All Eton Manor Members and its extended family and friends.
Now that the summer is almost with us and the hot weather is finally coming back , it’s a great time to join the 30 Eton Manor cycle team to Eton College on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May .
Its still not to late to sign up- The cost is £300 and in return we will offer you memories you will never ever forget .
The ride has been organised to raise funds for Eton Manor to support infrastructure projects .
All funds raised go direct to the club and it will make a real difference. Even if you are not taking part why not sponsor the cyclists by donating anything you want directly to the club. Please contact Jeff Bradley for more information.
The ride itself has been planned to allow cyclists of all standards to join in , whilst ensuring it’s an interesting route with some poignant moments as well.
On Day 1 on Thursday 21st May at around 09.15 am the route will take in a short ceremony at the Eton Manor memorials in the Olympic Park where everyone is welcome to attend .
This is a very important part of the ride and will allow us to pay our respects to past Manor Members who are no longer with us but who have helped build what Eton Manor represents and who we are.
From the Olympic Park we will ride down onto the canal network which will take us through the heart of London including Kings Cross, Camden Market, London Zoo and Paddington Basin.
We will cycle onto Slough and then onto Eton College .
At Eton College the rugby club will be making a presentation to senior representatives of the College at Villiers Hall.
This is an historic and unique part of the ride which holds enormous significance for Eton Manor ,specifically around the history of our club .
We expect this ceremony to take place at around 3.30pm at Eton College.
Again all Manor members not taking part in the ride are welcome to attend for what we hope will be the inaugural annual event , to strengthen the ties between our rugby club and Eton. .
Just let Mike Fennings know and you will be included at the ceremony .
In addition if you want to make a night of it , non cyclists can join us for dinner and overnight accommodation at the Holiday Inn Slough , just contact Mike Fennings –
On our return to the rugby club on Friday 22nd May at around 5pm , a short presentation will be held to congratulate the cyclists for completing a 110 mile round London cycle ride for a very worthy cause.
After the presentations back at the club a celebration party has been organised which will kick off from 6pm – This will be a great event as we have loads of old boys doing the ride who will want to celebrate as only Manor people can – Come and join the fun.
If you need anymore information or wish to sign up call or email .
Mobile 07889 189267
The Ride Itself.
For all paid up cyclists the £300 covers you for :
Day 1 Set lunch , 3 course dinner and overnight accommodation . Breakfast day 1 maybe servced at club from 7am at a cost .
Day 2 Breakfast , set lunch, and light meal at club
Day 1 21st May (approx. 55 miles) – Meet at Eton Manor RFC at 8am for an 08.30 prompt start . We have a lot to pack into day 1 so please ensure you are at club for 8am. Cars can be parked and left at club if required at owners risk.
When you arrive at the club please register immediately so we know who has turned up .
Please place your overnight bag into the van which will be take your luggage to the Holiday Inn Hotel Slough. You may not have access to this bag until the evening so please ensure you carry any essentials in your day bag/rucksack.
08.30 am Prompt the cycle squad will depart Eton Manor RFC and follow the route down to the Olympic Park at Stratford . At the park there will be a short ceremony/service at the Eton Manor War Memorials where we will pay our respects to past Eton Manor members. All non cyclist and Eton Manor Members are welcome to attend
09.45am The ride departs the Olympic Park and will head down to the Grand Union Canal , which we will follow most of the way down to Slough..
12.30pm –Lunch - The ride will stop for a set lunch (location TBC) for 45 minutes.
13.15pm - Recommence ride through onto Slough . At approx 2.30pm we will get to Slough and then cycle the 2.5 miles to Eton College .
15.30pm (approx) - A presentation will be made at Villiers Hall in Eton – Everyone welcome to attend regardless if doing the ride but please advise Mike Fennings in advance .
16.45pm – Cycle from Eton College to the Holiday Inn Slough . Bikes will be securely stored overnight.
17.00 pm - 3 Course Meal – For anyone wishing to join for the meal (non riders) they are most welcome but must confirm to Mike Fennings by the 14th May 2015 .
Day 2 22nd May – ( Appox 60 Miles)
From 07.00 am – Breakfast served in Hotel
08.00 Riders place their overnight bags into van .
08.30 – Ride departs Slough for the return to Eton Manor RFC . This route is still be finalised but will be via Rickmansworth . Alf and Mike are doing the return leg on Thursday 17th April – If you wish to join us contact Mike Fennings
12.30 approx Lunch location TBC
16.30 pm Approx – Arive Back At Eton Manor RFC .
17.00 pm – Presentation
17.45 pm – After the presentations showers and changing rooms will be available for cyclists.
18.00 pm – Cycle Celebrations - Live Music – Food – Fun
Everyone welcome to attend
Please use this check-list to help you pack!
