Whats the minimum age for the Cycle Sportive?
You will need to be over 16 years old to cycle by yourself. Under 16s can enter the event but must be accompanied by an adult at all times
How will a COVID Secure Check in work?
To avoid queues you must arrive at your allocated start time. Head to registration and tell them your number. They will hand over your pack and remember to keep socially distancing at all times.
How will a socially distance start work?
Please don't envisage a mass start like the Etape! As the Rattler uses open roads and we are committed to social distancing. Participants will be allocated arrival and start times. The phased start is scheduled between 07.30–8:30 for the 100 and 8:30-09:15 for the 84 route and 0900 -0930 for the shorter 47 route. You will be set off as an individual. On the assumption that even if the last people take 8 hours to complete the course (a leisurely average of 12.5 mph/20kph), they will still get back at a reasonable 16.45 pm.
What will the COVID secure feed stop look like?
The feed stations will look different than normal. The full instructions will be in the briefing email and webinar. Social distancing will be really important at the feed stations as this is a place where we expect riders to gather. The food will be in sealed packs and will include bananas, gels and energy bars. Due to the current situation we encourage all riders to be self sufficient or carry a bank card to pop into a shop to refuel. We will be able to refill your water bottle with water or energy drink.
Can I ride with a friend?
Yes you can ride with a friend! 6 of you can be in the same group but must adhere to the social distancing rules (2m) If you would like to be in the same starting block as a friend, you can let us know via our portal. Log in, click through to your Rattler entry and then click the "Start with Someone" button (it's in the "I would like to" section). Give the code that you see to your friend (or enter the code you have been given) and we will link you together and do our best to put you in the same starting block. Any issues please let us know!
Is there a medal?
Absolutely! You've just cycled a very long way! Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we can't put it around your neck like normal. They will be laid out on the table at the finish for you to help yourself.
Will there be extra hygiene provisions?
Yes. There will be a number of hand sanitiser stations around the venue and at the feed station. Please do not be offended if a marshal asks you to use the hand gel. You will be asked to use it before entering the feed station and upon leaving. Our check in marshals will be wearing face coverings if they are unable to maintain the 2m distance from you.
Is there a cut off time?
You can start riding from 7:30am. The finish line will close at 17:00 so all participants will need to be back by this time.
I can not see my start time or race number?
Head to your my.challenging.events account. You must completed you COVID screening and then your competitor responsibility statement. You start time and number will then appear. You will automatically get a my.challenging.events account (my.challenging.events is the website you need to go to) You login with either your email or booking reference. Any problem email [email protected]
I havent received my bib number or start time?
Head to your my.challenging.events account. You must completed you COVID screening and then your competitor responsibility statement. You start time and number will then appear. You will automatically get a my.challenging.events account (my.challenging.events is the website you need to go to) You login with either your email or booking reference. Make sure you read the event breifing document and watch the event breifing video, it will tell you where to pick up your number from Any problem email [email protected]