The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge 2018 

Everything you need to know 

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, and get a full kit list and equipment guide to ensure that you’re fully prepared for the challenge. Any further queries, please email robdavies@ryedalespecialfamilies.org.uk 

EQUIPMENT LIST 

You will need: 
Your Bike 
You will need a reliable bike in good working order. The route does contain a small (1 mile) off-road section on a field edge track. Whilst you will not need a mountain bike, a hybrid will probably be more suitable for this section than a road bike. 
 
There is a longer road route detour if you would prefer to avoid this section, or you are more than welcome to get off and push! 
Your Bike 
You will need a reliable bike in good working order. The route does contain a small (1 mile) off-road section on a field edge track. Whilst you will not need a mountain bike, a hybrid will probably be more suitable for this section than a road bike. 
 
There is a longer road route detour if you would prefer to avoid this section, or you are more than welcome to get off and push! 
Essential kit 
For the ride 
Helmet 
Lights 
Puncture repair kit including spare inner tubes, tools and pump 
Cycle lock 
Water bottle 
Snacks/energy bars 
Appropriate cycle clothing and shoes (we recommend padded shorts) 
Waterproof 
Mobile phone for emergencies 
Route map 
For the overnight camp 
Tent (a limited number of pre-erected tents are available for pre-booking - please email robdavies@ryedalespecialfamilies.org.uk for details - first come first served!) 
Sleeping bag 
Overnight bag (including change of clothes, towel and washbag) 
 
 
The support team will need to transport these for you to the halfway point and back again to Norton College, so please pack light. 

FAQ's 

Entrance and sponsorship 
What do I get for my £45 entry fee? 
A full list can be found on our Entry page. 
 
What don’t I get? 
You will need: 
To find your own way to the event start at Norton College (if traveling by train, the nearest station is Malton which is just a mile or so away)Your own bike, spare parts and maintenance equipment, including a puncture repair kit 
Your own insurance – the organisers, sponsors and charity cannot accept any responsibility for damage, theft or loss of possessions or equipment 
To pay for all your own snacks and refreshments on route, as well as beer money for the Saturday evening. The evening meal and breakfast are included in the entry fee 
 
How much do I need to raise in sponsorship? 
As much as you can! The minimum target is £65, but we encourage all entrants to raise as much as possible. Those who manage to raise £350 or more will get a commemorative T-shirt afterwards. 
 
Further information can be found on the sponsorship page. 
The challenge 
How long is the route? 
The route is 144 miles, split equally over two days. Further information about the route can be found here 
 
Are there refreshment stops on the route? 
We have two designated check points each day, where refreshments are available to purchase. There are also numerous other places where food and drinks can be bought. 
 
How fit do I have to be? 
This is a real challenge, and you will need a good level of fitness to complete the ride. Depending on how fast you ride, you could be spending up to 8 hours in the saddle each day. 
 
However, don’t be put off. This challenge is more than achievable for the vast majority of people, and as long as you’re committed and start training well in advance, you will be fine. Additional information about preparing for the challenge can be found on the training page 
 
What time do we set off each day? 
On Saturday we ask you to check in at Norton College from 7.00am and we then begin setting off the slower riders in groups of approx 10/12 from 8.00am (not before as we have marshals in appropriate places throughout the day)  
Faster riders are better starting later, say from 9.00 or even 9.30am. 
We have a similar start procedure on the Sunday morning, with the slower riders first from 8.00am. 
 
How dangerous is the route? 
The route was designed by Sustrans, a charity dedicated to creating safe cycle routes! As a result, it’s safer than many rides – with the vast majority of the route taking place on quiet country roads. 
 
To maximise rider safety, there will be marshals wearing hi-vis jackets at some of the key crossings. 
 
Are there any hazards I need to be aware of? 
The route does join and cross several A and B roads, which will be open to other traffic throughout the event. It also crosses two unmanned level crossings – and riders will be responsible for their own safety. 
 
Apart from that, riders will need to be aware of the usual cycling hazards, including potholes, loose gravel, other riders and motorists. 
 
What if I have a problem? 
Every rider is provided with emergency contact numbers, so they can request medical assistance or mechanical repairs. We have a St. John’s Ambulance (or equivalent) team on hand at several points throughout the route, as well as a dedicated mechanical support van, and a team of ‘Guardian Angel’ support riders. 
 
What happens if I break down? 
You will be expected to make your own minor repairs. However, if you break down and are unable to get back on the road, then our support team will rescue you and get you back to the campsite/finish. We can provide some mechanical assistance, but do not carry a full range of spares, and cannot guarantee to fix your bike. 
 
There may be the possibility of hiring a substitute bike so that you can complete the challenge. 
 
What happens at the halfway point? 
After arriving at the halfway point, you can collect your gear from the organisers, lock your bike away in a secure compound, and pitch camp. You’ll then be able to enjoy a hot shower, hearty meal, live band and licensed bar (with local Wold Top Ale!). 
 
A full overview of the Overnight Camp can be found here
 
Can my friends and family join me at the overnight camp? 
By request only! Spaces for friends, family members and supporters are extremely limited, and must be booked and paid for in advance. Unfortunately there simply isn’t enough space on the site, or the facilities to cater for large numbers of additional people. 
What happens at the finish? 
When you’ve successfully finished the challenge, you’ll need to check in with an organiser to register your completion (so we don’t have to send out a search party!). 
 
You’ll then receive your completion certificate and goody bag, before picking up your baggage. Before leaving, you’re welcome to use the shower facilities, and light refreshments will be available.