Event information for riders

Please read the Rider Information Pack before taking part. You may also want to read the Training and Preparation page.

ViewRanger have kindly assisted us with mapping for this year’s Jennings Rivers Ride, so by following the instructions you can download the cycle routes to your phone and set up Buddy Beacon so we can track your progress at HQ on the day.  ViewRanger will be on Fitz Park at Registration and during the event to help with any of your queries

Start / Finish Location – The start will be from inside Fitz Park.  Riders will be set of in small, staggered groups by event marshals.  If you are planning to ride with a group of friends please present yourselves at the start area as a group and follow the marshal’s instructions. The finish will be inside Fitz Park.

Timing & Results
Results will be posted on the event website within 24 hours of the finish. Event timing will be done using electronic chip timing.

First Aid
First Aid will be present at each feed station, at certain points on the course and at the start/finish.

Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish.  There are also public toilets in Cockermouth and Workington.  Our route passes many pubs, etc but please ask before using their facilities.  We ask all participants to be respectful of the local environment, facilities and others in all sanitary matters!  No peeing in the street or roadside please.

Food / Water
There are complimentary feed stations on each route.  Nutritional Products have kindly donated by Clif Bar.

Once you have entered the event we will not be able to provide any refund or credit either in full or in part whatever the circumstances of the entrants’ non-attendance at registration.  However, if you are unavailable to participate we are happy for you to give your entry to somebody else.  Please give your nominee your written permission so that our registration team can make the required changes.

We’re Here to Help
For more information or assistance, please email cheryl@ratherbecycling.co.uk

Further Details about the event will be emailed out to participants at least one week prior to the event and put on the website.

Your Conduct & Safety
Firstly, The Jennings Rivers Ride is a cycle sportive, not a race, and it should be ridden as such.

  • You should be fit enough to undertake your chosen ride at your chosen pace, have no known pre-existing medical conditions that could be exacerbated by strenuous cycling.  By entering this event you confirm your understanding of the challenge involved and that you are healthy and fit to do so.
  • You will be provided with a map of the route and it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with your chosen route and to navigate your way around.  There will be marker arrows in place and marshals on the various courses, for your guidance.  If there is no signage apparent and you are in doubt as to the correct road, STOP and check your map before proceeding.
  • You will be riding on open public roads alongside other traffic so it is essential for your own safety, and that of all other road users, that you comply with ALL TRAFFIC & HIGHWAY CODE REGULATIONS.
  • Route Marshals (when present) are there only to indicate the direction you should take.  Marshals cannot, and will not, stop traffic.  You are responsible for your own safe and legal passage through all junctions, turns, traffic lights, roundabouts, etc.
  • Please ride considerately at all times.  Ride no more than two abreast, try and avoid traffic congestion whenever possible and please take particular care when overtaking slower riders.
  • You will be riding on a mixture of Lakeland roads including A, B and minor roads.  Many roads are winding and have many steep ascents and descents.  You should expect the unexpected – particular attention should be given to the road’s surface, sheep and cattle may be on/crossing the road/s, cattle grids to be negotiated, etc.
  • Our long distance route crosses Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister Passes.  The middle distance route crosses Whinlatter Pass.  YOU MUST RIDE ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY AND THE ROAD CONDITIONS AT ALL TIMES.
  • As we are providing feed stops we insist that your supporters, friends and family do not bring any vehicles out on the route to follow you as this will create congestion and will be a danger to cyclists and other road users.
  • Litter – we have a simple rule, don’t drop any!  Please dispose of all used gels, energy bar wrappers, etc. appropriately.
  • Riders’ Code of Conduct – You will be riding on open public roads, so you must obey Highway Code regulations. Any riders observed, or reported as, riding or behaving in an unsafe or inappropriate manner will be withdrawn from the event with no recourse to appeal and may be reported to the police.

Special Note
August & September are the hedge trimming months countrywide.  Whilst many of the hedgerows in Cumbria have already been trimmed back there is always the possibility that there may be thorns, cuttings, etc on sections of the route/s.  Please ensure that you have both spare inner tubes and a puncture repair kit with you – just in case.  We suggest you also consider using tyres with a puncture resistant layer in them.

Your Bike
• Should be fit for purpose and checked / serviced prior to the event.  Brakes must be in good working order and brake pads should have plenty of life left in them.
• We advise the use of Compact or Triple gearing for the Middle and Long distance rides.

• Your event number, collected at Registration
• Keep your event timing device safe
• A full change of warm and dry clothing.
• Money for tea / coffee / food / kit.
• To eat a high carbohydrate meal (e.g. pasta) and to try and avoid alcohol the night before the event.
• Eat something light and carbohydrate rich and stay well hydrated prior to the event.
• Your bike and riding kit!

Cyclewise are offering half price bike servicing – please print the pdf voucher, which can be redeemed by the person who’s booked onto the ride (with some ID).  Cyclewise will use the Sientries event page to verify they’re taking part.