Cycling FAQs

  1. How long is it?
  2. What training should I do?
  3. Do I need special Equipment?
  4. What is the Race Pace?
  5. What if I feel unwell or need to stop on the road?
  6. What do I do if I have a problem with my bike or a puncture?
  7. Can I earphones whilst cycling?
  8. Is there water or food provided?
  9. Will the route be marshall or sign posted?

  1. How long is it?

    The main route (pain) is 130kms. There's lots of climbing involved,  most of it in the first third of route. Total ascent is 1656m.

    The second route (pleasure) is 65kms. Not as much climbing with a nice flat finish. Total ascent is 734m.

     

  2. What training should I do?

    The Pain route (130k) is a fairly tough test. You would want to have been cycling and training throughout the winter to be ready to tackle this one.

    The Pleasure route (65k) is an easier spin. Probably a better option for you if you havent been doing much over the winter. It will give you a good indication of where you are in terms of training for the longer sportives for the season ahead.

  3. Do I need special Equipment?

    You need to have a roadworthy bicycle. If it hasn't been used for a while please get it serviced. Pay particular attention to your brakes, chain and gears. They need to be in top condition for this one, any stretch in your chain and you wont survive on the climbs. Go to our friends at Kilgrews Cycle Centre for help! Nothing worse than having a puncture or chain break on the morning of the event. Hybrids or road bikes are best choice of machine.  A Water Bottle and a puncture repair kit/ maintenance pouch(fit under saddle) are needed too. There will be full mechanical support provided but you should carry and be able to use everything needed to replace a punctured tube at the least.

  4. What is the Race Pace?

    THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE!!!!

    The lead cars will have instructions to stay 50-100 metres in front of the lead group giving them enough space to go at whatever speed they wish.

    The broom cars will have instructions to always stay behind the last cyclist. At certain danger spots along the route there will be marshalls with red flags alerting you to dangerous conditions ahead (tricky descents or approaching a blind junction etc.) Please watch out for them and follow their instructions.

    So, whatever pace you're comfortable with there will be a place for you somewhere in between.

    If you find yourself struggling for any reason there will be a sweeper van to pick you up if you fall too far behind. This rarely happens.

    The objective is to enjoy a nice spin without killing yourself!!

    The final stretch of the Pain and Pleasure routes is flat and fast so if you're involved in any competitive sprint finishing with a group (all unofficial of course) be sure to finish your sprint at the Yacht Club as you enter Crosshaven. The lead cars will neutralise you, if necessary at this point.

  5. What if I feel unwell or need to stop on the road?

      There is a broom car at the rear of the pack for anyone feeling the pain and in need of some rest. We also will have an ambulance/medical support.

     

  6. What do I do if I have a problem with my bike or a puncture?

    It is good practice to have at least one spare tube and a small bike toolkit with you in case you need to do running repairs, however we do have support vehicles and mechanics who will endeavour to get you back on the road. Please note you will be required to pay for any parts that may need to be fitted to your bike.

  7. Can I earphones whilst cycling?

    Short answer? NO. Using equipment like this when cycling in a group is very dangerous. You will not be able to hear cyclists or vehicles who might be overtaking you and you will also be easily distracted - do not endanger others, obey all stewards and please act responsibly at all times.

  8. Is there water or food provided?

    There will be a food stop at the half-way stage of both routes. Sandwiches and hot drinks will be provided. You will also be able to refill your drinks bottles at the food stop.

    A hot meal will be provided at the finish in Crosshaven.

  9. Will the route be marshall or sign posted?

    Yes, there will be static marshals at all key junctions along the route. At any danger points we will have marshals with red flags, whistles and message boards alerting you to danger ahead. When you see/ hear these marshals please follow their instructions. They are there for your safety.

    We will also have blue arrows positioned at every junction and points of potential confusion. If in doubt look out for the blue arrow.

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