FINAL ROUTE VERSION – RIDER GPX DOWNLOADS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
This page explains the specific information and processes for riders to follow at this year’s 2021 ride to Chase The Sun on the 19th of June. The page is formatted as a weekend itinerary, with key timing, activities and protocols listed in turn for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Please read and absorb this information BEFORE arriving at the event. Please read it a few weeks in advance in order to best PREPARE for the event. Please RE-READ the information on this page carefully before posting or emailing questions, where the answers may well already be addressed below. Thanks for your attention, we try our best to provide concise yet thorough information to help you to have the best Chase The Sun adventure possible.
COVID-19 – we hope you can appreciate that the planning and implementation of this year’s events has had some compromise imposed by the ongoing pandemic and the resulting restrictions on sporting and social activity. We have sought to define a set of safety processes and guidances for our riders that adheres to national government and sporting bodies’ guidelines, also providing for the health and wellbeing and comfort of your fellow riders and supporters over the weekend.
We admit that as a result of considerations above, the full experience of collective and convivial adventure that uniquely identifies Chase The Sun may not be quite the same this year. Nevertheless we are still pleased to be able to provide for you, an epic bicycle ride over a unique coast-to-coast route, as a spectacular challenge to partake on the longest (Satur)day of the year.
We please ask for all to be responsible and proactive to help each other out, as riders and organisers, so we ensure that Chase The Sun rides can continue into next year and beyond. We hope that your experiences and achievements this June can become all the more valued as the Chase The Sun story and community continues to grow and prosper into the future. Thankyou.
SYNOPSIS – drop-in HQ Friday to collect items. SIGN-IN at START, LUNCH STOP, and FINISH.
FRIDAY – Evening 17.00-21.00hrs
Location: Abbey Hotel, Minster-on-Sea, ME12 2DA
No mass gathering briefing this year – our organising stewards team will be available OUTSIDE at Ride HQ (Abbey Hotel carpark, ME12 2DA) from 5pm to 9pm to answer questions, at a safe distance.
Orange Bike Ribbon collection & package wristbands – you should attend to COLLECT the famous Orange ribbon (to identify you on your bike), as well as Best Value Riders receive a blue wristband that is your ticket for inclusive meals, jersey and bag transfer. Collect from the stewards team at Abbey Hotel carpark from 5pm to 9pm.
Friday Evening Meal – Best Value Riders have complimentary restaurant meal provided at the Abbey Hotel. This is to be seated indoors, but there may be a wait for seating due to limited social distanced capacity. There will be a special high-energy menu with vegetarian/vegan option. Food will be served in two sittings, at 6pm and 7.30pm. We advise arriving early to avoid missing out.
Jersey and accessories orders collection – your Best Value Rider inclusive jerseys and any pre-ride orders with Foska, will be available to COLLECT IN PERSON at the Abbey Hotel carpark from 5pm to 9pm. A limited stock of Jerseys, Armwarmers, Bottles and Socks will also be available for sale, first come first served, while stocks last.
Bike Storage overnight at Ride HQ – for those riders booked with rooms at the Abbey Hotel, bike are permitted inside your rooms (it’s all ground floor). Those staying at remote hotels on the mainland, there are LIMITED SPACES in our specialist bike storage trailer where you may be able to leave your bike on the Friday evening from 6pm, to collect again no later than 3.30am in the morning on Saturday. Email Dudley at [email protected] with any queries. (Bikes are left at owners risk)
Long stay parking at Abbey Hotel – for anyone needing to leave a car parked at the start location from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. The Abbey Hotel are happy for a limited number of vehicles to be left in their carpark for this duration (at owners risk).
Face Masks & Social distancing – we request that everyone wear face masks even outside whenever in proximity to others, e.g. if queueing, etc. We must all maintain separated groups of no more than 30 persons, so please move along to other quieter areas of the carpark / hotel grounds / street if numbers exceed this. Access into the Hotel will require NHS app/track’n’trace details.
SATURDAY – Sunrise Start 3.15 – 4.40am
Location: Abbey Hotel, Minster-on-Sea, ME12 2DA
Bag Transfer Van – Located in the Abbey hotel carpark, the van will be open for pre-paid BAG DROP from circa 3.15-4.15am. Pre-paid and Best Value Riders will be issued with orange wristband receipt, & matching numbered tag to attach to your bag, writing on your phone number. (service by Dudley at [email protected]) Remember size is limited to a small rucksack.
