The John "Tommo" Thompson Memorial Ride

The Challenge

The challenge is to have a go at riding the route you have chosen to do in the time allowed* - there is a choice of distances: 125km (2529m climb), 76km (1405m) or 45km (739m). SPORTident timing will be used and you will need to punch at control points/feed stations to register that you have completed the fixed route in full. You will be provided with a basic colour copy route map at registration plus the route will be arrowed and there will be marshalled checkpoints en-route with food/drink (fruit, biscuits, energy gels, juice, water).

* There will be time cut off points on each route after which you will not be allowed to continue - these cut off times will be detailed well in advance of the event on our website plus details given at registration on the day of the event NB - the cut off times are generous!

We have avoided busy main roads wherever possible and have gone for quieter country roads the majority of which will showcase some of the best scenery and pass via some of the prettiest villages in the Peak District and Staffs Moorlands. Vehicle support will be provided in case of terminal breakdown etc (emergency numbers will be given out at the start of the event).

The ride will be run under the British Cycling Regulations for Non-Competitive Off Road and On Road Events.

Start Venue

The start venue for the event is Carsington Water Sports & Leisure, nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST - if in doubt as to the location, please contact us BEFORE the day of the event. Look out for event signs on the day. Registration opens 7.00am; you can start anytime between 7.45 & 9.30am.

The Start/Finish

Facilities at the start/finish venue include: hard standing car parking (pay & display); undercover event HQ/registration area; toilets/changing; restaurants/takeaways for post event meals etc; shops/visitor centre. Hot drinks, juice, biscuits and flapjack/cake will be available at the finish.