Important Documents & MoneyMoney / You will need to carry some money for drinks , nibbles, beer during the day
Credit Card / Always carry a credit card in case of emergencies; make sure you know your PIN number
Insurance Documentation / Make sure you have insurance for cycling covering the dates 21st-22nd May 2015 - Have a copy of your insurance policy and its Advisable to leave a copy with your next of kin too
Money belt/Zipped Pocket / Safest way to carry cash and valuables
LuggageRucksack/expedition kitbag / For your overnight luggage; see luggage notes (below)
Day-sack / large waist pack / To meet all your requirements for each day- You will not have access to the van for long periods over the 2 days See luggage notes (below)
Cycling GearCycle helmet / Compulsory
Bell for bike / Compulsory –we will be travelling under quite a few bridges so its good to let people know your coming
Cycling shoes / trainers / Make sure you train in them and they are comfortable. Stiff sole recommended for increased power transfer between foot and pedal
Whistle / This would be helpful to alert riders and pedestrians
Cycling socks (2 pairs) / No need for a clean pair per day but enough to have dry socks each morning
Cycling gloves (fingerless) / Essential for comfort and grip – gel padding reduces road vibration; thin full-fingered gloves may be useful on cold mornings
Padded cycling shorts x 1 / Lycra with chamois insert better than ‘baggies’ for full days on the bike
Cycling leggings / For cooler days or to put on over shorts at lunch-stops
Cycling tops / T-shirts x 2 / Traditional cycling jerseys have useful pockets at the back and usually wick moisture well; tops made from cotton absorb sweat - not recommended
Thermal jacket / warm top / For cooler day starts / lunch-stops and evening
Waterproof windproof jacket / Good quality (eg gore-tex) essential; material should be highly breathable and have good wind resistance to prevent cold air reaching your chest
Hat / cap / For sun protection off bike
Sunglasses / Must fit well so stay in position when looking down; wraparound style useful
Hi-vis vest / Bright yellow hi-vis vest or jacket (preferably with BS EN471 class 2 standard label); see Cycling Information below for details on French law
General Clothing1 pair trousers / For evening
Long sleeved shirt / Spare layer for evening
Fleece / thick jumper / Evening / morning may be cold
Underwear & socks / Change of socks for evenings good for feet!
Trainers / spare footwear / For evenings
General EquipmentWater bottle(s) / camelbak / Should be able to carry min 2 litres
Liquid handwash / Waterless for easy hygienic hand-washing
Ear plugs / Useful if you are a light sleeper or if there are snorers nearby!
Alarm clock / Optional; useful if you have problems waking up
Snacks (eg energy bars / drinks powders or gels / dried fruit / jelly babies) / Some snacks will be provided each day but bring top-ups, especially if you have special dietary requirements and may need a source of extra energy
Wash kit (eg toothbrush, soap) / Include wet wipes (useful to carry with you when cycling)
Camera / Bring adaptor, spare batteries, memory cards etc
Book / travel games / cards / Useful for evenings
Bike lock / Optional but useful if you want to pop into a café or shop / toilets enroute
Pump & puncture repair kits / allen keys / There is full vehicle support but having your own basic supplies means you do not have to wait for help every time
Spares & tools / If your bike has any unusual features; see Cycling Information below
Small Personal First Aid Kit
Include any medication you take regularly or while exercising, plus:Diarrhoea tablets / eg imodium
Sun block / sun cream / Minimum SPF 30
SPF lip balm
Aftersun / moisturiser / Exposure to the elements can make skin dry
Painkillers / eg ibuprofen, paracetamol
Rehydration sachets / eg dioralyte
Antihistamines / For allergies / insect stings
Plasters and blister dressing / compeed / moleskin / tape and dressings (whatever works best for you)
Insect repellent / Eg Mosi-guard, Ultrathon, Repel
Vaseline / talcum powder / canesten / sudocrem / For saddle sore / rashes – also many specific chamois creams on market. Different methods of prevention & treatment suit different people
Muscle rub / Eg deep heat, radian B
CYCLING INFORMATION –
- We strongly recommend you bring a hybrid or racing road style bike for this trip with a range of gears suitable for the terrain which is mainly flat.
- It is essential that your bike is in good mechanical order before leaving the UK. If in doubt, most good bike shops will service it for you.
- Clipless pedals (with cleated shoes) give you greater power from the effort you put into each pedal revolution – they take some getting used to though and most people fall off a few times! If you don’t have them already and decide to use them for this ride PLEASE ensure you get used to them in good time before the ride ! However if you haven’t got them no problem and normal peddles are fine for the ride.
- If your bike has unusual features (eg flat spokes) please ensure you bring some suitable spares and tools as appropriate. Do not assume that bike shops enroute will stock everything either – many have to order specialist parts. Please ensure your bring a minimum of 2 inner tubes for your bike .
- Make sure your bike is insured under your house contents policy or separate cycle insurance, as most travel insurance policies (including ours) will not cover the full cost of replacement.
- Your bike will be kept in the hotel lock up but suggest you bring a padlock as well.
- Please be careful when packing your luggage as we are restricted by space available. We recommend a soft expedition-type kitbag for your overnight requirements - DEFINITELY NOT A SUITCASE.
- All your luggage should fit in one small bag; make sure you don’t exceed the weight limit of 15-20kg; (you should not need this much as its only 1 night!)
- Your main luggage will be carried between Eton Manor RFC and the Holiday Inn in the support vehicle. You will not be able to access it during the day so need to carry a day-sack or waist pack with camera, waterproof jacket, hi-vis vest, sun cream, snacks, bike pump and anything else you need for the day. We do not recommend handlebar bags.
- You may wish to invest in a small saddle bag which fits to the bike frame and can hold a spare tube, puncture repair kit, allen keys and other small items to save weight on your hips or back. Your bike will be secure at the Holiday Inn hotel Slough but a padlock would be useful.