Start / Finish Village
The village is located in the grounds of the Vale Resort and will be signed posted from the main gates of the resort. Registration – All riders need to register their attendance at the registration desk prior to departure where they will be given a race number and a rider briefing. Refreshments – drinks and food will be available before, during and after the ride.
Toilets – will be available at the village
Parking will be available at the Vale Resort, please follow the signs to the car parks, park only in designated parking bays. Parking at the Vale Resort is at your own risk.
Please remember that you are entirely responsible for your own safety whilst taking part in the Valeride and The Event Delivery Co Ltd accept no responsibility for any injury that you may sustain as part of your participation in this event. The following potential hazards have been identified as a guideline to help you stay safe along the way and each route has a potential hazard sheet which will be available to you prior to the ride.
Although we have tried to minimise the use of main roads there are certain parts of the route that use or crossover A roads, where you can expect more traffic and vehicles to be moving faster. The smaller roads and lanes can also be hazardous as they are narrow which make it harder for vehicles to pass and leave a good space.
No parts of the routes are closed for the ride and vehicles can drive on all parts of the routes, so you should ride with caution at all times
There are some long sweeping descents where you have the ability to reach high speeds, whilst these are fun and a good opportunity to rest the legs, you should always approach with caution. These roads are narrow and should you meet an on-coming car or a animal round a corner, you need to be able to stop at short notice. Always take the utmost care when descending.
Riding in groups
Normal rules of the road and highway code apply at all times across both routes and you are requested to avoid riding in groups and certainly not more than two abreast.If you do opt to sit on the wheel of the rider in front, it is important to keep vigilant and look ahead to anticipate the lead riders moves.If you are being slip-streamed, try and avoid any sudden changes of speed and beware that when you rise out of the saddle, your bike drops back temporarily and could interfere with the rider behind.
On some of the minor roads there are a few cattle grids. These are not a major hazard but here are some tips on how to ride over them.
- Do not turn the bike, keep at right angles
- Stand up off the saddle slightly to aid suspension and keep both feet level.
- Pedal with caution as most have little grip and your wheel could slip which can be off-putting.
There are two parts of the ride which cross common land and as such, caution is needed to avoid accidents, as animals are free to roam across the road. Both sheep and horses roam freely and can be frightened by cyclists approaching them at speed.
Make sure you give animals a wide berth and do not make any sudden movements or noises.
Ogmore by Sea
There are two sections at Ogmore by sea , you enter and exit both areas by crossing over cattlegrids.
On the longer route as you exit the final village before the top of the Bwlch you pass over a cattle grid, you exit the common land on the descent from the Bwlch.
Sun and heat – If it is a hot day, you need to keep hydrated. It is your responsibility to take plenty of fluids on the bike and stop at the feed stations to replenish your stocks. You should take on fluids in small quantities and often, when it’s you should be drinking around 1 litre an hour.
Cold and wet – Areas of the both rides are extremely exposed and if you do not have the right clothing with you, you could end up getting cold and wet. It is important to have sufficient layers on and advisable to carry a packable rain jacket in your jersey pocket.
Feed stations & toilets
There is one feed station on the 50 mile route at the Watermill pub where there are also toilets, and two feed stops on the 90 mile route, the first at the Watermill pub shared with the 50 mile route and the second at the top of the Bwlch where there are no toilets.
On the 90 mile route riders can use the public toilets at the Afan Forest car park on the climb of the Bwlch.
At the feed stations you will be able to replenish your stocks of water and take on any additional food. Please note that the feed stations are for replenishment of your stocks and should not be used as your only source of food.
Should you require additional fluids and food in addition to the food stops, there are a number of shops accessible on both routes.