Frequently Ask Questions
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Who is the route suitable for?
Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness but please bear in mind that this is a mainly off-road event. There are no 'usual' conditions but it is not uncommon for the route to be extremely wet, muddy and slippery. Children may ride but under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult everyone MUST wear a cycle helmet. Trailer bikes are not allowed.
What is the entry fee and when can i start?
Advance entries are £25 for over 16s and £15 for accompanied 16s and under (maximum of two per adult) or £30 for entry on the day (£20 for 16s and under).
Registration begins at 8:00am with the first riders setting off at 08:30am
Are refreshments available?
YES! We're famous for these. For riders tea/coffee/hot food/cakes available at the end of the ride. Around the route there are refreshment stops offering bananas, chocolate, pork pies, drinks. All of this is free of charge for entrants.
For supporters there are a range of options in the local area for food and drinks - the pub in the village will have lunch and drinks and this year we will have a supporters refreshment stand located close to the start / finish line
How long is the route?
You can choose whether to ride the 30km or 50km route. You can change your mind at the point where the route splits and as long as you tell the person recording times at the end we'll change your results to the correct route.
Is the Viking Challenge a race?
No. It's a personal challenge. We will, however, give you a start time and record your finish time at the end. We will then publish the list of completion times. You will be given a certificate to mark your completion of the event.
Do I have to enter online?
We'd really like you to if possible. It keeps our costs down and makes life much easier for our volunteer organisers. If however you really prefer to send us an entry form in the post, click here to download the form and send it to us with a cheque.
Do I have to raise sponsorship?
No, but we'd really love you to. We do after all run this event to make money for some fantastic causes and your help would be hugely appreciated. Please download our sponsor form and start raising money for these great causes.
Do I need to carry money with me?
No, it's not essential. All refreshments are free of charge to entrants. We are hoping to sell T-Shirts on the day. Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see if we get any other services up and running.
What happens If I can't complete the route?
We have over 90 marshals around the course. Mobile phone coverage is patchy so they have Ray-net backup and are able to contact headquarters to arrange backup. If you have broken down or have to retire we can arrange recovery from the nearest marshalling point. If you're injured we have first aid cover with Belvoir First Aid.
Do I have the wear a cycle helmet?
Yes. Our insurers insist that all riders must wear helmets, no exceptions. We try to have some reasonably priced helmets available to buy on the day in case anyone forgets theirs.
What is the route?
We don't publish the route ahead of the event as some of it uses private land, only available for you to cycle over on the day of the event. The route is always well sign posted. The ride starts and finishes at Redmile Primary School and takes in a mix of canal tow paths, woodland, farm tracks etc. Take a look at the video on our home page to get a flavour of the day.
Can I bring supporters along?
Definitely, this year we plan an improved supporters area close to the start / finish line. Unfortunately we have to restrict access to school grounds to riders (for safety reasons as it would get too crowded).
Is car parking available?
Yes, there's plentiful free off road parking. We respectfully ask that you do not park your car on the village roads. Redmile is a village of around 300 people and once a year the village is taken over by over 1,000 cyclists. Please help us to be a good neighbour and keep the village roads clear.
Do I need any special equipment?
You must wear a cycle helmet and we strongly suggest a puncture repair kit. Be prepared for wet weather, this is England. In October.
How long does the ride take?
That really depends on your level of fitness and the way you choose to tackle the ride. Some people go all out to finish as quickly as possible and can manage the 50km in around 2 hours but we assume up to 5 hours. The ride goes through some beautiful countryside and if you want to take 5 hours and enjoy the scenery that's fine with us. We send a sweeping up team around the route to make sure that we've not left anyone out there.