Warcop, North Pennines :: 5th February
A first for Open Adventure is the hosting of an Open5 from Warcop Training Camp. Not a million miles away from the infamous Kirkby Stephen event which took place in the last series. With this event running in the same month as that one, you'd better think about packing that extra-waterproof layer!
Experienced local racer Jeff Powell Davies has accepted the challenge of planning this event. This is sure to be another one to remember.
Details: Weather, etc
Registration :: Warcop Training Camp, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6PA. Grid Reference NY 748 158
Catering :: Route 66 Tri-Bar is a cafe/snack bar that will be open on the day within the camp
Weather :: BBC
Bike Hire :: Contact Stuart at Cycle Adventure on 07518 373 007 (bikes can be collected at registration on the morning of the event)
Liftshare :: See where people are coming from here
Nearest Railway Station :: Appleby (8 miles from Warcop)
UPDATED 4/2 As this event takes place on private land, we have been requested to record the details of all vehicles attending this event. The online process for registering car details to access a parking permit for this event has now closed. Any vehicles not registered will have to complete a form at the gate to access the event centre. Please be patient and best allow extra time when arriving at this event and take special care on the A66 when entering the event centre.
We have had a few emails and phone calls in regards to the snow that is covering parts of the country. We are continually reviewing the situation, however at this stage we feel it would be very unlikely that we would cancel this event (never say never). As a point of reference if we think this is very likely we normally assess the situation on the Thursday and make the decision on Friday morning, being aware that some people travel quite some distance to our events.
Normally for an Haglofs Open5 event we put out 30 controls split between the RUN and MTBing. For this event we have actually put a few more out to give ourselves the chance to alter at the last minute which controls are no controls and which are live if the weather is particuarly harsh. Hence although a control is listed as a no control on the control descriptions there may actually be one there! punching these controls will not give you any extra points.
See you tomorrow.
[3/02] Race Numbers and Registration
The race numbers for the Haglofs Open5 event have been allocated. You will need to bring your race number to registration on Sunday.
For 2012 we've made a few small safety improvements at event registration. If you have your own SI Card you must also bring this to registration. Don't worry if you forget your SI Card, we will have spares for hire at £2.50. We can't give you your race pack without attaching a SI Card to your wrist first. Pairs need to register together - the race pack can only be handed out once both competitors have registered.
Mandatory kit checks - We recently made the decision to perform mandatory kit checks prior to the start of our events. This will continue at this event. Please ensure you are carrying :- a whistle, first aid kit, foil blanket, mobile phone and money for a payphone. A waterproof top is also mandatory for this event. We will not insist on rear bike lights for this one. We will be looking out for what you are carrying out of transition too, so don't think about ditching the mandatory kit half way through! If in doubt about the kit list and rules please take a look here.
[24/01] A few more updates...
Dogs - The landowner has a strict no dogs allowed on their premises policy. As the event is taking place (almost exclusively) on private land you will not be allowed to register if you bring your dog! To avoid disappointment please leave your dog with someone at home.
Golf Balls - Some of you may ride a bridleway across a golf course on this event. The Golf Club are happy for you to ride this bridleway, but have asked us to warn riders of incoming golf balls as matches will be in progress during the event. I guess as you will be wearing a helmet your head should be protected anyway!
Shiny Things - As large amounts of the event area take place in a very unique location you will come across many unusual objects laying around on the ground. Unless we have placed a control on one of these objects, under no circumstances approach or touch anything metal and/or shiny!
Photography - The event photgrapher (James Kirby) has been given special permission to take photos for this event in this area. You are welcome to take your own photos, but the background should not contain anything except landscape scenery.
[17/01] Route to transition (Plan A) - It will have become apparent to anyone vaguely familiar with the geography of Warcop that the event area will be on the north side of the A66 and registration and parking will be on the south side. As we don't want anyone crossing the A66 on bikes we had to come up with an ingenious way of getting you safely across. Well this is it....
In true Open Adventure style we have found (and obtained special permission to use) a tunnel which goes under the A66 solving a big logistical problem for us. The only thing is - as you will notice there is water involved. So if you don't want to get wet feet (before you start) we suggest you either encase your feet in a couple of Tesco's 'finest' carrier bags or wear a pair of wellies to transition. You will of course need to pass through this tunnel again on your return journey, by which time you'll probably not be bothered about keeping your feet dry as you won't be able to feel them anyway. Happy days... PS We do have a plan B should the rain tank down and we can't use this tunnel!
Making a weekend of it - If your idea of making a weekend of it extends to checking out the area ahead of the event, please be aware that most of the area used for this event is private land - it's not open access land. There are some public rights of way which cross this land, but there are very few. When you get the event map you will see some areas on this map which are strictly out of bounds. For a few more sedate ideas for making a weekend of it please see below...