The Essex 100 is a charity cycling sportive that attracts 700 riders every year. This time, the race takes place on September 3rd, 2017 and consists in 100 miles of cycling, starting at 7.00 am in Central Park, Chelmsford. If you don’t think you can keep up the pace, there are 2 shorter rides you can check out: 60 miles and 40 miles.
The money raised from this event goes to medical research for babies and children. You will be riding through quiet villages and farmlands all the while contributing to the advancement of pediatric medicine. What better way to spend a Sunday?
You can sign up online on the official website of Action Medical Research. The 40-mile race costs £25 to enter while for the other 2, you will pay £38. The event includes full signage, emergency cover, chip timing, mechanical support and a medal for those who finish the race. You can register online until August 30, 9.00 pm but if you won’t make this deadline you can sign up on the race day for a price of £45.
In order to participate, you have to wear a cycle helmet and be at least 16 years old. Riders who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The organisers provide basic changing facilities at the start and finish lines. Also, most feed stations have toilets. The food on route is included in the entry fee, so you won’t have to pay anything extra.
If you have any belongings they should either be carried with you or locked in your car because there is no storage option available. Parking is available at the start. If your bike breaks on route, there are spares available for the most common types of bikes, but they are chargeable. It is recommended that all participants have insurance for themselves and their bike.