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ESCA Reliability Trial – Sunday 15th November 2015

ESCA Reliability Trial – Sunday 15th November 2015

Yes its that time of year again.The end of season social fun event !
or 16mph race if you wish ??

The Event that counts the number of riders from each club that completes the course in the target time they have chosen.An event we have won in the past ,although there are now much larger clubs than us.
Always well attended by In-Gear riders.Get your entry in and enjoy the day. 

East Sussex Cycling Association

48 mile Reliability Trial

Sunday 15th November 2015

Promoted by VTTA Surrey & Sussex Group

The 2015 Reliability Trial for the ESCA Rally Shield will be held over a 48 mile course, with the start and finish at the King’s Head, East Hoathly. The HQ is East Hoathly Village Hall, Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, East Sussex BN8 6EQ – Open from 7:30am. The Hall and main entrance is situated in Church Marks Lane, opposite the village car park and there is also stepped access from South Street. Heading north on the A22, turn right before The Shaw Roundabout into South Street and left into Church Marks Lane. No shoe plates in the hall.

Riders can choose one of the three events: Event A – 4 hours with the first group off at 8:15am

Event B – 3½ hours with the first group off at about 8:50am

Event C – 3 hours with the first group off at about 9:20am

Please note that if there are a high number of entries in Event A it might be necessary to have a later starting time for Event B and Event C. We apologise for any inconvenience but hope you appreciate that keeping group sizes to no more than 15 has to be a priority.

The ESCA club with the highest combined number of successful finishers from all three events will hold the Rally Shield for one year. In the event of a tie, the club with the largest number of successful finishers in Event B and C will be declared the winner. The Rally Shield will be presented to the winning club at the ESCA prize presentation lunch on Sunday 10th January 2016 at The Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5AJ.

Entrants must be members of an ESCA affiliated club, there are no entries on the line, and no entries via email. All entries must be paid in advance and made on the reliability trial entry form, to arrive no later than Friday 6th November 2015. The cost per rider is £5.00, with cheques made payable to East Sussex Cycling Association.

The Order of Start and Route Sheet will be emailed to each ESCA club Secretary for distribution to their riders if needed. These will also be published on the ESCA website and ESCA facebook group

You will be required to sign on no later than 10 minutes before your start time. At the signing on point you will be given a control card to carry with you during the trial. Your control card must be stamped at each of the three control points, and handed in to the timekeeper/checker at the finish for your official finishing time to be recorded on your card. Your completed control card will be used to validate your ride.

By signing on you confirm that

Your name and club has been correctly recorded

You agree to ride in a safe manner in accordance with the law

You agree to place no liability on the organiser, ESCA or VTTA Surrey & Sussex Group

You are a member of an ESCA affiliated club

The usual rules for reliability trials will be applied – in summary, for a ride to qualify you must complete the course, have your control card stamped at each of the three control points, and hand it in to the timekeeper/checker at the finish to enter your finish time. Your completed control card will be used to validate your ride. You may not pass the finish earlier than 10 minutes before your allotted finishing time. There is to be no racing between riders or teams, and you must ride in a manner that is safe for you, other cyclists and all other road users.

Organiser Esther Carpenter, VTTA Surrey & Sussex Group

10 Maplehurst Road, Baldslow, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN37 7NA

Telephone 01424 751581 or email 


START at the King’s Head, East Hoathly. Turn right on old A22 and proceed to The Shaw roundabout. Take second exit (straight on) and then turn left into Back Lane at Halland. Turn left at T junction with B2192 (CARE) and ride through Shortgate and along The Broyle past the East Sussex Gliding Club to Ringmer. Turn right just after the pedestrian lights (one way system). Follow road past the Church of St. Mary the Virgin to T-junction with A26. Turn right (CARE) past The Cock and then left. Follow this road across the River Ouse, past the Barcombe Mills Station Restaurant and the Angler’s Rest to Barcombe Cross.

Turn right at the mini-roundabout and cross the Bevern Stream, keeping left at the first fork and right at the second fork just past Gipps Wood. Follow this road to cross the River Ouse again and emerge at the pond at Piltdown. Turn left and almost immediately right to halt at the A272. Turn right (CARE) onto A272 and shortly take next left. Follow this road via Down Street and Funnell’s Wood to Nutley. Turn left (CARE) on A22 past the Church. Take next right (GREAT CARE AND GOOD HAND SIGNALS) and proceed to B2026, where left and almost immediately right following Crowborough sign to join A26.

Turn left and climb past Crow & Gate PH to take next right (Sheep Plain Road) signposted Rotherfield. Keep your heads down but eyes open for flying balls as you ride through the golf course, go straight ahead at the Rose & Crown mini-roundabout and have your brakes ready for the descent past the Plough & Horses as you have a right turn over the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Proceed to Jarvis Brook T-junction with A2100 (HALT). Right (CARE) past Millbrook Garden Centre to Rotherfield following road to the right after the Church and then turning left (still on A2100) by the chemist. There follows a swift descent past the Methodist Church (PRAY) and under the railway bridge and on to Mark Cross. Halt at A267, then right (CARE), left and almost immediately right again (still on A2100) to T-junction at Wadhurst.

Turn right (CARE) and proceed through Wadhurst on B2099 to Shover’s Green, where right (signposted Burwash Common) to Stonegate. Bear right past Church, down across the railway and across the River Rother via Witherenden Hill to Burwash Common. Halt at A265, then right (CARE) following A265 to Broad Oak. Straight on through Heathfield to Cross-in-Hand, where left and up the hill. Turn left again at the Methodist Chapel into Fir Grove Road and proceed through Roser’s Cross carrying straight on till you reach a T-junction. Turn right (CARE) and up the hill following the signs for East Hoathly to finish at The King’s Head.
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