket ride is a hilly ride in the ‘Wilds of Warwickshire’ taking in the gradients of the Edge Hill escarpment. This ride roughly marks the date of the departure of a close friend of ours, Nick, who passed away in his sleep on the 24th of February 2012, aged 30. Next year's event marks five years since Nick left us, our target is to take our fundraising total to £50,000 and you can help us do this by getting in your bike and thumbing your nose at the winter hibernation.

This event has two objectives - the first is to raise funds for research into, and awareness of, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), the second is to allow you to experience the type of riding that Nick enjoyed with a passion and to convince you that cycing is a year-round activity, even in this country!

Nick was a local lad, born and bred in Kenilworth and worked at JLR. Nick loved cycling, especially the suffering aspect. The Hilly Route goes over some of Nick’s favourite local climbs and training routes. He was using these roads in preparation for the Maratona dles Dolomites in July 2012 and his first season of road racing. He was a keen Strava member and follower of ‘The Rules’ (http://www.velominati.com) especially rule#9. He was also the owner of one of the noisiest bikes I’ve ever come across, after several weeks of ‘swapagnostics’, it finally became clear that the bottom bracket was the culprit. That troublesome component lends it’s name to The Rawlinson Bracket.

ALL PROFITS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO THE SADS UK CHARITY (http://sadsuk.org.uk).

This year's hilly route, the Top Bracket, is 91km in length and has over 930 meters of climbing packed into it. Our return to the British Motor Museum has allowed us to use most of the original route from 2013 but with a few added extras.

Think of it as a mini Liege-Bastogne-Liege in terms of gradient and length of climb. Here are some of the climbs you will encounter -

Climb#1 Burton Dassett – A short climb where you will find it difficult to stay out of the red, you will have an audience on the way up, the sheep are always curious.

Climb#2 Shotteswell – The rural version of the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, a short steep climb encompassed by houses but we can't guarantee any screaming Belgian cycling fans.

Climb#3 Edge Hill (Knowle Hill) – This climbs appears in ‘Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ by Simon Warren. It’s only 600m in length but has a maximum gradient of 14% which makes for a gruelling climb. Nick enjoyed this one and always found some extra power to sprint over the top.

Climb#4 Winderton Hill – A picturesque climb through a Cotswold hamlet, enjoy the scenery – imagine you’re climbing the Côte de La Redoute.

Climb#5 Lady Elizabeth Hill – An undulating climb to rob your legs of their remaining freshness before the final climb.

Climb#6 Sunrising Hill – Same height gain as the Edge Hill climb but a different character, a max gradient of 16% and a rough road surface make for an attritional climb with an alpine style switch-back at half-way. Nick would always smash his way up this climb.

Here is the elevation profile of The 2017 Top Bracket.

The flatter route, the Bottom Bracket, is 47km in length and has 280 gentle meters of climbing. To me this one is reminiscent of the rolling fields of northern France, a little Paris-Roubaix but without the cobbles. Nick and I used this route for riding endurance miles in winter. This is ideal terrain for all cycling abilities, see the route profile below.


Event Details

Event URN:

405099

Start Date:

Sun, 26th Feb 2017

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ
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Event Website:

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Other Events:

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British Cycling Grading:

This event has been graded using data collected by British Cycling Mapping

About the Event

Info for Riders

There are two routes available - the hilly route is 91km in length and has 930 meters of climbing with gradients of 14%+ in places, the flatter route is 47km in length and has 282 meters of climbing with gentle gradients. The roads are a mix of rural unclassified roads, B roads and a small section of quiet A road. The course will be sign posted and there is a feed station on the hilly route. There is ample car parking at Ride HQ (start/finish) along with toilets and refreshments. There will be an event memento for all finishers. This is not a race. Please ride safely and considerately as this ride is held on open roads. There will be marshals at key points and an emergency wagon will be available. Mudguards and back-up lights are recommended and every rider is expected to bring their own spares (2 inner tubes, tyre levers, multi-tool, water, food) and a fully charged mobile phone. A route card will be provided in the entry pack. All profits will be donated to the SADS UK charity.

The Rides

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The Top Bracket Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 26/02/17 09:00 91km / 57 miles 87 450
Sun 26/02/17 – 09:00
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British Cycling Grading: 87 | Est. Field Size: 450
91km / 57 miles
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The Bottom Bracket Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 26/02/17 09:45 04 hr / 48km / 30 miles 13 125
Sun 26/02/17 – 09:45
1
British Cycling Grading: 13 | Est. Field Size: 125
04 hr / 48km / 30 miles

Event Summary

Event Overview

The Rawlinson Bracket ride is a hilly ride in the ‘Wilds of Warwickshire’ taking in the gradients of the Edge Hill escarpment. This ride roughly marks the date of the departure of a close friend of ours, Nick, who passed away in his sleep on the 24th of February 2012, aged 30. Next year's event marks five years since Nick left us, our target is to take our fundraising total to £50,000 and you can help us do this by getting in your bike and thumbing your nose at the winter hibernation.