Orange Bike Ribbon collection – if you haven’t already, COLLECT a famous Orange ribbon (to identify you on your bike). Collect from the stewards team at Abbey Hotel carpark from 3.15-4.15am.
One way route to access starting area – to avoid congestion around the start line, you will be directed from the Abbey hotel, and be required to follow a one-way system, directed by Stewards on the day from the Abbey inland via side roads to reach the far end of the seafront, where you will then join a series of starting ‘pens’ along the seafront. This detour will take less than 5mins by bike.
SIGN ON – VIA SMS TEXT message – Once at start line, all riders must sign-on to register their participation in Chase The Sun. Look out for the guidance sign which provides the phone number. Message your NAME, wave departure TIME (when informed by a steward), and the start line SECRET CODE, using your phone text message. (note that you will need to do similar at the Lunch and Finish locations.)
Staggered Starting Waves – No mass start at precise sunrise this year. We must all maintain separated groups of no more than 30 persons at all times, so you will be directed into starting wave pens on reaching the seafront, this will be simply on a ‘first come first served basis’ together with the riders you are alongside at the time. Each wave will be then released at short intervals in the minutes before and just after sunrise circa 4.20-4.50am. Please listen for stewards instruction as your pen moves along the seafront, and stay together in your pen area as a group/wave.
Face Masks & Social distancing – we request that all riders wear face masks even outside, when waiting in your pens in proximity to others. We must all maintain separated groups of no more than 30 persons, so please stay within your separately defined pens or ‘waves’. You are requested to wear your facemask whilst cycling the first 2/3 miles until the group(s) have spread out on the road. If large groups then risk merging on the road, then please leave a gap to riders in front. Use common sense and courtesy when going past slower riders so as not to bunch up.
Support vehicle parking – All supporters vehicles to park in the Abbey Hotel carpark, ME12 2DA. No access for support cars onto the Leas Sea front. Support drivers can walk to & from the Abbey onto the seafront to provide items or collect riders coats, etc.
No WC facilities – Unfortunately nearby public conveniences will be closed overnight due to covid restrictions. Please no urinating in street front/promenade. No Littering. Leave the seafront in good condition.
QUIET PLEASE! – Residents sleeping all around. Keep voices down, no music, hooters, whistles. Look for, and listen to Stewards so we don’t have to shout.
SATURDAY – Lunch Stop 11.00-14.00hrs
Location: Clift Meadow, Brocas Hall, Bramley Village, RG26 5BH
COMPULSORY SIGN IN – VIA SMS TEXT message – Immediately upon arrival at Bramley lunch stop, all riders must SIGN-IN to register their presence and progress at Chase The Sun. Look out for the guidance sign which provides the phone number. Message your NAME, lunch arrival TIME, and the lunch stop SECRET CODE, using your phone text message. (note this is the same number and process as at the Start and Finish locations.)
Face Masks & Social distancing – we request that everyone wear face masks even outside when in proximity to others, when moving around within the Clift Meadow carpark, Pavillion, and grounds, etc. We must all maintain separated groups of no more than 30 persons, so please move along to other quieter areas of the carpark / meadow grounds if numbers exceed this.
Support Vehicle parking – No access to the Clift Meadow carpark (bikes and riders only), look out for local volunteer cadets directing support cars to alternative carparks, a few meters from the lunch stop location.
Food – On-site catering will be from a Chip van, plus local village WI are offering sandwiches and cakes. Drinks and bottle refills available. Payment in CASH, please come prepared. Further into the village there is also a small supermarket and a bakery for other supplies if necessary.
WC facilities – Female only toilets are within Brocas Hall, Male toilets in mobile units within carpark.
No Littering – All users to ensure the Clift Meadow and other carparks are left in clean and tidy condition. Take your litter away, or use bins where available.
SATURDAY – Finish 19.00-22.00hrs
Location: Reeds Arms Pub, 1 Pier Street, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1BT
FINAL SIGN IN – VIA SMS TEXT message – Immediately upon arrival at Burnham-on-Sea seafront jetty finish line, all riders must SIGN-IN to register their presence and completion of Chase The Sun. Look out for the guidance sign which provides the phone number & code. Message your NAME, finish arrival TIME, and the finishline SECRET CODE, using your phone text message. (note this is the same number and process as at the Start and Lunch locations.)
Photos – celebrate together with a sunset background (hopefully) at the head of the Jetty on the beachfront, opposite the Reeds Arms pub. Remember to sign in via TEXT first (above).
