1. Riders must accept full responsibility for their own ride and route
None of the control points, other than event HQ, will be staffed so once you’re out on the road you’re on your own. As there’s no official route, there’s also no support crew or sag wagon. If you get lost you will have to figure out where you are. If you scratch you’ll need to inform the event director as soon as you can and you’ll be expected to make your own way back to event HQ or just get yourself home. Please keep your planned routes private prior to the event.
2. Riders must visit all ten control points and record their visit
Riders must visit all ten control points (ten plus the start/finish control) and answer the associated question on their brevet card (further details will be given in the event manual). Your brevet card must be completed before arriving back at Event HQ. Riders will also be issued with a GPS tracker unit at registration which will record your arrival at each control. However, just in case there are any issues with tracker signal, it is recommended that you evidence your arrival at each checkpoint with a timestamped photograph as a backup.
3. Riders must carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies
It is your responsibility to make sure that your phone has credit and battery life for the duration of the event.
4. Riders must be completely self-sufficient and not receive any third-party assistance
This includes private lodgings and meals en-route. In order to ensure equal opportunity for all riders, food, accommodation and spares should only be purchased at commercial outlets available to all entrants – you can’t pop round to your Aunty Mavis’s for a bacon buttie just because she happens to live along the route you’ve planned. If anyone tries to offer you unsolicited help, or something for free, please politely decline and explain the rules of the event to them.
If you have a serious mechanical issue that prevents you from riding your bike, you may accept a lift TO a bike shop in order to get it fixed. However, if you want to continue, once your bike is fixed you must RIDE BACK to the place where you had the mechanical and restart your ride from there (you’ll also need to notify event staff that you’re doing this).
5. Riders must carry all of their own supplies and equipment
Riders must carry all of their own supplies and equipment and you must finish the event with the same equipment that you started with. That means no leaving kit at the bottom of the hills to pick up later. And no ditching the sleeping bag/kit in a bin on your final day to save a bit of weight!
6. Unless riding as part of a pair, no drafting is allowed
Solo riders should aim to try and ride alone for the duration of the event, even if you accidentally catch up with other riders along the way. We know that it can be a real morale boost to pedal along and chat to fellow riders for short while – and that’s fine – but please don’t buddy up for very long stretches of the ride. If you want to ride with your buddy then enter as a pair. You may find that friends and dotwatchers are looking out for you at control points so don’t be surprised if someone you’ve never met before suddenly turns up and says hi. Occasionally they may want to ride with you for a short while, this is ok as long as you ride side by side and don’t draft at any point.
7. Riders must have their own third-party liability insurance
Riders must have their own third-party liability insurance and provide documentation of this at registration. This type of insurance is provided as part of the standard membership offer of Cycling UK and British Cycling, so you will need to bring a current membership card along with you.
8. Front and rear lights are compulsory
Front and rear lights are compulsory and will be checked at registration. Lights on a bicycle are required by law in the UK if riding between dusk and dawn. Riders will be responsible for keeping their lights charged throughout the duration of the event.
9. Riders’ bikes must be in a roadworthy condition with fully-functioning brakes
Bikes will be safety-checked by our mechanics at registration to make sure that they are in roadworthy condition with fully-functioning brakes. We reserve the right to refuse a ride to any entrant whose bike is deemed unsafe to ride. We WON’T be carrying out repairs so please make sure your bike is all in good order before arriving in Sheffield.
10. Riders must follow public rights of way at all times (Road, Byway or Bridleway). While riding on road, riders must follow the Highway Code and observe all UK traffic laws
Shortcuts can save time but they can also take you way off the beaten track, into environments and situations that are potentially life-threatening, all for the sake of saving an hour or two. Riders that don’t stick to public rights of way will be disqualified – remember that you are being tracked! While you’re out on the road be nice to other road users and please do not take any risks with your own safety or the safety of others. Please don’t litter – find a bin for your rubbish or take it home with you.
Other than at event HQ, we have no event crew on the ground, therefore we rely completely on the goodwill and integrity of every rider to ensure that the above rules are adhered to. If, while riding, you become aware of another rider/s not following the rules we would like to hear about it. During the event, if you are unsure about anything, you can phone HQ to check