Right now we are in the process of choosing our ten control points, which is quite difficult as there are so many beautiful locations in the north to choose from. We are choosing locations that cover the breadth of the region, from coast to coast and right up to the border with Scotland.
We’ll also be checking the distances between the controls in lots of different combinations to make sure that it’s possible for riders cover their overall distance in no less than 900 km and no more than 1000 km. The control points will be finalised before November when entries officially open.
We are also debating whether to issue GPS spot trackers to entrants or whether to ask them to self-validate via smartphones and social media. Although it would be great fun for supporters, friends and family to be able to track riders’ progress via an online ‘dot’, at the end of the day it all comes down to cost.
We know that the cost of entering events can become prohibitively expensive and wanted to try to make this event as financially accessible as possible. Using spot trackers could push the entry fee up to close to £100, which we think is a little steep, so we’re still figuring out which way to go with this. So that’s about it for now. We will be in touch again in November with more details about the ten control points, how to enter and what the cost will be.
If you have any questions you’d like us to answer before then, or want to give us your feedback on any of the points discussed above, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org