Face Masks & Social distancing – we request that everyone wear face masks once they are off their bikes, and moving around at the finish location, even outside, whenever in proximity to others, e.g. if queueing for food/drink at the pub, etc. We must all maintain separated groups of no more than 30 persons, so please move along to other quieter areas of the B&M carpark / pub grounds / seafront if numbers exceed this. Access into the Reeds Arms Pub will require NHS app/track’n’trace details.
General Public – Please be courteous and give way to general public street users and traffic. Wear facemasks, and keep social distance at all times, we request that riders disperse from the seafront towards the carpark and pub as soon as possible.
Emergency beach access – Be aware of event Stewards, and lifeguards on duty. Do not obstruct the jetty for beach access. Be prepared to move away when asked.
Food & Drinks– Pre-booked meals are provided in takeaway containers to outdoor areas of the Reeds Arms pub. Best Value Riders must show their blue wristband to claim their meal. Bar will be available at the Reeds Arms for a celebratory drink.
WC facilities – Inside the Reeds Arms Pub, access will require facemasks and NHS app/track’n’trace details.
Bag Van – collections – Bag transfer van will be parked near the Reeds Arms pub, within the B&M carpark opposite. You will need to show your receipt orange wristband to have your bag returned. Bag Van will be available until circa 23.00hrs.
Support vehicle parking – Support vehicles can be parked in B&M supermarket carpark opposite the Reeds Arms (note payment to park may be required).
SUNDAY – Return Travel 8.30-10.00am
Pre-booked Return transport to London & Isle-of-Sheppey – Riders with pre-booking of this service (via Dudley of European Cycle Events). Drop off location for your bike in the trailer and boarding the passenger coach, is in the large car park outside B&M superstore and opposite the Ride HQ of the Reeds Arms Pub.
If you have booked to be dropped off at Isle of Sheppey your bike will need to go onto the trailer first so please deliver your bike to us between 08:00 and 09:00 Sunday Morning.
If you have booked to be dropped off to Wandsworth your bike will go onto the trailer last , so please deliver your bike to us between 09:00 and 10:00 Sunday Morning.
Train travel – Nearest national rail station to finish is Highbridge & Burnham, 2 miles from finish location. Recommend pre-booking as bike spaces can be limited.
En route bike shops /pubs /cafes /stores – We have liaised with a number of bike shops, pubs, cafes, shops along the route for your benefit (as noted within the Route Guide download). Whilst they may be aware of the ride, please be courteous, patient, and minimise disruption to their normal businesses. Some have done us a favour by opening early or later, so please thank them.
No littering – take your litter with you to an available bin. No littering anywhere along the route. Also, no inappropriate outdoor toilet stops either. (We have had complaints in previous years!)
Riding in groups – We recommend riding within a group of circa 6-8 riders, for your best chance of success when Chasing the Sun. This allows nimbleness, ease of communication, limits requirements for stops, and collective faff when doing so.
Filming / Photographs – We expect to have both a cycling media reporter and photographer, as well as a small film crew present for parts of the day, certain locations. Participating in the ride grants your consent for footage/photos to be recorded and used for Chase The Sun and our media partners purposes.
Social Media – We would love for you to document and share with the world your endeavour and adventure of Chasing the Sun. You can do so using our Facebook, Insta and Twitter hashtag #chasethesuncycle both before, during and after the mid-summer day ride. (We do ask for you to please bear in mind the requests and guidance given on this page before posting any photos or media, to consider that they are appropriate reflection of the event activities).
Dropping out of the ride – If for whatever reasons, you decide to stop your ride before reaching the finish line location in Burnham, you must please SMS TEXT us (using the same number at the Start) to notify us your NAME, STOPPING location, and TIME. This is really important for our ride organisation and records. Thanks
Remember: Chase the Sun is a Ride, not a Race,
be kind to each other – we are all in it together!
any questions that are not covered by the information above – please check! – then email [email protected]
FINAL RELEASE – RIDER ROUTE DOWNLOADS – 11th JUNE 2021 – click below…
ROUTE UPDATED 11th June : Links below are for CTS SOUTH route ‘version 13.4’ – updated with minor detours to avoid road closures at Bramley village centre and Rode hill.
NOTE: we provide a you options with both GPX & TCX formats, also a full 205mile data file, and also split section files, as some ride computers prefer smaller data files when having to re-calculate on the fly… it is all the exact same route.