YORKSHIRE WOLDS CYCLE CHALLENGE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I get for my £30.00 Entry Fee?
• Free parking at Norton College - http://www.nortoncollege.org/about/#where_we_are
• Transport of tent and overnight bag to halfway point and return
• Campsite with showers and secure bike parking
• Evening meal barbecue and breakfast - http://www.huttoncranswicksra.co.uk
• Licensed bar with Wold Top real ale!
• Entertainment with live music
• Back-up support and emergency recovery service provided by Big Bear Bikes
• “Guardian Angels” support riders
• St John Ambulance in attendance
• Showers at the finish
• Completion Certificate and Goody Bag, complete with commemorative mug!
• Also new to this year – a commemorative T-Shirt to anyone who raises £350 in sponsorship!
N.B. Under 16s receive free entry as long as they agree to raise the minimum £50.00 sponsorship (and must be accompanied by an adult on the ride)
What don’t I get?
• You must get yourself to the start (if coming by train the nearest station is Malton)
• We expect you to provide your own bike.
• Although we will be providing some back-up mechanical support, as each bike is different we cannot hold spares to deal with all possible eventualities. You need to be self-sufficient in terms of dealing with minor problems such as punctures. Please make sure you bring spares!
• Insurance for your own possessions. Please ensure that any possessions you bring, including your bike and equipment, are insured to your own satisfaction. The organisers and sponsors, Ryedale Special Families, Hutton Cranswick Sports Association and Norton College cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss of possessions before, during, or after the event!
Do I have to pay anything more?
A condition of entering is that you agree to raise a minimum £50.00 in sponsorship for Ryedale Special Families (or if raising sponsorship is difficult you are welcome to simply pay this amount yourself) See the section headed “SPONSORSHIP” for more information.
The cost of your evening meal and breakfast is included in the Entry Fee but you will need to pay for your own refreshments during the 2 days.
Are there any dangers or hazards on route?
The route has been developed by Sustrans with a view to avoiding hazards. It is therefore important to stay on the route, after all the challenge is to complete the official route! Shortcuts tend to lead to junctions or roads that Sustrans has judged less safe for cyclists. It predominantly uses minor public roads, although there is one 2 mile off-road bridleway section on day 2.
Be aware of unfilled potholes as well as loose gravel on the roads, particularly on the downhill sections. You should take care and be aware of other traffic as you try to avoid these. Your safety is your own responsibility.
The route joins or crosses several A or B roads and no roads will be closed to other users for this event. You should ride safely taking responsibility for your own safety and that of others with whom you interact. Riding in single file helps other road users to pass safely.
The route crosses 2 unmanned level crossings. Your safety at these crossings is your own responsibility.
Be mindful of crossing roads or crossings in groups in case one person upsets another whilst crossing. Make sure you have plenty of time and a clear passage to cross.
At certain key crossings there will be marshals wearing high visibility jackets. They are there to simply show approaching motorists that something is happening and by their very presence, motorists will slow down. Please note that they are not there to assist your crossing in any way, nor are they allowed to slow or stop vehicles.
How fit will I have to be?
This ride is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, and is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. Remember you’ll be in the saddle for at least 8 hours each day! Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the ride less enjoyable – and we want you to have the time of your life! Please click on the tab marked “TRAINING” for more information.
What sort of bike or tyres do I need?
The route has a small (less than 2 miles) off-road element on a track. You will not need a mountain bike but a hybrid will probably manage these elements better than a road bike.
What kit do I need to bring?
• Bike (in good mechanical order)
• Puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes and tools
• Cycle lock
• Water bottle
• Snacks/energy bars
• Comfortable clothing including good footwear.
• Appropriate shorts – many people appreciate padded cycling shorts for a long ride!
• Kitbag (overnight change of clothes, toilet bag and small towel)
• Sleeping bag
• Mobile phone (so that you can be in contact in the event of any emergency)
• Route maps are also advisable in lieu of any possible missing signs and will be for sale at the start
• BUT please keep your overnight bag to a minimum. BBQs, kitchen sinks, tuxedos and cuddly toys will not be allowed!
What if I have a problem?
Each rider will be provided with emergency contact numbers. If your bike completely breaks down we will rescue it and help you find a way of getting you back to the campsite or finish. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to fix your bike, but there might be a possibility of hiring you a substitute bike so that you can complete the event if you want to. There will be a small charge for this service.
You should be able to fix your own minor mechanicals/punctures on route and should carry the appropriate tools. Overall just remember that if you call for help trivially you may be delaying and/or preventing someone else in serious distress from getting help.
What happens at the halfway point?
Please check in with the organisers and then collect your overnight bag and tent. Bikes can be placed within the secure tennis court compound but should still be locked. The gate to the compound will be securely locked overnight giving added security, but the organisers, the charity, and Hutton Cranswick Sports Association will not accept any liability for loss or damage.
Participants should find a suitable place to pitch their tents in the area provided – there’s loads of space! Please use the entire area and show consideration to others if you intend to rise early!
Showers are available and an evening meal will be served in the form of a barbecue, which is included in your entry fee. Drinks are available to purchase from the licensed bar, including real ale from the local Wold op Brewery.
Breakfast, which is also included in your entry fee, will be served from 7.15am on Sunday morning and before departing, your camping equipment and overnight bags should be loaded onto the vehicle provided, for us to transport back to Norton College.
For details of the halfway point please see http://www.huttoncranswicksra.co.uk
Will family and friends be allowed to join me at the halfway point?
Depending on final numbers we may have room for a few friends/family but only if booked in advance. Please make sure you request this rather than allowing supporters to turn up on spec
as unfortunately we won’t have enough food (or beer!) available for them!
What happens at the finish?
Please check in with the organisers and you will be presented with your Completion Certificate and Goodie Bag. You will be able to collect your baggage, take a shower and refreshments are available to purchase, prior to your journey home.
Please make sure you return to the finish and register your completion with the organisers. Please don’t just slope off, or go shopping, to the pub or whatever without informing the organisers, as we will assume you are still out somewhere on the route and we may still be waiting and guarding your baggage, or even sending out a search party!