This event has two objectives - the first is to raise funds for research into, and awareness of, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), the second is to allow you to experience the type of riding that Nick enjoyed with a passion and to convince you that cycing is a year-round activity, even in this country!

Nick was a local lad, born and bred in Kenilworth and worked at JLR. Nick loved cycling, especially the suffering aspect. The Hilly Route goes over some of Nick’s favourite local climbs and training routes. He was using these roads in preparation for the Maratona dles Dolomites in July 2012 and his first season of road racing. He was a keen Strava member and follower of ‘The Rules’ (http://www.velominati.com) especially rule#9. He was also the owner of one of the noisiest bikes I’ve ever come across, after several weeks of ‘swapagnostics’, it finally became clear that the bottom bracket was the culprit. That troublesome component lends it’s name to The Rawlinson Bracket.

ALL PROFITS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO THE SADS UK CHARITY (http://sadsuk.org.uk).

This year's hilly route, the Top Bracket, is 91km in length and has over 930 meters of climbing packed into it. Our return to the British Motor Museum has allowed us to use most of the original route from 2013 but with a few added extras.

Think of it as a mini Liege-Bastogne-Liege in terms of gradient and length of climb. Here are some of the climbs you will encounter -

Climb#1 Burton Dassett – A short climb where you will find it difficult to stay out of the red, you will have an audience on the way up, the sheep are always curious.

Climb#2 Shotteswell – The rural version of the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, a short steep climb encompassed by houses but we can't guarantee any screaming Belgian cycling fans.

Climb#3 Edge Hill (Knowle Hill) – This climbs appears in ‘Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ by Simon Warren. It’s only 600m in length but has a maximum gradient of 14% which makes for a gruelling climb. Nick enjoyed this one and always found some extra power to sprint over the top.

Climb#4 Winderton Hill – A picturesque climb through a Cotswold hamlet, enjoy the scenery – imagine you’re climbing the Côte de La Redoute.

Climb#5 Lady Elizabeth Hill – An undulating climb to rob your legs of their remaining freshness before the final climb.

Climb#6 Sunrising Hill – Same height gain as the Edge Hill climb but a different character, a max gradient of 16% and a rough road surface make for an attritional climb with an alpine style switch-back at half-way. Nick would always smash his way up this climb.

Here is the elevation profile of The 2017 Top Bracket.

The flatter route, the Bottom Bracket, is 47km in length and has 280 gentle meters of climbing. To me this one is reminiscent of the rolling fields of northern France, a little Paris-Roubaix but without the cobbles. Nick and I used this route for riding endurance miles in winter. This is ideal terrain for all cycling abilities, see the route profile below.


Event Details

Event URN:

405099

Start Date:

Sun, 26th Feb 2017

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ
View map

Event Website:

Visit Website

Other Events:

View other events promoted by this organiser

British Cycling Grading:

This event has been graded using data collected by British Cycling Mapping

About the Event

Info for Riders

There are two routes available - the hilly route is 91km in length and has 930 meters of climbing with gradients of 14%+ in places, the flatter route is 47km in length and has 282 meters of climbing with gentle gradients. The roads are a mix of rural unclassified roads, B roads and a small section of quiet A road. The course will be sign posted and there is a feed station on the hilly route. There is ample car parking at Ride HQ (start/finish) along with toilets and refreshments. There will be an event memento for all finishers. This is not a race. Please ride safely and considerately as this ride is held on open roads. There will be marshals at key points and an emergency wagon will be available. Mudguards and back-up lights are recommended and every rider is expected to bring their own spares (2 inner tubes, tyre levers, multi-tool, water, food) and a fully charged mobile phone. A route card will be provided in the entry pack. All profits will be donated to the SADS UK charity.

The Rides

2
The Top Bracket Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 26/02/17 09:00 91km / 57 miles 87 450
Sun 26/02/17 – 09:00
2
British Cycling Grading: 87 | Est. Field Size: 450
91km / 57 miles
1
The Bottom Bracket Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 26/02/17 09:45 04 hr / 48km / 30 miles 13 125
Sun 26/02/17 – 09:45
1
British Cycling Grading: 13 | Est. Field Size: 125
04 hr / 48km / 30 miles

British Cycling Grading

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