The following email went out to all Cotswold 113 2019 Competitors today:
Bike course update
Good afternoon all, I hope everyone’s well ?
As the more eagle eyed social media followers of ours would’ve seen towards the end of last month, we have had a small issue with the bike course and badgers.
At around the 13 mile point of the bike course lap, the road between Kempsford and Hannington has been closed for a couple of weeks now due to a badger set under the tarmac causing a certain amount of subsidence. Initially, we had been confident that we could come to an agreement with the Council and controlling agencies that we could still use that section for our race for the bikes to pass with the correct manning with Police and Traffic Management contractors (the badger section is only around 10meters long)
However, subsequent surveys this week have shown that the badger set is much deeper than originally expected, and this has now left the section of road with an official ‘Unsafe’ marking and we now cannot use it for the June race (It’ll be sorted by July, we’re told)
There’s positives and negatives to this. The positive being that this section of road leads to the courses only real hill.
The negative being that we now need to make alternative plans to provide you all with another great bike course.
We do, of course, have an emergency plan B bike route which is completely different to the traditional 113 course (1 Large 56mile lap previously used on our 226 race), but given that the section of road closed on the 113 course is only small, we are now going to look at ways around that section so that you can all enjoy the type of course you’ve come to expect from our middle distance races.
We are aiming to have adjustment to the course made and approved by the various agencies, highways departments and Police in the next 2-3 weeks, but please bear with us in the meantime and as soon as the changes are fixed, we’ll get the maps out straight away.
Thank you for your patience in this matter, and please be rest assured that we’ll have it sorted in good time for the familiarisation day on June 2nd
Thanks for your understanding.
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team