HQ for the event is Roxton Parish Hall, High Street, Roxton, MK44 3EB and will be open around 5am.
There is very limited parking at the HQ. Please try to avoid parkign there and instead park sensibly along School Road - the road leading towards the A1 going east from the crossroads near the HQ. Please make sure you park well away from houses as it will be very early when you arrive and I do not want complaints of people being woken up by noisy cyclists at 5am!. Note this road is one-way once outside the village - you can only go towards the A1 and from there turn north to the Black Cat roundabout. You cannot enter the lane from the A1.
There are 2 ways to get to the start
- the quick way (about 2 miles) via the Black Cat roundabout and then south to the first Tempsford junction, turning right to go along the road running parallel with the A1.
- the long way (about 4 miles) is via the old Bedford Road, turning left before getting to Gt Barford, along New Road, left over the bridge and through Blunham, following the road all the way to Tempsford, turning left, right left over the bridge over the A1 to ride past the start.
- The way back from the finish is similar to the above, although with care riding a mile or so along the A1 northbound and once over the bridge turning left into School Lane may be possible (not exactly legal, but should be OK). Otherwise go up to the Black Cat RAB and turn left and then left again into Roxton, or do the reverse of the Blunham - Gt Barford route as above.
Please note that if you drive up closer to the start then you are not allowed to park, or ride/warm up on Station Road, or close to any houses in Tempsford. Tempsford Village Hall is already booked for a different function in the morning so please do not use there.
I have very limited marshals for the event so many of the changes in direction may have arrows instead. Please make yourself fully aware of the course route. Remember this is a 2 lap course
. It is not that difficult.
Go south on A1 until the A1M/Baldock junction where right for a mile along the A507 Stotfold bypass turning at first RAB, and return to the A1 going north, turning at the Tempsford junction over the bridge to complete a lap and do it again. Finish is just as you leave the A1 at Tempsford just before completing 2nd lap.